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,


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,


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,


Monday, March 7, 2016

Summer Post. Happy Anniversary

This week hubby and l celebrated 32 years of marriage, that's been the easy part after surviving our wedding day:-)
Except for the weather which was  PERFECT (very warm), our wedding day was pretty much a disaster from go to woah....One of my relo's ( lets call her S:-) very kindly offered to drive the bridal party to the gardens at the lake where hubby (to be) and l would take our vows with a celebrant.....
The BIG DAY arrived and l was all ready to go, but more than a little anxious as S still hadn't arrived...To save time Sis and l went out front to wait...Full war paint, BIG hair, bigger dress, and l'd have thought UNMISSABLE :-)....well it WAS the 80's. So imagine my astonishment when finally we see the bridal car driving along the street towards us, all shone up, resplendent in white ribbons.... but then drive straight past us. At the end of the street S turns round and drives back PAST us again.....and just keeps on driving, not even seeing us waving like crazy people from the kerb.......As S explained later, so great was the stress from being late and not being able to find Mum's house we didn't even register..... but at the time we had the problem of HOW were we going to get there....everyone else had left and of course this was pre mobile phones....in the end we simply called a taxi....the driver thought it was hilarious but did well not to show it TOO much:-)
 Our ceremony was allotted only 30 minutes as 31 other couples were getting married that day (This fact made headlines in the following Mondays' newspaper) so by the time l arrived (almost an hour late) the celebrant was flapping about like a wild swan.
With only 10 minutes to spare....short and sweaty is how l'd describe the ceremony...hubby jokes (l think) that just before l arrived he and his brother were two seconds from leaving for the pub.
There was S at the gardens....eyes all puffy from crying, l don't think her day was much better than ours. Given it was such a sunny day being married in a public space meant there were gazillions of people milling round, and trying not to get other bridal parties and random people in the photos took forever, but FINALLY we could head off to the reception and hopefully a stiff drink but NO.. were again denied the bridal car, as S in her haste and distress had locked the keys in the car, which meant us all having to squash in with someone else, not easy in huge puff sleeves and layer upon layer of tulle...did l mention it was the 80's haha....for reasons l won't go into here my Mum was distressingly late to the reception and since she was my only parent, speeches couldn't go ahead without her. Which meant bored, restless and HUNGRY guests...The caterers too were NOT HAPPY, main course wasn't even fully served before they decided they were OUT of there...which would have been just fine, had they not taken most of the food with them.... including DESSERT...
Of course nothing TERRIBLE happened and these days it's just another funny family story...but at the time...hmm NOT so much....l've included a wedding pic at the end of the post.

Each year on a warm, sunny day l like to set up outside and take a few photos.... Another Summer and another year passing...you can see a couple of my favourite other Summer posts here and here.

The roses are from my neighbour Judy's garden, knowing how much l LOVE pink blooms she often cuts hers to bring over to me....thanks Jude...they're gorgeous.

Hubby bricked up the arbour a few years ago, it's a lovely shady spot, mostly just for the flies and  bees  though......we don't seem to sit out there much:-)

Selina Lake ....Fabulous sheet tepee.

Thought you might like to see the Big hair and Big dress, l cut most of hubby out as he HATES our wedding photo's because of his BIG moustache...Come ON.... it was the 80's....haha!!

Hope you're having an awesome week everyone...thanks so much for stopping by.

Til next time.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A New Normal.

Well it's been a busy few weeks around here, but l feel like l'm starting to come to some kind of new "normal" and although life is different now.....l'm finding most days it's not terrible. l've made a conscious effort to change up my routine especially in the morning when l miss Mum the most, since pretty much every morning for the past 25-ish years, Mum and l would talk on the phone at 7.00am.....even if l was working early, or away l'd still ring her. So ingrained is it, that since she's been gone l sometimes dream just before l wake up that the phone's ringing....so to stop myself thinking about it l've been walking or riding my bike instead, thankfully the weather's still beautiful and just being out in the fresh air and seeing the sunrise each day makes me feel grateful instead of miserable.
Along with my Sister and Brother we've begun cleaning out Mums house and meet up once or twice a week to sort, save and throw....that part isn't easy,  but we all get along well, and sharing our memories over a cup of tea helps us deal with these things that HAVE to be done.
As l mentioned in my last post l've been wanting to do a few more creative things as well and the lampshades in my bedroom have been annoying me for ages, all the fabric had come loose so they were begging for an update...hope you like seeing how they turned out:-)

An old chiffon shirt and tulle scarf were found tucked away in my fabric cupboard. l sat down with no particular plan except that l didn't want to cover all the sections totally in fabric. The shirt was quite small so fabric was limited. l tore a lot of it into strips to cover the wire frames. l also created little "window panes" from the shirt fabric and glued them on to the frame to use as a base to add tulle, fabric and millinery flowers. It was a fun project to do and it's nice to have a change.

This is how it looks attached to the cut glass lamp l bought from Target a couple of years ago.

You can just see hubby's in place on the far side of the bed....

Found the lovely bedspread at a garage sale, probly 50-60's era has white fringing all round and is in beautiful nick.....l think l'm going to sell this Roxy bag but l love it so much. Never used and still has it's tag...a whole $5.00 bucks... SNAP:-)

When l figure out how to do it, l'm going to attach these candle holders to my dressing table mirror.

Found this lovely old bit of tole at the market as well.

Thanks so much for your lovely comments last post regarding Mum's passing, it means so much to me....l hope you're having a beautiful, uplifting week.

Til next time,