Much ado about a… lampshade?

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I have a lot of dresses that mean the world to me. If you are like me you can’t seem to part with them, as they remind you of that special event and occasion.

 

Let’s face it they can pile up!

I am much better now than when I was younger. I would never wear the same dress more than twice..so silly! As I have gotten older I have learned to make better choices in what I buy, and I change accessories. However, I still have a mountain of much loved, and somewhat out-dated “frocks,” as my mother would call them 🙂

So what do you do? Well firstly you get over the separation anxiety and give some away to friends or a local charity shop. Easy! No… I did do that of course, but there are still ones that I love to much! They make me re-live the day/evening I wore them, I just don’t want to part with them, that’s it! I’ve said it. I almost gave these three dresses away last year. I had put on a lot of weight and they were beginning to make me feel …meh! I just couldn’t wear them anymore. I would look at the size and beat myself up over putting on all that weight. I didn’t like the negative feelings I was programming into my mind. I phoned my friend and said I had over 15 fabulous party dresses for her. I sent her pictures from my phone and I listened to her delightful squeals of delight. I was feeling happy about my decision. That was until I start putting them into a, rather large, bag for her.

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I actually cried! Can you believe that?! I cried because I felt fat! I felt pressured by myself to not have to look at these dresses ever again. I felt jealous of my friend that she was more slim than I. I felt so miserable and guilty about doing a good deed. Here I was, sitting on my bed, crying over dresses that didn’t fit with a slim and wonderful friend I was envious of for no reason other than myself loathing. My Husband came into our bedroom to see a pile of dresses, a pile of snotty hankies and a wife balling here eyes out!!

After trying to explain my feelings to him (somewhat hysterically I might add), he came up with a solution for me. He is very practical that way (annoyingly at times). He asked which 5 dresses I like the most? And why? I had a little think about it. I picked two green dresses,  a pink one, a black and white polka dot one and a leopard print one. I had a story for each one. My 40th birthday, my best friend’s wedding, a Christmas party and an end of show party for a play I had directed. Then finally the dress I wore to an “Oscars” night in the Theatre group I had been in. I won Best Director for the last ten years, an audience favourite. I was so happy and proud that evening. I also looked great in my leopard print 🙂 Problem solved!

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I wiped my eyes and kissed my lovely husband! After packing all the dresses for my friend, I phoned to tell her all about it. Being the wonderful supportive woman she is, she laughed at my apologies and told me I was “only human” and that every woman feels they don’t like things about themselves, they even feel envy for each other. I kind of felt a bit better about myself. I hung up my five dresses and left them there for a few more years.

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This year 2017, I decided to make a lot of changes in myself! Actually, it was more the end of 2016. I wanted to embrace life, stop holding on to the past. The old memories would always be there but I need a new outlook.  I began to set up my business and have more focus on what I wanted. I made plans! I went to my wardrobe and did a good clear out. I got to the dresses, what to do now? Firstly, I didn’t cry or rage at myself. I had lost a fair few pounds in the previous year. I had been on a lot of medication and one of the side effects was weight gain. I lost most of that weight when the meds stopped. I’m also 47 so I was never going to have the same shape I had been used to, but I’m ok with that!

The dresses are a little old fashioned now, especially the leopard print ha-ha, but I still loved it! I was going to make something with them. I was thinking maybe a cushion or dolls dresses… Something, anything! As it happens I was also decorating my hallway. I never really throw enough stuff away, I always think “I’ll keep it and fix it”. I had two lamps I had bought last year, I was going to make lampshades.

I looked up a few YouTube videos and got going!!

I’m delighted with my new lampshades. I’m delighted with my new outlook! I still get to re-live those lovely events everyday (without feeling bad about myself).

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This is the other lampshade! I love them xx hope you do too 🙂

have a beautiful day

Geri xx

Refurbished Chinese Cabinet

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This is an old project from the archives. This cabinet is one I have treasured for many years. It has been many colours and has lived in many rooms 🙂 Today it is in my craft room and stores all of my ribbons and lace, and I would be totally lost without it! This cabinet may look little, but it holds a lot (think Dr.Who and his TARDIS).

I really wish I had taken a photo of it before I started working on this many moon’s ago. The original piece was a black-coated MDF type wood. (VERY 1990’s)

In the before picture, I had painted it using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Old Ochre which was finished using the Annie Sloan Clear Wax. During that time I was going through my Shabby Chic phase. I really loved the neutral colour because it allowed every other colour in the room to really pop.

Three years ago I really needed storage in entryway as I donated some of the furniture to my eldest daughter for her first home. Like my daughter, my cabinet had found a new home, but Old Ochre really didn’t cut the mustard, so out came the paint pots! I wanted a more dramatic look this time, so I took my inspiration from a beautiful red Buddha head my younger daughters had bought me for Mothers Day, I also hand a beautiful handmade Chinese necklace that was red and jewel colours as you can see from the after picture. I knew under all the layers of paint there was a red Annie Sloan Emperor’s silk. I went online to view a colour wheel.

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Right away I knew the colour would have to be ASCP in Provence, this is a beautiful colour. and just perfect for my project. As you can see on the colour wheel cyan / turquoise are the opposite of red and orange. I knew also that I had a tester pot of ASCP Barcelona orange in my craft cupboard.

I set out to work. I firstly painted the cabinet with the Barcelona, but I kept my strokes mostly around the edges and corners. I also painted the odd patch on the doors. My reason being that there was no need to waste paint, I was going to be covering the whole cabinet with the Provence and distressing it only where it would naturally wear. This is exactly what I did. When the orange dried fully (a couple of hours later) the paint is actually touch dry in about 15-20 minutes, but I wanted to really let it cure a bit longer. (this is always an excuse for cake and coffee and a gossip on my phone 😀 ) I painted the whole cabinet in Provence. This colour really does lift your heart! it is vibrant and at the same time has a very calming effect. I left it overnight to 100% dry.

The next job was to sand down all the edges. I used a medium sandpaper (80) to do this at first, the a fine (120). I used long steady strokes along the edges and corners. I really went to work around the edges of the doors and tops of the drawers, I loved that beautiful orange peeking through. the harder I rubbed the more layers where revealed (old ochre, red and even the original black in places) I was so thrilled with this look! I used ASCP clear wax to finish and protect my work.

This little cabinet is still the same colour today. I always lifts my spirits when I look at it. The clashing colours work so very well together.

I hope you enjoyed me sharing this project with you. I am very happy to answer any question you may have, on this project or on a project that you may have in mind. I hope I have inspired you to give new life to a piece of furniture you have. Refurbishing is the way to go! with just a lick of  paint you transform anything to match your current scheme.

I buy my Annie Sloan paint and wax at Moss Cottage Dundrum village Dublin .

 

Have a beautiful day!

Geri xx

 

 

 

 

My First Post :D

Hi I’m Geri. I love to craft! I have over 25 years of arts and crafts experience. I even dream about arts and crafts. I am married to the love of my life and we have four wonderful children. Our beautiful niece lives with us also.

We have two cats and two dogs. As you can imagine it is busy and happy home, full of joy and laughter. I have been a full time stay at home mummy for years. I have loved it and I have also been very lucky to have had that option. However I am taking the plunge and going into business for myself doing what I love best, arts and crafts. I also love interior design and recycling/up-styling furniture. I have created the Pebbles and Wax blog to share and inspire people, arts and crafts are for everyone and I would like to share with you my experience and enthusiasm.

I hope this will be helpful and fun for everyone, from beginners to enthusiasts, please ask any questions. I would love to hear from you

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Have a beautiful day

Geri xx