The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Friday 28 February 2014

Colour change your world.

Lucy's wedding is only a week away. My nerves are kicking in!

I bought my dress a fortnight ago and I really love it! I love the colour which is a deep midnight blue. So next I needed the shoes and bag. I used to love shopping. Now I really don't like it at all. I walked Adelaide and went online too, to get shoes to match my dress. It was a waste of time and shoe leather. There is blue/navy everywhere in clothes but apparently no one thought to do the same in accessories!

In the end I resolved to get a favourite shoe of mine, that I love but also I know won't kill me. Also a bag the size I want. I could get both in any colour as I would colour change them myself.

So here they are.... the bag was $10!

Step one is you use methylated spirits to wash down the area to be painted. Then I use sticky tape to mask areas to be protected. This setting up makes it easy.

You want to do several thin coats rather than one thick one. I get a set of fine paint brushes as the one they provide you is thick and messy.

So here is the result with my dress in the middle...

To get the colour right I mixed navy blue with some black as the navy wasn't dark enough. I messed around until I found a pretty much exact match.

I'm pretty happy! Also excited. This dress is probably the nicest dress I have ever had!

This stuff is useful and I'm telling you as it can save you money. Firstly you can get spray or paint. I get paint unless I want plain black. This way you can get any colour in the world by mixing colours. Seriously you can match anything. The easiest thing of all is to colour change to your original colour. This sounds mad but if you have a black shoe with a scuffed heel or scratch, black colour change will fix it. You can remove a stripe by painting over it. Suede is fabulous. You can revive suede shoes or boots by repainting them the original colour and they will look new. Then when dry use waterproofing. It is like having new boots/shoes! Get some fine brushes for touch ups and just touch up the scratch mark. It is wonderful. Then clean your shoes up and polish them. You will be thrilled. 

Another use is making over some shoes you never wear. Even if you then wear them once with a special outfit you have saved money.

While on the subject I really love suede. Suede shampoo is the best stuff ever. If you have boots or shoes in suede have a clean and then waterproof session once a year for amazing results. 

Generally shoe repairers sell colours and will advise and which colours to mix for the colour you want. Getting other repairs done if needed can save you a fortune. It certainly applies to good quality footwear. They are worth looking after.

With sneakers etc. I remember trying to clean white back to white. And a tooth brush and cleaner will often get things looking pretty good. But failing cleaning white try white colour change paint to re whiten impossible areas. They too will look like new again. Sometimes these sneaky tricks can be a big saver.


  1. Annabel,

    Is it just me? Or why do all the items in your AFTER photos look taupe or dark champaigne? I don't see navy anything. I love how they all look together though... Perhaps I'm color blind and don't realize it?!?!?

    I'm so excited for you! Both of our daughters are married now (April 2011 and August 2013). Boy! I'm SOOOOOOOO glad no more weddings! Have a wonderful wedding, and may God give you all a beautiful to celebrate!

    Hugs and happy honeymoon to the Groom and Bride,

    1. Thank you Kelley! I am hoping for a lovely day like it is today!
      I don't see the strange colour, I will try on my husbands computer when he is home! It is all deep midnight blue. Hopefully you will see it properly in some photos mid next week! Love Annabel.xx

  2. Beautiful dress Annabel.xo

    I can just imagine how beautiful the wedding will be. I hope and pray you have perfect weather on the day (exactly like today). My friend had a dark blue/navy as her bridesmaids colour ( I was her MoH) and I loved the colour. Actually, my computer also shows your accessories as a deep taupe colour,. but I can imagine how it would all look together.

    1. Oh no! Kelley just posted the colour hasnt shown properly and now you Kaye. Yet I cant see it. Oh well I hope it will all show ok in later photos. Today is perfection here too... I am hoping for this again next weekend! xxx


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