Saturday, September 07, 2013

My Altered Box Project

Hard to believe, but I had never altered a wood box before, at least not using paper, lace and paint! I had, a long time ago, added wood elements and a monogram to a box and varnished it as a special present for hubby's grandfather. But nothing like this!

I had a specific look in mind for the cover of the box and I spent days searching the internet. I finally found the image I wanted on Etsy from a buyer called Graphic Market Place. You really should check them out!

My video of the project contains more details about the lovely vintage lace I used and more!

Have a great day and I'll post another project very soon!


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

It's Time for a Tiki Hut

There are times when I look at a paper collection and wonder what I can possibly make with it!  I've given myself the challenge of using most if not all of the Graphic 45 collections this year.  That means that even if it isn't in my comfort zone, I'll make something.  I've only skipped a couple of collections over the years including Bird Song. When Bohemian Bazaar came along I really wasn't sure what to do.  The colors were so vibrant and outside my comfort range!  But it finally came to me, as a full colored image in my head! And here is what the image looks like when the project is done!  Hope you like!

                        It really started out looking a lot like a previous project.

I cut up some balsa wood for the bar 

 I turned over some wood pots added wood circles and voila, stools!

I wrapped all but two of the columns with some twine from JoAnn's.  I also brained and glued the twine to the edge of the bar to make the edge look more finished, but only after I'd added a nice coat of blue acrylic paint to the whole structure.

A little raffia from my stash took careof the thatched roof. I trimmed the raffia so it would have the look I wanted!

I used some pretty miniature elements like the glass and pitcher of orange juice.

Deviled eggs, gouda cheese and crackers a pot of jam, some cola cans and some chips and salza!

And of course I added...


I bought the box at hobby lobby and it was too high but just the right circumference for the Milissa Frances round chipboard pieces I'd been hoarding in my stash.

I also made a video of the project that you can watch here! 

One of the things that keeps me intrigued with paper crafting is challenging myself to use products and paper that are outside my comfort zone. I do like how the project came out!  Thanks for stopping by and have a truly great day!