Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Exotic Secrets

Last nights tapas was oh so good, I love being able to legitimately choose a few things from the menu without looking like a piglet. I also suffer from what Mini Ginge calls it food envy......if someone else's dinner looks nicer than mine I want it! Tapas is meant to be shared so there is less chance of me getting stabbed by my dining partners fork as I reach for a portion of yumminess over on their side of the table.......mmmmmm chorizo!

So with all the beautification of my room thats been going on I thought I'd show you the last DIY project I've created. I've been thinking about making a french message board for ages but it's never really been high up on my list of priorities, I've always wanted those fabulous new shoes more! My recent shopping ban and subsequent nesting urge however have given me that kick up the backside to get creating (which is no bad thing!). I ordered myself some supplies and dug out some things I've had lying around for years and here is what happened.....


.....I found the frame on eBay and fell in love. All of the tutorials I found online had the memo boards with no frame which I liked but when I saw this frame I couldn't resist. I took out the backing board and used it as a template to cut out the padding and fabric. Ironing the fabric is a must......


.......then I just folded the material over the board and padding and started stapling! It's not the neatest on the back but once it's hung you won't see that part.....


......I then cut strips of ribbon and spaced them out over the board. I stapled them down one by one in first one direction and then the other. Most of the tutorials recommend weaving the ribbon but I totally forgot.....ooops!


Once all my ribbons were stapled down I put the board back into the frame and this is how it looked......


......now for the fun part: sewing and decorating!


.......first I sewed each cross point of the ribbons to give a padded effect.....


......and then I got to play with my new hot glue gun to stick on the tiny little cabochons I found. Most of the tutorials suggested buttons but I quite liked these little gems which look like push pins (I think so anyway)......


......so now I just have to wait for the fabulous P to come and help me attach this to my wall. I have it's space all picked out already which I'll show you once it's up.

In other news my Mum is coming home from Saudi for a few weeks this Friday and I can't wait to see her. I was working the hideous Graveyard shift last week which completely zonked me out (it is not normal to wake up at 4am in the morning!) thankfully it was only for one week and I have one more normal week left at work before I am officially on holiday! Unfortunately my Australia/Fiji trip fell through (totally gutted about this) but I am being whisked away somewhere exotic so I can't be too miserable. As yet I have no idea where that exotic place will be which in itself is exciting, I'll be sure to keep you updated!




Monday, 30 July 2012

One Coat, Two Coat, Three Coats.....More?!

You may have noticed that I've been in the nesting mood recently which has meant beautifying my room and starting the many projects that have been festering away in my tiny mind for years now! One of them is this fabulous thing..........


I saw this jewellery display.......thingy on Etsy a while ago and fell in love but at £80 odd quid I decided just to lust after it from afar. I kept drooling over it every time I logged onto my Etsy account though so after a little digging on trusty eBay I discovered you can buy vintage print drawers for £15 plus postage, of course I snapped one up! A few days later it arrived in all it's potential glory......


.........I got myself down to my local Robert Dyas for supplies.....


.......and got stuck in! As my drawer had little brass dividers ......


I couldn't just spray paint it as I'd been intending.......well I could've but I liked the brass detail so Papa and I put our heads together and came up with circular stickers as a way of masking off the details....


........aren't we clever? This was the colourful result........


.......next up was the fun but messy part.......spray painting! I was all set to go until I noticed that I'd bought spray paint for metal not wood....DOH! I went and exchanged the paint for some satin finish white wood paint and a paint brush and got started, one coat.....


....two coats...... 



.........three coats......


..........and finally I was finished......with the painting! Next up I had to remove all the little stickers and then tidy up the brass fixtures as some paint had managed to seep under them.....


......once cleaned up I then had the lovely task of screwing in around two hundred eyelet hooks.....I now have blisters OUCH! It's all been worth it though as this is the finished result.....


......and I love it! All I need to do now is get it attached to the wall (I already have it's spot picked out) and buy some more earrings to fill up the empty spots!

I was having a quick look through some of my blog posts from this year and I noticed I've only posted five (FIVE!) outfit pictures all year. I have decided to rectify this so here is todays outfit......




Dress: Topshop
Shoes: Aldo

.....I love this dress, usually I would have a belt on with this kind of dress but there is this lovely cut out detail in the back. I'm not a fan of these kind of photos but as I have no other camera at the moment this will have to do! Now I'm off out for dinner this evening, I'm thinking tapas om nom nom!






Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Cracking!

As I mentioned yesterday the fabulous P came over to help me hang my new mirrored wardrobe doors. Thankfully he knows Ikea furniture well and instead of having take all the hinges off (like I was going to try and do) he just unclipped the old doors and swapped that little bit of the hinge over to the new doors.....genius! Unfortunately one of the doors was cracked across the middle but I called Ikea and a new one is on it's way to me on Thursday.


I love how the doors look and it makes the room feel huge (the room is already huge I know but it feels like I've doubled the space.....which I kinda guess I have). Once the doors were in place it was time to get cracking on my next project......


I've been buying Gil Elvgren calendars for a few years now and I've never thrown them away because they are far too beautiful to just end up in the bin. I'd planned to use them to wallpaper the inside of my old wardrobe doors when I bought them from Ikea two years ago but thankfully I never got around to it, if I had they'd be out now! With one of the mirrored doors broken I couldn't decorate the outside of them with the decals like I'd planned to this evening so I decided to start on the inside.....


........plain grey and boring to begin with but with a bit of spray mount and the application of some of the different calendars and prints I've accumulated over the years and my vision started to become a reality......


.......I bought the Playboy poster from eBay and I also found these amazing catalogue pages on there too. They are fashion pages which ladies could browse to make their shopping choices for the coming season, they have small fabric swatches on them and the sizing and pricing guides. I've had them for years but I've never been too sure what to do with them, when I was getting all the bits together for this project it suddenly dawned on me that these would be perfect! I got the spray mount shaken and off I went.......


 ......I didn't want the arrangement to be too precise so I decided to wing it and just start applying the different pictures as they came to hand. This is a great idea in theory but I should have started at the top and worked my way down rather than the other way around (it's much easier to paste over someones boots/feet and have it look ok rather than have to paste over their head!)......


......I kept adding different pictures but I tended to pick the smaller ones because I was worried I'd run out of the bigger ones........I have a feeling it's going to end up being the other way around! I decided to work around the hinges and door handle which meant I ended up with some odd shaped gaps but I'd also found some Vargas Pin Up Girl playing cards on eBay a while ago and they turned out to be the perfect size to fill in the gaps......


About an hour later this is the finished result and I love it! So, one door down and seven more to go. It's going to take me a while to get them all finished and they will all end up looking very different (many more fashion pages and bigger pictures on the next one!) but I'm so pleased with the finished product!


Here is one of the fashion pages in all it's glorious detail......


A close up of a Vargas playing card (I have the Aces and Joker up on my wall here).....


Finally a close up of one of the larger pictures.......


.......so what do you think? Do you decorate the insides of your wardrobe doors (I've always had something up on them....usually articles from fashion magazines on how to organise your wardrobe!) or do you think it's a waste of time and gorgeous artwork to have it hidden away?


Monday, 16 July 2012

An Aesthetically Pleasing Configuration

What a week!! I've had no sleep what-so-ever due to builders arriving super early to fix our bathroom floors.......which is a good thing I guess but why oh why did they have to start with the power tools so early? The trouble is they haven't even finished yet so there will be more visits next week.....eeep!

In better news I have spent this afternoon devising researching a fool proof way of hanging some of my pictures in a group without any of them looking wonky! Papa and I had long discussions about the best way to achieve this and in the end agreed that I should probably hire someone to come and do this for me (Papa lives too far away to come and help me himself....boo). However this would mean I would have to wait until payday (two weeks away!) so I had a little dig on the interwebs and came up with this fantastic video. 

I gathered up all the things I needed and got started.......


........I used parcel paper to cut out my templates and as I'd run out of tape I decided to use sticky postage labels......


.........I put a quick description on each of the templates and then started sticking them up on the wall. I already knew the layout I wanted (I'd been playing around with this group for a while now) so it was just a case of getting the spacing right.....


......now for the fun part! I was convinced I owned a hammer but it turns out I don't (or it grew legs and ran away to a household that does more DIY where it would feel more loved......I'm guessing) so I decided to use the fat end of one of my screwdrivers (I make a lot of flatpack furniture so my screwdrivers clearly feels more loved and less inclined to run away......but maybe less so after being used as a hammer!). I measured where the hooks should go on the back of the pictures and then marked them on my templates........good job I was taught to measure twice and cut once because, as you can see, I got the mark in the wrong place on my first attempt! Thankfully I have very soft walls (though they are surprisingly soundproof) so the picture hooks went in very easily.....


.....I hung all the pictures up over the templates to check they were in the right place and when I was happy I ripped off all the paper and viola! An aesthetically pleasing configuration of pictures.....



.........I need to tweak the position of the brown framed picture a little but that's just a case of lengthening the picture wire which is easy enough and I may change the colour of the backing in the square blue frame but all in all I'm very happy and rather pleased with myself!

I now have three other walls to hang pictures on but this technique although lengthy will definitely make it easy, I just have to work on the groupings now. This little lot was easy as it was all based around my Playboy life and cards from friends, some of the other things I have to hang are less easy to group together but I have a rough idea of what I want to do......so watch this space!

Tomorrow my fabulous friend P is coming over to help me hang the new mirrored doors I bought for my Ikea Pax wardrobes which I'm very excited about. This might sound sad but it's not.....honest. Once the doors are up I'll be able to put my Amazing Stickers decals on them, I have an idea for the inside of the doors too and I'll be able to start taking some outfit pictures again (albeit sad iPhone in the mirror type outfit pictures.....) so yup.....excited!




Monday, 9 July 2012

Over Estimation

I know I've been a bit quiet here recently so you may or may not remember that I started my self imposed shopping ban one hundred and three days ago. It was an interesting experience, I did an awful lot of window shopping and some actual shopping on my birthday but as I wasn't paying I figured this didn't count! I haven't spent any money on clothes, shoes or jewellery over the last one hundred days, I did however decide that my room needed a make over and so I've been nesting and buying myself pretty things for the home! I've had a few things in mind for a while now but I always seemed to spend the money on something to wear and my room (which was perfectly lovely as it was) took a back seat.

As I had put a moratorium on apparel shopping I decided to turn my attention to my room. I gave you a quick  "tour" of my room when I started this blog (it was a great excuse not to have to dress up that day.....I was ill!) but it was only a few months after I had moved in and my nest wasn't quite finished. A few years on and I still haven't done everything I want to......like hang pictures and put door knobs on my wardrobes.....sheer laziness to be honest with you!

So I decided to pull my finger out and now I've got a few projects underway including an old print tray jewellery display, a french memo board, various pictures to be arranged and hung (I have a feeling I'm going to run out of wall space) and mirrored wardrobe doors to be fitted! I'm going to be too busy to start shopping any time soon......

One project that I have completed though is beautifying my walls with vinyl decals. I came up with the idea after Senhor B and I had finished building my four huge and very white Ikea Pax wardrobes.


I decided that this was just too big an expanse of white and I'd seen some really pretty decals I thought would look fab........this idea has been knocking around in the back of my brain for about two years now! Nothing like a bit of procrastination hey? Anyway what with the shopping ban and everything else (lots of gossip but for another time.....I promise) I decided it was the perfect time to start this project. Of course the first thing I then did was buy replacement mirrored doors for the big expanse of white.....always sensible me. I still wanted the decals though so I searched Etsy and found Amazing Stickers who are based in the UK (lower shipping costs) and offered the exact colour I wanted. I placed my order and was delighted when it arrived. Typical me though I had over estimated on quantity and so I had lots of extra.....what else was I going to do with it all? Pretty up my walls of course....


...........after clearing off the mantle piece of all my random stuff I got the trusty step ladder out and started applying the decals.....


......which are really really easy to apply. I chose a floral/vine design in turquoise which is so pretty.....


........the only trouble was that the decals arrived all squished onto one sheet (which I get......) but it didn't have any pictures suggesting layouts......hmmmmmm!


I decided to wing it (after having a close look at the pictures on Etsy) and I've ended up with decals on the wall above my fireplace, above my bed (I think it looks really pretty behind my rose fairy lights) and on the wall opposite my bed. Once I've got them on the mirrored wardrobe doors I'll have decals everywhere and I will still have some left over.......I can see them spreading out across the entire flat!


I'm sure my new flatmates are going to love that........yes I have two new flatmates which means I'm officially living with three boys! Thank goodness we have a cleaner!

The next thing I've started working on is the jewellery display which I promise to show you soon.