Circa 1950’s Oak Dresser restoration project

Circa 1950’s Oak Dresser restoration project

Back in the restoration saddle, we’ve managed to turn another piece of furniture from drab and functional into a stylish statement piece. Like most of ‘our’ furniture this dresser is older than I am, but unlike other pieces this dresser has been with me all my life. Over the years has had it’s fair share … Continue reading

DIY shabby chic storage solutions.

DIY shabby chic storage solutions.

This weekend I refurbished a thrifted little set of drawers that I picked up for $3. The drawers were sun damaged, marked with age and use, and well just gross….. Look at them, they really should be in the trash. But I looked through the cloud of filth (and reality), and saw a hip little … Continue reading

New day, new project – diy mirrors

New day, new project – diy mirrors

Two DIY mirror projects   Mirrors, mirrors on my wall, which is my favourite of you all? I love making mirrors and I’ve found that you can pretty much make them out of anything you want. I did a post some time back on a couple of upcycled racket mirrors that were inspired by a … Continue reading

Total thrifty madness, are you kidding me??

Total thrifty madness, are you kidding me??

Bored and frustrated with the days progress at work, I decided to make a quick stop on the way home today at an inner city salvation army thrift store for a bit of CHEAP retail therapy. Through the dirty glass of the counter cabinet I could see this cute little winged red pump charm sticking … Continue reading

Super sprouts I need you in my kitchen!

Super sprouts I need you in my kitchen!

So, this is my last day of holidays and I will back at work tomorrow. It’s been fun to indulge my creative side for this very short while. Had some wins, had some losses. After the curtain experiment of yesterday I needed a quick win. TO THE GARDEN, then KITCHEN WITH THEE!!! After another big … Continue reading

Bad curtains be gone!

Bad curtains be gone!

So let me set the scene.. We move into an ageing 1950’s bungalow rental some years back. In a very nice upmarket little town, but with it’s pockets of rough areas. The house we moved into was previously the worst house in a good street. The house was left in a filthy state, I mean … Continue reading

Dip paint inspired basket.

Dip paint inspired basket.

I have a million and one projects waiting in my project room to make a start on…… This was but one. To set the scene, I was restless and needed to do something to make the best use of my time in this unbearable heat…….. I spied this thrifted $2 basket awaiting some attention and … Continue reading

A super productive day at home!

A super productive day at home!

As my holidays draw to a close I realised I hadn’t really had any quality ‘me’ time. So today I decided I would do some gardening and cooking and most importantly eating (followed by a brutal workout)….. I know most of the people who know me are like WHAT? at the thought of me enjoying … Continue reading

Reviving a tired old tea tray

Reviving a tired old tea tray

I had an enamelled tin tea tray that I adored. It is of oriental design and made in England. At a guess I think it would be circa 1950’s…. Although I could be wrong. It was a thrifted treasure of a few years back. Poor thing had seen better days so I decided to give … Continue reading

Project Elbow Patch

Project Elbow Patch

I had a slouchy merino jersey that I love to slop around the house in. It was so comfortable that I was not ready to part with it when I find the elbows had started to wear through and a little hole had appeared….. Gasp, I have never worn something so much that it wore … Continue reading

New year, new projects

New year, new projects

        Happy New Year everyone, I hope everyone has had a great start to the year and have set lofty ambitious resolutions. We’ve had a crazy couple of months with winding down the day jobs for a much needed holiday, only to be greeted with a 16 tonne truck driving through our … Continue reading

Gearing up for a summer of sewing

Gearing up for a summer of sewing

This summer I want to try my hand at pattern making and bring to life some of my fashion sketches. I usually alter existing commercial patterns to create what I want, but that method has it’s limitations. I am really interested in draping and I brought a vintage adjustable dress form a few years back. … Continue reading

CHALK IT UP!

CHALK IT UP!

Who is not having fun with the latest chalkboard art trend? If you not, then WHY NOT? I’ve recently been introduced to this young ladies amazing chalky contributions, she is a bit of a master from what I can gather and is plying her trade with great gusto in the States. Current trend or not, … Continue reading

Light projection masterpiece

Light projection masterpiece

Originally posted on Zack Chia – Apple is Black:
When I saw this video, I knew I just had to talk about it. This is some serious light projection experiment done on moving surfaces which explores the possibilities of real and digital space. I questioned the accuracy of this light projection mapping initially, but was…

Cute little upcycle of an old letter holder

Cute little upcycle of an old letter holder

It’s been a long time since my last post… So much has happened since then…. Hubby and I both got the flu for at least two and a half weeks +, I’d been in intensive study mode – studying hard for my PRINCE2 foundation and practitioner project management certification. I finally got my results and … Continue reading

Pallet craft – it’s everywhere!

Pallet craft – it’s everywhere!

Last week I made the smallest contribution to the pallet craze I could think off…… A table lamp…….. Let me start at the beginning – My sister’s FABULOUS coffee business Cargo Coffee just moved from an outside (open to all the elements) site to a partially enclosed site on Fort Street in Auckland, NZ.. She … Continue reading

PALLETS, pallets and more pallets

PALLETS, pallets and more pallets

There is a pandemic sweeping the world and infecting women (and some men) to take intense interest in anything to do with Pallets… and I think it’s madness. This is a post especially for you pallet obsessed creatures out there. First off I will start with a negative – SAFETY FIRST. You may think your … Continue reading