Tuesday, 10 February 2015

'THAT' Project.......

Remember a while back I said I had something in mind for the lamp I bought for the bargain price of £1.00.    I thought it might be time to give you a little update.   The base has been transformed, and the shade is currently in progress, no sneak peaks yet.  Watch this space to see the finished item.  When I started this I thought what a mess, but I have played around with the finish and now have it where I want it.  Need to do a bit of cleaning up where I have paint on parts I don't want it other than that. Base has its base coat.
I have used Annie Sloane paint in Antoinette, and waxed in dark and light.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Pretty Things...

Don't you just love pretty things.   Back in October I very much enjoyed a class doing Chinese Brush Painting at a GOGO event.   When I saw this beautiful glass ink pot I just couldn't resist buying it.  I absolutely adore it.   All I need now is a lovely antique bureau to sit it on.   That may have to wait a while though as I have nowhere in my house that I could site one of those at the moment.   This also brings back memories of school, we had handwriting lessons every week using pen and ink.  The desks had the ink wells set in them.  Think I might be giving too much away about my age here.  So many traditions and crafts are disappearing with the need to do everything quickly, easily and without much thought or effort.  Generalising here as I know some people do still love older traditional things.   Take books.....I love reading.   For me the reading is just not about the words its about the feel and the smell of the books.   No e-readers for me.  No thank you.   And when I make notes, I use pen and paper. 
So here I sit dreaming of my antique bureau filled with paper, pens and displaying my gorgeous ink well.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Cakes, cakes and more cakes.

This week I have had the privilege of making a christening and birthday cake for my friends daughter.   As both were on the same day, some sort of merging of the two was needed, hence the flowers on both cakes are the same.   This was just two of the cakes I made last week along with a huge lot of cupcakes.  I am self taught, and don't usually make cakes for other people.  I do love to try to master new things though, and I think I can say I have mastered cake baking and decorating.  I may share a few I have made prior to these somewhere along the way.    Now I am off to Crochet club, to see if I can get anywhere near finished with the throw which I started some weeks ago, and shown in an earlier post.  Hope to share the finished item soon.