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15 minute (ehh almost…) princess bed

Here’s an easy peasy way to make your little one happy when she asks for a princess bed and you have neither time nor inclination to go to the shops.

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I used a piece of netting from ikea, but you could use any sheer fabric. You will also need two old hangers, some scrap fabric, glue and a hook. Cut off the hook on one hanger and wrap fabric around both of them.

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Tie them together forming a cross, and drape fabric over. Hang a hook from the ceiling, if you need to adjust the height use some string or ribbon. I thought I might collect some pretty things like butterflies, stars or flowers to hang from the hangers a bit like a mobile….
Our weekend place is coming together slowly but surely. The girls have a mini bedroom each, which is more than they have in town. So far though they refuse to sleep in separate rooms but perhaps this will do the trick?!

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Make your own Swedish roller blind!

Made these for the sitting room, and they were actually easy-ish to make… The style was popular in Swedish homes from the 18th century, and I think they suit my mix of old and new.

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You will need:
-Piece of fabric that covers the window plus extra for folding an edge around and at top and bottom
-2 leather straps and curtain rings that fit onto them (they would have been glass originally, but metal ones would look nice. I only had plastic but that still looks fine).
-piece of edging strip or similar for the top of the blind
-a round wooden stick to roll the fabric onto
-string (the strong, thin kind used for roman blinds). Measure the height of the window and multiply it by 6 to give you an idea of how long it needs to be.
-a cleat to tie the string to when the blind is rolled up
-screws, screwdriver, drill, and the famous staple gun I love to use…

I made my two over a couple of evenings, so it doesn’t take that long but it is a bit fiddly if you’re new to DIY… This is how you do it:

-Hem the side edges of the fabric, remembering to fold in the raw edge of the fabric as the back will show when the blind is rolled up. No need to hem top and bottom.
-Roll a little of the bottom of the fabric onto the round timber piece and staple in place.

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-Now make two holes in the timber you are using at the top to help you later when you are attaching the blind to your window frame. The holes should be where you want your string, about a quarter of the distance from the edges. Tie the edge of the string around the timber close to the hole. Do this for both sides and secure with a staple.
Fold the fabric over the top of the timber, and either secure it with staples (if you are not going to want to wash the curtains very often), or just a couple of invisible pins like I did. Securing them only with pins had the added benefit of being easy to adjust when you fix the blind to the wall. Remember, if you accidentally don’t have a perfect 90 degree angle at the top corners the blind will be wonky, but that is easy to adjust if you have a nice patient helper to hold it up whilst you adjust the pins (a miserable husband will do to).

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-Thread the ring onto the leather straps, if you make them a bit shorter than mine they shouldn’t pull towards the middle so much. By the way I punched holes in the leather to help the screw go through. Now attach to the window frame or wall, checking that everything is nice and straight.

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-Thread the string. Starting from the back at the top where you tied it, running down, up the front, through the ring (and through the other ring for the far side) and down to the cleat.
-First few times you will need to help it along to roll tightly, but it will be easier when the fabric “gets used to it”.
Good luck!!

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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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