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Monday, 25 April 2011

Easter Makeovers

As well as gardening this weekend I have been busy getting ready for the Vintage Bazaar next Saturday in Frome.  I have lots of new lovelies to take as well as a couple of items I have given a makeover to.

I recently purchased this lovely set of vintage drawers in great condition.  They were covered in red fabric that looked lovely but I felt I could do better.  I have covered the top back and sides in antique French Vichy check fabric and the drawer fronts are covered in a gorgeous vintage French floral fabric.

I am rather pleased with how they have turned out as it was a bit fiddly to do.  After seeing the finished result I was tempted to keep them but cannot really justify it, I mean, how many pairs of drawers does a girl need??? :0))

Another little makeover was this gorgeous little antique dolls/teddy bear bed.  I haven't touched the bed apart from wiping it over with a damp cloth as I adore the cobalt blue paint it has been painted in.

I love how the paint is distressed and worn with time.  The bed looks to be handmade and very rustic.  I have made a feather filled mattress out of vintage ticking for the base which involved getting covered in down and depositing feathers around the garden!!

I also made a matching feather filled pillow and finally a mini feather eiderdown made from antique Toile and backed in Hungarian rustic linen  with a pom pom trim.  It will be coming with me next Saturday as will the drawers to hopefully find new homes.

Have also recently made a couple of quilted shopping bags, this one was made from a panel of French quilt, the gusset made from a vintage floral quilt and lined rather extravagantly with Vichy check.

I have made this one from vintage quilt patches and lined it with a plum coloured vintage French linen.  I have used webbing for the handles for strength.  They too will be coming with me next Saturday.
I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter weekend and enjoyed this glorious weather.  Have a great week.
Jo xx


  1. Love the bags Jo! very chic- just right for the summer months ! I just haven`t the patience to do anything fiddly -the drawers look beautiful now -you are clever.
    If you pop along to the car show you must pop in and say hello ! I will be be working-the shop behind where the bus is parked [ its maroon coloured ] in the photo is where you will find me ! x

  2. Wonderful makeovers, clever you! It is so tempting to keep things especially when you have put in so much work (and enjoyed) transforming and making things. Sounds like you are having a great (and busy) Easter.
    Ruth x

  3. You have been busy. Beautiful makes x

  4. lovely make-overs Jo I especially like the bags and the dolls bed is so sweet
    xx fee

  5. Love the little bed. Hope you have a good day on Saturday. So wish I could come along but I'm busy at another fair :( x

  6. Jo, you can never have too many drawers...
    especially when they look that good! I love all the things you are taking to the fair, your stall will look fabulous.
    Hope you have had a great weekend, Abby x

  7. what lovely makes! well done.

  8. Love the second bag you made in fact i like them both but that one is my favorite such pretty fabrics. And the little teddy bed is so cute ;-) That will fly of the table i am sure along with those lovely little draws. Have a lovely week, dee x

  9. Love your makes, and the beautiful vintage fabrics!! Hope you have a great fair, I'm sure you will : )

    Sharon xx

  10. Love the little bed - so cute! And the second bag is gorgeous. Hope you do well at the Fair; I'm sure you will, with such lovely things. Abby x

  11. Love the little bed too with its ticking mattress and toile cover. So cute!
    Hope you had a lovely Easter Jo and best wishes for your Fair this weekend.
    Julie x

  12. These all look adorable Jo :)

    I wish I could make such nice bags, and had such lovely drawers ;o)

    Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine :o)

    Donna xx

  13. Looking forward to seeing you & your treasures on Saturday!



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