Maybe it's just been too long since we've had a decent break away from town life but it really struck me how peaceful it is in the country, very little traffic, no noisy neighbours and I'd lie in bed marvelling at the silence, just the bird song to keep me company. Some blue tits were coming right under the thatch near the window, pecking away looking for insects. It's a view from my bed in the country about which I certainly can't complain.
Ah yes, that bed, there's nothing like your own bed is there?
In the bedroom, I have this little beauty corner. I've collected the few bits of antique crystal and silver from fairs and collectables shops over the years, the lampshade is beautiful if fragile and was bought from a car boot sale for 5p! The mirror and chest also came from antique shops (I coveted one of these mirrors for years). My mum found me the vintage embroidered runner which is really lovely, she has a knack for hunting out these things. I find plenty of vintage embroidered cloths (think I've come home with about ten this time), but it's not easy to find them on coloured backgrounds.
What I really wanted to show you are these stunning 1940's cosmetics, a box of face powder and a tube of cold cream (both still full!) I bought these from Lizzie a while back at Shepton Mallett and I really love them, there's nothing like this old packaging and they're in amazing condition. I recently saw a divine 1940's toiletry set on the www but it was pretty expensive. Still, these things are becoming rarer all the time and I confess I am still tempted!
Anyway, I've digressed a bit there as what I really want to talk about is this (which is what I was meant to be photographing in the bedroom!)
You may remember the blog post (I'm afraid I can't remember what date it was, though) where we picked this chair out of a skip at an auctioneers. It was looking very sorry for itself with wet soggy, ripped upholstery.
In April, it was time for a makeover. (It's taken me this long to get a reasonably sunny day this last week and take the final "ta dah" photos.) I wouldn't like to pretend I know much about upholstery or that this is a perfect job but as a free chair, I think we've made the most of it.
Off came all the old coverings, a thorough wash down ensued and then a strong hessian sack was stapled over the base springs. I then used a piece of newspaper to make a pattern of the seat.
Some thick foam went on top of the sack which was then wrapped in some leftover quilt batting to smooth the corners. Then it started to get really exciting!
I was let loose with my favourite colours of pink and green and raided my stash of both modern and vintage fabrics to make a patchwork. I loved it at this stage such that I didn't really then want to cut it up!
(Looking stylish in my work clothes of old stretchy trousers and Crocs!)
But chop the patchwork we did and a staple gun later, some vintage braid (found cheaply in a charity shop) and a glue gun et voila.
Ted is happy with his free chair!