All talk…

I am finding it difficult to get back into the groove after the Christmas break.  Not only that but my girls have a break starting tomorrow for two weeks!  So stupid.  In Poland the provinces alter their winter break instead of the whole country going at the same time… is probably some genius former communist idea that has never changed….anyway…..

Tuesday we are flying to Vancouver- I mean girls and I without husband and doggie.  We are going for 10 days, should be a nice break- I am feeling a bit homesick for Canada at this moment.  We plan on doing some skiing, watching the Vancouver Canucks skills game and watching my friends boy play hockey at a tournament in Whistler as well as a girls night out  and of course drinking some good coffee. (and maybe wine)

I hope to be back into the swing once we return and after the jet lag has subsided.

I am planning on doing a tutorial for a “how to” sew a duvet cover.  I have about 10 metres of Polish linen waiting for me.

I also need to design shelving and a desk “built-in” for our office/homework space which is a disaster filled with treasures my seven year old cannot part with.

I have plans to visit a linen factory just outside of Warsaw.  I want to stock linen of various styles in my store and sell it by the metre but also offer custom sewn items such as duvet covers, table cloths, napkins, aprons etc….not sewn by me- I have found two wonderful seamstresses who do amazing work.

I would like to have a few rolls of Annie Sloan’s decorating fabric.

And of course furniture to be fixed up.

I am also working on improving my photography–this will be a separate post.  I have found a blog written by a photographer who has done a series “31 days to better photography”–he is really great, I will do a separate post and link up to his blog- his blog is written in a fun way with diagrams and examples- which seems to be helping me wrap my head around taking pictures in the manual modes….fingers crossed.

I will probably get a post in about Vancouver- it is such a beautiful city and a great place to practice my learning of photography.

See you soon!


Seeing Red!

No, I am not angry.  I stepped outside my normal zone and tried red.

I started with this:

It is a corner shelf in an old English style with Tudor style glass doors.  The lines are pretty simple and kind of heavy looking- what I mean is that it is not the typical French style with curving lines and carvings.

I really debated what colour to paint this piece.  I didn’t think white or beige would suit the glass and I have already painted a few things with Old Linen….so I took a chance with Primer Red.  I don’t gravitate towards red.  It is not one of my favourites.   I like beiges and browns- very neutral colours.  And I wear a lot of black- this is a colour I feel comfortable in.

So I painted the whole thing red.  The whole time I was painting I was still doubting my choice- it was only after I waxed and sanded was I happy with the red.

I have to say I am really quite pleased with it.  Because the of the style of the furniture and glass- I think the colour also needed to be very strong.

There are carving details but they are not delicate- they are quite chunky.


I have kept the hinges and knobs- they suit the piece…..and I can’t get the wax off of the glass panes–but really who likes cleaning glass??

More of the carving details.

You can laugh at my staging- I won’t cry!!  I don’t really have anything in store to stage a photo.

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone when painting furniture.  It is just paint.  How lovely would this piece be in a neutral room!  A pop of Annie Sloan’s Primer Red to create a focal point- Primer Red is a brownish red and very toned down- I can see this colour working well with many others.

And—-if you don’t like it, you can always paint over it!