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Finished powder room

We have finally finished the downstairs powder room. We actually completed it a few months back, but I was still trying to find something else to put in the space. I wanted a surface where visitors using the bathroom could place their belongings. I bought one thing, a small hall table to go in there but it just didn’t suit. I shall have to find another place for it as it is a lovely old piece.

You can read my original thoughts on what I was going to do here.

I then found this great piece at the vintage store. It is an old plant stand (I think) that has a part of a wooden table attached to the top.

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We ended up painting the walls in Dulux Duck Egg Blue, which is a lovely constrast to black and white tiles.  I also love my little sink.  The tiler was none too happy about my floor layout but he did a great job on it. The top tiles have a rolled edge on them, hard to see in this photo. I wanted a vintage looking bathroom, no modern large tiles here. The builder told me he last tiled a bathroom like this 40 years ago as an apprentice, so mission accomplished.

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The table fits perfectly in here and matches really well.

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I have some hooks to put up on the wall yet and I will get a wire basket and fill it with pool towels as this the change room for the pool for both us and visitors.

a few of my favourite things

I do love pretty things. Looking at them makes me feel really good inside, they inspire me.  Here are some images to enjoy.

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Doily Cushion

Look at the lovely cushion I made with an old doily. I used some thick muslin to make the cushion and then sewed a large doily on the front. Just beautiful!



Aprons with a vintage feel

Aprons are lovely, especially if they have a vintage feel. I was thinking the other day what else I could make for the markets, and I decided on aprons. They have become the newest addition to my market stall.

These aprons have a pocket. I think it is always good to have a pocket in an apron, comes in very handy for putting things in. For me that would be tissues but useable for other things as well.

This apron is made from a vintage French linen tea towel, it is a very big tea towel so was perfect for this project. I added a vintage doily to the front, red grosgrain ribbon and made a pocket with another tea towel. I love the stripes on the side of it. This one is not lined but the linen is so thick I didn’t think it needed to be. I love the vintage look and feel of this (of course!). It is displayed here perfectly on my dolly.

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This next apron is actually the first one I made. I had some fabric that I had bought ages ago (because I loved it) with no special project in mind. I know a lot of sewers will relate to that. Anyway, I was looking through my stash found it and thought “aprons”. I have used a heavy canvas fabric as the lining for this one and also the ties. I added some gorgeous cream lace to the top and the edge of the pocket.  The third picture shows the reverse of the apron. I just love how it turned out.

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You can buy these aprons from my market stall or on Etsy for just $15 each. My next market is at Morningside on 23 Feb (The Mummy Tree Markets) and the one after that is at Handmade Redcliffe, Humpybong State School, Margate, Qld.



Doilies, doilies and more doilies

I love doilies. I have always been a bit of a doily girl. They are so pretty, they appeal to the vintage side of my personality.  They are charming and evoke memories of days gone by, of sipping tea from gorgeous china cups; women wearing gloves and hats; of all the pretty things, oh I do like the pretty things! I think I was definitely born in the wrong generation.

I mostly like the cream and white ones, but I do buy the coloured ones if I see them. They are getting harder to find but sometimes the gods are aligned and you can find a heap of them in one store. This is what happened to me the other day.   I had been to several charity shops and just when I thought I was never going to find some, there they were! A whole pile  of them just waiting to be purchased and come home with me.  This is just a sample of the doilies I bought.



If you also like doilies then charity shops are a good bet (unless you live near me in which case, stay away! lol…). You can buy them online but so far I have not found anyone who sells them for a reasonable price. I have seen them upwards of $30 for one doily on Etsy. I personally think this is too much, although as a crafter (and crocheter as a young woman) I know the work that goes into making doilies, or in fact making anything by hand, but you will never recoup your costs for hand made items if you take into account the time and effort you put in.

So, what will I do with my doilies? I have lots of  ideas spinning around in my head. So I best get started instead of writing this post.

Cheers, Debra

Letterpress drawers

Found this great set of letterpress drawers in Germany and wished I could bring it all home. I do have a few of these drawers, but they are just so nice!! They are useful for all sorts of things. I shall share what I did with mine (once I use them…lol). Yes, another project in my “to do” list.   germany letterpress

christmas is coming

I found some items on Etsy that will be useful in my craft work, the seller lives just up the road from me. I saved on postage as she kindly let me visit her at home to pick them up. I got some little cotton reels, new ones, in a variety of sizes. I love cotton reels.

The year is almost over, the festive season nearly upon us. That can only mean bringing out the Christmas decorations. I love decorations, so I had a go at making some of them, vintage, of course!
I started with the cotton reels I brought a few weeks back and some vintage fabric tape, buttons and loose woven muslin.  For some I cut off a piece of fabric tape and wound it around the centre of the reel. This tape is very old; it came from an old carpenters reel and has a lovely brown color and large numbers in black, with every foot marked in red.




After cutting the piece of tape I used a glue gun to fix it on the cotton reel. I used a small button to hide the join. I then put a button on the bottom of the reel. For the top I tied string to a button and tied a knot in the end. I pushed the knot into the hole in the reel and added some hot glue. I then stuck the button down. I also added a button on the bottom of the reel.

For the muslin ones, I cut a long piece of muslin wider than the width of the reel, wound it around the reel and tied it up with a dash of hot glue and a piece of string. I then repeated the steps I used for the tape measure ones.

They will look so cute on a tree. Buy them from my market stall. Dates/times of the markets where I sell my wares are on this page.



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