Weekend Project – Upholstery of my bar stools

I have been hunting for a swivel bar stool covers for a while. My kids and I had rough used it and it needed an uplift. I could not believe I couldn’t find one for that size. Most of them were standard sizes and this one was 2 inches bigger. There are many custom cover makers, but they were turning out $35 per piece and shipping. I just needed to spend a little more and I could get a brand new stool!

I decided I will have mom get one stitched back in India as I am not good at stitching. I continued to research more on stitching options and I came across many blogs who did no sewing covers and easy steps to make covers and list was on.

I decided to visit the walmart craft store and see if I could get a good material to try my experiment on. I met a lady named Cecilia and she patiently explained to me how to sew elastic and measure. I still looked confused and unsure and shared my concern with her. She then suggested I should use the staple gun and it would be the easiest way for me.

So I grabbed my material, staple gun, scotch gaurd to protect and reached home with a mission (sounds like I was heading to win a game).

1. I unscrewed the seats from the stool.
2. I cut my material in half for 2 stools.
3. I drew a circle using my seat on the material with enough material left to pull and staple.
4. I cut them to look like a circle and stapled the four opposite sides to hold it in place.
5. Slowly I folded the rest to remove any wrinkles and stapled them carefully.
6. I placed the seat back in the stool and screwed them back to its position.
7. Used scotch gaurd to protect from spills and let it dry.

Finally so proud to have done something by myself. Loved it. Will be using my staple gun for more projects. Just have to look for ideas now 😉

Here are some pictures from before and steps I followed and final product!

Let me know if you liked it!!!




Maha Shivarathri

People chant ‘Om Nama Shivaya’ as many times on the auspicious day of Shivarathri.

March 10th was Maha Shivarathri celebrations for Hindu’s. The festival is very important for followers of Lord Shiva. It is celebrated in a grand scale in India and in parts of Nepal.

It is believed that this is the day when Lord Shiva married Parvati. It is also believed that this is a favorite day for Lord Shiva. Another story says this was the day when The Lord danced to create the universe. Another story days when the world or universe was is in danger of destruction, Parvati prayed to her husband Lord Shiva to save the universe.

On the day of shivarathri, married women fast for their husbands’ long life. They worship Lord Shiva and Parvati for a happy and long married life. They stay up all night which is known as jagaran doing the prayers. The next day after sunrise is when women break their fast.

As a kid I remember visiting the Lord Shiva temple every year. It would take at least couple hours sometimes to get the glimpse of the idol as devotees line up to pray. I cannot remember much more other than that and sometimes spending evenings and nights driving around the city to see various idol’s of lord Shiva. They would be decorated and beautifully adorned.

Today people play games and some do chant prayers on the occasion and stay up all night in the name of god.

People send wishes to their close friends and family on the occasion. My best friend sent one that was creative I thought.

Om Nama Shivay

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Wish u & ur family happy MAHASHIVRATRI.

Here is a link to an interesting read about Shivarathri, which also explains science behind the festival.


Wikipedia has an interesting aspect as well-


I absolutely believe that most of our festivals have a scientific reason and religion is just an aspect around it. I am sure their is a reason for fasting as well. But for me..I probably ate a lot today in the name of god :-)!