Sunday, January 1, 2012

One Post in 2011? Let's Shoot for 2 in 2012!

Well, the before has L in the picture,
but the peach curtains look better
Well, the whole blogging thing is not taking off as I'd hoped. The goal of this blog is to talk about things I'm interested in and projects I've done or am in the process of completing or am still envisioning in my head. Maybe I'll talk about how the projects I've finished overlap with how they were originally imagined. Or projects that I started and never finished. Ah, now that would have to have more than 2 posts! So, let's start with a project highlight and a lowlight from 2011.

Most successful project: Dyeing and hemming curtains. I found 4 linen panels at a thrift store for $7.00/panel in Chicago exactly a year ago. Since I don't live in Chicago, I had to leave them with my family until I could get back with my car over the summer of 2011. On that same summer trip, I visited Dick Blicks and bought peach fabric dye. Once I got them home, I dyed 2 panels and "hemmed" them with fabric glue. I only did two because I left one of the panels in Chicago. When my parents brought the last panel on a visit in October, I dyed and "hemmed" the second pair. The hardest part of this project was the ironing. They still look rumpled to me, but I'm sure no one else notices, right? But I love the color, the fabric, and the price tag!

Worst project: Octopus chandelier.

I still like the end result, but husband is not so sure. It was supposed to look like an Adam Wallaclavage. I'll let you google that image, as I'm not going to make it easy on you to compare his to mine. Not able to install this one, so some lucky Salvation Army customer will be the recipient of this wonder. The building process involved a found 5-arm chandelier, paper clip and tin foil armature, paper mache, plaster of paris, spray paint, and hot glued oven-dried clay tentacles. The eyes are marbles. All that work...


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