Monthly Archives: November 2012

Headboard and retro lamps

After weeks of hunting for a headboard, I’ve given up and made one (again!). I wanted one to fit in with the sort of mid century thing I was going for now that I’m in Sweden… But no, all the headboards look the same. I’ve made quite a few before, for myself and clients, so really it should be easy… Or so I thought. I need a new staple gun!!!

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This was really a case of using up old rubbish. My sister was throwing away a couple of duvets, so I used them as padding. For best results, go online and by 30-50mm foam to fit your chipboard or mdf back (get this cut to size at the builders yard). The foam company can shamfer (I think it’s called) the edges slightly, i e trim away a bit to give a more rounded edge. Don’t try to do that yourself. Cutting foam is frustrating and uneven business;)
Now sandwich the foam in between the mdf/chipboard and some wadding (to give you a softer look) and fabric of your choice. Now to the tricky bit. You need to pull it tight, but not too tight or the edges look bumpy. This is where a good staple gun will become your new friend, or as in my case, enemy… The main thing is to take your time and have a cup of coffee when you feel like giving up. There were a few in my case, but I’m happy to have a headboard now, and it only cost me about £35. Surely that means that when I see my dream headboard out there I can buy it with a clear conscience!

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Bought the 50s lamp shades in a retro shop around the corner.

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Salt roasted almonds

My sister bought some great salt roasted almonds, and I thought I’d have a go making some….

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The recipe I used said to mix 2 tbsp of salt with 100ml water, bring to the boil and cover 200g of almonds on a roasting dish. Then pop in oven (200 degrees) and wait for the water to evaporate (about 10 mins). I did, however they came out a bit too salty. Next time a bit less salt I think! They would be really nice with apricots or big sultanas… A little home made gift idea?

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Dull day…

But my mum gave me my grandparents wedding photo yesterday. Grandma Hjördis is wearing a crown! So wonderful:) And thanks to two lovely friends, I have pretty plants in the window. Perhaps if I have a cup of coffee now that will sort me out…

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All things green

So, after a little holiday, and quite a bit more illness, I’m back on the mission to sort out the flat before Christmas! I love green, and the flat has a crazy Viking stove.

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When we moved in, the walls were a bit orange, which brought out the green of the stove in all the wrong ways. It looked fluorescent! We painted the panelling grey/green (should have been brave and gone darker!!!), and now the stove (“kakelugn” as it’s called) blends in better for me. But me being me I didn’t stop there. I bought this crazy sofa…

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I will show you the rest another day when it’s all not covered in rubbish;) And yes, I painted that table…. Need to start on some blinds for the windows now. After a cup of coffee or three…

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