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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: klippan cover on: July 21, 2006 07:48:26 AM
Never heard of a pattern for making your own Klippan covers but maybe you could call a store, or ask at the Ikea website?  In case you didn't know, some stores apparently do sell readymade Klippan slipcovers, seems you have to ask at the store though, as they may not be on the website.

And below is another place that specializes in slipcovers for some Ikea pieces; it's the page for the 2-seater Klippan covers, some nice-looking ones incl prints as well as solids, and linen blends as well as cotton ... I think Ikea's own covers only come in  all-cotton  ... Maybe if you bought just one, from wherever, you could use it as a pattern to make others yourself:
http://www.bemz.com/products/2/3/17/0/11/front/

Ebay also has Klippan slipcovers, good bit less expensive than Bemz but I don't know how they would compare to Ikea's slipcover prices. When I took an admittedly super-quick look I noticed only solid colors on ebay, no prints (but ebay has evvvverything, it seems, so if you take more time than I did you might find prints too!).

While trying a websearch for a pattern, I also noticed that many people don't seem to like the fit or the quality of readymade Klippan slipcovers  (except maybe for some from Bemz).
So until you find a suitable pattern you might just want to try some inexpensive fabric, or a large size sheet, or cut open a duvet cover, to use as a sort of fitted "throw cover" -- pinning, tucking, or attaching wherever needed (on the underside for example, if you prefer not to have a 'skirt') with those little spiral upholstery tacks, or Velcro tabs, or ties.

Here's the basic idea, although of course you don't absolutely 'have' to make it in sections, you can just drape the fabric over the item & start tucking/pinning etc -- this website calls its method a "sofa wrap" :
http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00029.asp
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: i wanna make a present for my sister??? :) on: July 21, 2006 06:29:30 AM
How craftsy (or artsy, lol) are you? For example, if you paint -- or take great photos -- maybe some small simple but pretty framed pictures to be grouped in LR or DR or hallway, or maybe even something special for the baby's room.  If you can machine-sew or embroider, how about some pretty toss pilllows for her favorite sofa or chair?
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bed Slat Headboard/Magazine Rack on: July 21, 2006 06:23:16 AM
Oh sure, good idea... We had friends once who bought a bunch of rickety old wooden ladders of various heights, at flea markets/yard sales etc. They took out the flat rungs & replaced with dowels, also added dowels wherever possible on the other side. Then painted-stencilled-decoupaged or otherwise decorated them up with floral designs & put them all around what they called their 'garden room' (what the English sometimes call a 'conservatory' I guess -- big glassed-in house-addition type room) to hang their subscription gardening mags on.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Eco-friendly pillow inserts? on: July 21, 2006 06:07:37 AM
I've never actually seen a decorative or toss pillow insert done in organic cotton (just bed pillows, I think) ... but I'm guessing you could probably find organic cotton quilt batting or 'stuffing' fairly easily, if you think you could use that instead. If local crafts stores or local fabric stores or Walmart etc etc don't have it, try a specialty quilt shop, either local or online. [another thought: online you might possibly find toss pillow inserts at the same places you'd find organic cotton bed pillows]
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting and Stenciling on a Table on: July 21, 2006 05:56:11 AM
Stencilling isn't tough but can be a bit tricky sometimes -- try some of the links below to get an idea what it involves.

As for what paints to use, there are only 2 paint types I happen to know of that are specifically for stenciils -- the acrylic kind and the 'creme' kind (which is easier to use, jimo&e). Theoretically, I suppose you could stencil with any kind of paint, but the ones specifically made for stencilling probably give nicer overall effects as well as easier use.

It might actually be a tad more important what kind of paint you stencil 'over'... in the sense that high gloss paint probably isn't the best; I'd say either flat, eggshell, or mayyybe semi-gloss (although some semigloss really is pretty glossy, lol). If  you really want a high gloss finish, you could probably use one of those clear coat sprays or liquid products on the tabletop or on the entire table after stencil's done.

http://www.walltowallstencils.com/howto/index.php (most of the instructions/advice there applies to stenciling anything not just walls)

http://interiordec.about.com/cs/stencilingtips/

Can't help re Peter Pan stencils specifically, but here's the basic idea for making your own stencils (just in case you can't find what you want ready-made):

http://www.beadiefriends.com/MakeStencil.htm

Another interesting tip I noticed online for making your own (never heard of this before -- I think most people use those clear,fairly thick plastic sheets as mentioned at the website above):  When making stencils, instead of going to the craft store to purchase their stencils or even their paper for stencils, just find a photo you like or a design. Take it to your favorite photocopy place and copy to the size you prefer. Then take the copy and place it on a piece of cardboard. Use a razor blade or exacto knife to cut out your design. Or buy some sandpaper and use instead of cardboard... the sandpaper causes less slipping.

[btw, I haven't stencilled anything in a long time, but I'd thinkyou could find stencil paints, stencil brushes, some ready-made stencils, & maybe even materials for making your own stencils if necessary, at nearly any crafts store or crafts section within a store, and at paint stores, home improvement stores, etc.]
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sayings to embroider on pillows on: July 21, 2006 04:49:08 AM
This doesn't relate specifically to a decorative pillow but to 'pillowcases' ...
Other day I was at one of those machine embroidery shops that does monogramming/logos/names & such on caps/shirts/etc, and the women there happened to be talking about this idea a customer had come in with (they weren't sure about whether they coukd do it or not, really didn't understand why exactly but maybe had something to do with this much embr on a case hem & also maybe something to do with copyright, although  I spoze that wouldn't matter much if someone were doing this for personal use only by hand or on own embroidery machne).
Anyway, apparently the customer wanted his & her pillowcases embroidered something like this on different pairs of cases --
Hers:
When I want you
In my arms...
(border) ~ dream dream dream ~ dream dream dream ~ (etc, lol)
His:
When I want you
And all your charms...
(border)
Both his & hers :
Whenever I want you
All I have to do...
Is dream
(border)
Customer also wanted some pairs done similarly with some of the words to another oldie called Dream Baby...
Can't recall everything but I think it went something like: Dream Baby, got me dreamin sweet dreams The whole night through... Dream Baby, got me dreamin sweet dreams In daytime too... I love you and I'm thinkin of you But that won't do... Dream Baby now I'm thinkin maybe You can make my dreams come true... the younger women at the shop were kinda lost, lol, but the older ones who remembered this stuff -- like me!l -- were singing & boppin around all over the place Smiley )
And then there there was something about doing either upper sheet hems or maybe upper edge of duvet covers or some such thing with some of the words to "Cover Me"! [oops suddenly remembered a bit of that one, all that was coming to me at first was tune not words... I'm lookin for a lover who will Come on in and cover me ]
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: advice for engagement necklace on: July 21, 2006 04:09:44 AM
Interesting idea! But I suspect you need to ask him some serious questions before you attempt such a thing... mainly because I don't think there 'is' such a thing as an "engagement necklace" out there in the marketplace, lol...
Of course I could be wrong -- wouldn't be the first time! Smiley -- but nevertheless, I do think you need a much clearer idea of what 'he' (& also she?!) expects an engagement necklace to be & to look like.

Just for a couple of examples:

[1] How much is he willing to spend on this item? (I mean, traditionally, engagement "rings" have genuine gemstones, & rather expensive ones at that --- so, are we talkin' genuine gemstone beads or briolettes or some such thing?) ...

[2] Traditionally, an engagement "ring" is worn every day/all the time -- so I'm sorta-kinda assuming that a design for an engagement "necklace" would have to be not-too-dressy/not-too-fancy for work, for play, etc etc etc? ... but maybe I'm wrong about that, maybe he (or she) 'does' want something extremely dressy/fancy...?

Well anyway I'm sure you get the idea of the type of questions you probly need to ask.
If someone else here has heard of an engagement necklace before, I do hope she or he willl come along soon & enlighten us..!!
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mounting Objects Using Wire on: July 20, 2006 06:32:25 AM
'If' I'm understanding you correctly... I think basically what you're wanting to do is to "wrap" wire-strung beads around different things...?  assuming I've got the right idea here...

...then I'd imagine that the thinner the wire (i.e. the larger the wire's gauge number), the better the wire will stay on the object you want to wrap.
I have no idea which particular 'kinds' of wire come in the larger gauges -- well, except for real silver wire, for example, which can get pretty thin. But whatever kind of wire, I think if I were trying to do this, I'd start experimenting somewhere around 26 gauge & go up from there if necessary.

Another issue possibly-maybe related to the problems you're having could be the temper of the wire you're using -- i.e., how stiff or how hard it is. Softer/floppier wire often won't stay wrapped as easily or as neatly as harder/stiffer wire. Again, I don't know if wires other than silver come in different tempers, but I'd guess what you want to stay away from is any wire labelled soft or dead-soft (in silver,for example, half-hard is often recommended for wrapping).

The third issue might be 'what-exactly' you're trying to wrap... especially when it comes to hair items, which may not be designed in such a way as to make then easy to wrap *and* easy to put in hair afterward (also, I'd imagine wrappped-twisted wires underneath a barrette or comb could catch or pull out hair).
Not positive about this, of course -- I've never tried anythng like this myself -- but I think you might have better luck trying barrette findings or other findings specially made for decorating.
Try the Craftster search -- or a websearch -- for something like barrette findings, or maybe even just use the term metal findings .... I think most places that carry various jewelry-making findings should have at least a few hair-related ones.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: alright.... HGTV: you know you love it on: July 17, 2006 10:44:41 AM
lol... ironic is right!  But yeah there really is a wholllle lotta stuff there...
Thing is, sometimes it's unnecessarily tough to find (even via search -- which tends to be kinda cranky, gotta be real specific I guess -- & sometimes 'still' you gotta sift through 'a bunch' of unrelated items)...
and, often there isn't "complete-enough" info on a project to make sense or to be of any use (unless one is a totally-instinctive topnotch crackerjack crafter.. which alas I'm not!) ...
Nevertheless I agree -- it's always worth a shot.
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sayings to embroider on pillows on: July 17, 2006 10:37:58 AM
When your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme... ~ Jiminy Cricket (!)... from the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" I think?? (i.e. 'when you wish upon a star your dreams come true' etc?)
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
I don't dream at night, I dream all day -- I dream for a living. ~ Steven Spielberg
...dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before...  ~ Poe
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. ~ John Ruskin
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. ~ Thoreau (iirc, that's a slight rewording)
and
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.  ~Thoreau
We are such stuff as dreams are made on... ~Shakespeare (and yes it's 'on' not of)
and
To sleep, perchance to dream... ~Shakespeare
[[speaking of sleep, Byron also had a couple of good ones:
Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep. ~Byron
When one subtracts from life infancy, sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning - how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse.  (might be a little long for a pillow tho) ]]
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.  ~Jung
Dreams are necessary to life. ~Anais Nin
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. ~Paul Valery (the French poet...probly prettier in French, most things are, lol... btw, Baudelaire was a 'great' one for quotes tho I've never noticed any specifically about dreams)
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real. ~Tupac Shakur


Btw you can find tons of stuff like that at online quotes/quotations places, on just about any topic & from just about anybody imaginable.
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