I’m delighted with what I’ve just made. I’ve made a side table for the lounge out of vintage chemists box.
I found this box in the loft of our last house when we were moving and so decided to bring it with us. We’ve been using it to store sketch books and journals until now when we had a need for a new side table.
I’m really happy with it 🙂
Here’s an update on the fire place in our lounge.
It’s still not finished but we love it. Thanks to chalk paint we’ve been able to cover up the dark tiles very easily.
Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before.
An amazing transformation I think! 🙂
We’ve been suffering with a dark fireplace ever since we have moved into our house fourteen years ago. We are having a new carpet, so it’s time for a change. I would like the room to be a little bit lighter and therefore feel a bit more spacious.
It’s amazing what a pot of chalk paint does to start the ball rolling!
It’s like a breath of fresh air
The carpet arrives on Wednesday so I’ll keep you posted on how things go 🙂
I was really pleased with what I found on the market last week. I bought these silk flowers and vase for only £3.00 🙂
One of my projects last week was to make new a very tatty lampshade.
I have a collection of used stamps and I have loads that I have accumulated that are no use in my collection, so the new project began.
After the laborious job of soaking the stamps of the paper of the envelopes, it was a fun and satisfying thing to do.
What do you think?
Now for the job of restoring the lamp base! 🙂
I am very happy to report the continuation of furniture preservation in my garden.
I now have a yellow chair! I decided that this chair couldn’t be left any longer and needed attention….
and I am quite happy to tell you I painted it yellow.
I am really enjoying the brightness in my garden as the sunshine has been very limited lately, so now I have my very own bit of sunshine 🙂
MMmmm, it’s about time I did something about the garden furniture, otherwise It won’t last very long!
As the sun was out and looked like it was going to last, we got some paint out and began preserving and brightening up the garden furniture. I must say, this table started life in our lounge in Northampton about 15 years ago, it’s been in the garden a year now and we intent to make it last even longer.
This is the spot we like to sit sometimes for a cup of coffee in the morning when the sun is on the front of the house. It now has what looks like a new table. 🙂
I’ve posted this on my art blog, but not on my Simple Life. I have decided to post it on here as it is all part of my simple life aim. With my life, as with my art I like to try to have as little impact on the environment as possible, so I have been trying out a bit of Eco dyeing and combining it with my work.
Onion skins seem to be a good starting point because they need no mordent (a mordent is a fixing agent).
All it take is collecting the brown flaky skins from your onions until you’ve got about a carrier bag full and put them in the largest pan you have (or tin bucket) add a generous amount of water and heat it up.
Simmer for a couple of hours, strain, and you get this!
Take it off the heat, add some wet fabric (not band new fabric, it has to be something that has been washed previously) and make sure you push it all under the dye that you’ve made using some tongs or with rubber gloves to protect against the hot water. Simmer again for another hour or so. Let it get cold on the pan or leave it over night and then take the fabric out and rinse it in warm water and dry on the washing line.
You can get quite a dark colour with this dye. The background of this cushion I’ve made shows the sort of colour you get. You can use the dye a couple of times more if you like and you just get lighter colours.
Free dye from kitchen scraps, not bad is it! 🙂
I Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, we did. We spend the last few days doing some home improvements which were long over due.
Improving our working environment started in October and then came to a halt because of work commitments, so it was all hands on deck to finish what we had started!
We had these shelves made from shelving we bought with us from our old house, so we decided to re-use it to save money.
They are so fab!
Over the fire place we’ve hung some outsider art bought from Barrington Farm which is a centre for adults with learning difficulties here in Norfolk.
We now have a comfortable and improved working environment that we are happy with! 🙂
Wishing you all a very happy and simple New Year 🙂