Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Couch part 1

I am finally covering up our couches. I don't have pictures yet, but I will soon. A couch is way more difficult to reupholster than a chair (of course). The demolotion is the part I hate...the part that makes me want to forget the whole thing! I am just trying to take it step by step so I don't do a mediocre job...the temptation is great because I need my couch back, but I'm just trying to remember not to rush through it. I will post a picture of how it looks at this stage.

The couch in question is a Martha Stewart Everyday couch we bought from K-Mart almost 3 years ago while still living in Virginia. I thought they were soooo cute, and since it was on clearance for $75 each, I bought two. I quickly assembled them, Ikea-style, and was impressed with how sleek and contemporary they looked. A couple of months later I found out why they were on clearance. While the frame itself is okay (you have to tighten the screws every so often), the upholstery fabric didn't fare so well. It was a dark color, which I thought would hide stains farely well, but no, it shows stains quite visibly. The worst part is, it's a very cheap polyester fabric that didn't stand up to just plain sitting, much less kids jumping and climbing on it. Within a couple of months, the fabric started to shred at the seams, so you could see foam underneath, and the surface started to pill a little.

We bought a couch and loveseat set from CL as a replacement, but those started to get dirty shortly thereafter (they were a cream color, and I should've known better, but I was in love). When we relocated to Ohio a few months later, we left them in VA, a decision I still regret to this day. Now I'm faced with either recovering our MSE couches, or buying a new set. Option 2 is not really an option, so here I am, recovering. Thank God for 50% off fabric sale at Hancock!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Si Se Puede....

...AND YES WE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Creative A.D.D ...More craft ideas, I say!

I suffer from sever Creative A.D.D. Here are my symptoms:

1. Whenever I see something really really cute, I say 'I could've made that!'. Yeah, but I didn't, and that bothers me. A lot.

2. I am obsessed with making things. I have enough projects lined up for eternity, yet I continue to add more, or seek out new things to make.

3. I practically live in the craft section of bookstores and libraries. I just can't get enough ideas. More craft ideas, I say!

4. I find a new favorite medium almost monthly. I will full-on throw myself into a new craft for a few weeks, then begin to grow bored and find another. I will rediscover an old favorite craft and then become once more enamored, only to grow bored again. This happens with almost all crafts, except for Knitting/'s just too much work, lol.

5. I own supplies for almost any craft you can imagine. Need a brad awl? I got one! Need some embroidery hoops? I got those too! How about some Gocco ink? Yup, got some!

6. I spend more time discovering new crafts than I do producing something. I just discovered that I hate boring old production work. Who wants to make the same thing over and over again? On to the next item!

I could go on and on, but I think I've hit the major symptoms. Now I want to hear from you readers out there. I need your responses. Do you experience this? How do you cope? How do you stay focused? How do you stay on task and do what needs to be done without being all over the place?
Thanks for your responses/Suggestions.