A trip to her family's flea market one weekend started it all. She saw a cushy looking footstool that was $20. I told her to ask for it for $5. This was my first time at a flea market, but much like the bazaars in Egypt, I hear it's insulting if you don't haggle a bit. So we toted home this footstool that had a few rips in the fabric and the original sticker from HomeGoods ($79.99) on the bottom. I told her to stop at JoAnn's on the way home and we picked out a great floral/paisley print from the clearance section to recover it with. She had already pilfered her aunt's sewing machine for me to use - how sweet is she? We get back home, I turn on the football game, and start disassembling the footstool cover. I used one of the pieces for a pattern, cut out the new fabric, and had the new cover sewn in about an hour and a half. Megan woke up from her nap and said, "Oh wow! It's like magic - you should be a decorator! I'll tell everyone I have an original Phone Home design by E.T." And thus the name is born!
Here's a pic of the ottoman before - not terrible, but not fun either.
And after I worked my magic! Don't worry, the bottom wasn't flapping in the breeze. We staple gunned it down the next day. It even has a matching fabric covered button. How cute :D