Back to Black

Recently, I seem to have been in a wee bit of a funk. No rhyme or reason why, just a decided lack of motivation, inspiration and energy to do anything remotely crafty. I’ve done a couple of wee projects (e.g. Just Crate) but that was forced due to necessity rather than for the joy of making things. Perhaps the renovations that we did earlier in the year tapped me out of creative juice? Who knows…

One project that helped to get me back into the swing of things was this lovely little restoration of an antique blackboard. As per usual, dopey here forgot to do before pics…. insert face palm here. However the end result is awesome and I’ll explain what I did to get there and show you some cool little surprises I found along the way.

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This little beauty was languishing away in the depths of my parents under-stair storage area. It needed a bit of work but nothing daunting thank gosh. So of we went with a quick sand and stain with my ever faithful Briwax (in Rimu), reattaching the legs (needed some new screws here), a quick coat of blackboard paint and reattaching one of the knobs. No sweat.

DSC00373Unfortunately the roller at the top no longer ‘rolls’ but Mum has assured me that there were some cool examples of cursive writing that you could scroll through. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to open the back up and have a look… maybe.

DSC00379One of the cool things is that it folds down into a writing desk upon closer perusal low and behold what did we find but etchings.

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DSC00376 copyThe bottom one – H.D – is my Grandfather’s  youthful rebellious scratching and as he recently passed, this makes it all the more special! It will be so much fun explaining it to future sprogs.

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Corralling in the Kitchen

Since Hubster and I decided to purchase the house we currently live in, we have started to organise ourselves and are trying to sort things so they are just the way we want them. One catalyst for all this organisation is the fact that we are getting the carpets replaced. As we are already living in the house, this means moving ALL of the furniture out of the house while the old carpets are pulled up and the new ones installed. Phew, the thought of this literally makes my blood run cold so we have decided to start early and get things ship shape so we aren’t moving junk out and then back in at the time.

The first stop for us is the Kitchen. We’ve already installed this handy dandy kitchen shelf.

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Today we started on corralling all the junk we had attached to the fridge. Unfortunately I didn’t take a before photo (I swear my brain is like goo at the moment) but rest assured it was a state. Photos, menus, recipes, other assorted papers stuck all over it. So much so that we could no longer see the awesome magnets we were given as wedding presents and those that we have collected on our travels.

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Chic enough to make you shutter

As mentioned previously I’ve recently acquired a pair of shutters.

Ohhh the crafting posibilities

After much ummm-ing and ahhh-ing over what the heck to do with them I finally made up my mind. Distress them of course!

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Midweek Inspiration

This weeks inspirational post is going to be centred entirely around shutters. I purchased these little beauties recently and am deciding what to do with them.

Ohhh the crafting posibilities

Ohhh the crafting possibilities

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Just hanging…. Doornob hook tutorial.

Life can get preeetttyyy crazy round these parts, and it’s safe to say that I am NOT a morning person. So i’ve developed certain tricks to help make things roll smoothly before the coffee kicks in… One such trick is to have my outfit for the day all picked out so I just put it on after my shower…. No hard decisions necessary.

The whole pre-choosing my outfit thing was working out swimmingly so I decided to create a pretty hook / hanger to make it a pretty and functional endeavour.

Doorknob Hanger Tutorial - Purls and Polkadots

I decided to make a hanger out of one of the doorknobs left over from Mum’s birthday present.

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Keepsake Keep-safe

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A few weeks ago, I saw these awesome little keepsake boxes on Pinterest. I had been pondering for sometime over what to do with all the keepsakes that we had accumulated from our big holidays without being too intrusive in our decor.

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