I’ve been experimenting with fabric paint and stencils over the last few weeks. This is my first cushion made with handmade piping and hand stencilled fabric….Plus some other cushions ready for market.
I love a spray paint makeover and this vintage frame is the perfect example. I had already spray painted this old frame a nice glossy white, but after a few months I was ready for another update. I had some gold spray paint leftover from my Sunburst Chopstick Mirror project, so I thought I’d give that a whirl. Ten minutes later I was finished. I love a super quick makeover!
I didn’t know that I needed an antique dental cabinet, until i saw it. NEED. Two weeks ago I came across this Aseptic Dental Cabinet in an local antique store. I knew it was special, but the price was far and above what I have paid for any of my vintage finds. So, I reluctantly left the store and tried to forget about. Of course, I went home and did some googling, hoping to find that these cabinets are a dime a dozen and not worth anything near the price of this one. Wrong. They are quite sought after and rarer here in Australia, than in the States.
It is hard to believe that such a gorgeous and well constructed piece of furniture housed the implements of torture of early 20th century dentists. This particular cabinet has a plaque that states “Aseptic Dental Company, Lee S. Smith & Son Co., Pittsburgh USA”. In its original state it also would have had a plaque at the bottom that read “The Bown Steel Dental Cabinets/Patented April 13, 1909″. Apparently, they are the ‘holy grail’ of dental cabinets and it is easy to see why. After two weeks of contemplation, I decided that I wanted it regardless of the cost. I went back to the store this week to see if it was still there. I was trying not to get my hopes up, as such unique pieces don’t last long on shop floors. But there it was, in all its glory when I walked back in. I spoke to the owner who assured me that I wouldn’t find anything else quite like it. She was quite emotional saying goodbye to the cabinet as her husband, who passed earlier this year, had received it in pieces and lovingly restored it over the course of a month. It has three keys that lock each of the different sections securely and a beautiful marble lip underneath the double glass doors. A mirrored and glassed section at the top of the cabinet can also be locked securely. There are 14 drawers that open and close with such smoothness and ease. Finally, a large door at the base is perfect for storing larger items.It must have been difficult for her to let it go, but I reassured her that I would love it and cherish it. It is my favourite piece of furniture bar none. There is nothing in RedAgape Guesthouse that even comes close to this cabinet. It is special. Very special and I love it.
This purchase has really clarified what I want to focus on collecting in the future. I don’t want your typical antiques or fashionable vintage finds. I want unique and special. This cabinet is the perfect start for me to begin serious collecting for RedAgape.
Millthorpe is beyond beautiful in Autumn. The changing colours of the leaves, the warm days, brisk nights and the relaxing atmosphere makes it the ideal time for a weekend away. I managed to finish my plate wall display over the weekend. I have been acquiring plates for a while now and last week i was able to find a few vintage items to complete my collection. It took around three hours in total to get them onto the wall. Here are the steps below that i followed –
Step 1. Sort the plates by colour, size and shape. Lay them out on the floor until you are happy with your arrangement.
Step 2. Trace the plates one by one onto paper and cut them out.
Step 3. Stick the paper templates to the wall using blu tac.
Step 4. Attach a paper clip using a hot glu gun to the back of the plates.
Step 5. Measure from the top of the plate to the paper clip and then, using that measurement, hammer a small nail the same distance down from the top of the paper template.
Step 6. Hang the plates onto the nails and tear off the paper template.
I know, i know. A hot glu gun and a paper clip!!? It sounds like the MacGyver method of interior decorating, but i can assure you these plates are not going anywhere. I researched the best method for hanging plates and this method is VERY popular. I was sceptical myself, but after the first plate dried i was convinced it was rock solid. Of course, do this at your own risk. I probably wouldn’t hang plates over a bed or passage where people walk.
I’m keen to do another wall of plates at my own house, so i’m going to start collecting again. All in all it’s a pretty great way to decorate a blank wall!
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My younger brother summed it up perfectly on the Sunday following my sister’s wedding….Post Wedding Depression. It’s so wonderful to have an exciting celebration to look forward to and we have looked forward to my sister’s wedding for over 12months. Months of planning, searching for dresses, DIY projects and the big count down that led up to the day are now followed by a void. A feeling of – what now?? It’s strange to feel this way, i guess, when it wasn’t my wedding and i imagine the bride is feeling it too….although, i’m sure honeymooning in Thailand is taking the edge off the blues! In an attempt to reduce the blues, i have thrown myself into sewing projects, that i’ve had planned for a while, but haven’t found the time to tackle. And because it is school holidays, i have my three little lovelies to keep me company, which is a bonus. Anywho, i’m surrounding myself with fabric and thread, which always improves my frame of mind.
Amy Butler! What a clever lady. For me, a relatively conservative type who dresses mostly in black and white, i find Amy Butler fabrics both bright and delicious. For some reason i feel safe experimenting with colour when i’m working with her fabric. And really, just scrolling through her fabric on the internet makes me feel happier. And while my regular readers will know i love recycling, secondhand and vintage, i will not apologise for loving the smell of crisp new fabric! The postman must feel very loved when he delivers my fabric, because i just can’t hide my excitement. Here are three of my cushions and a blanket i’ve made this week. Amy Butler Fabric + Pom Poms = Happiness!!!
For fabric online, my two favourite places are kelani fabric obsession and Fabric Traders. Both have a great range and great service.
I’ve been lucky with my vintage finds this week. As the house is filling up, there is little need for treasure hunting, but I can’t stop myself from looking whenever we are near an antique or secondhand store. I’m really glad the sticky beak in me couldn’t resist this week. On a trip to Gilgandra on Monday I found these plates for only a dollar each. They’ll go nicely with the plates I’ve already collected.
I also found this cute Kodak instamatic camera in Gilgandra. I was fiddling with it in the store and almost blinded my daughter when the flash went off!! It was pretty funny and a nice surprise to know it still works.
Today, in Millthorpe, i found the last two items. They are definitely my favs for the week. I’ve always wanted a stop sign. I’m not sure why….perhaps a not so subtle reminder to STOP, breathe and remember not to let the little things get to me. I was actually in the middle of a sulking tantrum when I saw this sign. Serendipity? Yes, I think so.
I actually couldn’t help smiling (despite my sulking) as I walked the sign home. Just the thought of being able to jump out in the middle of the road and halt traffic was amusing to me. Finally, my Underwood typewriter. I love it. I know it’s not very original as everyone is collecting them, but I love it all the same.
And here are this weeks finds (except the plates) at home in the parlour. I’ve got a busy, busy, busy week ahead!! My first guests stay next weekend and my gorgeous little sister is getting married too.
My inspiration for the green room make over came from this beautiful picture that i found while looking for a bedroom with a similar headboard to mine. This room caught my interest right away. The headboard is similar to mine and i loved the contrast of different fabrics, patterns and textures. I desperately wanted to find a striped valance like the one in this picture, but after much searching i gave up and settled on a lovely linen one, which fits perfectly. I searched for a few other bits and pieces – side tables, coverlet, lamps, cushion and throws. I’m really happy with the end result.
I was able to use most of the bed linen I’d already bought for the room and I’m really pleased this didn’t go waste. And even though I made new pillowcases, I was able to use most of the existing material. I just changed the fabric on the front. This meant I could reuse the piping that was on the pillows too, which gave them a lovely professional finish. I did get some initial heart flutters when I first started cutting my beautiful Warwick fabric, but I got over that quickly.
I’ve never had a sewing project go so smoothly before. Maybe the quality of the fabric makes a difference? I had doubts about being able to reuse the piping, but not only did it turn out perfectly, the colour is a great match for the new fabric. Here are the before and afters….I’m a little ashamed of the befores! I guess it’s nice to know I’m improving though.
And it would seem that Stayz is working beautifully for me. I’ve had many booking enquires and my first official booking!! Deposit in the bank and fully locked in!! Exciting!!!
My stupid, unpredictable, incurable and chronic illness has flared again completely out of the blue. So today I am trying really, really hard to be kind to myself. I’m going to take it easy and hope that the fire that’s been ignited will burn out by itself. Fingers crossed!! While I rest and hopefully recuperate, I thought I’d share a little idea I had about being kind and generous to others.
I found a lovely old mannequin in the antique shop down the road from the guesthouse in Millthorpe. I’d been keeping an eye out for one because I needed a nice display for a collection of beads I’d been gathering for the house.
My bead collection includes Elk (my fav), eb&ive plus others in various styles and colours. I’ve been on a few girls’ weekends away and have been keeping a note of things I’ve appreciated in other guesthouses and things that have made me feel completely welcome. Making guests feel welcome is something I’ve had in the back of my mind right from the beginning. It’s so important. With this in mind I welcome guests to borrow a necklace (especially if they’ve forgotten to pack one) to wear out to dinner, the markets or just around the town.
I have been warned about breakages and theft, but I’m prepared for that and I strongly believe in Karma. I hope guests appreciate the gesture and are happy to borrow and return.
Finally, I’m looking at doing to plate display in one of the rooms. Here’s my collection so far. My favourites are the bird, rabbit and yellow dinner plate by Mozi. LOVE!!
There are probably a thousand things I should be doing right now! I’ve got sheets and towels to wash, grocery shopping to do, three kids to get organised for school and a house to clean. But I’m far too busy basking in the afterglow of a weekend that saw Winterfell at full capacity….plus visitors.
There was not a bed spare on Australia Day weekend when my husband’s family came to visit. I’ve been curious as to how Winterfell would cope when fully occupied and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was still roomy and comfortable. Of course, the caliber of visitors most certainly made things easier.
There were 22 people in total with groups staying at the Millthorpe Motel and The Old Chemist. We filled the time with barefoot bowls at the local bowling club, dinner at the Commercial, breakfast at Tonic, a trip to historic Carcoar and games of blackjack.
The sign was hung before everyone arrived. I’m so happy with how it looks!! And with a weekend of rain the grass and plants are looking greener and healthier. Soooooo……I guess it’s time to get my butt into gear and list my house for rent.
Oh, and here’s a pic of the happy group just before breakfast at Tonic. And thanks to those who left beautiful messages in my guest book. It means a lot to me that you enjoyed your time at Winterfell.