Altered Photo Frame, Altered Wall hanging, Challenges, Mother, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

M O T H E R Wall hanging.

I have been blessed with one of the nicest men in this world for a husband. I could write a book on him (and it would include mostly all of his qualities with a dash of his clumsiness and this and that and …… ) {You get the picture, right ? }  But dont worry, I am not going there, right now…. phew ! 

 However one of the major reasons, why we have any friction between us, is mainly becoz, when I find something thrown in a healthy state, I prefer to adopt it, thinking I may be able to refurbish it at a later stage and dress it up prettily. {NO I am not a hoarder ~ ok, maybe just a tad bit}  However,”THAT” does not happen all the time. What does, however, happen, is that, I find a suitable space for the said item in my craft studio or the jam packed shed and then …………….. forget about it. (not deliberately forget about it … well my plates full with so many more projects at hand, isnt it ??? )

 Now THATS where the problem arises. DH believes in minimilistic living, (he should’ave been born in Japan !!)  while yours truly, hates things thrown out which can serve a purpose at some later stage. Naturally finding that “some stage” is the issue.

Well, I have done him proud on this particular occasion. Couple of weeks back, my car was parked near a construction area, and as we know, constuction areas are a treasure trove for crafters, not cardmakers or scrappers but definetly, crafters. So anyways, here in Dubai, everything is in excess even wastage 🙂  So there were heaps of cardboards and insultation packs thrown around. Thank God, Sam was not around, so I could ask one of the workers permission and just packed a few large white cardboard sheets in the car. 

The guy kept looking at me as though I was an alien ~ an abaya laden women comes in a GMC truck and takes “garbage” ….. it would have made news headlines for sure in 7days newspaper.  He kept saying “karabish ~ karabish” meaning trash in Arabic. Silly guy, little did he know what I had in mind for that trash. He couldnt fathom the possibilites of finding a dozen odd uses for that sheet.  But I could. 

Why bother to explain to him, that I am doing some good for the environment ?? He couldnt care less for the environment around him.

So anyways, long story short. Turns out that thick large sheet is very light in weight but sturdy enough not to bend or break. Perfect for a altered frames or wall hanging or door signs. 

I cannot tell you just how much absolute fun I had, giving a new lease of life to a dead object. I hope you guys like it too. So for the next atleast 6 posts, your going to see the “trash to wall hanging ” series. 

This is how that white board was used after alittle sanding, polishing and distressing.

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I have included a picture of the white board, just to give you an idea of what it looked like.  What a joy ! Oh and one of the photographs of the flower pot close up shot, is just : me trying out some new editing for pictures which did not turn out all that great 😦

Please do let me know, if you have ever picked something discarded shamelessly and created something functional with it.

This wall hanging is going to enter the following challenges.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you return again.  Have a wonderful weekend ahead.


Friendship cards, Good wishes Card, Love messages ~ cards

Marathon Card Challenges !!

I know it wasnt the sandwich ~! Coffee has stopped kicking me so I guess, its got to be the fact that I have stopped one of my medicines. What ? you ask ? Well. I cant believe just how pepped up I was today ! Oh yah, maybe it could also be that we have a fantastically long weekend here in Dubai, thats taken off the pressure off my shoulder and thats why I managed to make not one, not two but F I V E cards, and gorgeous, if I may say so myself. I am oh so pleased with all five of them. I am going back to the ” card challenge” arena after a very very long time and this time, I hope I make some good friends too. So without much ado, here they are, Just for the benefit of the “challenge thingy” I will be placing them in 5 different posts. Please do go thru each one of them for closeups. Thanks for droping by.

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Alter Art, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Something inbetween, Trash to Treasure

Wall hanging

Like in most of my projects, there is always some element of recycled material used. This entire wall hanging is made of recycled stuff. Plenty of tiny bits lying in my stash and the cardboard itself, is recycled from cereal box. See that wide smile on your teachers face when he/she receives something like this 🙂

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Back from the Dead ~with Joy ofcourse.

Its been exactly a year since I posted my last card. I dont want to bore you with the hassels that 2010 bought but I can say for sure, that I am just begining to ride the surf. My tumor, My husband’s cancer, my children’s school change and a whole lot of extended family issues, made 2010 a year full of uncertainity, drama and turmoils.

We are all alive and thats enough right now. Its also bought a small amount of depth in life too, one where I am not rushing thru the day… one where I am reminding myself to hug the kids more often, one where I am making more concrete efforts to being there for my brothers and sisters and cousins. I hope we all are able to find our footing and take small progressive steps.

Here is one of my first altered cd for this month. It is a very simple message but one which, one of my cousins visiting from India, immediately fell in love with.
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Alter Art fun.