Decoupage Dreams

I apologise for being completely MIA for over a week now. In my defence I’ve been mega busy with jobs. Organising our art collection, re-upholstering headboards, sewing table runners, buying supplies for my stall at a boutique fair (more on this later) and looking after a sister with a broken wrist- all whilst holding down a full-time job. Phew! No wonder I’ve been stretched for time!

I had two VERY exciting deliveries this week, the first was some Annie Sloan chalk paint. So excited about this- I’ve wanted some for a while and only just discovered that there’s a stockist in our little town, hidden at the back of an antique shop- result!! I can’t wait to get crackign when I can find a spare evening. I found a DIVINE mirror in a charity shop that will be my first chalk paint project and also a little shelving unit and blackboard I want to spruce up. I’ve heard that a pot goes a long way- just as well it seems!
My second exciting delivery was Mod Podge. I’ve joined the fold.  I couldn’t take being surrounded by amazing decoupage projects any longer without joining in. My friend made me the cutest decoupage notebook for my birthday (it has Russian dolls on it, need I say more) and that was the last straw.

Now I have it, I want to cover everything in sight, the only problem is now that I can’t decide which project to start on first, I’m having inspiration overload. Should it be map coasters, a photo canvas, revamping an old wooden box or fancifying my lampshade. Too many options! Whilst I decide I thought I’d share some of the best projects using Mod Podge that the web (ok, Pinterest- but that all that matters really isn’t it?) has to offer…

For sources see my Pinterest board. And whilst you’re there, why not take a look around and follow me!

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Spotlight on….Oliver Bonas

I was waiting for a train at Waterloo recently and decided to explore the new swanky mezzanine level (incidentally, nice and airy and much less crowded). I found myself in Oliver Bonas, a shop I’d been to years ago which hadn’t made much of an impression. Looking around I couldn’t understand why I’d found it so unremarkable before. This time I loved literally every item in there and was in mourning that I was already too overloaded with bags to buy anything other than a card. That is until the rather lovely lady at the till told me that they sell online and have over 30 stores in the UK, yipee!

Anyway, I was too excited to keep it to myself so I’m sharing it with you and hoping you go and share it further as it jolly deserves the success it’s getting. If you’re wondering where all my doe-eyed enthusiasm is coming from, just take a look at this selection of Oliver Bonas beauties to get a taste for it…

Awesome August thrifty finds

Don’t you just love it when you find something great when you weren’t even looking for it? I’ve been scanning the (many) charity shops in my town for mismatched teacups to make into beautiful candle gifts (as seen here) to no avail. I usually see them all the time but, sod’s law, when I want to buy a couple, I can’t find one anywhere! I’m not too upset though as, in the last shop I visited, I bagged a load of different things.

These vintage red kitchen scales were the first to catch my eye. Very industrial and they’ve seen a fair bit of use but they’re so solid and sturdy and I love the idea that they have been (and will continue to be) passed down generations. They cost me £20 which is loads cheaper than the reproduction models you can buy.

I also nabbed an authentic retro tin sign (only £4) to go with the scales. Together with my beloved amaretto tin from Milan, they’ll make for a lovely red-themed kitchen when I get my own place. For the time being they’re occupying a corner of my bedroom and the scales have even become storage for my hair nik naks, clips and bands.


Other bits that i picked up include a lovely mercury glass tealight holder (£2!) , some adorable floral boxes (also £2) and a circa 1900 map of China (£5).

I love the feeling of getting something that is good-quality for a fraction of the cost that you’d buy it new or even from a vintage shop. You can get some really great stuff from charity shops, you just have to be prepared to trawl through some not-so-great stuff to find it. My biggest tip is to be patient. Sometimes you won’t find anything at all but other times you’ll leave with bulging bags.

What’s your greatest charity shop find?

10 ways to display your photos

I’m a bit of a happy snapper and nowadays with digital photography, we can take thousands of pictures without having to worry about storage space or developing costs. If like me you actually end up paying to have many of these photos printed, you’ll find yourself at a loss for what to do with all those precious keepsakes.

There’s only ever so many surfaces that can take my large number of photo frames so I’ve been scanning the web for ideas of what to do with my vast collection.

Here are 10 of the best solutions I found:

1. This gigantic frame found on Shelterness would certainly take a lot of my loose photos!

2. Absolutely gorgeous photo wall also found on Shelterness. No idea how they do it but I want it!

3. Very cute and practical organised display via pinterest

4. Another beautiful large frame seen on pinterest

5. Lovely use of an old wooden pallet seen on Shelterness

6. My favourite: Photo table runner spotted on the Ruffled blog

7. Sweet washing-line photo display from Shelterness

8. Grown-up photo display from Shelterness

9. Super cute washing-board photo frames from amylucy

10. Brilliant idea! Snowglobe-esque mason jar display from A Beautiful Mess

Now, that should be enough to get your creative juices flowing and your fingers itching to do something with all those boxes and albums of precious memories that have until now been gathering dust.

I’d love to see your favourite photo displays too!

Pottery Barn crosses the pond

Pottery Barn has been a long standing favourite with the yanks and I have looked on jealously whilst other US bloggers showcase their pottery barn spoils.
But, no more! Pottery Barn is now delivering to the UK and other countries. It’s taking all of my self restraint to not buy everything on the website. Delivery costs aren’t bad either although you’ll still have to contend with customs. Here are my favourite pieces. Love, love, LOVE the cubby storage unit.