Wednesday 28 March 2012

The French Connection

Busy Busy Busy!!!! That's been my middle name today! I made a huge sign today for the Craft Market.

Took a couple of pictures. Too tired to even click!


What do you folks think?
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday 27 March 2012

Preparation for Art and Craft Market Show & featured on Destination Craft!

I'm thinking of participating in an Art and Craft Market and Show in May and I need to make a few pieces for it. So, I started with something easy...distressed vintage photo frames.

I love frames with a bit of character!
Experimented a bit more with my new bestie Ms Crackle Glaze!!! And made these silhouette wall art or placemats...well whatever floats your boat!!! ;)

Embellished the edges with twine!

 Well there you have day in a nutshell!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Also a big thank you to Kathryn from Destination Craft for featuring my vintage inspired wreaths. 

Read about it here on Destination Craft!


Sunday 25 March 2012

French Provincial Placemats Tutorial

Hi All

Hope you all had a great weekend!!! Sadly, it's already Sunday evening/night in our side of the world!!! 

Well the whole day was quite productive...since I have been asked by a few fellow bloggers to do a tute on the wooden placemats, I did exactly that!

Following is (hopefully) a step by step tutorial on how to make your own French provincial placemats!
Also this is the first time I have used crackle glaze....and I was so happy with the results that I went camera crazy, yet again!!!!

Alright, let's get started!!!

Step 1: Pre-cut MDF boards available from your local hardware store, or you could buy a big piece and cut it yourself.
Step 2: You need to paint the boards with a base coat...I chose black. 

Step 3: Slip slap some crackle glaze on the boards and wait for it to dry!

 Please excuse the painting with left hand since I was taking the photos with my right!

Step 4: Paint the top coat and watch the magic of crackle glaze! 

  I then changed my mind and painted two of the boards with white base coats and black top coats (But that's just me!!!)

Step 5: Free hand paint 'Provincial'. You could also use stencils.
I could never colour between the lines, so I free hand paint everything....modifying as I go.

Step 6: Seal the boards, once dry they'll be ready to use.

Nearly done!

Step 7: Glue some nice paper behind the boards so that they don't scratch the table.


Cut to size....

Done!!! There you have it...French Provincial Placemats!!!


 I love the patina on these!!! Chippy shabby chic French Provincial placemats!!!! 

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! 

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Thursday 22 March 2012

Vintage paper roses!

Vintage paper roses for the corridor and one more HUGE vintage paper wreath!

Roses made out of vintage music sheets

The gilded mirror forms the perfect backdrop for these delicate roses!

5 layers of papercones!!! I can tell you its time consuming! But I think the end result is worth it!

So there you have it...vintage paper roses made over a cup of tea....and a paper wreath after dinner! I'm planning on making a topiary with these roses or maybe even a bunch to gift someone on a special occasion!

These would be perfect as centre pieces in a wedding or even a tea party for the girls! I'm off to make some more!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Linking  this post to Shabby Creek Cottage Transformation Thursday

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