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on: April 03, 2009 05:07:04 AM 
Started by witwhitherwilt, Message by witwhitherwilt
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Meet our  kitty, Oreo:

She mostly enjoys life with her human servants, despite the fact that we are terribly cruel and hardly ever give her more than a bite or two of our sushi and sometimes deign to move when she is trying to sleep on us. But she especially likes the large green-velvet scratching-post in the living room. We like it, too--but we call it "the couch."  Attempts to train her not to scratch it have worked about as well as training a cat not to do something has ever worked for anyone in the history of feline-human relations.


 So when this challenge was announced, I decided to use the buttons both to cover up the scratches and to make the arm of the couch less "scratchable" in the future. I poured myself a glass of wine, put the figure skating championships on tv, and just started sewing the buttons directly onto the couch. (Hint for anyone else crazy enough to try this: a curved upholstery needle makes a huge difference. I got one after the first frustrating, finger-sticking day and it made things so much easier.)

At first I just meant to cover the torn-up corner:

But then I started to get a bit carried away...

I soon used up most of my buttons. A friend was kind enough to donate a bagful from her stash, and I literally jumped for joy when, after a fruitless day scouring thrift stores, I found several packages of them in the aisle at the Dollar store. I filled in the gaps between the buttons with random loose beads and shells I had lying around. I also incorporated some jewelry that I liked but never really wore, like this large Star-of-David pendant I inherited from my grandmother.

And here's the entire couch from the front:

From the side, it looks a little like a frame without a picture. I thought about filling it in with something, but didn't have time before the challenge deadline. So for now it just frames poor dejected Oreo, who has lost her scratching post and must now contemplate the deep ennui of life:

ETA: Thanks everyone for your concern about Oreo's wellbeing! Rest assured, she has a cardboard scratcher now that she likes a lot, though she sometimes stands on it and meows at me until I sprinkle on more catnip!

on: April 05, 2009 07:46:02 PM 
Started by witwhitherwilt, Message by PureOath
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I know I can't be the only one thinking this...

on: April 06, 2009 05:51:30 AM 
Started by witwhitherwilt, Message by Bongmistress
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First of all this is gorgeous and I love it! Second of all, Oreo looks i-frickin-dentical to my cat, Blinky - which has me a little bit freaked out!

Behold the long-lost-cat-twin!

Sorry to hijack the thread with a picture of my cat, but I felt like this warranted sharing! In all seriousness though this really is stunning, you must have the patience of a saint  Smiley 
on: May 25, 2009 06:29:26 AM 
Started by witwhitherwilt, Message by loukr
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Ooh man, this is ah-mezzin! If only my silly leather couches would take a needle without killing my fingers Sad
Ooh well, I suppose that's what glueguns are for Cheesy

Sorry to hijack you post with a pic here, but this is my kitty Ollie, he's not here any more, but I saw Oreo and immediately was like OMG, OLLIE!

He had so many bells on his collar to scare the mice away, he was a good hunter but there was only so many times we could accept such lovely.. soggy presents from him Cheesy

Your sofa has inspired me, I have a tin FULL of vintage buttons that are just screaming for a project like this! Smiley
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