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Shabby Chic Pinny

Hope your all having a wonderful Sunday….

I have pottered between the shed and the house today, I have been sorting buttons, dismantling jewellery,  reading books and playing with copper wire..

In one of the books I read there was a great little project where you had to make your own coat hanger from wire and also an apron or “pinny” …. inspired by this I set off to make one and here’s my version…

The book that this delightful wee project came from was called Layered, Tattered and Stitched: A Fabric Art Workshop by Ruth Rae, I bought this book in 2011 from Amazon.

I used the following materials to make it :-

  • Sewing Machine
  • Vintage sheet music paper
  • Muslin Fabric
  • Vintage lace ribbon
  • May Arts Ruffle Edge Pink Ribbon & Velvet Ribbon
  • Vintage Pink Buttons
  • Pink Thread
  • Rose Petal Seam Binding from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Satin Heart
  • White Lace
  • 2 x vintage safety pins (they were out my mums button box ❤ )
  • Copper Wire

This was fun to make and i’m already looking forward to trying something out her book for next weekend

I’m quite proud of my wee corner of blogland, as today we hit 100,0oo visits, I never thought in a million years that I would have so many lovely people popping in for a wee peek .. so to you.. a simple thankyou xx I do appreciate each and every one of you.

I will finish off my post with a wee peek at some vintage jewellery my mother in law gave me a few months ago.. its gorgeous and it came from her old aunty jenny .. its just lovely 🙂

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Easter Nest Box

Hi everyone… hope your weekend is going well.

Today I have an Easter Nest Project to share with you that I created for Wild Orchid Crafts  as part of their Youtube Design Team.

My daughter was throwing out an old mug box, and I managed to get it up to my shed before it hit the bucket! … this is what the box looked like before I altered and decorated it

I peeled off the cellophane skin

Gave the whole box a coat of Gesso inside and out

Then I took some Linen Acyrlic paint by Docrafts Artist and painted the whole box with 2 coats

I then picked some patterned paper .. I chose My Minds Eye Lost and Found Collection

and I covered the lid and base

I had bought some Jungle Moss and Reindeer Moss last week and it was just perfect to make a nest for the top of the box

I used Glossy accents to adhere it to the lid of the box

next I took some englaise lace from wild orchid crafts and fixed a band around the lid and base and decorated the top with flowers and pearls and the bottom with buttons

The flowers were scrunched up into little balls to give them a crinkled effect then I stuck 2 together before adhering them onto the lace and topping with a pearl

I then made a label for the front of the box using the “b” side of the patterned paper, some victorian edge scissors, some skeleton leaved, a button and a flower.. oh and some old sticky letters from Karen Foster Designs

Next up was the egg shell for the centre for the moss nest…  I used 3 colours of paint for the egg

I love the colour the egg turned out.. all creamy yellowey and greeney

All that was left to do now was to pop the chicks in and take some more photographs of the finished Easter Nest Box

I had a lot of fun making this project… a full supplies list is listed below.. thanks for popping in 🙂 and enjoy your weekend!

Supplies List:-

  • 1 x Old Mug Box (rescued from the bucket)
  • My Minds Eye Lost and Found Patterned Paper
  • Jungle Moss
  • Reindeer Moss
  • Easter Chicks from the Pound shop
  • Distress Ink : Iced Spruce
  • Scor tape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Acrylic Paint in : Linen, Lemonade and Citron green
  • Half and Egg Shell from local haberdashery
  • Karen Foster Designs Alpha Stickers

Wild Orchid Crafts Products Used :

  • LL-00003 100 Natural Skeleton Leaves
  • BM-00041 2.2cm Foundation White Blooms
  • SP-00008 60 White, Ivory & Ta  Self Adhesive Pearls – 5mm
  • BO-00014 Mixed Brown/Natural Buttons – 30g (1oz US) In stock now
  • LA-00042 1 Metre Ivory Insertion Aglaise Lace



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Chicks ‘n’ Buttons

Life is busy….. but I did manage to squeeze a wee card in last night in the shed..

Whilst tidying I came across some download sheets that I had printed out onto photo paper of some cute easter images, kept one out and made a wee card 😉

Supplies Used :-

  • Coral Cardstock from Stampin Up
  • Baby Pink Felt
  • Basic Grey Patterned paper
  • Light Pink Cardstock
  • Scortape

a nice quick and easy card.. just layers and no embellies..

I had ordered some vintage buttons from Etsy at the weekend and they arrived yesterday… I love them and the colours!

and some green {{i heart green}}

I can hardly believe it’s Thursday tomorrow… roll on the weekend is all I can say 🙂

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Buttons and Boxes…

Day 1 of my long 4 day weekend 🙂 … I had a lovely long lay in bed, a spot of late brekkie then headed up the garden to my shed..

I switched Ustream on and had a lovely afternoon chatting and crafting..

First up, and in keeping with the Use it Up (UIU) Pledge,  I painted and decorated some cloths pegs that I had been lying on my desk for a long time, so with a lick of paint, some patterned paper and a couple of vintage buttons they were transformed from bare wood, so something quite special…

Then with some of the patterned paper left over I made a small card..

and with the other bits left over from making the card I made a tag

and everything together…

Supplies used:-

  • Tea Pink Acrylic Paint
  • Vintage Buttons
  • Vintage Pink Lace
  • Basic Grey Patterned Paper
  • Burlap
  • linen thread
  • flower punch
  • diecut pearlescent frame from Helen
  • pink seam binding
  • Claudine hellmuth multi medium in matte
  • scortape

Next up I altered a box… these wee boxes are gorgeous they are leather and suede lined…perfect to alter..

I promised the Ustream girls a giveaway of a box to alter… so I have 2 to give away, both red, one square and one oval, all you need to do to be entered for the giveaway is to leave a message here with the “code” word I gave on the stream today and i’ll pick 2 winners tonight 🙂

Good luck and happy crafting everyone xx

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Bunny Tag and Dressform Postcard

Wednesday evening up in the shed was fun… firstly as it marked the start of my 4 day weekend, and boy am I ready for a few days off work, I have earned them 😉

Secondly because I got to spend it with friends, arty crafty lovely online friends 🙂      I switched Ustream on and got down to some crafting,  first up was the easter bunny bingo tag..

Supplies Used :-

  • 1 x Tag
  • Scrunched up Prima Flowers and some pretty pink rhinestones as flower centres
  • Vintage lace
  • Vintage Button
  • Sticky backed canvas from Ranger
  • Easter Digital Collage Sheet from Etsy Seller iralamijashop
  • Cabbage Rose Seam Binding from Etsy Seller Memriemare
  • Sewing Machine
  • Glitz Design Love Games Patterned Paper
  • Stampin Up Tiny Tags Punch and Stamp Set
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock from Stampin Up
  • Hot Glue Gun.
  • Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone Distress Ink

Then I went on to made a postcard, this was an “off the cuff”  throw it out there kinda put together postcard, however it turned out great and I held a draw once I had finished it and the lovely Joycee won it.. congrats joyce 🙂 .. I was really pleased about it because, as many of you know, joyce has some wierd and wonderful colour choices and she had a huge input when I made this… so thank you Joycee couldnt have done it without you 😉

There’s a lot of “stuff” going on in this postcard… so the supplies list might be a tad on the long side 😉

  • 1 x Matboard Diecut postcard & Dressform shape from deb.
  • Acrylic Paint in Latte, Antique Gold, White, Rose Pink, Tea Rose and Fuschia
  • Antique/vintage tape measure
  • Versamark & Gold Embossing Powder
  • Stampin Up En Francais Script Stamp
  • Brilliance Lightning Black Ink
  • Vintage Buttons
  • Tiny papermania buttons for the “Peeny” // “Pinny”
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hessian
  • Seam Binding
  • Pink Thread
  • Twine
  • Bubble wrap for stamping


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Linen & Lace Tag

Happy Valentines Day to you all… I hope you have all had a wonderful day and spoiled by your loved ones!

I had a lovely evening, a nice dinner with the family, watched a bit of Barb on Ustream and then headed up to my shed and made this tag.

I used some of the lace and flowers that Gina had sent me over from Sweden, a little bit of lace from Marybeth and  a bit of diecut border strip that Helen send me along with my Stampin Up order this month 🙂 I love to make crafty things that incorporates things that people send me, saves me hoarding them 😉

supplies used :-

  • 2 x Tags
  • Glitz Design Love Games Patterned Paper
  • Lace and Big Flowers from my friend Gina in Sweden
  • Lace from my wee friend Marybeth in the USA
  • Diecut Border Strip from Helen my lovely Stampin Up Demo
  • Oatmeal Seam Binding from Angel Crafts
  • Vintage Button from my button hoard
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scortape
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Thread
  • Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
  • Papermania Urban Script Stamp
  • Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden diecut shape

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Hobbit Goblet….

I was pottering around playing with copper wire yesterday, I had been inspired to get creating after watching Barb’s Ustream show on Friday night… and this is what I came up with…

I was hoping it would turn out basket-like, but it ended up coming out goblet shaped lol, but I do love it and it now has pride of place on the lamp table in the lounge …

I also used up some fibres, wool and fabric woven inbetween the copper wire…  this is fun to do 😉

It’s squint, lop sided and wobbly, but I love it 🙂

I also made a triangle shaped frame and wove some seed beads through it…. I do love working with wire so will try and get some more practice in and try out making different things in the future 🙂

Thanks for stopping bye…