Blog Break

I have been busy with this blog for over four years. I love blogging, and I love all you guys who read my blog and come along my journey with me, but it’s time for me to take a little break.

Don’t worry! I will be back, I promise!

But I need to take a little bit of time out to regroup and re-centre, so I can bring my heart and soul back to this platform.

In the meantime you can still follow me on Instagram ✌️

See you soon!

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Revamped Office Chair

For ages I struggled to find a chair to use as a desk chair in my studio . I hate ugly office chars but nothing else was comfortable enough to sit in all day.

Eventually I relented and picked up this very boring (but surprisingly comfy) office chair at the op shop for a measly $7.

For months I have wondered what to do to Aixie-fy it and reduce the ugly.

Eventually I decided on my old standby of decoupage.

I bought this paisley duna cover also in the op shop purely because I loved the paisley fabric. It was a single, so no use except for the fabric itself, which I thought might decoupage nicely over the chair.

A pair of scissors, Mod Podge and a brush, and I got to work.

As the Mod Podge dried it made the fabric look a lot darker than before, but that’s probably a good thing, it will hopefully not show the odd paint drip or pen mark when I get messy!

It will do for now!

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Sofas and Studios

You know how I love a good op shopping bargain? Well last time I was there, I found a 1940s green sofa and armchair that I really really wanted.

And I left them in the op shop and went home.

And thought about them. Over and over for a week.

I had no chance they would still be there, but 10 days later I phoned the shop and asked the question anyway.

Miracle! They were! I rushed over to pick them up….that turned out to be a task fraught with difficulties, but that aside, I brought them home eventually!

Next I had to decide where to put them! The chair fits nicely in the library:

I’ve wanted a comfy chair in the studio for a while now, as I often find myself drawing, painting and creating in the living room just so I can curl up on the sofa while I do it, so it seemed a good idea to put it there.

Naturally this led to me tidying, decluttering and making over the studio!

It started with a throw and cushions.

Next came curtains made from a pair of pink Kantha quilts and a coffee table.

Plants, candles, a mandala cloth, and some of my brass collection also made its way in!

I’m not sure I’m done yet, I seem to have started quite a process in here and I think there’s more to come!

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Sketchbook Project 2018

I received an email this morning from The Sketchbook Project to let me know they have received my sketchbook and it’s on the shelf in The Brooklyn Art Library in New York!

So I thought you guys would like to see it…

There’s always one page in a sketchbook that I really hate. This year it’s this one! ^

I really enjoyed this year’s SBP, more than ever before. I’m looking forward to signing up for 2019!!!

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Latest op shop finds

Apart from this cute little table I have also picked up some other bits and pieces recently.

Such as this large basket that I’m using as a planter for my biggest aspidistra.

These gorgeous amber glasses…

This set of three enamel plates with cute floral folk art designs.

A couple of new blue and white pieces like this unusual flare shaped vase…

And not one, but two new ginger jars with pointed knobs. The large one on the top shelf and the smaller one on the next shelf.

And a successful op shopping trip always includes some brass…

The candle stick and goblet are great, but the cobra is my favourite!!!!!

Then there was this cute set of retro mugs…

And finally, I found this cute mosaic plant stand on the roadside hard rubbish.

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March Bed Post

March’s Bed Post brings a combination of ethnic textiles and vintage florals.

That kind of sums up my style really!

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New Kitchen Tiles

This is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time.

Today I finally did it, updated my plain boring white kitchen tiles with some awesome bohemian tile stickers! Yay!

I bought the stickers on ebay, rather nervously given all I had to go on was this picture:

Four sets of twenty stickers was needed for this space, but that only set me back less than $80 including postage.

Before:

This was also a great opportunity for a thorough spring clean of the space!

During:

It was very straightforward, just peel and stick, although there were some tricky bits (the corner under the cupboards, around power switches etc) which I haven’t done a brilliant job at, and getting them all perfectly aligned…..well let’s just say I’m never going to get a job as a tiler!!!

But on the whole, I couldn’t be happier with the results!

It has just elevated my pink kitchen from good to AMAZING! Yes, it’s now a riot of pattern and colour, just like the rest of the house, and I love it!!!!!

What do you think?

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