Pear Frame Makeover

I have been wanting to transform this old pear frame ever since I launched the Chalk Furniture Paint colour, Sage.  I have always thought this would be the perfect hue to enhance this old painting and be a great way to use some of the Soft Black Wax to bring out that beautiful foliage carving detail. Pear Frame Makeover Materials Used: Methylated Spirit Rags 25mm Round Synthetic Brush Painters no leak masking tape Blake & Taylor Soft Black Wax Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint Sage Green Click here to watch the frame makeover. Step 1 Clean the frame using [...]

2019-05-22T16:25:58+00:0013 May 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Artwork In Ellie’s Home

My home is my creative playground.  I love imagining new ways I could transform each space.  The stairway was a spot that had irked me for quite a while. About a year ago my husband and I took a few cans of Blake & Taylor Chalk Paint, expended half a day’s worth of elbow-grease and fixed it right up.  (Would you like to see the results? ) Left photo Kitchen looking into breakfast room showing Blue & white Stack Painting. Photo to the right Afternoon Mosaic. The project did not end there of course!  Stairwells are the perfect place for a [...]

2019-05-14T03:50:42+00:0013 May 2019|About, Blog|

Everything Is Better When It Is Vintage!

Ok, I must digress, not absolutely EVERYTHING is better when it is vintage.  I much prefer my smartphone to the twist-it-all-the-way-around rotary dial of my youth.  Though, to be fair, it did help me practice my memorization skills. Many things that were fashioned in the past give me great excitement.  The love and care infused into each item is second only to something that has been hand-made.  Both of which I have in spades at the Blake & Taylor shop! It is as if these items are filled to the brim with the very appreciation of time that went into [...]

2019-05-14T03:53:38+00:0013 May 2019|About, Blog|

Handmade Scented Hearts

Does anyone remember your youthful excitement at the prospect of a grab-bag?   They were those bags full of random candy and surprises you might have received at the end of a birthday party like these handmade scented hearts.  You might spy them sitting on a table at the beginning of the event and wonder for those two hours what magic was in store if you did indeed receive one.  The possibilities were endless and amazing!  Your imagination would run wild. Well, we are all grown up now and that feeling is few and far between.  But in one small way, [...]

2019-05-13T17:38:04+00:0013 May 2019|About, Blog|

Sonya Bag

New in my web store is the Sonya Bag which I worked on for over 12 months. This stunning bag has been lovingly created by moi, Ellie, using a collection of vintage fabrics from France, vintage glass buttons and hand stitch techniques.  The stitching technique used to create this bag is the Japanese Boro stitch.  The term "boro" comes from the words "boroboro" meaning something tattered or repaired.  Historically, as hemp was more widely available in Japan than cotton, the two kinds of fabrics were woven together for warmth, birthing the term "boro" as one type of fabric was often [...]

2019-04-15T02:40:44+00:0011 April 2019|About, Blog|

Oilskin Shoppers

If you are heading out to a local market or taking a walk through some beachside shops, one of our Oilskin Shoppers is the perfect accessory that is both beautiful and functional.  Featuring a duck egg blue and white floral pattern on an oilskin cloth, each bag is lined with vintage French cotton floral fabric.  The straps of the bag are made from woven linen and are the wide enough to make this bag comfortable to wear, even when full of little treasures. One of the best parts of this bag is how easy it is to care for.  Simply [...]

2019-04-11T05:44:09+00:0025 March 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Claudia Bag – Handmade By Ellie

I handmade knitted this gorgeous Claudia Bag using cotton thread with vintage pink and white rose print cotton fabric.  I also lined the bag with a beautiful vintage blue and white stripe found on one of my trips to France.  The wide strap features a green and white Liberty floral print bias trim and mother of pearl buttons.   It is just divine and I had such fun making it! If you are interested in purchasing this one of a kind bag please visit my online store.(click here) Bag Measurements – 40cm x 26cm Strap – 42cm Ellie B&Txx   [...]

2019-03-06T00:14:41+00:0028 February 2019|Blog|

Dyeing Fabric With Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

My Chalk Furniture Paint has so many possibilities when it comes to painting different surfaces.  I have shown you in previous blog posts how to paint cushion covers, leather shoes and how to stencil fabric but did you know you could actually dye pieces of fabric with my Chalk Furniture Paint?  Yes really you can make up a dye bath and throw your fabric straight in!   Materials Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint – Colour of your choice Fabric – I used a 70 x 70 cotton tea towel. Large metal tub or something similar.  The container must be [...]

2019-02-28T01:55:23+00:0021 February 2019|Blog, On My Design Bench|

Making the Mundane New Again

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to get into a good rhythm with some of the most basic tasks and chores that just have to be done around the house. I’d love to spend every day at my workbench creating beautiful, handmade projects and designing interiors, but some days I just have to get down to work and clean and tidy around the house. I truly believe that these little tasks that take up our time can be enjoyed and embraced if we just change our mindset! One of the ways that I allow my creativity [...]

2018-12-29T05:21:23+00:0024 December 2018|Blog|

Spring Gardening

We are halfway through spring in lovely Brisbane and I am thinking a lot about Spring Gardening and how to make my garden an absolute haven that will last through the spring season and into summer! It is my goal to have as many lovely stitching and garden parties while the weather is beautiful – so I am spending a little time each day watering, weeding, and genuinely giving my beautiful plants the attention and love they need. Spring is also the absolute best time to plant a little vegetable patch so you have a crop of fresh, organic vegetables [...]

2018-11-20T09:19:38+00:0011 November 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|