A Decadent Pe

A Decadent Pea

After my experience with my at home speakeasy, I decided to head out for the evening.

I walk across the town for a while and find myself at a club I used to know all too well. Nobody knew it was a club, you had to go round the back way. I was hardly dressed for dodging trash cans, but here I was. Sometimes you have to climb through some trash to find some treasure.

I stood in something squishy and dared look down, holding my head high I knocked on the door 3 times. It was slightly ajar which was unusual for this time of night. I had to stop myself from looking down at whatever I had stood in moments ago, and let myself in.

Not a soul in sight, I click clacked my way down the wooden corridor – well it was mainly a click, the clack was softened by the squishy substance I had stood in. What was that?

I felt that if I didn’t look down at my shoe then maybe I didn’t stand in something after all. That worked for a while until…. oh no, the smell.

By this point I had reached the main room, where was everyone? I had no choice but to take off my shoe in abandon and hope that no one would hear. Fat chance of that, this place was deserted.

With that, I flung off my shoe with a squeal and found myself hobbling around on one foot. Common sense would have discarded the other shoe, alas, common sense was not with me tonight. At least the smell had settled somewhat.

I spotted a maroon coloured tub chair in the corner. Should I sit? Or would that appear rude?

Better not, I think I will smoke instead. The heat from the flame tickles my nose, and it made me realise how cold it is here. I look around once more, can’t hear a thing.

Without a care I lean up against the cold damp pillar. I hear a tearing sound. Instant regret.

That’s my dress done for.

I look down at myself, missing a shoe, ripped dress, all alone.

Sigh. Not such a decadent pea after all.

A Monday Movie

A Monday Movie #3

It’s raining, and has been raining for some time. I think that possibly it will rain forever. Also, it’s really cold. As I write this, I am sat with my back against the radiator, wearing a roll neck jumper and a blazer, and I’m quite tempted to stick on my head wrap and find my dressing gown, but I won’t because it’s the middle of the day and I have responsibilities. As cold as it is here (realistically, about 11° I know that in some places, it’s really really really cold. Like, for example in Chicago right now it’s -2° Why Chicago? Well, because I’m freezing I can’t find a better way to introduce this week’s film, I’m sorry readers.

But, if you haven’t seen or heard of this film – please find the time to watch it. Those of you that have seen it (and obviously love it) please message me as I’m trying to find the rest of the dancers for my rendition of Cell Block Tango.

Chicago – Rob Marshall [2002]

Okay, so I know on this blog I like to keep everything as vintage as possible and to be honest, this film is younger than me – but I share it with good reason. It’s a 1920’s crime MUSICAL. Come on, how cool is that.

I thought this film would be a nice way to continue from last weeks blog because, much like Streetcar, this film was on the stage before the screen, both versions fantastic. I saw Chicago on stage at my local theatre a few years ago, but would love to see it on the West End or Broadway (maybe if I get my dance troupe together….) anyway, it was fantastic. Like with my other film blog posts, I don’t like to give too much away but let me tell you this.

A women’s prison in the early 1920’s against the backdrop of a grizzly winter in Chicago, coupled with a tap dancing Richard Gere. YES you heard me.

I think the great thing about this film is that it’s suitable for a wide audience. Often, there is a stigma that musicals are targeted at women, or those who come from a musical theatre background – I wouldn’t agree, but I know that this a popular opinion. Obviously, there are crime scenes etc so not suitable for a younger audience, but I think teens and up can enjoy this, dare I say, decadent musical.

To put my theory to the test, I decided to call my Dad who is an avid musical lover, and military man alike. The conversation went like this.

ME “Hi Da, I know you are at work – but this will only take a sec, it’s for my blog. Do you like Chicago, the musical?”

DA: “Ello. Yeah, with Catherine Zita Jones…. and the guy from Trainspotting.”

ME: ‘Yes, and no, he’s in Moulin Rouge.”

DA: “Oh right, that’s good too. Yeah I like Chicago.”

ME: “Would you say it’s good?”

DA: “Yeah, I like it. I like musicals too. You should write down that Squaddies like musicals ‘cos it’s a nice escape from reality.”

ME: “Aw, that’s nice. I’ll put that down. Are you eating a sandwich?”

DA: “Yeah, it’s my lunchtime.”

ME: “Cool, thanks Da. Bon appetit.”

I’m not sure I need to write anything else about this film after that, so I’m going to go and eat a sandwich of my own.

If you watch it for the first time, let me know what you think!

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


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 Decadent Pea.

I walked into the cramped, dimly lit room. I couldn’t see anyone else, but I could hear soft Jazz music playing from the record player. Gliding my silk robe along the floor, I made my way to the “bar” and poured myself a Gin, into a teacup, in true Speakeasy fashion.

Except, I wasn’t in a Speakeasy – I was in my flat, and the main lightbulb had blown, and there were no glasses clean, and my dressing gown was satin, not silk.

Hmm, not such a decadent pea after all.