The Blackboard

So now that he’s turned 1, it’s high time he learned the alphabet.

We’ve devoted an entire wall in the kitchen to this, painting it in blackboard paint.

Super fun!

For the Love of Charity: Spindle Bar Stool



This lovely old bar stool was hiding in the rubble of a cluttered Debra charity shop. I usually avoid going into that shop for fear of a nervous breakdown, but having past it several times and seeing the stool was still there, and still a fiver, I gave in!

It was covered in a rusty red when I bought it and the back was rickety. Nothing Super Glue and some paint can’t remediate!

I sanded it down, gave it a coat of white paint and sanded it again to give it that fake, old look. I used Brilliant White floor paint I found in the shed and Brad’s old skirtingboard brush. You’re probably not supposed to, but mend and make do people, mend and make do!

Ta! s.

Mend and Make Do: Maxi Goes Mini



For the past ten years (at least!) I have coveted this beautiful dress. My Mum got it in the USA in the early 70s, when she was an exchange student in college, the same year she met my Dad. It is (was…) a maxi dress made of a thick linen-cotton blend with a dramatic, dark blue flower print. I’ve always loved, loved, loved it!

Sadly, the whole bottom half of the skirt got ugly mildew stains while stored away in the humid Santa Cruz climate. No amounts of baking soda, Vanish or even chlorine would make them disappear. So I  grabbed the scissors and chopped all the bad bits off… And voilà: it’s now become a 60s inspired mini a-line dress. There was still a big blotch of mildew though that was just a bit too far up to get rid of. I salvaged some of the chopped off material and made a wide strip to cover it up and give the impression of an intentional contrast. Oh, and as a last detail I made a little swirl-flower-thing brooch for the bodice.

Thanks for letting me butcher your dress, mami!