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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.

I would love to share my new project with the following parties :-

Tuesday

  Thursday
I am so glad you visited me today. I hope you leave a comment so I can visit you too !
 
Warm wishes
 
Naush
Alter Art, Collage Art, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., T A G S, Trash to Treasure

Altered Envelope turned Tag Book

Firstly, I am super excieted with the new theme that I chose for the blog. Love the bright and cheerful blue. WordPress has come up with some fabulous changes to the menu as well, which is making bloggin alot of fun and easy. Please feel free to give me your views about my blog’s new look.

What I am sharing with you today, is my first attempt at making a tag book. What really had me going was that I could finally recycle, which is what I “REALLY” enjoy. I have recycled some old envelopes here. I wish I had taken photos of how I actually fixed this project !  Basically I just folded three or four envelpes in half, slit one side open while I punched the other side with two holes and bind them with 2 eyelets. I know, its never simpl understanding someones direction so maybe I’ll one again with a tutorial.  But for now, heres what I came up with. I wanted to keep the quotes/encouragement lines, simple, short but inspirational. I had so much fun thinking of elements to relate to the specific quotes and going wild with paper, ribbons and colors !

I’ll let the pictures do all the talking from here.

 

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I’d like to link this project to the following parties :-

Friday

ffa Fridays~Sassy Sites
Feature Friday~Spunky Junky
Friday Flair~WhipperBerry
Pity Party~30 Handmade Days
Freckled Laundry
Shanty 2 Chic

Design-Aholic
Naptime Crafters
New Friend Friday
Meljens DesignsSIO – Shapes: Use a circle and a square in the same creation
Simon Says Stamp – anything goes
Whimsical Wednesdays – anything goes
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Anything Goes 2nd Week
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge1E, SIO – #39 Fall & Or Fancy Folds
Partytime Tuesdays – 3E (2E anything goes wk) – PTT #35 Anything Goes
Critter Sketch – Anything Goes
Make it Monday – always Anything Goes
PollycraftSIO – Tags and/or Bookmarks
Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Anything Goes
I’m so glad your visiting me today. Please do come back again.
 
Till then,
 
Stay safe,  find happiness in all the small things around you and be grateful for them.
 
Naush
Alter Art, Altered Doorhanger, Altered Wall hanging, Friendship cards, Love messages ~ cards, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

Teddy Love ~ Wall hanging.

Hello Ladies. And how have we been today? Well, I think by now, most regions of the world have gotten a glimpse of spring already, isnt it ? Well, going by how and whats going on with the world climate these days, just enjoy the Spring as best. Picnics, bbqs and lots of outdoorish stuff. In this part of the world, we are dreading summer which is already knocking on our doors.

Anyways, enough of the weather report !! So gladly, this will be the last project of the Trash to Wall hanging series for this month. This little wall hanging was made with a distressed young friend in mind.  Very simple message about sharing some affection and assurance to someone. The little lad with the teddy is a digi stamp, while there is a fabric teddy also, paper pieced next to the swing. 3 pretty green flowers with 3 brads, and 3 polka dotted ribbons embellish the project. The base is pale pink DP, embossed with tiny flowers. The sentiment is also digi stamp.

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And now, lets see, where this little plaque or wallhanging is going to compete in :

  • Crafts and Me – anything goes
  • Creative Card Crew – for a child
  • For Fun Challenges – 3E, C10 – flowers plus sentiment
  • Freshly Brewed – 5E, SIO – 2 or more embellishments
  • Paper PrettiesSIO -Spring
  • Crafty Creations –  in stitches (the teddy and the balloon)
  • Scrapbook Sisters – anything goes
  • Colour Create2W, 1E –  Pastels
  • Crafty Purple Frog – 2W, SIO – 2nd W -Green 
  • Delightful Challenges1E, SIO – Pastels and Ribbons 
  • Do You Stack Up? – 3E, SIO – Sparkles and bling bling 
  • Little Miss Muffet Challenges – 2W, 1E, SIO – 2nd W -Brads, Gems or Pearls 
  • Meljens DesignsSIO – Punches
  • Paper Crafting Journey2W, 1E – 2nd W – Use a Digi – Optional Up In The Air Theme 
  • Paper Play2E –  Distressing
  • The Rubber Cafe – SIO – Embossing
  • Southern Girls2W, 1E – Add An Animal
  • Stamp InsanitySIO – Punch It Out
  • Alphabet Challenge – 1E, JFF – “U” is for anything that goes Up in the air (balloon in teddy’s hands)
  • Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days Challenge – 2W, 2E, SIO, must use a digi – back to nature
  • Card Makin’ Mamas – 2W, 2E – animals
  • Delicious Doodles3E, SIO – floral fantasy/loads of flowers
  • Fabulous Friday – reuse or repurpose things you already have around the house
  • Fairy Fun Fridays – 2W, SIO – Spring-themed
  • Fairy Knoll – 2E, SIO – happy!
  • Fairy Tale2W, 2E – green & pink
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – 2W, 1E, SIO – dots
  • Mami Doodles – 2W, SIO, JFF – celebrate Spring
  • Phindy’s Place3E, SIO – all about animals
  • Sew Many Cards – SIO – Spring fling
  • Simply Create – 2W – do it yourself
  • Stamp Something – something Spring
  • Stampin With The Dragon 2W – bring on Spring
  • Tellen’s Place – 1E, SIO – texture
  • Totally Papercrafts – cuddly & cute
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers2W, SIO – Spring
  • A Gem of a Challenge2W – 2nd W -Anything But Square 
  • Crafty Calendar – M, 1E – Love 
  • Crafty Emma – Die Cut Crazy
  • Little Claire’s  – 2W, 3E, SIO – 2nd W – Pink & Green
  • Our Daily Bread Designs – 1E, SIO – Frame It 
  • Wee memories –  Anything Goes 
  • Crazy Challenge2E – Sweet Teens
  • Creative Craft Friends2W – Spring
  • Make it Monday – Anything goes
  • Ooh La La Creations2W, SIO – Mother’s Day/Special Friend
  • Paper Playtime2W – Anything Goes
  • Stamp with Fun – Spring
  • Stamps R Us2W, 2E – Spring
  • Creative Inspirations Paint1E – Flowers
  • Pile It On – Cute
  • Sparkles Forum 2W – Springtime
  • Stampin’ Sisters in Christ – Paper Piecing
  • Clear It Out! – 2W – Flowers, Flowers & more Flowers
  • Digital Tuesdayinclude a digital element –  For the Kids 
  • Everybody-Art-Challenge – Brown & Pink 
  • Top Tip Tuesday3E – Nature Inspired
  • Try It On Tuesday  – Alter it – Re-vamp a Frame
  • Thank you for visiting me. I hope you enjoyed my little creation and my little blog home. Please feel free to pop over again. Good bye 🙂