This month sees me undertaking the redecoration of my sitting room. My house has a rather unusual layout as the previous people extended downwards into the cellar, leading to a rather dark, but fabulously convenient sitting room to complement our upstairs living area.
There are many benefits to this arrangement. For example, we can keep our stupidly huge TV (a lucky purchase from a friend who was moving to UAE and couldn't take it with him) down there and nobody need know about it and the children's toys can live in the adjacent conservatory and not all over the floor. I have come to think of this room as a real family 'Den' as my friends in the USA would term it, a room for chilling out, playing on the play station, watching movies or TV box sets and the like. With this in mind I have decided to go for a really bright but light colour scheme down there, with a slight 70's groove.
I recently purchased a great deal of this (amazingly well priced at £3.99 a metre) fabric from from Ikea and, whilst I wait for one of my wonderful female relatives to show me how to make curtains, I thought I would get to work on some lovely big crochet cushion covers to brighten up out decrepit sofa. I love the giant granny squares scattered around crochet community, but couldn't really see myself making one until I realised that they make rather a lovely cushion cover. My reasoning was that if I got bored I could make a small cushion and if I didn't I would make a large one. I think it will be quite a large one in the end...
Pretty Crafty Home, it needs to happen.
I have no intention of making more than one of any particular cushion design. I need to make about six good sized cushions and to keep it fun I'm going to make them all different but mostly using these colours and possibly a plum and a green which don't really fit in the Granny Square but may work elsewhere. Luckily there is no shortage in inspiration on Ravelry, Flickr and other wonderful blogs. I'm spoilt for great ideas.
Sorry for the wordy post, I'll take some before and after pictures of the Den to share with you all at a later point. It's too dark now and anyway I could do with the advice of Mr HT, who takes far better pictures than me.
Can I just suggest though, to anybody who is feeling the stress of life in general at the moment, that they should embrace the meditative qualities of the granny square, the joyous release of using up those scraps of acrylic, and the nesting joy which is making cushions? You will feel better for it I promise, and I for one will love to see the results.
I wonder if anybody else at Tami's is on a cushion jaunt at the moment...