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'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 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.


  1. Beautifully, beautifully here a lot of femininity and romanticism, I am delighted. Greetings.

  2. Well my goodness, you've been literally bursting with creativity!!! Your cabinet looks amazing and I never thought to try the ink thing on life size furniture, I'll have to give that one a try:) All the treasures in your cabinet look amazing! I love your mini tutu dress and the tiny ballet lovely! Putting birds in your lampshade was a wonderful idea, they look so precious sitting in there:)

    We're going through the same thing in our area with a population boom. Used to be it was only busy here during season but now it's busy year round. They're throwing up buildings left and right and are even having to build new schools. Sometimes I dream of moving to a more peaceful place but then I think I'd be anxious being out in the middle of no where alone LOL.

    What an awesome accomplishment for your son! You must be so very proud! My youngest son got to fly in a WWII plane yesterday and was over the moon with excitement. He's taking flying lessons now and I think he probably would've done well if he'd done something in the military.

    Is your Mother's Day the same as ours? I'm sure it will be a very difficult day for you not having your mom:( Sending you hugs my friend!

  3. E' bellissimo vedere tutte le tue cose così romantiche!Saluti!Rosetta

  4. Thank you so much for the pleasure I had to look at your wonderful treasures. I effectively prefer your cabinet painted clear... and I love all the treasures you put in it. You should have an other road trip to PARIS to help me in my studio which is a bit messy !

  5. Congratulation to your son~I know how proud you must be. I cried buckets at each one of my children's college graduations!

    I applaud you for trying to grow roses from cuttings, I can barely keep my climber alive and have failed with several different bushes bought from nurseries. I adore them but I think you either 'have it' or don't. :(

    Loving your cabinet and all of your sweet treasures inside. And the lampshade is exquisite! I love addition to a real parrot, I must have 20 bird figurines throughout my home!

    Thanks for such a lovely visit. I look forward to following along with you!


  6. Bron you are so talented ... I love the way you have painted and styled your cabinet.
    The button cards are brilliant!
    This post is soooo inspiring! You have much vision and creativity to give to the world.
    You are truly passionate and your blog exudes your unique style.
    x Michelle

  7. Gorgeous! I love your little tutu under the glass dome - so pretty! All of your treasures sat together in your beautiful cabinet is quite breath taking! I hope you have a marvellous week!
    Jennelise xo

  8. Just gorgeous! How many romantic treasures! The birds added to lamp are very sweet and they look so adorable. Everything is very feminine and charming. Thanks a lot for the sweet comment. Many hugs from my little son too.

  9. Bron your cabinet is gorgeous! New colour is fantastic!You have talent! Everything is beautiful and so romantic! Congratulations because of your son's success! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs Ala

  10. I must tell you how much I enjoyed this post, Bron....the little tutu and ballet shoes are amazing! I enjoy the miniatures that Victoria does, and I think you did a wonderful job on your pieces! The cabinet turned out perfectly with the ink. I just love all the things you've decorated the inside of the cupboard with!!! The vignettes are stunning! I hovered over each photo to get a good look at each shelf. I also am impressed with your images you shared of your bedroom....just lovely! Your blog has become one of my favorites. I'm so happy to have become a follower of yours, and I have Victoria to thank for that!
    Have a fun weekend. and Congratulations to your son on his accomplishment!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous! I love vintage. :)

  12. The cabinet is the tutu and my hubs will kill me is he ever seen a tutu in our home. Men! Beautiful vignettes and how romantic!