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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Birds Of A Feather - Feathered Neck Cuff and Gauntlet (bunches of pictures!) on: June 20, 2011 10:27:54 AM
Thank you!

And I keep looking for opportunities to incorporate feathers into my wardrobe. I've got my coworkers used to some fairly tame feathered epaulets - it may be time to break out the feathered gauntlet at work. *laugh* I wish we had more every day reason to costume it up.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Glass Pendant Work on: June 20, 2011 10:26:00 AM
I love the butterfly wing (and I'm not a big fan of butterflies) but then I saw the ocean-themed heart! Love it.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mood Rings on: June 20, 2011 10:25:13 AM
It took me a second when I saw the first picture - when I looked at the next one, it totally clicked. This are awesome and they cracked me up.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pick Flowers :) on: June 20, 2011 10:24:16 AM
That is super cute.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Birds Of A Feather - Feathered Neck Cuff and Gauntlet (bunches of pictures!) on: June 19, 2011 04:48:37 PM

Father's Day seemed like a good day to play with feathers - Feather's Day!

Ruffs have not been in fashion for very long, in the greater scheme of things - they date to the mid sixteenth century, when they were made from 10 or more yards of fabric, shaped in a figure 8 ruffle. I've always liked the ostentatious nature of them, though. With that in mind, and an ample supply of feathers, I made this feathered neck ruff - which does not contain ten yards of fabric, but the number of cream and golden feathers should make up for that.

The base of this is felt - I wanted something that would be flexible and soft but study enough to hold up to the weight of the feathers. But it wasn't super pretty - the felt was textured and should have looked kind of weathered and neat. Instead it just looked kind of... like textured felt. *laugh*

To solve the pretty problem, I trimmed it out with brown velvet ribbon. I stitched the ribbon by hand so you can't really see the attachment points. Then I lined the inside with grosgrain ribbon - which I also used to create ties for a custom fit.

The feathered gauntlet coordinates but isn't an exact match. I glued and sewed the base the same basic way that I did for the neck ruff. Plus it's more secure that way. I kind of hate shedding feathers.

The gauntlet is actually plain (um, so to speak) so that brooches can be swapped out - or, you know, it can be worn plain. You can see it that way in the first picture! For this, I liked the way the texture of the grosgrain ribbon contrasted with the felt. I like contrasting textures.

Instead of being all "tie a bow one handed!", I sewed snaps onto the felt base - the felt is double layered so the backs of the snaps aren't visible.

Again with the customizable fit!

I'm a big fan of options, you know?

Thanks for reading and looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I Believe In Pink - A Sofa Reupholstery Job (lots of pictures!) on: June 15, 2011 07:39:04 AM
Thanks so much for the comments, y'all! I kind of love reupholstering but, whew. Now that I've lived with it for a week, I'm even more blown away that someone would just toss this sexy beast of a sofa to the curb - it is major league comfortable.

i LOVE that sofa. And where the back curves, that odd little corner behind is pretty much perfect for cats. Beaut!

That is EXACTLY what I thought when I saw it - and we have four cats. One of them seems to prefer perching along the back but I've already found another one curled up in that spot a time or two. It's like it was designed with that in mind. Cheesy

Y'all, the 50s vibe of this couch is so on - it kind of makes me crave martinis. It might be time to redo the rest of the living room...

Actually, about 80% of our house is decorated in curb finds - almost all of our furniture is stuff we picked up off the side of the road. I should do a photo tour.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I Believe In Pink - A Sofa Reupholstery Job (lots of pictures!) on: June 13, 2011 07:22:48 AM
Seriously, when I'm all "Oooooh, that's a really neat piece of furniture; we could totally reupholster that," someone needs to remind me that reupholstering always takes, like, two to three times as long as I think it will. Yes, this is a lead-in to another furniture redo adventure. *grin*

Friday night, Ed (my husband) and I were driving around when we spotted this on the side of the road:

I just thought the shape was super interesting! We stopped and checked it out - I was surprised that it was solid as a rock, no wobble to that backpiece at all. Similarly, the foam was in excellent condition.

Now, it isn't that I have been scouting for a new sofa or anything. We have the circus coach we recovered a few years ago (and forgot to scotch guard so now I'm kind of out of love with it) and a Klippan loveseat from IKEA. But IKEA furniture being what it is... the loveseat isn't the most comfortable thing in the world because if you sit on the edge of the seat, the padding is very thin - all you feel is the wooden frame and that's not very comfy. Even so, I've just been whatever about it. It wasn't that I was in the market for a new sofa.

But when this one presented itself... It was 10pm, so we chucked it in the back of the Element and headed home. It got to air out overnight, outside - because I am always a little wary of soft furnishing we find on the curb. 

Saturday morning started early with errands like going to the Bargin Annex of the Sewing Studio in Maitland, FL! Which is where we found the hot pink canvas for $3.99 a yard. We bought more than we figured we'd need (there will be supplemental pillows) to finish off the bolt, and we still spent under $40 on the fabric.

We had some other errands to run so it was mid-afternoon before we got started on the actual couch. Which was okay - gave it more time to air out. I checked it for bugs - no evidence of anything. Ed found a cigarette burn on the existing cover - and there was definitely some residual cigarette smell. So I'm glad it aired out some more.

Getting the back and the bottom apart took over two hours because there were hidden lag screws:

Once we got it inside, the dog spent a lot of time not helping:

She didn't help at any stage of the game. And one of the cats decided he was going to not-help as well:

I don't really have any photos of the reupholstering process - mainly because stapling is a lot of work. My hand kind of aches from the staple gun. It was so worth it, though.

We got the tension wonky in a couple of places - and I had to sew channels for the upright posts of the back to slide down into. Measuring for that was tricksy. So there are definitely parts that aren't perfect. But I'm still really pleased with how it turned out. I've got some round pillow forms to make a few pillows for it but I love the back being all plain like that. It's padded, so it's comfortable to lean on as is.

There are a couple of places where I'll need to add some staple-hiding trim. *grin* I know exactly what I'm using for that, I just have to get it and then spend time attaching it. It's kind of the girliest frilliest sofa ever, and the trim will just reinforce that.

And this time, we scotch guarded that sucker IMMEDIATELY. Smiley

Thanks for reading!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brooches and Epaulets, Oh My! (lots of pictures) on: June 06, 2011 11:45:12 AM
The pink sunflower epaulettes! Oh, my! Wink I think I'd wear one as a huge brooch rather than epaulettes, but wow.

Ooooh, I'd kind of love one of these as a giant brooch - I think I need to dig out more trim. *grin* Thanks for the comment!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wearing My Heart - Or At Least My Epaulets - On My Sleeve (SO MANY PICTURES) on: June 06, 2011 11:42:04 AM
Love the feathery, fringy things,  but I am really wanting to know where you got your suit of armor dress form from. That thing ROCKS!  Grin

Heee! That was actually a mannequin that I got years and years ago out of a dumpster at a local mall - are you familiar with the men's clothing store Structure? They were getting rid of a bunch of fixtures and I grabbed that sucker ASAP. I didn't have a car at the time - I actually wound up taking it home on the bus with me, which was quite a feat as it's totally heavy and awkward. Thanks! It's one of my favorite things.

I am so in love with this. You are amazing. I'm going to have to make myself a pair. Truly inspiring. Couldn't press the "this rocks" button harder.

Thank you so much! I got all distracted making fabric flowers here recently but I'm looking forward to making some more this week. They're just so FUN. I keep wearing them on little jackets and cardigans - they are definite attention getters.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Little Red Riding Hood on: June 06, 2011 11:38:54 AM
That's a wonderful cape! I love the embroidery.
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