Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Eye spy

At Upholstery School there are very strict rules about wearing safety glasses whilst stapling or nailing - those mothers really punch out the sharp flying things, and while you can always grow skin over a cut or a hole, you can't grow another eyeball.

Needless to say, the safety glasses sit in our toolboxes, and get all scratched and greasy.  So... today I made three pouches for the three amigos (me, Caroline and Natalie):



And the glasses fit in very nicely, thank you:

and so do the safety glasses:

And yes, we all look like Fearless Fly.  But we're safe!

Anyway, I'm going to put these into the shop... they work just as well as other cases, they're lined with quality fabrics, made squishy and protective with quilt batting, and they look a lot nicer than the brown vinyl one you've got now, come on, admit it!

And in the fabric purchasing department, I bought a metre and a half of this:

And yes, that is my hand, so you see the scale of the print - my favourite chair, which we inherited from Mr Golightly's lovely parents waaaaaaaaaaaaay back when we were newly married and very poor, is covered in a gorgeous wool from KA Fabrics - way back when we were very spoilt and had three or four KA stores to choose from - which is blue, cream and brown, and although it may sound pretty foul, it's gorgeous:

And, of course because KA no longer graces our shores, there's no more to be had - that and the fact that it was nearly 10 years since we had the chair redone!  So, I wanted something that would go with the chair, and could be used to recover the lounges if & when I ever get round to it ... I think they kind of go together... and I will use this to cover my skirted footstool, which we have to do at Upholstery school.

I had a lovely time at Bargain Upholstery Fabrics at Seaforth - they don't have a website, but what they do have is six (yep, six) shops full of amazing fabrics.  Despite the huge choice, it didn't take me long to find the cream, and it was only $16/metre.  That's a massive bargain, when you consider that quilting cottons can cost as much as $25 per metre - is it any wonder that we get our quilting stuff direct from the US???.  I got 1.5 metres, which should be enough to do my laura ashley cream wool footstool as well, which is looking a bit grubby and old.  

And that, Gentle Readers, is the news of the day for me.  I now have to dress respectably (out of the yoga pants, into something guaranteed not to frighten the children) and away, away to the supermarket.  Can't wait!


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