Friday, September 12, 2008

for the 'shabby' girls! Image overload!

****edit**** Not sure why but the left edges have been cut off the pics- I didn't do it, it happened when they uploaded...you get the idea though!

I will do a proper blog post soon...let's just say the last couple of weeks have been not only busy but a bit of a 'mare too!

So for the shabby ones!

Here we go- a bajillion pics for you to look at...if you nod off I don't blame you! They are a bit random- I just wandered round snapping some of my faves! A lot of my trinkety bits come from a garden centre called Blooms (part of the wyevale group of garden centres). I like to get bargains so most stuff will have been fairly cheap! You will probably notice that I have a major obsession with birds, birdcages and birdhouses!
ok- just for Maria- the tardis...aka my bath...I had to stand outside the room/on the toilet to get these pics lol!

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This hangs in my studio and was from Maria- I totally love it and it inspires me all the time
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Also in my studio- Tallulah, who sits on top of my clock which used to be a boring cheapy black plastic horror of a timepiece!
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Collection of trinkety bits (birdhouse prettied up by me- it was plain pine before)
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This was a mega bargain- in John Lewis/Waitrose, filled with miniature pink rose plants, I took the pots out and am gonna use the basket for something else- cost me about £3
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Sewing for those who asked (fabric from the range store, less than £4 a metre)- my doorstop, which is a funny shape at the mo, until tomorrow when I can get some weighty beans or something to stuff it with properly!

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One of the draught excluders I whizzed up last night- the other one is the same but over double the length
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I don't know what I love about this dove! I really don't! But love it I do, I bought it at a yard sale when I was in the States some 20 years ago! And it has always been out on show ever since!
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Onto my bedroom...
Now, this has been a mammoth project. The bedroom before was a horrid mismatched cluttered tiny mess. I wanted to get rid of all the furniture and start again, with the aim of creating something light, airy and a place to be able to relax. I started by choosing the floor (a gorgeous whitewash effect laminate) then everything else kinda followed. It is mainly black and white with the odd bit of colour dotted about. I LOVE IT!
Some of my fave bits...

This was a seriously cheap jewellery box from ikea in plain wood. A lick of paint and a bit of work on the computer to make a bird decal and voila
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The matching jug- this was a quid in asda, originally silver, painted with black hammerite, crackled with white emulsion over the top and another bird decal
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A few trinkets on my shelf, some were gifts, some from sales (need to get my pics in the frames!)
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This was from a fab shop in Worcester called Rhubarb (the earlier pink birdcage came from here too)
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Gorgeous birdcages from Blooms (one was a gift)
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Doorhandle from B&Q for a couple of quid- it is meant as a cupboard handle but with much swearing I made it work!
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The bird collection from blooms- They were a bit too cream coloured for the room so I slapped some paint on them.
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This the is actually a soap dish but I use it for reciepts and stuff!
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Also from Blooms and again stippled with white paint
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Cake stand from homebase about £6, again too cream so painted with white gloss paint
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These units were from lidl (about £25-30 each) and were brown wicker with green paint, I redid them with black hammerite and white emulsion
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Matalan £15 (I adore this)
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The piece de resistance (if you have made it this far!)- my mural. Now the original plan was to buy the same design, which was very expensive, as a decal...I was fully prepared to pay out for it, but they only did it in pink and it was facing the wrong way. So I adapted it and painted it myself on the chimney breast. This makes me happy :D
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6 comments:

angel said...

Oh what lovely things you have GP, wow, i also love bird cages and think yours are stunning! well done on all the projects you have undertaken, [Gorgeous shower].
I especially love the last photo, you have an amazing talent,wow.
Thanks for sharing with us all.
It takes me ages to do the pic's on my blog, i mostly mess them up, so i know its a toil, so again thank you.X x X x X

claire said...

Wow - I love your home - LOVE IT - the mural is amazing - Ive seen those decals they are lovely - but bot as lovely as yours - do you take commisions!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Lace hearts said...

Haha, you really did take zillions of piccies. It all looks really lovely, and thanks for sharing them. You are incredibly talented.

Ali said...

What can I say, I love it all and so very you!! Love the mural

Ali and Levi

xxx

jo said...

OOOh looks fab hun!!!!

Alix said...

wow i love what you've done in your room...its gorgeous and so restful!

now go get pictures for those frames!!! {we have the same issue here...a whole row of frames up the stairs...with just the one photo in atm!!}

so glad you like my birdhouse btw...and how cool that i've used your stamp!!!