Teal Backed Bookcase

I inherited this gorgeous cedar bookcase from my grandparents when I first moved out of home.

The backboard is not, however cedar. It is Masonite, and was almost certainly nailed onto the bookcase just to make it more functional well after it was originally made. It’s always bothered me but I never knew quite what to do with it. Until I had the brainwave to just paint the damn thing!!!

The shelves slide out, and with a drop cloth and a bit of tape it was ready to paint with zero preparation required.

I chose this deep teal colour (Dulux “Mallard Green”), and a couple of hours and two coats later I was ready to put everything back! Which of course gave me the opportunity for a bit of a re-style!

It looks so much better, I can’t believe I didn’t do this years ago!

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Latest Op Shop Adventures

My last couple of op shopping trips have yielded some great bargains that I haven’t yet shared with you, so here they are. Check this amazing 1960s fondue set! I’m definitely envisioning cheese fondue night when the weather starts to cool down. And the 60s floral sifter was too good to pass up, despite the fact I already have a cute Willow brand one I picked up in a market years ago.

This set of five sherry glasses adds to my ever growing collection of coloured glassware.

This gorgeous wall hanging (Vietnamese I think?) was just $2.99! Boho bargain!

The brass vase and cute little brass hanging rack for my bathroom were just perfect!

These brass pieces were never staying in the shop, especially those geese!!!!

And I can’t quite get over this Pyrex haul! All in good condition (at least for now.)

And finally these cute retro mugs!

I also had a good cupboard clear out over the Christmas break, including the over stuffed linen press, so I donated quite a bit back as well. Just as well, or my cupboards would be overflowing!

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Tie Dye Pillow Slips, PANTONE colour of the year and January Bed Post.

I don’t use purple a lot in my decorating. The only place it tends to appear is in my bedroom and it’s not a colour I feel really comfortable with.

But guess what the PANTONE colour of the year for 2018 is?

An amazing hue of purple designated Ultra Violet .

It’s a nice shade of purple and has inspired me to think differently about all the colours of purple in 2018!

Starting with some old school tie dye. I have a pair of very soft, very comfortable, rather saggy and ancient Egyptian cotton pillow slips. They’re a faded pale blue, they look like crap and I can’t part with them as they’re so cosy.

In order to prolong their lives just a little bit longer, I am again resorting to tie dye, this time in a bright purple hue!

I’ve chosen a traditional circular twist pattern for these. Just pinch the centre of the fabric with fingertips and twist them around clockwise.

Once all twisted, tuck in the sides and wrap with string, all the way around.

Then apply the dye, wait and wash!

With my purple kantha quilt they really look great! Hopefully I get a few more months wear out of them before they disintegrate entirely!

Happy New Year to my beautiful readers, may 2018 bring happiness, health and more purple into your lives!

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Folk Art Wall Hanging

I’ve been slightly obsessed with gypsy folk art and the evil eye recently.

There are so many different versions of the evil eye, said to ward off evil when worn or hung in the home. Many cultures and religions have versions of the eye, from the Ancient Egyptians and Judaism to folk tales from Romania, New Zealand and Turkey.

So I decided to practice my embroidery stitches (I’m relearning what my grandmother taught me as a child, but I’m a bit shaky!) and create a folk art wall hanging with the evil eye!

I began by cutting eye shapes and circles out of felt.

Then I embroidered the circles onto the eye to create an iris. A line of embroidery across the top for lashes and then sewn together and stuffed with some cotton wool.

I’m still using that fabulous stash of threads I picked up in the op shop months ago!

Once I’d created twelve eyes I needed to thread them together with some beads and tassels.

Once I had threaded all three strings I tied them to a wooden coat hanger (minus the hook) that I painted with gold acrylic paint.

No evil can befall me with this beauty in the house!!!! 😆

And here’s wishing you all a lovely Christmas (or Hanukkah, Yule, Winter/Summer Solstice or whatever you might be celebrating at this time of year!!!)

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December Bed Post

For my final Bed Post of 2017 I found my inspiration for colours and patterns on the walls of my bedroom.

A foundation of deep blue and accents of green s, pinks, reds and gold.

Comfort and joy…..well, ’tis the season!!!

⛄️

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Stash Buster Wind Chimes

After more than 15 years of beading and making jewellery, I have accumulated a very large stash of beads. Every now and then I try to find a craft that helps use up some of the leftovers from other projects, and this rainbow wind chime is just such a project!

Take a bunch of random beads….

Add some discount shop bells….

Thread on some leather cord and tie a loop at the top.

Repeat with the other colours and loop all the strands onto a small dream catcher ring.

Then hang!

Another colourful addition to my little outdoor space.

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Tie-dyed doily stone door stops

I have vast quantities of pretty vintage lace doilies, and I keep buying more without the faintest idea what I’m going to do with them.

But I came across a crochet-wrapped stone on instagram and realised I might be able to use doilies in place of the crochet, which I can’t do.

First I dug some stones out of my garden.

Then I pulled some largeish doilies out of my stash.

Next I dug through my box of fabric dyes, and pulled out a selection of colours.

Then I randomly coloured the doilies with the dyes.

Once dyed and washed they were ready to be stitched onto the stones.

I used embroidery thread to stitch them at the base. I’ll admit this looks a bit messy, but it actually works quite well in a practical way, as the knotted doily and thread makes a soft cushion under the stone, preventing scratching of my nice wooden floors.

They make me smile!

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