Thursday 4 October 2012

Decorating the house

I bet that after reading the title,  you are expecting to see lots of photos of our home in the UK decorated for the autumn, or for Halloween, or newly painted rooms......... errmm, nope, haven't done any of that. I am talking about a little house shaped shadow box thingy, which I had found at a vide greniers in France a week or so before we left the cottage.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it straight away, but I had to wait until we got back to England, and then it took me a few weeks to actually get round to it. The usual story, sigh, always getting sidetracked by other stuff.

I wanted to paint it, just roughly, and fill it with sewing related items, I thought that would look rather nice in a craft/sewing room. I used an off white paint called rice cake. Then I thought the little cubby holes looked too plain, so I printed some sewing stuff onto coffee stained paper and put that in some of the compartments. Some got vintage handwriting and some were left blank. 

Had to use a little bit of lace of course, for a sort of gingerbread trim look, and as I had just found some gorgeous vintage Swarovski trim at a boot fair on Sunday, I wanted to use that as well, no project is complete without a bit of bling, lol.

No idea why all this took me sooo long, arrghh. Anyhoo, after that came the fun bit, finding lovely little sewing things to fill the little shelves with.  Finished project -

It is so much fun rearranging things, swapping out bits and pieces and going through my boxes to find other little things for the house.

Toodlepip xxx

I had so much fun making over this little house, I decided to share it with the lovely people over at the Feathered Nest Friday linky party on the gorgeous French Country Cottage blog, as well as the lovely people linking to the great Shabbilicious Friday linky party at the Shabby Art Boutique blog.


Dreaming of Vintage said...

Oh Liz, this is gorgeous!

My Creative House said...

Wow Liz what a sweet and very beautiful house, love the images you have used as background for all your sew things, it takes a long time to make such a house, and find the things that fit into the small space,a finished house is a delight to look at and into.
Hugs Anni

Dorthe said...

Your white house of sewing,is so beautiful, I love how you used all those wonderful stamps for some of the rooms,---that looks great Liz.
And the lovely old sewing notions you decorated with, are so fitting to your house, isen`t it great fun to make such a home of your own :-).
Hugs from Dorthe

Bente said...

So gorgeous. Love petite shelves too.

Hugs from here

Vicki Boster said...

Liz- your little house is just exquisite-- it screams YOU!! I love the way you have decorated it-- it's the perfect little addition-- you really found a treasure!

Regina said...

OMGOSH Liz...this is AWESOME!! I love the idea and it looks fantastic. It was well worth the wait to see this.

I'm so happy that I never get side tracked...HEY...look over there..hehe


Andi's English Attic said...

I bet it didn't take as long as decorating a real house!

It's lovely. I really like the idea of the coffee stained paper as decoration. xx

morkaren said...

Lækkert "sættekasse hus" dejligt pyntet, det ligner næsten et syskrin. knus morkaren.

Valerie-Jael said...

Very pretty! Valerie

suziqu's thread works said...

This takes me (and perhaps you!) back to my childhood when we played with dollhouses and had tea parties and occasionally we were allowed to bring out the "real" china miniature tea cups and saucers which I still own!
You've done a really great job at decorating in white with the background script and love all the sweet sewing notions too!
I can see you playing with this off and on for hours and changing items as you find them.
Sweet dreams my dear friend!
Suzy xox

Elizabethd said...

That is so sweet. It reminds me very much of the days when I had a dolls house and spent hours arranging and re-arranging.

June said...

I sure do love this little house Liz! I also love how you adorned the sweet little thing! I have been looking around your blog and I LOVE IT! So glad you came by!

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Oh Liz,
This is beautiful, love it all!
enJOY a lovely weekend,

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Liz,
love your little house and how you decorated it. So very pretty.
Have a wonderful day.

Rhonda said...

You brought out the little girl in all of us with this sweet piece.

It is so very pretty and cleverly done. Sweet - love it!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

I can imagine how much fun you must have had with that house, dear Lizzie! I love all the graphics and script pieces you've used and all the sweet things you've put in the compartments. What a beautiful project!
Have a lovely weekend with sunshine and a boot fair :-)!
Big hugs,

Rebecca Nelson said... it sweet friend. I would love to do this someday! Very sweet idea!

Love, Rebecca

Robin said...

This turned out beautifully! I love the lace and trims you added. Have a wonderful day.


Martina said...

What a lovely decoration, dear Liz! Love all details.

Alexandra said...

Ich liebe dieser Dekohäuser :) deins ist wunderschön geworden meine Liebe. ich habe auch ein undekoriertes nicht angemaltes auf dem Flohmarkt gefunden. Das muss noch ein bisschen warten ... morgen muss ich ins KH denke an mich am Mittwoch!
Hugs + viele *knuddels*

Mom E. said...

I LOVE it, Liz!
What a fun idea! I have a few shadow boxes I am not sure what to do with....not surprising!.....and this is a really fun pretty, LOVE your crystal laces! I gotta get working on something fun!

Cindy Adkins said...

OH MY GOSH, Liz, this is totally adorable--and I'll bet it was sooo fun to make! I adorable all the lace and white--it is dreamy.

Catje said...

Beaytiful!! I'm leaving for England today and I've located 3car boot sales on Sunday morning before our plane leaves. Hoping I'm gonna find some Liz-like treasures! :)

Catje said...

Beaytiful!! I'm leaving for England today and I've located 3car boot sales on Sunday morning before our plane leaves. Hoping I'm gonna find some Liz-like treasures! :)

JansArtyJunk said...

Oh I love your altered house Liz, every little beautiful detail...sooooo pretty :)

bumble button said...

Hi Liz,Your little house is just darling! The little pictures are perfect and then all the little goodies so cute. I am having a really nice visit here today. Now on to some of your other posts!Love, Louise

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Love this shabby transformation Liz. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. Your adorable little house will be featured at tomorrow's link party.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Liz, I LOVE your decorated house. So wondeful. Such a great idea for this shadowbox.
Pure shabby and so chic.

Lynn Stevens said...

Now that's what I call a darling house! Looks like you had a fun time creating it too.
hugs Lynn

Mary Lindsay said...

This little house is just lovely