Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Breathing New Life

My latest crafts projects have been a lot of fun to create, as they are all quite different from one another. I enjoy the challenge of making something from scratch, but also to make something old, useful again, or more beautiful, has its own rewards...
This little stool was given a re-paint with a cream eggshell...
And a new wooden top was cut and fitted, which I re-covered in a thin layer of foam and a pretty vintage floral fabric. 

Two mannequin torsos where bought from a flea market...
(I'm not quite sure what the slit was for, which was cut into the side of one of them.)
I decided a little decoupage was in order, to hide the various holes...
I used some fragile pages from an original magazine from 1906.
After several coats of protective varnish, here's how they look now.
They took a while to do, but I feel they were worth the effort. They'll look more in-keeping when displaying genuine antique and vintage pieces such as necklaces and scarves.

I've stitched some peg bags...
One from a c1950's floral.
This one is made from vintage hand embroidered linen and a floral fabric for the back.
And another made from a pretty sweet pea print.
A handmade cushion, where I reused a section from a damaged hand embroidered linen table-runner, and combined with a flowery fabric.

An old box file had been awaiting its make-over for a while...
I decided to use the pages from this damaged Observer book to smarten it up.

An hour or so later and it was done.

A bit of patience was required for this project too. I took a plain oval mirror and a broken china posy ornament.
This one I picked up at a sale, missing its  posy bowl, so their were no guilty feelings that I was about to vandalise something precious!
A few sharp taps of my hammer later and a collection of flowers and leaves were ready to work with.

I've made these mirrors before - I use linseed oil putty to bed the flowers into, which takes approx 28 days to harden! Here's the finished mirror drying off.
It inspired me to do something about this old leather-work barbola mirror that I've had for several years.
The leather flowers have become very dry and damaged over their lifetime and bits have dropped off...

Taking a small pansy posy ornament...
I used the same technique as before to fill in the gaps between the leather flower garland on the mirror frame.  
Then its left alone to dry for a month!

Finally, a make-over for a small side table, which had been through the wars a little...

After painting the table with a couple of coats of cream eggshell paint, I thought I'd continue with my latest passion for decoupage using Observer book pages. This time I used a copy of the book of birds, which was actually the very first title that the Observer series published. Its a common title to find, but very often the old ones are damaged, so its nice to be able to offer them a new lease of life.
I pasted the pages onto the two flat areas of the table and when dry, gave them several coats of varnish to make them durable.
A one-off piece of furniture for the bird lover.
Thanks for stopping-by...I hope you've enjoyed looking at my latest projects.
Some of them will be in my shop tomorrow.
Enjoy the rest of your week,
Niki x
ADVANCE NOTICE: My shop will be closed on September 26th, 27th and 28th due to family commitments. I shall be open as usual from Thursday 3rd October. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


  1. I so love all your makes Niki!
    I wish I was as talented and original!

    Have a great week.


  2. The stool is great Niki and I love
    The mirrors.

  3. Anonymous2:31 am

    Все просто великолепно!!

  4. You have been busy! Love the little stool and mirrors especially! You always do such lovely work!

  5. Everything beautiful as ever, I love the first mirror especially. Thanks for sharing.

    Peg xx

  6. Always lovely to see your latest projects Niki!


  7. Ciao, these works are very beautiful, I really like the stool.
    Germana from Italy

  8. Amazing...such lovely work. I like everything you created :) Blessings

  9. Wow, all these projects are so lovely!

  10. Brilliant!! The mirror looks wonderful,
    Helen xx

  11. This is what it's all about, breathing new life into old things with little expense, just time, and what results! Really inspiring projects, Niki; I particularly love the box file x x x

  12. Anonymous9:13 pm

    Such fabulous makes Niki,xxxx

  13. Beautiful makeovers, Niki! I especially love the beauty you brought out in the little stool!


Thank you for finding the time to visit me...
Niki xx