Saturday, August 23, 2014

Old Laurel Bedroom.

Good day all. I hope this post finds you well!

It has been a goodly while since I have posted. Real life stuff got very busy. Had a house move. Big house move. Won't be doing that again anytime soon but my new house is just lovely and so worth the effort. Crisp white vj walls, french doors, tall ceilings and casement windows for sea breezes. Nearly a 100 years old. But all the modern things that matter as well. A huge back garden that is already full of newly planted trees and shrubs. Grow, grow, grow please!! This glorious pink beauty of a tree is out the front of my house. These trees line many streets in Townsville, flowering in mid winter after loosing all their leaves. Just beautiful. I have found some time for myself and been working on the Old Laurels. Thought of focusing on one room and not a general rabble of all over that I usually do. The attic room still needs those final small touches but it is a good start. So here are a couple of pictures of so far.

I made the bed using electrical plastic covered wire, florists wire, brass stampings and card. Painted it all black. It sags in the middle which I just love. I had a bed like that when I was at university. My back would ache so much but it was such a pretty bed!! The bike ride to lectures in the frosty morning air usually fixed it though. Other parts of me would hurt more ha!!

The beautiful pillows are from Celeste at TheLittleQuiltShoppe. I am allergic to sewing, that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!! Ha, I think all my years of sewing to save money in those early mothering years has turned me off sewing somewhat.

The wonderful perfume bottles and vanity tray with delicate goodies are from Elizabeth at StudioEMinis. They are really lovely and I always just love how Elizabeth can execute so much character into something so small. Soon as I saw the tray and items I knew it would be just perfect for this dresser in this house and it is .

I couldn't find any fabric that suited what I wanted for dressing the bed so I printed them all. It really is easier and I don't have to venture out into the crazy that is called traffic either. You can't quite make it out in these photos and I will take more at a later date but on the bed folded is a quilt from Diane at ShabbyMiniQuilts. Her work really is amazing and I just love it. For the window treatment I used a 1/24 window laser cut pelmet and laces from my old stash. I love the tatted work. I found it in a box of vintage laces I bought from a flea market years ago. Reminds me of my grandmother. The rugs I printed out as well. Wicker baskets and slippers I made yonks ago as well. I need to make more and I think I have forgotten how to.

Tis all for now. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and be well in all that you do!


  1. The bed is awesome! I love it. It is really amazing! Congratulations on your real life move. That is a big undertaking and a lot of work. The pink tree growing out front of your home is absolutely glorious!

  2. Wow! Your bed is Amazing!!! How did you attach all the parts? Is it just ordinary glue? Or do you have a favorite method? The bed looks so convincing as metal!!! And all your printed cloth.... I still have not tried that... do you have special cloth to print on? (I know so little about some of these techniques!)
    Your attic room looks amazing with all the little parts added... I Love how the tiniest things will "spark" the whole character of a room!
    Your new house sounds lovely too! Congrats on surviving house moving!!!

  3. Good morning and thank you! For the bed I just draw up a pattern of how I want the ends to look. Bend the wire to fit and then just glue it together using super glue. I use it like welding. Just let it drop and settle over the join. Sometimes I would do layers of glue to build up a strong connection. For the printing of fabric you can buy A4 fabric sheets that are glued to a paper backing. I have front feed printer and it still works really well through the sharp u-turn of the paper feed. If there is anything else you would like to know just ask! Have a great day! Carriexx

  4. Hay maaaaate! Love the bed!! You've dressed it so beautifully. You are such a clever duck.

    That street tree is a tabuia, aren't they gorgeous? They'll grow as far south as Sydney. Could you collect some seed from it for moi? Please? Pretty please? Nurseries are a bit slow to catch on....

  5. Morning Sue!! Will do. Bunnings has pallets of them up here. Shame I can't mail you some! ;0)

  6. Aw, thanks for that! Yeh, shame plants don't post well ;) never mind, I'm patient and growing seeds is fun! Love to the boyo's and SL and co.

  7. Hi Carrie! It is such a treat getting to visit inside OLD LAURELS again. I have to second the motion that your bed is SIMPLY FANTASTIC!!!! It appears so fragile and delicate, yet it also looks to have lived a very long life in and in very good health too :D I LOVE it that you say it 'sags in the middle'. That is just the kind of extra detail that I Admire so much about your work. :))
    It is also a great pleasure to see my vanity tray installed in this charming bedroom scene. Thank You! It had to travel all the way across the Pacific to find its way HOME
    ... How Marvelous! :D

    p.s. Congratulations on your new house with all of its great features and also for getting to look at and enjoy that Magnificent Tree. What a Beauty!

  8. Hello Carrie,
    I wish you immense happiness in your new home! What a gorgeous tree!
    The room is stunning. I adore the rich color palette you chose. It is very dramatic and very romantic. the bed is a real treasure. Well done. Elizabeth is a great artist and her artwork is wonderful ion the dresser. I missed your inspiring work!
    Big hug,

  9. Wow to the bed and the tree!

  10. Ciao ..!!! Sono una tua nuova follower:)
    Sei bravissima nelle miniature!! Ti seguo con tanta ammirazione!!
    Passa a trovarmi ...sei la benvenuta :)

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    Mini Hugs

  11. Hi Carrie, Your new house sounds dreamy and that tree is gorgeous, the street must look so beautiful. Your bedroom echoes the same colours and looks delightful, great bed too, so well done!

  12. Hello! Thank you so much for your comments. Very encouraging and they do keep me going on with more of the Laurels. I do have some photos somewhere I took of making the bed but I think it was nearly a year ago now, eek, I will have to hunt for them. I found with the humidity here the board I had for the bed base sagged, which is perfect!!! Thank you again Elizabeth, Giac, Bambi and Margaret. A big welcome to Elvira!!! Carriexx

  13. Should there be another persuasive post you can share next time, I’ll be surely waiting for it.
    Calories burned sleeping