Saturday, June 15, 2013

French Script mirror and dresser re-style!

Thanks for spending some time with me!
I've had this mirror for-ever and always wanted to give it a fresher look. I decided it was time to give it a make over!
Here it is painted with Cece Caldwell vintage white!
This is what it used to look like!
The painted mirror sent me on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. This was one of the first home decor items hubby and I bought together...did we enjoy junking together!
Sweet memories inspired me to re-style my dressing table. This dressing table has come a long way too!
I bought nothing new for the re-style...all these items were grabbed from elsewhere in the house!
I moved my wrought iron mannequin out of the corner and placed it next to the dressing table!
I was suddenly overcome with emotion thinking of my wonderful wedding day. How handsome my hubby looked and now so stricken with cancer. Please God ease his pain!
The memories made me reach for the box holding my wedding ensemble and I was suprised that everything still looks so fresh. The veil is as creamy white as the day I wore it, the dress is so classic and timeless!
Pretty vintage tiara!
Beautiful guipure lace bodice!
Awesome beadwork!
I love the toungue-in-cheek quote on the tag of the satin covered dress hanger!
I'm getting quite carried away...
Some detail on the mirror. I decoupaged parts of the mirror frame with tissue copies of script. You can purchase beautiful digital downloads from Villabarnes on Etsy. It is the same ephemera that Rosemary uses in her own stunning works of art! 
My pretty ironstone pitcher!
Chippy wire lamp frame and old books!
My hand-made nest and hand painted eggs!
Hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane!
And now for an exciting GIVEAWAY:
The lovely Koralee from BlueBirds Notes is hosting a GIVEAWAY for a $20- gift certificate to Daisy Pink Cupcake's new Etsy Shop : Daisy Pink Wish Hair Bows & Jewelry

So head over to BlueBirds Notes and let's get celebrating with a $20 gift certificate to anything in Daisy's sweetest new Etsy shop. You will fall head over heels in love with the pretty accessories for your Princess......making her world feel fairylike with lace, jewels, ribbons and Bows! 
You can often find me at these fabulous parties:

Redoux Friday Link Party
Shabbylicious Friday Link Party
Funky Junk Interiors - Friday Junk Party
Life on Lakeshore Drive - Boquet of Talent Sunday Link Party

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Re-designing a picture frame and metal vase

I decoupaged this tray with tissue copies of script and a French Label.
I aged the parts of the frame that I did'nt decoupage. I dry-brushed the script on the inside of the frame with watered down gesso.
I inserted a French perfume label.
Now I am on the hunt for some cute handles to finish it off!
I love the patina of the inside of this metal vase, just the right amount of variation in color and rust!
Just a pity that this fabulous patina did'nt favour the outside of this vase.
I decoupaged this vase with French script and an image of a lady playing the violin. I bathed the lace in an acrylic wash and used it as a frame for the image. I also painted the base and the edge of the vase with a mix of acrylic paints and did some distressing!

Image on vase: Viola of Shabby chic inspired. Created with images from The Graphics Fairy and her own. You should head over to Viola's blog. You will be inspired!
French letter Script on vase and tray: Vintage country style
French perfume label: The Graphics Fairy
You can often find me at these fabulous parties:



Sunday, June 2, 2013

DIY Suitcase table

Greetings from a freezing and wet Cape Town. We are in the grip of Winter...Brrr!
Look at my balcony covered in hail!
A big flurry of hail was blown into my bedroom because I had the sliding door slightly open when the hailstorm hit us!
Quite a mopping up operation, but anyhoo, back to this week's post. If you regularly visit my blog, you will know that I like the idea of repurposing. I poked around in my garage the other day looking for a small project to finish for my weekly blog post. I found some cool mid-century legs and wondered what I could do with it. I spotted this banged up suitcase and got the idea to create a DIY suitcase table!
Now, the clips on the case no longer function and the top slopes inward ever so slightly. The lid is wonky and you have to apply pressure to close it and then of course it gets stuck...ugh! I should probably have saved the legs until I could get a suitcase that's in better shape, but create I have to...come hell or high
Here is the before in all its mottled yellow-tan splendour. You can see clearly how the lid when closed, overlaps too far.
I primed it with some gesso, painted the trims in apple green and spray painted the hardware in pistachio green. Then I began toying with the idea of covering the suitcase with fun 1950's children's story book pages...turning it into a fun piece for a kid's room.
I started by cutting out the pictures and laying them out over the top. Then I modge podged the pictures onto the suitcase. I just kept going until the entire suitcase was covered with pictures from these story books.
 I hot-glued black trim all around the edge of the suitcase!
I placed the legs where I wanted them, marked it off and then used pratley glue to attach the legs to the bottom of the suitcase.
Then came the test and Ha...the legs are lined up great...all touching the ground perfectly!

I love the way this piece turned out and it will be my grand baby, Miss G's nightstand!
Here she is silly expression and all, poking her little face into one of my pics...sweet child of my heart!
And now for some exciting news.....Whoop, whoop, Hurrah! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is coming to South Africa in July. How Fantabulous is that?!

You can often find me at these fabulous parties:

Redoux Friday Link Party
Funky Junk Interiors - Friday Junk Party
Life on Lakeshore Drive - Boquet of Talent Sunday Link Party


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