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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Success at last: it's a tree wall decal! on: November 19, 2008 11:33:22 PM
I have finally succeeded (and gotten around to posting pictures)! 

This is the project I posted a while back in the discussion section, because I just couldn't make the darn thing stick to my wall!  I first tried using starch to adhere my fabric wall decal, but the fact that my "wall" was a slanted ceiling and the fabric was rather heavy made that plan fail.  Then it was on to staples, but apparently my wall is pretty darn indestructible.  Thankfully, I chickened out of using an actual glue (or something even more permanent like Mod Podge) at the last minute and instead used a combo of 3M poster hangers and good ol' scotch tape to get it up there.  The tape is at the tips and some of the edges to help hold them flat, and the 3M wall hangers do the bulk of the sticking work. 

It doesn't have quite the same finesse it did when I used the starch (before it all fell down), because I had a lot more control then in shaping the branches.  I think it's still pretty darn good, though.

I also cut out stars and diamonds from old magazines and stuck those on the wall around the tree to add some colour.  I'm so glad to finally have something filling that huge empty space.  Now for the rest of the room...

Thoughts/feelings/suggestions/questions?  Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old tent-like boy turtleneck into cute cardigan! on: November 06, 2008 02:09:02 PM
I don't have a before picture, but my roomie/cousin was emptying his closet and had an oversized, ribbed turtleneck he was getting rid of.  It was seriously unflattering, but had good warmth potential, so I snagged it out of the pile and came up with this:

I cut off the turtle neck (I can't stand wearing turtle necks) took in the sides and the arms, and then cut the front open and added the buttons and ... well, whatever you'd call the strips of fabric that the buttons attach to.

Maybe the gaping opening in front destroys some of the warmth potential, but I like still like it.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Fabric wall decal + gravity = problem on: November 04, 2008 12:01:58 AM
I'd read in a few places about using starch to stick fabric decals to walls, and thought I'd try it on mine.  The problem is that by "wall" I really mean slanted ceiling, and while my giant tree decal looked really cool (and like it was sticking to my slanted ceiling) when I put it up, when I got home from work that night it was on the ground.  The next problem is that I really really liked the way it looked when it was up and now I'm kind of obsessed with finding a new way to make it stick!

Does anyone have any suggestions for renter-friendly ways that are a little more powerful than the starch to stick large fabric decals to a slanted ceiling?  I tried double-sided tape, but that didn't work too well either.  The funny thing is that some pieces are sticking perfectly, and I can't figure out why. 

For now I've got it up with tacks, because I really just can't let go, but it looks incredibly sloppy and kind of ugly.

Ideas?  Help?  Please?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yet another t-shirt recon--cute! on: November 03, 2008 10:56:51 PM
I've been having a very frustrating evening of sewing projects not working out-- I don't know if this happens to the rest of you, but it seems to take several tries that end in my tossing an unfinished project to the bottom of the pile before I can make something of it.

Being one of those nights, I decided I needed to complete something and I thought a simple t-shirt recon would do the trick.  So I took an old yellow t-shirt with a cute embroidered pattern but unfortunate pit stains, and turned it into something more fortunate (and less pit-stain-y):

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