Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Franken-chair number 2: Part 2


I've managed strip FC2 and give him a bit of a bath. He was diirrrrty!

Franken-chair number 2: Part 1


I found Franken-chair number 2 on the side of the road today. I have a fantastic idea for it...but the purpose this chair will serve is super secret!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

One last chalkboard


This one isn't painted. I bought a photo frame from a thrift store (op shops in Australia) and put a piece of black card in it- in place of a photo. We use those cool chalk pens to write on the glass. Simple!

Finally with finished handles


Chalkboard fridge to rule them all!


I painted our fridge in chalkboard paint. I love it!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chair done


The first chair in a pair I bought second hand has just had a make over. It took me two months of dabbling when I could on the weekends. Now I think I need a nap.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Franken chair #1 is (almost) sanded


I started out incredibly enthusiastic about sanding my 70s style tv chairs. I'd read that hand sanding was best and so started out with a few different grades of sandpaper. That lasted about15 minutes! Sorry people but it was just too slow.


So instead, I borrowed an electric sander from a friend and have generally finished the first chair - it probably took 2 hours total. I went through a lot more paper than I expected and even the electric sander took some patience. I've now decided that the arms will be painted black so, although I will sand into the tight corners by hand, I've just been aiming to get the varnish off and have stopped worrying about getting all of the colored stain underneath off. That is the upside of painted arms!

For lovers of these types of chairs, before you shoot me, the wood is just old pine...I'm not defacing a collectors item with black paint, I promise!

Scarves for all


It is just starting to feel like Autumn here so I'm on a scarf making binge. This one will be the 4th in a week.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Blanket - crochet adventures


This one took me a few months to complete- just working when I felt like it.

I'm over blankets for a while!

Thea and Sami cushion


I just made a cute cushion for my little sis- she has a red couch and generally has a red decorating crush going on at the moment. The fantastic fabric is hand printed by Thea and Sami. Will be using these fabrics again. Very nice.

Tv chairs... What is the big deal?


It seems like heaps of people are giving retro chairs a whole new lease on I thought I would give it a go.

As the hugely talented girls from flourish and bloom explain in this post:, retro TV chairs provide a satisfying DIY project with just some basic sewing skills and some patience with the sanding back of the frame. Typically, these chairs are super comfortable and don't take up as much space as a traditional armchair- handy for any townhouse or apartment dwellers.

I tried (and lost) a few bidding wars on eBay. Geez, you can tell that something is suddenly trendy when moldy old chairs are jumping rapidly in cost during the last few minutes of an auction! After getting over my frustration- and noticing that the professionally refurbished chairs were going for around $500 on eBay- I found my own special pair of chairs at my local lifeline. $45 for the pair was the perfect price for me.

I'm hoping the refurbishing is an enjoyable project. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

As always, any advice would be much appreciated.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Make a Patchwork ball for the baby in your life!


I made this ball yesterday. It was my first attempt at patchwork anything. I got the template out of this book:

Anna Maria has done a great job with this book: it is full of easy to complete projects that I hadn't seen in other books and many of them immediately jumped out as perfect gifts for different friends and family. Best of all, this took a short afternoon to complete. Did I mention it was my first burl at patchwork?

More projects can be found in AnnaMaria's blog:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What's on your walls?


Anyone who has taken charge of decorating a spec knows what a difference the "stuff" on your walls can make. Recently, I took a beautiful print from home into my work office, leaving a corner bare.

To spruce up the space, at least just for a while, I have grabbed some of our old racing bibs, old sports photos and some tickets to sports events that we went to while living in the US.

I like it because it is one space that reflects both of us (not just my tastes - whoops!). Also, it is made of tangible items that mean something to both of us: our tickets that we held when we went to our first NBA game (on Christmas day: our first Xmas without our families around), the passes to the local baseball match just before we moved home (and the all you can drink tickets that went with them!), and the race bibs I wore in my first road race and first half marathon. Best of all, I already had the stuff lying round in boxes, so it was free!

There are heaps of ways to personalize a little corner of your home. I really like this idea to reclaim some crappy art and make it your own:

Also, printed canvases with your own photos are all the rage now but can be a bit pricey. Instead try this idea:

Monday, January 16, 2012

I made a glass necklace charm- Sweden!


I've been testing out some ideas for glass pendants for necklaces. Similar to the "oh so popular" scrabble tile pendants, these involve sticking your paper to the back of a polished glass tile and then waterproofing the whole thing.

I got this kit from KristenKrafts on and used a bit of an old map. This one was a present for my brothers girlfriend. Yes, she's Swedish! My lucky brother :)

What do you think? Have you tried one?

Would also love to learn how to make the full resin ones. Any tips?