Thursday, 28 February 2013

Updating an Old Deck Chair

Home Decorating:

I'm slowly getting closer to starting some big renovations at home - and while this means I'm busy planning the new renovations I'm also pretty busy looking at what I already have and how I could improve it.

I've had this deck chair for about 6 years now. It's been pretty weathered from a couple years living at the beach and then a few more recently in the Queensland heat (and rain) and finally over Christmas my dad sat in it and it fell apart! 

It only took a day to quickly update the chair and make it look brand new again - First I removed the old fabric and all the rope ties. I kept the fabric to use as a template for the new chair cover.

I bought a more sturdy outdoor fabric so hopefully it will last! A lovely bright navy (is there such a thing??) and white Ikat print from Spotlight.

Then it was just a case of giving the timber a good sand and repaint (I left it to dry overnight just to make sure).

While i was waiting i cut out the fabric using the old fabric as my template and once the paint was dry simply attached it through the loop at the top and staple gunned it at the base.

I love the chair now - don't think I'm going to replace the rope either - looks simpler without it.

Happy home decorating!

Caity x

Monday, 25 February 2013

Framed Tissue Pictures


This project is SO simple and is very similar to Caity’s Wrapping Paper Art and my Tea Towel Pictures.

Recently I was looking for some fabric or paper to co-ordinate with a room in my spare cottage. I had purchased the fabric that I used for the curtains and cushions for $1 a metre from Spotlight, (what a bargain! - and it looks lovely), but I had lots of trouble finding another design in the right colour to work in with the coloured walls and the fabric.

Then one day I was standing in the line waiting at Lincraft… and I saw one of those little packets of trendy tissues in JUST the right colour!

So I bought three small-ish white frames, and popped a section of the tissue in each one. This is a quick summary of how to do it:
  1. Cut out a piece of tissue that fits into the mount size in the frame
  2. Use sticky tape to secure the tissue piece to the back of the mount
  3. Put back some of the bits of paper that come with the frames behind the tissue and mount (flip them over so that they are white at the back of the tissue, not the 'photo' picture
  4. Put the frame back together!
Talk about a cheap and easy DIY artwork solution!

Happy making!


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Safari Life Quilt


I finally finished Thom's Safari Life quilt this week. I hadn't realised I had made it back in July last year until I went to write this post - time really flies!

I loved it even then hanging on the clothes line and blowing in the wind - see Safari Life quilt in progress and I love it even more now that Cheryl from Baci Quilts has done all the machine quilting for me!!! As usual she's done a brilliant job and if you have any quilts you want finished I recommend you contact her!

To back the quilt I pieced together a panel from the Happy Drawing series by Ed Emberly for Cloud Nine fabrics I had along with some left over scraps from making all the turning twenty blocks. I teemed it with a soft charcoal grey cotton to make the bright colours pop even more.

For the binding I used a simple black and white pin stripe which I like to think is adding a little bit of zebra to the quilt. Any you can see in the photo above the quilting pattern is of birds and clouds.

I couldn't be happier with this quilt and with the weather just starting to cool off the timing couldn't be better for Thom to have a proper quilt for his bed.

Happy quilting.

Caity x

Monday, 18 February 2013

Kaleidoscope Egg Design


This weekend (during the evenings), I painted this artwork for a friend’s birthday. He really likes colourful, African-inspired things, so I came up with my Kaleidoscope Egg Design to suit his house. 

The design was really very simple. I first drew in the shapes and lines for painting, so that each of my sections was going to be roughly the same width. And, of course, I painted it on plywood!

Then I started placing my colours. Really, you could use whatever colours you liked… you just need to make sure that the use of each colour is distributed evenly throughout the design. For example, here is the first colour I added (red). 

Don't worry about the lines being too perfect.

I used 7 colours in total. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Happy painting!


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Simple Valentine's Day Art for the Home


Happy Valentine's Day! I love Valentine's Day - all the pretty gifts in the stores, hearts everywhere and obviously the possibility I might get a Valentine's from a secret admirer! 

This week I have made some really simple Valentine's art for my home. First the cross stitch heart print.

I made this on a simple Word program using Helvica font in size 64. It took all of 2 minutes to make the heart print and then I just played around with the colours until I got a combination I loved.

I just printed it out on a colour printer and popped it into a frame I already had - apologies for the photo - (you can see my image in the reflection on the glass).

For the second one, you might remember last year I played around with freezer paper printing - see here..... anyway, ever since I made the cute little gold heart I had been debating what I should do with it. 

I simply popped it into a frame and it was done! 

I also realised I've done quite a few other Valentine's Day inspired posts - I think my favourite is the little heart brooch. It's just so so sweet.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Caity x

Monday, 11 February 2013

An Idea For A Children’s Swing

Home Decorating:

This is an idea that I had recently for the location of my children’s swing. We do have one of those coloured swing sets that we purchased, but it’s wearing out quickly and it certainly does not look beautiful nor merge in with the garden environment! (Those are my birdcages that you can also see hanging from the tree in the photo above too by the way!)

There’s an area of our garden that I wanted to try and use a bit more, but the native trees that are there stop anything from growing too much or looking very good. So I thought I’d use those trees to my advantage and put my children’s swing in the middle of them!

I didn’t actually put the swing up myself! Our very clever builder did all that for us.

He attached a treated pine log to both trees, and then attached the swing kit that he had purchased from Bunnings to it.

He already had the nice bit of hardwood for the seat (a leftover bit of wood at his home), and we simply painted it in the same stuff that we used for our verandah and deck. 

The swing works beautifully and gets lots of use.

Enjoy your decorating!


Thursday, 7 February 2013

Easy-to-make Magnet Clipboard

Creative Ideas:

Just a quick little project from me this week. My organisational skills are pretty poor and anything that might encourage me to be more organised is a welcome project in my home!

My fridge is a great place to start. This is what it was looking like (and if I'm really honest I actually took a few things down for the photo!!!)

This is a super simple project and is a great way to clean up the mess on your fridge (if it's anything like mine anyway!).

You will need the following:
  • Strong, flat backed magnets 
  • Small clipboard 
  • paint in colour of choice
  • super glue

Simply paint the front of the clipboard ( I just used leftover paint in Dulux Spritzig half strength). You might need a couple coats of paint to get a really good cover. 

Then simply glue the magnets to the back and leave to dry. Depending on the strength of the magnets you might need a couple of magnets to hold it up. I used 3 for each board.

Then simply put up on the fridge and add all your bills, lists and inspirational images!

Happy creating!

Caity x 

Monday, 4 February 2013

Give Your Furniture A Scandinavian Makeover Using Contact

Home Decorating:

The other week I was shopping in Kmart for a few school things for my daughter Poppy. Many of you would have been doing the same thing!

I spotted this ‘lookie-likey’ wood contact and thought how nice and "Scandinavian" it looked. I wanted to use it somehow… and so I came up with the idea of giving some of my furniture a Scandinavian makeover!

The best thing about decorating like this is that it’s not permanent! Whenever you’re sick of the look, just peel it off and chuck it out!

This contact can be used on any surface really, but I just had a quick go at decorating a few things in my kitchen. But you could use this idea for LOADS of things! Decorations on a child’s bed, cot, change table, bathroom, bath, kitchen splashback….. anywhere!

So here are a few quick ideas from me:

- A couple of my kitchen chairs got a quick update...

- Poppy and James really liked this house design on the back of a chair. It would also look nice on a cot or change table or wardrobe for a child.

- Maybe you have to have your bin on display in the kitchen (mine is in a cupboard so I'm lucky!)... make it a bit more funky with some contact designs.

- James's highchair got a quick makeover too!

- And what about some funky contact place settings on the kitchen table? Just peel it off when you don't want it there anymore. It might help your little ones to stay at the table to eat their dinner!

Enjoy your decorating!


PS: I’ve only just posted some basic ideas here for this project. We’d LOVE to see YOUR creations (or anything else that you've tried at home from our blog)! Email your photos to us and we’ll post them on our Facebook page.