Friday, 20 February 2015

~Vintage & Handmade~

Oh my goodness it's been a fair old while since I was here, mainly because life has got in the way. In the dark dreary depths of Winter I don't function very well at all!  I have my birthday in February and usually book my ideas up by this time of year though.  Like many other Bloggers, I've also become a convert to the instant micro-blogging that Instagram allows, so please visit me there if we haven't already said hello!

Also if anyone is Yorkshire-based and likes a bit of Vintage homewares, fabric and handmade items, as well as a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake, I am having an event at my house on Saturday 14th March 2015 from 11am to 3pm.  I am not far from Leeds and York.  If you would like to come along, please email me ( and I will let you know the details.

 This follows on I suppose from when I held secret afternoon teas at my house a couple of years ago; a natural progression seems to be having some of my vintage finds and handmade items for sale at the same time.
See you soon x

Thursday, 30 October 2014

~Half-term week~

This week's gone so fast, as hols always do. I've batch cooked for the freezer, cleaned cupboards out, renovated some more furniture, met up with friends and done some charity shop rummaging...
Today we had a run to Filey.  It takes about an hour and half due to the traffic round York and it wasn't the best day weather-wise but despite the mizzly greyness it was unseasonably warm.

Top left - Yummiest hot choc ever from Rendevous Café which sits in the Cliffside below the Crescent Gardens. Cream? Yes please. Flake? Yes please.
Top right - Coble Landing boats, note appropriate 'Morning Mist'.
Bottom right - The Filey lifeboat on the Coble Landing.
Bottom left - a photo of me with Jack; a brave first actual photo of me on my blog. The bobble hat wasn't so much for the cold, more a hair-taming intervention. Do you know the Friends episode where Monica's hair hates humidity and gets bigger and bigger?  Well the trusty bobble hat prevented that happening :)

Friday, 17 October 2014

~Catching Up~

At the end of a tiring week leaving home at 7am for work every morning (I look and feel rubbish!) I am quickly popping in to do a ta-da of my latest chair project.  All the chairs in this house are vintage ones which have had a makeover. I thought I'd show the chair I've painted for Laura's bedroom.   I posted a photo of this on Instagram earlier in the week.  The solid wood chair was in a family shed, rescued and given to me.  It was in bad condition with a PVC seat, but as you can see it's a lovely shape so just needed a good scrub, rub down and paint.
I used the Laura Ashley eggshell in Duck Egg blue I had left over from my sewing room chair project. The method here was 1 coat of primer, followed by 3 thin coats of eggshell, gently rubbing down between coats.

I then used fine glasspaper to distress the edges, and finished with a wiped-on coat of clear wax and a good buff with a cloth.  The finish is lovely and satiny smooth - worth the effort.

The seat pad was repadded with cotton wadding from Dunelm and recovered in this lovely duck egg check linen fabric (£19.99 per metre - Dunelm) I've enough to make some cushions too.

Just need to repaint her room now - but that will have to wait until half-term!
Hope you like it. 
Have a lovely weekend x