Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Amid cries of 'it's got corners, why??!' we turned our covers the right way round and drew on our buttons and stuffed our cushions, I like to think the wonky lines just add to the handmade charm! The cactus got in on the photos again.
Next we attacked the door stops and stitched our inners out of a thick sack-like material. We realised afterwards that making a net for the pattern instead of individual panels would've been a lot less time consuming but the power of hindsight eh?! We both almost forgot to leave a hole to put the sand in, mine ended up down one side which wasn't very clever, then we both sat with dessert spoons stuffing the sand in.
Here is my inner sack ready to be covered next to Tasha's finished door stop, note the luxurious padded handle!
And here are the pair together, mine is on the left, covered in Amy Butler's "Martini Mustard" material from her Midwest Modern Line, bought from Isabelle and Kate's Fabrics on Folksy.
Tasha's door stop on the right is covered in a repurposed pillowcase from an Ikea duvet set, she used the duvet cover for her gigantic beanbag project. We're gradually working our way through our respective lists of things to make, I just hope we both remember to go back to uni in September!
Sunday, 21 June 2009
The 'reupholstering' it had was not particularly nice, the staples were sticking out in places! So off it came and the frame needed a bit of tlc, I had to hammer some nails back in and one of the corners needed glueing as the joint had come apart. Here it is drying with a clamp on, my beloved car is unwittingly being used to lean it against!
Next to that in the garage is the frame from my first stool purchase which I'm just finishing sanding, then it will be oiled and reunited with the seat pad which I have covered, I'll save that until it's finished.
Finally, for this post anyway, I have somewhat of a cactus obsession. I've been collecting a few cacti and succulents but a clear favourite has emerged, purely because it seems to have grown at least an inch every time I look at it. This is my prize prickly pear, which needs repotting as it had an accident in the car on the way home from the garden centre and fell out, as did most of it's soil, but despite that it has sprouted. I don't know a lot about them but I'm hoping it grows to be pretty big.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
I picked up this sorry looking fellow for a mere £1 from a local carboot sale, I was looking for a stool and this was really the only one I found but I'm really pleased with the design and the wood is an attractive one in good condition. I started to take it apart as soon as I got home. The plan is to sand and oil the frame and reupholster the cushion. Watch this space for a finished pic.
I also recently aquired an old blanket box for £1 (must be a lucky amount for me), it's a very tatty looking thing, badly covered and it's plywood so I think it will have to be painted, I hate painting wood but this is okay. Once that is finished I will have somewhere nice to store my fabrics while they wait to be used, plus I keep ordering more which I'll put pics of on here soon.
Small stool/box with hinged lid, soon to be beautified!
I also got a small stool/box from a charity shop, not for a pound but cheap enough, that will be revived and tomorrow I'm going to collect an eBay purchase of a more modern blanket box that I'm hoping will recover nicely for my sister who wants a smaller blanket(/toy) box (+ padded = 8 month old starting to crawl friendly!) to go in her gorgeous redecorated lounge. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Original 'Temporary gems' idea.
Brooch with my signature 'Trees' design.
'Forest' necklace idea.
The 'Temporary Gems' I'm going to make a range of based on different stone cuts, they're temporary in that they're credit crunch gems and perhaps can be upgraded to the real thing in the future!
The 'Trees' are based on a pattern I made for my course and I'm going to make a range of jewellery with combinations of the sizes. I've listed a brooch on my Folksy shop to start with, there'll be more soon.