A Monday Movie

A Monday Movie #5 – Making a film

Day 4003 in lockdown (or so it seems). Despite not being able to leave the house other than for groceries, I have found myself spinning many a plate. It’s strange to be so busy when nothing is happening – I feel like I have been working so much, but not actually doing anything. Today, I won’t be talking about a film I’ve seen, rather something we made.

I’m a creative; I see colour, I see weirdness, I see random ideas. So, after a while of doing plain day-to-day activities and lots of emails; I find myself a little bit starved with a need to create something. Sometimes its pie, other times it’s a script – it really is anyone’s guess.

girl making a film

On Saturday, I told myself I would do my best to relax and reset, but that didn’t work. Mid-morning I thought to myself “I’m going to make a film today.” and after vocalising this out loud, Jack immediately knew that I had dragged him into this extravaganza too.

Looking around our flat for inspiration, rummaging for props and the like, I calmly told Jack the idea and gently explained that he would in fact need to wear a corset and my mum’s heels. He was unphased, this wasn’t the first time I had given him a weird pitch followed by a weirder costume.

Honestly, filmmakers are strange.

I’m lucky to have someone around me who trusts in my vision and embraces the madness, and who is good fun all round. We set to work in changing the flat into a noir-esque set. We banished every hint of modern living from the flat and set the lights. It started to look like a film set.

At this point, I really should tell you the story of this film, but that wouldn’t be any fun considering I can’t share it with you yet. So, you will have to use your imagination; Jack is the only character, it’s a silent film (with a nice jazzy bassline) and Jack ends up in women’s clothing. Oh, and it’s black and white, because….decadence.

The best part about all of this is, despite my creative juices, I’m not a camera person – I like photography but I know nothing about actually filming. (That’s what my wonderful Dazey Hills crew is for.)

Honey I'm Home film poster

A big experiment in more ways than one, but I do look forward to showing you all. Hopefully, the fun poster will tide you over.

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea x

A SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING TRIP

“Happiness is not in money, but in shopping.”

– Marilyn Monroe

Today is a good day, as it is the first time I went outside in about 4 days. Where I am in the UK, things are either closed due to the lockdown tier system, or things are extremely busy because they are open during the lockdown tier system and people are craving an adventure – even if it’s to the supermarket. Oh yeah, let’s not forget that people are shopping like mad because Christmas is round the corner.

Anyway, I didn’t really fancy going out on my doorstep – I live in a big city, and everywhere seems to be crazy right now the closer you get to the shops. So Jack and I decided to adventure elsewhere. I was excited at the idea of grabbing a pastry and having a stroll without having hundreds of people around me. I packed up my mask, hand sanitiser, and gave myself a quick spritz of my Karl Lagerfeld perfume before heading out the door.

I could write a separate blog post on the delightful Raspberry filled croissant I had (as a Vegan, it’s hard to find pastry, and food on the go in general) but I won’t, today is about my sustainable shopping trip. After fuelling up, I decided to make my way to the nearest charity shop, but sadly a majority were closed. After almost walking past it, I found DEBRA (A charity supporting those with EB).

Pre Lockdown, I would jump at the chance to go in any charity shop that I saw – and so going through the doorway today filled me with excitement – I already spotted so much that I wanted to grab. I looked down at my tiny pea like hands and thought, how would I carry all of these things I had already decided that I couldn’t live without. I gave a side eye to Jack, who hovered in the doorway empty handed… that’s how. I set off to the womenswear.

Before I go into the details of what I bought, let me just tell you that all of this lot cost me £9! Amazing. For 3 Vinyl’s, A jumper, a blazer, a pair of heels, and some Christmas cards. Sustainable, and budget friendly. I’ve heard so many times that people don’t like to shop in charity shops because they feel that its full of rubbish or damaged clothes. I disagree with both, style is subjective and it’s impossible to say that all charity shops are full of rubbish. Sometimes I will go to a few charity shops and find things I don’t like, but that’s no different to going up and down the high street with the same feeling. The difference to me is, that charity shops will always have different pieces in, wheras most high street stores will stock variations of the other, in keeping with the current ‘season.’

Also, about things being damaged…not true! Things don’t get dumped in bin bags on the doorstep and then put themselves on the hanger for the customer, I used to work as a stylist in a charity shop and the staff would sift through the bags, sorting, checking for damages and steaming items ready for the shop floor. In some cases, depending on resources, items would be washed before going out – but not always. However, if you really aren’t into charity shops there are other ways you can shop ethically and sustainably – check out my previous blog post for inspo!

For the better part of this year, I have avoided fast fashion (I will invest in the occasional quality staple if I can’t find it elsewhere and I know it comes from an ethical brand) and love the idea of building my wardrobe from treasures I’ve found on a charity shop run. There are so many issues with fast fashion, from underpaying workers to its impact on the environment and pollution – if you’d like to learn more please follow this link and do some reading of your own! P.S Charity shopping can be a haven for vintage lovers around the world, you’d be surprised what people are getting rid of!

Frank approved.

Let’s get down to the business of what I bought. I would like to introduce this haul by saying that no charity shop run is complete without acquiring a record from Frank Sinatra – you will find his music in almost every charity shop you go in, and you can never have too much Frank in your life.

BTW – these records were 3 for £1! Thank you DEBRA.


The Haul.

  • Black and White Pinstripe Blazer – Size 12 ( A few sizes bigger, but I like an oversize fit) £3
  • Leopard Print Heels – Size 4 (I have tiny pea feet) £2
  • Christmas Cards £1
  • Wide Hole Knit Jumper – Medium (SO many layering opportunities) £2
  • Frank Sinatra & Count Basie – It Might As Well Be Swing [1961]
  • Broadway Hit Parade – Worldwide Movie and TV Hits [1969] (Listening to Peter Gunn on repeat forever now…)
  • The Top Ten Barbershop Quartets of 1969 [1969]

Impressed? Me too, time to bathe in the glory of my purchases, dance to Peter Gunn and drink a martini knowing I’m supporting sustainability, charity and style all at the same time.

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea x

A Decoupage Coffee Table (and how to make yours)

Before I start this post I would like to mention the obvious in that, I can’t help you make a coffee table (I didn’t study woodwork, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t be very good) but rather, how to decorate a decoupage table in a decadent way (try saying that three times fast).

This is the second time I’ve made a little crafty project like this, and with the help of my partner Jack (he’s going to be popping up now and again) we are pretty happy with the results. As I write this, we are waiting for the final coat of varnish to dry, so that we can put coasters and other things on the table without it ruining the patterns.

Before I tell you how to do this, here is the list of what you will need. No use going on stage without learning your lines, after all.


1 x Piece of Wooden furniture, big or small.

A tub of Decopatch White Acrylic Covering Paint Primer

A tub of Clear Satin Varnish (I used Colours Satin Varnish from b+q)

A Tub of Mod Podge – Water base Sealer, Glue and Finish

Some paintbrushes

Sandpaper

An old book with pretty pictures that you don’t mind tearing up, or decoupage sheets. (Magazine paper will be too thin)


Okay, that’s your list – there are probably variants of these products that are suitable, but as these are tried and tested I would recommend them.

Let’s get down to business shall we…

So, this project came to me by chance, I had decided I wanted to make another table after the success of my first, and the plans were put in motion when I found a lovely retro coffee table for free on my favourite Olio app. You may have seen this name pop up a few times on my blog now, and you can often find some great bits and bobs for craft projects on there. You may even find some free books to repurpose!

Once you have some your piece of furniture, you are going to want to sand off any existing varnish so you have a slightly sad looking bit of furniture ready to be made beautiful again. A bit like me when I take off my make up before bed, and wake up the next day ready to reapply.

Me, A Pea, Hard At Work.

You will need to find a lot of scraps to cover your furniture with, so its important you think about the look of it and plan ahead. My original table decoration consists of black and white images from a book on gangster films that I found in my local charity shop. This one, Jack and I decided on a 1920’s memorabillia table, I had the 1920’s Scrapbook which was sadly damaged all along the spine, so I thought I’d make use of it. What I love about this book is that there is a series going through various decades, I also have the 60’s one.

Please note the size of the table, we had to use a whole book to cover it, so make sure you have enough pictures before you start sticking. There is no need to cut out the pictures neatly, you can just rip them out if you want too, don’t be shy!

1920’s Scrapbook Cuttings

Next, you’re going to want to get your primer and coat the surface that you plan to decoupage (not the most exciting but its got to be done), then wait for that to dry and have a nice cup of tea, or gin.

A Table With Primer

Now it’s time for the fun part, time to decoupage! It seems strange to write a how-to on this aspect, as its so random. But basically, you need to apply the Mod Podge to the back of the cutting, sticking it to your surface, and then brushing the top with a light layer of Mod Podge too. A Mod Podge sandwich.

Don’t be too neat! The aim of the game here is to create a collage of layered imagery – we don’t want to see any white primer on the table or whatever furniture you’re using.

Jack and I thought we had finished, but the next day we came back and spotted a few tiny white gaps that just needed to be filled, so don’t rush.

Once you’ve stuck everything down, I would suggest brushing a light layer of Mod Podge over the whole decoupage just to be sure everything is stuck down. Leave overnight.

The next day, you will come back to your project with fresh eyes, and it is time to varnish. This is quite boring but must be done to keep your table protected and even heat resistant in some cases. The particular varnish that I chose is apparently quick dry, but still recommends that you leave 4 hours between coats. You need to apply 3 coats in total, which means sadly, another day before you can use your furniture – but you will love the end result.

Et Voila

The End Result (Still A Tiny Bit Wet)

There we have it, a lovely decoupage project in its completion (almost). If you tried this method I would love to see what you have done, and maybe feature on my social media! Sharing is caring. I’d love to do a clipboard next, I think that would look brilliant – making notes, decadent style.

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea x

A Vanity Setup

Just as Saturday is for adventures, Sundays are for cleaning in the morning, and relaxation in the evening. I have tried for a long time to use my weekends as my personal time rather than work, and this is my favourite formula.

One of my Sunday rituals includes tidying my vanity area. Due to the size of my flat, I don’t yet have a ginormous dressing room complete with a movie star mirror and flashy lights, but I do have a delicate corner of the room where I keep all my favourite products, and an art deco style mirror to match.

Tidying might be a pain for some, but it gives us a chance to appreciate the possessions we have, and can make us think about why we have them. I’ve tried living a minimalist lifestyle which requires less objects on show, and as a result, less to dust – but I just can’t do it. I love spending time with my random vintage glassware that once had a purpose but is now empty, my lipsticks that come out for all different occasions, and of course, my beloved Chanel No.5. As I am still slowly revealing myself to you all (a burlesque attitude) I thought I would dedicate this blog today to writing about my favourite products that I have on my vanity. Please note, I am (sadly) in no way affiliated with Chanel, or any other brands mentioned below – these are just things I love and want to share with you all.

Firstly, my mirror – a gift one Christmas, with beautiful art deco detailing. Due to my space restrictions, and difficulty in finding the right height to apply my make up, this is usually placed on top a stack of books. These are often on rotation, but my personal favourites right now are.

Any vintage lover out there will know the power that a perfume atomiser has to make you feel glamorous, one small puff and I am transported right back into All About Eve.

I’ve always been more interested in skincare than make up, unless we are talking about Chanel lipstick – of which I have 6. During my brief stint working in retail, I lost my beloved Nightfall down the toilet, and I’m still not over it.

Aside from Nightfall, one of my favourite shades is Emotive – cannot beat it! A lovely nude, day to night! Chic.

Another product that I cannot go without is my Besame press powder. The packaging is enough to make you swoon, but also, if you are a shiny pea like me – this will sort you out in a pinch, and you will have great pleasure in excusing yourself to the ladies room so you can powder your nose.

My vanity area also holds a few personal items, including a flower from my bouquet at my sister’s wedding, a kitty cat tape measure, and a unicorn comb. These items have memories attached to them, and always make me smile. You can usually find random earrings here too, sometimes matching, sometimes not.

Well, that seems to be everything… But wait. I just put my hand to my head thinking about how I would end this post, when how could I forget! Right now I have a silk wrap on my head, not only does it keep my head warm and look fabulous, but it also protects against split ends (who knows when the next haircut will be? We are still in lockdown, so this is a legitimate thought.)

Anyway, that really is it now. I’m off to have a hot chocolate and listen to some Frank Sinatra, thinking about how lovely my vanity area is, until tomorrow, when I probably mess it up in a rush to get ready for the week ahead.

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea