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DIY Heirloom Furniture

During a recent spring clean, Jools’ Dad gave us a beautiful vintage suitcase that he’d been given as a 21st birthday present by his parents in April 1962. It accompanied him on his travels to Loughborough during his practical engineering training.

Being so stylish and with the family history behind it we knew we wanted to have it on display. Jools has recently fallen in love with Dansette legs, whilst trying to find some to fit his Wurlitzer Electric Piano, and had a spare set lying around. Over Easter, we thought we’d have a go at combining these two retro beauties to make a table that doubles up as storage.

We are so pleased with the results! Keep a look out for more Dansette inspired projects on Missalayneous in future.

Post DIY

Post DIY

Pre DIY

Pre DIY

Materials: vintage suitcase, Dansette legs, screws and sockets plus 4 wood blocks.

Position the leg sockets evenly apart. We used a tape measure for accuracy.

Position the leg sockets evenly apart. We used a tape measure for accuracy.

Mark the holes with pen, ready to drill.

Mark the holes with pen, ready to drill.

A hand drill is fine for this project.

A hand drill is fine for this project.

The four wood blocks go inside the suitcase to support the leg sockets.

The four wood blocks go inside the suitcase to support the leg sockets.

Mark the holes in the wood and start drilling!

Mark the holes in the wood and start drilling!

Attaching the leg sockets to the wood blocks is the most complicated part.  Be patient with it as you align the screws into the holes.

Attaching the leg sockets to the wood blocks is the most complicated part. Be patient with it as you align the screws into the holes.

This is what the inside looks like after all sockets are attached to wood blocks. Still ample room for storage!

This is what the inside looks like after all sockets are attached to wood blocks. Still ample room for storage!

The best bit.... attaching the legs. We knew it had come together at this point.

The best bit… attaching the legs. We knew it had come together at this point.

Tada! The Real McCoy.

Tada! The Real McCoy.

Much love and thanks to Mr Jools Scott for his DIY inspiration and talents – we make a good team 🙂

We hope you like this storage idea as much as we do. It’s easily transferable to other items such as retro trays… who knows, the possibilities are endless!

What do you think? We would love to hear your ideas.

Paper Tache Fun

Paper Tache Fun

I’m so excited about Made in Paper magazine… it’s full of fun ideas for parties and inspirational home décor. There are easy-to-follow projects such as a gold leaf bowl, paper straw wreath and much, much more. Rhiannon and I are currently planning my 30th birthday party (ahhhh 30!! cue mid-life crisis) and I can’t wait to make some paper moustaches, gorgeous garlands and pretty pom poms.

Made in Paper Magazine

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I hope you enjoy yours as much as I’m enjoying mine! Happy Sunday xxx

Handmade by Non

I am so happy to welcome my best friend to her regular guest spot – Handmade by Non – in which Non shares with us all things crafty and beautiful from her handmade, stylish world…over to you, Non! XxX

“Hi my name is Rhiannon, Non for short… today I’ll share with you a recent up-cycled jumper, using some leather scraps left over from a recent project”

Pre-sewing

Pre sewing. This jumper was a bit boxy and shapeless to start with.

Post jumper makeover

Post jumper makeover

Cutting to fit

Cutting to fit

Use correct needle

I ensured I used a blunt ended needle and thick thread to sew the jumper together. I used a finer, sharp needle and thread suitable for leather, to sew on the patches.

Sewing on leather shoulder patch

Sewing on leather shoulder patch

Sewing on leather pocket

Sewing on leather pocket

Embellishments

I added buttons and beads to the pocket for extra embellishment.

Post jumper makeover

Post jumper makeover

Ta-da! Hope you enjoyed our first Handmade by Non post… I really love how Non’s jumper turned out! There is much potential for up-cycling your wardrobe.

What have you enjoyed altering? Share your top embellishment tips, below.

I Love Patchwork Quilts…

Love Quilting and Patchwork Magazine

There is definitely a love of all things patchwork in our house… in fact I would go as far as saying we’re all patchwork mad!

To date I have only bought patchwork quilts but now feel it is time to start making my own (to keep my collection up to date and my purse healthy).

I was delighted to see this Love Quilting & Patchwork Magazine on sale on Valentines Day and thought I’d share the love with you all. The magazine covers all aspects of quilting including step-by-step projects, behind the scenes features and everything fabric and design related to see, read, visit and buy.

At £4.99, Love Quilting & Patchwork Magazine is a real keeper… I know I’ll be referring back to mine!

Pick up your copy from WHSmiths and all good newsagents, or order from www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk

Here’s a selection of our favourite quilts from around our house… enjoy!

Paisley Dream Quilt

Paisley Dream Quilt

Layne's Summer Quilt

Layne’s Summer Quilt

Rhiannon's already making her own

Rhiannon’s already making her own

Indian Quilt from my travels

Indian Quilt from my travels

You can follow Love Quilting & Patchwork – @LoveQuiltingMag on Twitter and Love Quilting & Patchwork on Facebook

Share your quilting favourites with me using the comment form below!

Happy Saturday XxX

Rosey lives on a boat

I am so happy to have my dear friend Rosey share her lovely boat with us today!
Rosey

“I’m Rosey and I live on a boat just outside of Bath with my boyfriend and my cat. We’ve been on board for close to four years now and love our cosy home. I love all manner of crafts, although crochet is my go to… Its so nice to sit on the sofa, watching a film while a blanket grows around you!”

Thanks so much, Rosey, for sharing your home and these beautiful photos with us! You can visit Rosey and her gorgeous crochet blankets at her blog, roseylivesonaboat. xxx

Snow Much Fun

The snowy weather we’ve had recently is beautiful, fun to play in… and the perfect excuse to stay in and catch up on some craft projects.

I recently came across a stall selling dainty teacup candle holders. They were so cute they inspired me to make my own!

Home-made cup and jar candles

Home-made cup and jar candles

I made these using thrifted teacups and saucers, a saved jar (of our house’s favourite jam), a candle making kit brought from eBay and old bits of candle from around the home.

Rhiannon and I enjoyed our winter garden by lighting these newly made beauties in the snow….special thanks to Rhiannon for taking these gorgeous pictures – it was so much fun!

Lovely blue teacup candle

Lovely blue teacup candle

Candle top trio

Candle top trio

Pink lady teacup

Pink lady teacup

Mmm rhubarb and ginger

Mmm rhubarb and ginger

Pretty in pink.

Pretty in pink.

Snow much fun!

Snow much fun!

How have you enjoyed the snow days?

Vintage Clothes Screen

I’d always wanted a vintage clothes screen…

My boyfriend’s Dad noticed that there was a vintage clothes screen shaped hole in my life and kindly offered to make me the wooden frames, which I hinged together with concertinerd scraps of leather.

The fun part was the decorating, I used a mixture of old and new wrapping paper, magazine cutouts and vintage maps to cover the screen

Gold and glitter makes December my favourite month

My beautiful and talented flatmate added Christmas cheer to our home this year by making this golden Christmas branch.  A fun and relaxed alternative to the standard tree!  The branch was taken from our garden, covered in glitter glue and adorned with bespoke decorations made from trinkets and broken old (but still very much loved!) jewellery.

Thanks R! mwah xx