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I love to decorate.... whether it be one style at a time or all at once...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

pretty Tilda quilt and new ebay store...

Hi girls, hope you've all been well. So I've been a little busy lately. Just finished off a quilt for a lovely customer of mine. I made a few things for her when she had her baby late last year but requested a single bed raggy quilt  in the same theme.



The majority of the fabric is by Tilda and a few others thrown in that compliment.

And...I've opened an ebay store. "Shabby French & Vintage"
I had one a few years ago and feel that now is the time to get into it again.
In my new store you will find exactly that, shabby pretty romantic things.. and things for little girls as well,
all things french provincial and french country and also one of a kind vintage finds that I come across. Ofcourse you will find my hand made soft furnishings and small pieces of  furniture. 
So just click on my shop on my sidebar if you would like to have a peek...


and here are a few things I've just listed..



It's basically a bit of everything I love! 
take care, Maryann

Friday, July 11, 2014

desk make over for Lisa in my favorite colour ...

Gee, can't believe it's been 2 months since my last post!  So today I'll show you what I just finished making over for Lisa. This first picture is AFTER I sanded it back to get all the grime off.

She told me that she needs a desk in her room now as she will be going for her diploma in childcare. She's doing it online (I'm so proud) so she'll need a dedicated space to do it.

 Luckily I remembered that I already had an old one that  I picked up a while ago from a garage sale.
So after a bit of filling, a coat of white paint and a bit of aqua this is what she looked like.


The colour is called shampoo by dulux and it is a bit darker than what we wanted.
I then dry brushed it again with the white, distressed it and gave it a coat of clear wax.

I also recovered an old chair that I had done up a while ago too and the pink paint had all chipped... perfect!




So that's it. I've also been getting back into ebay if anyone is interested in looking. Hopefully I will have lots more old and also new items in stock.
take care girls.. Maryann






Monday, May 5, 2014

A good laugh...

Hi girls.. just read the funniest article on Houzz and thought I'd share it with you and if that wasn't enough the comments are even funnier.
It's all about how in many English speaking countries we can all call the same thing a different name, and I am sure we all have come across this at some time from reading different blogs from around the world!
I can vouch for this myself (I am in Australia but raised in Malta) when I once blogged about my pink serviettes and another lovely lady blogger from the US asked if I was referring to 'napkins'.... it never occurred to me to call them that even though I'm sure many Aussies do.
So go on have a gander or a sticky or even just a look....and click here if you want to have a good laugh!



                                                                     take care, Maryann
ps...    if you live in Australia I thought the comments about the dunny are hilarious!!!!!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

camellias....how I love thee...

A few years back I decided to plant a small row of 8 camellias to form a hedge along the fence line on the side where my neighbor has his orchard and where my hedge of buxus ends.


 
It is so very pretty... but I do have ONE BIG PROBLEM..!

Out of the 8 plants only 2 have really performed well...


I also have a grapevine planted right in the middle, so I have 4 plants either side. 1 each side doing really well, and 3 each side either with stumped growth or practically dead.
yes there are supposed to be 3 camellias there.. above..all there is now are sticks..


I am pretty upset and disappointed with this hedge. I keep picturing how pretty it would look if all 8 camellias were as nice as the one on the right. Why they all grew differently I don't know. I know they copped a battering with the heat last summer but they were struggling before that. I've already replaced a few of these plants and don't want to go out and spend more money on new ones. So, I've taken a few cuttings but I'll have to wait a while before they reach a decent size.


Ahhh.. the joys of gardening.. if any one has any advice I'd love to hear it.

and here is another pretty camellia, on the other side of my garden, that has really dainty pale pink flowers..




I do have a couple more that haven't opened up yet. Ok, I'm off to improve the soil around my half dead camellias and add some water saving pellets, hopefully that will do the trick.

take care, Maryann







Saturday, April 19, 2014

a visit from the Easter Bunny...

Well, look who I saw lurking in my garden... obviously the Easter Bunny!



hope you all have a safe and happy Easter!
take care, Maryann

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

garden arch progession....

About 8 months ago, I decided to put up an arch along with some climbing roses along my fence line. You can read the original post here with all my inspiration photos. Well here is what it looks like today. With winter just round the corner I don't think it will get any better than this until next spring.


Here is a reminder of what it looked like then...

   I put crushed rock at the back and and 3 square stepping stones towards the front.

as you can see the little dianthus on the RHS with the pink dainty flowers are not as big as the one on the LHS. That's because I stuffed up and bought only 1 plant and tried to divide it into 2. Ofcourse it didn't work and the one on the RHS originally died so then I had to wait till the other one grew big enough for me to take a couple of pieces for me to replant. Yeah, I do that a lot buying one plant and dividing it into 2. Doesn't always work. 





I'm afraid the pictures don't really bring out how pretty this area is, my camera is not the best. I have planted lavender and dianthus with tiny pink flowers either side, Piere de Ronsard over the arch and another little pink rose in the pots. Towards the back on the RHS I planted some lilac colored iris. I love this little section of the garden and enjoy seeing it every time I hang up the clothes!
Bye for now, take care,
Maryann


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