Saturday, January 06, 2007

Vintage Fabric Framed Mirror.


I created this little mirror a few weeks ago. I bought an old dressing table mirror from a junk shop for pennies. The shop owner was quite shocked to be selling it , I think, because she said, 'Sorry, the glass is covered in lots of black dots'. I didn't dare say that was why I loved it!!
The frame however was not to my taste. I took the whole thing to pieces and gave it all a good clean. I thought I would use a scrap of C19th French toile de jouy quilt that I had been saving, to cover the frame.
It was cut to size, then using PVA glue with a paint brush, I carefully stuck it all in place, smoothing any wrinkles. The mirrored glass was then put back inside and it now hangs in my entrance porch.

This little garland of hearts hangs from another mirror in my home. I made these from French toile de jouy too! They are filled with lavender and finished with glass buttons, beads and old chandelier crystals.


21 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:57 pm

    Oh exquisite! I love what you did with the mirror and those hearts are to die for>

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  2. I'm sure your home smells wonderful with all those lavender filled hearts. The mirror is beautiful. I love your idea of using the old quilt piece to cover the frame. I, too, like old mirrors with all the black dots. I think it gives them character.

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  3. Oooh Niki, how lovely!! I love old mirrors - if it wasn't for that aged look I wouldn't love them as much! What a lovely idea to cover it in fabric - you are so inspiring! Those hearts are gorgeous too - I think I need to bring that armchair over to you asap!!! Clare x

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  4. Aaaaahhh!!! Niki, your garland is absolutely GREAT!!! Hearts filled with lavender! You might know that I love & sew those kind of hearts as well! One of my next crazy quilting / sewing projects will be a garland, too! But I am thinking of using little flags instead of heards...
    We have an old mirrow in our living room as well - for the time beeing, it's still decorated with all the Christmas cards we received. I should... decorate it with a garland! Thank you so much for this inspiration!

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  5. One question Niki, I recognised that you switched over to the new blogger version. Are you satisfied with its new features? Do you encounter and minor or major problems on your blog?

    I am thinking of switching over as well now - prior to beeing forced to do so by blogger (as announced on their homepage).

    Would you recommend a change?

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  6. Beautiful beautiful garland! I love it!!!

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  7. Love your mirror! What a clever idea! I usually end up buying those things that no one else wants too. Great way to get bargains!

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  8. I love toile, the older the better. But I'll even take new if thats all there is..!
    Those hearts are delightful, and I can imagine how heavenly they smell. I think it is the crystals and beads that makes them so special..

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  9. You have inspired me, I never thought of using fabric on a mirror frame!

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  10. Niki,
    Your hearts look like hearts mine are never nice and even, always look a bit wacky. Do you have a pattern you use?
    NANCY JO

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  11. Your heart garland is just stunning. I especially love the crystal beads and prisms.

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  12. I'm a big mush when it comes to hearts. Love the ones you did.

    Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

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  13. Hi Nancy jo,
    I make my own patterns as much as possible. If you fold a piece of paper in half and draw half a heart against the fold. Cut along the lines and you should have a perfect heart shape when you open it out. No more wacky hearts!
    Niki.

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  14. I really like your fabric wrapped mirror. :) And the heartgirland is lovely. :)

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  15. I just love that garland! You are so creative.

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  16. Driving home from Northampton today I was trying to decide whether or not to get out the sewing machine when I got home, to start making some hearts. Now I've seen yours I think I'll wait for a while. Mine would be nowhere near as good!!!!

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  17. Niki, I've just gotta say -
    HEARTS RULE OK!

    Great idea for Valentines day too!
    Best wishes Ginny

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  18. I love what you did with the mirror, I may have to copy your idea, and I love the hearts, so petite! Great job!

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  19. Yor heart garland is so delicate. I love it!

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  20. I love the mirror. What a lovely idea. I agree that the age spots are what make it even nicer.
    The heart garland is so pretty. I'm just in the middle of making some lavender hearts at the moment.

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  21. The garland of hearts looks yummy enough to eat! Love the crystals too, that's just the finishing touch!

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