We had a pretty full on weekend with Sasha's Holy Communion and afternoon tea as well as lots of house cleaning and finishing sewing Sasha's dress. I also repainted our lounge room floor before I went to bed on Saturday night as it was looking very paint splattered and dirty. The new coat of bright white paint has certainly lifted the room. Nothing like packing it all into one weekend. I feel like I need a holiday now! At least I work from home, poor Phil did not feel like going to work today.
Here are some photos from the weekend - thank you for all the lovely comments on facebook and IG about my sweet girl and the dress I sewed for her. She is so composed and lovely - we are very proud of her.
I made my first ever sponge cake for the afternoon tea. I think I need to change recipes as it was a lovely cake but not very spongey but I do like how it looked. I will blog the method for creating the cream ruffles soon.
I also finished this little chair on the weekend. A few weeks ago I was at auction and this sweet (but very much worse for wear) upholstered chair came up and no one bid on it and the auctioneer turned in my direction and said "Fiona surely you can do something with this" so I bid on it and brought it home.
I painted ripped off the old uphosltery that was original and tacked on with little nails that were very difficult to remove. I replaced the topping foam and then upholstered the chair with this beautiful fabric. One of my friends, Santo, is an amazing sewer and when he moved overseas he gave me a huge pile if beautiful fabrics. This is actually from a pair of brand new curtains. I won't use the curtains but thought it would make beautiful upholstery material.
For the trim (that covers the raw edges and staples) I just used the edge of the curtain to make a trim and glue gunned it on. I actually prefer matching fabric than gimp braid for this piece.
When I waxed the chair, I rubbed extra hard to distress the paint as I was rubbing the wax in. This gives a much softer look than using sand paper. It makes it look well worn rather than artificially distressed.
When every one had left yesterday, I wanted to
fall into bed get some photos of the chair next to the Graphite dresser as the dresser was getting picked up later in the evening. I snapped these photos (and the colour is all off) but lucky I did as when the buyers came to get the dresser they asked to buy the chair as well. I think they look great together so that is a good outcome.
and I certainly was glad to kick off these shoes at the end of the day.