Sunday, 3 October 2010

Do Or DIY

Next year's Glastonbury Festival tickets went on sale this morning so despite a typically late, alcohol-sodden Saturday night I had to be up ridiculously early to get my hands on ours. The website crashed, the phoneline was engaged and I was near breaking point by the time I finally managed to snag some. 
 

Too stressed to go back to bed I got busy with the paint brush and spent a constructive day revamping some recently acquired furniture. I'm using Crown's Fairy Dust, a really pale peppermint pink which should compliment the guest bedroom wallpaper once we've finished decorating it.
 

I won the 1950's glass-fronted cabinet from eBay last week for £4.99. I'm going to paper the back with one of my huge stash of vintage rolls of wallpaper and use it to store my hats.


We hauled the 1950's kidney-shaped vanity stool out of a skip on the way back home from the pub last night. I'm going to reupholster it with one of the vintage curtains I bought from Thursday's jumble sale.


The top curtain is looking like a favourite, it's 1950's sateen with a white leaf print on a pale pink background.

Sporting a pair of jumble sale leggings, a tee shirt and flip flops picked up from a street market in Pondicherry and my trusty vintage denim waistcoat. I handmade the felt Chrysanthemum clip.
Have you had a constructive day and anyone else doing Glasto next year?

63 comments:

  1. I couldn't believe the tickets sold out same day when I read it on the website. Amazing.
    Managed to get the dogs out for a walk and that's about it. Maybe in the next lifetime I'll be creative.....or maybe a frog.

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  2. Very cute hair, wish I had the patience to do something as fab with mine! Love the fabric selection too, so pretty :)

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  3. You look so cute.....love the hairpiece....the table is going to be fab...I know it:)


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  4. Snap, I have been painting today too, my bathroom and I am shattered!! I love the colour you are painting that stool. I thing those curtains were a fab bargin find too, that top one is going to be just perfect for that colour.
    Kandi x

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  5. Haha I LOVE the fact that you got something out of a skip on your way home from the pub - magic!! :D

    Love that waiscoat!

    The colour of the paint is so pretty!

    Had a pretty good Sunday - but you've already read what Ive been up to today :D

    Sal xXx

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  6. Excellent news about the Glasto tickets! Can't wait to see some pics of the spare room when it's all completed. All the bits and bobs you've found for it look amazing.

    I've been tidying and pom-pom-ing. I think I'm mildly obsessed with making these necklaces. I'm going to attempt a headpiece next, eek!

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  7. I love your casual look today, you look beautiful, the hair is fabulous!

    I am currently making a pin cushion from a vintage lace doily and the remnants of some brown corduroy (salvaged from a damaged skirt).

    Kudos for the drunken skip diving!

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  8. I would do Glasto if I was a VIP but sadly I'm not! I'm liking your handiwork. I must get onto this xx

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  9. The clip and the puffy hair...lovely! :)


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  10. Oi!! That hairclip!! Is the sex. :D I love.

    Also, hearting that outfit. Casual chic at its freaking best! You look gorgeous in the fourth snap. :)

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  11. I am speechless, you are a woman of so many talents, wowwwwwwww
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  12. I missed tickets, however if they go back on sale I'm def getting some. We could meet!! :)

    And how do you look so great and glam whilst painting?! I'd have it everywhere!
    Love that clip, if you are selling them I'll buy one. :)

    xxx

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  13. Hi there-love how you get so stuck into these gorgeous projects my dear and well done for bagging your Glastonbury tickets too! x

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  14. it's amazing what you can find out of a skip isnt it? haha! love that pink colour as well! ebay bargains are definitely the best though :) x

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  15. You should have your own TV show on how to look fabulous while doing a little DIY. I am too scared to dress nicely with a paint brush in my hand!

    I guess the pint(s) you had at the pub didn't diminish your eagle eye from spying that great find in the dumpster!

    Won't be doing much today as it's overcast, cool (finally) and lazy. Perhaps a little house cleaning (boring) but definitely some reading and TV watching. Congrats on scoring some tickets to Glastonbury!

    ~Bonnie xxx

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  16. Crikey, do you get younger by the day? You look fab!

    I've shamelessly 'stolen' your post title. I couldn't think of anything else once I realised what had popped into my head! I do apologise and I hope I'm forgiven.

    x

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  17. I'm glad you got some tickets, i've told Phil when the baby is bigger we're going to take him. I think it'd be a brilliant thing to take him too.
    My day has not been constructive at all, getting drenched, buying junk food and eating it! x

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  18. You clever thing! One of my favourite things to do is makeover old furniture.

    Thank you for your comment lovely. I was thinking that too, that some sellers might make it difficuly but I think I would lay down ground rules and get them to agree to certain things :) Here's hoping anyway! x

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  19. Wow,darling,what adorable pieces!That cabinet will look amazing with your hats in it!Such a pretty colour you've picked out,too!
    Jeez,Glasto goes on sale early!!It's only just been!Nothing like being organised!!
    XXXLOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  20. VICKY!!!!!!! WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE PERFUME PLEASE??? THANKYOU :)X

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  21. Hi Vix

    No, nothing constructive here, apart from continuing some knitting! Well done on Glasto tickets - desperate to go again, but tickets are so pricey and I missed out again!

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  22. So Glad you got tickets! Hope the painting went well, love the colour and love the curtains xxx

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  23. Anonymous! Hello! At the moment I'm loving Karma, it's a solid stick perfume from Lush and it's just delicious. xxx

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  24. Glad you got your tix despite a few glitches along the way. Not sure how you can manage to be so active after a boozy Saturday night! xx
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  25. That cabinet will look great with your hats in it, I'm so impressed at how glam you look while painting, I always look like a total mess if I'm doing anything like that, and I always seem to get as much paint on me as the thing I'm painting! Glad you got your tickets to Glasto. xxx

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  26. Thanks Vicky,! sorry i had to use caps ! lol, i wanted you to see and respond to my message. I love karma as well, i was bought the karma perfume but it was too strong for me, and 1 squirt lasted ages which is great but after a while it gave me a headache, so i sold it on ebay. I now have a solid karma and karma soap which are both as lovely as the perfume but not strong enough to play with my head.

    Can you pretty please do a perfume post? if you have your top 5 perfumes please?? Im a perfume freak !! so would love to know yours.

    Incase you were interested, my 5 fav perfumes in no particular order are:

    1) John Galliano (purple bottle) smells just divine.
    2) Giorgio Armani code women. Exotic and mysterious.
    3) Jean paul gaultier 2
    4) YSL Elle
    5) Chloe- Delicious but pricey!

    Thankyou, luvin your blog posts as usual :)xx

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  27. I had a constructive day yesterday so today I constructed a day of lounging inside reading books and magazines whilst it poured with rain x

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  28. You're looking rather beautiful today, Vix! I feel you your best when you're doing what you love:) I see a lot of myself in you(I, too like to seek out 'old and unloved' bits and bobs and make them my own by customising them and giving them a new least of life:)Inspirational post!
    x

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  29. 00 are you a patchoilli enthusiast too(along with sandalwood loved it for years:0)?!!!

    x

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  30. there are lot of other diy-things to do at my new home....if you feel kind of bored - come over!!!
    ; )

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  31. I know it looks like I'm stalking you but just noticed your lovely and cozy kitchen(It's heavenly:)!

    x

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  32. I'm always amazed by how early festival tickets go on sale. I wanted to go, but I didn't plan ahead nearly soon enough! :-(

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  33. OK, after hearing about all your industry, I WILL go and hem the skirt I made even tho its 10pm.

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  34. For me it was DIY weekend, too (maybe it's the rain...) plus LOTS of reading. Congrats to having fetched the tickets, Vix. I had no idea that there is such a storm to get them - totally ignorant when it comes to festivals, I am. xxx

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  35. Hello :)

    Have you ever tried a cream called 'Tibet'? its from pakistan and india and smells absolutely lovely comes in a small glass jar and smells like a mix of jasmine and amber. It's a cream, (meant to be used on the face according to the box) but can be used (rubbed in) on the wrists, neck, as a perfume-sort of like the solid fragrance.
    I wouldn't recommend it as a face cream but like i said as a perfume its fantastic, have a look at it if you happen to come across it, i thought as you always travel to India you my have seen this, its dirt cheap aswell. =)

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  36. Dear Vix, well done for persevering on the Glasto tickets.

    Is there no end to your creativity? I'm very impressed and love to see a bit of recycling. You don't even miss something on the way back from the pub. I love it. Your guest bedroom will look wonderful. Please blog a picture when you've finished it. Hope you're having a great evening xx

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  37. It's so frustrating and stressfull when you can't get tickets isn't it? but very rewarding when you do eventually get them. Good luck with the painting, please show us the final product when your done. x

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  38. You look fab! Love the casual outfit too ... Glad you were able to grab the tickets ... and the DIY looks fab. You have soo many talents ;)

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  39. I'm worried that you'll get some paint on that denim waistcoat!

    What great finds. I have a stash of vintage wallpaper & old curtains. Have used them as you intend to here... I just lined some shelves in an upright metal cabinet my husband repaired with some of the vintage wallpaper.

    AND you're SO right about people overlooking some great vintage stuff (previous post). I hope I would have spied that great golden barrel chair! I wonder WHAT I may have overlooked???? You make it look so easy.

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  40. Dear Vix,
    Och, I knew there was something else I should have done today :(
    I'll just have to wait & see if I can bag some Glasto tickets off eBay.
    Your spare room is going to look uber lovely.
    I adore that gorgeous 50s cabinet...£4.99, unbelievable!
    Old furniture kicks ass & is far superior (in my opinion) to any flat pack tat IKEA et. al. produces.
    Curb side- & skip finds are the bees-knees & there is a great sense of achievement breathing life in to something that someone else has discarded.
    I bought a 60s brass fireside coal box at the car boot sale today that I’m going to line with some stupendous fabric & keep little treasures in.
    You can almost get these for free from some sellers on eBay if you have the means to go & pick them up; I had a notion that they might make rather quirky but fun Christmas pressie hampers or even a treasure chest for a child’s bedroom once the inside has been rejazzed.
    Seriously Vix, for someone who has just had a late night…you look astonishingly bright & radiating of youthful loveliness…. HOW DO YOU DO IT?!
    I don’t even partake in the draught nectar anymore but I still manage to wake up looking like a wrung out dishrag, never mind ;)
    Lot’s of love,
    Jem
    …xXx

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  41. wow. . what fabulous finds! hope to see the photos of them done up soon :)

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  42. So jealous about Glastonbury! I would totally take a trip to the UK just to go! The table is going to be gorgeous, Vix! I have been on a furniture painting kick lately, you have just fueled the fire! XX!

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  43. Even though I don't really like pink but I love yours! Congrats on wining! I want to win something too :S

    I LOVE your green nail polish and your long rings more in this photo :D

    Making clouds,
    Berlin

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  44. I love that shade of pink! I wish I had your craft talent. I'm a bit helpless when it comes to DIY projects. Sigh. But I love seeing what talented people like you make! xo

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  45. Hope you bought a ticket for me too:-) love ur hair clip..

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  46. Good going! I knew they'd sell out in moments! Love the projects, can't wait to see the finished work.
    I've noticed that my recent posts aren't showing up on your list. The last one you have is last week for some reason, but I've posted since then and haven't gone for a long lie down in a darkened room!
    xx

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  47. I've been after a cabinet like yours for ages, but all the ones I've seen have been ridiculously (can't spell!) over priced, so you definately got an ebay bargain there.

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  48. oh very jealous of your lovely furniture bargains, you have such an eye for amazing things!! :)
    (not so jealous of the glasto tickets - but i hope you did manage to snaffle somE!) xxx

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  49. Lady Vixen, how do you manage to look so fresh faced after an alcohol sodden night out??
    I love you vintage curtain finds, i've been on the hunt for some and i have spied some on ebay, but they're charging £35-50! So i'll just keep hunting ;)

    xx

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  50. the hair clip was the first thing to be noticed in today's pic... loving it!

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  51. i am really good at wasting my time, so hardly any day is very constructive... but i am making biug efforts to change that state... i wish i could go at glasto!!!

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  52. You know I adore a DIY project, I really can’t wait to see the finished results. This room is going to look wonderful I just know it xx

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  53. Wow you just dont stop do you !!
    I love doing up old furniture its so satisfying.
    As for Glasto it was always the best fun being lashed over the corrugated fence for a fiver from a scouser!! Those where the days.
    Though i did land in human shit and buggerd my ankle and hobbled about for the entire weekend.
    You would be great doing the diy section in the oxfam tent! I did it last year (Loved it) plus the amount of beauties you unearth. As they save all there best stuff for Glasto.
    Keep up the good work lady
    Love
    Fee
    xxx

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  54. You're a marvel, Vix. I'm already looking forward to photos of your outfits at the festival. That's a beautiful decadent sweet pink, and the color name makes it even more wonderful. Crown's Fairy Dust -- swoon. I want to paint everything with it.

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  55. you are such an inspiration! let's start with your kitchen. I love the coziness of it with the black and white tile. i wish i was there helping you paint. i love to paint. great color. so much potential with that vintage fabric too!

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  56. You're having fun there! I spent my Sunday photographing shoes for your tag challenge! I went to Glastonbury once and as a performer would you believe - but that was the festival that turned me into a festival pansy. I was so traumatised by the mud and toilets that I doubt I could go again!

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  57. Very fabulous!
    xx
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  58. beautiful!!! i wish some of my construction workers on site dressed like u...lol... would make going on site much more fun!!

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  59. My god I love freebie furniture and you are doing a mighty fine job with that soon-to-be stool. What a gorgeous fabric stash - pink is perfect. I can't wait to see your hats all lined up in their new home - promise us a pic pretty please? xo

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  61. I'M GOING! My wonderul friend got through before me and snagged me a ticket. See you there!

    Lou x - craftyandquirky.blogspot.com

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  62. Fab furniture bargains! Love the colour your painting them!

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