We’re a bit spoilt for shops selling furniture where we live. Our new house is bigger than the old one so when we moved we needed more furniture. Sitting in my lounge and writing this, almost everything I can see is new, and we definitely didn’t budget for it all in our moving costs! We shopped around, and looked online too, at places such as Furniture Plus Online, and found everything we needed. It should out last us too, unless wooden furniture goes horribly out of fashion!
Anyway, as all the large pieces of furniture have been bought and paid for, I’ve started to buy smaller pieces….
First of all I found lots of lovely wooden vintage doll beds for my daughter. They looked good in their original vintage state so I didn’t need to do much but give them a quick wash.
Then it was a 1970s sewing desk which is being re-painted and turned into a bedside table for her very pink bedroom. There was a vintage magazine holder too and last week I found another sewing table from the 1960s, so that came home too. You can imagine the strange looks I get, walking down our local high street, pushing a pram with various pieces of furniture balancing precariously whilst consoling my daughter who really wants to sit in her pram! Thankfully it doesn’t happen too often.
Fortunately the list of things I haven’t bought is as long as the list of things I have bought. There was the wonderful vintage school desk and chair which taunted me as I walked past. As well as the beautiful vintage dolls house which really tugged my heart strings too.
Despite our new larger house we don’t have space for many more pieces of furniture so I give myself a really stern talking too whenever anything catches my eye. And as long as my husband doesn’t get a text saying there’s something for him to pick up on the way home, then he’s happy too!
I can often be found scouring my local charity shops for vintage Scrabble sets. I don’t collect them to play Scrabble, which is a shame as it’s a great game, but I use the Scrabble tiles for crafting! Take a look at my latest post about Scrabble tiles over on PinAddicts if you need some inspiration. I thought it was about time I actually made something with them, other than my Scrabble-inspired tile biscuits.
When we moved into our house the most noticeable thing was the number of empty picture hooks around each room. The place had been covered with pictures and photographs by the last owners, there was even a nail on the bathroom door!
This poor nail caught my eye and I thought I must make something to hang from it, so how about a vintage Scrabble tile sign spelling out the word Bathroom.
All I needed was a wooden Scrabble letter rack, a selection of vintage Scrabble tiles, drill and 2.5mm drill bit, bakers twine and a glue gun.
I got to work with my glue gun and put a small amount of glue along the side of a Scrabble tile before joining the next letter to it and carried on until I had all eight tiles stuck to each other. I tried to ensure they were all straight as I was going along as the glue was so strong there wasn’t much time to move them around.
Whilst it was drying I drilled two small holes at each end of the wooden Scrabble letter rack and threaded it with a length of bakers twice. I then added more hot glue to the back of the row of letters and pressed it firmly in place in the centre of the letter rack.
I love the way it looks and can’t wait to make more for each room! They would also look great as place settings at a dinner party.
Linking up with Craft Schooling Sunday
I do love the weekend and a quiet couple of days at home. We didn’t have much to do apart from take bags of goodies to our local charity shop and take my new car for a drive. I can’t tell you how strange I’m finding being able to drive legally.
The weather has finally been a little cooler so we thought it would be perfect for a barbecue. It was actually a relief to cover up and wear a cardigan which shows how old I am Anyway, we fired up the barbecue and got cooking as nothing says summer more than getting the barbecue out!
This was only our second barbecue in our new house, and you know what a wash-out we had last summer, so the toddler really loved helping his daddy cook the food! We opted for typical barbecue food – hot dogs (or ‘bridges with sausages’ as the toddler called them), home-made sticky spare ribs, lots of fresh salad, hummus and some bottles of beer for the grown ups. We managed to get loads of food so we may have another barbecue tomorrow night.
We all love having a barbecue and tonight was no different. There was lots of delicious food to be eaten before the children went and played in the garden, whilst we put our feet up and drank some beer. A perfect summer evening.
Little Sis enjoyed it too, hope you can see the grubby food stain down her onesie!
Disclosure – we were provided with money to purchase food and drink to take part in The Charcoal Challenge with MoneySupermarket.com