Midweek Inspiration

It’s Feijoa season again! Today we took a family drive into the middle of nowhere to cash in on some serious fruit purchasing from a roadside stall (we raid it every year). On the way home – we took the scenic route of course – we came across a very cool vintage shop that really got my creative synapses firing. I wanted to buy half of the store and the other half had me thinking of things I had at home that I could do something similar with. Unfortunately my phone had died by this point so I couldn’t take any photos, but Hubster and I have discussed going back there to purchase a few things.

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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.

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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Where have you been all my life?

For as long as i can remember, I have wanted a secretary desk with a fold down desktop surface. When I worked in an office job I would spend many a lunch hour in furniture shops ooh-ing and ahh-ing over desks that I could not afford.     DSC00219

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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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Run away with me

One of the things I love most about being crafty is that I am always learning new things. Nothing ever gets boring because I will never know everything. Not to mention the fact that knowing you have made something yourself is pretty darn neat!

So, needless to say, I was pretty excited to find this little beauty in the back of my wardrobe stash, in a bag of goodies from my Grandmother.

How does your table run?

How does your table run?

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Weekend Project

TV Cabinet  Restoration

  This weekend’s project was a quick one, but one I REALLY love. I spent the majority weekend at Ma and Pa’s place relaxing and celebrating Pa’s business partner’s retirement. It was such a treat to get out of the city and relax by the beach. Ma also received her birthday present which was a hit. I was so pleased she liked it.

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