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Luckily my sister went to the hairdressers today and luckily was browsing this magazine and luckily noticed that one of my prints was in there!  Nice to be featured but I do wish they would tell you – how many other times have I been in magazines and not known about it!?

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A birthday, a wedding and a party….

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From cut out….

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…..to mounted….

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….to framed for one very happy customer!

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I do love making tired furniture look amazing again!  This very scruffy dresser was being offered for free by a neighbour and I couldn’t resist it as I have a smaller version of the same style already.  It was missing its legs and generally looking very very tired….

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….but look at it now!

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I couldn’t be happier with it!  It just took a lot of sanding, some sanding, and then some more sanding to get the stains and marks off the carcass which I then waxed using very fine wire wool.  I used a wood filler to fill the holes left in the top drawer by the missing handles and painted that drawer white.  I then used the shame shade of deep teal for all the other drawers, diluting it with white paint bit by bit, and using a mini roller which makes getting crisp edges on the drawer fronts very easy.  The lovely metal swallow handles are new – £5 for the pair, and I painted them with the deepest of the blues.  I bought the legs from ebay for £9 and they just needed a quick sand, painting with the palest of the blues and drilling into place.  I think it looks wonderful!

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I was super excited to be asked nearly a year ago to have my home featured in Style at Home magazine for the second time and finally it’s out in the shops.  I’d only been in my new house for four months when the photo shoot took place so it was all a bit of a panic getting it ready in time – I was putting up wallpaper single-handedly at midnight!  But I’m so pleased with how it looks – Thank you Colin and Annabelle from PhotoWord for the fabulous photos….

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Undoubtably one of the best things I love about moving to Leicester is the fabulous Leicester Print Workshop.  The workshop itself is a wonderful higgledy piggledy room full of every kind of piece of printing equipment you can think of, wonderful old presses and tools and racks and drawers full of letters and just everything.  They deliver courses in any sort of printing you can imagine and also provide studio workspace for members to use.  I’ve always felt a bit of an affinity with screen printing – my Grandad was a professional Screen Printer in the very early days of the process.  I joined the LPW recently and these prints are the first from what I hope will be many many more to come soon….

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I love making papercuts for people so much.  I love the thought that I make something for someone to give to someone they love, and that person is going to LOVE it!  Here’s some I’ve been working on lately.  The frustrating thing is that I often make them a few months in advance of them being given and I can’t show them until then!  Anyway, here’s some lovely papercuts I’ve made for lovely people recently….

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I was super excited a few months ago to be asked to be a contributor to the Valentine’s edition of Craftseller Magazine and have had to keep it under my hat (one of many) for ages.  So here it is!  I’m so pleased with how the finished piece looks in the magazine – what a difference a proper photo shoot makes!

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I’ve spent a lot of time lately making super fun things that I don’t really need to make, but any excuse eh?  I made a pop-up dinosaur card for my nephew who has just started school….

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….and….and I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but I’m going to a cats’ birthday party this afternoon.  Yes I know.  But as my sister pointed out, it’s like a baby’s birthday party – they don’t really know it’s going on, but it’s fun for the adults.  So anyway, as I’m going anyway, I made birthday hats and party ruffs for the cats.  I’m hoping later to be able to get a picture of the wearing them….

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So, as you know, I’ve recently made a move half way across the country from the South coast to the East midlands, and I’m loving living up here.  Having moved from a very light and bright and spacious flat with huge windows and rooms, I’m now living in a classic little Victorian terrace.  It’s adorable and I have the most beautiful garden as well as a big bright studio and lots of downstairs living space.  However, a lot of my old furniture just didn’t fit in here, and by fit in here, I mean ‘fit’ in here, and I’ve had to rethink my style a lot.  Some of it was simply too big for the little old rooms, and some of it just didn’t feel right in this cosy little space.  One of the things that just had to go, was my lovely old Mid Century sideboard…..

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I’ve lugged this around with me around the country into five different houses and I was really really reluctant to get rid of it but it was too big for the new house and was starting to look a bit scruffy and one of the legs had nearly come off.  So…. I had a little thought…. it’s too big for the house, but it’s not too big for the garden!  Look at it now…..

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It was ever so easy to do too.  I took off all the fittings and doors, sanded it down, used a jigsaw to cut the hole in the top and to make the third and fourth drawers into one big drawer.  I then painted it using specialist outdoor paint and put it all back together.  I’m so pleased with it and makes the garden feel like an extension of the house, like a little outdoor dining room.  The dahlias have been a huge success and are still flowering like mad, but the sweetpeas never really got started.  I think they need deeper soil, so I may try something else next year.  Anyway, there it is!

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