How to Revamp a Peacock Chair

I am so excited that I finally got to buy a good retro peacock chair and at a great price.

My peacock chair

I found this beautiful chair on eBay. It wasn’t too far away and got it at a great price of $75. What a steal!! Most range from the $300 to $600 mark, so I was super excited to get it!

But it definitely needed some TLC. So here were my steps to revamp it:

  1. You will need to clean it up with a small brush. I used a dust pan brush.
  2. Next, use your brush extension on the end of your vacuum cleaner hose to do a final clean.
  3. Cut off any broken bits or tighten them up.
  4. Get a good primer spray and thoroughly spray coverage on the whole chair

The chair once sprayed with primer

4. Repeat to ensure you get full coverage of the chair.

5.  Wait a full 24 hours for the primer to set

6.  Spray the chair in whatever colour you desire. I chose white, as I can change its accessories for a different look.  White looks fresh and bright, and can blend into any decor.

7. You will need 3 spray cans for each coat. You need to spray each way that the cane goes. For example with my chair I had to spray in an x Criss-cross motion to make sure of full coverage on all the cane slats.

7. Once completely dried (24 hours), do a top coat. Again you will need about 3 cans. Then wait another 24 hours for the paint smell to subside and for complete drying time.

Top: front of peacock chair -finished

Bottom: back of chair -finished

8. Now to decorate the chair. I choose a black velvet round cushion and a black faux fur throw, to enhance the white peacock chair.  I recovered the seat cushion by buying another matching throw. I cut 2 layers of the throw 5 cm around the cushion and sewed them together. With the cushion inside, I hand sewed the opening shut.

My peacock chair finished

You can decorate the peacock chair with flowers, coloured paint, pillows, throw, butterflies, ribbon, bows or anything you desire. Here are some other ideas for decorating a peacock chair

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Top right

Bottom right

Have you decorated a peacock chair? Send me photos, I would love to see.

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ANZAC Day

Throughout all the wars, many sacrificed their lives fighting for our nation to be how it is today.

ANZAC Day, held on 25th April is a national day to remember all those Australians and New Zealand who served and died in all wars and conflicts, and all the suffering and contributions of all those served. It was originally recognised for all those who fought at Gallipoli during World War 1, but over time it includes remembering all those who served in all wars.

During the war, there were also doctors, nurses and many animals who served.

Anzac Day ceremony is a dawn service that is held for those who have fallen in service. It is a standing ceremony conducted in the dark prior to sunrise. It includes the last post bugle call, a minutes silence, a Reville played on the bugle and the laying of wreaths. It is a very emotional ceremony.

Dawn Service

There are currently around 80,000 men and women who are part of our Australian armed forces.

Armed Forces Flag

Through all the wars, many performers went to perform for the troops. The idea of the performances was to lift the morale of the worn and fatigued men and women who faced time in the war zone.

Between 1967 and 1971 troops left Australia for Vietnam. Performers such as Eddie Mendoza (comedian), Little Pattie (singer), Col Joy (singer), Lorrae Desmond (singer), Norman Hetherington (cartoonist) and Cathy Wayne (singer) went to Vietnam to perform for the troops.

Little Patti performing for the troops

Col Joy & Little Patti performing in Vietnam

Cathy Wayne who actually died while in Vietnam

In World War 2, between 1939 and 1945, many Australians again went to war. Many performances were held for the troops. This included performers such as Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart and Marlene Dietrich.

Bing Crosby with troops

Judy Garland performing for the troops

Humphrey Bogart & Bette Davis performing

Anzac Day is about respecting all the Australian and New Zealand army Corps that who landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 in World War 1. We also show respect to all the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand who have fought in wars present and past.

Anzac Day

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them

Lest We Forget………

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Blow Up Your Life

For so long now I have been trying to get my hands on a 1960s inflatable terrarium footstool…. Finally I did, at the bargain price of $60 on Facebook! So many that I have seen on the internet go for around the price $250, so finding this one at a fantastic price and in such great condition, I jumped at the chance.

My new 60s Inflatable Terrarium Footstool

The vintage inflatable footstool dates from the 1960s and has unique, clear plastic sides to reveal fake grass, flowers and leaves. It has a vinyl top and wooden and metal legs. The blow up nozzle at the bottom keeps it inflated. I think it is a stand out piece! Unfortunately though, there doesn’t appear to be any opening to change or add to the flowers.

In the late 1960s there was an increasing trend with inflatable furniture. In 1968, designer Quasar Khanh created the first piece of inflatable furniture with an inflatable chair, which was a huge trend. The inflatable seats were on trend again in the late 1990s!

Quasar Khanh Inflatable Chair

Model on Quasar Khanh’s Chair

The inflatable furniture trend continued in the 1970s with even more choices.

More choices for inflatable furniture

The TV show Happy Days even had an episode where Marion changed all her furniture to inflatable furniture as it was the latest trend. However she soon put all her old furniture back as it was too hard to live with.

Happy Days TV Show

What do you think about inflatable furniture? Would it work in your house? Let me know your thoughts, I would love to hear. I love the retro look of the inflatable furniture but I think people are too rough in my household to use inflatable chairs. I am sure that they would always be deflated….

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Easter Time 🐣

Happy Easter

Easter is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, in Christianity. Celebrations in many countries include Church Services, meals with family and friends, Easter Egg decorating, Easter Egg Giving (and eating), Easter Egg Hunt and The Easter Show.

Vintage Easter Greeting

I like to decorate my house in preparation for Easter.

My Easter Wreath on my front door

My Easter Tree

Some of my Easter Decorations: Left- Rabbit Light, Top Right & bottom- Vintage Easter Signs

Every year we love to go to the Easter Show, since the old days at Centennial Park, and this year we will be going again to Homebush, on Saturday.

Vintage photo of Sydney Royal Easter Show

Easter Sunday, after our Easter Egg hunt, and eating a lot of yummy chocolate eggs, we will go to lunch with all the extended family.

Vintage Easter

What do you do over the Easter break, to celebrate Easter? I would love to hear!

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DIY into Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the most famous heroine of all time. Wonder Woman was known as Diana Prince and was created in 1941 and published on DC comics. She has super human strength and speed, also a bullet proof bracelet and a golden lasso of truth. She would spin to change her image to Wonder Woman. Her mission was to promote peace.

Early Image of Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter played Diana Prince, in the Wonder Woman series from November 1975 to September 1979. This TV version is what most people recognise as Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter’s performance portrayed the characters goodness.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Over the years, the franchise of Wonder Woman was portrayed in comics, tv series and movies. There are dolls of Wonder Woman, as well as clothing.

My Wonder Woman Doll

I brought some jeans and a denim jacket and wanted to change them so I brought some Wonder Woman fabric from spotlight.

Denim jacket, jeans and Wonder Woman fabric

Wonder Woman fabric from Spotlight

Steps:

  1. Firstly I turned the jeans into capris to get the rockabilly look
  2. Then I cut out and pinned the fabric onto the jacket and hemmed the edges of the fabric. I chose to put a panel on the back of the jacket and 2 smaller ones on the top panels on the front of the jacket

3. Sew the material onto the jacket. Sew it slowly to make sure it is perfect.

4. Next pin the fabric onto the jeans. I did 2 panels to cover the back 2 pockets and 2 panels to cover the front 2 pockets, hemming the fabric under as I pinned it.

5. Slowly sew the panels onto the jeans

6. With the excess material I also made a 50s skirt, I will have a future blog showing step by step how to make a 50s skirt.

7. There was still excess material so I made a head band. I will also do a future blog showing step by step on how to make a headband.

Finished products

Top: Front and back of denim jacket

Middle: Front and back of jeans

Bottom: 50s skirt and headband

Have you ever revamped an outfit. I would love to see it! Send me photos of your revamped outfit.

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St Patrick’s Day

Saturday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day. The Irish love to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and so do I, due to my Irish heritage.

Cloverleaf

The Feast of St Patrick or St Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration. St Patrick was the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

St Patrick’s Day

The celebrations on the day include:

  • Drinking Irish beer and whiskey
  • Wearing green
  • Wearing shamrocks
  • Attending an Irish party, with dancing and music
  • Attending mass or service
  • Attending parades

Irish dancers

St Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast in 17th century, to commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Patrick was a bishop in Ireland who converted the pagan Irish to Christianity. There is also a legend of Patrick driving all the snakes out of Ireland.

Stained glass window of St Patrick

In Australia there is a lot of celebrations held for St Patrick’s Day as there is a strong Irish heritage in Australia. In 2011, the Australian census revealed that 2,087,800 residents identified themselves as having Irish ancestry.

Irish flag

In my family, our ancestry is Irish and we arrived in Australia on the 2nd fleet so it is natural that we always celebrate St Patrick’s day and dress in green on the day.

2nd fleet

This year I will go to a local Irish pub for celebrations and I will be attending the ‘Green Quarter in Sydney’ on the Sunday for live entertainment, Irish dancers, marching bands and a family fun day. And of course dressed in green both days!

What are you doing to celebrate St Patrick’s Day? I would love to hear.

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International Women’s Day

Women can do it

International Women’s Day is a celebration of…

  • Women
  • Girls
  • Anti-sexism
  • Anti- discrimination
  • Rights of females
  • Power of females
  • Friendships

The first Women’s Day was celebrated in New York on 28/02/1909, bit Ut was the International Women’s Conference in 1910, decided it should be celebrated on March 8th.

International Women’s Day

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, it became a national holiday. The day was celebrated by the Socialist movement and Communist countries. It was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

International Women’s Day is about many issues:

  • Gender Equality
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Stopping Violence against Women
  • Equal Pay
  • Equal access to education
  • Empowering Women
  • Transforming Women’s Lives

Fighting for Women’s natural human rights should be the intention of every woman. All females should be united.

vintage image of the future of women

All women are equal!

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