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.

 

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Altered Owl Frame

Hello ladies. I am delighted to have had received such huge appreciation for both the door hanger as well as the shoebox. So glad you guys liked it. This is the third and last one in the Altered series. It is a lovely frame that I picked up in one of the garage sales and it had been resting in between that heap of cardboards and “To be worked on projects” So finally it was selected and boy, did I enjoy dressing it up ! The frame, itself, is sturdy wood and the linings on it are priceless. I did not want to paint it, lest it looses its country charm. So I just embellished it really. Whats even great, is that If I get fed up of the look, I just have to put in another picture inside leaving the ribbon, tag and the flowers as it is, or I could just have it removed becoz I have not hot glued it !! Easy beeezy 🙂

I hav’nt decided whom, I’m going to give this frame to, maybe mom, sister, one of my cousin sisters, a she collegue, one of my girl friends, not decided but its gotta be someone special ofcourse !!

A few pointers about the frame creation.

  • All the images are digi stamps which are the sentiment, the owl, and the heart.
  • The tree shows as a silhouette image  so that it does not reflect as continuity with the frame color.
  • A few metal brads like the 3 stars and the “LOVE” charms on the dry embossed tag.
  •  A cord, a cream ribbon and a large shiffon ribbon tied in a bow.
  • One of the flowers is handmade while the other one is punched. Both adorned with buttons.

I do hope you guys like this one too.

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Following are some of the challenges this frame will enter :

 

  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Craft Your Passion – Girly
  • Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge (2W) – Silhouettes
  • Crazy Challenge (2E) – Here comes spring
  • Critter Sketch – use a sentiment
  • Cupcake Craft – anything but square 
  • Die Cut Dreams (2W) – Spring garden scene
  • Incy Wincy Designs – spring is in the air
  • House of Gilli (2W, SIO) – Green
  • KB Cute monday – anything goes using a Digi
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Paper Playtime – Anything goes with a Digi
  • Pollycraft – Three circles
  • Scrap it with a Song – Lucky Star
  • Stamp Fairy – Anything but a card
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – For the Girls
  • Woodware USA (1E) – Anything goes
  • Cheerful Stamp Pad – Anything but a Card
  • Corrosive Challenges  (2E) – Distressing
  • Gingerloft (2W) – Furry friends
  • I Did It Creations – Punches or Dies
  • One Stitch At A Time – Card for Mom
  • Paper Sundaes (3E) –  How charming
  • Allsorts – Make your own Flowers
  • Crafty Calendar (M, 1E) – Love 
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Flowers
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – 2nd week – Buttons, brads, beads, bows
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • One Stop Craft – Spring Flowers
  • Shannon’s Sentiments – (SIO) Fussy Cutting
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) – create something for a friend
  • Digi’s With Attitude! – anything to do with cleaning
  • Fairy Knoll – (2E) – feeing a little green (use green)
  • Fussy and Fancy – (2W) – embossing and/or paper piecing
  • Fabulous Friday – use metal on your card, project, layout
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Paper Cutz – Spring
  • Patties Creations – (2E, SIO) – make your own embellishment
  • Sew Many Cards – (SIO) – stars
  • Stamp Something – something with flowers
  • Tellen’s Place – (1E, SIO) – buttons
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) – punches
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) -Anything Goes
  • Pals Paper Arts – CAS and scallops
  • Paper Crafting Journey – (2W, 1E) – anything goes
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – Anything goes
  • Shelly’s Images – (SIO) – Ribbon
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) –Handmade element or embellishment
  • Southern Girls – (2W, 1E) – Brads, gems or dewdrops
  • Stampin’ B’s – Use a flower
  •  4 Crafty Chicks -Inspirational Photo
  • Create with Connie & Mary – (2E) – Inspiration
  • Crafts and Me – (2W) – anything with wings, especially fairies & angels
  • Creative Cottage – (2W) – fabulous florals / lots of flowers
  • Forgotten Scraps – (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Freshly Brewed – (5E, SIO) – ribbons and bows
  • Little Red Wagon – animals
  • Pixie Cottage –  cute
  • Phew !!! Now that thats done, I better get on with the linking part !! Cherio ladies. Thanks for visiting me today. And hope to see you again soon.

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    Elegantly dressed Cookie Tin.

    cookie tin4Completely love this handmade paper which I got from India. It simply says Elegant !The little envelope is for any messages to leave for the recepient. Do share your thoughts please.

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