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Coat hanger Bauble wreath ( Sheesh)!

This SHOULD have been easy. All you need to do is to unravel a wire coat hanger, thread some baubles on and close it up, then thread tinsel around. Before you do that, may I suggest you thoroughly glue the baubles into their metal tops first? I didnt…with frustrating results, the baubles kept falling off, I would glue one in then another would fall off, plus the fact that they would put pressure on each other meant that even when they WERE glued, they still tended to fall out. If I were to do this again I would glue every single one thoroughly, leave them overnight and then thread then on. The other problem I had was because the baubles were different sizes they were quite hard to juxtapose…My grand daughter handed me the baubles, any irregularities are down to her sense of balance! We were supposed to be doing it together, which is why I didn’t start all over again.

The overall cost £6. If you stick them first I am sure it would not take a whole evening, which is what it took me.

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Offcuts mirror.- Stashbust ( ish) project 15

2014-11-04 11.58.35 Do you remember I went on a stained glass course a few weeks ago? I was lucky enough to bag the offcuts of glass. I had a mirror I got from a car boot sale so I mosaiced the cut down offcuts onto it. Originally I thought I would colour the grout, but I just couldn’t get the grout black enough, all I got was a grey colour. I added black acrylic paint, still no good. In the end I decided to paint over the top of the grout with acrylic paint and that seemed to work fairly well. It weighs a bit, my daughter, who is a museum curator thinks it will have no problem hanging from the picture rail, I hope so too, the last thing I want is it crashing to the ground! As I got the glass free, this was very thrifty, costing about five pounds in total ( approximately $8 ). It qualifies as a stashbust because the offcuts as now part of my stash! I still have some left, I am saving up for a stone tumbler, and hopefully will be able to use some more then.

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Stained glass making course!

I have always wanted to make stained glass, but it is not a cheap hobby. I eventually treated myself to a one day introductory workshop and this is the ( obviously) amateurish result. My sun was a little uncircular, but everyone else only tried straight lines, which are obviously easier. I went to http://www.abinger-stained-glass.co.uk/
The day cost £160, not cheap but there are only four people and I learned quite a lot. I really wanted to learn how to cut glass, so I can also use them in mosaics. My budget does not extend to buying all the equipment at the moment. I will buy some over the next few months. I also got some free offcuts, which I have used to mosaic a mirror. Will post up a pic of that later.

Its lovely learning different crafts. I love stained glass, its beautiful.

Arcticless decoupaged coffee table

Antarctic top and bottom.

Antarctic top and bottom.

 

Where’s the complaints department! I got this very heavy plain pine coffee table from the charity shop and decided to paint it up. I wanted something rather ornate, but which could be changed in future. I painted the sides and underneath with ASCP in Old Linen. Everything fine. I then chose some fabric by Prestigious Fabrics which had a map on. Everything fine. My first artistic dilemma was whether to cut the US and Canada in half or lose New Zealand in order to make it fit. I am afraid New Zealand got the chop because that meant I didn’t have to cut any country in half. It was then that I noticed that I couldn’t see the Arctic anywhere.  I could see the Antarctic, but nothing at the top, only the words, Arctic Ocean, then straight from Greenland up to a pattern repeat of the Antarctic.

Outraged I complained to the manufacturers! How dare they leave out the Arctic! Didn’t they know their geography? Sorry if being accurate meant leaving in boring bits, but a world without the Arctic was like a fireman without his engine.

Back came the sniffy reply. The Antarctic is there because it is a landmass, the Arctic is an Ocean.

Hmmmm…..I felt sure that when I was a child they always had the Arctic in white at the top and the Antarctic in white at the bottom. All my life I had a visual image of the globe in this way. Alas, it dawned on my that I was looking at a geological map…………and my childhood memory is apparently wrong.

I just don’t know what the world is coming to.

Rather crushed by the fact I have lived 60 odd years with no sense of geography (despite having had the benefit of a Grammar School education, one of the best you could get ) I mournfully pasted the fabric on with PVA glue. I have put some glass on, hence the rather poor pics I am afraid, and have yet to wax it and finish it completely.

How depressing. The Arctic has no bottom to it!  I stand corrected. I just goes to show you never stop learning.

The most expensive part of this was the glass. My God, its expensive. China doesn’t seem to export it here..yet.

Can someone cheer me up please?

 

 

 

 

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Revamped TV unit

20141006_163215How on earth can a TV unit look anything other than functional? The reality is that whatever you do a TV has to sit on top of it. Short of constructing another box on top to hide the TV this will have to do. I got the unit from the charity shop for £45. It is very solid pine. I liked it because it has a swivel top which can be pulled out or swiveled to put the TV at the right angle. Then there is always the fact that I like SOLID wood, anything which comes in a flat pack is always temporary if I try to put it together.

I changed the bun feet for Queen Anne legs ( I assume they are called that because of the fashion of the furniture at that time, rather than the actual shape of Queen Anne’s legs, 2014-10-06 16.28.33poor woman ( I must look that up)! The body of the unit was painted in ASCP in Old White and Old Linen. I transferred the rabbits using Modge Podge. I have never done that before and it took me several attempts to get it right, although I should find it easier in future.

The rabbits came from The Graphics Fairy http://thegraphicsfairy.com/vintage-stock-image-amazing-brown-rabbit/

This is an amazing site, in my opinion the best on the Net. although the poor woman has to put up with regular emails from me correcting any inaccuracies. I am afraid I am a stickler for accuracy…today it was the fact that a bird she described as a Blackbird is actually a Magpie. Do they get Magpies in America? I suppose their birds are different, I don’t know. Incidentally the Collective Noun for Magpies is a Parliament, because when they are lined up they look like Puritans from the time of the Commonwealth…I found a site which said something else but they are wrong..probably because they were foreigners so thought they would invent something new as they didn’t understand the Parliament connection….however the Smithsonian Institute agrees it is a Parliament and we have been calling them that before any Anglo Saxon settlements in other countries – so there!   You can also call them a Tidings, God knows where that came from.. (Fortunately Karen at The  Graphics Fairy is not the only person subject to my imperious corrections, Fave quilts were emailed the other day to point out the their header ‘Downton Abbey Decor-18 Victorian Quilts’ was wrong. Downton Abbey was mainly set in the Edwardian era onwards…could they please get the correct reign as it is most irritating!)

Rant over and back to the TV  unit- I waxed it with AS clear wax, and the handles came from Silvermoon on Ebay, who have a great range of cupboard handles. The total cost came to about £80. It weighed a ton when I transported into the lounge from the anti room I had been painting it in. It took two of us about half an hour with rests in the middle!

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Thrifty Froufrou table lamp revamp ( I am not made of money you know!)

I dont know whether its me getting meaner or prices going up but my latest moan is about the cost of lamps. I did manage to find some in Homebase for £8 which is pretty reasonable but some of them seem very expensive. ( I suspect I am getting meaner)..It could just be that I have got into the habit of thinking carefully about value for money.

Anyway, I mainly live on my pension. If I can save money in one area it gives me more to spend on things like travel

Here’s a lamp I picked up for £1 50 at a car boot. I was mildly surprised to find that it worked just fine.2014-08-19 15.58.06 As you can see the shade was broken, and the base was a bit boring. I just don’t like bog standard things that have no individuality. Here’s is the same lamp after I had set my hands on it. Again, its quite difficult to pick up detail when the light is on, but it projects patterns onto the walls. Now some people may prefer the original but if I had to stare at that regularly I would die of boredom. Now I am starting to think of it, I have very few things in my home which are off the peg. I just don’t like the fact that there are thousands of the same item in homes up and down the country, and I hate the way we just throw things away. I must be because I grew up during post War rationing.2014-09-11 09.02.38 I painted the base in Annie Sloane’s Chalk paint, Old White, and crackled it with a hair dryer. The lamp shade base was cannibalised and covered in strips of sequined voile left over when I had to cut my curtains down, and I added some remnants of ribbon to give it a bit more colour.  20140911_090617Everything was left over from previous projects. The total cost less than £2 50.