Monday, 16 April 2012

A Year Long Project...... Finished!

I'm pretty sure that it has been over a year since I started sewing a slipcover for my couch. Oh, now that I look it up, it's been just over a year(See WIP Post). Now that I'm done, I cannot imagine why I procrastinated so much. It didn't actually take very long hours-wise, I just left it for months at a time. Here it is (finally!) finished.

And here's the original again. I was actually just looking through my Grandmother's old pictures and there was one of her at a party at someone's house in the 70's and a couch with the exact same fabric is part of the VERY 70's decor. So needless to say, it was time for a facelift.

Today I sewed up some simple cushion covers, as the old brown ones didn't go anymore, which was fine, because I never liked them.

I picked a fabric with red, because we're moving in June and the area rug in our bedroom will be in the living room, because there is hardwood floors in our new apartment. Here's a peek of the carpet. I really hit the jackpot with it, because it's huge, and my in-laws got it for free from someone and gave it to us. I'm sad to be leaving our little house and my garden, but I feel like I'll be able to express myself better in my apartment. Yay!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

New Beginnings

Soooooooooooooooooooo. It's been a while. I actually have still been crafting, I just haven't taken any pictures. I don't know what my excuse is, but I'm sure it's a great one. Here's what's new.

I'm still planning on changing it a bit, I want to paint the knobs a bright yellow, about the same as the yellow book underneath. And also, to match my new pillows!

I meant to sew flanges on these pillows, but I forgot. I also want to add a rectangular gray pillow, something textured, but I'm not sure yet. Maybe something knitted. We'll see. 

Also, you might notice that my headboard is gone. I'm really sad about it, but it's done and now I have a chance to try something new. My husband had a rock collection from when he was a kid that I framed and put above our bed, although I don't really know if that is a permanent place for them.
So that's all that's new with me for now, hopefully it won't be several months before I'm back. Take care. What are you guys working on?

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Lamp Shade Makeover Tutorial

I have to laugh at my title today. It's a little cliche, not to mention the fact that it sounds like I was the popular lampshade and I invited the loser lamp shade to my house for a pity slumber party and gave her a makeover. Although I suppose that that is essentially what happened.

It all started when I bought a lamp for $5 somewhere. 

It seemed nice at the time, but the appeal of a fuzzy, veloury brown lampshade doesn't take too long to wane. I had been wanting to change the lampshade for a while, and for a while I mean a year. I'm actually really good at procrastinating. I thought it was going to be hard and I'd have to buy new materials. I was actually surprised at how easy it was. 

Okay, enough chit chat, I'm going to show you how I fixed this beast. The fabric was glued to a white plastic sheet and that was glued onto the metal hardware. I started by peeling the brown stuff off of the hardware, then stripping the brown stuff from the plastic sheet. 

Then I cut out a piece of fabric that was a half inch bigger all around and mod podged the plastic sheet into the center.
 Then I used my hot glue gun to add the hardware back. I did both rings at once, bit by bit, because I could see it being a huge pain to do one and then try to sneak the other in.
Please don't notice my self healing mat. I haven't used it in months and it's rebelling.

Then I folded the edges of the fabric under and glue gunned them down and voila! Done.
Well, I thought I was done. Then I saw a piece of binding left over from my quilt in my craft room and boom! 
If I find more bias tape, I'll probably add it to the bottom, but I don't think I'll go out of my way. I like it way better than the fuzzy brown way!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

I Don't Even Have Kids Yet!

Every once in a while, you come across something you can't pass up. Well, at least I do. I went to an incredible antique shop in Winnipeg today called The Old House Revival Company. It has antique hinges, knobs, drawer pulls, clawfeet, everything. And they also have lots of antiques. Usually their prices are a bit steep for me (I'm really, really cheap, I'd rather find it for free). But today I bought something.

Aren't they adorable? You might not be able to see how teeny they are, but they're only up to my knee. I had to buy them for my someday kids. They were $10 for the pair. 

I know I haven't been posting about crafts, but I'll be back! I just need to inspire myself to finish one of my many projects on the go.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Poppies, Poppies and More Poppies

My garden is just starting to spring to life and I am in heaven. I consider it a miracle any time a seed I plant comes up, and this is the first year that I've ever planted flower seeds with success. I've been learning to use my camera and my flowers are the perfect subject, since they really don't move too much. Not to mention the fact that it's actually quite difficult to make them look bad. Thanks flowers, my ego really needed that.
 Ha ha, it's funny that my first flower picture is of Lily of the Valley, when the title is Poppies. OK, here they come.
I'm finding it pretty much impossible to leave these hotties outside. They just want in. I know I'm anthropomorphizing them, but if you look at these pictures, you can see it in their faces, I swear.

The red one is definitely leaning in.
You can't tell me that this poppy doesn't look relieved to be in from the rain.

Here they are, happy to be in their new home- on the sideboard in vintage bottles. Hopefully they don't miss the sun too much. I singed them at the bottom so they'd last longer. I think I learned that trick from Martha Stewart.

What kinds of flowers are you guys most excited about in your gardens? Do you prefer them indoors or out?

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Cute And Colourful Kitchens

One of the most important things in a creative person's life is inspiration. Sometimes I just don't care about creating or making my space beautiful, then I look at pictures or magazines and voila! It's back and I have a million things that I want to make. No matter what outlet your creativity, Pinterest is a super cool tool to find your muse. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven't already. If you want to see what I'm up to or share your pinterests with me, I'd love it! My username is aformalfeeling.

I've been having fun looking at colourful kitchens (many were found on Pinterest). I love fun, fresh, happy spaces, and I think that these kitchens qualify. Hope you feel inspired after this!

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Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Annual Quilt

Or maybe Biennial? Time will tell. I finally finished my first quilt which took a whopping year and a half. Hopefully my next quilt will be finished much sooner. I already started a crib sized quilt. I want to have one on hand for the next baby shower that I'm invited to. Technically there are a couple odds and ends to tidy up on this quilt, but I don't care about them at the moment.
I made the squares by eyeballing 1/2 inch strips and sewing them around little squares, then I lined them up and sewed them into a strips. Then I used all of the fabrics to make big stripes and sewed them all together. It was really easy, I don't have much excuse. 

Well, if I will allow myself one little excuse, it was my stubborn idea to quilt tiny circles twice around. It took forever and used a ton of thread. When I finally gave the idea up and switched to random squiggles, I finished almost immediately. It was way funner and I think it looks better. I wish that I had quilted the whole quilt that way.  

I made my own bias tape, which was a bit tedious, but was a pretty proud moment. I did round corners, I love the way they look. The sad thing is that the excitement really wears off after a year and a half and I don't love it as much as I used to. I still like it and I'll definitely use it, but it was a bit of a guinea pig.