Friday, January 31, 2014

Ercol Rescue!

I actually do not believe my good luck. I bundled the baby up and went for a walk yesterday in the freezing weather. Got to the end of the alley that runs down the back of the terrace houses where we live, and just sat there looking lost and lonely was a chair. Not just any chair but a beautiful Ercol Armchair. Could not believe it. I actually had to do a double take. It was just dumped outside what I was pretty sure is an empty house at the minute. Immediately I hatched a plan to rescue it. Obviously I was not carrying that thing anywhere with a baby in tow, and I wanted to check the house was really empty so I waited patiently until OH got home and sent him out on a mission (he's used to my weird ways).

He went to knock on the door first, at a time when anyone living there should be back from work and had a peer in the un-curtained windows. No-one living there. Result! Chair grabbed and rescued from the bin men and now sat in my kitchen drying out. It's not got a seat cushion but I figure I can make one and I'll just have normal cushions for the back so that you can see the amazing shape. It's in excellent condition still with all the mud cleaned off. It can't have been used much or sat out in the rain too long. It did still have the padded armrest pieces attached but I've removed them too (they pop off easily as they're just attached with big press-studs). The joy of it is the clean lines and beautiful construction, not the hideous, dated floral fabric. I'm so happy I could do a little happy dance. It even matches the lovely dining table and chairs I have that a special friend gave me. The wood is slightly darker and needs a bit of a touch up but they'll look great together.

(I did try to take a good photo but we have the wettest, gloomiest day ever today so that's not happening.)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

De-cluttering and the joys of Pinterest

I confess. I'm a massive image hoarder. I literally keep clippings, postcards, pretty much anything really that I like or find inspiring. Of course most of it then ends up sat in a massive box and I rarely look at it again.

Today I'm determined to sort through. Pinterest has been my biggest friend. I'm so glad someone invented it. It has stopped me having to bookmark or download all the amazing things I find on the internet and lets me organise things so I can actually find them again. I figure it can help with the hoard too. A lot of the pictures I should be able to photograph and upload, then bin the paper copy. Much more space saving and I actually get to look at them occasionally.

The other images I want to buy some frames for, which I can rotate the pictures in and out of as and when I feel like a change. That way I get to see and be inspired by them too. I feel a trip to Ikea coming on!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Handmade Christmas Gifts 2013

I'm a bit under the weather this week. Clearly it's my turn for the lurgy, so the past few days have been spent with a hot water bottle on the sofa mooching around pinterest, planning which projects I will tackle next, having a look what veggies I want to try planting this year, and doing a bit of the never ending tapestry I have on the go.

I thought I'd get one of my catch up posts done. There were a few things I made as Christmas presents I wanted to make a note of before I forget. I love making things as gifts and always have great plans for doing lots but Christmas always seems to creep up on me so fast. This year I promise myself I will start earlier (which I probably won't).

I did a small framed watercolour for my cousin's little boy who was born just before my noise monster. There were some bead bracelets for the other two girls, and a crochet lap quilt complete with pom pom's for my mum. I would have liked to have got more done. I had planned to make some decorations and some Christmas cards (although in the end we decided to donate the Christmas card money to Shelter instead of sending any), but it wasn't to be. I've still got a blanket to sew up which was going to be for Christmas but is now a Birthday present. This year I really must start in about June!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a good holiday season. I've had a lovely Christmas with my baby and fella, although we all seem to have come down with various ailments since, so all I've done for the last few days is veg about (not totally a bad thing).

I've got lots I want to blog about this month. There's been a few projects I've finished and haven't yet posted about. I need to do so before I forget!

Today however will be spent taking down the decorations. I love to start the year with a bit of a clean and rearrange. It drives my OH nuts that I'm constantly moving things around but I like a change of scenery. It's time to put up some different pictures and some new inspiration. My only regret is the room always seems bare after the glitz and twinkle of the Christmas decorations.

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