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Fireplace DIY

While I’m crafting Phil likes to do DIY. This is one of his recent jobs – tiling our dining room fireplace. The surround was in the house when we moved in and I think it’s the original 1930s surround, but I’ve since sanded it down and varnished it. The tiles also appeared to be original but they were dated & cracked so we decided to rip them out & replace them with red and white.

Red and white tiled fireplace

Red and white tiled fireplace

Red and white tiled fireplace

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Manga themed pottery painting

I haven’t managed to visit one of my favourite local crafty shops All Fired Arts in a while. All Fired Arts offer pottery painting (along with an increasing range of other nice things). I’ve painted a few pottery tiles at the shop, they’re nice and easy because they have a flat surface:) Two manga themed tiles I painted are pictured below. The first is based on an image from the manga Life. If you don’t know it, Life is an extremely dramatic shojo manga about a teenage girl who goes through just about every possible emotional experience teenage girls in shojo manga tend to go through. I did end up rushing the painting a little as I was running out of time before the shop shut…

Painted tile - image from the manga Life

The Doraemon coaster below was a little present for Phil. Unfortunately Phil accidently dropped him on the floor (crack pictured!).

Painted Doraemon coaster