Thursday, 29 November 2012

Rustic Christmassy Signs headed to Market

Hi there,

Well just a quick little post, I've been so crazy busy this week preparing for my next Market outing tomorrow night.  I've made some more little rustic signs. 

I took some of these to my last Market but thought I'd do a few Christmassy ones.  I hope people are feeling festive ;)

Noel is one of my favourite Christmas words.  Not only is it a beautiful word, it's my Dad's name and was my Pop's name too.  So extra special to me.
I made a bunch more different ones.. but ran out of time to snap some pics! I might take some tomorrow night and share in another post :)
What's your favourite Christmas word or phrase?
Thanks for stopping by,

Jo xx

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

White Wicker Dreaming with a French Coastal Twist ;)

Hi Gorgeous Coasties!

It was a real scorcher here in Sydney today... first taste of Summer and about time too!

Sharing a quick little make over I finished recently.  I heart wicker...  I've blogged about my love before here and here.

So when I came across this little gem I couldn't walk past it...  $10 orange wicker special!

Before:  The colour almost looks nice in this shot.. but it was your basic fake tanny orange wicker.

A little work in progress shot.  I hand painted it as I wanted a rustic look as well as more control over the finish.  Sometimes I find with a spray can it can be a little uneven with this type of wicker.

After the white I added a hand painted blue stripe... I was going for a rustic French Coastal look!

After:  White, bright with a French Blue Coastal Stripe :)



Now to decide where to use him, I think it's quite a practical and versatile little piece.  My original thought was to put it to organising duty in the pantry.  But I'm also thinking it might be practical to hold Bath roomy things.  What do you think?

Happy White Wicker Dreaming friends,

Jo xx

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Vintage Ladder Love Affair

Hello lovelies

I have a thing for many things... one of those things is vintage ladders.  I heart them.

I've made over a few of them and can't resist picking them up when I see them.  I was driving by my local Salvos store after my son's cricket game on the weekend... and I thought I'd pop in for a quick look see.  I ended up walking out with these two beauties...  and a few other goodies!  Gotta heart thrifty shopping!

Here's the only before shot of my ladder...  in my outdoor studio ;)


I gave him a good scrubbing, and white washing. 

I didn't want to cover the original stencilling on the sides or the splatters and splobs of paint which he'd gained over the years.  White washing gave me that shabby beachy look whilst still allowing his character to shine through!

 He's quite a handy fella.... he had me hooked at first sight :) I really love his hooks! 

I added some numbers to the steps, sanded a little and waxed.


My plan was to sell him at my next market stall...  but I'm growing quite fond of him and his hooks ;)

Now just between you and I, he's not my one and only...  I have another handy fella stashed in our ensuite.... he's on towel duties.  There's also one in the corner of our family room, casually taking care of throw rug business.

.....and then there's the other little one I bought with this one...  thinking she'd be nice to hold scarves in my wardrobe...  mmm thinking I may have a problem ;D

Thanks for stopping in, have a great weekend

Jo xx

 Linking up to these fab parties....


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Coastal Home Love Facebook Giveaway

Hello Lovely friends,

Just popping in to share a little giveaway I'm holding on my Facebook page

I'm so grateful to everyone who has supported my journey so far. 

To mark the milestone of 1000 likers, I'm giving away a little Coastal Home Love pack :)

It contains one my hessian doily tote bags, a hand painted rustic sign {made by yours truly}, and a sweet little birdy hook.

Details below on how to enter....

 Thanks so much,

Jo xx

  ~ How to enter and Terms & Conditions ~ {apologies for the boring stuff coming up}

This competition is in no way connected to Facebook. It is being run by Coastal Home Love.

♥ To enter simply email ~  I will assign each entrant a number and then use to pick a winner ~ Easy Peesey!
♥ Entry is open to Australian Residents only
♥ Entry is open to likers of my Facebook page
♥ Anyone who shares Coastal Home Love on FB will receive an extra entry! ...but it is not compulsory :)
♥ By entering you agree, should you win, your name will be published in a post on the Coastal Home Love Facebook page (when announcing the winner), and you will need to contact me to claim your prize.
♥ Entry closes midnight on Friday 23 November 2012
That's about it :)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Back up on the Bloggy horse with a little makeover...

Hello Lovely friends!

I've missed you!!  I've been totally MIA these past few weeks....  we had an amazing 3 week family holiday to the US. Since returning I held my first market stall and have just been crazy busy catching up with life! 

I've missed this little blog and reading all of my faves too!  High time I got back up on the Bloggy horse... and what better way than to share a sweet little makeover...  Giddy Up!

So this project has been a work in progress for an embarrassingly long time.  I started it before we went on holidays...  so I'm happy to have finally finished it!

I bought some coffee grain sacks a few months ago, with a few ideas in mind but nothing concrete.  I started by washing them.  Now let me tell you wet hessian sack is not the nicest smell, not quite wet dog, but not exactly pleasant!  Anyway they dried in the sun and smell perfectly fine now :)

So they were sitting innocently next to ironing board, which is next to my sewing machine and I was ironing the boys school shirts when I spied them out of the corner of my eye.  They were totally beckoning me. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was cutting and sewing.

I've had the vanity stool kicking around for ages, it was my Nan's, she used to sit on it to do her make up.  I recovered it years ago in a dark denim fabric and it was looking more than a little tired.

So my little vanity stool got a coffee grain sack reupholster job and a new lick of paint.  Here she is after...


I love the green stripe and the stencilled details. 


I only used a small piece of the sack and I have some fun plans for the rest of it!

Do you totally stumble into starting a project? Or do you plan? 

Thanks for popping by,

Jo xx

Linking up ... :)

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