Wednesday, 30 May 2012

I Made That: Dining Chair Cushions

Manderley in Cerise from the Manderley range by Romo

Crafty projects take time in my world (can't get much done in 1.5 hours nap time, and who can be bothered once you've come home from work and made dinner?*). But about a month ago I had a day at home to myself. The perfect kind of day where you can get up and have a leisurely breakfast and sip coffee while listening to the radio. Then mooch down to the sewing room (ok spare bedroom) and sit down to your sewing machine with the sun streaming through the window.

During that day I finally got out the Romo fabric that comes from the same range as our living room curtains and decided to do something with the poor-excuses-for-dining-room-cushions that ikea sell:





See? that sad little cushion needs to go and sit somewhere quiet and think about what it's done.

Our Danish dining room chairs** have decidedly un-off-the-peg shapes when it comes to buying a comfy extra for your tush. And stylish as they are without cushions, the seat seems just a little low, and just a little flat, so, cushions were needed.



I made a pattern out of newspaper based on the shape of the dining chairs. Then took the aforementioned excuses-for-cushions, covered them in thick quilting wadding, giving two corners rounded edges. Finally I used the fabulous Manderley fabric to sew some pretty nifty cushion covers. I even put zips in, which is a turn-up for the books, because I haven't sewn in a zip since about 2001.

I'm pretty pleased with them, take a look, tell me what you think.







Check out our Living Room Makeover to see more details on the curtains and the Romo range.

* That'll also be the answer when it comes to writing blog posts
** Can anyone identify these dining chairs? We know they are Danish, but they lack labels...

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Pretty in the City: More Shoreditch





Freaking amazing street art near Brick Lane again, love the lines of the spraying above, and the pointillism of the face below. Why is all the art out East? distinctly lacking inspiration in SE24...




Signage so retro it's fresh again:















Sharp Brights Love: Kirath Ghundoo




Oh me oh my I just fell in love with these confident, crazy bright geometrics from Kirath Ghundoo. Her mismatched ranges are designed to be, well, mismatched. They might well be awesome in a childs room, but frankly, I love the new range (above) which brings strong pattern and colour right into a grown up living space.



found via printpattern

Sunday, 13 May 2012

More World Beauty






To follow from my previous post, another world of pattern in this handsome print named 'Louis Armstrong Told Us So' from Society6.

It's been a while I know, but I've got good reasons, besides child-rearing and real-world work. But I'm totally excited about a few things I've been doing,  including finishing sewing projects, starting the kitchen renovation, and soon, a new screen-printing course, so keep your eyes peeled for some Colour Love Prints! Updates on all of these coming soon. In the meantime, you can have 7 seconds of joy courtesy of my boy.