Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Revival



For many years I have had my sofa, large, heavy and loved much too much. 
It's creamy colour faded and tired. It traveled with me from Ireland, to Holland, to England and now it 'lives' in France.  And I simply could not get myself to get rid of it. It's sits five children and a grown up easily. So we spent two days dyeing it a deep red, and making new cushions.


It is now the happy bright area in the house! Bursting with colour.
[In my perfect world, my sofa would be light and creamy white, it would survive little children's hands for about 24 hours :) ]


Because I just love it, no matter how old and worn out it is. 


... and after all that work, it is time for a cappuccino. Or perhaps even two!

  • I have closed my shop, by the way. I am working on totally new 'things' and sadly I am not able to do both + be a mum to five during the Summer Holidays. I feel badly, but I re-counted my hands, and there is still only two of them. No matter how much I have wished to have at least another two sets .... 
  • [ really excited about the new stuff ] *does one of those happy dances*


27 comments:

  1. Your hands may be just two :), but they are making wonderful things. The red couch with the colorful pillows and quilt look wonderful! So cheerful!

    Can't wait to see the new stuff you are planning!

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  2. That red is gorgeous! & I absolutely love the quilt & matching cushions, great job :)

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  3. I have fallen in love with your sofa , the red is stunning and the cushions and quilt are beautiful too !

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  4. You're much braver than I - I would have freaked out at the prospect of everything else turning red (or pink) too.

    Your beloved sofa looks great - may it live happily, groaning under the weight of its loving family, for another decade or so.

    Look forward at hearing and seeing your new projects.

    Jill x

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  5. Wow, lovely cushions and quilt!

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  6. It looks stunning Anna! I'm not brave enough to stain a whole sofa! I would be scared that it won't turn as I wished. On the other hand, an unexpected effect can sometimes be better than the expected one.......

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  7. I adore the cushions ... almost made me drag my sewing machine down from the loft. But alas, I'd need another pair of hands to start a sewing project!

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  8. Love the sofa, I might be doing something similar about to move out and my aunt is going to give me her sofa...if it fits. Haha. Bright colour might be just what it needs.

    As for closing your shops, don't feel bad about it. I have to close mine on the 24th in prep for me moving out.

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  9. Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! I'd love to be jumping into the sofa. I am so jealous with your kids who could do that! Your patchwork has always inspired me. Now I am taking this inspiration from you to my new ceramic work somehow...

    I am so excited for your new thing! Can’t wait to see! All the best Anna. xm

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  10. lovely sofa and fabulous cushions... I can't wait to see what marvelous new things you will be making. And when the kids go back to school and you have time to breathe and craft again you will open your shop so we can all stock up and goodies for christmas crafting... oh dead did I just say the dreaded 'c' word? *washes mouth out with soap*

    have cool drinks when you can.. and five minutes peace here and there when you ignore the mess and the chatter and just chill out.

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  11. Lovely sofa...looks so beautiful all red and happy!! I am sure you will do great things when you have a few extra hands....your art is wonderful in any form....I will be waiting!!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  12. Looking good, I may have to just dye my oatmeal coloured ones which show a lot of dirt. Have a great summer hols with the kiddies - your shop is fab but I am sure your customers will all still be here when you have the time to start it again (or grow more hands).

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  13. Dyeing a couch...wow. You are so ambitious and wonderfully artsy creative! I love this.

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  14. You have done it so beautifully Anna! Cannot wait to see what you are up to :-)

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  15. i have no idea how you where able to dye the whole sofa?? looks fabulous!

    i can not wait to see your new creations!!!

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  16. You deserve time away.......don't ever feel guilty. We'll all be anxious to see your new goodies!
    Love the newly dyed sofa. It turned out gorgeous.

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  17. Fantastic happy colors. I hope for a good summer for you and your beloved and I'm so curious for your new work!

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  18. what a fabulous idea to dye your couch......brilliant!!! and your cushions are the perfect touch.....especially with your sweet tapes sewn to them!! i can't wait to see what goodies those wonderful two hands of yours are creating!! xox, :))

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  19. Love seeing what you are up to, and so sad you have closed your shop! I just realized I was low on my twill tape...well, I cannot wait to see what your amazingly talented hands create now!

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  20. Wow! Love the couch and pillows setup...it's definitely happy with a big punch :) Ooo, I'm wondering what the new stuff is...exciting! Looking forward to finding out when you can share...

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  21. I have been saving up for a red velvet sofa forever - only £300 more to go....love yours, it looks fab with the quilt!

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  22. I love the quilt & matching cushions. Your 2 hands are much more useful than mine 2! Sorry to see you have closed your shop, I haven't had time to decide which tape I want yet...but, looking forward to see what's your new stuff!

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  23. Your sofa looks great, and so cheerful with those lovely cushions. Have a great summer, and I will be eagerly awaiting to see the new things coming in your shop!

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  24. I love the red sofa - and cushions and quilt! I have new pillows for ours high on my crafting to-do list. So hopefully, soon they will be made.

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  25. Oh. It's simply beautiful. Love the intens red colours and the fact that it traveled with you to so many places..

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  26. What a fantastic idea. I love the colour! Kim :)

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  27. That couch is still perfect! And everybody needs a holiday... isn't it!?

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Thanks ever so much for sharing your thoughts!