Sunday, April 11, 2010

simple things ~ my little tea-towel diy on table tonic

A few days ago the extremely talented, stylish and very nice Louise Bell from Table Tonic posted about the May/June issue of Inside Out Magazine that came with a fabulous tea towel designed by paper artist Rob was gorgeous and free!
As a magazine addict, this is one of my favourites and I'm pretty sure I haven't missed an issue in its 10 year history...and until I moved house recently I had them all to prove it...sob!
Anyway...I commented on Louise's post that I'd framed my tea-towel, being as it was a work of art 'n all and she asked me to send her a few pics so she could put it on her most beauteous of blogs.  Talk about the pressure of taking a reasonable photo to go here!! A blog that I absolutely love and completely admire...

Bloggy people...I spent hours, yes hours trying to get it right and I was despairing because I couldn't take a picture without reflections in the glass ruining the look.  Having a seriously blonde day, it took me quite a while...yes, aforementioned realise that if I removed the glass from the frame I might possibly have better luck...oh clunk...the sound of my brain actually moving into gear!!  Here's the photo that Louise used...

...and the piece she wrote.  But of course I gave her options and moved that tea-towel around the kitchen a bit just to make sure I got it right!
But I can report it is now living happily near the red toaster. Thanks Louise for the shout meant a lot.
As a bit of budget diy, framing the tea towel took NO time at all and cost me nothing. I already had the frame with a bit of my artwork in it and that took...oh, about 25 seconds to remove and replace with real art! If only I'd been that efficient and clever before taking the 15000 pictures with the glass still in the much to learn, so little time!!
I'm off to write a tender and put something yummy into the slow cooker...the MGM's brother and his partner are arriving from Shepparton this arv and are coming to the tranquil townhouse for dinner...this is what I'm cooking.

Enjoy your day lovely people...I will be...once I finish writing the tender that is! 


  1. Congratulations, how nice to be on another blog, especially one as nice as table tonic. I would never have thought of removing the glass in the frame - thanks for that! I love that frame by the way.

  2. I love being a bloggy friend it makes me feel all warm and welcome. I too spent today (Saturday in Canada) trying to get wild flowers that were blowing in the wind to stay in focus. Removing the glass is brilliant. Have a ood day

  3. Kerry...fantastic...and good on you for being did a fab job lovely xo

  4. ya. i saw that. so fantastic to see you in a feature!!! get it girl. i love that little framed pic..looks awesome! so chic.
    i heart you!

  5. Hi Kerry. That's ace - well done. It was funny reading about how you couldn't get a good pic because of the reflections in the glass. When I was photographing my entryway I had the same problem with a picture I had on the table. I think it took me about half an hour to realise I needed to get rid of the glass!

  6. That's a funny story, didn't you say once that you're not that funny? I look for your blog every day for a bit of light heartedness..Rachaelxx

  7. Go you! Love a bit of lateral thinking, 'cause it often leads to great things like this. Looks fantastic and well done with being featured on table tonic, you so deserve it! Louise is lovely and was the very first person to send me an email and put me on her blog list. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday sweetie! K xx

  8. Oh Kerry I love this post as usual! Shhh don't tell anyone but I have tried to take pics of things framed and NEVER thought to take the glass out - so I learnt something from you today :) Love the look of your dinner, YUM!! Let us know how it turns out, I may have to find that recipe:) Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday and congrats on your gorgeous feature!! ~ Tina xx

  9. Wow, soon you'll be famous!! That's great!

  10. Oh, that's nice for you.
    I'm glad that I found (or more the opposite) your gorgeous blog. You write so well and I'm enjoying it. Thanks !


  11. Kerry, the tea towel looks lovely, it was inspired of you to frame it.

  12. Dear Kerry, I should like to be able to tell you that I have absolutely no idea what a tea cloth is, let alone what it is for, but that would not be strictly truthful. However, I really do believe that the best place for one is, as far as I am concerned, in a frame where yours, if I may say, looks lovely.

    Now, on the other hand, the dinner of pork with orange sauce sounds absolutely delicious. I hope that you all enjoy it.

  13. Dear Kerry,
    First of all, I applaud Edith's comment, and do my best not to even own a tea towel, yet alone use one !!.... you have done a great job, framing yours and, don't worry about the glass thing. Whenever I decide to do something, I always miss the obvious and, after hours of doing said thing realise there was a quick and easy way to have done it, which would have taken 5 minutes !!
    Have a great looks de-licios. XXXX

  14. Oh, Kerry, you make me laugh - what a lovely post. Clever girl.
    And thanks again! xLouise

  15. P.S. Forgot to say that I love your new header.

  16. Don't we just all have those moments when the light bulb goes off!!!!

    What a great idea to frame the tea towel. I have a Hermes scarf I would like to frame .... but I haven't be able to come up with a frame to fit yet.

  17. awesome work my dear! I am a huge fan of a framed tea towel. I purchased a fabulous david bromley towel from third drawer down (as close as I am EVER going to get to buying a bromley...) - and had it framed. hangs in my hallway and I LOVE! (well i should, framing cost about 5 times the tea towel!)

    oh and with photo taking? - sometimes I find it works better if you turn the flash off.. xx

  18. That was a very funny little post!


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