Friday, 31 December 2010
Happy New Year
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
Hearts and Flowers part 1. - decorate a mug - easy peasy tutorial.
Of course you don't have to use hearts and flowers, if you have other punches that you would prefer, then go ahead - have fun! Let me know if you try this - I'd love to see the results.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
It's giveaway time at Doda's
- Leave a comment on this post for one entry to the giveaway. Let me know what country you are from.
- If you would like a second entry, then if you are already a follower or you become one, post again letting me know.
- If you post about the giveaway on your blog, then come back and let me know, you can have a third entry.
What you will win is these hand rolled pure Scottish beeswax candles - two pairs of pillars. The aroma of these is so delicious! I made them this afternoon and the scent has pervaded the house! Mmm !
You will also win this charming Alice necklace made from polymer clay. It comes on a silver plated chain in a handmade little gift box.
You will also win this crazy brooch which is perfect for loose weave woolens. Use it to fasten a scarf or a cardi. It is a reminder for you to eat your five fruit and veg a day!
It has a tiny little pea pod, a carrot, an aubergine/eggplant an orange and a tomato. It will certainly be a talking point. This also comes in a handmade little giftbox - one of my matchboxes.
I look forward to reading your posts and checking out where you are all from.
( I will choose a winner on the 24th December, so that gives plenty time for entering.)
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
...I'll be back soon with a little giveaway... until then...stay warm and cosy :-)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Bottle caps are tops!
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Food was expensive and we often had to trail round several shops to get the things we needed at a price we could afford. Sounds like I am grumbling about it, but no, it taught us to be more appreciative.
Yes, food is getting expensive here too, but the food on offer in the supermarkets is incredible. The first time I visited Tescos after we returned I felt overwhelmed by the choice.
OK, so where are all the gekkos in my house? Well, I've told you how long it has taken me to get around to doing all the rooms, and now we are finishing it all off with a view to selling, so the number of lizards now totals one! Yes, that's all I am afraid. He's in the master bedroom. I wonder what the people who purchase this house will make of him?
So...the next house we get...Lord willing...lots of gekkos!
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
How to make a desk pad
I happened to have a piece of hardboard just the right size although I have made these before out of stiff cardboard, so if you want to make one, then cardboard would be fine.
Then I flipped the board over and stuck down the edges with the help of some masking tape to hold the fabric in place while the glue dried. I have made one of these before using iron on bondaweb. It was much less messy and far speedier, so if you are wanting an instant fix, then go ahead and use bondaweb.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
The Desk - a long story!
It had been painted in thick white gloss - badly painted - so I stripped it down and painted it with an acrylic satin paint in ivory. I painted a decorative teal line on the side drawers and the top - like a rectangle with a curved indented corner. It was very Laura Ashley. I wish I could find a photo of the Laura Ashley furniture that I was trying to emulate. We used it in our large dining room as a sideboard/buffet table, and it was very useful.
The next house we moved to, we sadly didn't have room for it, so I gave it to a friend who did. After a number of years we had both moved house again, and this time, she didn't have the room for it and I did, so I asked for it back - I'm cheeky that way! This time it became Naomi's desk. After a number of years it started to look a bit worse for wear. The acrylic paint is never quite as hard wearing as oil based paint, so I stripped it back down again and sanded it ready for a repaint. The desk then came with us when we went off to Belize in Central America for a couple of years. It never did get it's re-paint. I used it as a sewing desk and Naomi still used it as a desk too. It had quite a bit of glue stuck to it, and a number of scribbles in fibre tip pen where she missed the paper. When we came back to the UK, it became my husband's desk, and he has never complained about the unfinished scribbly state it was in. It remained in this sorry state and only now have I finally finished it! I used an oil based paint this time. A Crown satin paint in an off white. I'm not planning on re-painting it again - like ever!
I have changed the handles from drop ones, which were quite pretty, to these drawer pulls. ..I have a bit of a thing for these kind of drawer pulls, plus I love how they echo the shape of the shell on the middle drawer
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Well, I've finished the long hall ceiling and am currently working on painting the wood trim. I have finished painting Naomi's room and am now waiting for a carpet fitter who is coming next week. I have started painting the wood trim in the back hallway. I have nearly finished painting my husband's desk- one top coat to go . I finished doing some touch up painting in my son's room. I fitted some wood trim in the bathroom. Have had a few clearouts and got rid of some junk. I have made two batches of jam. (Strange jam I might add!) Kiwi, apple and ginger jam, and mango, apple and redcurrant jam. Both look a bit like science experiments, but they taste really yum. I have managed to accumulate a huge pile for ironing, and failed completely when it comes to keeping the place dust and cobweb free!