Saturday, 27 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
Since my discovery of freezer paper I've gone a bit mad!
It's changed my life!
I'm ashamed to say that this weekend I did no cleaning, no ironing, very little blogging and no replying to lovely comments left on my blog (I am sorry and will be catching up with this later today)! I didn't leave the house and am embarrassed to admit that we had to forego our traditional sunday roast (which my husband cooks every week!) and make do with what he could scrape together from the measley offerings in our fridge!
I blame it all on freezer paper!
If you haven't tried it yet you have to. It is so easy to use and gives such clear letters or images that I can't wait to make more stuff.
Inspired by the pillows from Restoration Hardware above I made my own version of the address one:
Peeled off the paper and voila! I didn't have a cushion insert or any stuffing so have had to lay this across another cushion to take the photo so it looks a bit curved but it's not it's perfectly straight.
I had plenty of the red stripe fabric so still 'playing' I made a cushion with No. 5 on it which is our house number and nice and simple. I don't want to go overboard and have too many cushions with writing on!
The fabric is a vintage mangle fabric which I bought a few years ago at the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair in London. It's been in a cupboard since as I never found the right project for it but I have now so it's washed, ironed and ready for action!
Finally I made another little Paris cushion (from the other leg of my trousers/pants) as my first attempt was just an experiment. I found a lovely little cotton trim which I stitched around the edge so that just the little loops showed on the finished cushion.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
We had the units either side of our fireplace built last year as I love the look of open shelving I so often see in homes on American TV programmes or films. Before they were built my old pine cupboard was to the right of the fireplace but I prefer it behind the door where it is now
Our coffee table is an old Butcher's Block which we bought when we were living in London. I am really lucky that my husband and I have really similar taste and he tends to just like anything I pick. This Butcher's Block was one of the few things he insisted on having and it's a bit warped and covered in scratches. Having this also allowed us to not have to be 'precious' when our kids were little as they could hammer away or bang on it to their hearts content!
Thank you for picking me House of Giggles
I promise I'll take care of it
Thursday, 4 March 2010
I ironed the image in place starting with the large piece and then ironing the middles of the P, A and R in place
I then used a stencil brush and black fabric paint to dry brush the letters through the stencil
I measured 3 inches from the edge of the letters at the top and bottom and 2 inches from the sides of the letters and drew a line at these measurements to mark the size of my pillow
I then marked another line an inch away from the first line as I wanted to fray most of the fabric within this inch to make a kind of frill - I did this mainly for speed (as this cushion is an experiment plus when I decide to start something, often on impulse I don't have the patience to wait until tomorrow to finish it and I don't have a zip to hand)
I then realised that I didn't have enough wadding to stuff the cushion and my impatiece got a hold of me again so I cut up an old feather cushion pad which had been in the airing cupboard for ages
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
I wanted to move back to Wales to have my babies so they could have the green and outdoorsy upbringing that my husband and I had had growing up
As I was pregnant, changing jobs, moving house and city all at the same time we decided to buy a new house and then when we got settled and the baby was born spend our time looking for an older house with period features
Over twelve years later we are still here
This is why
I really didn't want wall units as the kitchen is not a really big space but on the back wall there is a boiler so I had this concealed by a long cupboard with a matching one on the other side. Smaller cupboards and an open shelving unit kind of give it the feel of a dresser
on the long wall opposite the fridge we hung an antique French game shelf to store my collection of jugs
we had subway tiles in two shades of off white behind the sink and on the window sill and then beadboard put all around the walls to just a foot or so about the worksurface
On one wall we had beadboard put all the way to the ceiling so we could put a notice board and the children's pictures on it
we eat family meals at the dining table but my children have breakfast and do their homework here
I found the bench and the French game shelf at an antique shop in London but had gone there on a day trip on a bus and couldn't get them home
where there's a will there's a way
I bought them and they agreed to keep them for me until a few weeks later my sis and her husband were passing through London on the way to the Cotswolds for the weekend - they picked them up for us and met us in the Cotwolds - we drove there after work, had a quick drink with them then drove back
we got home around 1.30am and went to work the next day
I never let logistics get in the way if I want something!
Lucky me for having a husband who is willing to go with the flow!
as you can see I like hearts (padded, slate, twigs, heart shaped stones, Welsh love spoons..)
And finally the crap corner