{Craft as Therapy} Introducing #craftastherapy on Instagram

#craftastherapyI am really excited to introduce the #craftastherapy hashtag on Instagram. Over the past few years crafting and creating has become a huge part of my life and has helped me get through the toughest of times. I have spoken to a lot of fellow crafters about the benefits of using craft as a method of therapy and so many agree that time spent crafting is relaxing and therapeutic. I have heard many stories about how craft has helped provide stress relief during mental or physical hardship. Whether it is learning a new skill or revisiting a previous hobby, time spent creating is good for the mind and body.
Upcycled atlas wreath A number of clever, crafty instagrammers have already started using the hashtag. The #craftastherapy feed is filling up with inspirational and beautiful images. I hope to share projects here on the blog from the #craftastherapy feed, so please feel welcome to join in and tag your crafty projects with this hashtag. Or if you’d like to share your story and have a feature of your own, i would love to hear from you. stitching on embroidery hoopThe above sweet stitchery is by Robyn from @shopsewrobyn and is made on a canvas of vintage sheets. Robyn was kind enough to share her story with me – in October just past, she suffered a miscarriage and used her newly acquired skill of hand-embroidery to help her get through the waiting and recovering time. She said, “I could just sit and stitch and think as much or as little as i wanted, and have the comfort/satisfaction of making and completing something beautiful with my hands, even though my body had failed me in other ways at the time”.
crochet blanketThis beautiful crochet blanket is just one of the creative images you will find in the #craftastherapy feed. Robyn aka @crochetgirl99 is super talented with the hook and her own feed is full of stunning creations. She calls this project her “summer loving” blanket. weaving projectsThis unique weave made by Anna aka @ansies also features in the #craftastherapy feed along with some of her other inspiring projects. Her weaves are like nothing i have ever seen before and feature lots of natural and foraged materials.
crochet vignetteThe above image is from Chaney, aka @lovemylittlebird – what could be more relaxing than crochet and a cup of coffee?

Please check out the #craftastherapy feed on Instagram and be amazed by the creative and crafty people that are posting under the hashtag. It is a visual feast of crafty projects plus a you will find loads of encouraging and supportive people there.

DIY Headboard at RedAgape Guesthouse

navy bedroom tufted headboardI was really excited to finally hang my DIY tufted headboard on the wall in the navy room at RedAgape Guesthouse. You can find the tutorial here if you are keen to make one for yourself. It is a challenging project but well worth the time and energy, as it is so cost effective when compared with buying a new headboard. 
beige headboard DIY bedhead tutorial beige bedhead navy room navy red beige bedroomYou can find more images of  RedAgape Guesthouse in my Instagram feed or my FaceBook page. :)

 

Forty9L Artworks by Jacinta Haycock

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The Girl in the Red Dress


There are a beautiful selection of paintings available in RedAgape Guesthouse. They are painted by local artist Jacinta Haycock from Forty9L Artworks. If you are interested in any of her paintings you can find her contact details on her Facebook page. Or alternatively, you may like to contact me at amanda@redagape.com.au

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Red Dog 50×50
Acrylics and Oils on Canvas


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Morning Dew 67X56 Acrylics and Oils on Canvas

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Deer oh Deer 97×66
Acrylics and Oils on board


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Angels

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Vintage Flowers 91×61
Acrylics and Oils on Canvas

7 Vignettes for April 2014

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The April round of #7vignettes, created by The Interiors Addict is being judged by Once Was Lost who are lovers of beautifully handmade products. They source products from all over the globe focussing on well designed, high quality and ethically produced pieces. The list for this month’s 7 Vignettes has been one of my favourites. Simple, but thought provoking words that have inspired many beautiful vignettes on Instagram. Search under the hashtag #7vignettes to admire these lovingly created images. You can find me on Instagram under RedAgape.

The list –
* Natural
* Simple Things
* Adventure
* Handmade
* Wise Words
* Found
* Thankful

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Forty9L Artworks in the house!

Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta HaycockRedAgape Guesthouse is now the new home of some delightfully quirky artworks by Jacinta Haycock from Forty9L Artworks. These beautiful creations are for guests to admire and purchase when staying in the house. They are a perfect match for the house, so much so I’m trying to resist the temptation to buy one or two myself.Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta Haycock Forty9L Artworks - Morning Dew by Jacinta Haycock
There are four of Jacinta’s artworks featuring in the house at the moment. The first is ‘Morning Dew’ which has slotted into the parlour seamlessly. The deep dark walls really accentuate the colours in this gorgeous painting.Artist Jacinta Haycock
The other three paintings are hanging in an eclectic cluster on the stairway. Here is ‘Red Dog’, ‘Deer oh Deer’ and ‘Freedom’. Forty9L Artworks - Red Dog by Jacinta Haycock Forty9L Artworks - by Jacinta Haycock forty9Lartworks1 Forty9L Artworks - by artist Jacinta Haycock
If you are interested in purchasing any of these gorgeous paintings please contact me at amanda@redagape.com.au or visit Jacinta’s facebook page – Forty9L Artworks directly.Jacinta Haycock artistForty9L Artworks - by artist Jacinta Haycock

Forty9L Artworks by Jacinta Haycock

Forty9L ArtworksI met the beautiful Jacinta Haycock from Forty9L Artworks this week for coffee and feel like i’ve made a friend. Jacinta approached me late last year to see if i’d like to display some of her paintings in the guesthouse. I had already tossed around the idea of hanging local artist’s paintings in the guesthouse, but with Mum’s illness and passing last year the project just didn’t happen. With the new year in full swing it’s definitely time to add some fresh new art into the house.

I really love Jacinta’s paintings. They feel real, authentic not forced. Just looking at them makes me feel happy. And although I’ve admired her work on her Facebook page, seeing them in real life is the only way to do them justice. Her paintings are full of heart and are delightfully quirky making them the perfect fit for RedAgape. Jacinta has generously allowed me hang a range of her paintings for sale (acrylics and oils on canvas or board) in the house. These artworks are currently behind bubble wrap so you’ll have to stay tuned for shots of them in the house.

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RedAgape featured on Recycled Interiors

accommodation millthorpeIt was pretty exciting to have RedAgape Guesthouse featured on Recycled Interiors last week. Helen Edwards is passionate about homes with heart and i was honoured to have been invited to share my house on her blog.

Her site is perfect for anyone wanting inspiration and styling ideas using recycled items and materials. I’m so proud that RedAgape is full of character filled pieces that i’ve sourced from various locations, often saving them from landfill.

You’ll find my feature here and all sorts of inspiration throughout her blog.

Thanks Helen!

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RedAgape Guesthouse Open for 2014 – Millthorpe

redagape guesthouse millthorpeRedAgape Guesthouse is open for 2014. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away in historic Millthorpe now is the time to consider booking. The self contained guesthouse consists of 6 bedrooms, sleeping up to 11 people, making it the perfect accommodation for larger groups. It is ideal for girls’ weekends away and is surrounded by wineries, boutiques, gift shops, cafes and fine dining.

redagape self contained accommodation

redagape self contained accommodation redagape loft guestroom millthorpeThis gorgeous 1890s bluestone foundation house has been beautifully renovated and extended into a large, welcoming home. Many guests have described it as their ‘home away from home’. The house has been lovingly decorated with vintage treasures and each room is a pleasure to explore. Situated in the heart of the town, this delightfully quirky guesthouse is within walking distance to all that Millthorpe has to offer.

Luxury linen, bath towels and guest treats all supplied.

Click here to go to our booking page :)

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7 Vignettes Paris Style

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One – Tea for one in Paris

I’m a little late with this month’s vignettes, but given i’ve been overseas for 3.5 weeks and i’ve just moved house, i did well to even participate this month. I was lucky enough to complete the January edition of 7 Vignettes in Paris. I spent 2 weeks there over Christmas and New Year with my family. Here are my pics – themes are listed beneath.

New - a brand new edition of The Catcher in the Rye

New – a brand new edition of The Catcher in the Rye

Anniversary

Anniversary – i found this paper cut card at the Christmas Markets in Paris

Favourite Gifts - mostly from Sephora in Paris

Favourite Gifts – mostly from Sephora in Paris

Pair - a lovely set of chairs in a Paris apartment

Pair – a lovely set of chairs in a Paris apartment

Hangover - too much French champagne can leave you with a hangover

Hangover – too much French champagne can leave you with a hangover

Fresh - macaroons

Fresh – macaroons

paris 7 vignettes january 2014Head to the Interiors Addict for more information on 7 Vignettes. The next round starts tomorrow!

Before and After – The parlour living room after the big makeover!

dark navy walls fireplace and carver chairWhile I was painting the parlour at RedAgape last week, I remembered that I hate painting! I painted the entire inside of my home a few years ago, and I swore I’d never do it again. I guess, like childbirth, the pain of it disappeared quickly and my promise to never paint again was forgotten. The pain of it started to return when i began preparing the parlour for its makeover. The prepping and cleaning time involved with painting is easily equal to the time spent actually painting. Prepping is very important, crucial really, and it’s a big part of why I hate painting. The taping up of skirts, doorways and windows, as well as covering furniture and floors, is super time consuming.

parlour makeover before and afterHere are my top tips for painting –
1. If you can afford it, hire a painter to do the job for you. No, i’m not joking. :)
2. If you choose to paint yourself, prepping is crucial for a quality finish and less mess. Use drop sheets and take the time to tape up properly.
3. Don’t paint at night, especially dark colours. After an undercoat and two coats of navy I thought I was finished. Unfortunately, the next day in the morning light I could see a few patchy areas and I knew another coat was needed.
4. Use a cutting in tool for the edges. This saves soooo much time and gives a nice clean edge. I used one of these when I painted years ago, but I forgot this time around. I used it for the final coat and i was kicking myself for not using it sooner.
5. Wear old clothes and a head scarf. I’m still picking blue paint out of my hair five days after the final coat.
parlour makeover before and after

Okay – whinging over. As much as I dislike painting I do love how paint can completely transform a room. I love the new colour in the parlour.  It really feels like it was always meant to be a dark and cozy room. I’m planning on adding more wall decor behind the lounge, but for now I’m completely happy with the outcome. Not to mention, just plain thrilled I’m finished.

parlour gold wall decor hung on dark walls gold antique framed painting

I really love the gold wall decor against the dark navy. There were so many beautiful rooms on pinterest that used the gold and navy combination. You can see other rooms here. I’m going to add more wall decor behind the chesterfield (as i find treasures) to create a wall display.

plate display on dark wallsThis old gold framed convex mirror is definitely one of my favourite things in the room. I love the way it reflects the opposite side of the room almost in entirety. antique gold framed convex mirrorI was pleasantly surprised with how the chesterfield looked against the dark navy. I think they compliment each other nicely. With the gas fire now installed the parlour is now a cozy and inviting room to relax in during the evening.
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