I have had a lovely time this week sewing and painting and even enjoying the sunshine!....The forecast says it's to warm up this weekend so maybe i should pack a bikini? ;)
I have a pair of Frenchy lamp bases that have been waiting i think maybe four or five years for some matching shades,I know it's a long time isn't it?
They have been used where we live now in different rooms with different shades...Anyhow i searched all over for the shape i wanted and eventually ended up on Ebay,They were covered in a beigey mustardy shiny fabric with a rope trim which was pretty grim but i looked past that and concentrated on the size and shape and the fact that they were a pair!
This is how they look now much prettier...The lamps and shades are big and stand about two feet tall now they are together,They have that lovely old world over sized glamour about them.
Here are the shades stripped i wish now i had taken a before picture...
I started of with my pink and white stripe rose fabric and yards of old lace but decided to use the lace on another project...I do that a lot :)
I added vintage insertion lace and threaded it with ivory satin ribbon...
Also a vintage broderie anglaise scalloped trim to the bottom...The insertion lace and broderie anglaise trim have been washed over and over and have that lovely soft brushed cotton feel and are lovely and matt against the sheen off the satin ribbon....I like contrasts it makes everything more interesting..
I designed the shade covers as slip covers so i can remove them for washing but also i am going to make a few different colours and designs so i can change up our bedroom along with the bedding.
I made wide belts to wrap around the middle of the slip cover and once tied in a bow it gathers all the fabric in nicely..
The top is elasticated for a snug ruffled fit...
Last weekend we took our big old pine bed with us and we bought a new mattress,It was heaven after sleeping on a blow up camping bed for two and a half years.
Our bed is going to be painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint,Maybe in Old White or i just might paint it pink in Antoinette....Steve said 'If you want a pink then do it'
The lamps will be towering on the little Frenchy bedside cabinets that i made over last year.
Pink chandelier glass to be fitted and cut glass knobs to be popped on the bedside cabinets.....Phew always something to do down at Shingle Cottage....
I had a lovely big order of chalk paint delivered this week too all thanks to my Steve,Thank you Steve xxx
You know it's love when he buys you Chalk Paint ;)
I have painted a wicker bedroom chair in Old English Yellow mixed with Old White and once it's dry and i am going to recover the seat so i will show you that next time,It's a lovely colour.
We sneaked out on our dusk drive again last weekend and we saw white barn owls,Hares, Squirrels and Wood pigeons...The daffodils were starting to open down the lane too and the sunlight was beautiful,It felt like we were chasing it as it shone lower and lower on the hedgerows on my side of the lane and every time we turned a corner you thought it would be there in all it's glory but no..It won't be long before the hedgerows and trees are turning green...Oh the promise of Spring!
We also bumped in to beautiful wild Roe Deer and i just love them,They are so pretty and they prance when they run...As we came around the corner there they were,Steve turned off the engine and the buck and his pretty girl stopped and gazed at us,It was one of those magical just us and them moments and then a car coming the other way startled them and off they danced into the woods....See you again this weekend my deer.....i hope?
We drove on as the sun began to set lighting up tiny daffodils sprinkled under tall sleeping trees...
By the time we get back to Shingle Cottage it is dark and we get ready and climb into bed...We lay and talk about what we have seen on our magical dusk jaunt...It's heaven to me,Always the simple things in life and spending time with Steve....It's a shame the sun has to set on days like this.
In the morning furniture outside all over the garden and lashings of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.....Ooooh look tiny yellow crocus waking up!
Inside it was the same and the drawers for the bathroom i showed you last time got two pairs of lovely curvy legs...
It was a beautiful weekend and the sky was the most perfect shade of blue over our little English cottage by the sea...
No smoke from the chimney and the heating was turned off..
A dresser top has a first coat of Old White and is left to dry until next week...
Crackled door knobs and pretty key covers were added to all the old original doors,They have chips and bumps all over them but that's why i love them so much,They give our cottage charm and character..
As the sun goes down it's time for bed and then another drive
home back should i say...Shingle Cottage is home and i think i leave my heart there every Sunday...Lucky it's Friday tomorrow and We will be homeward bound.
It's late and Steve will be home any minute for his dinner,Well i best go lay the table...
Thank you for stopping by to catch up on what we have been up to...Don't forget to turn out the light will you?
Thank you and goodnight xxx
Join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage..