In other non-bee news… I’ve been a busy bee (can’t help myself) preparing The Borrowers Mansion for official hosting.
A wealth of friends have been to visit my 50sq m and plenty of tea for two has been served. Plans are being put into place so that a gathering for more than two at a time can take place.
The apartment has a lovely warm and relaxing vibe and people feel instantly at home. I know this because every time I go into the kitchen to put the kettle on, I come back to find friends sitting crossed legged on the sofa, friends sleeping on the sofa with a blanket from one of my travels, friends rolling around on the floor and even a friend planking! You get the idea.
So I really want to keep an open moving space with pieces that look good, are affordable and that have a multi-purpose. Space is at a premium after all!
I thought I’d need to trawl Ebay and Gumtree but this Ikea Expedit storage shelf fit perfectly under the window for a seating/storage area thingy. Perfect excuse to finally put my Florence Broadhurst print fabric from last year’s Sydney Signature Print studio visit into real life usage. I ordered the foam cushions online at efoam.co.uk (other foam companies are available!) and they came within a flash, cut to my exact requested dimensions. I opted for separate cushions rather a long one so they could be used as floor cushions too.
I also received a brand new sewing machine as a very generous housewarming gift. With only one sewing lesson under my belt, I was looking for the easiest tutorials to cover a bench cushion like the ones on Prettyhandygirl and Pocketofpresh.
Neither were quite right for me as my fabric was quite thick, I only had enough fabric to cover the top, front and bookend sides, and adding piping is advanced for me! So I just went for it. I used black cotton for the bits you can’t see and velcro rather than fuss with a zip.
Creating something bespoke. Just call me Martha Stewart.