Re-Using & Re-Upholstering Fun!

Does your city or town offer a re-using weekend like our Give-Away Weekend where neighbours put out working/bed-bug free items on the front curb for others to use instead of throwing them away? Well, every year, the kids and I like to go on a kind of scavenger hunt to look for completely useful stuff that others are just giving away to save the earth and money at the same time! And this year, we came across many items, including some bar stools that had clearly been well-used, but had potential for being used again.

barstool before

This is one of the stools before I tookย them apart – nice pattern but very worn and faded!

So the boys and I packed them up into our van and drove them home. They sat around for a while as I had just started working again and became very busy with that, but one day recently I finally sat down and decided to do some re-upholstering using some pop-culture Batman fabric I had got at the store before.

So I had previously unscrewed the chair pads from the stool frames, used a staple remover to take out all the staples, and took off the fabric and foam underneath as shown below.

barstool fabric mesh liner wood seat

I then washed the foam and fabrics on gentle cycle in the washer so they were nice and clean and wiped down the chairs as well. Next I laid out the old stool fabric onto the new fabric I bought and traced on the wrong side of the fabric the shape of the old one and cut out the pieces. Then I placed the new fabric face down, with the chair pad, and wood bottom on top and asked my hubby to carefully stretch the fabric over the edges of the bottom of the underside of the wood so I could staple gun the fabric onto the wood. Lastly, I placed the black mesh liner fabric on top of the stapled down printed fabric and stapled it down, then re-screwed the chair pad to the stool frame and repeated for the remaining chair. They turned out pretty good and the boys love to sit on them at our homemade breakfast nook! Bonus! ๐Ÿ˜›

barstool1 barstool2

So it just goes to show, one person’s trash really is another person’s treasure – it just takes a little effort sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Spring 2013 Manitoba Comic Con (Pop Culture Expo) and Creative Types

ImageThis past weekend, my hubby and I were tabling at the Manitoba Comic Convention (Pop Culture Expo), for their Spring show and while it was pretty slow, it was still like coming home. What do I mean? Well, speaking as someone who enjoys going to these shows, whenever I’m at a con, I totally feel welcome and there’s a sense of excitement in the air. I think it’s because I’ve always felt a little out of place in everyday society, and it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve tried very hard over the years to “fit in”, and no matter how hard I tried, it just never seemed right. Don’t ask me why, though it probably doesn’t help that I’m a naturally shy person with little self-esteem, but I’m also a ‘creative type’ as some might call me and that’s where I think my views and personality might clash a bit with mainstream thinking. And I love being around people, I just don’t appreciate when people are mean to others for being different. I mean, we’re all different in reality, but the problem is, there tends to be a shift in society where once a certain trend hits, everyone must jump on board for fear of being seen as a ‘loser’ or a ‘has been’ or whatever else one might want to call them when in reality, if everyone decided to just be themselves, and like what they like, do their own thing, there would be way more creativity in the world and people would be happier in general. But I digress. My point is, if you, like me enjoy being around people, who are not afraid to say they enjoy certain games, movies, comic books, or other specific hobbies, then you’ll enjoy coming to a comic convention. And the fact that the word comic is in there is a bit of a misleading thing, because comic conventions are much more than comics as you can guess. There’s many different vendors and artists there, all waiting to talk to you about their favourite movies, TV shows, games, drawings, books, even pieces of jewellery! And while many vendors and artists return year after year, there’s always fresh new faces to meet and new products available, along with different things going on on the side. What else is there?

Well, there are always special guests, sometimes, like last year, there’s an extra-hard-to-come-by guest such as Patrick Stewart of Star Trek Next Generation, or like this past show, there’s guests such as Adam West, Burt Ward, and Yvonne Craig, (or Batman, Robin and Batgirl from the hit 60’s TV show: Batman). Either way, you’re sure to find someone interesting to take a photo with or get an autograph from – though come prepared to spend some cash as most actors etc. charge quite a bit to get one. There’s also other things happening here and there, such as costume contests for those customers or vendors/artists who come dressed up in cosplay. These are fun! You can even get in on a group photo-op if you happen to be wearing a costume that is from the same show or movie as other cosplayers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, here’s some photos from the convention:

Spider-Man

Spider-Man!

Hug Me Batman

A cute cardboard Batman with a slot on his chest that said “Hugs 25 cents” So adorable!

My hubby's Axiom-Man series

Axiom-Man series of books and comics

Close-up of my comics

A close-up of my comics, Average Jill and Fuzz Society

Me and Batman

Me and Batman

Hubby and Jack Sparrow

My Hubby and Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean

Me and Batman again

Hey, I know I have a silly face, but that’s what makes this cute ;p

My crocheted Batgirl hat

My crocheted Batgirl hat

side view of hat

side view of hat

Front view of hat

Front view of hat

My books, art, and stuff

My books, art and stuff – all Roxy!

 

Well, this is the smaller show of the two Winnipeg comic cons, though there’s another show,(unrelated), called Ai-kon which is coming soon, and it’s all about anime!! Yay! I would like to table at one of these shows if I can, provided I can get a table as it’s first come-first serve and limited space available right now. But we’ll see what happens with that. ;p Until next time, chow!

Ttyl,
Roxy