Dreaming of cushions…


I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter. I am working all weekend sadly but I have some time off next week, which I am looking forward to A LOT. I think I have mentioned a few times now that I have just bought my first house, a cute little bungalow on the outskirts of Durham. The house needs a lot of work doing to it, which is super exciting but also a bit frustrating when there are so many dresses I want to make! Below is a picture of me holding up my keys outside my house. I am wearing my favoutite mustard hat and mittens, knitted by my talented mum 🙂

I am really excited about putting my own stamp on the place and my head is swimming with ideas. I love mid-century style with a modern twist so hope to find some lovely pieces from the 1950s and 1960s. As an enthusiastic sewist, I also hope to make cushions, lots and lots of cushions. I know I should be thinking about important stuff like carpets and lining paper but cushions frequently creep back into my mind. Soft furnishings are important too right?!

So far the only room anywhere near completion is my bedroom, which I absolutely love. As you can see from the picture below, I went for a lovely peaceful green (Putting Green by Dulux) as it matched some curtains I already had.

I bought a cream quilt for my bed and put two of my favourite homemade owl cushions in pride of place. I have made dozens of these owls, often with a theme, as gifts for friends and family over the years. Among my most inventive were zombie owl, joiner owl, gardener owl, space owl and teacher owl. I know, I need to get out more!

I have also discovered a love of upcycling old furniture. I am so chuffed with how this dressing table turned out. I already have a g-plan dressing table so I removed the mirror, painted it dusky pink and changed the knobs. The paint it Wedgewood Lilac by Craig and Rose and the knobs are from TK Max.

My next project is the living room, which I am very excited about. In December, I was lucky enough to visit Japan, where I bought some beautiful handkerchiefs that I plan to turn into cushion covers. I will share some pictures when they are finished.

Speaking of cushions, do you like this one I made my friend John for his birthday? He loves maps and I have been promising to make him a map cushion for years. I decided to combine the map fabric with a stamp print as it made me think of postcards.

I’m sorry this post is not strictly sewing related and a bit disjointed. The house has kind of taken over everything at the moment. I did manage to make a 1960s style wool cape on a Friday night though. I hope to write a post about that next week after I have taken some nice pictures of it.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

Love Lizzie


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