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1  Should it stay or should it go? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by ica171 on: June 09, 2009 07:50:09 PM
Now that song's going to be in my head for the rest of the night.  Anyway, I am having an attack of ambivalence about my couch.  First pictures, then my problems.

My couch.

The rest of that half of the room.  I need to recover the floral chair; I love the pattern but it's basically falling apart.

So my problems with the couch.  First, it's painted.  It has what feels like a hundred coats of paint on it (really more like half a dozen, but still) and it's not smooth yet.  The arms are, but the cushions aren't, and at this point I'm not sure if they ever will be. 

I do love the color, but I'm not sure about the color of the bench with the sapphire blue.  Painting the bench is no big deal; my son colored all over it with purple Sharpie today.   Roll Eyes

My options, as I see them, are to cover it or get a new couch.  Finding a new couch that's that color blue would almost certainly be very expensive.  Covering it would also be very expensive, unless I used canvas or something.  Which could be dyed that color blue, but....ugh.  If I got a new couch, I would probably get a neutral color, which I don't really want.  You can't see it, but there's a cream-colored loveseat on the other side of the room.  Also, my curtains, which I haven't hung yet, are a coral color, which rules out red.     

Opinions?  Suggestions?  Should it stay or go?   

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2  Re: What color is your couch? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by ica171 on: February 06, 2008 07:25:23 PM
OK, here are some pictures.

Couch with blue fabric.  The color is really brighter than this, with more green in it, but it doesn't come through very well.  The art we have done so far is on the back of the couch.

Couch with tan fabric.

Wall opposite the couch.  Eventually there will be another black bookcase and things will be arranged nicely on it.

Wall next to the couch (to the right as you are sitting on the couch).

Wall to the left of the couch.

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3  What color is your couch? (six pictures) in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by ica171 on: February 05, 2008 10:39:42 PM
I have this brown couch that I am going to be reupholstering but I'm kind of at a loss as to what color to use.  Normally I would go with tan/neutral, but I have a tan loveseat and tan curtains, so it might be too much neutral.  I was thinking red, but now I'm not so sure.  I kind of want a really bright color like fuschia, emerald, chartreuse or sapphire, but I'm afraid to spend all the money on fabric for something that I might get tired of quickly.  (DH doesn't care what I do as long as there's a couch to sit on.)

Here's a picture.  The skirt on the couch is gone.  On the wall above the couch there's going to be a group of nine art panels, just colored panels that my three year old and I are painting together.  Red, blue, green, orange, yellow, etc.  The red chair you can see off to the side is going to be reupholstered in something else, and unfortunately the green stool had to go.  The kids liked to take the legs off of it and they broke one, so it hides in my craft room now. 

So does anyone have any suggestions on color? 

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4  Two quilting dilemmas: thread color/quilt it or not? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by ica171 on: December 09, 2007 12:51:49 AM
I have two quilting-related problems right now.  Both are related to quilt I've sewn for my brother.  He's serving in Iraq and told me he'd love a blanket since it gets cold at night and he's just got an army blanket, so I made him this quilt.  It's stitched together and just awaiting quilting.  Here are my two problems with this quilt. 

Number one: do I even need to quilt it?  I know it would be best to quilt it, but if I did quilt it it would be quilted by hand.  It's twin size, so I'm guessing at least a week if I devote a lot of time each day to it.  Also, the backing is a bedsheet and I've read (since making the quilt) that those are not the easiest to quilt because of a high thread count.  It's 200 thread count, which doesn't sound that high to me, but I'm new to this so I will defer to someone else's opinion.  Smiley  Anyway, I'm thinking a good press would be enough for it.  I know he's anxious to get it, so I really want to get it out as soon as possible, and to be honest I doubt he'll notice if it's quilted or not quilted.  Plus I haven't practiced my running stitch in a looong time, so I'm worried about it looking crappy.

Number two: if I do quilt it, what color thread should I use?  Should I try to match one of the front colors or the backing color?

Pictures of the front.  Just a random brick pattern so I wouldn't have to worry about getting the pieces in the right order or matching seams.

Thanks for any input you can give me!

Picture of the backing.  I know the photos are a little dark, but the ones with the flash off got truer color IMO.

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5  My painted journal cover--image medium in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ica171 on: November 15, 2007 10:25:22 AM
I made this for my sister in law for Christmas.  This is actually the second one I made because the first one was about an eighth of an inch too small.  And of course I think I like it better. Cry

So here is the second one.  Basically it is a simplified cover, the closest thing I can compare it to would be a book jacket.  It's lined with white cotton fabric but the outside is a sage green satin-type fabric that I got at Wal-Mart for $1 a yard.  The tree design was inspired by the bird tree corset here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156988.0 but mine has flowers and leaves instead of birds.  The paint is just plain old acrylic, and the cover is removable so that she can use it on other notebooks if she wants.   

A shot of the front.

Opened up.

And a detail of the tree.

Thanks for looking, and sorry for the not so great image quality.  My camera doesn't like closeups, I guess.
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6  Re: Ideas for a little girl with everything & a craft-hating mother in Winter Holidays by ica171 on: November 13, 2007 05:17:18 PM
Wow, apparently I need to check eBay for my magazine subscriptions. Smiley 

Well, here is an update on this whole mess.  Before I start, you should know that I have three sisters, two older and one younger.  The younger one is who this thread was started about, but this post is about the oldest.

My oldest sister found out Saturday that we had already drawn names for gifts because I wanted extra time to make my gifts.  I had her daughter and my niece, the 3 year old.  She had our other niece, who is 13.  She was complaining that she didn't know what to buy her so I offered to trade her the 13 year old for the 3 year old.  She said yes, so now I have her daughter, the 8 year old, and the 13 year old.  (She's getting a purse I'm designing for her.)   

Today my mom emailed me and said that my oldest sister (mother of the 8 year old) called her almost in tears because--wait for it--I was MAKING her daughter a HOMEMADE gift.  She tried to tell my sister that homemade gifts were better, etc., but she wasn't having it.  Apparently when they were younger our dad's family would buy them crap gifts.  Now, these were not crap homemade gifts, these were go-into-the-Salvation-Army-and-grab-the-cheapest-thing-you-see crap gifts.  Not really the same thing. 

I imagine that at some point there was a vow made along the lines of "my kids will never have crappy gifts like I had."  And then at some other point Christmas gained a monetary value and "crappy gifts" became synonymous with "homemade gifts," and today homemade gifts are teh ebil.  I don't think the daughter takes after the mother--I made her a leopard print and pink quilt and throw pillows last year (a last minute gift because the idea of giving a DVD drove me so crazy) and she absolutely loved them.   

I said there was no way I was buying her something.  I bought her a DVD last year and it drove me freaking nuts to do it.  I hate buying gifts.  And besides that, her gift was almost done.  She had showed an interest in knitting, so I have a Teach Yourself to Knit book that I no longer need that I'm giving her.  I also made a knitting needle case and a matching bag for her yarn.  Both need the ties put in--I'd like the yarn bag to be reversible so I'm still thinking about how to put the ties in so that it is.  I'm also going to make her a few sets of knitting needles out of dowels and paint and poly.   

Anyway, now that you know all about my drama, here are some pics that I took of the 8 year old's gift as it is now.  I apologize for the crappiness.  I tried to take some details of the stitching to show that it was straight and nice, but my camera didn't like that idea.  It is, though, I swear.   

Outside of the needle case.  The top flap is out here, it's not supposed to be.  It's not blue and yellow, it's blue and lime green but my work table and the camera flash do not get along, so I couldn't use flash. 

Inside of the needle case with two pockets.

Outside of the yarn bag.  Doesn't really look like much at this point.

And the inside of the yarn bag. 

Since I only have a few gifts left to make, I am thinking about making her a name wall hanging.  I don't know if I want to, though, because painting stuff like that takes a long time and I have a sneaking suspicion it would never get up on the wall.   
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7  Re: Decorate my house room by room craft-a-long in Craftalongs by ica171 on: November 06, 2007 04:59:23 PM
Is this still going on?  I'd love to join.  We just moved to a new apartment and although I said I would let everything remain as is for a few months while money is tight, I just can't.  It's a good thing I've accumulated so much decor over the last few years!

We're not supposed to paint, but the walls have some big cracks on them, so next year after we get our tax return we're planning on patching and painting a nicer shade of white--something that isn't primer, because I'm fairly sure that's what's on the walls now. 

I have a lot of little things I want to do, but my major projects are:

1. Make 3 faux chandelier things for the hallway.  This involves putting up 2 plug-in bare bulb fixtures and running the cords for them down the ceiling.  I'm basing my design on this http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=8&id=12653796&parentid=A_FURN_LIGHTING&sortProperties=+product.marketingPriority,-product.startDate&navCount=3&navAction=poppush&color=00 Spectrum Chandelier from Urban Outfitters.   

2. Recreate this painting in a huge size for the living room.  Since we have white walls and 12' ceilings in there I need something big. 

3. Doing something on the wall behind the bed in the master bedroom.  I've been thinking about doing a giant wall of diagonal basketwoven fabric, but I'm on the fence about that one. 

4. Do a faux tile backsplash in the kitchen.  This is the toughest because I don't know what to make it out of.  It's going to be put on something and screwed to the wall.  I'm also going to put up a pegboard in the kitchen for all the pots and pans and big utensils. 

5. I want to do something like this stencil in the hallway.  Again, I'm not sure if it's something I want to do on fabric and put up with liquid starch or put it on paper or what. 

I think that's about it for now, besides painting or touching up a bunch of furniture. 
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