Jenny: Popeye’s Nemesis Bluto

Krissie has dubbed The Chair “Popeye” because it only has one button on its back (so far), so I’ve started calling the other things around The Chair by other names from the Popeye cast.  The easiest project so far: Bluto, an oversized footstool that competes with Popeye as major seating (that sucker is big).  Bluto entered my life as a very old black leather-topped ottoman  that my next door neighbor had put out for a porch sale and failed to sell.  I put a four-inch-thick piece of foam on top, covered that with batting, and then stretched some upholstery material over that.  Why I liked that upholstery is beyond me; it’s butt ugly.  But Bluto is now reborn and here’s how I did it using the Crusie Non-Professional Really Sloppy But Oddly Soothing Upholstery Method.  (Hand-sewing makes me calm.) Continue reading

Jenny: Mental Health Through Upholstery

Since Krissie mentioned The Chair, and I need a post for today before we go to Staples and JoAnn’s (bliss), I will show you the The Unfinished Chair.  What happened was that the day after I realized I probably had AMD and found the letter from my doctor confirming that I had diabetes, I started doing laundry obsessively (which was good because I had mountains of it).  And in between loads, I decided to reupholster the entire house.  Well, a lot of the dark furniture in the house.  It was too damn depressing.  Since then I’ve painted a lot of it white–more to come–and Alastair painted all the woodwork in the living room white because I was coming unglued and it helped (it’s fabulous)–but that night, I wanted to do something right away, something that was hands on, something that I wouldn’t have to think about but could just do by instinct, aka “That looks right, that doesn’t look right.”  Kind of like collaging a chair. Continue reading