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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Showing off - reupholstered my couch on: November 21, 2011 07:46:15 AM
My mother's mother's mother's couch was in an awfully sad state. Some of the springs had collapsed, webbing had come loose, the upholstery shredded, dirty, and faded.  So I decided to do something about it.  I love owning that couch, but it didn't serve much purpose anymore.  People actually avoided sitting on it. 




Couldn't afford a pro job so I took tools and ebay fabric in hand and went at it. 



I have never ever done anything like this before, and it turned out pretty decent.  In retrospect, maybe I should have practiced on something less old/fragile/complicated/totally irreplaceable.




Ignore the mess on the floor, I had just had the couch upside-down with it's guts strewn all over the living room for 3 weeks, so I hadn't done much cleaning.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Crow T Robot kids costume on: December 27, 2008 11:04:51 AM
Glad to see I'm not the only one posting Halloween projects at Christmas.  My son went with us to a convention in October, and the crew from Mystery Science Theater 3000 was there.  My boy is a big fan so I helped him create a Crow costume.  Trace Beaulieu saw him and came and talked to us.  He was so thrilled.  Pictures here:

http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/pp133/ladyofnomads/SDC10128.jpg

http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/pp133/ladyofnomads/SDC10127.jpg
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Pirate Coat for Christmas! on: December 27, 2008 09:05:37 AM
My 5 yr old son really needed a new winter coat for this year as last year's was really too small.  We couldn't find one he liked in our price range, so we talked over our options, and he asked me to make him a coat that would make him look like a pirate. I found an image of pattern pieces for a justaucorps on a blog and used it as a guideline for this.



I finished just in time for Christmas morning




It's amazing what I can do in 5 to 10 minutes a day for two months.  The thing is fully lined, and the upper part is interlined with Thermolam for warmth. The trim is hard to see in the pictures, but it's brown and cream striped raw silk.  It's got a great bumpy texture that contrasts well with the softness of the microcorduroy.  And of course Fleur-de-lis buttons.

Voila! Justaucorps!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for RPGamers? on: November 23, 2007 01:04:10 PM
I'm trying to do as much handmade as possible this year, which I find easy enough for family, work friends, etc. But all my husbands friends are D&D or White Wolf fanatics, and I am tired of going the game shop gift certificate route.  We did dice bags one year... Um I seem to be running low on inspiration.

Any ideas?
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