Bay Window Audition: done and done

Is it Dr. Phil who is always saying that we need to create a soft place to land in our homes?  

Thank you for your votes in the So You Think You're Crafty competition. Thanks to the competition we now have a completed corner of our "remodel everything or die" project.   I've made it through to the next round and can't wait to share what I've been working on.

Although unremarkable, this cushion was a monster.  First, foam prices are ridiculous! Luckily JoAnn's had a 50% off coupon as well as a 20% off entire purchase, but even still I could only afford 2 inch foam. Also, due to the narrowness of the bench, I worried that two or three cushions would slip around too much.  Then to make everything harder,  the corners are not a perfect 45 degree angle.  AND THERE IS A W CUT OUT ON THE CORNERS!!!!!  Dumb architect, don't they know that makes my life hard.

Also, to save foam, I had to do a little foam surgery.... and it worked like a charm.  If you ever find yourself with a similar dilemma spray adhesive and muslin strip work brilliantly.  Spray both raw ends of foam as well as the top of the joint with adhesive, push foam together and use your muslin band-aid.  Make sure to secure the joint all the way around. (hey, no judgement on my rotten cuts either.  I was too cheap frugal to buy a electric knife).

I took a walk on the wild side and made a pillow top out of extra down pillows.

While working on the cushion I got a really rough phone call from a close family member who was going through something awful.  Super rough.  My spirits were so low.  I had decided to pull out of the competition, clean up my house and take a break.  (side note:  I was single parenting at the time and super drained).

In the mail I found a magazine from my church and I came across the lyrics to "How Firm a Foundation".  I decided to write them down and slip the note into the feathers as I was stuffing. Here are the verses that mean the most to me at the moment.

2. In ev’ry condition—in sickness, in health,
In poverty’s vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea—
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.
3. Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
4. When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o’erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
5. When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
7. The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!
I hope to make a tutorial for this rouched pillow.  It is amazingly soft (and amazingly easy).

Oh and here is a very bad picture of the not quite before and not quite after picture that a few of you have asked for. The before shot would have purple carpet and wallpapered walls.

So again thank you for voting.  This project isn't all that "crafty" but does require quite a bit of a learning curve and skill.  Now onto round one.  I've got some work to do.

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