I made some really simple star bunting for the shop yesterday using lining paper, garden string, a star shape punch and a stapler. I have wrapped it around a vintage metal candelabra with some painted pine cones and it looks lovely.
Here are a few (maybe more professionally made) paper star decorations from Etsy.
You can find it from Alexa Shop here
You can find it from Pierrette For Kids hereYou can find it from Jen Ramey Designs hereYou can find it from Paper Notebook hereYou can find it at The Path Less Travelled here
I have been busy stencilling my Christmas cards and tags over the past few weeks. The stencils have been selling well in the shop and I am going to be using them on my Christmas Crafting workshop next week as well.
Last year I used my tree design to create individual paper cuts for all of my cards. It took an age but they did look lovely. Thankfully stencilling is a much quicker process! I have done lots of red on white cards which look great too, but I am going for a black and white themed Christmas this year. They have been created using either Annie Sloan Old White or Emperor Red chalk paint.
Here are a few photos.
You can buy the stencils from my Etsy shop here
I have just completed the form for my first order of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. After using it and blogging about it, I am now going to sell it as well!
It should be in the shop in the next 10-14 days.
You will be able to buy it from here:
Nicolette Tabram Designs
Upstairs at Little Willows
9 High St
Here are a few pieces which I have painted and sold all using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and my stencils.
This little stool is has been in my shop behind my desk and as I have already painted everything else which is in the shop, it was time to paint the stool. It is a really solid heavy wooden stool, but covered in a horrid shiny brown varnish.
I painted it in Old Ochre chalk paint by Annie Sloan and then gave it a top coat of Greek Blue. Using Old White, I added the pattern using my Lodi Stencil, but I positioned it off center and left out the central motif. After waxing using the clear wax, I sanded it at the edges to reveal a little of the colour underneath and some of the wood.
Here it is reinvented, reloved and about to be reused. Such a lovely colour.
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This table which now looks so lovely was very dull and stained and unloved when I bought it, but I looked at it and thought, “good legs!”
I painted it in Annie Sloan Graphite chalk paint and used my Rajasthani Border and Little Triangles Stencils to add detail using Country Grey.
I must admit, it takes a bit of time to add all of this stencilling, but I find it really therapeutic and have that lovely feeling of total absorption when I am doing it.
Here it is, a complete transformation.
You can see it here and the stencil is from here.
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On my last early morning trip to Sunbury Antique Market, I bought a selection of old wooden and brass candlesticks which have been waiting quietly in my shop.
This afternoon I painted, distressed and waxed them using Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White, Country Grey, Paris Grey and Graphite. I particularly love the Paris Grey ones because of the lovely shape.
They are lined up on a shelf in my shop with hand printed tags on them, looking completely reinvented.
They will be up on the Etsy shop soon .
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A few weeks ago we went to stay with some good friends who have a lovely little house in Hastings old town. We had never visited Hastings before and we arrived late on the Friday night. It didn’t take me very long at all to decide that I actually want to live there and at some point in my life I fully intend to.
On the Saturday we went to a fantastic eclectic vintage haberdashers shop where I could have happily spent the remainder of the day.
I bought a selection of original French designs probably for silk brocade or jacquard weaves. Each design had been painstakingly painted with gouache onto graph paper and each one is in perfect repeat. The backs of them have the most beautiful hand written notes.
When I was studying textile design at college, we used to hand paint everything like this. It was painstaking work and skilled. If you wanted to see a colourway you had to paint a section of it all over again. If you had mixed a colour and ran out of it you had to mix it exactly again. Now I can put a design into repeat with the few click of my mouse and I can knock up a selection of colourways with even fewer clicks. Progress, I suppose, but it never makes me feel as good as when I used to paint a beautiful paisley or a big fat cabbage rose by hand. That’s why I’ve started to paint furniture again, so that I can mix paint and hold a paint brush in my hand.