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A few pretties for Faded Empire

More stock is arriving and we will be opening our virtual doors at Faded Empire soon. A selection of lovely kantha quilts made from vintage saris arrived today as did these pretty pink turkish kilim pillows. We have some amazing jewellery arriving soon and the linen sheets and duvets are in too. I have lots of photos to take, descriptions to write, zhush the virtual shop and off we go with a soft opening. Soon I promise. Soon.

Here are a few more sneak peeks :)



Hiding under the stairs ...

... is my ugly duckling chair. It's the perfect spot. Book page wallpaper is finished. Artwork hung. Floors clean. Phew! Thank goodness for the cleaning lady. The other side of the hallway/library/useless area is almost finished. And don't worry it is more colourful over there. I might even get some photos tomorrow. If you missed the story behind the chair you can read about it a couple of posts down.


Why not much progress at the new old house

People are starting to ask to see more of my renovation. I have to tell the truth. There isn't much progress at all. Yes I need to photograph my book page hallway properly but I'm waiting on a light and a piece of art for the space. Perhaps I'll have a half way done photo shoot this weekend if the light is OK. But the real truth why there is not much action here? No money. Some of you will remember that I took 6 months off from work due to ill health. This was mostly leave without pay. Hence the grinding halt to work around here. It's amazing what two salaries do for a house renovation. Full steam ahead. With one? Sputter sputter klunk stop. The good news is that I am much much better health wise. The bad news is that because I feel so good and the coffers are empty I shall be returning to work in about a month. Yeah! Money! Boo! Back to work for the government. The fun thing will be that I will now have 3 jobs. Public servant, blogger and soon to be e-retailer. Soon I promise. Oooh you should have seen the linen sheets that came in today. And as for the jewellery we just ordered! If edgy and large ring your bells you'll love it.

Slowly working on my painting. I'll have to speed up. I only have a few weeks left. What is it? Look closely. It's a portrait of Puki my parrot. I'm using a palette knife now to add his plumage and let some of the background show through. That's the plan anyway. Better go. I have some patterns to work out for embroideries we are having done in Kashmir for the website. Bye!



I'm meant to be working on my Faded Empire online store but instead I'm working on a large painting for my living room. The luscious dark brown room. I'm painting in oils and I now remember why I use acrylics. It takes FOREVER to dry. So I'm working the colours over the top and into each other. Fart-arseing around if truth be told. One day I'll finish it. When it dries. So I can add the top layers. If it ever dries. And no the hallway isn't quite finished. I'm doing my best stunt woman impersonation stretching up on a too short ladder :)


Archeology of a chair

You may or may not remember this chair. I bought it from my friends at The Vintage Advantage. Not because of its stunningly dusty barkcloth upholstery and its ugly lines but because of its handmade appearance. There was something about this chair. I lifted its skirt (yes I am a furniture pervert) and saw that the seat was an old box. A piece of depression era furniture I thought? It sat for months leaving sad little piles of dust until last week when I decided to undress it. What an adventure. What a find. Layer upon layer of fabric that just got older and older. Then I found even more ...

Six layers of fabric on the body and nine on the arms. Then finally the arms appeared to be covered in a piece of quilt ...

Except it wasn't a quilt. It was a pair of sleeves with cuffs and underneath were pieces of old clothes. Late Victorian/early Edwardian women's bodices, sleeves cut off and wound around too. Beautiful, old, ruined rags. The back was "webbed" with two old sugar sacks for support. Colonial Sugar Refining Co Ltd Brisbane. CSR as it came to be known. My early and not too thorough research shows it was known as Colonial Sugar Refining Co Ltd up until 1915 when it started to be differentiated by region ... Colonial Sugar Refining Australia or Colonial Sugar Refining New Zealand and Fiji. I'm not so sure that my piece is a depression piece. I'm tending to believe that it was a piece of homemade furniture from the early 20s. There was a lot of soldier settler activity west of here after WWI as bush farm tracks were opened up. My romantic notion is it was made for one of these farms when money was tight and people were inventive.

The box reads "Brisbane" faintly as well. I've cleaned the chair, pulled out a lot of the upholstery tacks (from 6 layers of upholstery) but still left some for their effect. A little judicious sanding mainly for splinters and a careful oil to bring out the old grain. As rough as old guts but just splendid in its utilitarian plainness. It's sitting under the stairs in the new "library". You'll see it there when I take photos of the space soon.