Crafts Decoupage Travels

Souvenir Time

I went to Venice recently. It was boss.

Anyway, I’m trying not to spend money on souvenirs that end up cluttering up my lil appartment. If I want a souvenir, it has to be materials so I can make something. Let’s see if I can keep this resolution up!!


So whilst I was in Venice, I picked up a cheap Venetian mask of Scaramuccia (I think) – I spent all holiday calling the mask il Dottore but I think that’s a different one. I’m sure someone will be able to enlighten me! I also bought an Italian newspaper – the only one I’d heard of at the newsagents was Corriere della Sera so I bought that one rather than try out my ropey Italian on the vendor.

When I got home, I did a little bit of decoupage to get over the disappointment of the holiday being over and having to go back to work. I stuck a few strips of red and green tissue paper in too, as they are the colours of il tricolore. Old scarface is now up on my craft room wall! Happy days.

Crafts Furniture

Bedroom Update #2

When I moved house, I didn’t really have very much furniture – as with most new movers, the first few months is taken up begging, stealing and borrowing second hand stuff, or spending a small fortune in Ikea, or in my case, both.


One of the items which solved my storage needs in my bedroom was an old sideboard, which I spotted in the YMCA charity shop in town on my lunch break one day. It was in fairly good working order but was in need of a bit of an update. Twenty quid, with delivery thrown in, was in my eyes, a bargain. It also has legs, which were removed for delivery.

I took the doors off, sanded and scrubbed it, and gave it a lick of paint to cheer it up – my bedroom is red and the previous owners very kindly left the remaining paint in the flat for me when they moved, so that came in handy here. One observation I’ve had: there are certainly easier things in life than trying to paint furniture on a tiny first floor balcony. However, it is possible!

Last Christmas I received an absolutely gorgeous weekly calendar of Gil Elvgren‘s pin-up girls paintings. I saved all 52 of the pictures and have been looking to use them in a project. I decided to decoupage the interiors of the cupboards and drawers on the sideboard – sort  of like a secret surprise when you look inside.

I’d not decoupaged furniture before (the only thing I’d done was a little papier mache fish that came in a kit) so there are a few things I’d do differently next time – as you can see, there are a fair few creases! However, I’m really happy that I’ve been able to put the fabulous pics to a permanent use. Also, it should encourage me to keep the contents of the cupboards tidy….perhaps.

I ran out of pictures before I could decoupage the interiors of the drawers and the doors! Never fear, I ordered myself the 2013 Gil Elvgren calendar, and am currently collecting pictures once again. By my calculations, I’ll have enough to complete the job by the end of May….stay tuned!