Friday, 20 May 2016

Five On Friday.....The Dresser Reveal

It's been a while hasn't it?  I've been so busy lately that my blog has been neglected but I recently finished tarting up my dresser and thought it was worth documenting along with a few other things.  I'll be linking to Amy's Five On Friday.  

I am beside myself with excitement at the moment as I have managed to get tickets to this man's forthcoming Electronica tour.

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I discovered musician Jean-Michel Jarre in the seventies, a pioneer in the electronic genre, I instantly loved his music.  I bought his first LP's and remember playing them over and over in my bedroom....his melancholic melodies accompanying whatever teenage angst I imagined I was going through at the timeHe was so handsome back then and even now at the age of 68  I reckon he's still a bit of alright.  He's well known for his impressive open air spectacles featuring lights, lasers and fireworks, check out Youtube to see his stunning millennium show at Giza. 

Although it is cold and wet as I write, the weather has taken a turn for the better recently and I've been able to get out and about on my bike with my camera.  In case you've not quite seen enough pictures of bluebells in blogland lately...here's mine.

 The fragrance, as I cycled up the track flanked by swathes of bluebells was wonderful.
The fields of rapeseed have been photo worthy also. 

Regular readers might remember that old Dutch dresser that I bought a while back?  My intention was to transform it with chalk paint...however the makeover was not without it's problems!  But thanks to perseverance and advice from Paint Guru Emma Kate I can now reveal it... in all it's glory.
After chalk paint and dreadful wax job
try again and....Ta dah!

After all my graft I wasn't sure I liked the colour, but I think it's gradually growing on me.  Anyway I'm certainly not painting it again...not this year anyway. 
I painted it with eggshell the second time, added some cup hooks and gave it a light distressed finish as I thought I was bound to scratch the paintwork sooner or later...lo and behold I managed to do this whilst attempting to reunite the top and bottom.  Oh well, just as well I'm no perfectionist!  I've dressed it with an incohesive collection of my nan's china, jumble sale bric-a-brac, and junk shop finds. 

You'd think I would have had enough of revamping furniture but recently round at an elderly friend of mine I saw a Lloyd Loom ottoman in her garage and remarked how useful they are.  The next time I spoke to her, she offered it to me, saying that her son will 'only throw it on the tip after I'm gone'  
I couldn't turn it down could I?

It needs quite a bit of work but I've got a few ideas,  I just need to find some fabric at a jumble sale....  and get rid of a few dead spiders.

 Right, I'm off now, a huge pile of ironing awaits but I'll leave you with the marveilleux Monsieur Jarre.  Enjoy!  

Monday, 25 April 2016

Instagram Colour Lovers Photo Walk

There was lots going on last week.  Not only did we celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, it was also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, St George's Day, Earth Day and the 13th World Wide Instameet, which I'd signed up for a few weeks ago. (even though I'm not even on Instagram... shush, mum's the word!)

I've been reading photographer Xanthe Berkeley's blog for some years now and when I saw she was organizing a colour lover's photo walk, I jumped at the chance to take some cool, vibrant photos in hip, happening Shoreditch. 

Lots of like minded ladies and I met at the Hoxton Hotel for a quick cuppa before heading off around the local area which is awash with colour and street art.  Most of my fellow photographers were professional bloggers and Instagrammers equipped with the latest phones and cameras and to be honest I felt a bit of a fraud tagging along with my trusty ancient entry level Nikon.  Lots of techy jargon went straight over my head... 'boomeranging' and 'stride by's'...what the hell were these?  But by the end of the walk I was beginning to understand. 

 Xanthe provided some amazing colourful balloons as props and these featured heavily in the shots taken...... we created quite a spectacle for passers by to observe!





  It was a fun morning and top marks go to Xanthe, so dedicated to her craft that she stoicly removed her jacket, in what felt like sub zero temperatures, in order to showcase her gorgeous pink frock for the snaps.  Me, I kept my hat, coat and gloves on!

  Are you on Instagram?  I'm deliberating about getting involved.  I don't do facebook or Twitter, do I really need another account?  Is it easy to manage? (...for a luddite like me)   I'd appreciate any thoughts on it below.

pic courtesy of Kat Molesworth (@thatkat)

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Scavenger Hunt - March

I've been more organized this month and with the exception of two, all photos have been taken  for the March hunt, instead of raided from my archive.  Thanks as ever to Greenthumb for hosting the challenge.


My local



 A Tudor residence in a nearby village,  Lindfield, West Sussex


Street art

 A groovy hoarding in East Grinstead...not sure what's with all the specs.
   Maybe a new opticians is going up behind?


Rock stairs

Not exactly rock, (mostly concrete by the looks of them) but they probably were when the bakery in Lindfield, was established in 1796.


 Mine was under Bacofoil a couple of weeks ago.


Preparing the sauce for sticky apple puddings for lunch with a friend.


 The Bay of Biscay...taken in France last autumn.  Le large in French means the open sea.

For one

 Scraping the barrel hereI usually take a home cooked meal into work but sometimes when I can't be arsed I take a meal For One.


 I featured this view last month.... this was taken six months later.

Thanks for looking, pop over to Scavenger Hunt to see other interpretations.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Five on Friday and The Great Chalk Paint Disaster

For this week's Five on Friday I thought I'd give you a brief summary of my week.
Reader alert...it's been an unexciting one so you are excused if you've something more interesting to do...... cleaning the lav,  for instance.

1. Jumble Sale

Last weekend there was a jumble sale nearby, so good friend Juliette and I hot-footed off to it despite the dark threatening skies.  I managed to survive the scrum at Bric-a-Brac and bought this glass ink well for 30p as I really need another receptacle for flowers....NOT.   

2. Reading 

Another jumble sale purchase was this paperback at 20p.  I'm a big fan of Lisa Jewell's books, usually about dysfunctional individuals and have read quite a few, so when I saw this one that I hadn't read I snapped it up.  I started reading a couple of days later and couldn't put it down. 

3. Washing Out at last

How sad am I? The sun made an appearance and it cheered me that I was able to get washing out on the line instead of draped all over the rads.  

4. Mortgage

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I managed to make a large over payment on my mortgage this month which has taken the balance under
the next big round number....a nice feeling.  With continued regular over payments I should be shot of it in a few years.

5 .Chalk Paint disaster

Some readers may remember my recently bought dresser that I featured in this post.
At that point I was umming and aahing about using chalk paint, I'd never tried it before, was it tricky? or should I use my tried and tested eggshell?  No, try something new she thought, nothing ventured etc ....
After reading lots of advice online from individuals who (mostly) raved about it and thinking surely all these people can't be wrong, I went down to the hardware shop and bought a can.

You can see the results above.  I painted on two coats mostly with a roller and then waxed as advised.
It's a blotchy mess.  The wax is sitting in all the nooks and crannies (perhaps I was heavy handed or used the wrong wax) and some of the paintwork is lumpy.  I've been scouring the web hoping to find a solution...I'm so disappointed as this dresser is perfect and I'd been after one for ages.   Will deffo be using eggshell on future pieces.

So that was my week, hope yours was better.  Wishing you all a cracking weekend. 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Scavenger Hunt - February

It's been a less than exciting month here in West Sussex but nevertheless I have managed to cobble together a collection of snaps for Scavenger Hunt.  Some were taken especially for the challenge but as usual I failed to get them all (I'm blaming the weather) and so a few have been selected from my archives.


This green and pleasant land...a local view taken last summer.


I saw these abandoned plimsolls in the stairwell of a multi-storey car park and thought they looked incongruous.  Who left them there and why?  They appeared to be brand new. 

This Mercedes was in Aldi's car park (seems to be a theme going on here!)
I love vintage cars and thought this one was especially cool.

Somewhere you went

 Whilst staying with my aunt last month we popped in to Eastwell Manor, Ashford, Kent for coffee and relaxed with it in this lovely wood panelled lounge.


 A smart-phone shot of a neighbour's fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night


From a low angle

 Taken at Hastings last year

On the shelf



Mes devoirs...mistakes an' all


 Dad checking out a re-purposed phone box in Leigh, Surrey


 Three gerberas lined up on the mantelpiece.  Their long stems had bent so I cut them short and displayed them in these small stone bottles.


 Bike racks at St Gilles Croix de Vie, France

I have a week off work now so I'm hoping the weather will improve and I will be able to make a start on March's list which you can find here.  Big thanks to Greenthumb as usual for hosting my favourite photo challenge...why not pop over and see the other entrants fab interpretations.