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Big News!

March 18, 2011

I have been making some changes around here, the biggest one being that I’m moving! My blog will now be at http://www.aformalfeelingcomes.com . Come and check out my new place! I’m really excited about it, and I’ve moved over all of the posts from the past, so there’s nothing to miss. Come on over and say hi! Look forward to seeing you there.

Fresh Cut Headboard

March 17, 2011

So I’m not going to say that the headboard was terrible to begin with. I actually loved it. I just knew it could be better. It started about a year ago when I saw the beautiful wood siding in someone’s yard. They were taking it off the house, which was 100 years old and the siding was original to. I meekly asked if I could take it off their hands. It’s funny, because I felt like I was getting free diamonds and they were like “Really? Are you sure? Did you know that you can’t burn it?” I giddily made a headboard with it. It was the first thing I made on my own outside of Industrial Arts in High School.


However, I’ve been really inspired by shaped headboards I’ve seen on Apartment Therapy and around. So I pulled out my jigsaw and cut. Except my jigsaw is super cheap and crapped out about an inch in. So I borrowed my Father in Law’s trusty jigsaw and cut away. I am super pleased with the result, although I do have a bit more sanding to do.

I looked around a lot online at similar silhouettes for headboards, but I ultimately ended up basing my design on the Fancy Arched Bed by Ana White. I freehanded what I wanted on a piece of bristol board, then traced it onto my headboard. I have been thinking about painting it, but I’m not sure. One of it’s charms is the rusticness (not a word, but an apt description), but sometimes it looks borderline abused. I haven’t been gentle to it. If I painted it, I might go white. I also sometimes wonder at the likelihood that there is lead in the original paint. I should really buy one of those kits and check it out.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Black & White….. Sunday?

March 13, 2011

Oops. Sorry this took so long, but I figured better late than never.

This is Mr. Formalfeeling’s, Grandma, looking very much a young woman of the world in pants. Daring.

Spice It Up!

March 3, 2011

Don’t be sick! I mean my spice rack!!!!!!!

After dragging my feet, I finally joined Twitter. My user name is AFormalFeeling. I’d love it if you followed me! I am so technologically illiterate, please forgive any ridiculous mistakes I know I will make.

My spice rack doesn’t go with my current kitchen at all, since we’re in a rental, but someday it will hang on the wall in all of it’s glory. Right now it’s just on the counter, hiding the kettle.

I found this old Dr Pepper crate for $5 at a flea market, then I bought the spice jars from a dollar store. Unfortunately, when you put them back in the rack, it sometimes opens them, eliciting swears from Mr. FormalFeeling. But that’s not enough to stop me! I love it!

Black & White Tuesday- Third Wheel

February 28, 2011

A Facelift For My Sewing Machine Case

February 25, 2011

The sewing machine that I use for everyday sewing is the Singer 201k. I bought it for three dollars at a thrift store, and it was made in Scotland in 1956. I adore my beefy old machine. Beefy in an endearing way. Like when my Mom told me I was special when I was a kid. But the case leaves a bit to be desired.

Maybe beefy in a non-endearing way? Maybe beefy in a 50 year old sack of meat way? Maybe?

So I decided to do something about it. I bought some Mod Podge (which I’d never used before), some fabric, and I gave it a whirl. It is amazing how simple it was. I just cut the fabric to size and ironed it, then Mod Podged it on, sewed the piping, then glued that on! The trickiest part was the latches on the sides, because they didn’t come out, so I had to cut holes just smaller than the hardware with snips all around the edge. Then I used a knife and tucked the little snips in.

I think I’m pretty pleased with how it came out.

Now I think it says, “I’m cute and I look great in contrast with this headboard.” It’s actually a bit greener in real life, I just had trouble capturing the true colour in the picture. I think I’d like to get a new handle for it, too. Right now it’s like a woman’s hands, it gives away her true age.

Black & White Tuesday

February 22, 2011

Still no legs, but she traded in the sled for a fancy wheelbarrow!

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