I love to salvage ‘stuff’. I, almost always find inspiration ‘especially’ in broken items. Unfortunately that also means, that alot of broken items don’t land up in the rubbish bin immediately in my home. (as they should) eg Broken mugs are stored to be used as mosaic material
Would you believe this frame was an empty shell with no base/back or glass infront and now — Ta da !!
This frame was found in one of my frame piles and I decided to FINALLY work some of my magic on it.
I absolutely love the HOPE sign below, but one of our new fosters (kitten) jumped high enough, to break it.
Like I said, its not THAT EASY for things to be chugged in the bin – – – at my place !!
(the fact that my husband and sons are fed up of my habit is another story for another day though )
Long story short –
I decided somehow the HOPE sign and the frame would look good together. Here’s a simple tutorial of what followed.
I wanted to give a 3D effect to the sign hence I added a piece of cardboard on the back of the HOPE sign at two places and hot glued the sign to the colorful background. That way, it gives a popping out impression.
I have added random thin golden paint strokes to conceal the spots where it had broken – in turn giving it a more marble-like effect.
It is necessary to give one coat of modge podge or varnish on the entire frame and background – so as to make it more durable and it will be easy to clean it in future too (from dust etc since it does not have a glass covering)
I absolutely love how this turned out. Did you like it too ??
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Do you like to quill ? I love quilling and I really like collecting photo frames as well as frames for paintings. This project is an ideal mix of both.
Most of my picture frame collection comes from stores like Pan Emirates, Home Center, Ikea as is section and garage sales.
I’m almost obsessed with finding potential in unexpected mundane objects which are considered trash. Some projects start immediately, while some bare bones, are stacked in the shed, on a waiting list.
The past two weeks, I have been super inspired to work with frames, so at long last, a pile of photo frames are being repurposed and dressed with some simple and easy art. This one, being the first one.
Our guests are pleasantly surprised when they find out that the creations are my own !
I believe, alittle creativity, color and innovation can transform the ugliest objects into pieces of art.
Here is one Ikea frame which I found in the ‘as is’ section which did not have a glass protection in front. Ofcourse, I was overjoyed 🙂
It was perfect for my three dimensional quilled heart.
I love the contrast of the white frame against a cardboard background – with pink and red flowers in the foreground. The pearls were a last minute addition but i feel, they really enhance the look of the flowers.
Infact, I think, I will start a wall gallery for all my art frames projects.
Please drop in a line to tell me if and how, you liked this frugal simple creation.
Recycled objects :-
scraps of scrapbook design paper.
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What was spectacular about the villa, is that it was designed by an Emarati for an Emarati lifestyle. Whats different about Arabic styled houses ?
Well, Arabic style houses generally have two main entrances to the main building, one for the family, and another one for the male guests. The men guest entrance is greeted by a very large hall which is called the Majlis. This comfortable large space is generally where the men of the family entertain their male friends, hence it is lavishly large.
Another significant thing about the villas’ is that every bedroom is ensuite. Which meant, my 5 bedroom home had 7 bathrooms !!! (1 extra for the lounge room and another for the dining room)
Cleaning such a large house is not for the faint of heart ! But Thank heavens for the abundance of easily available part-time help in Dubai.
Another aspect, which we were lucky, we did not have, is the presence of an entire block of an adjoining building which houses the maids and drivers of the house.
Most of the times, the kitchen is also a part of that building block. But we were lucky, our kitchen was in the main building.
That was too much space for a family of five, however, it would benefit, the constant arrival of relatives and feline friends ( fostering that me and my family volunteer for.)
Thanks to alot of persuasion and prodding – We decided to convert the majlis into my craft Studio.
Was it a dream ??
Absolutely YES !!
For someone who started crafting 12 years back from a modest desk placed at the corner of her bedroom … here I was, in a HUGE studio with craft supplies and goodies, I could have only dreamt of years back !!
The studio took nearly three months to be shelved, stacked, stored and organized.
As you will notice from the pictures below, 100% furniture and 95% storage items (like boxes, pots ) are from #Ikea !!
I think, for artists, Ikea is a PERFECT !! They cater to each and every need of ours brillaintly and I have NOT been compensated to state so 🙂
Was the craft room a good idea ?
How long did it take ?
Very long to organize it all ?
what happened next ?
We moved out of this house this January (2016) !!!!!!!!
How do I feel about it ?
Miserable !! I miss the sprawling length and breadth of that room so much, so dearly 😦
It was perfect in every way and the best possible gift, my husband could give me !!
Our new home is in the area called The Villa – Dubailand. Its a modern villa and the added benefit of the majlis is deducted in the form of a pool. We have converted the 5th bedroom into the craft studio – but it is still a project under progress. Will share with you the development in another post.
I hope you enjoyed my craft studio tour and found inspiration in some of the ways in which I manged to store some supplies.
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I am absolutely delighted that my cupcake awning card was the first place winner at the Crafty Gals Corner. I now have my very own badge too 🙂
Although I have two more awning cards in store, to share with you, today, I am sharing a very spring-like card.
The various elements included in this card are :-Circular diecut, Digital stamp (sentiment as well as flowers) Ribbon, bling, faux stitch, polka dots, yellow flourish design paper, white pearls, mother card, copic markers and distress ink.
I’d like to share this card at the following card challenges :-
I am in high spirits today. Its been a constructive day ! I am super delighted that Doodle Buddies’ cards will now be hosted at Organic Foods and Café. What makes it more special for me, is that I have complete belief in their motto and ethics. I am so glad, my art work will be displayed and appreciated at all their four supermarkets and café !!
Allah swt blesses us with just the right amount of encouragement to keep the struggle on. On 27th January, I was featured in Gulf News’ My Guide, on Arts and Craft. It was totally an honor. I have been featured in a couple of newspapers and magazines before and have one TV interview on Chanel City7 under my belt. But quite honestly, with every feature, comes a renewed joy and belief to keep up my creative endeavors. Two huge news – I am totally humbled. What’s more wonderful, is that it came as a complete surprise !!
And then I had a brush with reality when I entered the studio and realized, I had been putting-off the clean up process for nearly a month. That room, is in complete chaos and desperately seeks my attention. So that will be on my priority list now (well, in all honesty, it has been on that list for sometime now, just don’t remember where I misplaced that list 😉
Okey dokey ! So that’s that about my brand new news 🙂
Onto the 14cards 14days series :- Today’s card is rather simple yet sassy.
Elements included are :- Design/pattern paper, bow/ribbon, polka dots, banner diecut , rubber stamp, rhinestone, glossy paper for three hearts. If your wondering, where did I pick this glossy heart paper from ~ DONT !! I picked these glossy hearts at Ikea in December, I think, they were meant to be Christmas tree decoration, but obviously, I had other ideas !! wink wink 😉
I’d like to join the following challenges with this card :-
ABC Challenge (P1/15) ‘C is for Cupid’ (Love, Romance, Valentine, Wedding, Engagement)