Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Shop Counter Revamp . . . . (shortcut)

Greetings dear friends & readers & Happy Thursday to you all !!

When I set up my little Craft Cottage 14 years ago it was done on such a "shoe string" budget !!
In fact, it was more like a "broken rubber band" budget to tell the truth !!
I needed a shop counter so my son's old desk was to serve the purpose until such time as I could afford a 
"proper counter" . . . . . .

The desk got a speedy lick of paint ("marzipan") leftover from the cottage walls  ... & some stencils were hastily painted on the front.

Fast forward 14 years later & that old desk was still in use & has never been upgraded !!
It was looking tired & tatty -  rather like the shop owner!!!
I had neither the time nor the energy to spend repainting it so I bought it inside & decided to cover the top with some oilcloth that I had rolled up in a cupboard
First I glued a covering of thin wadding to the top of the desk to give it a slightly padded effect

The Mr helped me staple the oilcloth tightly to the top
Then I ran a length of curtain wire along the top & made up a curtain using the green polka dot fabric I had leftover from making the baby bag for Sid

Luckily I had just enough fabric to make a nicely gathered curtain
After 14 years of being behind the door, I have moved my counter so it is more on display now

I often make curtains up to quickly hide or disguise the backs of units that are facing outwards in my Cottage 
You can see below I have done the same with a small wooden shelf that faces end outwards
Though this fabric looks like Sanderson, it is actually an old thrifted duvet cover that resembles a Sanderson print

And then the little apple box revamp that I showed you in my last post just sits perfectly on the end of my counter 
to use as a small shelf for the things I need to keep on hand

I hope plan to re-open my Cottage next week so I look forward to showing you some snaps in my next post as some of you have asked for photos of some displays in the Cottage.

Frequently throughout the year I keep a large cardboard box on hand & randomly toss things into it as I clean, tidy & sort cupboards etc ...
When the box is full I make a trip to the Op Shop to deliver it.
I had tossed 2 tall red spotty coffee mugs & this small matching lidded dish into the box while Mum was with me.
I had an idea the other night & retrieved the mugs & the dish back out of the box again
I found 2 red teatowels in my stash & appliqued them with the words "bake" & "cook"
Then made up a soy candle in the small round dish, scented with orange & clove fragrance

These few little items made up a lovely bright & cheery vignette in my Cottage 
Changing displays & coming up with fresh new ideas is constant & ongoing in the Cottage

 I like to start each new season with a fresh order of soaps in different fragrances ...... usually I take any leftover soaps for The Mr & I to use up, but these stragglers still smelt beautiful so I decided to run up some fabric bags to pop them into using my Tilda scraps

I thought they looked so attractive presented in their little fabric bags & they smell divine .  .  .  .

I hope the week is treating you kindly dear readers & you are managing to keep warm or cool where ever in the world you might be?
Our spring temperatures here have been so bitterly wet & cold that we ordered more firewood at the start of the week.
It was the kind of day that made you want to just tuck up somewhere cosy & let the world pass you by . . .
.  .  .   rather like a certain little fairy that I know !!!

Thanks so much for your visits today 
Be kind to yourselves & to each other
with much love & friendship,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Five Small Projects .......................................

Good Wednesday Greetings dear friends & readers
Five small projects have been completed this past week at Threadbear Cottage .........................
I mentioned in my last post that my neighbour Lea had gifted me a large pile of junk unsold items left over from her Garage Sale
This cute wooden "what not" & the tray below were two of the items .   .   .   .   .

.   .   .   . as were the two oval frames below .  .  .  .

After I had given them all a scrub & a warm up by the fire, I then gave each item 2 coats of pale duck egg chalk paint.
When dry, I lightly distressed the edges of the "what not" & also gave it a good coating of wax

I think it looks rather "french country"perhaps?

In my scrapbooking bits & bobs I found this string of cute paper butterflies & circles which I modpodged onto the tray.
The inner base of the tray was given 2 coats of modpodge to make it wipeable & then I thoroughly waxed the outer & underside 

The frames were also lightly sanded & then I mounted some wallpaper remnants left over from the 
 fifth project below ... 
This wallpaper is Cath Kidston, which I purchased last year from my dear friend Catherine's trademe store

All these items above are going for sale in my little Cottage.

The grubby old apple box above was pinched acquired from Mums shed on my last visit ... it too needed a really good scrub & a warm up by the fire

Last week the sun made a brief appearance for a few hours so I was able to paint it outdoors while Miss Pippi slept on the table beside me.
I only painted the inside edges as I planned to line it with some Cath Kidston wallpaper ..... the same wallpaper as I used in my nail box upcycle in this post here

Miss Pippi very kindly warmed the interior of the box up for me before I lined it with the paper !!
Miss Pippi's help is unfortunately - entirely non negotiable - in other words, she is there whether you want her to be or not !!!

The finished apple box .... which is going in my Cottage as a free standing shelf ... I will show you in my next post.

A longtime customer Paula, dropped out two of her childhood bears for repair while Mum was still with me .  .  .

I am annoyed I forgot to take a before photo as they were indeed a sorry sight .... no eyes or noses, one was arm less & many holes & tears in them both!
Here they sit waiting for Paula to collect them & take them home.

My friend Sally arrived for a cuppa last week & presented me with this cute little box of goodies

 "Happy Belated Birthday" Sally announced !!

Beautifully wrapped inside was one of Sally's handmade dreamcatchers, which I just adored
along with two vintage pomanders to add to my collection

I remembered about the vintage tray I had purchased on special from Ethel Anne's so I gave it a polish with some Brasso & sat my collection of china pomanders on it .  .  .  

 *** Just simply perfect ***

 Though it is now spring here in our hemisphere, the weather is telling us this is not quite so just yet !!!
I hope the week is treating you kindly - thank you so very much for your visits today dear friends 
with much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x