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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

My New Love For Up Cycling And Crafts

The end of last year was a tough one I ended up having an urgent hysterectomy (which all happened very quickly) and then my son had another operation. (he has cerebral palsy) Its taken us both a bit of time to get ourselves feeling normal again. So whilst recuperating I have been reading lots of books and coming up with all sorts of crafts and ideas to keep me occupied.
Hence I have opened an Etsy shop ( 5littlejellykanes ) with all my crafty trinkets I make. I love anything old and vintage and miss match.












I have also found a new love of rummaging through charity shops, vintage fairs, and second hand shops to find furniture that needs a new lease of life ... it started with a few bits I had in the house and then stumbled across an old school desk in a charity shop. The desk was really tired but I knew done up Max would love it. After sanding, repainting, and varnishing it the desk looked ace. I painted the lift up lid with chalk board paint and covered the inside with an old marvel comic I got off eBay for 73p!! It looks great in Max's room and he loves it!











I think I have the bug now I brought a lovely shelf and painted it a beautiful sage colour which was then distressed and varnished and put in my kitchen for all the trinkets... looks so gorgeous on my Cath Kidston wallpaper.











And then my final piece is the most dramatic change... I think when I brought this the man in the charity shop looked at me as if I was mad... he even knocked off £5 without asking! So my £10 cabinet was painted in a beautiful mustard paint and the middle panel has handmade paper glued and varnished ... it now sits really prettily in my hall.. and so useful too!

















Well now I have the bug and also people asking me to decorate more so they can buy them off me....  I have just brought a huge dresser which I have fallen in love with. It needs a lot of work doing to it but I know it'll look beautiful after and I will try not to keep it.
Anyway that's next weeks project, in between looking after children, making cakes, and ohh my birthday!! Exciting

Kelly x

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