DIY : Upcycled lamp

Whilst browsing the aisles of my local DIY store recently, I came across something totally amazing, Rustoleum Textured Spray Paint. Impressed but slightly dubious, I decided to invest in this can of stone-like paint and set off home, pondering what I could possibly transform.  It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I realised I had the perfect upcycling project in my living room, this old purple lamp.

I started this project by first applying a white primer spray to the lamp.

It took just a few light coats and an hour or so to touch dry before I was ready to get on with the exciting transformation.

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After a good shake of the can, I carefully sprayed the lamp in an up and down motion, paying particularly attention to the grooves at the top. It took about 3-4 coats to evenly cover the lamp. I allowed it to dry for 15 mins between each coat and then I left it to dry for 24 hours. The effect was amazing!

The next task was to cover the lampshade. Armed with my chosen fabric, a pencil, scissors and some double sided tape, I set to work and this was the result.


I am thrilled with this lamp and thoroughly enjoyed turning it to stone.  Xx



Introducing some rustic charm to the Sweet Mabel shop…..

Rustic, Garden, Shabby Chic, home accessories, Plant pots, birdhouse,
Rustic Charm

We have some exciting new wares which are now available to buy. We’ll also be taking some special handmade treats to Altrincham Market on the 23rd May 2015.  So if you’re local to Manchester, pop down and say hello!

Herb Markers, Handmade home, Sweet Mabel Handmade, Rustic Herb markers, Garden, Plant accessories
Handmade Herb Markers
£3.95 for Set of Five
Plant pots, Vintage plant pots, rustic garden, candle pots, garden candle,
Vintage Style Candle Pots
£3.95 each
Herb Markers, Vintage style homeware, French Glass Bottle, Shabby Chic flower stool, Shabby Chic heart
Wooden Flower Stool ~ £12.95
Vintage Style Glass Bottle (Various designs available) ~ £2.95 each
Dove Grey Herb Markers ~ £3.95 each (Set of Five)
Bed & Bath Range Teacup tealight ~ £3.95 each Hanging White Bell with Hearts ~ £2.95 each Vintage Style Pink Photo Frame ~ £4.95 Jewellery Box ~ £8.95
Bed & Bath Range
Teacup tealight ~ £3.95 each
Hanging White Bell with Hearts ~ £2.95 each
Vintage Style Pink Photo Frame ~ £4.95
Jewellery Box ~ £8.95

All products available from

Altrincham Market

On Saturday, we took Sweet Mabel and her wares to Altrincham Market and what a lovely day we had. The sun shone all day long, the atmosphere was buzzing and we met some lovely customers and fellow stall holders.

It was our first market of the year and our first time as a stallholder in Altrincham.  Having been many times before as a customer it was really rather strange to be stood on the other side of the table.







If you are local to Manchester and have not yet been to the newly transformed market then I urge you to pay them a visit.  There is an abundance of independent eateries to feast your eyes upon, not to mention the beer and wine bars. It’s a wonderful place to catch up with friends and family and enjoy some fine food and drink, or do a little shopping around the bustling outdoor market.

You’ll find a wonderful selection of independent retailers all offering something a bit different with a friendly face and a more personal touch.  Each weekend the theme changes, here’s a list of what to expect from the outdoor market.

Alty Line up

Fingers crossed, we’ll be back there again soon with our vintage style homeware and gifts.


INSPIRATION: An Easter Table

Easter is a lovely time of year to make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend by getting together with family and friends. Good food, good wine, good company and a beautifully set table will make the occasion even more special.

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Every table needs a centrepiece, be it a candle, a jug of flowers or a vase full of Pussy Willow.  You can use any large container and fill it with twigs if you can’t get Pussy Willow, although I have noticed it appearing in some supermarkets.

Hang some special Easter decorations like we have (available in the Sweet Mabel shop) or decorate your own eggs and hang from string. You can get polystyrene eggs from most craft shops or pound shops, all you need to do is paint or cover in fabric scraps.

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Plant bunches of daffodils in old tea cups or vintage containers to make it feel even more Spring-like.

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Bowls of mini eggs are a must if you’ve got little people to entertain. They look really sweet in  vintage wine glasses, not practical for little hands but an elegant option for the grown-ups to enjoy.

Photo 01-03-2015 15 11 26Speckled feathers look fabulous in china teacups, tie luggage tags to the cup handle if you want to be really formal and create a place setting.

And lastly, if you can’t find a table cloth that’s to your liking, why not pop down to your local fabric shop. I like to mismatch my tablecloths to cover the table by layering them on top of each other.  The ‘place mats’ you see below are just pieces of pretty fabric which I have cut to size.

Easter Table

 So dig out your old china and have a play around, experiment with some Easter decorations too and you will soon create your own very special, Easter table.


A Spring Treat – 10% off everything

Treat your home with 10% off all home accessories and gifts in the Sweet Mabel shop, available until 6th April 2015.

With Spring in the air, now is the time to freshen up your home.  We have a range of decorative accessories that will inspire and brighten up any room.

So take a look and don’t forget to make good use of the coupon code below.

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