Sunday, 21 September 2014

Running Round Like a Rat on Speed!

So busy, so many car journeys, so much traffic and JAMS! Injured tendon at back of calf from over use of clutch in those jams, ouch can't walk properly and it swelled up to an enormous size too. Got the welly boots on walked the dog and then worked up a real sweat trying to get them off again. Whilst walking my ankle had gone and blown up really badly.

Thank you all for your lovely comments from last week, much appreciated.

Back on Ebay sales, lots of wonderful lace, linen and embroidery.

I've been to auction and one lot I bought looks pretty boring from the outside.

First couple of pages don't look too promising either.

Then look super Edwardian birthday, wedding and anniversary cards.

 As a treat I have scanned 4 for you all to use in your craft projects. 600dpi so you should get good use from them.

Here's a couple of projects I'm working on.

Another suitcase, I have sold three decoupaged suitcase now.

1970's magazine rack come  coffee tables before.

Part way through, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, those Edwardian ladies, two coats of PVA, sanded, gold acrylic paint and run out of varnish.

Looking a lot smarter now. I am always amazed at the transformation a bit of paint can achieve.

I am totally out of Oomph now so early night for me. Will drop into Handmade Monday over breakfast tomorrow.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy, Painting and Waxing Furniture

Lots going on so many pictures few words.................... will I manage that?

Works in progress................

Top of the pink legged table.

Stack of chairs...............

..................... Finished

Close up 

Filling in missing veneer on the fire screen

The worst bleed through ever!

Looks like treacle. This item is not going well.

Waiting in the wings......... for inspiration

A 1940's inspired red music table.

Well its really been a super busy week. I've broken 3, yes 3 drills. Two hand helds have worn out batteries and my Bosch hammer drill that has been doing all the work has blown up! Been out and bought a new De Walt battery drill and driver. Now feeling poor.

Sales at the antique unit are steady, lots of fabric sold, some toys and I'm happy so far.

Hope every one else is having a productive week.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Opening of my Unit at Bocking Antiques Centre

So big jump of the high board for me this last week. I took the plunge and opened a unit at Bocking Antique Centre in Braintree Essex.

Really friendly people and a nice mix of Traditional Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage goods.

So here we have a selection of my work from the past two years. Plus a lot of vintage linen, fabrics, buttons, pots, toys, oh so many things I have loved finding.

 From Mannequins to cushions to painted furniture.

My little WW11 cabinet is now displaying my collection of vintage toys.

The last two Diva girls are lounging around on the vintage fabric cushions.

It is amazing how working steadily can produce such a lot of product! I still have loads more at home, but it is looking a little bit empty here now.

Within two days I had sold this fab table. So I am really pleased I took the plunge.

Now I'm going to make a cuppa and wait for Handmade Harbour to open.

Monday, 25 August 2014

New Mixed Media Assemblage - Every Home Should Have One

I'm a bit of a hoarder, some of my friends are very exasperated by this, others love me for it!

So clue one I have a lot of odd stuff laying carefully put away in boxes, plastic storage drawers and old sweet jars.

Clue two I went to the auction and there, unwanted, was this large tray, bit like a printers tray but its not.

Clue three I've been following another assemblage artist Rebeca Trevino for a while. I love her work and we are blogger friends. This is a big homage to her style of work!

My head puts one, two and three together and out comes my latest work.

"Every Home Should Have One"

Its 24 x 15 inches, has over 140 items, vintage papers for the backing and has not even made a dent in the hoard. I hope you enjoy looking for all the little things. Perhaps you have some of them in your kitchen drawer?

The items date from the 1890's to the present day, all have been collected by me or given by friends. All have memories and attachments in my life. 

Here's what it looked like with out the items.
  I hope you can see that I have had to use blanks for the Y & H, time to get out and find some more Scrabble games. No More Nails has been used to stick all the big items.

This was such fun to make. Hopefully something will inspire me to get going on another one soon.