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A geometric makeover

6 Nov

Earlier in the year I brought back some things from my mums place, you might remember this post. One of the things that I brought back, with the intentions of gussying it up.image

Well, it sat in the garage for 7 months, until last weekend, when I pulled it out and gave it the make over it deserved.

This is how it originally looked

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My grandfather made this table, I think it was made for me as a child and was originally green. My mum painted it red and covered the top with denim contact for my brother. Now after 10 years in storage it was time to give it a new lease of life for my Minimen.

It is destined for life in the playroom so to match the colour scheme in there I painted it bright, sunny yellow after I had removed the contact and sanded it back.

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To give it a a bit of spunk I taped some stripes randomly on the legs and painted them with the blue that is on the walls in the play room

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I found a cute geometric stencil and using the same blue I applied the design. I love geometric patterns, they are always fresh and modern, and put a smile on my face,

So this is the finished product, I think I will probably put a clear gloss coat of varnish on it to protect the stenciling.

I love how it turned out, although the stenciling could be neater. It is going to fit so perfectly in the play room. I also love that I am able to give the Minimen something that was mine as a child.

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T-shirts, Pouffs and Entry ways.

26 Apr

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Recently I saw this sweet entry way on Pinterest, and immediately I was in love.

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I thought, “when I eventually get an entry way in my house this is how I want it to look.”

Then, through a bit of Googling, I found these cute little crocheted pouffs

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and another site on tshirt yarn.

The next logical thought was, “I am going to make one of these little pouffs out of t shirt yarn to put in my non existent entry way.”

Yesterday I cleaned out Duckmans clothes so I had a bag full of little t-shirts  with which to practice making t-shirt yarn.

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First, you need to cut off the bottom hem and the top bit just under the sleeves.

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Then fold the shirt in half leaving about an inch allowance.

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Then you need to cut strips, probably about and inch or so wide, if it is too thin the fabric will snap later on, and don’t cut the allowance.

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Now, open it up so that the uncut bit is in the middle.

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To turn this into one long strip of fabric make diagonal cuts from one strip down to the next one.

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After this you should end up with one long continuous strip.

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Now for the fun part….pull and stretch the strip so that it lengthens (extra yarn…yay) and curls in on itself.

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It is best to use t-shirts with out side seams if you can, otherwise you will end up with bumpy bits like these…

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but since this was just a practice run I wasn’t  worried.

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This was quick and easy to do. I think I will now be scouring the op shops for some old seamless t-shirts to upcycle so that I can get started on my pouff. Oh and I also might have to get Mr Minx to finish renovating the front of my house so that I have an entry way to put it in!

Look what I found!

7 Apr

Hello Lovelies,

I told you the other day I was taking a trip to my Mum’s house in search of lost treasure. Well I am back and brought home more than expected and I am overjoyed at the treasures I have brought home! (Mr Minx not so much, but he will come round)

This is what I found

1. Not one but 3 deckles for paper making (I didn’t even know I had the big one or the envelope one so that was a nice surprise)

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2. Silkscreen

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3. A small table. This table originally belonged to my mum, then me, my brother and now I plan on giving it new life in the Minimen’s playroom. It was made close to 50 years ago by either my Grandfather or his mother my Mum wasn’t sure and it is so sturdy, I love it.

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and 4. My Grandma’s lowboy. This I plan on re-purposing into a craft/sewing storage cupboard.

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I am so excited to get started on these projects, Mr 4 is super excited to make some paper with me and I can’t wait to share my finished products with all of you.

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