Friday, July 27, 2012

Guest Post at Primitive & Proper!!

I'm very very lucky to be guest posting at Primitive & Proper today, revealing Emma's finished bedroom. I'd love for you to hop on over and let me know what you think!

See you there!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dresser to Entertainment Unit

This dresser was the first thing I bought without the express intent of putting it somewhere in my home. I grabbed it on ebay, as I just loved the floral accents across the front. Here is the before shot...

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To make a space for a DVD / Blueray player or similar gadgets, I pulled out the top set of drawers and built a shelf for them to sit on. I've also cut a circular hole in the back board for cables.

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I have to admit that I wasn't sure about her legs when I first picked her up. They seemed a strange pick for the unit. But now they're white I think they're lovely. But it's the floral detail on the drawers that are my favourite, I think they've come up beautifully ;) - I'm almost tempted to keep it for myself!

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I couldn't resist a photo of her in action...

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I'd love to hear what you think! And thank you so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

My DIY Phone Case

Being completely frustrated about not having finished anything, I decided to knock over a small project whilst Danny was out and Emma and Harry were asleep.

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I've seen these floating around, and thought I could have a go myself. If you're making one you'll need two pieces of coodinating fabric, a small hair elastic and a button. Here's how I did it...

I started with four rectangles; two cut from each of my chosen fabrics (one lot for inside one for outside). To get the right size I placed my phone on the material and allowed about half an inch around. You want to be generous - you can't get it back once it's cut off!

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I made both into a pouch, leaving one of the short ends open on each. I started with a quarter inch seam, and then came in a little till it was the size I wanted. I checked and double checked the size before trimming the seam and cutting across the corners. The pouch needs to be snug, but easy enough for you to get your phone in and out in a hurry!

Once you have your two pouches, turn your outer fabric right way out. Turn a small hem on your inner fabric (check the size by putting your phone in) - you should have two pieces that look like this...

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Then tuck your inner fabric inside the outer, as in the pic below.

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For a closure I used a small hair elastic and a button I already had. I pinned the elastic in at the back, then sewed around the top about a quarter of an inch from the edge. I sewed the button on at the top, and ta da!!!

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Something finished!! Now that feels better!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fantastic Thrifty Finds

Things have been seriously hectic here, good and bad, so I feel like everything is in a bit of a whirlwind. Things are a little more settled now; we're on school holidays so Danny is home to help which makes things easier. One of the great things that happened is that I had a weekend with my sister in Sydney. My first night away in four years!

Lucky me, she's also keen on Thrifting / Op Shopping so we visited some of her locals. I thought I'd share a few pics of what I found.

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This drop leaf table is lovely, and I'm imagining turquoise and white. I've never actually seen one 'in the flesh' before, so I had a little play around instore before putting the sold sticker on it. It works beautifully!

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This is probably my favourite. I'll have to dig out some inspiration photos - I remember seeing a beautiful one with a soft colour on the inside, which I think would be beautiful. Not sure how I'm going to attack covering the green - I may have to find a paint stripper, something I haven't used before.

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I love the top draw of this bedside, and it's so solid.

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Hooray! Something from my list! This mirror was hidden behind a huge sideboard, and I just saw it lying there as I was on my way out. I'm so glad I found it!

I can't wait to get started on these, but I can't decide what to do first!

I thought I'd end with a sneak peak of what I'm working on....

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