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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chair makeover

Looky-looky! Our dining table chairs are slowly getting made over. And I mean slowly. S-l-o-w-l-y. We bought the new fabric in Denmark at the end of April. April. Almost 8 months ago.

I recovered one chair 2-3 months ago and decided this would be a 2-person job. And we didn't get on with it until the start of December. But one chair is still not done. I wonder if it will actually get done before the year is out!

Still, 3 out of 4 chairs is not too bad. And they look a lot better than the original faux suede cover. Which is starting to look a bit 'used'. The chairs are from IKEA, in case you are interested. I believe it's called 'Roger'. The fabric is 'Magnificent' from Prestigious Textiles in the UK. Can't find it on their site... I've found it on another site though (with really bad pictures! The white background looks green in the picture. Ick.)

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Water damage

Look at that! A little while ago there was a leak in the toilet (clean water!!) which ran through to the bedroom, making the carpet wet. When we realised it, we moved the chest of drawers away from the wall to let the carpet dry - the toilet is right behind the drawers on the other side of the wall.

Then yesterday I noticed this dark bit on the drawers. Some kind of mould or something. Apparently it got more wet than we realised and now with the hot (hot, hot!) weather we're having I guess it just went in 'full bloom'.

Most of my fabric and other craft supplies are in those drawers and I don't know if the mould might damage it. Is there anything I can do about it, maybe? Or should we get another chest of drawers? I really don't want all my crafty things to get ruined, as you can imagine!

Any ideas or advice are very welcome. Especially the ones that suggest we get a new one, so I have an excuse to get a bigger one. I promise to get it from the bargain corner in IKEA. ;-)

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Happy hallway

Last weekend we completed stage 2 of our little home makeover. Painting the hallway. Which of course was also magnolia. The grey paint is the same as the bathroom paint - a tester to see if it would work in the hallway. It wouldn't!

So we painted it white. You can see the difference by these 2 walls, right? The pink at the top on the right is masking tape, in case you were wondering. Not very good masking tape, though.

Our front door before painting the wall around it. Again, see the difference between the two walls? Cannot stress how happy I am to be rid of that tar yellow!

Front door end all done. Now, I know that in the winter it will still be fairly dark what with there being no windows in the hallway. But hells bells, doesn't it look a lot better? I feel so happy everytime I walk through there. And this being a pretty small flat, that happens countless times a day, so I am feeling pretty happy! ;-)

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

H&M Home

Because you can only buy H&M Home stuff in Scandinavia (and only online), I had a catalogue sent to my parents' house so I could have a wee browse. You can see most of the pictures online, but sometimes it is nice to be able to turn physical pages, right? Plus, the H&M site is mostly Flash and that slows down my browser (= major annoyance!).

I thought maybe you'd like a peek at the catalogue too? I've taken some quick shots (so they are not top quality pics, sorry) of some of the pages I like the most. I made a set on Flickr with more pictures for your drooling-over-lovely-design pleasure. Needless to say, I wouldn't mind having most of these things in my home! ;-)




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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Buh-bye bye magnolia

Over the bank holiday (while we were home for a few days before going back to Denmark) we did a bit of diy in our bathroom. The flat was painted when we moved in so every. single. room was magnolia. It is such a horrible, boring colour. I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want to, or would think that others would want to, live in a place where every. single. wall is that terrible colour.

So, after years (seriously, we've lived here for almost 4 years and I wanted to paint from day one!) of lobbying, I finally managed to convince my Tony that not only would it be a good thing to paint the bathroom, it would also be fairly quick and easy. I would very much have liked crisp white walls, but a compromise of light grey was reached. In the picture above you can just about see the previous (woohoo!) colour of the wall above the tiles.

And here is the new wall colour. It really makes a huge difference in the feel of the room. It seems larger somehow. And a lot fresher. It no longer looks like someone's been smoking 20 fags in there every day for ten years! This side of the door frame is still magnolia, and a high gloss one at that. Terrible.

But here you can really tell the difference, matt white door frame and grey wall. So much better, don't you think? Now we just need to paint the rest of the flat! Next up is the hallway. It is very dark because it is the furthest away from any natural light. So those walls will be white, to reflect as much light as possible.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Corner with tulips

This is our sideboard in the living room. We got it recently and it is almost twice as big as the old one. Funnily, it doesn't seem that much bigger. I suspect this is due to the fact that it seems less cluttered. Same amount of stuff on a bigger surface = less cluttered.

A couple of our wedding presents have found their way to the sideboard. Click over to the Flickr page to see the notes for the picture.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I can't even concentrate on crocheting...

From our hotel room in Rome. Taken with a Lomo.

You can probably guess that the last handful of ABC mosaics won't be done until I can focus on something (and stay awake) for more than 5 minutes at a time.

This afternoon I tried an interesting concoction of fresh, grated ginger boiled in water (with a bit of cayenne pepper), then strained, and mixed with juice of a small lemon, 2 tea spoons of honey and a tea spoon of whiskey. I was just about able to drink 4 or 5 mouthfuls, the rest went into the sink. I don't know if it's a coincidence, but I did feel slightly better for a couple of hours... Maybe it was the (cheap!) whiskey?!

Right, back to the sofa for some more telly watching.. is it bed time yet?

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Mosaic Monday, February 23

1. cabelo do palhaƧo, 2. Lime Green Chain Vintage Fabric, 3. illustration process, 4. so blue, 5. Untitled, 6. Yellow, 5, 7. color stripes, 8. Blossom Pillow, 9. mural in progress, 10. 02-16-09d, 11. Untitled, 12. boxed.notes, 13. stash swap goodness, 14. Moleskine_090201, 15. Unleashing the creativity, 16. journal.stack

Tony's got the flu, the doctor said so. Like we didn't know already. Hopefully, I'll get off lightly with just the common cold. So rest is in order; everything else will be put on hold until further notice. See you then!

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Another blanket

Ack. Tony is still sick and I am not feeling too great either. Fun times, eh? But the show must go on, so I just about managed to list this happy number in the shop. I lurrrrve it, I really do. But you know I love colour so it is kind of a given!

Time for some food - chip butties because 1) we can't be bothered to cook properly and 2) it is a comfort food of sorts and 3) we haven't got great appetites at the moment. Hope you're having a better weekend! :-)


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tutorial - Cushion covers

This is what our sofa looked like until yesterday. Well, the sofa looks exactly the same, but the cushions have changed:

Not at all goundbreaking (it's really just an envelope style cover) but a little bit different anyway. Now, before we get started can we just get over the fact that I so couldn't be bothered to iron the fabric for the back of the cushions? 'Coz I'm lazy like that. But of course, YOU should totally iron your fabric if you want to. But it's cool if you're lazy like me. Ahhh yeah.

Anyway, on with the show.

What you need: the cushions you want to cover. 3 pieces of fabric (1 for the front, 2 for the back) the size of your cushion for each cushion. You can use the same fabric for both front and back or do different ones like I have. Plus one piece of contrasting fabric which must be about 1/3 longer than the longest side of your cushion and about 10cm / 4" wide.

There aren't any exact measurements that I can give you, because it depends on the size of your cushion. You'll just have to wing it. That's what I did. Right now I'm just pretending that I know what I'm doing. I won't even mention that I had to adjust the size (was too big) of the cushions after sewing them and turning them right side out and putting them on the cushions... ;-)

Put one of your back fabrics on top of the front one. This is just so you have something to 'measure' the back against, you won't be doing anything with the front piece just yet. Fold over about 1/3 of the fabric and pin it.

Sew across it a few times, either with a matching or contrasting colour, whatever strikes your fancy. It doesn't have to be terribly neat either, it will be covered anyway.

Turn it over and cut off any excess fabric.

Place the back piece on top of the front piece again. Then place the other back piece on top of that and fold it at an angle. Not too steep an angle, though. And not from a corner either.

Cut off the small folded bit (if that makes sense..?) and measure the diagonal: this measurement + about 5 cm / 2" will be the length of your small piece of contrasting fabric.

Cut that piece of fabric and pin it to the diagonal edge. Sew the two pieces together. If you are using fabrics with right and wrong sides, please make sure that you sew right sides together...

Trim the seam and fold the contrasting fabric to where it almost meets the seam. Pin in place.

Stitch on top of the contrasting fabric. Use the same colour. Or a different one. But you might want to try and do as straight lines as you can to make it look all nice and neat.

Place the front fabric with right side facing, place the back piece with the contrasting edge on top with right side facing down.

Then place the other back piece on top of that. Again with right side facing down. Please note that the two edges must be towards opposite ends! Pin everything together and sew all the way around your fabric sandwich. Trim the seams and snip off the corners - without cutting the corner seam! Turn inside out (maybe a quick iron as well?) and place your cushion inside. Job done! Repeat for as many cushions as you need.

As you can see below, I used 3 different contrasting edgings that all go with the front fabric (I think so anyway!). This way there are LOADS of possibilities for mixing things up. I DO like multi-function!

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Ohh, er, a fancy title

Yoink! I have decided I want to use the Blogger comment thing instead of the Haloscan I'm currently using. But I just can't seem to get it to work. Any thoughts/ideas/able to help?

I was supposed to show you pictures of the blanket I posted a wee teaser of the other day, but I have been busy with organising and 'decorating' in the living room, so that (+ that commenting thing) has taken up most of my day. But, tomorrow, pictures of today's 'work' + that blanket...

Also... behind on email. Again. Hope that bowl of happy yarn sort of makes up for it. ;-)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New for the wall

Look, look, look!! We've finally put some more art on the wall! Until Saturday it was only the lady in the black hat in all her beauty, but now we have three more frames on the wall!

This is a print we bought in Rome. It shows the basilica in the Forum. In the background you can just see the Colosseum. It was a choice between this print and one of the Colosseum. But we liked that building "in person" and it's a bit different than just good old Colosseum. ;-)

The E.T. is from waaaaay back in the 80s when I was little kid with an E.T. t-shirt. ;-)

Here is my own Floral Fancy gocco print along with two prints I got from the Lab Partners Etsy shop. Those two prints are not available any more, I don't think.

This one is from whatkatiedoes. I lurrrrve it! I loved it so much, in fact, that I bought one for my dad for his birthday. He collects old cameras, so this is perfect for his office. I bought my one probably a couple of months before his birthday, in August, and it's been sitting in its frame since then, waiting to go up on the wall. ;-)

It is weird how having a few new frames on the wall really changes how the room feels. It feels good, though. It is nice to have something pretty to look at.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yellow on my desk

When Tony came back from the walking-distance shopping on Saturday, he brought me a BIG bouquet of roses. There were so many it was enough for two vases! One of them is on my desk. It makes me happy to have them there. Like sunshine in a vase.

Here is some of the stuff that shares the desk with the roses. Just for fun, I've made some notes on this photo on Flickr.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Not the best morning ever

Yesterday our toilet wouldn't flush, so we got to try the "flushing your toilet with a bucket of water" technique. Wonderful. Tony's dad came round in the evening and they fixed it. And all was good.

Or so we thought. This morning it is not working properly again. But what is worse is a leak somewhere so part of the carpet in the bedroom is soaked and the lino in the bathroom is buckling too. This is REALLY bad news as you can imagine! We're just waiting for Tony's dad again... but I suspect we have to get in the, er, professionals. No matter what happens in our flat, I'm just hoping no water will leak down to the flat below us.

At least our 'garden' is doing well. I love this Penstemon. And the scent of it is absolutely delicious, wafting in through the doors. I hope you've had a better start to the day!

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Against the odds

Oh, look, look, look!! Not only are our plants still alive, but they seem to be actually thriving! Just look at that little chap in the middle. It had almost given up the spirit when we did our garden makeover, but just look at it flowering now!

They are all growing and blossoming. I'm SO happy! :-)

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Garden makeover

This morning we went to the garden centre to get some new pots for our lavender plants.

We ended up getting a few new plants as well, so now our 'garden' looks like this. Lovely. Four different plants, so we should get a long season of prettiness. If they all survive, of course. But we really want them to and I also finding myself increasingly interested in plants. Although, whether that is just a fascination with their shapes and Latin names, I'm not quite sure!

Look at that little chap in the red pot on the right. It used to live in one of the terracotta planters with one of the lavenders. It must be incredibly hardy, because not only has it survived my skills as a gardener. But the lavender roots had more or less taken over the whole of the planters, so it's quite amazing that the little plant survived that too.

Best thing about this plant business is seeing Tony digging in (sorry, that was a terrible pun) and getting his hands dirty. His dad loves his garden and so did his granddad, so I have hopes for our future (proper) garden.

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