Tag Archives: thrifting

Paint it Pink

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The great thing about old stuff is that they can be all shiny and new again with some paint. I found this old fruit bowl in a box on its way out to the thrift store. But some where on the internet I saw these painted wicker baskets (if I knew where, this part would have been a link). And I suddenly saw a whole new future for our almost discarded fruit bowl. Too bad I don’t actually want to put fruit in it anymore!

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All Aboard the Memphis Train!

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For a while now I’ve been having a slightly big obsession with the Memphis group. Which you might have noticed when looking at my blog header. I have a real soft spot for the playfulness of the geometric shapes.

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When I found this little wooden train at the thrift shop, I knew I was going to paint it white with multiple coloured wheels. And then I got an even better idea. Memphis patterns! Now my only problem is that I like it so much that I’m not sure I want my destroyer baby playing with it.

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Count Your Blessings

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Last weekend Marlous, Cristian, Anki and me took a little trip to Zeeland. A weekend spent chatting, laughing, eating, (thrift)shopping in Brugge and just relaxing by the sea.

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I don’t really count blessings that often. But I’m very blessed to know these crazy, funny and sweet people (and even though you missed this trip,that includes you Iris!)

zeeland#4A funny thing when hanging out with other bloggers is everyone’s obsession with their phone and/or camera. We’re all just a bunch of weirdo’s… 😉

Things Don’t Always Work Out…

Sometimes you have a clear idea in your head and you’re thrilled when the real life version is just as good as the picture in your mind. But it doesn’t always work out! Lately I had two idea’s fail in real life. First there was the embroidered landscape I thrifted. Nothing seemed to work with this thing. Finally I thought, I’d try something like this. But it turns out, this technique doesn’t actually work on wool, Big Fail! Only thing I like is the ‘pixels’ inside the letters themselves.

Another Fail was my spray painting the bottom half of this thrifted cup. I hoped it would look like I dipped it in paint, to give the cup a bit of a cool edge. I don’t really know why but it didn’t really work for me. Perhaps I should have just dipped it in a big bucket of paint!

Well, these were my two fails of late, luckily I have a few more ideas! Hopefully they’ll turn out a little better. Did you have any Fails lately?

Little Corners

In between the studying, the working and being a parent, I sometimes get frustrated with how little time there is left to fix up our house. And the only things I see are the chores and jobs that need to be done. I get all tunnel visioned (I know, that’s not even a word!) and all I see are the bare walls that need wallpaper or the window frames that still need painting. Tunnel vision is pretty suckey because you begin to feel like you’re living in a real dump. Which isn’t even true! So, today a little attention to the lovely corners around my house that make the unfinished bits a lot easier to live with!

(and the studying will be done by december 7th. So more free time! Yeay me!)

Vintage Painting Restyled

I came across a great idea a while ago and decided to make my own. A vintage painting restyled with some white spray paint. I chose a few words from a song by Sia that both me and Boyfriend love. And I put it on our nightstand on Boyfriends side. I really like the way the letters now have all these different colours in them and how, if you look closely, you can still see the old painting through it. Wanna see how it’s done? Look here. And just to share some more, Here’s the video by Sia, but a warning first: this video is gorgeous!!!

Sia | Soon We’ll Be Found from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

Vintage Fab(ric)

Another Fleamarket-Find. A whole lot of vintage fabric! And I’m very happy with it. But every time I look at it, a new idea pops in my head. So now I don’t know what to do with it. Should it be a: pouf cover/ big cushion for the bench/ dress for me/ hoodie cardigan for Mini /curtains/ duvet cover for Mini/ dungarees for Mini? I just don’t know anymore. I’m sure it will come to me eventually. But I don’t mind a little help!