Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Mantle Shelf.


l know it was almost a week ago but l hope you all had a fabulous Mother's Day last Sunday....l woke up yesterday and realised it was Thursday.....could someone PLEASE explain to me where Monday Tuesday and Wednesday went.....since l'm also having a Birthday this week, p'raps my time warp  is just an age thing setting in...haha!!.. Mother's Day l'd planned to visit a pretty tourist town and market, not too far from here, however the forecast was VERY ordinary and since l'd been to the cemetery to visit Mum's grave on the Saturday (in light of this) l didn't bother even poking my head outside....instead l sat on my bed and spent two and a half hours reading the new Jeanette Philipse book...it'd been sitting in my cupboard for 9 DAYS, but was largely funded by son so wasn't to be opened til THE day...(brutal)... but wait l DID and felt no guilt whatsoever in perusing it's gorgeousness most of the morning:-)
We've also decided to begin the process of selling Mums house this week, so have been meeting with and choosing a real estate agent we feel we can trust...It'll be sad to hand it over...the end of an era really, but have accepted that this is what needs to happen....and it's our hope that whoever buys it will love and enjoy it as much as Mum and we have.

So even though three days this week went MIA:-) l still found time to do a bit of spramping here in the family room....An old mantle was one of my buys from a while ago and l've been asking (nagging) hubby to shoot a few nails into the shelf as it was detached from the rest of the mantle...After a bit of eye rolling he finally bowed to my will:-) It WAS dark brown timber so of course it got a few coats of white paint.


A few sea-washed bottles on the mantle with the last of my blooms from the garden...roses and japanese windflowers. The wall art is in two pieces and was hanging on an outside shed wall at a garage sale l visited last week....clearly NOT for sale, but that didn't stop me asking and surprisingly the lady said YES....nice bit of rusty gold:-)

Jeanette's new book...in it she has a vignette of some cut glass bottles...my little arrangement isn't near as pretty as hers... but it was fun trying:-)

l took some pics of the fireplace on it's own, and then experimented with this firescreen.

Looking across to the dining room.




Trying out a painting before the garage sale where l found the metal art.


Well that's most of what's been happening here in my neck of the woods....hope you've enjoyed the post. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

Hugs....Bron.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Trip, TuTu and Roses.


Today l have the second cabinet l painted to show you but not TOO many photo's l PROMISE:-)
Our son finished his recruit course a couple of weeks ago as part of his air force training so hubby and l took a road trip interstate to see him graduate which was a bit of a proud moment for him and us ...though l have to say it was a little weird seeing him in a crisp blue uniform, marching in the parade....it's certainly a BIG transition from his last job working in the environmental field, where he freely admits to being pretty much a hippie:-)
What surprised us most on our road trip was how MUCH MORE populated the country's become since we travelled those roads many years ago. Melbourne has expanded so drastically it seems that what were once the outer suburbs are now almost inner city....and so many housing estates along the freeway now with seemingly no facilities bar for a link to the freeway (and l'm guessing a train station). The larger regional centres are now also huge with fantastic roads and infrastructure, but interestingly many of what were once small  highway towns now seem pretty much dead or nonexistent.


l was a doing a little gardening at Mum's the other day and hidden away behind the apple tree was a couple of blooms on my favourite rose (at her place).... Just recently l planted a cutting in my  garden that Mum struck about 18 months ago...so far...so good:-) but this is my third attempt at trying to grow this rose so l won't start the happy dancing just yet:-)


You might remember the lamp shade l re-covered a month or two ago....well l decided to add a few birds to it. To attach them l used very fine like fishing line which can't be seen, so they look as though they're hovering there.....well that's the idea anyway:-)

l also made a little paper and fabric ballet skirt, wings and slipper set to place under a dome in the new look cabinet. l was inspired by Victoria and Caroline who specialise in making amazing and beautifully detailed miniature cottages/ houses/ trailers and all the accessories that they furnish them with. l twisted some wire into little coat hangers and a stand to hang them on.l enjoyed making them but it was all pretty fiddly and l totally admit they stretched the parameters of my patience.. haha!! When l loaded these photos l realised the tutu looked a bit boring so l've since added a couple of sequins to the skirt,  l did take a couple of pics but they both turned out blurry....sozlol:-)

The cabinet is no longer mustard/orange see here....but an aged grey green, l painted it first entirely in grey and then aged the outside with ink. The idea for this came from Caroline (link above) who uses  inks to age the timber finishes on her miniatures and it works fantastically well.....Thanks Caroline:-) l was hoping it'd work just as well on full sized furniture. l had to add a little yellow food colouring to my blue and black ink mix to create this stormy grey. The photo doesn't show the detail that well as it was such a dull day and l've had to really lighten the picture which drained out all the colour.
I've tried for a frenchy, millinery/sewing cabinet kinda vibe.

l found an old German dictionary at Mums with beautiful text and decided to use it to make some button cards...l simply glued the pages onto some cardboard and then when it dried l cut out a crucifix shape and sewed old buttons onto it.

You might be able to just make out the tutu set under the dome, this photo was taken the day before, as there's no sequins on the tutu.

l also made some cards to wind the various laces around. The graphics design came from here and l printed it onto blue paper. Once again the paper was glued onto cardboard and when dry little niches were cut into the sides which hold the lace. It's comforting to have Mums old Molly Bushell pin tin in there as well.




More gorgeous inspiration from nostalgiaatthestonehouse.

Thanks so much for stopping by and l hope you've enjoyed the post. Thanks too for your lovely comments....l hope you all have a beautiful Mother's Day next Sunday and are able to spend it doing what you love, with those you love most....Hugs Bron.

Til next time.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Shabby Painted Cabinet.


Like many of you l'm sure.....l'm happiest when l have a project/s going on....especially a house project. When l first started blogging 5-ish years ago, l never would have thought l could find so MANY projects to keep the house updated and the blog going all these years, but l think having a blog and reading blogs fires up the creative flow.... then the trick is trying to get all the projects done that you WANT to get done:-), and this is even more true if you're a bit of vintage hunter  since almost everything that comes home is a potential project...haha.
So over the past few weeks l've painted both the cabinets in the lounge and replaced the porcelain and glass display. The cabinet below was painted in Dulux Limed White half strength and sanded back on the raised areas....l've decorated the shelves in a 50's era theme. Another hatbox was recovered in vintage wallpaper to add to the blue one on top.
The second cabinet l'll have to show in a later post as there were just too many pics for one post.

The display still isn't quite "there" and has even changed since these pics were taken....no doubt there'll still be a bit of tweaking til l'm happy with it, but hopefully you'll still enjoy seeing what l've done....l just wished ALL the shelves were wooden though... they'd look so much softer and shabby, pretty...l wonder if they can be replaced....(ANOTHER project maybe:-)

l scrounged almost every cupboard, box and drawer in the house AND shopped my stall at the Mill to bring together all the pieces in both the cabinets.....It was a lot of fun arranging it all...l was going for a look something like an accessories cupboard in a dress shop.



There's vintage packaging including perfumes, talc and even real red lipstick from the 50's, l tried to incorporate a number of bits that have come home from Mum's place. There's even a bridal headpiece and faux flower wedding bouquet.

A carved bone fan at the back and vintage plastic earrings and brooches are in the little jewellery cabinet.....50's and 60's plastic hair slides are in the dish.



Below l've shown a couple of my inspiration pictures. These are from nostalgiaatthestonehouse.



This is the cabinet before.....Even though l loved the creamy distressed finish when l bought it......it never looked right with any of the painted grey furniture in this room.

l hope you're all having a beautiful, stress free week....thanks so much for popping in here for a visit.

Til Next Time,

Bron.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fairy Wings And Other Things.

Daylight savings finished this weekend...to me it's always the line in the sand as to whether Winter is coming or Winter is going....The mornings here are once again cool and crisp and the leaves are turning golden shades of Autumn...Even though l'm a little sad that Summer is all but gone for us, it's still great to share in the excitement of Summer returning to those of you living in the Northern hemisphere.
lt hasn't been easy getting this post up as the house is a BIG schmozzle at the moment and there's not really been anywhere to take pretty photos:-).....You see there's stuff EVERYWHERE as l've decided to paint the two large cabinets in the lounge room....so out came ALL the china which l've had to find extra storage for as l want to change the displays. Also we are still clearing out Mum's house so things are coming home from there each week, and add to that the few projects l have on the go. l'm hoping to have it all organised in the next few weeks but at the moment.....well let's just say.... it aint  pretty:-)

l was inspired by the lovely antique wings they sell at jeanne d'arc living. and tried to make something similar. l made two pair but one pair turned out so badly they were only fit for the bin:-) There was no sewing involved in their creation, l drew out a template which l used to bend to shape the wire after covering with a piece of old tulle,  some of the same tulle was torn and placed around the edges.



 l found a floral ruffled skirt at the opshop and knew straight away l could use it to pretty up a set of plain beige napkins l had. The ruffles were simply removed from skirt and sewed around each edge of the napkins. A couple of patches were added for some shabby interest. No doubt we'll never use them but hey...they're there if we NEED them:-)

Found this birdcage at the mill market. It was BLACK when l bought it and the paint was chipping off all over the place. A good sand and a couple of cans of white spray paint...that's more like it :-)

A couple of pics from my files.


It's so lovely of you to stop by here, thanks so much. Hope you all have a beautiful week.


Til next time,

Bron.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Corner Of The Bedroom.


Well l FINALLY have a dress form....l know everyone else has had theirs for YEARS and  you'll be thinkin' l'm a bit SLOW on the uptake, which might be a fair cop:-) but l'd been holding out to find one of those gorgeous old antique one's and l HAVE come across a few, but they all cost a fortune, PLUS a kidney.
So l realised it was NEVER gonna happen and kinda "sold out" to buy this NEW one, but it does have that vintage look, it came with the lovely crown and wasn't too spendy, so l figured it'd make a great Anniversary present....and is much prettier than the 10 litres of  motorbike oil hubby requested as HIS present. The BIG bonus for him though is that he gets to enjoy BOTH presents, since it stands on HIS side of the bed....all he said was, it's weird that something without a head is wearing a crown.....he's just not gettin' it is he...haha!!

My cousin gave me this old bustier/corset a couple of years ago which fits well enough....added a tulle skirt, beaded belt, antique lace collar and vintage enamelled jewellery. The earrings were simply clipped onto the crown.

Also found a Frenchy style pin board at the opshop and hung it above the bedside table for the photos.


Sweet old 50's quilt adds a bit of shabby.





Just wanted to say thanks too for the lovely wedding congrats everyone and l'm so happy you's enjoyed sharing our wedding day story:-)

Wishing you all a fun, sunshiny weekend.

Til next time,

Bron.