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Beautiful DIY Xmas Decorations

27 Nov

 

You can make these beautiful Christmas decorations for yourself with only 3 ingredients!!!

 

Check out Button Candy for the recipe!

 

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Thanks to The Make Lounge for the link 🙂

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Did I mention?

17 Nov

I’M MOVING HOUSE ON FRIDAY!!!!

After almost 14 weeks of pain, waiting and massive confusion we are finally moving!   Last Thursday it all kicked off and the mass panic of having to move in a week started.  It’s not been too bad so far, it focuses the mind when you need to get it done.


The only issues so far have been that the dishwasher in the new house has broken and they have had to take a door frame off to get the washing machine out!  But that just means that we can have a brand spanking new dishwasher and I get to learn how to put up internal door frames!


Now where did I put that No More Nails……..


1-2-3-4!

8 Oct

 

Last night I managed to drag myself out my glum state and get on with something useful!

TA DA! 4 delightful newly covered dining room chair seats!

 

 

I’m quite proud of myself really and I think our choice of material, even though most people will think it’s awful, really works well 🙂

Now all I need is a house to put them in…….

One of four

6 Oct

 

  

 

Are you sitting comfortably?  Then we will begin…

 

 

 

 Back at the start of September Mr Sparkles and I went on a camping trip to Wales.  Where we came across the CRAFT recycling shop in Aberystwyth and purchased 4 lovely but slightly sad dining chairs!

Mmmm old pleather!

Mmmm old pleather!

So being that cracked poo brown pleather just isn’t going to go with our new decor I decided to re-upholster the seats!  I can remember helping my mum do her diningroom chairs when I was about 10 so it’s can’t be that hard!?!?

 

On a trip to Ikea a few weeks ago we picked out 2 different materials to use to cover the chairs.  I lost my striped material as someone thought it looked like old man’s pyjamas!  It doesn’t!  But we chose these in the end:

 

 

 

 

So off on the internet I went to see where to get some new padding – CONFUSION ENGULFED ME!  Silly me thought that it would be obvious, it wasn’t 😦

 

So I ‘Phoned a Friend’ or as it’s otherwise known posted a message begging for help on the MISI Forum!   A HUGE THANK YOU to Mo of  Mornie G Jewellery and Belinda of Pretty Little Things for their excellent advice.

 

So armed with my shopping list I set out to find a shop that stocked all I needed.  Low and behold Dunelm Mill in Weston-Super-Mare came up as the ideal shopping emporium for this adventure!

 

Not wanting to go all the way to W-S-M and the store there be tiny I yet again seeked the knowledge of fellow MISIers on the MISI Forum.  Sadly, mixed reviews but i decided to risk it.  I’m an adventurous soul at heart 🙂

 

Sunday afternoon armed with my printed out Google Map (sadly the dead SatNav still hasn’t been replaced) I set out in a Weston type direction.  Then remembered that the Portway (one of the main route out of Bristol on to the M5) was shut!  Disaster! My map was now useless!  But I went for it anyway!  Following the signs for Weston down through a million oddly named villages I eventually got to W-S-M and without getting too lost, I found it!

 
Like a great grey & green beacon in the wilderness

Like a great grey & green beacon in the wilderness

I was there for 2 hours!  Luckily I knew I would be and had left Mr Sparkles at home watching football 😉  So I ended up buying:

  • 2 x foam block (£4.50 for a bit 100cm x 56cm x 3cm )
  • 1m of wadding (£1.99 for 137cm Width / 200g weight)
  • 3 bits of Christmas material (£3.99 / meter)
  • 2 bits of polycotton (there is a plan for this to be revealed!)
  • 4 mirrored candle plates (99p each)
  • a wire mannequin (£7.99 to be used on my stall at the MISI event)
  • and a plastic box to keep it all in when I got home!

 

Note to MISI Forum bods:  well worth a visit!  I could have spent a lot more but I had filled my little basket!  But fear not I have a shopping list prepared for my second visit already 🙂

 

So last night after losing the will to live doing the weekly shop I set to on one of the 4 chairs.  And here is the final result:

One of Four

One of Four

 

Not bad for a first attempt!  My lovely shiney new staple gun was a life saver.  So I’ve cut out all the foam, wadding and material for the other 3 which I hope to do tonight.

 

But then that might all change as we are off to see our Solicitor to sign stuff for our new house which will hopefully also involve a completion date!!!! 

 

KEEP YOUR FINGERS, TOES & ANYTHING ELSE CROSSED!!!!

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