Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Easter Wreath

Spring has Sprung!

Here's a quick and simple make to brighten up your Easter.
I used a raffia base from Hobbycraft. I did consider making my own, but it was cost effective to but a readymade.

Chicks and eggs from John Lewis, cheap (Ha!) and cheerful. 
I made the fabric flowers in a few minutes ...

... and glued the whole lot together with my trusty glue gun.

Ta da!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Quick Make - Folk Art Toilet Sign

I started out with a hunk of floorboard I found in the bin and some buttons (natch).

I painted the wood in Farrow and Ball, sanded it back when it was dry and highlighted the edges by 'dry brushing' some gold paint across the woodgrain.

I decoupaged the male and female symbols with decorators PVA and glued the button dividing line in place.


I am posting this on the Handmade Monday Linky Party - pop over and see what other people are making this week.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Loo Makeover and Utility Footstool

I have been busy in the Button Shop at Red Door sorting stash and checking the sewing machine is running - CHECK


I turned my attention to the toilet facilities which although freshly painted, are a little bare. It was decided that the Loo would become the Red Door Hall Of Fame so that once 'seated and relaxed' there would be a wealth of stuff to look at!
This is where the old flyers, posters and inspirational paper ephemera will end up - so if you've gigged at Red Door or had an exhibition, you may may be preserved on the walls.

I lined up a few posters to get me started ...

... then simply went at it with the wallpaper paste.

There's still plenty of room for updates too.


I've turned my attention to the furniture stash - quite a few chairs will be sanded and painted RED by Johnny the Red Door Handyguy, to be used at the studio for events.

Other chairs I hope re-paint and re-cover and I'm starting small by tackling this humble Utility Stool first.

From wiki - Utility Furniture refers to furniture produced in the United Kingdom during and just after World War II, under a Government scheme which was designed to cope with shortages of raw materials and rationing of consumption. Introduced in 1942, the Utility Furniture Scheme continued into post-war austerity and lasted until 1952.

How do I know it's a Utility stool? It had this symbol stamped on the underside (and I didn't photograph it!)

Here she is with the baggy old furnishing fabric removed and the legs sanded and painted with stashed F&B match pots. 

Yes one leg is grey. 

No it's not an undercoat. 

Bear with me.

An interesting fact I learned on my Goodlife Centre course (see previous post) is that match pots contain pigment and carrier only - no 'fixative' or 'varnish' so the legs will have to be sealed with a matt varnish when it's done.

It is my intention as Red Door Craft Wrangler to try and use stashed or thrifted materials wherever possible, so this week I'll look for a chunk of foam and some upholstery fabric to make the stool beautiful once more. 


My digging unearthed this lovely square of timber.

Guess what I'm going to make from it?

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