Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ceiling fan redo

I redid my fan. I mod podged some fabric onto the blades. It was an easy project; just take the blades off the fan and mod podge some fabric or decorative paper onto them.

I didn't use fabric Mod Podge to stiffen the fabric so I could cut it out without fraying. That's what some tutorials I found said to do, but I figured if I cut the shape out ahead of time, I'd have a hard time lining it up on the blade. So what I did was sand the blades to roughen them and cover the wood surface with regular matte Mod Podge (like the tutorials say), and then just lay out a piece of fabric onto it, making sure I lined up the pieces on all four blades roughly the same as each other. Then when it was dry(ish), I flipped it over on my cutting mat and, with my rotary cutter, cut the fabric around the shape of the blade. Some of the edges are a little iffy looking, but I figure no one will stand underneath my fan and look directly up at it long enough to study it.

Here's a (sort of) before picture. It's actually a picture of the living room fan, but it's the same as mine, just without the light fixture.

That's what mine looked like before. Here's what it looks like now:

I actually put fabric on both sides of the blades. The reverse side is a brown cross-hatch fabric, but it's pretty dark, darker than it was pre-Mod Podge, so at first glance it just looks like I painted the blades a darker brown. So I flipped the blades over and tried another fabric on the other side. So if I ever get tired of the side that's showing, I can just flip it to the brown side. The brown side is nice, it's just kind of dark.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Overdue update on room redo

Okay, so several months ago I painted my room, and was planning to redecorate it as well. Redecorate meaning take down some stuff and put up/rearrange some other stuff I already had. Not buy new decorations, because I don't have money. (Or rather, I feel wasteful spending money to buy stuff, but not spending money to make stuff. Ergo, I'd spend $100 to make a quilt more readily than $70 to buy one.)

Anyway, here's the final current state of my bedroom redo. I've been meaning to post pictures for a while, but I was waiting until I finished my quilt, but it's still unfinished after five months. Also, I was never sure on the latest tweak I'd made, and was waiting until I achieved perfection. I have to remind myself that my room is always going to be changing, at least a little bit. So forget making it perfect, this is what it looks like now.

Before:

After:

The before pictures show my room more bare than it actually was. When I took those pictures, I'd already taken a lot of wall decorations down so I could paint. I'd also already taken down my white venetian blinds, and that's why my "curtains" in the pictures were just lengths of fabric. My blinds now are bamboo. My room looks especially bare now, and it just looks so sparse and empty in the pictures. But I try to keep it kinda sorta bare, because the more stuff there is in it, the easier it is to let it get messy.

By the way, the cork map, I made that yesterday. It took me 6 1/2 hours. I saw one online that's self-adhesive, but most of the reviews said that it didn't stick, or it would only stay stuck for about an hour. So I looked around and found a great DIY here by The Sorry Girls. There are two of them, so it only took them three hours, but there's only one of me so it took twice as long. There's no Tasmania, Hawaii, or Antarctica, and it's missing a lot of Canada and many, many small islands. The map did have Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia, but those were too small for me to bother cutting them. I've only marked the places I've lived - North Carolina, Kenya, and Mexico - but if I ever travel somewhere I might mark those places too.

My Eiffel Tower didn't turn out as well as when I was paint doodling before I painted the walls from light blue to teal. It turned out pretty well then, but this time not so much. I'll just say it's because this paint is a satin finish (last time was eggshell). But anyway, I don't feel like painting back over it, so for now it's staying.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Warm foxes and dinosaurs

I made a quilt this week. And I only sewed one square on upside down! (You can't see it in the picture, it's hanging off the far side of the bed. But it's not a picture print, just a directional design, so you'd only know it's upside down if you compare it to the other squares of that print.)

It took five days, and only five trips to the fabric store. (Once to buy enough to get started before payday, another because I just couldn't wait for payday, a third to a different fabric store for a different selection to choose from, once to buy the last of what I needed after getting paid, and a fifth time because I cut too many pieces wrong.) I made it to add to my bed for the winter, since my embroidered quilt and Kenyan shuka have lately been inadequate for keeping me warm at night.

It has 2 different dinosaur prints, 2 sheep prints, 2 prints solely with elephants, at least 2 more prints with elephants and other animals, and 1 with foxes. There are owls, robots, monsters, frogs, whales, hedgehogs, planets, turtles wearing hats and bows, and monkeys in spaceships. The back (and batting) is various shades a blues/blue-greens to match my room. All three layers are flannel, and it's a rag quilt so you can see the backing and batting in between all the squares on the front. The prints on the front are all kinds of colors and pictures, that really don't match, but they cohere a little better with the blue and green "ragging" in between them. The "ragging" is all blue and greens, and it unifies the different prints.

Here's the front:

And the back:

And a close up of some hedgehogs and whales:

Still in the works Haven't worked on in months:

  • My embroidered quilt that I started about five months ago.
  • A faux chenille blanket that I started for my niece about a year ago.