It Ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)

I had a bit of a Bananarama vibe going on over the weekend. It started with a small square of Indian cotton, measuring  about 1 metre (more of this later). I couldn’t think of anything that could be made with it that I needed or wanted, until I came across an old denim mini skirt,…

Ignoring 9 to 5 and enjoying the rest

I’ve been working for most of the week, the less said about that the better, but that’s not to say there haven’t been a few high spots. I managed a trip to the cinema to see Elle yesterday evening. Isabelle Huppert is amazing and at 64 she looks stunning, wow. Not that age matters but it’s…

Blog Anniversary, what now?

  I started writing a blog a year ago this month, not knowing anything about how to do it but wanting the challenge of setting it up and committing to writing each month. As the year has progressed I’ve mostly written weekly and now a year has passed I have been thinking about what I’ve got from it….

Getting creative to liven up the walls

I wrote about my upstairs landing the other week, I want to brighten it up. The material for the windows hasn’t yet arrived so I decided to start on the walls. I’m not painting them yet so they needed some new artwork and I needed to do it on a very small budget. I spent…

Upcycling for an Autumn look

Last week I found an old 1990’s black velvet mini skirt which still fit but had lost it’s appeal. I decided I would look for some material and upcycle it. I wanted to go for something that looked like this tree that I snapped whilst out walking the dog: and I found this 1950’s material on…

Upcycled TV table

I’ve been sitting looking at my TV table for years and thinking ‘I must do something with that table, it’s a mess’. We bought it years ago as an oak TV table; the only oak is a 1mm sliver coating the surface, clearly then it’s an oak veneer. Not only that but within a short…

Finally finished the vintage caravan!

After a concentrated effort over the weekend the ‘van is finally finished.  It’s reupholstered using a tough chenille for the seat cushions and a retro print canvas for the back cushions. The kitchen end is painted white with yellow cupboard fronts and the rest of the wood had been rubbed down and re varnished. The…

Upcycling

There is much pleasure to be had in taking something past its best and turning it into something you love. Upcycling not only reduces waste but it gives me such a sense of satisfaction. It’s not even the money that’s saved that is the main motivation,  although it is nice it’s true! The dresser top…