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Old t shirts make a new seat

6 Apr

Our lovely friend A– had left this out for someone to adopt. It caught my eye because it’s one of those projects everyone did at school – my mum made one, my little sister made one. But I never did….

Used 2 balls of Jersey yarn I cut from old tshirts and a 50p charity shop find elastic threader to do my weaving. I found that an extra loop round the frame at the end of each row kept everything taut.

New stool!

Sugru hack vintage style

2 Sep


My porcelain pencil sharpener… Take one 50p boot sale Royal Worcester porcelain pot, one pencil sharpener and half a sugru sachet. Sugru’s that mouldable silicon that air dries as a flexible waterproof tough heatproof form. Think useful plasticine. Think ‘I can mend or hack anything’. So now all the pencil shavings collect daintily and usefully in the pot. Hurrah. Sugru is wonderful and inspiring.

Skyscraper seedlings

24 Jun

Ripped this idea from the first series of the killing. I should have been wringing my hands with Pernille over the disappearance of her kid but was actually more attentive to her kitchen window with the shelves spanning the glass to cram in more plants. Now we can house more sprouting lemongrass (just shove one from the supermarket into some Innes number 1), geraniums, cucumbers, sunflower seedlings… One small snag.. The free mdf from the free wood bin at Homebase bends rather but we will upgrade at our leisure to a piece of unyielding marine ply.

I love David Austin

17 Jun

The front of our house is a waterfall of scented yellow blooms thanks to David Austin roses.

La dama que descubre el seno

14 Oct


Virtually all our pictures, hung floor to ceiling on every available space, are just posters or old photos or pages ripped from magazines or old theatre programmes… If there is a theme it would be a certain dedication to the naked body. I love this Tintoretto lady, maybe Veronica Franco, a memento from our honeymoon in Madrid which was spent largely in the Prado. A while ago we gave her earrings – very suitably, an old Murano glass chandelier drop from a Venice junk shop hung on fishing wire. I wear them too on occasion, as pendants. Holding onto one stands me in Castello on a freezing cold day.

Work in progress: harlequin dinner service

30 Sep


Thought I would share a work in progress. I am assembling a harlequin set of antique porcelain dinner plates. The advantages being… it is cheaper picking up odd, charming plates; I like not having to choose one design when I like so many; if I break one it is less devastating than if I have created a hole in a matching set. The postman thinks I am strange though. Last weekend 10 bulky fragile packages turned up the same morning. I am picking up large dinner plates, dessert plates and, for soup, desserts and pasta etc, the large style of soup plate with a wide ‘brim’.

In the frame

13 Aug


Collected lots of colourful old jewellery over the years. Been meaning to do try this for a while… If i can see jewellery more easily I tend to wear and enjoy it more. The frame is from Ikea, the fabric is a sample of Sanderson Still Life fabric. I padded the fabric with some scrap quilt wadding so I could pin on the brooches and stapled the edges.

Marie Merveilleuse’ tablecloth

21 Jul


How about this for a lovely lovely surprise? My Ma brought me this today. It’s a lovely waffle weave linen cloth from France with wonderfully anthropomorphic M M monogram dead centre. Fits my long narrow chestnut French kitchen table perfectly. Always wonder about monograms… Marie Merveilleuse? Michelle Ma belle? Used an old silver napkin ring today at the party engraved with ‘Inga’. Have a spoon with a very worn ‘Catherine Bennet’ which makes me think of Pride & Prejudice’s silly Kitty.

Burning off the perpetual damp

15 Jul

Endless rain. Contemplating an ark. But not up to major works today. Cracked some incense which somehow dispels the gloom of this weather, burns off some of this perpetual damp. Usually stick it in a flowerpot, in a handy houseplant. But today the spout of an old plate teapot is the nearest thing. Like Zara Home dark amber incense en ce moment.


Love Winterling

6 Jul


In love with Winterling porcelain this week. How about this mid century number?