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Home Sign post!

Hi friends !! I am absolutely delighted that my repurposed Pizza Box( mixed media art)  was featured in not one, not two but Six blogs !!!! Thank you, thank you so much dear friends afar !  Alittle encouragement goes a very long way. Thank you to all the following blog parties that featured my Pizza Box.

I  have several other pizza boxes which I may share in my next post. But today, I would love to share with you one of my first garden signs/courtyard signs/ pathway signs !! The best weather (depending on your definition of best !!) in Dubai is from November until February.  Day time is between warm to pleasant while late evenings can be chilly enough to call out the cardigans.

We get very very little rains here but when we do get a shower or two ~ the entire city shines and sparkles while the residents cheer and run out of their houses to experience the blessed rain drops.  I know, most of my blog visitors are from the west and you must think, “what is the matter with this woman ~ how can they like the rains ~ how can they not want some sun ~ how can they enjoy chilly evenings ” but you know, each one of us is blessed with something in abundance and we have been blessed with aloooooot of sunshine so we really cherish the little blissful “winter” ~ we receive ♥

This post is not about the weather in Dubai or gardening in Dubai ~ but if you do have a backyard or courtyard, I may as well tell you that November is the best time to start preparing the soil and flower beds of the garden. I generally start working on my garden in full swing by November so that, come December, the garden looks inviting and can accommodate all our holiday  guests.

This year, I have worked on several décor projects for the garden, one of which is a directional sign arrow for “Home” Its not something fancy but I really like how it turned out. It stands out with its pale white color and swirly fonts.  Following is a short pictorial/tutorial. DSCF6059

Recycled Material ~ Wood from Pallets !! DSCF6060

So, I started out with a dumped “PALLET”  !! Yes, you heard me right, I chopped one plank of the pallet with my jigsaw.  Sanding it nicely and then giving it the arrow cuts on one end. I let the long perpendicular end remain rather rugged since a large part of it, would remain buried in the sand/pot.  I made sure the end of the support post was narrow so that it could be dug deep into the soil/pot. DSCF2091

A couple of nails from my newly bought  nail gun (the one I bought from London, remember, in the last blog post )  shot it together in the center. And then the sign post was ready for the aesthetic workshop. DSCF2092

Nothing fancy, just your regular pale plastic paint. It is glossy. Two coats of that did the job well. DSCF2093

When the paint had dried, nearly a day later or more, I free-handed the letters “HOME” on the arrow. The font I have used is :- Beyond Wonderland. Isnt it marvelous ??!! DSCF6134

The pencil writing was later made ready with sharpies markers and a rough border was added.  I did distress it alittle but just a little becoz I understand, It may have to still endure a lot of sun and will get distressed anyways 🙂   A single coat of modge podge was the last step in the process. I have used the checkered foam stamp on the long support post. Voila !! FotoFlexer_Photo

This was my first attempt at making a sign post. I am pleased with the look. I hope you find this tutorial helpful and perhaps inspirational as well. Please share with me, any of your first wood work experiences. There are so so many fantastic ladies out there, in the blog world who are making such amazing wood works ! I hope this is my first wood work post in a loooooong series of posts about making plaques and sign posts. I am linking this post to the following blog parties :-

 

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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 :-

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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 🙂

     

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    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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