Upcycled Metal Tray

I’ve had this tray for months, waiting to decide what to do with it.


When I spied this pretty paisley fabric in my local haberdashers I thought it would be nice decoupaged to the base of the tray.


I cut the fabric to fit and went to the cupboard for the Mod Podge.


Dammit!!! I was out of it.

I did have some regular PVA glue, so I decided to use that.



Unfortunately the PVA isn’t quite as effective as Mod Podge and caused some air bubbles under the fabric which I couldn’t smooth out. ☹️

Anyway, it still looks funky! I sealed the top with a coat of acrylic gloss spray varnish and it was done.


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Cloisonné Inspired Box


A few years ago at a community quiz night, I won a scented candle and aroma reeds set that came in this very sturdy cardboard box.


I’ve kept it all this time because I knew one day I’d do something decorative with it, and that day has arrived!

I love the look of Chinese cloisonné, and I figured with a little bit of paint and a gold paint pen I could come up with a cloisonné design for the box.

Firstly I painted it black.

Once it was dry I scribbled a floral design on it with a white pencil.


Then I filled in the design with acrylic paints.



Once the layers of paint were dry I outlined the flowers with the gold pen.


Pretty!




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Window Treatment Inspiration

I was recently perusing Instagram and came across some new images of Stylist Debi Treloar’s home. Apparently, it is up for sale – if I were rich and lived in London I would be queuing at the door of the real estate agent : Light Locations

I have watched Debi transform her home in many different variations and have loved every single one. She is a true style icon and most recently has imbued her home with a lovely translucent quality with boggins of white and accents of pale  greens and blues. One thing that hasn’t changed is her love of the colour turquoise.

When I spied this image of her dining area I was entranced with the turquoise curtain rod:

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I had been wondering what to do with the window treatments in my sitting room, especially when a friend visited the other day and pointed out (much to my intense embarrassment) that I needed to replace the bamboo blind because of the horrendous damage Frodo had done to it. (Thanks Mia, despite making me feel like I was living in a hovel, you spurred me on to update my curtains/blinds!)

So when I saw this, I remembered the wooden curtain rods I had taken down when I installed the blinds, which due to my hoarding nature were still in the shed! Yay!

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Perfect for painting blue!

Off to the hardware store for paint….a sample pot of British Paints “Tempted Teal”.

I also needed some wooden curtain rings. The curtains that were in the house when I bought it were tab top style and no curtain rings were included. No dramas, the hardware store had those too!

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Once painted I hang up the mandala curtains, but I still needed something to replace the tatty bamboo blinds. I had picked up a pretty crochet tablecloth in the op shop a while back, and a partially cut lace tablecloth was given to me by a friend. These pieces would work nicely as lace curtains! Debi uses lace tablecloths on a lot of windows and has inspired me to use them in the past, so it was almost a given.

I do still have one panel of window yet to be covered, but I have had plans for a while now to make a lace curtain out of doilies, so there’s my next project!

As always, photographing my windows is difficult given the fact I am not a professional photographer nor do I have a proper camera. My iPhone usually does a damn good job, but it doesn’t quite get the perfect image when it comes to my windows. So please excuse my not-so-brilliant photographic skills here……

I’m very happy with this new arrangement!!!!! It has also reminded me how much I love the colour turquoise, so expect to see it creeping back into home!!!!

I’m thinking now of hanging some thrifted white vintage table cloths as curtains…. what do you think?

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Latest op shop treasures

Another cute little brass vase for my collection.


An adorable leaf plate (sadly a bit damaged/loved)

Some lace doilies… the top one is an odd shape….I’m thinking maybe an antimacassar?



These two sweet brass cats- perfect for the Boho CCL!

This rosy vintage tray that looks perfect in my kitchen!!!


And a gorgeous round silver tray.

Merlin apparently approves of it.


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Tie Dye Tea Towels 


I’ve always been a hippie. That probably comes as no surprise to you readers, but there’s no getting away from it.

I love gypsy skirts, crochet vests, beads, brass bangles, Indian textiles and tie dye. Lots of tie dye in all its myriad forms. It’s been in and out of fashion since I was born in the 70s, but I have been steadfast and true to my passion for it. I love the daggy rainbow tie dye of the 70s, I love the more sophisticated Japanese Shibori styles that are currently fashionable. Can tie dye be sophisticated? I think it can, and that’s what I attempted to do here.

Sophisticated tie dye. Wish me luck….


I found three plain white tea towels in the op shop (score!!!) that I knew would be perfect for dyeing. $1 each, so no biggie if it all went disastrously wrong, and trust me when I say that is always a possibility when dyeing things! I’ve been doing this for 30 years and still have disasters!

So I decided I wanted an inky brown-black colour. I dug out what packets of dye I had and chose black with a dash of brown to warm it up. (In hindsight more brown was needed to approach the colour I had in mind, but you live and learn.)

I played with different shapes for the tie dye.

A traditional spiral/circles type first.


Then what I refer to as “spanakopita ” tie dye because you fold the fabric as though making cheese and spinach triangles (yum… now I’m hungry)….this produces pretty patterns that remind me of a big Snowflake.


Then I tried a “parcel tied up with strings” style which in theory produces more of a soft grid pattern.


Then into the machine with the dye and salt….


I have a habit of trying to see what’s going on during this process and I never can. You’d think I know that by now, and yet….


When the machine stops is when I get nervous.


Little black lumps. Time to pull off the zip ties and reveal success or failure!


Excuse my laundry in the background, it was sunny and windy so I took advantage by doing a heap of washing!!!

No failures as such, although my Spanikopita (right) is much more subtle than I’ve ever come across.

The traditional circles (centre) have turned out more diamonds….I think I like that!

And the parcel shape (on the left) which lost two of the zip ties during washing is nothing like I expected. It reminds me of storm clouds somehow!

After drying and an iron (shudder, my most hated household task!), I’m not unhappy with the result.


Do they look sophisticated? Or am I just a dreamy bohemian that will never change?  Either way I’m a happy little hippie!!

#sorrynotsorry #bohemianforever 

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Tapestry Cushion 


I found this tapestry kit in my local op shop for $3.99, and figured I’d give it a go!


Surprisingly quickly I had it completed.


Next was making it into a cushion. I wasn’t sure exactly how to do this given the stiff backing it was made from, but Google is always my friend. The key tip I gleaned was to tack the fabric to the backing before running it through the sewing machine. It worked like a treat.

I used a piece of cream wool felting my mum gave me at Christmas to make a back for this cushion. I simply hemmed two pieces to recreate the “envelope” method I usually use for cushions, then sewed it to the tapestry. Trimmed the edges, turned it back inside out and stuck a cushion insert into it.

OMG I love it!


I’m really proud of this, it’s my first tapestry, and it worked really well! I will keep an eye out for kits in the future (I’ve since discovered they are really fricking expensive to buy new).

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Botanical Wall Lights


I have in my living room two of the ugliest wall lights I have ever come across. At this point I haven’t found the right replacements at the right price, although I’m sure to come across something nicer one day!

Seriously, these things are hideous:


So I decided to try and make them slightly less ugly with the help of some pressed botanicals.

I chose to use ash tree leaves which I laid between the pages of a big fat book on embroidery.


After a week, the leaves were nice and flat and had dried neatly.

I took the frosted glass panels out of the lamps, slathered them in mod podge and glued the leaves onto the glass.


Once the glue was dried, I trimmed the edges and gave the panels a coat of clear gloss spray for durability.

They’re a definite improvement, and will do until the right sconces make their way into my life!


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