Saturday, November 25, 2006

Day 25: Sew Busy Today

I did some sewing today! Actually, I did a lot of sewing today. I love to sew, but only my own creations and in manic bursts. For readers already getting bored, please go here and enjoy smacking the beejeezus out of a penguin. Everyone still interested in my projects, let's go!

First up, I finally finished making some cute little curtains for the lower part of my office's built-in bookshelves. Now I can hide all my sewing stuff and porn.
Next is the cozy winterization of this table in our living room. It looks fine like this in the summertime, but seems chilly in the winter. I'd already made a nice little Ballard-esque burlap tablecloth, but today I decided to create a topper out of an old paisley shawL.
This was the hardest part, cutting into the shawL. (rotating the picture also didn't go so well) Liz and I spent a lot of time scrutinizing it, and finally decided on the best method to leave the most useable remains. I should be able to get a runner (or something else long and skinny) and a small pillow out of the scraps. There was, however, a small wasted piece, probably due to too-obsessive measuring. But Amber talked me through it and we agreed there's just no use in crying over spilt paisley.
The final product! I'm so pleased with how it turned out. It actually looks better in person than in the photo where it appears slightly droopy... But anyway! Pottery Barn is selling the same thing, except mine is the genuine real deal and cost a whole lot less. Ha! I win!
Lastly, I also decided to finally tackle the Belgian tapestry situation. I bought this piece a long time ago, planning to make a wall hanging for my previous house. Alas, there were some flaws (ink and some cuts) that drove me crazy every time I looked at them. So I cut all the flaws out and made a pillow! Ta-da! And I used up some of my vintage buttons holding it closed so I could also preserve the furry little edge detail. For bonus points, I stuffed it with another old pillow instead of buying a new one, something which pleases my frugal husband no end.

I hope you enjoyed my sewing project photo blog post. I'll know when I get up tomorrow if the manic sewing frenzy has passed. I kind of think it'll still be going on, though. You know what that means? Since I finally finished these projects, I can start a new one!


Anonymous said...

Nice work, Ballard Designs should be proud of your creativity and offer you a job.

Designing on a dime can be fun and oh, so gratifying...keeps Ken happy too.

Who needs to hire an interior decorator when Shelby's Mum is on a sewing high!

Anonymous said...

All time best on the penguin smack: 321'

Shelby's Mum said...

321? That's excellent! I'm still trying to put more top spin on my penguin and hopefully break through the 200 barrier/slump I'm in.

Lizzie! said...

way to beat the big expensive stores mum! super proud of you for the 'pottery barn' table.

Like you always say ... "if it doesn't work, it's a new pillow!"

O.K. you don't really say that, but that's what seems to happen a LOT. our houuse is going to be really squishy one of these days.

Amber said...

I just want to know if you're hiding recipes in addition to sewing stuff and porn behind those cute little blue curtains. Love the Buddha statue too!

By the way, the letters i have to enter to post this comment seem like they'd make a great new curse word - 'vgfidct' those expensive furniture stores! :)

Shelby's Mum said...

Yes, of course I hide my "recipes." I'm decent, you know.

And thanks for the new curse word. I've just about worn out the ones I have. :)

Anonymous said...


Shelby's Mum said...

Congratulations! You beat the other anonymous penguin smacker!