Turkey and tinsel getaway with Gran

Hello fellow followers, my latest blog post is something a little different- a travel description/ photographs of a turkey and tinsel getaway with my beautiful grandma Ruth 😊

First on our itinerary, on our way to Scarborough, was a half way, few hour break at Ripon! We had refreshments at a local cafe and a wander near the cathedral.

Our first full day on holiday we visited the gorgeous, picturesque town of Whitby! I have never been before, but I was surely not disappointed. We dined at a cute cafe and strolled along the bay and through the cobbled quirky streets.

On our second full day we visited stunning York. This was a ‘mystery tour’. I actually used to live in York at university, so I knew the city well and where to go. We took nice photos at the cathedral, the cobbled shambles, and delighted in walking around the Christmas Market. It certainly is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! 😊

The following day, Thursday, we had a stroll in Scarborough (where our hotel was based). It was a lovely day by the beach, and leisurely walking around the shops. Gran however, being 85 years old, found the hills a bit challenging as Scarborough is very steep..we did use the tram down and back up. I found it a nice little beach resort ☺️

Last on our itinerary, on our way back from Scarborough, we called in at Beverly for a couple of hours, to which I finally started my Christmas shopping! We dined in a couple of cafes for drinks and nibbles, and enjoyed a steady gander in the shops.

And that was our five day (Monday to Friday) turkey and tinsel getaway!

The rooms were actually a bit shabby at the hotel, a bit outdated to be honest, and there was only one lift for four floors, which was a bit of a nightmare! But, the food was absolutely delicious, every night, three course meal and breakfast in the morning… Scrumptious 😋

It was great spending quality time with my gran, even if we do bicker sometimes haha 😄

Thank you do much for taking the time to read/view… Many thanks, Lauren xx

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Blue bedside cabinet – 24 progression photos

Hi good evening everyone.. My latest UnicornPostbox blog post is 24 progression photos of a blue beside cabinet I upcycled for the Children’s Air Ambulance 💙💙 Hope you enjoy 😊

I started off sugar soaping to clean, then a gentle sand with my mouse sander. Next, a white primer/undercoat, and when dried, I sanded with an abrasive hand sandpaper to perfect imperfections going along. I painted the blue bedside cabinet entirely blue. A mistake I made was painting inside where the drawers were to slide, so at first they were having none of it haha! Dave helped me to sand the drawer runners with a rotary tool so the drawers would slide lol. We put the gold handles in a tub of coca cola, they came out really shiny when reattached. Lastly, I sprayed a furniture lacquer to seal. And there we go!

I am really pleased with this little project, although there were doubts along the way, I think it’s turned out quite impressive, I’m proud of it, hehe 😀

I am not quite sure what my next project will be, I have a few bits to do for the cafe, but also I have ordered a Marilyn Monroe poster to decoupage onto a chest of drawers, the Children’s Air Ambulance can hopefully sell for a profit 😀

Thank you so much as ever for reading/viewing. Much love, Lauren xx

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Draughts game table – progression photos

Hi everyone! My latest UnicornPostbox blog post is progression photos of a draughts game table. Hope you like it! 😊

I started off by orbital sanding and measuring the table, as to know accurately where the squares would be later glued evenly. 64 squares in total that my mentor Dave cut, to which I hand sanded – I painted half black and half white. I wood stained the brim of the table and underneath and used a black metal paint for the stand. The next stage was one by one gluing the 4cm by 4cm squares on the table using wood glue. To finish, I sprayed some furniture lacquer to seal.

I am super proud of this project, I think it’s the best one I’ve done so far to be honest, not to blow my own trumpet like, haha 🤣

The draughts table is not for sale but to be used by children and adults to play draughts/chess upstairs in the charity cafe 🙂

My next project for the Children’s Air Ambulance is going to be a duck egg painted table with blue sky sparkly wallpaper. Originally it was a gold table nobody was keen on, then we bodged up putting an atlas map on it (went bubbly, not smooth) so third time lucky hopefully 🤞🤞

Thank you as ever for taking the time to read/view my latest UnicornPostbox blog post, very much appreciated.

Thank you, Lauren xx

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‘A Nightmare Before Christmas’ Halloween pub painting progression photos

Hi fellow followers, my latest UnicornPostbox blog post is progression photos of ‘A Nightmare Before Christmas’ Halloween special at a pub painting art class. Hope you enjoy! 😊

I have not actually seen A Nightmare Before Christmas all the way through, only snippets of it I am afraid. I was informed however that the main characters are Jack and Sally (the silhouettes), and the Oogie Boogie, the boogeyman is at the bottom of the painting.

It was really fun doing a Halloween themed painting session, Rebecca the art teacher guided us through the whole process, start to finish. It is a shame it’ll be a few months until the next session.

Here is the final piece 😊 There were a few attempts by others that were amazing, but I’m pretty pleased with the outcome, I like it, my amateur go

Thank you so much for reading/ viewing. My next UnicornPostbox blog post will be progression photos of a upcycled draughts table for the Children’s Air Ambulance 💕

Much love, Lauren xx

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‘Eliana the Elephant’ diamond art progression photos

Hi everyone! My latest blog post is progression photos of an Elephant diamond art. Hope you like!

Diamond (or crystal) art is so fun and therapeutic, although it takes forever and a day to complete, hehe. I’ve been on with this one for a number of weeks. Elephants are my favourite animals, they’re so beautiful. It’s lovely to sit in my little art room at home, listening to music and completing the diamond art… And here’s the final piece:

I have a few projects to do next for the Children’s Air Ambulance; a white gloss cabinet, some decoupage tables and painting/creating a drafts table.. so I’ve plenty to keep myself occupied lol 😆

Thank you as always for taking the time to read/view my blog post!

Kind regards, Lauren xx

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Blue rocking chair, progression photos

Hi everybody! My latest UnicornPostbox blog post is progression photos of a blue rocking chair, for the Children’s Air Ambulance 💙💙 Hope you like!

The rocking chair was already bare wood so only required a light sand. After sugar soaping I painted the whole chair with a blue chalk paint, sanding imperfections with a hand sandpaper. I was going to paint the bottom yellow, but decided against it. Once painted blue with a few coats, I lacquered it with a couple of coats to seal the paint. And there we go! Blue-dabba-dee-dabba-do! 😆😝

Thank you as always for reading/viewing. My next project for the Children’s Air Ambulance is another decoupage table I think, and I’m on with an Elephant diamond art at home, so keep a look out! 😀

Thank you so much, Lauren xx

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Clarisse the Colourful Highland Cow painting

Hi everybody! My latest UnicornPostbox blog post is progression photos of a colourful Highland cow, painted at ‘pub painting’ – an art class in town, at the pub with my friend Denise, hehe.. hope you enjoy!

This was so much fun! The teacher was Rebecca, a self taught artist. I didn’t drink, saving myself for tomorrow night hehe, but I was the closest to guessing the weight of a real Highland Cow, so I had to down a shot lol. I really enjoyed the experience, being guided along the way with acrylic paints. She’s turned out quite colourful, bright and pretty I would say 🙂 🙂

The next pub painting is in a month’s time, the theme next time is Halloween, wahey, I adore Halloween! For the Children’s Air Ambulance I’m on with a blue rocking chair, and also I’m doing an Elephant diamond art, so watch this space 😛 😛

Thank you as always for taking the time to read/ view my blog posts.

Much love, Lauren xx

© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Rustic wooden coffee table, 20 progression photos

Hi everyone! My latest blog post is 20 progression photos of a rustic wooden coffee table. Hope you enjoy! Thank you very much…

This project has been the bane of my life for the last few weeks, haha! It was the table that didn’t want to be sanded… I had my small mouse sander, my orbital sander, ordinary sandpaper, clean spirit, metal scraper and paint stripper on it! The problem was it had a few layers of paint to strip, a white and a blue underneath. Once all the paint was stripped, I sugar soaped and wood stained. It took forever and a day to finish however I’m really happy with the finished result. There was a few things that could of been avoided. For example, I used my orbital sander on its edge and it dinted a hole in the wood a couple of times. Maybe, if it wasn’t for these imperfections, it could be sold for a higher profit. But to say I’m learning, I think it’s turned out pretty decent and I like the rustic effect, what do you think?

My next volunteering project for the Children’s Air Ambulance is a blue painted rocking chair that’s almost finished and I am going to a ‘pub painting’ evening art class with my friend on Thursday. We’re being taught how to paint a colourful highland cow. So please, keep a look out for more blog posts coming very soon…

Thank you as always for taking the time to read/view my blog… and I would just like to say, with the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth the second, may she forever rest in peace…

Many thanks, Lauren xx

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Golden decoupaged map coffee table

Hi everyone ☺️ My latest blog post is progression photos of a golden decoupaged map coffee table, refurbished for the Children’s Air Ambulance..hope you enjoy 😉

I started off trying to sand with my orbital sander, however this was proving really difficult. I cleansed with sugar soap and spray painted a bronze coat. The spray unfortunately wasn’t to my desired taste, too dark and little change to the already mahogany wood. So, I painted the table with a metallic gold. I then pasted mod podge to the centre of the table and decoupaged a brown damask wallpaper. I changed my mind after mod podging, so stripped and decoupaged a map instead. It actually took a second attempt to decoupage the map so no creases in the design. I bought a new metallic gold spray paint to spray the imperfections and tea-bagged the map wallpaper to give it an oldie antique rustic effect. The final step was to seal with polyurethane varnish. And here is the finished product:

Thank you so much as ever for reading/viewing my latest upcycling project. I’m not quite sure what I’m on with next, so I’ll keep you in suspense 😝

Thank you, much love, Lauren xx

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Liverpool Cathedral abseil July 2022

Hi everyone! Something a lil different from my usual art related blog posts, I’ve just returned from a weekend away to Liverpool with my dad and gran. I abseiled 150ft free hang down the West door of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to raise money for the Children’s Air Ambulance – and I’ve been sponsored way over £500 and counting,which I think is a massive achievement, go me,hehe..Please enjoy my trip photos and descriptions of travels:

We stayed at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel near Albert Dock. To be honest, we weren’t particularly impressed with the hotel. There was hardly any storage space for clothes and hardly any complimentary tea and coffee. Also their oven had broke, so there was limited choice for food. The best thing about the hotel was the location, I wouldn’t recommend or go there myself again.

We spent the Saturday morning casually wandering around Albert Dock taking pretty photos and admiring the scenery.

I convinced my dad and gran to come Tate Liverpool with me, it was free admission except for an exhibition at the top. They said they found it boring, haha! I must be the cultured one enjoying art galleries lol 🎨

I did a tandem skydive from 10,000ft in Bridlington on my 21st birthday to raise money for mitochondrial disease (I was caring for a man with the awful disease in York when I lived there many moons ago) This was scarier! It was the leap of faith of leaning backwards at the top which was the worst. I was a quivering wreck, trembling at the top, pleading please don’t let me fall, ha! It was that initial sensation, I almost backed out. Going down I had a firm grip of the rope. I was as slow as a sloth, it took me 7 mins to descend, but I’m so proud of myself for completing the challenge. It was on my 30 things to do in my 30s bucket list, woop woop. I won’t be doing it again any time soon though!

We celebrated in the evening by having a fancy meal at Panum restaurant. I had a gorgeous vegan burger (I’m a vegetarian) and mocktails, yum yum 😋😋

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my latest travel post. I hope you like it 😁

You still have time to sponsor me: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lauren-parr1?utm_source=facebook

Much love, Lauren xx

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