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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finished My Seashell Wreath on: June 30, 2014 07:05:35 AM
We sell a seashell wreath at my work for an outrageous price and it is nowhere near as beautiful or special as this one!  Well done. 

{As a tip-- a soak in some water with a few drops of bleach is usually enough to kill all the organisms on the surface and prevent smelling.  As a child I didn't know this and was once horrified to find my shells covered in larvae.  Yuck!}
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Forest Guardian ATCs on: June 30, 2014 06:34:13 AM
These are so beautiful!  They'd make great cover art for some good fantasy (ever notice how the art often has nothing to do with the book inside?) And it would be cool to see you at a ***-Con booth showing off your lovely sketches!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: New Patio for under 40 $ reclaimed red brick on: June 20, 2014 07:12:33 PM
I'd really love to know how you made this! Is there a web site that was helpful or did you know how to do this kind of thing? I really want to try it myself or with my husband's help
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / new life to my old sectional on: April 27, 2014 10:10:53 AM
I just washed all the cushion slipcovers and they're a pain to put back on so no pic yet... but I have a big, sage green L-shaped sectional sofa that's about 6 years old.  It's good for our family because all 4 of us and the two dogs can all sit together to watch movies. 

My beagle is loving the couch sans covers:


We can't afford a new sofa, but there's a lot to like about this one.  It's got a nice profile, clean lines and angles rather than those awful 80's looking curvy round backs if you know what i mean. 

The back cushions have lost most of their shape because unlike the seat cushions which are foam, the backs are just filled with stuffing.  I'm looking into replacing the insides with foam but not sure if that will be affordable. 

I researched "upholstery paint" and "spray fabric paints" but most people reported their results as making the fabric stiff or shiny.  The upholstery is soft microfiber and I wouldn't want to lose that.  I can dye the slipcovers (maybe, I don't know if dye would take) but not the couch. 

I've changed out the pillows constantly it helps, but not enough. 

Now that I've given all the relevant background on my sofa, I'm hoping my fellow craftsters might have some ideas how I can give this sofa new life? It's been slept on, jumped on, peed on (my dog pees when she falls asleep) and abused but ultimately I'm trying to get a few more years out of it.  Not an unlimited budget but it's worth some investment. 

If you've seen a blogger out there that's done something like this, maybe a link? 

Anyone tried replacing cushions with foam? 

Non-stiff fabric paint? 

Anything?

Thanks in advance. 

(MODs: I'm posting this in a couple different relevant threads to try to get more replies.)
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Curtain samples on: April 12, 2014 08:19:03 AM
Very excited that my boss is letting me buy a bunch of curtain samples from my work. I work for a home decor store that is known for its beautiful imported textiles and furniture, starts with a P, ends with a 1. They are from curtains that we no longer sell, and some of the fabrics are quite lovely. I am definitely going to use some as table runners. I really don't need to make any more pillows but I probably will. Why else can I do with them?
Pics coming soon
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Royal Mutant Victoria on: February 18, 2014 10:04:46 PM
It's true what everyone said about the beauty of this piece and the detail, but what I found amazing was the shape of the chest and back, and the bustle of the dress.  This is an exquisite creation. 
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nautical Mobile from old jeans and a table cloth (pic. overload) on: February 07, 2014 11:10:28 PM
This looks so great!  All the little fishies and the whale are awesome.  The details are amazing, the driftwood, the little hooks the fish hang from, very cool.  How did you get it to balance so well?
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Fight Club mold and soap on: January 20, 2014 08:22:35 PM
This is so very cool and your English is great!  I can tell that it isn't your first language but not because of any errors.  There are always little things that give people away, but hard to describe.  What is your original language?  I like the term "mother-tongue" and think I'll use it in the future. 
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Bring it, apocalypse. With my survivor soap, I'm ready! on: January 20, 2014 08:13:15 PM
I have to admit that I, too, often think about what skills of mine will be useful during the apocalypse.  It's cause my 12-year old talks about it a lot...  kid thinks he's Mad Max.  Anyway I'm glad you can make soap, try not to get dead!  I know about fermentation and my husband is an Eagle Scout... So we are ready. 
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: A very discouraging project...don't underestimate curtains (img heavy) on: January 07, 2014 11:30:53 AM
Kudos to not giving up on such a tough project!  I might not have done so.  Thank you SO much for sharing your experience so we can all learn from your tips! They turned out great, and having the hems a little high on the sides gives your curtains a nice little flair at the corners which actually looks quite nice, even if not what you intended. 
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