William Morris Tray

A long while ago I bought a very scratched but pretty lacquer tray at the op shop for $2. I couldn’t repair it, so I spray painted it pink. It’s looking a little daggy so I figured it was time for an update!

Add a can of dark red spray paint and some William Morris wrapping paper….

First was to spray the tray. I only needed to spray the edges as I was going to decoupage the centre.

I chose this pretty pink and green paper, but it was a really hard decision!!! Mr. Morris is King of enduring, beautiful patterns!

I simply drew a circle on the back of the paper with a compass and cut it out.

Then my trusty mod podge to glue it down.

A quick coat of clear acrylic spray and this little makeover was complete.

I decided to display this in the bedroom, and I think it looks pretty cool.

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June Bed Post

This month’s Bed Post is all about pink, red and blue. It’s my current colour combination of choice ❤️💗💙

It also features another recently created patchwork bedspread.

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Blue Spatter Planter

This project is one of those things that I still cannot decide if it’s a success or a failure.

It certainly has not turned out in any way related to my vision, but I actually quite like it!

It all started at work. I work in an architecture studio, and they were doing a bit of a cleanup of cupboards, and lucky for me they were getting rid of a bunch of stuff, which I volunteered to take off their hands!

This included some alcohol based Pantone inks that were used for refilling markers the office no longer had.

Ohhh the colours just make me happy!

Obviously I intend to use them in my artworks, but I had also seen a few projects on Pinterest that used them to create beautiful watercolour like patterns and blooming, magical effects on ceramic and glass pieces. This involved straws for blowing the ink around and spray alcohol.

So I thought I would give that a go on a plain white planter I had using some blue colours.

I gathered supplies and covered my work space with a bin bag because I figured this process would get messy. Oh boy was it messy!

The beginning of the process involved brush he ink on and trying to blow it around using the straws. Much harder than it sounds.

Then I used the alcohol spray over the wet ink, which started to look really pretty!

But it sort of reduced itself to spatters and dribbles. Not really the look I was going for.

In the end I figured I had no choice but to continue with what I had going on, so I finished the planter and saucer and left it to dry overnight.

In hindsight I think the alcohol spray was a mistake, and it might have been a more successful project without it, but I’m actually quite liking the spatter effect. It reminds me of the beautiful Italian spatterware ceramics that my mother collected in the 80s, and which I hope one day to come across in an op shop or junk shop. Hasn’t happened yet, but I live in hope!

What do you think? Craft Fail? Or happy accident?

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New Lampshade Makeover

This one was inspired by a sunset and my new studio makeover.

In the same style as a previous lampshade creation:

However, this lampshade (thrifted, of course):

Was much more textured and fluffy than the previous one I painted, so it came with a whole lot of new challenges!

Acrylic paint was still the right thing to use, and I started splashes of colour.

Some vaguely leaf and flower-shaped splodges as well, then just filling in the gaps.

Then the finer gold pattern. This was much harder than the previous one on which I’d used a fine gold paint pen. That didn’t work here. I tried a bunch of different pens before settling on gold ink and a fine (ish) brush.

It worked, although next time I would definitely choose a lampshade with a smoother surface!

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Bed Post and Patchwork

I apologise for not having done a bed post for a while. Also for not being as regular with posting (any posts) as I usually am, I have been busy. Not an excuse I know, but it is a reason!

One of the things I’ve been busy with is this new Patchwork bedspread, all bohemian blues, greens and browns. The colours of the earth.

I’m really digging this one, it’s making my bedroom a happy place!

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Felt Moons

I have always been fascinated with the moon. As a child, I felt the magic of the full moon and as an adult I have observed its influence on my moods. I have been seeing some cute moon phase artworks and wall hangings around the place and it has inspired me to create my own.

Starting with some moon shaped cardboard templates, I cut out circles and moon shapes from white and grey felt.

I needed eight grey and two white circles, and four of each of the two crescent shapes to make my five piece hanging.

Then I sewed the crescents to the grey circles.

Once I had two sides for each of my moon phases, I sewed them together, leaving a small gap to stuff them with cotton wool before sewing up the gap.

Then I chose some sparkly “night sky” thread, and threaded and knotted the moons onto it. A loop at the top and it was ready to hang.

I chose to hang my moons in my newly painted studio!

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New Studio

For some reason I have never been happy with the yellow wall colour in my studio.

You may remember a couple of years ago I painted a mural of hellebores on one wall, which I think was an effort to disguise the yellow wall.

As much as I loved the mural, I still hated the yellow walls. It’s not easy to create in a room when you don’t like the wall colour, and I have been thinking about changing it for a while now.

I have had visions of a deep coral pink in my mind. Luckily I work for an architectural/interior design studio so I had a quick flick through the Dulux colour books and settled on Morocco.

I am absolutely loving it, and have spent a lot of time here creating! The only downside has been that my bad knee has flared up rather dramatically from going up and down a ladder all day, and two and a half weeks later it’s not getting any better. I am going to have to go to a doctor, something I avoid at all costs usually 😣

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