Friday, 27 June 2014

Cinderella Bureau to Upcycled Shabby Chic Star

It does feel rather like being a Fairy Godmother when you up-cycle items. They are horrible, broken, ugly shapes, faded, veneer peeling, woodworm, or just plain forgotten in the corner. Then I wave my magic paint brush and izzy whizzy they are new and useful again. (Come on some of you must remember the phrase Izzy Whizzy Let's Get Busy?)

A wonderfully stylish bureau, but so damaged by damp and mis-use. Standing all alone in the outside auction, another bidder liked the look of her but I won. A lot of filling, sanding, painting waxing, more sanding, curses, sore fingers, sweat and tears and six weeks later she is transformed. Oh and to make her really pretty I used some gold leaf, first time I've done this and it is so easy. Expect gold bling on everything from now on!

I've left things like the marks on the drop down from the supports, years of use have left slight groves. Its part of the items history, so those had to stay, like wise the drawer that still sticks a bit. I sanded and sanded but it still sticks, almost like it contains a secret never to be let out.

She's now for sale on ebay. I will miss her it has been an emotional journey for us both. For her she never thought she would look so glamorous again, for me I never knew I could achieve something like this.

I'm onto chairs again and this one has been salvaged from a church or village hall. It has a number stamped at the back where the seat pad goes. Another dark treacly wood, brought back to life by Henrietta paint, some paper napkin decoupage and pretty script fabric. Still got the waxing to do and some more distressing.

Had a bit of deja view this week, there I was hammering tacks into a seat pad for a chair. When I was transported back to childhood and my hands became my Dad's hammering nails into shoes. I was back in his shed where he used to mend shoes to eek out our meager income. I used to sit on a high stool watching him. Really knocked the wind out of my sails and I had to have a good cry. I really still miss my Dad he died when I was nine, I'm sixty one now. In those few short years he taught me so much, how to garden, make and med things, to love and respect others, but most of all how to cope with adversity in life and just get on and keep on going. You just never stop missing loved ones do you?

Molly has been under the weather with colitis. Its an inflamed large bowl, making her have an awful upset tummy. But worst of all is the foul wind. She can't even stand it herself. Yesterday we were driving back and she was sitting in the front seat, foul smell arrives and Molly exits right to the back of my large estate car. I mean right to the back as the seats were down. Not only that she gave me the most awful look as if to say "Did you do that?" She's on a diet of chicken and rice, with horrible bitter tasting pills from the vet.

Answer:- It was Sooty.

Big thank you to all of you who leave lovely comments. It means a lot to have your love and support. 

Now what have you all been doing this week.?

Saturday, 21 June 2014

New Shabby Chic Work and Auction Toys

It's been all Paint, Wax and Polish here, so some finished items.

 Victorian Chairs, lovely for your bedroom.
 These were painted to match the fabric. Emperor's Silk with Greek Blue Underneath. Distressed a bit so the blue shows through.
 Now I had some old vases and pots that had been hanging around in the boot fair box for years. I wanted to try some new techniques with my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so they have all had a makeover. The beauty is if I don't like them I can paint over again.

I mixed colours, decoupaged with napkins, added some gold leaf, did a bit of free hand painting, an image transfer and then waxed and polished. 

 I like this last one best. Which is your favourite?

 A very Shabby Chic Tea Trolley, this was a really treacly dark brown.
 Pretty wallpaper, a sample from The Range.
 Craquleure glaze makes the paper look really old.

Saturday I went to the Auctions with my friend Jane. I could not resist this lot of toys. Below is just a sample.
A very rare wooden toy from Abbatt Toys, the V&A has some of their items in the Toy Collection and so does the Museum of Childhood. This is 1960's era. It's really interesting to research these toys, the married couple of Paul and Margaret Abbatt were at the forefront of to design from the 1930's to the 1970's.

A whole wooden town, with people and animals. Again 1960's, but still similar made today.

 Made in Finland early version of the sorting box toy again 1960's.

1970's Mrs Mop set.
And finally a whole army of Britains Farm Animals. 
There were also Zoo animals, tractors, trucks, tray jigsaw puzzles, wooden pull along toys, music toys and two books. All off to Ebay but it's been fun remembering playing with my children with toys like these. I think one or two may be sneaked off to my young grandson!

Now let's see what all you folks have been up to on Handmade Harbour.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Slack Space New Site 13 Artists Opening Exhibition

This month I was lucky to be included in the 1st Exhibition at Slack Space's new venue. This had involved a huge amount of work done by Slack Space Volunteers and Members. Taking a former Police Station, lately Night Club and clearing all the debris to make a super art space.

These were my items on exhibit.

 My Technicolour Jacket.
 My three Assemblages.
 Theatre of Justice - now owned by my friend Cherry Ann Hall she has a blog too cherryannart
 Those Curious Victorians
 They were weird and wonderful.
 And collected all manner of things.
 Reaching Out For You. A box assemblage based on the Lost Sheep parable.
 Lots of light and places to socialise.
 Our wonderful Paula, one of the driving forces behind Slack Space and a fellow exhibitor.
And on the way back to the car I found a fab London Route Master Bus has now found a place at The Waiting Room another arty hangout in Colchester.