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FOR SALE

11 Nov
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Beautiful {and now unavailable} ISAK 123 poster. Litho printed with vegetable inks on 300 gms recycled paper. Framed and mounted in a simple bevelled frame, painted in Annie Sloan Old White with a ‘Dove Grey’ mount. 88cm x 67cm. Would make a timeless and stylish feature in a little person’s room!
Price: £65.
Please email: zoe_richards@hotmail.com.

Christmas in July

12 Jul

I can feel it – that ruthless clear out mood that accompanies a house move…

Blitz phase one has already been achieved {the superficial spruce up for valuations and viewings}. Now it’s time to get tough – the garage, the attic, under the bed – nowhere is safe from my black refuse sack! As part of the mission it’s time for a Create Vintage cull… The projects I’ve been meaning to get around to but probably never will; the loved, but no longer needed discoveries; the pieces whose faces don’t fit ‘chez new’. All in the firing line.

First up, an assortment of chairs. It’s true, I have something of a weakness for four-legged furniture, but I haven’t got the time or the space to give this little lot the attention they deserve at the moment. All these beauties need is a lick of paint and some new upholstery.  Trust me, they have the DNA to be supermodels!

Balloon back mahogany veneer chair – just waiting for its makeover…

Queen Anne style dining chair – yep, needs a little help!

vintage shabby chic chair

The finished article, see what a little imagination can do!

And this one’s a work in progress. Ready soon, I promise!

Something else I came across while rummaging through boxes of random bits and pieces was this vintage collection of cutlery. I’m a sucker for decorative handles and slightly tarnished steel. I’ve only ever used them once, and that was at Christmas. Somehow they just seemed right for that time of year.

Assorted cutlery all wrapped up and stashed away in the Create Vintage stockpile!

Vintage cutlery – looks and feels just lovely.

Talking of Christmas, I’m starting a festive photo shoot on Monday. As all magazine people know, Christmas comes in July in the world of publications! Over the years I’ve traipsed through many mountains of fake snow in flip-flops, and eaten turkey and all the trimmings in a heatwave.

With the house moving details to deal with at the same time, I think there’s only one thing for it… Bring on the White Chocolate Snow Bombe!

M&S Christmas Food to Order 2011 White Chocolate Snow Bombe
Photography: Richard Jung; Styling: Penny Markham

Creature comforts

26 Apr

Talk about miserable… This weather is just awful! In pursuit of some cheeriness I give you this – a Katie Daisy print I had framed for a friend this weekend.

'Tell Me...' print by thewheatfield.etsy.com

I admit, it’s borderline self-help in its sentiment, but just on the right side of inspiring to make it suitably marvellous! I think she loved it, which is the main thing. Find more like it here. And if you have a spare few minutes {actually make that hours… days even} etsy.com is an endless supply of magical, creative stuff to make your house beautiful.

I also haven’t had a chance up till now to share these handmade pictures I created from an assortment of paper, felt and buttons for little CV’s room a while ago. They hang above her bed.

Handmade owl by createvintage.com

Handmade bird by createvintage.com

I fully own up to my flying creature obsession – owls, birds, butterflies, bees – can’t get enough of them. In our house the latest obsessions are ‘Incy Wincy spiders’, which for some reason provoke much hilarity, and ladybirds. I have found a solution to the latter infatuation – sweet little ladybird pegs, which will eventually go on the pinboard I’m constructing for the ever-growing gallery of crayoned handiwork that I seem to be collecting. Just another project to add to the list!

Ladybird pegs by 'Craft for Occasions', available at hobbycraft

Happy easter

5 Apr

I can sense Jubilee fever gaining momentum already. A quick trip to M&S this week in search of easter goodies revealed shelves all but empty of chicks and chocolate and replaced with a swathe of red, white and blue confections. I’m not complaining – the promise of some good nostalgic celebrations, and an extended weekend is alright by me. And, of course, it gives us an excuse to indulge in one of life’s pure, uncomplicated pleasures too – a proper afternoon tea.

I was lucky enough to stop in town for a spot of tea with a friend yesterday and was served up with this impressive spread….

Afternoon tea at The Tea Terrace, Guildford

Never mind the amply stuffed sandwiches, exceptional scones and impeccable Earl Grey, I fell head over heels for this adorable little teapot…

Elephant teapot - BIA for the DRH Collection, London

There will be celebrations of another kind in our house this weekend. Amidst the easter egg hunts and inevitable chocolate overload, our little bunny turns two. Here’s a preview of the card I’ve whipped up for her this morning.

Birthday Bunny birthday card by createvintage.com

 Happy Easter, have a wonderful weekend and see you soon!

Spring cleaning

15 Mar

I hate to be a cliche, but the sunshine actually has given me the urge to spring clean today. As well as wielding my duster I’ve also finished up a couple of projects – and started on  some new ones.

This bird collage has been gathering dust at the top of the stairs for a while. I originally had it behind a larger mount and then a grander frame, but knew that something wasn’t quite right. Finally I’ve settled on something smaller, which suits it much better. This style of frame is fast becoming my favourite – it looks quite unremarkable when plain or gilded, but give it a coat of white paint and suddenly every nook, cranny and intricate moulded detail dances with light and shadow.

Vintage style birds collage in original vintage frame

At the risk of becoming a resurrected branch of Athena, I have also set my mind to a different kind of revamp task. I’m in the process of turning this Queen Anne style dining chair into an elegant feature for a friend’s house. She’s opting for a chic palette of pure whites and shades of grey, so this will be upholstered in a simple grey ticking, and should look very smart {I’ll show you the results at a later date}.

Queen Anne style dining chair painted in Annie Sloan Old White

I have four of these chairs stashed in the garage ready for a makeover. They really were in a sorry state when I picked them up, but I couldn’t resist the detail on the foot of this cabriole leg.

Queen Anne style dining chair cabriole leg detail

Originally I fancied doing something quite crazy with them – a bold colour or striking upholstery – to echo the elaborate design, but as you’ve probably guessed by now I think that pale and interesting is probably more my thing.

Here comes the sun

1 Mar

It’s been a week of new arrivals… On Sunday we visited beautiful newborn William, and on Monday I went for tea and cuddles with the gorgeous {and exquisitely named} Matilda Plum. With a good dose of lovely new life to admire and today’s first breath of spring in the air I really have felt it’s time for some new creations.

So, today, with a month of full-time work behind me, and some free time ahead {hooray} I set to work on one particular idea which has been buzzing around my head for a while.

You are my sunshine vintage picture

‘You are my sunshine’ is a cheery little message for a little one’s wall {or a grown up’s wall for that matter too}. It’s still a work in progress, but I hope it makes you smile. As ever, it’s available as a commission… if I ever get it finished. All frames are entirely unique, and each picture is handmade to order.

There are plenty of other projects underway, one of which is the ‘beautifying’ of S and J’s house. I’ve been fiddling around with these two pictures, designed to sit side-by-side. Only thing is, J said he didn’t want anything too girly. Uh-oh, this pretty pair is practically bursting with oestregen!

Vintage birds picture

Vintage birds picture 2

Finally I’ve been revamping loads of frames, which I’ve acquired steadily over the past few months. Yesterday was a full-on paint fest in our house – me downstairs at the kitchen table, Mr CV upstairs painting the bedroom. The end result of my efforts was an unintentional Pollock-esque dustsheet. Might just have to frame that too!

Create Vintage meets Jackson Pollock {almost}

My little star

26 Jan

Exciting day in the CV house today. We have just received a long-awaited and very important parcel from overseas. Can’t reveal any more at the moment, but it could be the start of something BIG {and beautiful}.

In other news, I am continuing to feed my irrational addiction to lovely jugs! I can’t really avoid the innuendo on that one {sorry}, see the pic below of the gorgeous Wood’s Ware find and you’ll get my drift. I’m always fascinated by stories of serial hoarders found buried beneath towers of gathered paraphernalia. There’s something morbidly eccentric about tinned cat food and old copies of Take a Break piling up precariously over the years. I’m definitely more of a thrower than a keeper, but even so there’s a chance I will be found in later life floating neck-deep in a sea of green and blue vintage ceramics.

Vintage Wood's Ware jug

 

I’ve finally framed the picture I’ve been working on for little CV’s new room. She can often be heard booming out a wonky version of  ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ at random times of day {and night}, so it seems the perfect wording for her wall. I have also produced a replica version, which will be parcelled up and sent to another special girl celebrating her birthday soon.

Original vintage artwork

twinkle, twinkle little star picture

I can create your own originals by commission if you have a little star in your life. Hand crafted using  glitter finish card and a screen printed star, mounted on coarse weave hessian and presented in an authentic repainted vintage frame, for the sparkly sum of £65. Do get in touch for more details.

Simply does it

9 Jan

It’s been a brilliant few days for Create Vintage. A handful of commissions, some cherished creations sold on to welcoming homes, and an ideas book bursting with new inspiration.  A big thank you to all my supportive friends and followers.

A while ago I promised a decoupage chair, and here it is…

Red velvet decoupage chair

Minimal revamping required on this sweet and simple bedroom chair, which sadly found its home in a junk shop until I decided to rescue it {and its identical twin}. First job was a lick of paint to turn its frumpy wood exterior into a fresh and clean aged white. I loved the slightly worn appearance of the plush red velvet seat, so that stayed put and I just replaced the braid to give it a smart finish.

I’ve wanted to do some decoupage on a furniture piece for a while and the simple, slim back of this chair seemed the place to try it. I applied scraps of a vintage-look block printed wallpaper and there you have it – an understated, but unashamedly girly little seat, which hopefully will now find its own special space.

It started with a chair

1 Dec

Two chairs, two totally different styles. Both have inspired me in their own way, so it seems a good place for my Create Vintage journey to begin.

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The French country style chair {on the left} caught my eye ages ago. At the time I wasn’t an avid vintage collector, it was a true impulse buy. Let’s be honest, it’s hardly the most glamorous little seat. In fact, forget shabby – it was borderline destroyed. But something about its unassuming demeanor and pretty proportions totally won me over.

I bought a matching pair, and they became my first revamp project. I covered up the tired old oak with a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Old White paint {more about that in a later post} and cleaned up the rush seat. And then I set about bringing right back some of that lovely distressed character. Sometimes I just think the more bashed something gets the better it looks. First mission accomplished, and a taste for resurrection born.

The rather more fancy balloon backed chair {on the right} was something I picked up at auction. By now my chair obsession was well established {and almost raging out of control – you should see my jam-packed garage!} Not only that, but having done a French furniture painting course, and signed up to study upholstery with a group of like-minded revampers, I felt like the challenge of something more formidable. Upholstery is a true skill, and a time-consuming one at that, but re-stuffed, re-covered and repainted I think this curvy-legged creation looks – well – a tiny bit magnificent.

On first appearances there’s not much that links these two chairs – they are from different eras, one is endearingly simple, the other is all carved legs and sumptuous trims. But for me it’s finding the beauty in everyday things that has changed my approach to interiors. Because don’t you think that’s what true style is – mixing and matching bits and pieces that you love, choosing stuff just for the sheer joy of it? Giving new life to something that still has a place in the world. That’s what I hope Create Vintage is all about.

ps: {Expect to see more chairs here soon. I’m working on a cute little decoupage number at the mo… can’t wait to show you. Next time though, we’re talking picture frames!}