Saturday, 27 September 2014

Shabby chic market at Beacon Hill Estate

Today another great Shabby Chic market at Beacon Hill in Richmond.
The forecast was not great, but the weather stayed nice till the end of the day and then the rain clouds came, but enough time to pack up the stall.
The gold coin donations paid at the entrance gate goes to a good course, helping young women in Asia to find new life out of prostitution, often caused by poverty.

A nice collection.
Roger,my friend helped me with setting up the gazebo and the stall.
Roger makes vintage coat racks and he uses old door handles and wardrobe knobs for the racks.
My grapevine wreaths all sold and I could have sold my tea trolley 3 times over and have commissions to paint chairs.
Rogers vintage coat racks with old door knobs
The shabby chic market is very popular and busy and has the same atmosphere as the Brocante markets in France.
Two lovely girls played the violin and the food is also divine.
I had a beautiful beetroot/carrot cake decorated with sugar pansies and great coffee.
Customers around my stall

A beautiful flower display
There is so much to see and buy, but because its very busy, I didn't have enough time to look around,but just enough to buy a little cardigan.

Another lovely stall
The next market will be the end of November and this is a Christmas market, so as soon as I am in our new house and boxes unpacked I better start making Christmas gifts in Shabby chic style.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Knitted cupcakes and flowers

Today in the village we held our yearly Garden Club Flower show.
The weather was not great, a very cold start with lots of rain, also our voting day, but lots of visitors came and had a look at the Spring Flower displays.
I booked a table for some of my shabby chic recycled pieces and also craft items.
My knitted cup cakes were a good talking point,one lady asked me if the real cupcake was inside,so the look on her face when I told her that inside was only stuffing was slightly interesting!

Knitted cupcakes
 Of course we had a little cafe with lots of homemade baking and hot drinks and this was a great place to catch up with some of my friends and people from the village.
Little decoupaged tins
 Later in the day the rain cleared and that was good for packing up.
The end of a nice day in Mapua.
Decoupage and transfers

The Garden flower show

Monday, 8 September 2014

Decoupage, transfers and shabby chic

Very popular techniques are the decoupage and transfers onto furniture in the Shabby chic course.
 Gilded decoupaged box.
 Lovely finishes with wrapping paper and napkins.

Black and white napkin glued onto box

Distressed shabby chic chair and new fabric

Distressed cabinet with lace fabric
Two furniture pieces once brown wood finish, now in light colours and  the chair upholstered with new fabric.
These pieces are a few examples of the Shabby chic course just finished.