Finally, here are the pics of my awesome package from Bubblegum Phoenix. The massive delay was thanks to my interstate move - i got here a few days ago (and the package was waiting for me) but i haven't had working internet access to get the photos up until today. Plus the move was utter chaos - stuff got lost, stuff got stolen, stuff got broken, stuff went AWOL and was delivered with another person's stuff in a completely different city.... so i've spent a few days curled in a ball trying to recover!
A wonderful hoop in my favourite colours, already installed in my new place.
A gorgeous wee unicorn pendant. it's the sweetest thing ever. At least, until you see...
A crochet plushie unicorn! it's very well made and utterly lovely. Housemate is very jealous.
But wait, there's more...
A cut-out-and-fold affair, which is going to have to wait until my poor frazzled brain's recovered from the moving dramas.
A MLP uncorn, a gen 3.5 Sweetie Belle. i've wanted one forever! She's still on the kitchen table being admired, she hasn't moved to the Pony Shelf yet.
Thank you so so so so much for being an awesome partner, and putting up with my completely disappearing at a really inconvenient time for the move.
I've received my lovely package from QueenofMarigold... brace yourself for awesome:
A gear-shaped pincushion. My cat has designs on it, but the little thief can just back off because this one's MINE!
A smashing aviation-themed notebook in a leather pouch. The flap IS straight - it only looks crooked because I didn't check I'd closed it properly in my haste to get photos done. Here's the inside:
Note the map on the inside of the leather case. Actually, just note all of it, because it's great and I love it.
It's black tea with rose petals and lavender. The whole package had a heavenly scent of lavender when I opened it, and this is why. It's very nice (I'm a sucker for lavender) and I adore tea, so this was a winner. The label says "OcTea: for even the most discerning cephalopod". The back says "guaranteed to calm the nerves and soothe the temper of even the crankiest kraken". LOL!!
Lastly, only because it's already on the wall so I nearly forgot to take a photo of it:
'punk life indeed. There are wheels and gears mixed in with the flowers and vines. It's got no glass, which suits me because I've got a big move coming up soon, and didn't want anything breakable.
Everything came wrapped in deep red velvety fabric and twine, which I don't have a photo of because I launched straight into opening things,
I know there are a few 'help me with a slipcover?' type enquires in the archives, but this one's a little different...
I have a sofabed that's seen better days - the fabric itself is sound, it's just faded and stained. I don't actually use it as a sofa, but keep it permanently folded out and use it as a bedframe. (This gets relevant in a moment..)
A major reupholstery job is out because I know myself well enough to know I'll be impatient and sloppy and turn a grotty but serviceable couch into a complete piece of crap. So, I'm thinking removable slipcovers.
But... I can't figure out how to make something that will look respectable while the sofa's folded out in bed mode. Any ideas?
I'm not set on slipcovers, I'll work with anything. I've considered painting it. Dye could work, but it's quite dark already so I'd have to go dark purple or black. Also I have no idea how.
For reference, here's what it looks like folded out:
The fold-out mechanism's joined on to the base of the arms, so basically what I've got to work with is a big rectangular 'donut', high in the back and low in the front, with the bed frame jutting out of the centre.