Dealing with anger . . . semi-constructively

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve replaced anger with my crafting . . . or so I thought. But just like the first days of a diet or quitting cigarettes, you get good days and then you have a bad day like today when I knew only taking something apart would keep me from homicide. Enter my ugly-ass side table:

I really shouldn’t speak ill of something I got for free from a vendor at a flea market who didn’t want to take it back home after all her wares had been sold. But let’s face it, it’s ugly. A friend, seeing it for the first time, said, “How lazy do you have to be to make a table like that?” Anyhoo, as you can see, I have attempted to do something with it.

I started sawing it again but it was too little pay off for the mood I was in so I decided to call another good friend:

This is my gun tacker. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.

Considering that I got this and two huge boxes of staples for AED 20 (about $5) this thing’s pretty hardcore and should see me through the other re-upholstery jobs I’ve got waiting in the sidelines. Also, Vida had given me some cast-off canvas from a painting that never happened:

So I tacked away to my heart’s content. This was somehow very satisfying. I recommend it, second only to a full day of treatments and massages at a spa. And more productive than popping bubble wrap.  I had no plan whatsoever what I was going to do with it, but I thought if I was to have an  unfinished project lying around it might as well be literally a blank canvas.

I started to do a bit of decoupage on it but by this time my anger had run out of steam somewhat and I’m happy to let it be for a while until I decide what to do with this really. Yes, that’s a dish-washing sponge I’m using instead of a proper sponge brush, I do have one but it’s too small and frail, I’m sure it’s only good for projects no bigger than cuff links. This one’s up for suggestions. I thought I’d write one of my poems on it (yes, I was a poet in a past life) but I’ don’t have paint or pens; or make a patchwork of my scrap fabrics (most likely to happen). No, I can’t draw to save my life. Any other suggestions welcome 🙂


Dining room DIY

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

You could say I got into DIY out of sheer envy. I moved into my flat with no furniture. My friends know I’m not exaggerating here, we had to sit on the kitchen counters when they’d visit. I’d walk by a The One or Selva window display and want everything in it, from the ridiculously oversized armchairs to the dust-gatherer-potential decorative balls. Since I would have to pawn my soul to be able to buy any of those things, I decided to beg for/buy cheap stuff and “make” them into the things I want. Well this hasn’t quite worked out (as my half-sawn baseboard side table would prove to you) but somehow or another my house is actually starting to look the way I want it to. My biggest issue now are my walls. They look empty. First, because I am very reluctant to drill into them; and second, I keep having daydreams of how the wall fairies would come in the night and I’d wake up to beautifully painted and decorated walls. HAH. Anyhoo, I keep trawling the net for wall decoration ideas and found this new object of envy. I’m not sure whether it’s the rich shade of violet she’s used or the fact that she used mirrors from dollar-store hooks that got me, but I love this. I’ll let Main SarahJane tell you how she did it at very little cost. There’s a plastic cup lighting fixture in there too that you might want to take a closer look at.   


Excuse me while I pat my back

January 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Every time I put together something from IKEA I feel very empowered and more than a little butch. For those of you who haven’t seen me, I am 5’2″and all of 50kg. Lugging around a 100cm X 60cm board makes me feel like a lumberjack. I know I should be sewing right now, but I can’t help but just sit back for a minute and admire how my crafting corner is now starting to take exactly the shape I want it to. I’ll just got pop open a beer and count my chest hairs while I’m at it.

The search for the perfect crafting corner continues

January 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

 In my head my crafting/cutting/sewing station already looks like this. But considering that I still haven’t made up my mind where in the house this corner will be, this is a huge case of wishful thinking. Withinaquarterinch will tell you how collecting materials for your crafts could quickly go out of hand and before you know it, it’s taken over your entire house. At the moment, my minimalist plans (hah! when you’ve got a zero budget for interior design, everyone’s a minimalist) have gone out the window, replaced by this chaotic mix of fabric, batting, thread, sewing notions, and-half finished projects that is now my living room. But I have to plan my organization methods carefully since I have limited space and even more limited finances. In the meantime, I’ll keep gawking at how other people have gotten around this.

IKEA Hackers

January 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

I’m currently obssesed with having a proper crafting/sewing table – storage/cabinet/display corner. It has to fulfil two very important reuquirements: A. Should not cost much and B. Should not require me to get rid of any of the stuff I already have. Oh, and a third requirement: I must still be able to move around in my living room once it’s installed. To fulfil A, I thought my best bet was to get something from IKEA. But that’s a bit disheartening since I also want the space to be inspirational (read: NOT BEIGE). And then I found the IKEA Hackers. Granted, most of their projects are for IKEA stuff they already own, but I think, maybe, I could still make this work 😉

Got Wood?

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have this vision of me with a tool belt, work gloves and hard hat sawing away at a piece of wood and making it into an awesome piece of furniture. But the thought is enough to get me burrowing into my Snuggie and putting on my fave TV show of the moment. So I’ll leave that to the experts at Established & Sons. This credenza and other items was featured in Honestly WTF (I seem to be following blogs just because I love their names :)) from a collaboration between artist Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong. I’ll just admire their handiwork for now and say “Someday . . .,” as I slurp down my Jello-O.

A bucket full of cute

January 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Where I’m from, you only used a galvanized iron anything if you were in the business of fresh fish. But for some reason I’ve always been drawn to the distressed/industrial look it brings to your home. I was very happy to see this ottoman made with a galvanized iron bucket online. It looks a bit tricky to do though since Beckie off at Knock Off Decor uses some hardcore crafter’s tools, but I’m sure we can get around this. Now I’ll have an excuse to buy those iron plant pots from IKEA my friend actually had to drag me away from.

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