Thursday, 29 November 2012

Beach Cottage?

It was great to read that some of you are going to make your own lace covered jam jars,They are so easy to make and look so pretty...I am going to make a few for Christmas with a bit of sparkle. 
If it's now the weekend and your tuning in and  i'm at Shingle Cottage  Painting in the bedroom and your reading this thinking 'jam jars?' you might want to take a look here Easy,Pretty Lace Covered Jam Jar 
i have  posted a few times this week so you may want to flick back to make sure you don't miss anything....

Last weekend at Shingle Cottage Steve laid all new floorboards in the room which i am going to take pictures of tommorow so i can show you next time,He did  such a great job! Thank you Steve xxx....
I was here,there and everywhere unpacking things,painting,sanding,filling,cleaning you know the girl bits that make a house a home or should i say a cottage a errrr cottage?

Last Sunday while Steve slept soundly  (i think it was the hot chocolate and cookies before bed that did it)
 I was up bright and early cleaning in the room and i decided to take everything that has been piled on the mantle piece week after week off and arrange it all properly and that's when i realized it's all turning out a bit beach cottage in here isn't it?.

I love the mermaid tin sign she is just adorable and the little gold box is great for hiding boxes of  matches for lighting the fire.
Hard to see but at the back left of the bird cage is a tiny boat made of mother of pearl shells that my Dad bought for Mum on their honeymoon,i love it and it's story.


I also played around with the wall lights,swapping up the crystals they came with for the odd larger one and adding some old blue glass droplets to get more of our own look,here they are so far but no doubt they will change as i have just packed a bag of huge glass diamond shaped droplets but i will be keeping the blue glass droplets as it really makes them stand out against the Antique White walls.


Talking of blue glass,my stone girl arrived with me last week too and she is wearing my Grandmas blue rhinestone necklace,i did bring two necklaces for her but one has vanished or it will be in that safe place that we all have girls ;) otherwise known as the Bermuda triangle...


She will have to make do with one necklace for now,i'm sure the missing necklace will turn up when i'm not looking for it.


Little Blue Bird came too complete with his own sparkle....Steve's Mum bought me this for Christmas a few years ago now and it is lovely to potter around putting things out that have come from loved ones,It is nice having everything pass through your hands again and it is fun making it all fit in a new home.

Ruffled shells that my Mum picked up for me while she was out and about for a cottage by the sea,Thank you Mum xxx  She is just the most thoughtful person i know,she is always thinking of others and she has great taste too!.
The tall seafoam candle sticks are going to have some gold gilt finger brushed on them this weekend as we are having a fair bit of gold in this room to warm up the blues and aquas.
Looking at this picture below is making me wonder what it would look like with all the candles burning? 
Do you think that? when you read blogs? like hmmm i wonder what is through that door or if that's how she decorates a Birthday cake i can't wait to see her Christmas tree!!! i know i do :)

It's a wonderful place this isn't it? on the Net,Blog land,call it what you will this place
 where we all get to share our hopes,dreams, projects,lives.

I don't know a more fabulous bunch of  girls to share our rebuild and my crafting and decorating with,Thank you always for your lovely comments xxx

So what's your view,is this room going  Beach Cottage or is it just me?

Join me next time for more ramblings from Shingle Cottage,you know that little place by the sea in England with central heating and hot water coming out of the taps?

XxX

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Easy,pretty Lace Covered Jam Jar


I wanted to make my own version of a pretty lace covered jam jar but i wanted to use it in the kitchen and one of the must's was that i would be able to wash the lace and the jam jar..

So here is something pretty,easy and washable for you to make if you wish....

You will need.....

1. Jam Jar
2. lace or crochet doilie
3. Length of ribbon
4. Rhinestone Button
5. A Feather
  

I measured my doilie to make sure it would be long enough to reach the top of my jam jar before i started.


Thread your chosen ribbon evenly  through the holes in the edge of the doilie...i did mine a little down from the edge so to create a stand up ruffle when finished.

Pop your jam jar in the center and  pull both ends of the ribbon until it starts to tighten around the jar...you can then lift  the doilie up the jam jar with your fingers until it reaches the top....
Tie the ribbon in a knot and then into a bow,Then ruffle the edge of the doilie around the top of the jam jar until it is evenly spaced and looks pretty...
Take your feather and gently feed it through the back of your chosen button until you have a stem as shown below..
Then push the stem of the feather down the back of your bow and arrange until it is sits straight..If your feather falls forward just gently feed the feather through a little more until you have a longer stem..

 Then pop in your paper straws.....All done! 

 Once displayed you can coo over how pretty it looks  knowing that once it starts to look a little tired you can undo the bow,pop the doilie  and ribbon in the wash,soak the jam jar and then be ready to pop it back together again.
Pink not your colour? 

you could try this with red ribbon and red straws or candy canes for Christmas!
or
Blue ribbon and blue striped straws and  a shell instead of a rhinestone button!
or
You could dye your doilie any colour you wish and fill the jar with flowers!
or
Let me know if you have any other ideas?

Join me next time for more crafty goings on from Shingle Cottage...

XxX


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christie Repasy French Farmhouse Labels Decoupaged and aged with Annie Sloan

Hello friends and  creative girls from  all over the world!
I'm back with a little makeover (with a big title)  that you might want to have a read about,It's not too tricky to do and it looks beautiful when finished.

Today i am going to show you how i decoupaged and aged an old pine writing box using beautiful images by the very talented artist Christie Repasy...

Here is a picture below of how Christie's Farmhouse Labels looked when i had finished....
First things first here is a link to Christie Repasy  you will find the packs of  'French Farmhouse Labels'  under 'Stationery and Jewelry'  
The labels are of beautiful good quality and Christie's art is breath taking,i was so excited when these arrived in the postbox.

You can use scissors to cut these out....I used a very sharp craft knife which i took great care using as it is extremely sharp.
I ran all around the edge bringing out all the details.
Once i had finished cutting out all my French Farmhouse Labels i ran a brown colored pencil all around the edges...This stops you having white edges showing when your piece is all finished and makes everything blend together better.
My old pine box was painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antoinette for the top..The bottom was painted in Versailles and dry brushed over with Old White.
The inside in Versailles and Old White....I will be using the old pine box to store my garden seeds and rose labels...
I used a vintage postcard for my center piece...You can find these on Ebay and Etsy.
I painted a shape the same as the postcard in Annie Sloan Decoupage...
Popped my postcard on top and pressed down gently with a damp cloth...
I arranged my French Farmhouse Labels all around and when i was happy with how it all looked i stuck them down in the same way  as the postcard.
I then sanded and chipped the edges here and there to create a distressed and aged appearance.
I then painted over the surface with the Annie Sloan Decoupage and left to dry.

When applying the Decoupage brush it smooth until you have no lines,mine is thick below to show you how it goes on like pva glue so there will be no shocks if you are using it for the first time...It will dry clear.
I painted layer over layer until the postcard and French Farmhouse Labels blended into the lid of the old pine box.....It looks almost as if they are under or in glass.
The amount you use will depend on the thickness of the picture you are decoupaging,Annie Sloan Decoupage does go a long way.
I measured and marked for a pink glass handle to be added to the lid....The pretty French Farmhouse Labels titled 'Pretty Posies' Sweet Peas' 'Roses' All things i will be growing in our cottage garden.
I then used  Annie Sloan Craqueleur all over the old pine box.

..I wrote a tutorial on how to use Annie Sloan Craqueleur Here  if you have not used it before and would like to know how,you will also find my aging technique there too.

After the Craqueleur and dark wax Christie's beautiful French Farmhouse Labels looked a hundred years old and i know Christie Repasy loves the era called Belle Epoque meaning 'Beautiful Era' in French so i don't think she would mind my aging technique...I think Christie and her art work come from Belle Epoque....She is not just a beautiful painter she is a beautiful person too and i know many agree.

Really isn't Christie's art stunningly beautiful? I have looked at paintings and artwork for hours online but as soon as i saw Christie's work i knew she was the Artist for me,Her paintings are so dreamy and soft,i adore them...I intend to have a picture of Christies in every room at Shingle Cottage...
The dark wax brought out lovely texture in the Antoinette Pink  and gave a look of old cracked  leather..
Pretty pink glass handle to protect the lid from dirty gardening hands....
Just lovely and crackled and chipped,covered in old roses, i couldn't be happier with how it turned out...... 
Inside packets of Cottage garden seeds waiting for the Spring so they can be sown,A little book on how to make your own garden posies and labels from the roses we have in the garden at Shingle Cottage so far...
Here it sits on the kitchen table at Shingle Cottage....It looks right at home doesn't it?
I have used Christie's labels on two other projects that i am going to share with you soon and if you would like to order your own French Farmhouse Labels here is the link to Christie Repasy Designs

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and i hope it inspires you to create a decoupaged piece of your own..


Join me next time for more tales and creative goings on from Shingle Cottage...

XxX

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Cozy Cottage

Hello to you dear reader,are you well?
I had some fun today making  a seasonal  header for my blog using a picture of our Christmas tree from last year and of my hatbox and little white swan below that was featured in 'Creating Vintage Charm Magazine' 
So can i ask,do you like it?  is it too early for Christmas trees on blogs? 
I'm feeling very Christmassy myself after last week on Facebook Christmas pictures started to pop up everywhere and then on Twitter too and now i have to confess i had vintage Christmas playing on my ipod today.....
Over the weekend at Shingle Cottage i worked on the bedroom some more..

Ceiling had another coat of Antique White...
Walls another two coats of Sorbet.....
Architrave around  door and wardrobe caulked and sanded,primed etc.......

I want it finished so badly but patience has to be a virtue as there is much more to do at Shingle Cottage......

See the little radiator behind the door? Steve worked through the day putting pipe to the radiators and all that other boy stuff that goes with installing a central heating system....
Steve is Corgi registered and this is his job so should have been easy right? a little cottage all on one floor?....Oh dear it was a bit of a struggle and had Steve declaring at the end 'one of the most awkward i have ever done' but i did help him here and there as much as i could while he crawled around under the floorboards....

Now back to the bedroom and those old pitch pine doors that Steve rescued from a cottage near to Whitby,they were heading for a skip!!
Ah yes time for paint!
Did i want to sand and strip those big old heavy doors? make life hard for myself when i had already lots and lots to do?...oh no Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to the rescue,just pop off the lid and paint it straight over that shiny orange old varnish,really? oh yeah really!
I chose Country Beige which is a lovely beige grey,if you look on my tin below you can see grey on the left of the tin,that's Paris Grey and it has a cool tone to it but then above you can see the Country Beige and it's much warmer in tone.....

Two coats later i had a pair of beautiful tongue and groove doors that looked stunning with the pink on the walls and it only took me about an hour to do,As it says on the tin 'The simple way'.....this weekend i'm going to paint the hinges and door handle in Old White and i may crackle glaze them....
See the right hand door at the bottom has a chunk of wood missing? Steve wanted to fix it but i like it as it is..It looks old and cottagey to me,i like the nicks and bumps about the place....
The bedroom lights will be going up this weekend too.....We have the light below called Aimee by Laura Ashley and two matching wall lights for either side of the pink fireplace...It has been in the box for so long i'm not sure if we have the three light or five? not that i mind but we have that much packed away,some of it for two years now that you do forget what you have.... 
Back in the front we had decided the wall lights were too bright! even with low watt bulbs in so Steve fit dimmer switches and we brought a few more bits of furniture and a floor candelabra.... 
In the opposite corner i gave a mirror a bit of glamour with gilding wax in Empire Gold.....,you just rub it on with your finger tips here and there and it leaves you with a very beautiful authentic looking gold gilt..A little goes a really long way!
I painted my mirror with one coat of  Annie Sloan chalk paint in Versailles and then one coat  over the top of Old White, once dry i sanded back with a fine sandpaper and here is how it looked below...
After applying the Empire Gold below......It really lifts a piece and adds a touch of Frenchy glamour..Here is a link to Amy's online shop  were you can find the gilding wax  .MaisonDecor gilding wax empire gold.
I read a lot on blogs about 'keeping it real' so here is a little shot of our room piled with pieces below but it shall all have to be moved this weekend as we are putting the new floorboards down in here and fitting the skirting boards which i can not wait for!
The davenport desk is Steve's and he has had it a long time,he has given me the all clear to paint it and i nearly fainted,i never thought he would want to change it,I am thinking of Paris Grey,Old White maybe a touch of Duck Egg Blue and Empire Gold.....we shall see,there is no rush...Oh and i am thinking about painting the brick wall back to Antique White...
As night falls so does the light from the wall lights,dimmer switches make a room look so pretty,almost like candle light...
Candle light is lovely to add too......
And a little light from the central heating boiler is lovely!.....I had popped over the road to see my friend Sweetpea and when i arrived back at the cottage Steve had just fired everything up for the first time.....As i stood with my hand on the radiator in the bathroom and felt it warming up i will be honest i burst into tears...if that's a little too sweet then so be it but we have had two very cold Winters at the cottage with just a coal fire and it has at times been hard,on Saturday night when i came out of the shower i didn't have to run down the hallway to dry myself in front of the fire,no it is was warm in the bathroom and the kitchen,the bedroom the dining room and the hall....
 Oh Shingle Cottage i love you even more now you are always going to be warm...
Because it was lovely and cozy i didn't have to dive into bed and get snuggled up straight after my shower so i got to stay up and finish reading my October and November issues of  Country Living.....I always look forward to my copy each month and now i need to get keep a look out for the December issue as it will be all Christmassy won't it? ...
I am going to snuggle up with Steve and watch a bit of tv before bed so i will wish you a lovely evening or day! depending on your corner of the world..

Thank you for stopping by and catching up on the goings on from Shingle Cottage....
XxX

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Pink,Roses & Rosewater!

Bbbbrrrrr! It was cold  at Shingle Cottage at the weekend,i mean oh so cold! 
Those rare little weekends of the temperature soaring and that wonderful feeling of  ooooohh Summer  is back she's not ready to leave us just yet are long gone! Dark mornings and chilly air are now the order of the day and it makes me happy looking at the picture below that i chose pale vanilla white paint for the cladded walls in the kitchen and a mixture of pink and green English china because even on those damp dreary days it looks fresh and bright in here and soon a string or two of fairy lights will make it a little dreamy on a Winter evening.

Pink Cottage Bouquet Of Roses from Steve to make my weekend a little sweeter,A great guy and a lucky girl!.....


We had coal and logs piled high and crackling away in the fire grate and an electric fan blowing cozy warm air across the bedroom as we worked over the weekend.
I spent Saturday in the attic rolling out loft insulation to wrap Shingle Cottage in a snug blanket and to stop the heat leaving downstairs and Steve worked away putting a new ceiling up in what will be the laundry room and prepared the walls for a boiler!!!! yes after two years and a lot of hard work we have worked room to room and we have arrived at that wonderful stage where in the next few weekends we will have running hot water and radiators warming every room,no cold spots,no shivering,no running from the shower down the hallway to dry in front of the fire!...
Am i complaining? oh no! i have had the best time with Steve waking our beloved  Shingle Cottage  from her deep sleep.

A little pile of radiators is oh such a lovely sight.....



I Sanded all the new plaster walls in the bedroom until they were nice and smooth and then gave them their first coat of pink Sorbet paint and as most paints tend to do it went on a totally different colour to what was on the tin but knowing this from a life time and slight obsession with painting anything that doesn't move i carried on right around the room...


The little chimney breast i was going to paper but i can not find a paper i love and i don't want to buy paper just 'for now' so i  will paint it antique white for contrast and when that elusive paper catches my eye i shall buy a roll,hurry home and hang it!


See above the wet pink walls looks like the pink around the big fluffy dog below and not the oval of Sorbet pink,If this happens to you just carry on as paint always dries lighter and the first coat not having full coverage will change your paint colour as whatever  shade is underneath will show through here and there throwing off the true colour...Two coats and you should have your chosen colour!

Below you can see the bottom right is drying to a lovely pale pink....i gave the ceiling another coat of Antique White and there are the wardrobe doors to paint this weekend along with the skirting boards and architrave around the door,wall lights and a chandelier to hang,ticking jobs off the list week to week...
I hung crystals on the wall lights in the main room and i ordered a fridge and a freezer to be delivered on Monday.....As soon as the heating is on i am staying at Shingle Cottage for a week,just me and my pup and i will be painting all the new floor boards right through the cottage white and then i can order my cream retro cooker and start to bring more furniture and lamps and pictures and then it won't be long before our new life will begin...
So there you have it,a little round up of the goings on at the cottage..... 

I wanted to ask you if when reading Shingle Cottage,


Do you see this style writing below?

Or do you see this one below?
I would hope you see the second as that is what i see but while at a friends i was shocked to see the first style show on their screen,would you let me know in the comments section if you don't mind? thank you! x
Oh and has anyone grown Gypsophila otherwise known as baby's breath? it was among the roses Steve brought home and i love it and would like to grow some in our cottage garden....I have seen girls on blogs who have dried it to a lovely sepia tone which looks gorgeous and really old fashioned,so i would like to give it a go next Summer,any tips? 


I am going to finish my order of goodies on Lakeland i have Star Kay Rose Water in my basket for making Sophie Dahl's  Rhubarb And Rosewater Eaton Mess,I asked Sophie on twitter yesterday which rose water she used and she replied! really don't we live in a fabulous era where things like that are possible?  
Lakeland have a special offer at the moment which is worth checking out where you buy two bottles of Star Kay and you get one free,so i grabbed a white rose and a  gold star vanilla too! oh and plenty of other bits and bobs for my baking cupboard at Shingle Cottage.

Here is a little about Star Kay

Star Kay White, a New York family firm established in 1890, are renowned for the purity and intensity of their extracts and pride themselves on their unrivalled quality. Made with the finest ingredients to guarantee an authentic flavour, they’re versatile and highly concentrated – lasting a long time, just a little makes a big difference to baking and cooking. Their extracts are used by some of the biggest ice cream companies in the world, but cakes, pastries, drinks, marinades, even stir-fry and savoury dishes will be transformed.

Sound lovely don't they? well as soon as i'm at the cottage baking on my lovely cream retro cooker i shall tell you all about the taste of Star Kay's Rosewater and Sophie's Rhubarb And Rosewater Eaton Mess.

I have Sophie's book titled Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights and i picked mine up on Amazon but if you don't have the book here is a little snippet of the Rhubarb and Rosewater Eaton Mess and the fabulous Sophie....
I really loved this series did you? I loved the music,the poetry,Sophie and her accent and of course the recipes...


Ooooh this has turned into rather a long post has it not?

Join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage...

XxX