Shoe String Decorating

So if you thrift - your house has to look junky right? Yes I have a lot of stuff but I don't think it looks junky and most of the things that decoarate my house come from the thrift stores. It's an eclectic mix of old and new, other peoples and my own art work, needle works, brooches and funny little things I pick up for next to nothing. Other than other peoples art works mostly everything on my main wall has cost me pennies. I also love seeing it grow and developing as I add to it.

Did anyone watch Myf Warhurst series "Nice" about the good room? I have a feeling I am creating one of those spaces without a lot of the emotional attachment normally associated with the objects. I collect them because I like them - it also allows a lot of fluidity if I want to change the objects. Some of the objects are "good room" quality and I am very proud to own other peoples art works on my wall - those pieces were very considered purchases.

Lately I have been collecting a lot of those fancy looking frames, they are littered along my wall. You often find the picture inside is faded and ruined, but the frame has a great shape and is in good condition - I usually replace the inside picture with a piece of fabric and finally use the frame as a display board. I have been displaying my old/found brooches on them.

Another easy cheap project is a kitchen black board (bottom picture - left). I'ts also part of my "try and finding something that will help me stay organised" routine . All you need is do is to find an old frame. Cut out a piece of ply to replace the center. Paint the board with black board paint. Wait for it to dry and pop it in the frame. You now have an easy new black board with a great vintage look. I popped mine in the kitchen right where I look at it all the time ....... un-ignorable.

I went on another cleansing binge today and I have a dare for you all to have a go at this one little thing. Find the place where all your pens are stashed - you know that spot where they all get thrown regardless of their condition. Put the bin beside you and a piece of paper in front of you. Test each pen - if it doesn't work - toss it. If it does - keep it. Great little cleansing activity and now every time you need a pen you will find one that work. do it. It feels good. 

Then I dare you to try not to clean the area around the pens - once on a  roll its hard to stop.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.