Wednesday, 10 September 2014


 Good morning all!
The sun is pouring through my window and the birds are singing as I type.
I love these bright Autumn days don't you?
My desk is covered with little frames that I have collected for Maxine.
We will use chalk paint and soft wax to "up-cycle" them and then use them to frame our little embroidered dumflings! (See here if you don't know what this means).
I was given two huge boxes of frames to add to my already huge pile so I was forced to have a good sort out and took some to the charity shop. A girl can have too many frames!!!

My latest sewing/crafting activity is below.
I was given a little chair which needed a facelift.
I delved into my fabric stash and found this piece of silky curtaining.
Once I had painted and waxed the legs( - the chair's not mine!) - I recovered the the seat and made a fitted back piece, stapling it all in place.
Not a bad renovation but it did take me all day to plan, cut, sew and staple!

Well that's it for today.
Have a great week and don't forget to show us what you have been up to by revealing all on WOYWW.

x Jo


sandra de said...

Wonderful reno on the chair and fabulous fabric. Will look forward to seeing your little dumfs reframed.
Sandra de @26

Annie said...

Fab frames Jo.....I see more dumfing fun will be needed now :-) Love the chair too.
Annie x

Helen said...

the frames will look great - as does the chair! how versatile you are, Jo! Helen 6

Neet said...

What a lovely shaped chair. Not sure I could get down and up from it without arms though (the chair not me). Cannot believe you have so many frames and have taken some elsewhere - still I suppose you use a lot of them with your work and Maxine's. I take it she is still waiting? Exciting for you all.
Hugs, Neet xx 35 (up late)

jill said...

Can wait to see the frames altered & filled with your sewing Jo. It's a lovely morning so far here as well . Happy woyww Jill #17

Lunch Lady Jan said...

You made a blooming good job of that chair! Love the fabric, it's very elegant.
Hope the sanding and waxing hasn't left you with too much of a bikini rash, if you know what I mean :-) !!!
Hugs, LLJ 30 xx

glitterandglue said...

The chair looks great, Jo. Well done. Fabulous stash of frames - can a girl REALLY have too many??
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #4

Chrysalis said...

That chair looks fab - great job! I've got loads of frames to upcycle, too - for pics of the family going way way back. I just can't decide on what colour. Most of the photo's are black/white, so I want them to look right. Hugs, Chris # 34

Hazel said...

The chair is beautiful and the frames look interesting - hope you will show what you do with them. Thanks for sharing your workspace today. Hope you have a great day and a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #45 x

StampinCarol said...

Had to go look at your dumflings. WOW! Just gorgeous! And the chair is super! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #64

Anonymous said...

I adore that chair! It is so beautiful! Wonderful stash of frames also!
Gabriele 33

trisha too said...

Those little frames are perfect for your dumflings, and the chair turned out great!

Happy WOYWW to you!
#72 this week

Anne said...

Chair looks great. Looking forward to seeing those frames filled. Happy WOYWW Anne x #32

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love all those frames! Laughed out loud at waxing comment!! The chair looks fantastic! Chrisx 49

Robyn said...

the chair looks great and I can't wait to see your framed creations!
robyn 22

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

wonderfully clever recovering, Jo well worthy of the effort... frames will be perfect for dumflings too, Shaz in Oz.x #13

Sandy Leigh said...

Jo, that little chair is divine! Well done. And I think we all could take a lesson on upcycling our frames--I need to frame more of my embroidery work instead of letting it lay in a basket. Have a wonderful week! Sandy Leigh #59

Anonymous said...

I love the poppue dumfling :)And upcycling is always good too!
About that renovation, I'd say: It only took a day to make it! I've got 4 old dining chairs still waiting for a renovation. About 1 1/2 year ago I recovered the seat with some fabric of one chair. I had taken apart another chair, as I was thinking of painting it white and it's easier sanding and painting when it's taken apart. And this is still how they are. 2 untreated, 1 half done, and 1 in pieces.
So really, 1 day for that project is really fast!

Happy WOYWW,
Debbie / Daqa #25

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jo, that's a tidy pile of frames ... and a lot of painting and waxing to be done too. Still worth it to frame Maxine's beautiful work. You did a fabulous job on the chair ... it now looks as good as new. Hope you have a good week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #78

Lisca Meijer said...

Wow! That is a great pile of frames! I admit I had to look at the link to find out what 'dumflings' are and I must say they are very cute. Do you give them away as presents or do you sell them?
The chair is gorgeous. I have somewhere in the back of my mind to do something like that. I have some Annie Sloan paint and a stapler. That's as far as I got (no chair as yet!)

Julia Dunnit said...

All day? Lordy, it would have taken me ages of days and probably some tears! It looks beautiful. Are you keeping it or selling it?

akilli melek said...

chair looks great. hope you and annie are keeping well and have enjoyed this lovely weather.
catch up soon
caroline & ayla xxx