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Sunday, 26 July 2015

I'm slowly getting back into crafting....... Thank you for all the kind messages regarding my accident....

Hi everyone,
It's been quite a while since my last post.
I still have no Mojo for card making,
Due to my accident, Last August.
But I have managed to find some hobbies I can pursue...
Those of you who read my last post will know that I've had a go at painting furniture...
My Inspiration was a lovely lady named Louise,
She has the most amazing shop.

This is one of my projects,
I hope you like it.

This was a very dark table
 when I bought it...
It was in a sorry state...
Initially I painted it white & it was in my bedroom for a while,
Then I decided to change the colour...

I gave it a good sanding,
Primed it, 
Then gave it several coats of paint.
You can't tell by the photo,
But it's now a lovely shade of cream.

Items used.
Sand paper.
Primer...Ronseal, All purpose primer & undercoat.
Paint... Valspar, Palest satin.

I have also been encouraged by lots of ladies in several groups,
You know who you are, Thank you so much.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog & comment,
I'm looking forward to being part of Blogland again.

Lots of love,
Sylvia x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Shabby Chic table......... My first venture.....

Hi Everyone,
I hope you're keeping well,
Last friday I took my son to get the keys for his new house,
While I was waiting for him,
I discovered a lovely shop.
Shabby Chic Interiors.
Curiosity got the better of me, So I ventured inside......
I'm so glad I did, I met the owner, A lovely lady named Louise....
She was so helpful & friendly,
I could have stayed in there all day.
She doesn't know it yet, But she inspired me to paint a small table...
This is the result,
I hope you like it.

This is how the table was before I started.

It was in a sorry state.

I removed the varnish with sandpaper,
Then Reg took it in the shed & applied paint & varnish stripper.
(Thanks Reg)

The next stage was to apply an undercoat.

Then I gave it two coats of paint,
When it was completely dry, I sanded parts of it to give a worn look.

Items used.
Sand paper.
Varnish remover.
Rust-oleum, Chalky finish Furniture paint.
Chalk white.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog,
I really appreciate your comments.

Lots of love,
Sylvia x

Monday, 4 May 2015

An altered box.... For the Craft Fair...

Hi everyone,
I hope you are all enjoying a crafty day,
This is my latest creation,
I'm involved with a craft fair, Taking place later in the month,
This is one of the items I'll be selling,
I would value your opinions.

This is how the box looked when I bought it.

My first job was to remove the hinges & clasp,
Then I got rid of any loose pieces with sand paper.

Then came the fun bit... Decorating...
I started by gluing a piece of wallpaper on to the lid, 
Then I coated it all with Gesso.
I then applied a coat of paint,
Once this was dry, I finished with a coat of Modge Podge.
Finally, I added the pretty bits.

Items used.
Box (The Range)
Acrylic Paint.
Mod Podge.
Sand Paper.
Wallpaper (I wouldn't be without it)
Lace & Flowers (From my stash)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog,
It means so much to me.

Lots of love,
Sylvia x
Happy crafting.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Shabby chic box.....

Hello everyone,
I hope you're all enjoying a crafting day.
I certainly am...
I would love your opinion on my altered box.
This is going into a craft fair next month.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges.

I started with a plain brown box
(Pretty boring don't you think)

The first thing i did was stick tissue paper on,
While it was wet, I scrunched it up to give the desired effect.
When it was completely dry, I gave it all a coat of gesso, 
Once that was dry i gave it several coats of paint,
To finish it off, I coated it with Mod Podge.

This is a close-up of the effect i was after.

The next step was to make two rosettes for the top.

I also die cut a shape to put the rosette on.

The finished top.

Close-up of side of the box,
After i added thick lace & gold braiding.

The finished box.

I hope you'll agree that it's not so boring now.

Items used.
Brown box (The Range)
Mod Podge.
Rose, Lace & Braiding from my stash.
Cream Acrylic paint.
Tissue Paper. Die (Help, I've forgotten)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog,
You all make it so worthwhile.
Happy crafting.

Lots of love,
Sylvia x

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Two altered items.

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are all keeping well....
I would like to say a big
To all of you who commented on my last post,
I really appreciate the feedback.
It's lovely to be back in Blogland.

At the moment i have no desire to make cards etc,
But i am getting involved in other crafts.....
I'd go mad if i didn't have my hobbies.

I would like to share my latest creations with you,
I hope you like them.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges.
That Craft Place - No Cards #26   10-05-15
2 Creative Chicks #25 - Anything Goes (no cards) #46  Closed.

The vase was long forgotten, In the loft.

The first thing i did was give it a coat of Gesso,
Then i painted it black,
It didn't look right, So i decided to give it a stone effect.
(Details below)

Finally, I gave it a coat of black paint,
When it was completely dry, I coated it with Mod Podge,
Then added the gems.

Close-up of stone effect.

Close-up of photo frame.
The frame was coated with Gesso, Painted black,
Then i finished with a coat of Mod Podge & added the gems.

Items used.
Photo frame'
Black Acrylic Paint.
Mod Podge.
Gems (£1 Shop)
Cosmic Shimmer (Glue)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog,
I look forward to reading your comments.

Lots of love,
x x x

Monday, 20 April 2015

Hi Everyone, I'm trying to get back into crafting..........

Hi Everyone,
Sorry I've been missing for so long,
Most of you may know, Reg has been really poorly,
I'm happy to say, He's on the mend.
He has to got to hospital tomorrow,
For a colonoscopy.
Thank you for all the well wishes.
I had a bad accident, injuring my head,
This really dented my confidence....
I have had no desire to do crafting of any description....
I really hope my mojo will return soon....
Thank you all for the lovely messages & Well wishes.

Last week I bought a letter rack from B & M
It was £3-99.

I gave it a coat of Gesso.

Then i painted it will acrylic paint.

The next step was to add some embellishments & braiding.

I then gave it a final coat of paint.
When this had dried I coated it with Mod Podge.
I gave the front a textured look.

Finally I gave it a gilded look with
LuminArte  (Bronze Medallion.

I hope you like the finished result.

Items used.
Letter rack (B&M)
Acrylic paint (Java bean)
Embellishments (From my stash)
Braiding (Local Linen Shop)
LuminArte (That Craft Place)
Mod Podge & Gesso (The Works)

Thank you so much for looking at my blog,
I will repay every visit.

Lots of love,
Sylvia xxx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Diamonds for my best friend......

Hi everyone,
I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
I got a lovely surprise today,
Reg took me out for our lunch,
There was only one thing wrong,
We had to go to B&Q for tiles for the downstairs toilet,
I had no idea we were going for a meal.....
Picture this....
Old slacks, Old shoes, Red socks & my old comfy coat...
I was such a sight.... Nothing new there then... Ha Ha.

Today I set up my selling page,
I have been going to do this for ages.
This is my first item (Sold)
I hope you like it.

This is the tangled mess I bought from Dunelm.

A special Thank You to everyone who liked my page.

Items used.
Heart shaped picture frame (Dunelm)
Black paint.
Modge Podge.
Gems from my stash.

Thanks for your visit,
I love to read your comments.

Lots of love,
Sylvia X