It was just yesterday I noticed in a magazine my boyfriend had bought, for his dad (home and antiques), these gorgeous vintage flower postcards. I automatically fell in love we them and contemplated purchasing the magazine to frame them, to put in our conservatory. But low and behold on an errand this morning I popped into the local antique shop and could not believe my eyes when I saw this…
I plan to paint the frame a neutral colour so it fits in with the colour palette of the room and even better is that I managed to get £5 of the asking price thanks to my bargaining skills. 🙂
Thanks to my wonderful mother, on Friday I finished the final stage of the conservatory decor and made my first ever cushion!
I found the experience thoroughly enjoyable; watching her work, learning tips and surprisingly, lots of shortcuts! I never thought my mum was much of a rebel, but if Patrick, from the Great British Sewing Bee, saw her work he would be utterly appalled!
So we measured out the fabric, used pins as our guide and started cutting! Gradually, as I cut along this imaginary line the pins got further and further away! Next we set up her vintage Singer machine, which I loved. So retro! Watching her expertly set up the machine reminded me of riding a bike, you never forget!
After a few failed attempts at attaching the zip in a straight line the sides were a breeze! When we came to putting the pillow in the cover we soon realised the lady on the market stall was right after all and you don’t need an 18 inch zip for an 18 inch cover! Using a bit of hand stitching and it looks like a thoroughly professional job. The pillows look great and I think it was tied the whole scheme nicely together.
And now time to relax! Or more like start saving and planning for the next room.
We maybe there! Finally! What started off as a simple update to our conservatory, has turned out to cause no end of annoyance!
Unfortunately the wicker chairs took a bit longer than I would have like,d due to the fact the fabric dye didn’t take very well. I was hoping for a strong lavender colour but as you can see it’s not taken very well. This is the result after 4 times! We will see how we find them but it may mean making our own covers from scratch. The frame was meant to be light grey, I find it more duck egg blue therefore I may end up changing my mind again and going back to white! At least they look better than the original. Bit more shabby than chic!
Later today my mum is coming over to make the throw pillow covers with the fabric I found. I’m excited to try out my sewing skills again!
Our first project at the house is the conservatory and so far we have painted, glossed and I am in the process of re-painting the wicker chairs.
Unfortunately, the dying process of the cushion covers for the chairs is not as going well. Well actually, terribly! They were quite badly sun bleached with areas still a light blue, which was the original colour. After three attempts trying to get a beige shade, I now have a lovely beige on the majority of the cover but where the original shade is, it’s bright turquoise! Change of plan; the cushion covers are going to go blue. Hopefully!
However, today we have made some progress. A couple of weeks ago, while my boyfriend was rummaging around in the cellar he found an old crate. After giving it a clean he suggested getting a piece of glass made to fit the top to make a coffee table. What I initially thought would be a difficult task, wasn’t. All it took was a quick search on the Internet and I found a local company who makes and cuts glass. I put in the required measurements and a week later it was done.
Finally I’ve made a decision! After trailing the internet and local fabric shops, which resulted in finding a lot of uninspiring fabrics, I’m absolutely chuffed with what arrived this evening!
Recently I acquired two weaker chairs which are destined for our conservatory. The fabric is very faded but still of high quality, so the plan is to dye these and use new material to make some cushions.
Fingers crossed the dying process works but at £5.99 a packet it’s worth a try. This decision was made mainly due to the fact the only fabric I liked was £37.99! Luckily after a quick check on the internet I found it for £25. Understandably, this is ridiculous, but fingers crossed it will be the only expense for the whole room (except paint) and I think it will tie the whole room together.
I Just need to find some free time where I can borrow my mum’s sewing machine and have a go at putting into practise all that I learnt on a recent sewing day. Can’t wait to get started! Here is the beautiful fabric; it’s a Blendworth fabric.
Recently, my evenings have involved a brilliant interior design programme called ‘The Great British Design Challenge’. At the end of a long day I looked forward to my fix of interior design in gorgeous properties, style ideas and craft inspiration. But unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end and this week I have been at a bit of a loss as to what to fill my time with.
As a result my Pinterest viewing time has increased! However, eventually I stumbled upon an idea, using my new found inner interior designer; I made a mood board. I printed off all the pictures I liked of conservatory décor and collated them in a scrapbook style ready for when my ‘Project’ is finished.
I’ve never been this organised before, is the devil in the detail or is this going to help save costs and make for a smooth renovation? Either way I can’t wait to get started, I’ve been inspired to get my paint brush out again!
I just love my mother! She is recently retired and loving it, but what pleases her most is a project to keep her involved,hence the project!
So recently I told her of our new plan for our conservatory, which is how during my next holiday I was going to paint and decorate the conservatory so it is ready to enjoy when spring finally arrives. Before you know it my mother has sourced two wicker chairs (exactly what we wanted) from a friend, for free!
I’m really excited about them arriving on Sunday as I can’t wait to try out my new fond sewing skills on an actual craft project for our new house! Roll on the weekend so I can start collecting fabric samples for possible cushion/ pillow covers.