When life gives you lemons…

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I have finally finished decorating my kitchen. And my final touch is my beautiful hand stencilled blind created by me and my talented Dad.

As the kitchen is yellow I have been buying yellow accessories to finish it off and I love the freshness of
Lemons as decorations. I know in France lemons are used everywhere in decoration but they are hard to find round here. I really wanted a cute patterned blind but I couldn’t find anything that was right for the window. As another thing I’m finding is the windows in my new house are huge and no standard blinds/curtains are quite right. They are either to big or too small. Well my Dad came up with an idea to stencil our own pattern on a basic white blind from Ikea.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before but my Dad is a bit of a crafty wizard especially when it comes to paper crafts. He is a full time artist and makes beautiful working giant puppets out of paper. Well anyway he drew me some lemons and cut them out of plastic to make the stencil.

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First stenvil

Then using a sponge and two basic fabric inks in yellow and green we stencilled away by dabbing the colour on. The trick is not to use too much ink and by using a sponge you can build up the colour. There are 2 types of lemon the basic lemon with leaves and then a slice of lemon showing the segments.

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Segment lemon

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Whole lemon

As we used two colours together at times the green mixed with the yellow but I like it as it makes each one look more real and unique. I really love my blind it has a kitsch fifties feel with the bright colours and by putting the lemons in a striped pattern. It was also really fun to do and something that me and my Dad could do together. It has left me with a bit of art at my window and given my kitchen It’s final lemony twist. Thanks Dad.

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Finished blind

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