For quite some time now I have wanted to spruce up the spare bedroom a little. It is now my Cookie baby's room (my grand-daughter) when she sleeps over. I wanted to to give it a cheerier 19 year olds look but without having to revamp the whole room nor did I want to go to a lot of expense. For ages I shrugged it off telling myself I would have time to do it when I retire. I retired just last April but it has taken me practically five months for the penny to drop or should I say for retirement mode to kick in hence my delay in doing anything to brighten this room. Inspired by the impressive new looks that Julie at My Threadbear Life gives to lots of different items I thought I would give an old not particularly special full length mirror a cleaner,brighter look and hang it in Cookie's room. It was a horrible dingy orangery brown frame before and quite grubby with some rather stubborn glue marks on the mirror face! I used several concoctions to try and clean the mirror of the glue but nothing would budge that glue. Sr P kindly offered to give the mirror a good scrub with a heavy duty green pot scourer ...oh! dear...thank goodness rubbing alcohol finally did the trick! I then cleaned the mirror again with a water and white vinegar spray. It looks like a mirror again, in other words I can see myself in it now. I don't know much about how to paint things but I had about a quarter of a tin of white satin finish paint on hand and the time, so I thought I would have a go.
I should have taken a before photo but I forgot! This is the after photo and although it doesn't look like much it is umpteen times better than that ugly,dirty old mirror I had dug out of the spare room. All the same I felt it needed a little something extra...so I added a bit of bling...not too much just a little...in the top right hand corner of the mirror frame and also in the bottom left hand corner. The gems certainly shine when the lights are switched on.
I had some paint left so I decide to also give the scruffy looking bedside table a facelift . Another old piece of furniture in what I think is the Castilian style which was quite a popular style of furniture in the 60s here in Spain not so popular now. It became all white like the mirror and I added some gems to the kings' crowns on each table leg.
There are a few more changes I want to make in the room so I am not posting a full pic of the room until I get it all finished.
I know everyone is sick and tired of the mention of the pandemic and ME TOO!! I blame the media for this phobia...they are having a field day. However,our daily life at present is saturated with constant reminders so it happens I may mention it at times...this is one of those times because I feel quite annoyed.
My sister, in the UK ,had booked her holiday with us for the beginning of June,she had to cancel that flight in June because Spain's borders were closed so she booked for September. RyanAir has now cancelled that flight too so her trip is postponed until next year. I haven't seen my sister in six years so I am quite disappointed!!
AN IMPRESSIVE CROCHET AUTHOR in our midst!
Sue Perez has finally finished and published her Live Loops Cables in Crochet book....congratulations Sue! If you would like more details go to Mr Micawber's Recipe for Happiness and check out her acknowledgements page, we are all mentioned there.
You may be wondering why I have posted a photo of a crocheted cupcake! One of the questions in Kathy B Compassionknit August Q & A post was Have you knitted a cupcake? I replied "Crochet is my forte and yes." I have crocheted a cupcake..several in fact. This one in particular I made a few years ago. A chance to show it off😀😀😀
I have quite a stash of RAOCK makes which I haven't been able to drop off because of the pandemic. I hope in September I will be able to go for my walks and scatter some RAOCKs around the city again.
This is one of those RAOCK makes made in April during lockdown and waiting to go out.
A friendship ring bag fob.
Have a great weekend