26 August 2011

Quick crafts!

So, I've had two gifts recently; the first being stamps and the second a dozen crotched coasters! I set to work trying to use them in a creative way...I hope you like what I've done with them!

With the stamps...apart from stamping anything and EVERYTHING in sight...I painted this little wooden frame, cut up a few envelopes from the post that morning and put it all together.


VERY simple, but I like it!

Next, with a bunch of crotched coasters I set about doing two things: making bunting and decorating a jar.

For the bunting, I grabbed some wool and crotchet a simple chain stitch, attaching a coaster every 35ch.

Very pleased with the results! Not sure if it should just come out at Christmas?! But for now it's staying up.

The jar I wanted to jazz up holds my stash of embroidery thread and bits of ribbon/lace etc. I simply measured a piece of ribbon to fit the jar and stitched it to the coaster. Easy Peasy.

Hope everyone has a great bank holiday!

21 August 2011

Car-boot beauties!

Another sunday morning sifting through other people's 'tat' to find some marvellous treasure! Great morning rummaging-came home with all these lovelies for less than a tenner!

And my fave pick of the day, this wonderful Kodak Retinette! Takes 35mm film- so vintage but practical! Always the best! Loaded it up with some film and I've started snapping away! Can't wait to see how the roll comes out!

18 August 2011

Isn't she a dream?

So...I ranted about the floral chair...and thanks to my (perhaps obsessive) need to go in the charity shop preeettyyy much everyday-this beauty greeted me.

I'm picturing it transformed with a lick of cream paint, a little distressing and a tad bit of bunting.
If you look closely you can even see the cut-out heart detail along the dresser...swoon. An added bonus was that I got it for £30 cheaper than the asking price- and the boyf likes it! Great day...now I just need to go in more charity shops to fill the shelves.



So as previously posted, me and the boyf will be moving in together in the near future- we have a date in mind and have been starting to collect some bits and bobs together...well...mostly me hoarding car boot junk in my room, but you get the idea! I popped into one of the local charity shops this week and spotted this arm chair.
Now, I'm in two minds about it...I love it, well actually I just mostly love it, but then there's a sliver in me that thinks, maybe that's a little TOO floral?! I just don't know...but it was £20...and my money was CERTAINLY burning in my pocket! So I sent a quick snap to the boyf for his judgement (wow! Technology is awesome) and lo and behold he replied "I couldn't live with that. You need your eyes testing." Darn. Oh well...I think I'll have to compromise with a few floral cushions instead of this beast.
Maybe moving in together isn't the best idea?

15 August 2011

Painting a Poppy.

My dad’s a wonderful oil painter and I’ve been steadily getting more and more curious about the craft. So I’ve been attending a class on a Saturday morning, and have just finished this, not-much-bigger-than-a-postcard, poppy!

I’m very pleased with it, and am planning to give it to mum as a pressie. This evening I’ve been getting stuck in to my next painting...a little blue tit. Wish me luck...I’ll pop up a post when I’m done!

Car-boot beauties!

Haven't been to the car-boots in a while...as previously stated, I've been busy..and maybe hungover! But I spotted these lovely gardening books on Sunday.

I can't wait for a garden of my own! Pouring over these beautiful pages will have to do, for now! I also picked up a very plain wooden cutlery tray for 25p at the boot sale.

Nothing much. But then I painted it with a little grey emulsion...and ta-daarr! A jewellery tray...yep, for 25 pence!

Hurry up weekend! I'm desperate for another rummage at the car-boot!

In the post...

So, it's been a while...I've been on my jollies, I've been saving pennies and I've been knuckling down on uni work so I haven't posted in quite some time! Apologies!

As I previously stated, I won Caroline's, at the lovely Cream teas and Crafternoons give-away...and look at the goodies that came through the door!

A lovely cath kidston fabric bag, a needle case and a dainty tissue holder! So lucky, and so very grateful! Finally Caroline's "thank you" card is in the post now...better late than never, huh?!