Monday, 25 August 2014

Vintage finds and cushions

Thank you lovely people for your comments on my little shed...I can't wait to paint her inside too!

I was so pleased when I woke up on Saturday to find the sun shining.  I planned a day out at Antiques on the Green in Wisborough, a small market town near Petworth .  I didn't take any photos inside the huge marquee as it was so crowded.    I have so many little antiquities and vintage items that I have collected throughout the years that I don’t really need to buy more, in fact I could start my own shop, so I mostly browsed but I did come home with three pieces of vintage floral linen, a few pieces of antique lace, several beautiful cards and a linen guest towel with crocheted edging from Petworth Antiques.   I thought I would make up some cushions covers - I don’t need any more of these either, but I do love making them!

I am quite pleased with how they turned out.  At first I was just going to sew the vintage fabric together with the pieces of lace and the velvet trim, but I then had the idea of mixing a newer floral fabric with the older vintage fabric and then adding the lace and the velvet.   Can you guess where the other piece of newer fabric comes from?  I've always loved the bigger blowsy floral fabrics more than the small ditsy flower designs and although the fabrics are entirely different they are both floral which is why I think it works so well. 

Hope you are all enjoying your bank holiday Monday!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Shed Chic

These early mornings are definitely much cooler don’t you think, a little dewy and a little nippy.  Almost time to replant the tulips I took out and carefully wrapped in newspaper a few months ago...let’s hope they flower next Spring…

My garden is tiny, I call it my courtyard garden because compared to what I had previously, it’s like having a garden the size of a bathroom….it’s also low maintenance (which I love!)  I have faux grass (becoming more and more popular nowadays!)  and a long narrow strip of planting beds, enough to grow cut flowers and indulge my new love of gardening.  And I have a shed.  It was a sorry looking shed, which was brown and unloved and full of spiders and forgotten boxes we have yet to unpack even after seven years….so not a place I go into often.  But all because of a tin of really cheap metal and wood paint found on the bargain shelf at B&Q, I got the urge to paint it and vintage it all up!  So armed with one litre of bargain paint costing £10 in a colour that’s not quite sage green, not quite grey, and definitely not white, we set about painting this sorry looking shed one Sunday afternoon, because that’s what you do on Sunday when you think the sun has gone on holiday for the day and then when you’re in the throes of painting it comes out again, furiously hot and shining, making you all sweaty and unpleasant!  Anyway, the one litre tin of paint was just enough to cover two sides of the shed because the shed is in the corner of my garden and that’s all it needed.

We didn’t stop there.  We unpacked the tiny shed, which was pretty much packed to ceiling height inside, taking lots of unused and unloved things to the recycling tip…leaving us with an almost empty shed and the two tired and exhausted and not to mention dirty people!

A few days later I asked hubby to vacuum out the shed and suck up all the nasties lurking in the corners in thick cobwebs.  We bought another litre of paint this time in a soft pink and another in a vintage green colour, both off the bargain shelf at B&Q and already mixed….haven’t tackled the inside yet but I want it to look bright and cheerful.  This shed is so tiny, I can’t even stretch out both arms across the width, but nevertheless, I want this tiny space to look gorgeous with vintage finds and by adding pretty things.  I also want to create a little ‘potting corner’ for the budding gardener inside of me, spurred on by my lovely green fingered friend Irene! 

So what’s the first thing you do when you move into a house?  Yes, you’re right, you start making curtains.  So here in this tiny shed, with one tiny window looking out over my miniscule garden, I hung some hand made by me floral curtains which I strung up with garden string and tied onto nails.  (the curtains are odd – I deliberately wanted the curtains to look like odd bits of fabric sewn together) I also hung some five minute bunting, which is how long it took me to make it, propped a little bottle with faux flowers and a teeny weeny watering can on the inside window ledge and the window is now the shed window looks good from the outside too…and it’s amazing the difference it has made to the view from the house….

 I’m totally into this shed, might even move in!  So pretty, what do you think?  

( At the time I didn't even think of taking I don't have any before pics, but trust me, it's a huge improvement!)

Saturday I’m going to the Antiques on the Green….if you live nearby do pop in, it promises to be vintage heaven!

Have a lovely week!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Nature's bounty

Thank you for your lovely comments on my previous projects, I have a few more to show you and then I might finally be able to show you the dining room!  My last post was all about taking something that cost nothing and turning it into something beautiful.  This is a similar post and ties in nicely with getting something for free.

It rained on Saturday but it didn’t last long and so early morning we went out meandering around our local antique/vintage shops I haven’t visited for a while.  An old artist, a man who I spent time with doing a painting for a friend of mine, had died and his shop had been turned into a lovely vintage looking flower shop. On the way out, in the window I spied a green vase and I fell in love with it instantly.  It has a very vintage feel to it, but I think it’s the shade of green.  Of course then I needed the flowers, the Ammi Visnaga, so beautiful and white, the Clematis, the tiny daisy like flowers (don’t know the name) mint, and some green lollipop looking flowers and I had to look them up first to tell you the name - Dianthus Barbartus!  I wanted cottage garden flowers, like I’d just picked them myself. 

We are very fortunate to live about 5 minutes from the seashore but also have green areas where in summer, hedgerows of ripe fruit are abundant as well as wild flowers.   Late afternoon we took ourselves out for a walk and I took along my gardening scissors and a container for foraging because you just never know what you might find when out walking.  Mother Nature did not disappoint…..there was enough blackberries for hundreds of bottles of delicious sweet jam or a sauce for vanilla ice cream.   The fruit proved more difficult to get to than the flowers.  Prickly and with the ripest ones high up and out of reach, I only managed to pick 500ml, but enough to have with ice cream! On the way back a neighbour was picking his apples that had fallen from his tree and placing them in bags to offer to whoever passed by. He offered us a bag to take home and said he makes puree and freezes it so instead of making a crumble I'm thinking of making an apple puree which can also be used as a sweet sauce…rich pickings for an afternoon walk!

Sometimes it’s the small things in life that gives us the most joy and walking in amongst the wild flowers, picking fruit and flowers to my left, and watching the boats bob up and down on my right, is pure contentment!

and these are the wild flowers and fruit we picked later in the day:

And last but certainly not least - welcome to my new followers, thanks for joining me!

Hope you have a wonderful week!