Painted furniture and crochet …

14/04/2013 § 19 Comments

I bought these solid oak shelves a couple of years ago and have been meaning to restore them.  They’re very solid and well made but dark oak is not very fashionable and certainly wouldn’t fit into my studio.  Way back last October, I treated myself to a tin of Annie Sloan chalk paint and last week, the shelves and the tin of paint met.

Oak shelves

dark oak shelves

Hey presto …

what do you think?

Annie Sloan Versailles

Annie Sloan Versailles

they’re smart and perfect for displaying an ever-growing family of crocheted pincushions (some can even be worn on the wrist)!

Shelves full of pincushions

Shelves full of pincushions

Did I say some could be worn on your wrist so you’ll never be rummaging around looking for your lost pincushion?

wristband pincushion

wristband pincushion

a handful of pretty pincushions

a handful of pretty pincushions

I’ve become completely obsessed with pincushion-making.  These all have an insert so the pincushions are heavy enough to stand up (even the ditsy ones) whilst there’s an ever-growing collection of wristband pincushions that will shortly be making an appearance in my Adaliza Etsy shop.

Now, back to the soothing process of furniture restoration and painting.  Having completed the shelves which I have Sooooo many plans for, I decided to visit a local furniture recycling charity shop and I picked up a hideous little stool – orange pine and a disgusting tacked on cotton cover.  The cotton cover removed, a bland woven perfectly acceptable stool seat was revealed – but oh those orange legs …  another hey presto moment …

restored footstool with crochet cover

restored footstool with crochet seat cover

It’s really designed to be seen from the top …

crochet tweed stitch variation

crochet tweed stitch variation

crochet: tweed stitch

crochet: tweed stitch

footstool renovation project - completed

footstool renovation project – completed

and there’s another diddy little stool that’s undergoing the ‘treatment’ …

before

almost finished footstool in Antoinette - palest soft pink

almost finished footstool in Antoinette – palest soft pink

The colour isn’t very easy to photograph.  It’s a soft, pale almost plaster-pink colour.  Very cool pink is how I think I’d describe it – not at all sugary.  It needs to be given a bit of a rub down and a lot of elbow-grease to polish it up with some antique wax, but there’s no rush.  Maybe a little crocheted cushion to sit on the top.

This little stool was at my great-aunt’s house and I have no idea where she acquired it, but I suspect it had some sentimental attachment as she kept very little that meant nothing to her.  I do wonder whether her father made it – I’ll never know.  I hope she wouldn’t mind it being freshened up – now at least, I’ll use it around and about – maybe in my studio or maybe as a prop in photos.  One thing’s for certain, whenever I use it, I’ll remember her and smile – she was a very special lady who I loved dearly.

In other news …

it’s our wedding anniversary today and we’ve had a lovely day.  I trundled off to the usual Sunday morning boot sale and bought a wonderful 1950’s picnic basket, complete with original china and sandwich boxes.  Wow – I’ll show you soon, but it was my present to my man – we’re hoping to enjoy many picnics together this summer when life is more relaxed and everyone is back to full health and mobility again.

This is our mantlepiece today …

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

I was given a pair of Limoges ‘salts’ – the two little gold ducks.  They have tiny spoons and a lovely vintage box too.  I love them and the day has been rather ‘ducky’ – here’s Flora who said a good quacky greeting this morning …

Hello Flora

Hello Flora

happy duck

happy duck

Hope you all have a lovely, relaxing week.  We’re continuing with our r+r and I’m pleased to be regaining my desire to make things – always a good sign!

Do pop over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been making – I see someone else has had a very special anniversary over there.  We’ve got a way to go to get to our Diamond anniversary – ours was 29 years today!

Adaliza x

Ripple Wave …

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RiPpLe OnE

has been out and about over Easter …

We began the journey towards the Easter holidays in warm sunshine, a row or so most afternoons after work, while the sun was still packing a punch!  Flora Quacky Duck enjoyed pecking at stray strands whilst Belle and Misty kept a watchful eye, as usual, on whatever I’m doing!

Then we journeyed west – back to my home in Wales …

We stayed on an organic farm for B&B – super stylish!  Ken and Amanda are an innovative, artistic and extremely talented couple with a lovely family (and collie dog) and an amazing home. Handmade furniture, home-cooked delights including fresh-from-the-oven hot cross buns at a candlelit breakfast, there’s a farmshop and glamping opportunities.  If you’re thinking of travelling west and want somewhere beautiful to stay, visit Nantgwynfaen Farm – really – it’s well worth a visit and the local rural/coastal scenery is the best in the world (maybe I’m a bit biased)! 

Then we went to Bath.  A few times each year, if possible, we escape – just the two of us, for some peace and quiet – a chance to enjoy time together away from the bustle of family life.  This time, Ripple One came too …

In Henrietta Gardens yesterday morning, I mooched out for a spot of calm in the Quiet Garden.  I’d just spread Ripply out for a quick photocall when along came Kitty – a Kitty who obviously knew a comfy spot when she spotted one!

I love the way that Ripple is sharing my journey this year – I’m buying balls of wool when I see them and there’s no real plan.  I like life to be like that – no targets, fitting different parts of life around each other without pressure – home, family, work, patchwork, dogs, crochet, garden – I’ve loved taking time out over Easter, to relax and enjoy and Ripple is good company in my quiet moments, wherever I am.

Today is a VERY special day – April 14th – and it’s our Wedding Anniversary!

Twenty-eight years ago, we married each other, here in Winchester with best friends and family sharing our day.  It was a beautiful sunny day, and at Lainston House, they took the tables and chairs outside for us as we enjoyed a less-than-formal wedding breakfast on the lawns!

Happy Anniversary – to the Love of my Life!

Adaliza x

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