Glass topped table uplift

I found this cute little table in my local op shop for $2.99, and noticed the glass top lifts out, so decided to give it a bit of a lift with some pretty fabric.

This Cambodian fabric was a gift, and I thought it was perfect for the table.

No tutorial required here, I just placed the glass on the fabric and cut around it!

Perfect!

Looking good!

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Instagram Challenge

If you follow me on Instagram (@alexandrafelgate), then you will have seen that last month I participated in a month long photo a day challenge via the hashtag #showmeyourboho.

First day was REFRESH:

I had just refreshed my entryway with a different selection of art.

Day 2: BEFORE:

My entryway before the re-hang.

Day 3: organise:

My jewellery collection is huge and needs organisation!

Day 4: RELAX:

Day 5: HYGGE:

Day 6: SOFA:

Day 7: ON DISPLAY:

Day 8: BOOKS:

Day 9: PLANNING:

My favourite notebooks.

Day 10: HANDMADE:

Kantha, cushions….lots of handmade items here.

Day 11: PLANTS:

Day 12: MORNING:

A lazy Sunday with tea and Harry.

Day 13: LAYERS:

Day 14: SERVE:

Day 15: FAVOURITE:

My favourite view.

Day 16: PROGRESS:

Progress on Sketchbook Project sketchbook.

Day17: DINE:

Day 18: THREE

A tricky prompt, but the little set of three baskets fitted the bill!

Day 19: ILLUMINATE:

Day 20: SELFIE:

I don’t do selfies, so I shared a shelfie instead!

Day 21: BLOOM:

Day 22: HAPPY SPOT:

Day 23: #WIDN:

(Watching Netflix and drinking wine)

Day 24: PASTTIME:

Day25: GATHER:

On my daily walk I gather feathers and have them displayed around the house.

Day26: LITTLE THINGS:

Crystals are my favourite little things!

Day 27: SELF CARE:

Self care generally involves my sofa!

Day 28: HUES:

Day 29: DECORATED:

Day 30: RESULTS:

The result of my purchase of a footstool/ottoman was for it to be appropriated by Merlin.

Day 31:REFLECTION:

I really enjoyed participating in this challenge, it was a lot of fun!

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Bohemian Hexagon Patchwork Mirror

I have had this wooden mirror for a while and it has had several incarnations.

For a while it was pink, later I had covered it in confetti!

I thought I would just paint it turquoise, but then I opened a drawer in my studio and found my hexagon paper punch. The idea then occurred to me to use up my scraps of pretty boho papers and colouring in pages.

Once I had cut out a basket full of hexagons I start glueing them to the mirror!

Once covered with hexies, a layer of matte mod Podge over the top seals it.

Once all the edges were glued down and the top coat dried, it was ready to hang on the wall!

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African Inspired Planter

Flicking through Pinterest and I’m seeing lots of gorgeous African textiles and patterns, and I decided I wanted to decorate something with a similar style.

This little white ceramic planter was picked up on an op shopping trip a couple of years ago, and has spent the last little while in my studio holding washi tape.

With black permanent texta in hand and African patterns on my laptop, I started drawing!

It’s not even or perfect, but I love the bespoke nature of it!

It makes me want more black and white pieces in amongst all my colours!

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Home Made Lip Balm

All my life, even as a child, I have had very dry lips. So I never go anywhere without several different tubes and pots of lip balm, and for many years now I’ve been making my own.

And today, as I whipped up another batch, I thought I’d share it with you!

I have many recipes for natural skincare, and in fact worked for a while teaching classes in aromatherapy. A lot of my recipes come from this amazing book by Carolyn Stubbin, which is sadly out of print now.

My lip balm recipe is loosely based on her “healing lip balm”, although I’ve made a couple of changes to suit me.

Ingredients:

15gm Beeswax

5gm Cocoa Butter

5gm Honey

65ml Jojoba Oil

5ml Carrot Infused Oil

5ml Camellia Oil

10 drops Essential Oil (the choice is yours, but make sure you choose oils that are safe for sensitive skin and are not photo toxic.)

Today I made a batch of Mint (Spearmint & Peppermint combined), a batch of Tangerine and a batch of Lavender and Lime (use distilled lime oil for skincare, as cold-pressed can be photo toxic, meaning in the sun your skin could burn more easily or crack and blister.)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then melt them in a pan of water. You can use an electric frypan for this, or just a frypan filled with water, on the cook top.

Once melted, stir thoroughly to combine, and por into lip balm tubes, jars or tins. (Hint: I buy mine on ebay).

I use a small glass beaker for this job, but if you’re using jars/tins, a normal jug will do.

Once the tubes are filled and cooled, they can be capped and labelled.

I chose to use some pretty watercolours on my labels to make them more interesting, but if I’m in a hurry I sometimes don’t bother to label them at all.

These look great just sitting on my kitchen table, and they also make great gifts. Now I’m stocked up for the next few months!!

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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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