Monday, April 29, 2013

Linen and lace

I bought some really gorgeous lace cloths recently.  They are perfectly clean but the lace is very fragile and torn in places. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

door handles and locks

New door handle and lock. The inside of the door has been painted.

These are the old door handles and of course the door is looking lovely with the new paintwork.

Of course there was plenty of time with the power tools too.

Hubby was a great help too and we work well as a team.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Anzac Day and painting

Today is Anzac day: a time to reflect on war and its those who serve.

Lest We Forget 
 I haven't had time for crafting for a few days but today my hubby and I painted our front door and put on a new handle.  

The lock is yet to be attached but it will look fantastic I am sure.

We continue to discuss the red steps although I have to admit I love them.

I think a splash of colour is just the thing when the rest of the colour scheme is very neat and clean.  

Isn't it wonderful to be able to alter the appearance of a house by changing the colours.    

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A creative gift

My granddaughter has been staying with me again:  Ally loves to create book covers and uses bits and pieces from my stash.

   The book has a white cover and the addition of text, stamps and stickers is really striking.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Storing the stash

 I have been renovating and re-organizing the room downstairs: the room I work in.
 It has been a good opportunity to reconsider storage for the stash of fabrics, papers, ribbons and scarves that I will use sometime.
 The picnic cases are lovely and roomy and also let the fresh air in.   They are also quite light weight and easy to manage.
The open baskets are great for displaying ribbons and the lovely coloured scarves I have accumulated.

All of the baskets have been bought at the op shops or recycling outlet and the most expensive was $6.00


Saturday, April 13, 2013

 Autumn has put in an appearance: just beginning.
 These trees are in our village shopping centre.

The leaves are a lovely shade of pink,
 and orange.

I have started on a new box.  This is a craftwood box that I picked up from the opportunity shop a while ago.

Yellow paint has been used for the first layer; stamping and glitter are randomly added.

This box is quite a lot bigger than others I have decorated and I am finding that a bit of a challenge.

I am looking forward to more of the trees changing and the crunch of the drying leaves on the ground.

It seem odd that others are looking forward to spring flowers at this time of year.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

bargain shopping

My dear grand daughter Ally is spending a few days with me and so we went op shopping.

Ally loves to look at the clothes and picked up two lovely jackets.

One from Vinnies and one from the Salvos.  
 It is such a pleasure having time with the grandchildren during the holidays.

If you would like to see what else I bought  take a look here.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Butterfly box completed

Well I have finished this little box.  The interior took longer than the topI have added some heat set crystals and glued the felt into the base.  The interior of the lid is painted a lovely buttery yellow.

Now what shall I do next?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

summer daze

the sun, the beach and the twins - happy days

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Interior Decorating

I have been working on the inside of the box and it is coming along quite well. 
 The felt is a lovely soft green and I have added some french knots, some blank t stitch and som lac

Having probl ms with my k yboard so I will stop now.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Butterflies and Bling

 I have added some lace butterflies to the corners of the box lid and then painted them with yellow glitter paint so that they blend with the other elements.

The wings of the butterfulies are turned up a bit so you can see what is underneath.

 The base of the box needed some attention so I have painted it with crackle paint.

This is a new product to me and I am quite happy with the results.

 Next I need to decide how to treat the inside of the box.  Fabric, or paint, or paper

I like the inside of a box to reflect the outside somehow so I think some butterflies and flowers will be in there.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Paper squared

Today I called in at Paper Squared in Mornington to see what is new in paper crafting and scrapbooking.

I really should know better than to go there with my credit card.  To say that the shop has lots to offer is a massive understatement.  It is crammed full of all kinds of goodies: paper of course and stamps, and inks and paints, and stickers and stencils, inks and chalks, twine and glitter and so much more.  Take a look here.

I managed to bring home the goodies in the second collage.I especially love the adhesive tape with numbers on (like a tape measure) and the one with the news print design.

Monday, April 1, 2013

encrusting a box top

 At last I have found time to do something crafty.

 I have several little boxes just waiting for some attention.

Two coats of cream acrylic paint gives the cardboard box a bit more strength and a neutral base.

The stash has revealed lots of options and the colour scheme is decided by an old doiley that was  dyed a couple of years ago. 

It is the colour of smoked salmon and there are lots of other embellishments to choose from.

The doiley is glued to the top of the box and over the sides.

On top is I have added some lace and bling - a little at a time.

A search through the button and bead boxes has revealed some great options. 

I do love embellishing box tops.  There will be more pics tomorrow.