Sunday, 22 April 2012

Time for a change!

Had the day off on Friday from work as I have to have a tooth pulled out. My dentist booked me into a lovely private practice called Steeple Grange in a little village called Wirksworth near Matlock. Russell had to come with me to look after me as I was being sedated for the extraction. I was so nervous about it, but it was brillaint! I was aware of what was going on, sort of, and I remember getting the jags just before the extraction, but I can't actually remember them pulling the tooth out. Russell said I was only in for about 10 mins, then I met him in the recovery room and was allowed to go home. I have not had any pain, and would definately opt for this again, and would recommend it too.

Must admit, I have been a bit distracted this weekend. Decided to change my car, after having my present car for the last 3 years. Got the one I have now (Mazda MX-6) on eBay.

 Loved the look of the car, and put a cheeky bid on and won the car for £870! I felt so sorry for the poor guy selling it when i came to pick it up. he had to change to a "family" car and was selling his pride and joy! The car still runs brilliantly after 3 years and has been amazing, but I feel like a change so opted for a Toyota Celica T Sport. Had an older Celica before and really liked it. So as you can imagine I spent quite a long time browsing to find a nice one. Picking this beauty up next Sunday from a car dealer in Blackburn, I am so excited!

Anyway, back to the furniture. I have had a lot of items listed on eBay this week and have sold quite a few things. The Old Violet dresser finally has a bid on it of £55 and I am hoping it will go for quite a bit more than that. The Versailles dressing table with mirror has a bid of £50.  The white swing mirror sold for £18.50, and this mirror below that I bought at car boot for £3 sold for £18.50 so not a bad week.

This morning it looked a bit dull, and the weather forecast was for hail and thunder, but the sun was shining late morning so we popped down to Hanley to have a look round the car boot sale. At first we thought we had wasted our time as there weren't as many stalls as there usually are, but it was a brilliant one. I managed to buy 2 pine dressing tables, a welsh dresser, a small table, a gold framed mirror and a brilliant shabby chic style candelabra, that I have already listed on eBay.

One of the first projects I worked on was to transform a dining set of table and four chairs for one of my friends. She has finally reupholstered the chairs and I took some photos last weekend.

Not sure how much I will get done next weekend as we are going out with friends to see the new Avengers film followed by dinner, and on Sunday it's "New Car Day" !! Maybe I will manage to make the most of the lighter nights and do some painting after dinner.

Have a great week!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Easter Break??

Well, Monday evening now and it's back to work tomorrow after 4 days off for Easter. Managed to get loads done! Apart from going out for dinner on Friday evening, and popping out to Newcastle to pick up a new piece of furniture, we just stayed in. Russell did a ton of listing on eBay (free listing weekend), and I got on with the furniture. I also got 2 orders for jewellery, one of them being posted to Redondo Beach, CA tomorrow :-)  love it there!!!

So, on Friday I finished off a wee table I bought at the car boot sale last weekend. Painted in Old White and lightly distressed

I then got my sander out to sand down the top of a nice pine bedside table, but it just wasn't taking the varnish off. Turns out I didn't have the right "grit" of paper, so have had to order some on ebay. Decided just to do it by hand, and it took me ages! Felt like my arm was going to fall off, but I just wanted to get it finished before I started on my next project. Painted it in Versailles and put some fresh new handles on. It turned out really nice

I then had a bit of a tidy up before starting on a bigger project - a nice old pine dressing table I bought on ebay last year. It's nice to be working my way through all the pieces I have has stored in the shed over winter. Decided to paint this one in versailles as well, the bedside table had turned out so well in it.
Mirror took a while to clean up, there seemed to be some kind of dried up adhesive all round the edge, and I had to scrape it off. Took all the handles off too and cleaned them up.

The decorative piece on top of the mirror unfortunately broke off in transit, but it looks fine without it.
Also sold a few things this week. A lady bought one of the wicker bedside tables on ebay for £15, and when she came to pick it up she liked it so much that she bought the second one :-) I also sold a nice white chair to a friend at work, and this nice picture frame on ebay I had painted shabby chic style 

I have loads of items listed on ebay this week, including the Old Violet dresser that finishes in a couple of days, so we will see if it sells this time. If not, I will repaint it in a lighter colour. Shame though as it looks great in the violet colour

So, back to work tomorrow, but only 4 days left this week.
I also did really well not eating ANY chocolate over Easter!
Have a great week!