{Craft as Therapy} Round Up by @Olivesandpickles

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Image Credit – @olivesandpickes

Here is another @craftastherapy roundup from Ryane at @olivesandpickles. Her weekly theme was #craftastherapy_hexies, where crafters were invited to tag their images of crafty hexagons – sewn, crocheted, painted or drawn. Her hexie grid is at the bottom of this post. Thanks Ryane! And if you’d like to find out more about @craftastherapy on Instagram please read more here.

Craft hexagons

Image Credit – @olivesandpickles

Pretty craft projects

{Top Left} – @joykilledthepoet
{Top Right} – @leannesaysitallg
{Bottom Left} – @vilseivirkligheten
{Bottom Right} – _riaparamita_

Styled yarn pictures

{Top Left} – @petalplum
{Top Right} – @nikkioutwest
{Bottom Left} – @crochetgirl99
{Bottom Right} – _deborah.brandon_

Craft hexagons

{Top Left} – @maria.c.makeit
{Top Centre} – @deartomyartcreations
{Top Right} – @yardagedesign
{Middle Left} – @chitweed
{Middle Centre} – @marretjeroos
{Middle Right} – @madewithloops
{Bottom Left} – @mobiusgirl
{Bottom Centre} – @squeeze_cuddles
{Bottom Right} – @ourlovelylittlelife

 

{Fabric} Vintage Suitcase Makeover

Old suitcase upcycle

Give a vintage suitcase a new life with an easy fabric makeover

Today I’m going to show you an easy and affordable way to make old vintage suitcases pretty by giving them a makeover with fabric and glue. Vintage suitcases make fabulous storage for blankets and craft supplies and you can find them cheaply at op shop or thrift shops. Their vintage brown exterior compliments neutral settings well, but can look old and dirty in bright or modern settings. I have owned these 3 suitcases for years, so I thought it was time to pretty them up and makes them useful in my craft office.

Vintage suitcases

Three old brown vintage suitcases found at my local op shop.

I gave two of these suitcases a couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, but I wanted to cover the third suitcase in fabric. This turned out to be my favourite! Here is a little pictorial guide of how I made it pretty. :)

RedAgape suitcase makeover

I like to start at the bottom. Give the bottom of the suitcase a generous coat of mod podge in preparation for the fabric.

Fabric covered suitcase

Lay the fabric over the top of the suitcase and press down firmly. Don’t worry if the Mod Podge soaks through a little as this will make it extra secure.

Fabric covered suitcase

Pull of corners of the fabric into a peak at the corners in preparation for trimming.

Vintage suitcase makeover Fabric

Cut through the peak you formed to divide the fabric. Cut off excess fabric.

Vintage suitcase makeover

Secure the sides with plenty of mod Podge making sure to press down firmly.

Fabric covered vintage suitcase

Press fabric firmly against the Mod Podge to secure. Trim away any excess and secure the corners that you trimmed previously. Fold the top of the fabric over and secure it inside the suitcase.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ensure that any joins in the fabric are well secured with Mod Podge

Covering a vintage suitcase

Cut carefully around any obstacles (latches, handles etc) with a blade. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Vintage suitcase makeover

The vintage latch revealed provides a rustic contrast against the pretty pink fabric. Repeat this process for the lid of the suitcase. I found it easier to work this two pieces of fabric – one for the top and one for the bottom.

Mod Podge covered suitcase

I secured fabric to the inside of the suitcases too, to make sure they were as pretty as the outside.

Mod Podge suitcase

When the entire suitcase is covered with fabric, give it all a good coat of mod Podge to protect and seal the fabric. This will dry clear.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ta Da! All done! Now you have pretty and practical storage for your blankets and craft supplies

{My Houzz Articles} 15 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts

I seriously cannot get enought of Kantha quilts! Click on the image below to read my article on Houzz – 15 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts. It’s a great read for anyone with a few blankets or for those looking for reasons to justify purchasing a few more. :) Enjoy!

Houzz - Kantha Quilts

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{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

jacinta haycock girl in the red dress

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


jacinta haycock morning dew

Morning Dew 67X56 Acrylics and Oils on Canvas

jacinta haycock deer oh deer

Deer oh Deer 97×66
Acrylics and Oils on board


jacinta haycock angels

Angels

jacinta haycock vintage flowers

Vintage Flowers 91×61
Acrylics and Oils on Canvas

7 Vignettes for April 2014

seven vignettes april natural

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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seven vignettes adventure

seven vignettes handmade

seven vignettes wise words

seven vignettes found

seven vignettes thankful
seven vignettes april 2014

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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