Art & Craft Ideas, Gift Ideas, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure, WOODEN Projects

Upcycle Wooden Blocks / Plaque for Family.

Hello friends !

Pinerest is my best friend !!!! Yeah ~ I know what you’re thinking ! ! But the honest truth is that I can spend a great many hours browsing from one link to another, pinning as I go along. Feeling cheerful just sharing some of the pins ~ and feeling so inspired when I read some of the talented ladies writing something like, “If I can do it, surely so can you” !!! It is just a crafters haven, I tell you. Its as though, one can virtually get lost in the hoards and hoards of pins and excieting projects !! Why would’nt it be my best friend !

Oh and BTW if your looking for my pin account, here it is :-  http://pinterest.com/doodlebuddies/  and NO ~ Pinterest did not pay me to write about them !!!

Somewhere, last August, I was so inspired by some of the gorgeous wood projects on blocks on Pinerest , that I decided to give it a try.  Armed with some deadly arsenal of power tools, I made my way back from ACE hardware and started collecting pieces of wood and MDF. It didnt take long before an entire corner in the courtyard was home to a huge pile of wood, wooden planks and left overs. (much to DH’s annoyance)

Today I am sharing with you a rather simple project of wooden blocks which are cut into small chunks using my jigsaw, sanded using the electric sander (as I call it 🙂  ), some paint layers and some modge podge over  pieces of scrapbook paper, alphabet diecuts from my revolution and the sentiment for the the definition of family is done by my loyal printer !  The ribbon finalized the look. Voila !!!

Honestly, now that the weather, is getting better, I hope to venture out  in the courtyard and try my cutting and sanding skills more. This is really a very easy project but it does take up a large amount of time, becoz there is a waiting period between each paint coat and even between the modge podge coats. The rest is pretty much simple. I have really enjoyed designing this project. It felt so lovely when I had it homed on the mantle above the TV for Eid and almost everyone who came home asked me where I “BOUGHT” it from !!!! 🙂  (huge smile here)  (DH is relieved that those heaps of wooden planks are being used)

Like so many of my creative friends have said, if I can do it, so can you.

Pinerest and this entire blog world has made me realize that there are so many creative avenues just waiting for me to make a claim at them. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could have anything to do with wood and yet, I am trying and gladly getting there !! so can you !!!!!

Please share with me if you too have been inspired to try out something “out of the usual” ~ reaching away from your comfort zone.

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Naush
Alter Art, Makeovers, Paper Piecing, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., T A G S, Trash to Treasure

shoebox makeover !

Hello Ladies, how have you been ? Hope your having a good weekend … me, well, we’ve already got into our week.

This weekend, I was again bitten hard by the recyle bug, pulled out a couple of items from that large container, piled up with scores of items, waiting for a new look or a new dress, if you may.   I went back to trying out some altered art. A photo frame, a door hanger and a shoebox were dressed up with a fancy look.  It is such a joy when something, generally would find its place in the trash is actually given a new look and a new home. Such a gratifying feeling.

This box will be container for a Mothers day gift with some accessories for her makeup dresser. I think “Mom” is going to be pleased. 

Just a quick somethings about the recipe :

  • The flowers are first time tried out and made using punches.
  • The paper in the tags are handmade.
  • The butterflies are all paper pieced.
  • The lace is cut out by border punch.
  • The second base of the tags is a label tag from one of my son’s jeans !
  • The sky blue paper around the box on the width is fabric paper.

Trust you will appreciate it.  🙂 !! Oh I have still not completly posted everything from the last “techniques and folds series” still 3 more to post 😦  ~~~ TIME !!! When do I get enough time ??? But thats the story of every mother these days, isnt it ?

Alright so here’s the shoe box that I altered.

 

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  • Allsorts – Make your own Flowers
  • Crafty Emma – Flowers and Flutterbys
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Flowers
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – 2nd week – Buttons,  bows.
  • One Stop Craft – Spring Flowers
  • Shannon’s Sentiments – (SIO) Fussy Cutting
  • Digi’s With Attitude! – I wish I was with my mum right now.
  • Fussy and Fancy – (2W) – embossing and/or paper piecing
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Res-Q-Challenge – boxes – use squares &/or rectangles
  • Simply Create – (2W) – bold & bright
  • Stamp Something – something with flowers
  • Tellen’s Place – (1E, SIO) – buttons
  • Totally Papercrafts – paper piecing
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) – punches
  • Delightful Challenges -Use Your Scraps
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) -Anything Goes
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) -anything goes
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – Anything goes
  • Shelly’s Images – (SIO) – Ribbon
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) –Handmade element or embellishment
  • Your Next Stamp Challenge – (2W, 1E, SIO) – paper piecing
  • Crafty Creations –  in the bottom of my garden lives butterflies.
  • Desert Island Crafters Challenge: USE 3 ITEms: Buttons, border punch, sparkle.
  • Oldie But Goodie Challenge (2W, no digis) – Spring is in the Air
  • Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes
  • Try It On Tuesday  – Alter A Shoe Box
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Pink Elephant (2W) – Buttons, lace and ribbon
  • Cheerful Stamp Pad – Anything but a Card
  • I Did It Creations – Anything Goes
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