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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Squint inspired upcycled furniture on: January 20, 2011 02:59:58 PM
I love Squint furniture.  I drool over the website!  
http://www.squintlimited.com/

I had an old couch and chair my aunt gave me when I got divorced over seven years ago.  (When women get divorced, they receive tons of free stuff in my experience  Wink  )    I always planned to redo the green plaid but never had the time or inspiration.  The quality of the furniture is really good. When I was in my 9th month of pregnancy in '09, I got some nesting going on!  Here are the results.  I used tons of fabric I had been hoarding.  The only fabric I purchased was the fuchsia velvet and the blue birds - both for cheap, cheap at Old Time Pottery.   I can point to the couch when my husband asks why I hoard fabric now!   Kiss

 I also painted the wood frame blue.  I didn't attempt a Squint inspired fabric decoupage on it.  I was really pregnant and in a hurry!

The couch and chair sit in our master bedroom now.  I love them.  





This is the only before picture I can find with most of the couch in it. It was taken at our previous house during the 10th bday party of my now 13 year old.  She would be horrified to know I posted it.  Good think she won't know!  She should be ashamed of her messy playroom at our old house!  I am a little.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So I recovered my $20 garage sale sectional. on: December 30, 2010 07:31:36 PM


I think I am in love with it.  I might marry it.  But I can't get a good picture of it.  This is my biggest reuphostery project yet.  There is actual blood from my body in that couch (but just s little!)

The cushions are crooked on this one.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Doll clothes vintage pattern in teeny tiny envelope on: September 10, 2010 01:29:14 PM
I found a McCall pattern at an estate sale today in the tiniest envelope I have ever seen for a pattern.  It's about 1/4 the size of a regular pattern.  There is no number.  It does says printo gravure on the directions.

Does anyone have any idea about the year this might have been made? Or any other information? It's weird.

Thanks!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland on: November 03, 2008 07:35:44 AM
My 11 year old chose this White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland costume (Simplicity 3685).  She isn't big enough for adult sizes so we also purchased the corresponding children's pattern (Simplicity  2834).

I did make the vest from the adult costume, it's just a panel with elastic.  I found some old bunny ears in her dress up closet and I hat I used to wear to make her hat.  She found some sunglasses that we smashed the lenses from for her rabbity classes.  Her stepdad loaned her a very cool pocket watch with a chain - I made some little guides to hold it.  Then I realized she had no tail at the last minute.  I ran back up to the dress up closet but couldn't find a bunny tail.  I did find a Santa hat though.  It's now balless.

(there is one little string hanging from the front of her dress that I yanked off after these pictures. It's making me nuts to see it now!!!)

I love how it turned out aside from the plaids not matching up. She fell in love with this plaid upholstery and it was a bolt end.  I had to peice some corduroy in on the back.  I used lime taffeta for the lining. The dress is made from some drapery moire.  Her neck bow is aubergine lace.


She had a lot of fun with it.  She won best costume at her drama class on Saturday!
Here she is looking at her pocket watch and rapping about being late for her very important date.


**NOTE:  I posted this is in the kids thread before I saw this thread.  Do I need to remove it from the other thread?  Apologies in advance if I am doing it wrong...

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland on: November 03, 2008 06:16:53 AM
 My 11 year old chose this White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland costume (Simplicity 3685).  She isn't big enough for adult sizes so we also purchased the corresponding children's pattern (Simplicity  2834).

I did make the vest from the adult costume, it's just a panel with elastic.  I found some old bunny ears in her dress up closet and I hat I used to wear to make her hat.  She found some sunglasses that we smashed the lenses from for her rabbity classes.  Her stepdad loaned her a very cool pocket watch with a chain - I made some little guides to hold it.  Then I realized she had no tail at the last minute.  I ran back up to the dress up closet but couldn't find a bunny tail.  I did find a Santa hat though.  It's now balless.

(there is one little string hanging from the front of her dress that I yanked off after these pictures. It's making me nuts to see it now!!!)

I love how it turned out aside from the plaids not matching up. She fell in love with this plaid upholstery and it was a bolt end.  I had to peice some corduroy in on the back.  I used lime taffeta for the lining. The dress is made from some drapery moire.  Her neck bow is aubergine lace.


She had a lot of fun with it.  She won best costume at her drama class on Saturday!
Here she is looking at her pocket watch and rapping about being late for her very important date.


6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My precious baby girl is a mobster. on: October 28, 2007 09:27:27 AM
My 10 year old saw most of Johnny Dangerously recently (there was some fast forwarding during inappropriate parts!).  So she wanted to be a mobster.  But a girl gangster.  Not a gun moll.  I am pleased with the way the pattern turned out.  I used a heavy shirt weight blend that had silver metallic pinstripes.  The tie and lining for the vest are purple satin. 

   
  She's carrying her violin case for a treat bag.  I have another treat bag she got from a trade that I am pinning to the inside to she doesn't get candy dregs on the velvet lining.

She was taught to say, "leave me alone, see, Lake Michigan ain't too far from here, my people from the city will fit you for cement shoes, see..."  Suffice it to say, her mother did not teach her that.  We also got some Joe Piscopo, "my mother didn't give me no candy once.  ONCE."
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / My bad#%s plum boots have issues, looking for recon ideas! on: August 17, 2007 06:20:42 AM


Those are basically my boots, except my boots are PURPLE.  And fabulous.  And comfy.  They are a sort of deep dusty purple, not in your face purple.

My issue is this, I am going to have to chop off the top 1/3 of each boot because I dropped my boots in the litter box really ruining the top part of one. Gross and necessary details will not be posted.

Any ideas?  I was thinking lace?  I dunno.  Something crazy.  My creative juices are running low. I just don't want to have to sew tiny, tiny stitches to finish the top and leave them. I figure this is a sign that they should be gussied up.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / concrete pipe playhouse - any ideas how to make? or get? on: August 03, 2007 08:44:22 AM


I ran across the above article and was inspired.

I want to make a playhouse in the backyard similar to these.

Does anyone know how I would go about acquiring that enormous pipe?

LINK:  concrete pipe hotel rooms - INSPIRATION-TASTIC!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Past Halloweens...getting ready for this year - fat with pics on: July 29, 2007 07:45:37 AM
We do it up for Halloween here.  These pics are my only child, Toots.  She's 10 & starting 5th grade.  (I have pics back to 1998 but I can't find them, I might post them later.) I try to get started early so I can use as many Joann coupons as I need!  The costumes all end up costing far more than a store bought one, but I think they are special.  Kiss
I think this year we are doing vampires.  I am hunting for good pics or patterns right after I post this.

HOLY CRAP. I just previewed and these pics are HUGE. I am sorry. I am off to figure out how to shrink them. I will come back with smaller ones if I can work it out.

Crazy Kid Designed Fairy/Witch Dealy
SKIRT:  purple crushed velvet
TOP: purple/blue swirl fabric embossed with velvet moons & stars for bodice, purple satin for arms, black upholstery cord for ties, purple satin ribbon with dangling beads and dangling & clanging black and purple painted shells
CAPE:  purple lace lined with black crushed velvet
FUNKY PURPLE FEATHER BOA
HOT PINK HAIR




She wanted to be a gypsy, then at the very last minute decided it wasn't scary enough so we had ZOMBIE GYPSY! She made little kid cry. I felt bad....
SKIRT: gold lame & purple satin
TOP: purple/gold/black striped Indian cotton, black, purple and gold paisley ribbon, faux gold coin dangly trim
HAIR COVER: sheer purple held onto hair bun with black and gold ribbon



DIVA PIRATE
TOP: red satin embossed with velvet flames, black/gold lace trim, leather eyelets with satin cord
SASH: black and white sateen with black fringe
KNICKERS: black corduroy with gold braid trim down side of legs
PURCHASED: hat, sword, stripey socks, scary skully necklace




This is just a dress she wanted from twirly skull fabric.  She wore it to the zoo-boo as a costume with a cape.  It was much cuter in person. She generally just wore it around town with  red or purple tights and a solid color cardigan. 
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