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1  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.)
2  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
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / online photo album tool that doesn't suck on: January 07, 2014 10:52:56 AM
[Mods- Not sure this is in the right place for this post, It seems the most fitting.]

I really like the idea of making a bound photobook using web sites like Shutterfly or Costco photo and I have seen some really good completed books.  Scrapbooks are nice but I want something lasting and very crisp and perfect for my wedding photos. 

I might add I've been married 6 years and have no photo album still. this is why:

They all suck!  I spend hours trying to get one or two pages together, with lots of issues like my pics disappearing, or being unable to save my book to work on later, or other errors.  I've been trying a few out to see what layouts I like, although most of them are so full of cheesy embellishments and unnecessary text.  They all advertise "easy to use" but none of them are!  And I'm pretty good with computers. 

What I'd love to find is some software for creating a photobook that is not web-based.  But I'm open to anything that is reliable, if you have had good experience with it.  Can anyone recommend one? 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Avengers Silhouette wall art PIC HEAVY on: September 23, 2012 05:44:02 PM
I don't know which thread this goes under.   Is it reconstructed?  I used torn-up magazine pages for the color, but the canvases and paint were all new materials.  Anyway, our house needs art, big time.  I wanted to make something that really reflects our family, instead of just buying something with flowers or whatever.  So, I give you: Avengers Wall Art! (mixed media)


I found silhouettes of four of our favorite Marvel heroes and printed them out onto contact paper, then cut out the silhouettes using an EXacto knife. 



On each canvas, I made a collage of colorful magazine paper, using one dominant color for each hero.  Hulk's is green with some purple, Iron Man's is red with some yellow, etc.  This was laid down using Paper Mod podge. 

Then, I lay the contact paper down onto the dried collage, and painted over them with a small roller.  The roller was my husband's idea, and a good one at that.  Some paint still seeped under the contact paper, making the edges a lot messier than I wanted.  However, this is not an issue when looking from a reasonable distance. 

I added some details my husband requested to make Cap, Spidey, and Iron Man look more like themselves.  They are just painted on with acrylic.



Here's what it looks like if your living room is really messy so you figure adding some art rather than cleaning up will help. 



Comments/critiques welcome.  This was a lot of fun to make!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Photo "Canvases" made from cereal and snack boxes on: September 22, 2012 03:29:08 PM


The bedroom was sorely low on artwork.  My house overall really needs some wall love.  So, here are some "canvases" I made to make our bedroom happy.  They are photos of my husband and me, lovin' on each other, to remind us to treat each other this way every day.  Seeing them makes us look in each others' eyes more often.  And I just wanted to make some cool art! 

Here's what I did: saved cereal and other shallow cardboard food boxes.  Painted over them with some white primer (after not doing so the first time and insuffficiently covering the logo) 



Then I printed pictures I liked on the laserjet.  The quality of our printer is just terrible.  But this was concealed when I mod-podged the pictures onto the boxes. 
Then, I painted the edges black, in a messy artistic sort of way, to cover the ends of the picture on all sides. 


The vignette you see below the pictures consists of some of our favorite books held up by bookends and a homemade vase that was a bottle with the inside spray-painted white. 
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Tons and Tons of Halloween scrapbook paper! on: August 15, 2012 11:25:38 PM
Hey guys, I'm open to any ideas how I can creatively use all this Halloween scrapbook paper.  I'm not planning on making a scrapbook of this particular holiday, but I'm not opposed to a photo related project.  I'm usually so good at this, but can't think of anything for some reason!  

I have paper of all the other holidays, too.  Same dilemma.

If I make something you suggest I'll be sure to post a photo. :=)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Instagram-Inspired Family Photos Wall Art- pic heavy on: July 30, 2012 10:43:27 PM

I've been wanting to make some cool wall art out of all these photos on my phone!  I'm a terrible photographer, but I'm the ony one we got.  I can't let all these mediocre photos go to waste, so I did what all my friends on the internet do, use all the filters built into Picasa (and some from Instagram) to make the photos look trendy and cool!  I cropped them all to squares of equal size and printed them out with my inkjet:


(My dog wanted to help cut the pictures out, but I explained to her that she could not because she had no thumbs)

I wanted to mount these on something cheap or free, and I scored!  The lady at JoAnn let me have a couple of the cardboard inserts that bolts of fabric come on.  I had my son paint them black. 



I let the paint on the boards and the ink on the photos dry for a full day before moving on. 
After cutting out the photos, I arranged them on the boards to make sure the different colors were spread out and made a tile effect, then drew lines onto the boards to guide me where to place the pictures.  I then carefully Mod-Podged them on.



they took about a day to dry, and then I mounted them with some poster strips (command?  3M? Eh I don't remember.)


There was some measuring and messing around with the computer to make these fit nicely, which would be too boring to read, and too much of a pain to go into.  It did take some math to make this happen.  But it was fun, and now that I have some practice, I'd like to make a nicer one with better materials. 


8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Finn Hat for my boy on: July 30, 2012 10:15:49 PM
My stepson told me the other day he is so glad I can sew because he loves cosplay!  We have taught him to be proud of his nerdy side, especially since we a re a huge family of nerds.  Anyway, on to the good stuff. 

I made him his Finn hat per his most recent request.



Finn is the hero of our favorite show, Adventure time. 
http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/_img/chars/char_14273.jpg

 I found a pattern here: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/pop/1280

Measured his head and then adjusted the pattern to fit.  Bought some fleece, and basically made two of everything, carefully sewed the two hats together and turned righside-out through a small hole on the inside.  He wears it all the time even though it's almost 80 degrees these days. 



I'm proud, this is the most professional looking thing I've ever made, and he loves it, which makes me happy.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / High Waisted Vinage inpired Bikini from Tankini on: April 23, 2012 02:32:01 PM
It started with a pretty boring Land's End tankini that I actually sort of liked, it was conservative and simple, but I don't like those high thighs and I've been wanting a vintage-inspired hi-waisted swimsuit, so I thought I'd chop this one up!  Here's the before:


So I started by adding some leg coverage.  I wanted to use some hot pink fabric I had from a skirt whose waistband I'd used to make my space skirt: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402724.msg4736186#msg4736186
I wasn't sure how to go about attaching them but the technique worked well, I just patched on some rectangles, pinned them on, trimmed and sewed!

I then tucked the pink panels under and tried to make it as even as possible while getting some butt coverage.  

To embellish the top, I added some tucks to create a sweetheart neckline and added a pink button I found:


I cut the bottom off the top, and added it to the bottoms to create a high-waist, then addded a couple more buttons for cuteness!  



The finished Product:


The photos would look better if I cleaned the smudges off the mirror instead of crafting! Oh well...
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Adventure Time canvas sneakers- lotsa pics on: March 07, 2012 09:28:57 AM
These were some old Airwalks that look like classic slip-on Vans basically.  I've been looking everywhere for white canvas shoes I could color on, but I got impatient so I painted these old black ones white with soft fabric paint and then went to town!

Our whole family loves Adventure Time, so I wanted to make shoes to show some love to Finn, Jake, and the Princesses! 


The Shoes


Gunther


Lumpy Space Princess & Bemo (to whom I added a face after this was taken, oops!)


Lady Rainicorn, Finn & Jake


Marceline the Vampire Queen, and Princess Bubblegum

You can now get plain white canvas shoes at Forever 21 for $6.50.  They're only available this time of year!
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