Have you ever wished you could transform old blinds at little cost?
When I moved into my home the previous owner had very kindly left her old blinds. These were a Godsend at first, enabling us to have privacy and in the coming months warmth due to their thickness.
The colour and design of the fabric was not however one I would ever have chosen. It was dark and heavy.
In a conservatory your blinds are your wallpaper, and this wallpaper was one which I would love to change.
My solution was to order a roll of light cream fabric, a pale background for the art I wanted to add. Inspired by some amazing watercolour artists
I decided to have a go myself.
Cutting the fabric to the size of one blind, I used my granddaughters watercolour paints and began. The watercolour effect was soft but for some of the areas, I was looking for a bolder mark; for this I added acrylic paints. The fabric reacted to the paints well and adding washes in small sections blended the colours effectively.
Once the paint was dry I pinned the fabric to the existing blind. Using this as the lining would maintain the warmth in the colder months.
The fabric needed sewing to the existing blind around the edges and also along the fold lines. Once this was done the existing string mechanisms pulled both the old and new fabric up and down.
The final touch to the painting was the addition of silver leaf, applied with pva glue. This gave the painting additional interest and in lamp light glistened.
The statement was bold and due to this I didn’t choose to have every blind as art. For some I used the light fabric with an overlay of lace that I purchased online. Vintage fabric could add a bold statement, but I selected a soft new Chinese lace pattern By working my way around the room in this way I can spend when I have the money and slowly transform the appearance of the room. Using different fabrics such as silk would be an interesting addition.
For now this is phase one of transform old blinds…why not have a go yourself?
As the temperature begins to cool, and we start to consider jackets, or even coats the opportunity to select a whole new Autumn wardrobe presents itself and to accompany these why not embark upon Autumn knitting craft projects?
As Autumn hues and warmer fabric textures give designers a new palette to work from. I have decided to embrace the beginnings of the seasonal change, by embarking upon two new craft projects:
- The first project involves knitting an extremely long and vibrant orange scarf. My new challenge to myself was to begin to use cable within this and the result should be not only unique but warm.
- The second craft project (which is a little more adventurous) I have also decided to use vintage kimono fabric, which I have sourced from a variety of vintage fairs and online fabric and clothing outlets. As kimono off cuts are beautiful but small in size, my plan is to recreate larger usable pieces of bespoke fabric by piecing the sections of kimono offcuts together. These larger sections I am them going to style into an Autumn jacket – lots of fun not only creating the jacket, but the fabric as well.
These projects will I hope will be a true mix of craft and vintage and however they turn out you can be sure of one thing – no one will be wearing the same thing!
Today I was thinking about Easters spent in my childhood. Lovely family parties out in the garden playing badminton over the washing line! Lots of fun and laughter and as my mum was an amazing seamstress, in my case it always meant a new Easter outfit, that usually matched hers. I had strong memories associated to fabrics – colours and styles have always been something I loved. Continue reading Vintage, fabric and Mum
For those of you who have young children, the snow this weekend was probably a chance to get creative outside. Here are a few of our snow fun ideas that we wanted to share with you:
If you are venturing out into the cold layer up and don’t wear your best clothes – snow is white but it can be messy! We layered up with two pairs of everything !
Then if you are going to get creative and you love cats, why not build a snow cat instead of a snowman? Mia has a new toy cat she named Snowy. Perfect inspiration for a snow sculpture. Take layers of paper out to be your creative table. Shovel the snow and pat into a round body and head, then cut out two triangles for ears. Use pompoms for eyes and nose, and pipe cleaners for mouth. At that point ask your little artist what the cat is wearing. I expected a scarf, but no Mia thought a sequined dress. So we sprinkled some sequins onto a piece of paper and Mia placed them all over the cats body. Amazing and she loved it!
Next we tried jumping in the snow. For this we chose an area of snow that was white and untouched – less slippery. We counted snowjumps.
After that we had a small snowball fight – traditional good fun!
Then we found a garden branch and tried snow snow writing. Mia was great at writing her name and after snow writing came snow reading. With older children you could write lots of clues in the snow for them to find snow treasure.
Next is making footprints in the snow by marching like a dinosaur, then tip toeing like a mouse. Then walking in your own footprints or each others. Guessing what other creatures have left footprints you discover along the way – we found squirrel and cat footprints.
Last of all we decided that the birds and squirrels who live in our garden might like a treat to eat. We got lots of nuts and hid them around the garden for them to find, and threw some on the snow. That was good fun as when they landed they made a thud on the snow.
Then it was time to creep into the house and get a nice warm drink. Sitting on the windowsill watching the squirrels and birds take over the garden once more.
Going indoors now fun warmer fun at Can we get Messy or carry on playing outdoors at the beach
Let us know if you have adventures.