Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Soothing Sachets

The Girl Genius, now four and a half, has always suffered from ezcema.  When I was given a bundle of out of date comfrey leaf packs from the local value-for-money shop I didn't know what to do with them.  I know the jury is out regarding internal use but, reading up in my herbal companion, I found that this herb is very good for wound healing and other conditions including ezcema.

Having turned The Girl Genius into The Girl Guinea Pig, we found that it IS quite soothing and helpful, so I made the sachets below.  She loves the golden-green colour that the water goes, and if she believes it helps then it just might...

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Take a Seat...

Prowling round one of the local charity shops I found that elusive item ... the Real Bargain!
This director's chair was £3 with a label saying "In need of TLC".  It was in a very poor state but a check showed that the wood was in good condition underneath the shabbiness.
I stripped it down to the bare bones, washed and sanded then painted.  As lovely as paints such as Annie Sloane chalks are, I wanted to keep costs down to ... well, the £3 I paid, so I rummaged in the shed and undercoated in basic white emulsion then painted in Dulux satin white.  I replaced the old faded red canvas with a double thickness curtain remnant.

Posh chair for those lovely (?) summer days.  We had a big family barbecue yesterday and you can guess where I sat!

I've also been experimenting with dress shapes in reloved old curtains and duvets. Here are the first two...
 Yes, this ladies' tea dress is in the same curtain fabric as the chair.  I could vanish for days wearing this and sitting in the chair - no-one would see me!
This child's dress was a pillowcase.  I'm making a tea dress in the same at the moment.

Have you discovered this fab new magazine yet?
I've been trying to find a good link for you, but hope this will do for the moment.

Enoy the sun, lovelies xxx