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Very productive weekend of renovating furniture and upholstering armchairs 

Very productive weekend of renovating furniture and upholstering armchairs 

It was a rainy weekend. The weather and greyness made me feel quite lazy,  but it did not stop me from finishing a few projects.  It was nice and fulfilling to stay at home and bring a few things back to live.

Re-upholstered armchair.

Lovely mustard-yellow fabric and chalky finish waxed wooden frame in graphite.

I have started the chair on Thursday afternoon from painting the frame, and I have completed renovating finished it over the weekend.

Renovated retro dresser.

Chalky grey and graphite finish with a silver coating at the countertop. All waxed and polished.

Renovated dresser / sideboard. that was in my hallway.

It was in my hallway and looked quite boring and dark. I decided to brighten it up a little bit – bright grey chalky finish with metallic elements.

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Hand Sewn Sheep – a free toy pattern

Hand Sewn Sheep – a free toy pattern

Have you ever tried sewing? I love various sewing projects – this is an amazing way of creating truly unique items – gifts for example. The photos below are of the sheep that I have sewn some time ago as a gift for a friends daughter. I wanted to share this project with you and encourage you to try a little bit of sewing. Why not sewing a unique toy for your child, niece or nephew? It is not that difficult. The best thing is that you actually do not have to buy any fabrics. The pieces that you use for sewing are so small, that you can recycle some old shirts or other clothing garments. You can also use some fabric scraps leftover from your bigger projects.

So here you go – I also have a free pattern for you that you can download.


Enjoy your free sheep sewing pattern and your sewing project 🙂

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Necklace made of Reclaimed Cotton or old T-shirts

Necklace made of Reclaimed Cotton or old T-shirts

This necklace is a very easy to make. Can be no-sew if you want to use a hot glue only, but I would say, that supporting the strips of cotton with a little bit of thread make them more durable. I, to make these two recycled cotton necklaces, used hot glue on the edges where I tightly wrapped the fabric around the hanging parts and then I sewn it a little bit.

This kind of necklaces can be made of ready cut recycled cotton that this days can be purchased at most of the craft shops and is accessible online, I, however, suggest to recycle old t-shirts. Cotton T-shirts are knited in the way that when cut into narrow (appx 1-1,5 cm ) strips, they do not rip and nicely roll into tube shapes. You can cut them wider if you want to give the cotton twists more body. Then you can decide on the length of your necklace – various dimensions can be used depending on whether you want it short or long.

You can also use a recycled cotton to make other accessories – so much more than just  necklaces. You can make anything from a necklace to a headband, a bracelet to an anklet, the strings in this scarf can be removed to make different accessories or color arrangements. They can be worn in a multitude of different looks to express your style.

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Cotton rope basket – crochet – FOR SALE

Cotton rope basket – crochet – FOR SALE

Cotton crochet basket for sale. Natural soft cotton rope was used to create it. The crochet stitch used made is sturdy enough so sides are not collapsing. It is lively sunflower yellow with a vibrant navy blue trim The dimensions are: Height: apx 21 Diameter: apx 40cm

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Hand knitted cotton rope blanket or a rug – FOR SALE

Hand knitted cotton rope blanket or a rug – FOR SALE

Another rug. This one is in calm colours – smokey grey, khaki and a dark grey cotton rope was used to produce it. It is knitted, entirely hand-made by myself.  All together around 650 meters of that rope was used. The dimensions are apx 110cm x 140cm. The rug is stretchy, so the exact dimensions depend…

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How to renovate an old armchair.
Upholstery for beginners

How to renovate an old armchair. <br> Upholstery for beginners

I do not have the translation of the post in Polish about the upholestry of and renewing old armcahirs, but the below photos might give you a good idea as what can be done to old stuff with little bit of skills and wilingness 🙂 I hope I will translate it (or at least parts…

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Edgy, funky baby and toddler clothing – hand painted limited edition

Edgy, funky baby and toddler clothing – hand painted limited edition

I have recently came back to painting on fabric. What I realised was that I have big collection of hand painted male t-shirts and many cool hand painted girl tops.  What I was lacking is clothing for  children.  So I decided to do something about this  gap. Here you can see the the limited collection…

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Batik. Fabric, wax and madness of colours

Batik. Fabric, wax and madness of colours

Recently I spent some time in Yogyakarta, the batik capital of the world. While being there, I could not miss the fantastic opportunity of learning more about batik and its history. I also decided to put my hands on some batik tools and learn myself how to make it.
After going through some research, I have decided that the best option to learn how to make batik is with Dr. Hadjir, who has 30 years teaching experience. So I paid $35 and enrolled for his 3 day batik course. We agreed, that I would make three batiks – the traditional Indonesian Ornament, and two patterns of my own choice and design.
I have to say that the course was worth every penny spent, and now I cant wait to be back home and do more batiks.

How does the batik making process look like?

1. First of all, we need to chose and prepare the fabric. It is the best to start with  a good quality cotton. We need paints and some tools (there are many materials and tools that are used to create batik and they look a bit different in various countries). We also need some design idea for the theme or pattern that you want to apply on the fabric. Regardless of how experienced we are and how much preparation we will do, the final outcome always is a surprise (even to these most experienced batik artist).
2. The chosen fabric must be prepared. It is recommended to wash it even few times to remove any dirt. Very often fabrics are also boiled to prevent fabric shrinkage afterwards.
3. The next step is to apply the pattern. We can draw with pencil directly on the material or copy paper patterns. Another way is to cut the pattern out from the paper and sprinkle the edges with charcoal or powdered graphite from the pencils.
4. The next step is applying the wax along the drawn lines and ornaments. The fabric is usually stretched on a wooden frame, and a special applicator (known in Indonesia as tjanting) is used to apply melted wax. Hand made wax lines and ornaments are really time consuming. This technique also requires precision and incredible patience. It is much faster to apply wax on fabric using special stamps  (in Indonesia the stamps are usually made of metal, but in India, very often you can find a wooden stamps). The stamps can vary in size – some are single motifs (flower, animal, geometric pattern), some are large enough to cover the square meter of fabric at once.
5. When the wax in applied and dry, the fabric can be dyed. Traditionally in Indonesia color is applied in two phases. The first step is to immerse the fabric in a solution of some kind of soda and few other ingredients in order to enhance absorption of color (in the next stage). After that, the fabric is immersed in the actual paint, rinsed in cold water and then it is dried. Modern batik making allows using one stage dying specimens, which considerably simplifies the process. If we want few shades of a certain colour on our batik, we repeat the process of waxing and dyeing few times, always starting dying from the lightest to the darkest colours.
Another way to achieve a multicoloured batik is to apply paint only on the certain areas of the fabric (stretched on canvas) with a small brush or with a stick ended with a sponge or cotton. This technique is used in particularly colorful batiks, where the gradual application of the brightest to the darkest does not work.
6. The last step is to remove the wax. To do this, we immerse batik for few moments in boiling water. There are usually some special substances mixed with the water helping to remove the wax (e.g. soda).
Below are some galleries where you can see my first batiks through the different stages of their completion.


melt pot
Batik Wax Melt Pot


Batik Wax 500g


Tjanting Tool 35mm bowl, 1mm spout
Tjanting Tool 35mm bowl, 1.5mm spout

Batik Navy-Jacquard Procion Dye
Batik Turquoise -Jacquard Procion Dye
Batik Dye Jet Black 8Oz
Batik Carmine Re-Jacquard Procion Dye

Traditional batik – step by step

‘Stained Glass’ looking batik – step by step

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Colourful Laos – from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Colourful Laos  – from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

We  spent last week in Laos. Even though so far we stayed on the bitten path, that most of the backpackers are heading to, it gave us plenty opportunities to admire the beautiful nature, interesting colorful culture and experience the hospitality of  Laotian people.  It also gave me many interesting photographic opportunities. The below pictures…

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