I decided to finally tackle painting the red “feature” wall in the living area. It’s not that we HATE the colour, it’s more the fact that it is very over powering and it darkens up an already dark room. So we picked out a simple antique white colour that matches almost perfectly with the existing white on all the other walls.
I thought it would take heaps of paint to fully cover such a dark colour but it ended up only taking two coats.
The first coat was brushed on because I had to get into all the crevices of the wood paneling (Not fun, I think I have given myself arthritis in my wrist). Then the second coat was rolled on (after cutting in all the edges and crevices again).
I’m really happy with how it has come up. It has already made the whole space seem brighter and bigger. I can’t wait for it to dry now so I can finally start putting up some pictures.
But now, I have well and truly earned a coffee.
Last week I brought a lovely vintage looking screen printed cotton throw from a local op shop. I knew instantly that I wanted to use it in a quilt for my bed. So I popped Dow to the local quilting shop and picked out a few pre-cut layer cakes to sew up a very quick and easy quilt top.
I then hand stitched the quilt together using some cotton. It took me a week to complete, it was very simple but I love the end result. It is gorgeous.
Having lots of extra children staying over every weekend means we need lots of extra blankets. Thankfully bering a quilt lover that’s not a big problem but storing them all is. I don’t have a big linen cupboard. In fact it’s tiny. So I had been storing the quilts and extra blankets in a basket, which was practical but it isn’t the best way to show off all the pretty colors.
I had been eyeing this timber towel ladder off in Target for a while now but it was $60, now I’m not a total cheep skate but that seemed a little excessive for something you could knock together yourself for $15 at bunnings. So I never brought it, but today I was down there and they are currently having a home sale so I thought I’d see if they had reduced the price of it.
The sticker still said $59, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to scan it and see what price actually comes up. Sure enough it had been reduced to $41, still a lot but not as much as $60 so I decided to get it.
Now all my quilts and crochet blankets are up on display but they are still easy to access for when the kids are here on the weekends.
I picked up this cute little foot stool from an op shop the other day for $8.
Although I thought it was quite cute on its own I decided to personalize it a bit and also make it a bit more cozy for those cold nights. I dragged out my rather dismal attempt at a granny square rug that I started ages ago.
I had given up on making this into a blanket ages ago, instead it was hanging around in the hope of one day becoming a cushion. But it happened to almost fit this perfectly so I quickly added two rows of white boarder and sewed it onto the stool.
I’m really happy with how it’s turned out and it’s quite comfy as well. Now of course I’m all inspired to attempt another granny quilt to match it but I think I will try and resist for now. I have way too many works-in-progress as it is.
I picked up a bunch of Ranunculus today, they are definitely one of my favourite flowers and seeing them in the shops means that spring is definitely on it’s way. I will be using this bunch as inspiration and subject matter for a few more paintings. Many of the buds are yet to open so i plan on photographing them several times over as all the pretty colours open and bloom.