Come see my coastal cloche! This was such a fun little craft project. Turning a hideous vintage cloche into this nautical beauty.
Hello sweet ladies of the flock. I hope you are all okay and enjoying Spring. Over here the weather is crazy, one day it feels like going to the beach, the next it is hot chocolate and scarves time. But I have started doing the rounds in the garden and things are looking better by the day. Well actually they are looking pretty bare, now that the weeds are gone. And quite a few of my favorite plants too I think. Seems like if I don’t watch out I am left with a few hardy, adventurous ones and a lot of weeds. Anyway. My garden is not why I dropped in with you today. Instead I want to show you a little decorating craft I did.
Well they are looking a lot different now.
It was a very wet, very cold morning when I ventured out across the border for some flea market shopping. These two cloches (otherwise known as bell jars or domes), were my most treasured finds. Although you wouldn’t tell from just looking at them.
I started out with the one that is hosting that lovely pastoral scene. It took all but ten seconds to rip that lose from the base (it was attached to floral foam) and to remove the rather ghastly green felt.
I had had ideas of painting the base, but once it was freed from its ‘decorations’ it turned out it wasn’t really wood but rather this pressed wood that doesn’t paint very well.
So plan B it was.
Of to the store to buy some marble contact paper and iron-on edge ribbon.
10 minutes later I had this:
A nice base for my cloche. I must say I love that marble contact paper. I think I am going to stick it in lots of places. It really looks remarkably much like the real deal.
I also replaced that cord that was held together by some medical tape, for crying out loud. I opted for twine instead for my new cord.
I seared the edges in a flame and then attached both ends together with white twine. Much better.
And then I got to play…..
Here she is showing off a bit of beach decor. I must say this coastal cloche is really doing it for me. Funny how even the most mundane thing looks like a million bucks as soon as you put it under a glass bell jar.
Speaking of a million bucks. As you can see I fell victim to another blog trend. I saw these pretty diptyque candles everywhere and I must confess I became pretty obsessed. They are ridiculously overpriced but I must admit they do smell heavenly. Of course the only place where you could smell them in real life in the Netherlands is in one store in Amsterdam. But Euro region to the rescue, just over the border in Germany they were selling them too. So one afternoon while my love was craving a German bratwurst, I took the chance to go sniff out the candles. In the end I treated myself big time and came home with not one, but two of these seriously posh candles. But I convinced myself that I had earned it, and I am sticking to that 🙂
My ‘new’ little cloche and beach corner inspired me to change out the pillows and start moving my living room into summer mood. Although I definitely am not packing the plaids away just yet. I still need them in the evenings to cozy up and be warm.
So as I sit here talking to you, while the rain is gushing down outside I am feeling quite content. A little crafty bit under my belt and a little new decor added to my home is after all, all it takes to make this gal happy.
So what have you been up to? It is well and truly beach time where you are, or is Spring being flaky too?
Ok, I am off to make myself another cup of hot tea and cozy it up with a magazine.