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I’ve been seeing more and more embroidery hoops being used for wall decor lately.

The best one so far is below:

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What a great, easy project idea that could be done in one afternoon!

Print out your image – like the repeated eyeball above in different sizes- onto iron-on fabric transfer paper. Then transfer to fabric with iron.

You can then get a bunch of different size embroidery frames to stretch the fabric on.

I saw some at John Lewis the other day for about £1-3 – so a relatively cheap project too!

One for the project files.

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From felt balls to …wooden ones…


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Beautiful idea for a calendar (though, lets face it, who would actually move the balls??? Nice for an xmas countdown, though.):

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Another future project if I can find any of these large wooden beads for cheap – one of these long ‘house necklaces’.

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Way back in 2010 I created the Roost banner with a jpg of Cole and Sons Woods wallpaper and then later posted a shot of the bedroom in our old flat with its  new wallpaper blue-tacked up and magnificently in place.

I was so pleased with the pattern back then, but always thought – as tends to be the way with me- that I would tire of it soon enough, and part of me worried that I had gone a little overboard on the spending for decorating a rental flat. I consoled myself with the fact that the paper wasn’t permanently pasted and I could take it with when we moved.

Two years on and a move to a new home, with a NEW blue tacked wall (this time in the lounge) and I STILL love it, which is unusual for me!

Every time I see it’s birch-y perfection I give a little sigh of satisfaction.

Below is a little slide show of images – starting with the new house, the same paper in the old flat , then random images I have collected over the last months.

The third in the first row even shows the paper in a caravan! FAB.

Click on images for the slideshow:

Thinking about it while writing this I have just clued in to why the paper thrills me so much (and only the black and white, though it comes in several colour ways).

The white on black, line-drawn quality reminds me of Pauline Baynes’ illustrations in the original Narnia books! (Such a shame the first movie was so flaccid and ruined the books for so many people. The series was so magical for me as a kid.)

All those black trees on yellowed pages from my grade school books. Weird that it would take me so long to clue in, but there you go.

Guess that is why I always get a somewhat snowy thrill when I look at Woods wallpaper… Nice.

The more I learn about felt, the more excited I get!

There is nothing quite like willfully doing the exact opposite you have ever been taught with wool – use hot water! SCRUB! Steam!

Fantastic.

It really calls out to the destructive bit of me that revels in crowbars. But then, with felting, you get thing fabulous, solid, water resistant…thing.

Such fun.

A dear friend of mine mentioned that she was thinking of pulling out her felting gear, so thought I would post this project early…felted ball trivets!

From one of my new favourite blogs Purlbee – a knitting blog with some jaw-droppingly beautiful projects. I wish I could knit more complex things than squares. Hmmph.

See the full tutorial here.

Another dear friend gave me a box of wool roving for xmas, so guess what I am going to be making?

Here is a quick video on how to make felt balls for those interested. Super quick and easy.

If you are feeling like something a little less restrained, what about multicoloured squares?


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Snowflake shaped?


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So much felt…so little time.

After getting my marvelous Glerup slippers for xmas I am (once again) caught up in a serious love of felt.

I have been on the hunt for new felt placemats for a couple years now, and just realised that I will never find what I am looking for at the price I want…so I had better get on the making of them!

This is the type of thing I have in mind:


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Chunky, organic and in natural colours. Likely in my favourite natural wool colours – grey and winter white.

The plan? Look for some cheap, scritchy, scratchy wool sweaters at the Sally and then learn how to crochet circles. How hard could it be?

(she asks, cringing)

It couldn’t be much harder than knitting, can it?

(more on the magnificent slippers to come once I take some photos!!)

How fun is a candy striped antler?


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Think this will be on my project list for next year!

If you are like me, and have been somewhat avoiding the commercial madness of the holidays, you might also have waited this late for the big yuletide decoration bonanza…though I suspect I am one of the few!

I don’t usually wait this long, but it has been a busy month and time flew.

I really hate the wastefulness that comes around this time of year and cringe every time I read or hear of someone who changes their xmas decorations every year, changing colour schemes like a fashion whim. It just seems so needlessly…superficial.

It also generally means that the ornaments and decorations used are cheaper in quality and end up having that generic store display look. I know it is just my opinion, but it sort of makes me gag. !

Spurred on by a dear friend of mine who started collecting special xmas ornaments for her tree years ago, I am aspiring to only make or buy one or 2 precious new ornaments a year – unique, special ones that I will continue to love decades from now. This method also feeds my collecting obsession, and allows me to curate a precious little display (and yes, it is very little – we generally only have a small area for our decorations, so thinking a branch of ornaments hung on beautiful grosgrain ribbon with some fairly lights will do!), which I can pull out once a year and revel in.

I love this spare image below with its handmade branch star. The simplicity and uniqueness speaks of a simpler time where the holidays were more about spending quality time instead of how much money you rack up on your credit card!

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The great thing about collecting beautiful ornaments is that you can also tell friends and family that you are collecting certain types/colours of ornaments, and it gives them something useful to get you that will remind you of them, year after year.

Also, you can create your own handmade ornaments, like the beautiful ones below for gifting to others. Use left over fabric scraps and iron on fabric transfers for the images and then sew and stuff, stitching the ribbon into the ‘pillow’ when you are closing it up. Simple but beautiful.


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Don’t forget to use natural materials and real greens, like these moss wreaths below, to add a touch of classic beauty.

Not only is this method of decorating personal, creating a unique look, but it encourages a sense of tradition as you pull out those cherished pieces every year, creating heirlooms to pass down!

Only a little over a week left to go…hang in there, lovelies, and remember that the holiday is supposed to be about taking time to cherish loved ones and create beautiful memories.

Don’t get caught up in the commercial hype and stress yourselves to death!

Happy Holidays, all.

x Winston

Two very different rooms with the same Kaiser Idell 6556 desk lamp…


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…and it looks fabulous in both the boho and more gritty industrial.

I have been under the weather lately, but hoping to get back to my lamp restoration madness soon. I really want sort out those lamps I have sitting in the studio pronto, so I can get my own 6556 up and running…I just love the shape!


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Some time ago I posted on mirrors with rounded edges and planned to follow it up with a post on totally round ones….then got sidetracked and it sat in my drafts folder for months.

I revisited it today and found that I wasn’t really interested in round mirrors in general anymore (awwwrk, shiney! Attention span of a gnat.) but am more interested in where the round mirror mania that has been going on for a few months now comes from.

The original post was kicked off by this Captain’s Mirror by BDDW that everyone, including myself, has been panting over for ages now:

I discovered that the mirror references a series of leather mirrors designed by Jacques Adnet in the 50s for Hermes. The original Adnet mirrors currently sell for over $2000 at stores like Orange on 1stDibs.

From Danish design site Gubi, who has just re-released some of Adnet’s mirrors:

‘Jacques Adnet (1900 – 1984) was a French architect and Art Deco Modernist designer and an icon of luxurious French Modernism…In 1950, Adnet formed a partnership with the French fashion house, Hermes, where he developed a collection of leather-covered furniture and interior accessories. Accordingly, he made a round leather mirror with brass hinges. Besides the remarkable leather and brass details, the mirror is also unique as the strap that holds the mirror is in direct proportion to the dimension of the mirror.’

He also made this design with silk cord:

Check out the gorgeous brass findings.

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Here is a rather different rectangular one which feels even more like it should be hanging in a stable to me:


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While there are a dozen knock-offs kicking about at the moment, I really loved this DIY of the mirror by a Design Sponge reader, Lucy,who manages to knock up a similar version by hand:

Amazing job on detailing and craftsmanship! Well done Lucy!

See the step by step here. I am sorely tempted to add this to my gargantuan project list, but can hear Bubby’s voice in my head commenting on how many mirrors we already have in the house from a few months back.

But really, can you ever have too many mirrors?

Winston


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