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1  Shared room at Daddy's house! (picture Heavy!) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by BritishFaery on: November 22, 2016 01:33:32 AM
We have my partners children g,11 & 7 every other weekend, and I wanted to make a really special bedroom for them so they feel they have their own space here, that's it's not 'Dads' house, it's 'their' house.
Before, it had an ikea bunk bed in, which was rickety, ugly - and made the space awkward. If it had been wood, I'd of worked with it, but.... I found two divan beds on Freecycle, including mattresses. So that began the project!
The divan's had to be sawn in two to get up the stairs!
Here it is as I initially finished it - now I have made lots of changes, they have gallery walls next to their beds, filled with photos and their artwork, a yellow wicker toy chest (rather than the purple open shelves) and a chest of drawers.
If they ever tidy the room, I'll update the photos!



 
I repainted all the walls white, as they were rental-yellow  Angry Then I started putting on the yellow and blue. (Their favourite colours)



It made the room look so bright and cheerful!

I wanted to make black, back-lit heard boards with their initials on. I designed them, and my partner cut them out with a jigsaw. (I'm going to do a separate post for that, I think!)
I was really pleased with how they turned out.




Because my partner did such an amazing job cutting the letters, we could use the cut outs in the room! hey are now hanging on the door Smiley

I made this beanie Baby shelf with old strips of wood from a bed base! It eventually broke Roll Eyes



Because they have no space for a bed side table, I made these 'end tables' with old crates, and we painted them their favourite colours.


I painted the inside of the wardrobe doors with chalk paint, then decorated them with a mixture of white acrylic and chalk pens.

My OH also sanded down and painted this desk for them.

And this is before:

Terrible!!

They were completely dumbstruck, giggling, hugging - so, SO worth it!

Thanks for looking Smiley
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2  Isadora, the artist! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BritishFaery on: November 21, 2016 12:32:56 AM
I'm really loving making Sprytes again.  Smiley This is Isadora, who hold painting parties for her other arty (or sometimes not to arty  Cheesy ) Spryte Friends!
She's girlier than I'm used to doing, but that was the way she wanted it, who am I to argue!?  Roll Eyes





I'm tempted to make her little socks!

Thanks for looking Smiley
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3  Built in (Ikea) bookcase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by BritishFaery on: November 08, 2016 10:01:17 AM
We moved into a gorgeous little cottage last year, (and although we are renting) I have been DIY'ing non stop! One of the first projects we needed to get done was to house my books. They were stacked all over the place, and drove my boyfriend CRAZY.
Actually building a bookcase was out of the question, as no funds, and, you can't screw anything of weight into the horse-hair walls! After a little research, (Pinterest) I saw these Ikea Hacks. Decided to give it a go!
It isn't perfect, but I love it !



Amazingly, the measurements worked out perfectly, and I could fit the bookcases all the way along, with just enough space on the edge to add the borders. 

Because of the wonky walls, floors, and ceilings, The bookcases all needed to be screwed together because they all sat at different sloping angles. They also needed to be screwed to the wall to stop them toppling over!!

I used these AWESOME screws..!

We also had to wedge wooden strips to keep it up straight. I was always planning to add a border along the bottom, so these would never be seen, but I didn't quite manage it!

This is how it looked with the shelves that came with the bookcase, and I had to wait a few months to afford more!

Once the extra shelves were added, I could attach the borders to make it look like a built in bookcase.



This is how it looks all finished, in the room! I am SO happy with it, all I have ever wanted is a place to display my books, and I am chuffed I manage to pull off even half of what I had imagined. I find myself just sat gazing at it!


Thanks for looking!  Grin
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4  Autumn Sprytes! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BritishFaery on: November 04, 2016 01:45:52 PM
Hello, Everyone! I have started making my old friends, again - and would love to hear what you think of them  Smiley The pattern is my own, and it has taken such a long time to get right! But it was so worth doing. Before, their legs and arms were jointed weirdly, meaning they were hard to dress, and clothing looked bulky and unnatural. They are jointed in their hips and elbows much more fluidly now, which means I could even make all their clothes removable, which I think just makes them a little more fun, too!
I have made a little Autumn Trio, and had so much fun designing little outfits and matching all the fabrics - though I am not sure I went too far with the matching...!?
I think I still have allot of practising to do when it comes to styling, so I would be really grateful of any thoughts on their clothes!



This is Alice! Alice loves the Autumn, like her two siblings, Ida and Edward. She is an adventurer, leaving early in the morning and coming back late at night with sticks in her hair!



She has sweet little piggy tails (I make the wigs myself, too) And a button detail on her dungarees!

She has buttons on her sleeves, too! I used a blanket to make their fleece jumpers/accesories, so they are realllly soft! And, used the finished edge on them, too.

And this is Edward, I need a better photo of him, really! Edward is a fun-loving, sweet natured boy who loves Autumn the best. All those leaves for jumping in, throwing! Pumpkins to carve, and spiced apple cake.


He's got a little scarf to help keep him warm, and more buttons  Roll Eyes on his dungarees, too!

He has little brown mittens, which you can just about see!

And last but not least, Ida.
Ida is a calm, sweet little thing who loves all the glorious colours Autumn brings. She finds herself sitting for hours, watching the sun tilt and shift through the leaves on the trees, and enjoy that wonderful stillness, that is seemingly unique to Fall.
 

Ida's little Button peter pan collar

and her armwarmers! These were so fiddly to make!


They are just a bunch of 'lets warm up by the fire' siblings. Tea and blankets for three! And one for me !  Roll Eyes

Here's the three of them, happy with their pumpkins!



I love their little toes!!!
Thanks for looking/reading - I'd love any feedback.
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5  A 60's-70's Sanctuary! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by BritishFaery on: November 03, 2016 01:11:00 AM
Hello! I have been away from Crafster for a looong time, but I am back! In my own house, now, too! So whilst I'm nervous about sharing all my crafty endeavors,  I'm excited too. I thought I would start with my newest project, my bedroom.

My partner and I love the late 60's to early 70's, and after finding a few beautiful pieces, I finished off the room with a wardrobe. (At least, i've told my boyfriend I've finished Wink muahahahaha)

I have wrote a loooong blog post going into all the details, and the hillarious misadventures in picking up the wardrobe (Ok - hilarious now we are home - not so much at the time!!) If anyone fancies a good laugh at a fellow obsessive DIY-er.
http://thebritishfaery.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/how-to-annoy-your-diy-phobic-boyfriend.html

I don't really have any before pictures, only one of the wardrobe we had to replace! (My blog also goes into THAT.... Roll Eyes)
So, I am just going to upload all the pretties! I absolutley love the space now, it feels bright, and cheerful, and soothing. <3

Sorry the lighting is poor, it's dark in the middle of the day here at the moment!
This is the wardrobe, a bargain of Ebay, just needed a light sanding and re-varnishing!

The two throws are heirlooms, the knitted one was made by my Grandfathers Grandmother! And the crochet one my Grandmother brought whilst travelling in her 20's.

This side board we got for free of Freecycle - It's absolutley gorgeous, and gives us much needed storage!

I put a shelf up above the bed, instead of a headboard - it gives us a reading light, or down lighting. It just creates a little focus in the room Smiley

I should have put the lamps on for this photo. Oh well! 

And the Beast!!!!This is the awful wardrobe we had in the room to begin with;  I also scored this of Gumtree for a bargain, but it just did not work in a tiny cottage bedroom, it was huge, and black, and oppresive. Like staring into a black hole of death everynight. Important lesson learned!



I'm debating building a headboard of some kind - does anyone have any ideas?

Thank you so much for looking, I'm excited to be sharing again!
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6  Sea Empress and Emperor in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BritishFaery on: June 03, 2012 07:23:20 AM
Hello Everyone =)

This is my most Extravagant pair of Sprytes, they have taken me forever... but I am really pleased with them, and glad they are finished!! =D The Sea Empress has about 7 layers to her skirt, and its embelished with stones, shells, beads and trinkets. It matches her crown, and the embellishment on The Sea Emperor too.
They are about 20" Tall, which I think is my tallest pair so far..!



The Sea Empress and Emperor never had any children of their own, so instead adopted the Sea, and they treat all under the waves as if they were their own children. They are full of love <3






They love each other very intensely, their life is full of laughter and kisses!




Sea creatures from near and far all come to them with their troubles. The Empress and Emperor are always eager to help, offering those at need a place in the Ocean Palace, until they get back on their feet. (Or fins!!)



The Emperor, baggy pantaloons, embelished with beads, a cloak, and of course, A Trident!

The Empress, many layerd skirt, with silk corset, embellishments, and crown!


I hope you enjoyed meeting them! C+C Always welcome! Thankyou for looking!!! xxx
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7  Felted Toadstools =D (Photo Heavy!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BritishFaery on: May 04, 2012 09:35:56 AM
I have started making Felted Toadstools for my Sprytes to sit on =) I am still playing around with them, and will change the pattern a little more till I am happy with them, I want to try some green/brown pointed ones too. They're ever so slightly addictive!! haha !


I am going to use them when I do craft fairs, as stands for the dolls, and to add a little colourful interest the the table! I am going to do some reallly tall twisty ones too, hopefully!






As always, C+C greatly appreciated! =D
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8  My recent Spryte Dolls =) Img Heavy!!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BritishFaery on: April 22, 2012 02:28:37 AM
I have been trying to make one Spryte every week this year. Its a little ambitious, but exciting. (It also keeps me off the PC!!)

Here are the Sprytes that have been born the last few weeks!

This is O'khea, she is a guardian of Horses =) She was so much fun to make, and was a donation to an auction to raise money for a Horse Chairly. I love her freckles, I've never done them before, but will definatley be doing more now!
Her full story and more pics are here:
http://britishwoodlandsprytes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/okhea.html



This is Kahroo, A wild adventurer! I made KahRoo for a two year old I nanny, I wasn't sure how he would get on with him, as the little boy already has a comfoter bear. But he LOVES Kahroo, and joins us on all our adventures!
 http://britishwoodlandsprytes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/kahroo-explorer.html



Ulyiana, a Spryte who loves to sing and dance! I loved this hair, its looked so much better than I imagined it would!
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/comments/?set=a.204247402989256.50400.113426528738011



Gimbya, a Giraffe Guardian. She was an order, and so much fun to do. I had to interface the fabric, as it was stretch cotton, and that doesn't really work on the dolls. I made her tail and horns pose-able too!
http://britishwoodlandsprytes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/gimbya.html



This is Nara, a 4 year old boy I look after chose everthing about this spryte, including her name, which means Happy. She sells flowers in the village! http://britishwoodlandsprytes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/nala.html



This is Dilly, he is the Spring Elemental! Now I only have one more season to do!
http://britishwoodlandsprytes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/dilly-spring-spryte.html



This is Mughwye, he is Loves the Twighlight! Keep your eye out for him! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.256953194385343.61512.113426528738011&type=3



And lastly, Mylah. She is a fan of all things moss and vine covered! Living deep in the woods. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.237760122971317.57591.113426528738011&type=3


Hope you liked my Sprytes, as always, any C+C is greatly appreciated. Much Love <3
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9  Henna Themed paper organiser in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by BritishFaery on: April 08, 2012 07:02:50 AM
I got this amazing wooden drawer system (I honestly have no idea what it's called!)  from freecycle.  Grin Its was super handy, and I loved everything about it, except how it looked. I lived with it for ages, but a few days ago I decided I couldn't look at it a day longer!
Here is a teaser pic: (So I dont get a before pic as the thumbnail!)  Wink


I dont have a good pic of it before, but you can see it here, next to the PC:


I was going to sand it all down, put was to lazy, so I just painted straight over the top...  Roll Eyes

I did the drawers first, they are free hand, with small Henna designs on them, also done freehand.



Here is a better pic of the drawers:


It didn't take to long in the end, or, I should say, It didn't tka me as long as I thought it would, and I am quite pleased with it. Some of the deasigns are a little wonky, but I didnt make any huge mistakes, so for that I am hugely grateful!!

What do you think?
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10  Greetings from a Goblin in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BritishFaery on: March 01, 2012 11:18:25 AM
I thought I'd have a go at creating some new characters! My first attempt had to be at Goblins! I wanted them to look a bit meaner than my Sprytes, yet still loveable. Im not entirely happy with the pattern, but I like him regardless!  Cheesy
Here he is:






I would love to hear you thoughts on him, and any advice or suggestions?

As always, thankyou so much for looking! <3
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