Create your own ANTIQUE TEA TRAY

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Create Your Own Antique Tea Tray with one or two trips to a Thrift Shop, a bit of Imagination and some Spray Painting.

Looking through Pinterest you come across some amazing Home Made Coffee Bars and for some time I had a Mini Coffee Bar with a Pod Machine set up on the the corner of my Kitchen Bench.

It looked really good however it was pointless as we are a family of Tea Drinkers. We never used the Pod Machine  but when it came to Tea, there is always a pot  Brewing in the house. Whether it be your good old English Breakfast, a sweet blend of Lamington, Strawberry & Creams or a calming leaf of chamomile There is always a Teapot full.

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COFFEE BAR  A TEA DRINKER’S TREASURE- There is nothing better for a Tea Drinker than drinking Freshly Brewed Tea from a Delicate China Cup

So I removed the Pod Machine, looked through my hoard of Thrift Shop Purchased fine China. Visited the Thrift Shop to purchase a couple of the 80’s Fashionable Timber Cup Trees and a large serving Tray.

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Garage Sale Purchased Antique China Cups Resting on a Shabby Chic Version of the Popular 1980’s Timber Tree Cup Holder

Using an All purpose Spray Paint which has the Primer included and adheres to any surface. I Firstly Painted The Taller Cup Tree and Timber Tray in white. I the Distressed Both to give them a Shabby Chic Look. I then used Bees Wax to Seal Them.

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Give an old Thrift Store Bought Tray a Spray of Paint add a Doilie and Fine China and your ready to serve HIGH TEA

I was lucky to have found 2 Tree Cup Holders on my Thrift Shop visit. So I then Sprayed the other one a Minty Green colour also distressing for a Shabby Chic Look. On this Holder I placed my Johnson Brothers Coffee Cups from my Dinner set. The colours matched in perfect with my handmade Coffee sign I had previously made from an old frame and my Tin set which I had purchased on sale from a Department Store for $5 a piece.

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An Old wooden Frame- Spray Paint- Sand Paper- Computer-Printer-Paper & 30 minutes of your Time, To make yourself your very own sign

 

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One of the only items I have purchased new, However I did not pay retail a bargain @ $5 each

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With some imagination and a trip to a thrift shop or some garage sales, you can change your Kitchen decor’ in a day for under $30 with High End Products 

The Biscuit Jar was also a Fantastic Thrift Shop Purchase for $5 and the cute little China cups were 50cents each. I have an entire wardrobe full of pre-loved linen and doilies and as Shabby Chic is my number One Decor’ Style I use them all the Time.

I keep all my Tea strainers in a Parfait Ceramic Jar which I paid $1 for. The Tea strainers I purchase from eBay all little cute ones (very cheap) The  Measurement Conversion sign I have had for years and as you can see I used it regularly.

The Antique Cups were a bargain for a $1.50 each from a Garage Sale and the Tea Pot was from the same Garage Sale for $4.oo.

If you enjoy creating new out of old such as I do and would like to share your projects I have a Pinterest Board that promotes such things. I also have a Pinterest Board for Diy Bloggers. Beginners are welcome to both. You are also able to sell your creations on both.

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Thank you For Reading Happy DIY

JUDITH SUDULIC

 

 

How to BUY & WEAR THRIFT/OP SHOP FASHION

DESIGNER LABELS WITHOUT THE EXTRAVAGANT PRICE TAGS

DO I OWN TO MANY CLOTHES ?

Yes, compared to most people I probably do. I have no idea how many pairs of shoes I own, I can not identify all my dresses and at times I am known 2 overlook a handbag or 2 that I own.

DO I HAVE ANY STORE OR CREDIT CARD DEBT ?

Absolutely Not, none of my clothes, shoes, handbags or accessories have ever placed me in debt or affected my weekly financial budget what so ever

DO I NEED ALL THOSE CLOTHES & FASHION ITEMS ?

Of cause I don’t need them I could live happily and comfortably on a third of the garments I own, However when I am able to purchase a beautiful well fitting dress that I think looks really good on me for $3 which is less than a cup of coffee I am going to buy it.

WHY AM I OBSESSED-ADDICTED WITH THRIFT/OP SHOPPING FASHION ?

Growing Up I would always remember that the feeling I got when I was invited to a party. It was not the excitement that my friends were feeling. Nope I would immediately get this dreaded feeling, a knot in my stomach. It was knowing that I had nothing to wear to the party or that I would have to wear the same outfit that I had already worn to Amanda’s and Megan’s Party’s.

I’m not sure what girlfriends are like now days but back when I was growing up 10 year old girls could be very mean and cruel and for sure it would take no time at all for me to be ostracised. The dancing would start  everyone would make a circle and slowly but surely I felt the hips and arms of the girls on either side nudging me until  I was completely squeezed out of the circle. The whispers about my outfit were loud for me to hear in the snickering groups forming with the bullying rising to being intentionally skipped from  taking a piece of shitty newspaper off the big wrapped messed filled with junky little toys in pass the parcel.

People have bad hair days and I had them too but my issue and what put me in a bad mood from the moment I woke up in the morning, frustrating the hell out of me to the point of giving me a head ache and pangs of pain in my stomach that parents did not recognise as important was the fact that I never had a good selection of nice clothes to wear and it literally, even as I entered adulthood would make me cry with sheer frustration. I’VE GOT NOTHING TO WEAR- WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR TODAY ? I CAN’T GO I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR.

This back then was due to finances I was a tiny framed girl in those days so it was never about finding the correct fit or size

When my parents divorced and I was pregnant with my first child again complaining about having nothing to wear my father told me that he had started shopping at Charity Shops and took me on my first excursion.

At the end of that day I swore to my self that I would never ever feel that knot in my stomach again nor would I ever, ever stress over having nothing to wear again and under no circumstances what so ever no matter how broke I ever became will my children have to experience any of those feelings I had felt growing up and I have stuck to my word and have been happy with my overflowing wardrobes of clothing ever since

WHY AM I SHARING MY STORY WITH YOU ?

I am certain that this morning at least one person woke up with that dreaded knot in their tummy, not because the hair straightener blew up… nope it was because they couldn’t find anything to wear. There will be another lady stressing all week over the wedding she has to attend on the weekend, wondering whether or not she is going to look to good in the outfit she has chosen to wear and another who is going out on Friday night and is sick of dressing in the same outfit in front of the same group of friends but doesn’t believe her budget can afford her to purchase something different.

SO I AM SHARING IN THE HOPE THAT AT LEAST THOSE 3 LADIES WILL BE INSPIRED BY MY POST AND ARE ENCOURAGED BY MY STORY & WITH AN OPEN MIND VISIT A CHARITY/THRIFT/OP SHOP  TO SEE THE ENDLESS FASHION POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM.Photo 22-07-2017, 12 24 28 PM

This Entire Out Fit was purchased from Thrift Shops-TOTAL= $41

  • ELASTIC WAIST (SIZE -16) 3 LAYERS AUSTRALIAN DESIGNER SKIRT- $4.00
  • LAVENDER ROAD (SIZE 20) AUSTRALIAN DESIGN JACKET-$8.00
  • HEINE (SIZE unknown)  STRETCH SINGLET YARN KNIT LOOK TOP- $3.00
  • ACCESSORIES- Scarf -$1 Earrings-$2 Necklace-$2 Bag-$12 Boots-$9

And then there is the Handbag “THE BIG SUPRISE BUY” now I haven’t yet mentioned that there are at times you will come across an item whilst thrifting that originally held a High Priced Retail Ticket.

My Profit Buy pre loved purchase price $12 Once R.R.P over $3000

It wasn’t until I was writing this post and looked up the Design Label of this Handbag that I realised I had hit the jackpot with this purchase

“LOUIS CARDINI LEATHER BAG SHOP IN THE ROCKS – SYDNEY ESTABLISHED HIS BUSINESS IN 1973 AND HAS BEEN DESIGNING AND HAND-CRAFTING QUALITY LUXURY LEATHER GOODS. LOUIS CARDINI’S PRODUCTS ARE THE ONLY GENUINE LEATHER GOODS THAT ARE FULLY LEATHER LINED USING THE FINEST QUALITY AUSTRALIAN LEATHER INCLUDING OSTRICH & CROCODILE. LOUIS CARDINI IS NOW AN INTERNATIONATIONAL RECOGNISED BRAND.”

The Handbag imaged below is available made to order from Louis Cardini Shop today. It is a Genuine Ostrich Handmade Leather Bag item Number 0929 FO and is the closest to the bag I have purchased and it retails for $3,150. I PURCHASED MY BAG FOR $12.00 FROM A CHARITY SHOP.  The cheapest Bag from Louis Cardini is about $475.

Made to Order Available in Store @ Louis Cardini The Rocks R.R.P over $3000

Surely My Bag Story is enough enticement for you to at least walk into a 2nd Hand Op Shop/ Charity/ Goodwill and take a Peek-a-Boo at the prices and fashions available that may suit your budget and style. Even if all you do is look through the accessories, handbags, scarves & Fashion Jewellery.

Have I sparked anyone’s interest? Are you a likeminded Op/Thrift-shop-A-Holic with your own Fashion Story? Do you want to know and learn more about wearing and buying thrift/op shop fashion? I would love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment below or email me curvyandcontent@gmail.com

Happy Blogging

Judith

 

 

DIY PAINTED PHOTO FRAMES – A Quick, Fail Proof, Cheap Gift to Make For Mothers Day

This post shows you how quick, easy and inexpensive it is to paint second hand photo frames and how fantastic they are to gift as presents or to resell at a Market stall. With Mothers day just around the corner this would be a great DIY project to do with your children or to sell at a Mother’s Day Craft SalePhoto 25-04-2017, 2 08 27 PM

The Photo Frames displayed in this post have been painted with white chalk paint, a variety of colored spray paints and some have been decorated using a decoupage Technique. How you choose to complete your Frames is a personal choice. This post is a guide line only.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 21 03 PM

The first fun part of redecorating your photo frames is in the purchasing. All my Frames have been purchased from Op-Shops/Thrifts Shops the prices ranged from 50c to $2 Australian. Op Shops always have a massive collection of Photo Frames for sale and if you are new to op shopping you will be astounded by how cheap the prices are so much that you will never want to purchase retail again.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 09 34 PM

Chalk Paint in Australia is rather expensive however one 500ml tin will last you a long time if only used for small projects. My Spray paints, I only use brands that have a primer incorporated in them and that can be adhered to any surface. Generally I only use Rust-o-leum and Krylon. However White King now have a suitable product available in many colours and it is half the price at $7.95 found at Bunnings. It worked perfect on my FramesPhoto 25-04-2017, 2 14 39 PM

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STEP ONE: Clean all your frames and remove the glass ensuring you remember which glass fits which frame.

STEP TWO: Paint all your Frames and leave to dry. Whilst they are drying The next fun thing is to choose coloured papers and cut to correct size to fit your frames.

STEP THREE: Once Frames are completely dry use your sandpaper of different grades, This being my Favourite part of the project, use the cut of the frame, edges and lines to distress your frame the way you like. I enjoy working with the wood and it’s lines and patterns distressing deeper insome sections than other. If the Frame had an overlaying pattern I rub the sand paper over the top so that the pattern shows through mixed with my paint colour it is very effective.

STEP FOUR: Clean your frames thoroughly ensuring all dust is removed and then rub or spray with you preferred sealer for the frames that are complete, decoupage first the ones that you intend. Then ensemble your frames together with coloured papers and photos and they are complete ready for gifting, selling or displaying.

It’s now time to share your project or comments as I would love to see your choice of DIY FRAMES. If you would like to share your DIY Projects you may like to become a collaborator on my group board PINTEREST INSPIRED DIY PROJECTS. please contact me at curvyandcontent@gmail.com.

Thank you for Reading

Happy DIY JUDITH SUDULIC