This wooden crate is from ELC had been a resident in Eman’s room (the youngest son) till last year, where a couple of Action Men has established their headquarters in it. As Eman grew older so did his collection. I made him a more suitable place as the headquarters of his Action Men. (that’s another later post)
You already know that very few storage items find their way to my trash can, hence that also meant that the little box was again at the mercy of yours truly. I decided to work on its appearance before qualifying it to enter the “girl” domain (my craft studio)
Naturally (darlings as they are) my boys always come to my rescue (or should I just say, I have my ways of persuading them !!) We got all those hideous stickers out, alittle sanding, 2 coats of matt pink paint, some stencils on the longer edges and some chalk paint on the shorter edge and we have a pleasant looking crate !
I think, all the pictures are in the way of a self-explanatory pictorial. I hope you like the new look of the charming little crate. It has been housing several tiny buckets of paint brushes, copic markers, and stationery.
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You already know, there is no dearth of cats in my home as well as outside my home. Hence, ‘ONE’ cat tree/scratching post is not going to suffice all our needs. I’m always on the look out for stuff that can be improvised/repurposed/upcycled and used as a cat home or shelter.
Summers in Dubai can be rather cruel. The stray cats around the house, find protection from the scorching heat under cars or the few trees in our area.
I knew that this summer, I wanted to provide Charlie and Oreo, the kittens outside our yard, a safe space to hide in the afternoon. The first cat tree had been quite a hit with all my fur babies and it was time to try out something different and better ! God helps those who help themselves couldn’t be far from reality in this case. I found this red bed side table and knew instantly, this was my answered prayer.
That afternoon, I got to work on it ~ ofcourse with my super helpful sons (those lovely boys who are constantly lending a hand to their madly creative mom 😦 )
I love it when a project works out as I had envisioned it. I am happy to report that the cat tree/watch tower has survived for the last three months but is inhabited totally by Pepper – my Tom. He has laid his claim on the watch tower. Its his throne becoz its placed at the point of entry into the house. He guards the house from atop the tower !!! There are times, when I believe, there is a watch dog somewhere inside Pepper and at other times, I convince myself that he’s just a very very very territorial Tom.
What started out as an attempt to make Charlie and Oreo comfortable, turned out to be Pepper’s new turf. Oh well, that just means, I have to work on another cat tree in the near future 🙂
Hello friends ! Since the majority of my visitors are from USA, I hope you guys are enjoying the spring. Bet all your soil beds are ready and the herbs planted already.
Today, I’m sharing a few sign boards, I made, from pallets.
I have a brand-spanking-new silhouette machine which has found its way out of the box and 8months later, I am still no closer to using it than I was, the first time, I pulled it out of its carton 😦 Any guidance, inspiration or ‘push’ will be highly appreciated 🙂
I have free-handed the writing. It was rather difficult becoz I wrote with the sharpies and the wood was not smooth. I cant say, I’m very pleased with them but I liked the ” herb garden” quite a lot.
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Dear friends, I have this HUGE good news to share with you.
I am super delighted to be honored with the “FAVORITE BLOG AWARD” from Expat Woman !!! You will notice my brand new trendy badge shinning on the left sidebar. This is the first recognition I have received from the middle east and in my own imaginary world ~ I feel almost like a celebrity !!! And a celebrity gets to give a thank you speech ~ right ??
Don’t worry, I’ll keep it brief. I have always been an avid diary writer from a young age so I think, it came quite naturally that I wished to share my creative adventures in my tiny corner of the blog-world. That I’m receiving visitors from far and near, making friends and being blessed with such encouragement is a reward in itself, so receiving this award is nothing short of a BONUS ! Thank you Expat woman ~ I so appreciate it.
Thank you friends for visiting my previous post about the 7 ways to repurpose pallets and leaving your own thoughts and ideas about upcycling the pallets. I’m always looking for inspiration and I so hope to try out some of your ideas, provided some of those pallets are left !!
And now to the post at hand !
We never knew this poor chair existed until we moved to the new house, last December and found it tucked away, somewhere behind in one of the sheds. Finally, after all these months, I’ve given it a little TLC and look at the transformation.
A little sanding ~ two glossy coats and alittle white acrylic paint on some patterned stencil, did wonders to this neglected piece of furniture.
I love how it turned out and it now graces my bedroom 🙂
Heres a small pictorial showing a step by step process :-
A little sanding later and the grateful chair was pining for some color !
That’s Keiki, my help-at-hand !!
stencils are by Simply stencils – Plaid
I let the chair dry for nearly 3 days and then began the stenciling. Again, another help-at-hand ! That’s “mama cat”
I used a sponge to “dab” some white acrylic paint on the stencil.
Acrylic paint dries very quickly so if the paint has smudged at the edges, you have work quick to clean it up.
And there you have it !!
Recycled :- Chair, sponge (for dabbing ), foam container for spreading paint and dabbing sponge.
And that’s that !!
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Me, I’m running in full gear organizing my garden, courtyard and backyard !! And that’s quite a lot.
A couple of facts :-
We live in Dubai
A part of Dubai is still desert while the other part is a beautiful concrete jungle which includes the worlds tallest tower – Burj Khalifa !!
Wood is precious ! If you’d like to work on a wood project, you’d have to buy wood in places like Ace Hardware at the Festival City. We have many hardware stores but only a handful would be able to provide wooden planks ~ some are located in Al Quoz industrial area. So for the DIY enthusiasts like me, a pile of dumped pallets is like honey for the bears !!
Back to my courtyard improvement :- I’ll just explain alitte about my house surroundings. My house is fenced and surrounded by a large patch of land on all four sides.
The front two sides of the courtyard are being prepared for the garden. ( will share in another post, once the grass starts grinning )
The third side of my backyard will house my kitchen garden. (hopefully)
And 4th side where my kitchen door opens has :-
My “Recycle park ” (work much in progress)
My wood workshop ( a small open space with tools )
Two large sheds
One of the shed carries all my exhibition stands, dozens of workshop chairs, frames and many other things related to my exhibitions.
The other shed is for all our domestic storage.
My wood workshop is nothing great but just an open space with a couple of wooden stands for wood chopping, designing and sanding. A few tables to carry all my tool kits and a wire rack to hold some of my hardware stuff. Samie has provided excellent flood light just recently which makes working in the evening so much easier now. Below here is my little wood workshop.
Much before all the grass, plants and flower beds get worked on, I wanted to organize all the stuff lying around in the backyard making it look terribly messy.
The dumped pallets, (which I mentioned in my previous post) served several purposes here. We are expecting rains this season, so I did not bother painting them. Here are just a few ways in which the pallets helped in making the backyard presentable .
I have wanted a picket fence for like forever !!! And now, I get to make one for my garden !! Once you get rid of the 3 edges, and cut the planks in a v shape, it gets this look. I will be digging the base, deeper into the soil so that it gets support. With every pallet, I can make 2 of these !! We never wanted the plastic ones that you get at Ace Hardware or Daiso, coz they really are too small and cannot withstand the desert heat or the sandstorms. This turned out to be the perfect solution.
The center log that gives support to the pallet is much thicker. I cut out these house like structures from them. I have nearly 5-6 of them. Although I love their natural color ~ I might alter them with some decoupage or paint, if I get tired of this look.
The cycles are generally not used in the summer months so they get dumped in a corner, but this is the season, the boys get them out often for a ride. I found this idea on pinterest and I can tell you, its so much more easier to have them on these “Pallet stands” !! You don’t even have to nail them coz they are so sturdy.
What could be more fun than a ball pit in a sand pit !!!! The cats love it ~ the boys love it !! And believe me, it was super easy !!!
I have plans of placing larger planks on the base of these two pallets inorder to give them some height, plus a mattress and we can make patio sofas out of them !! How cool is that ~ but right now, I am unsure if I would like to carry out this plan, since we already have large benches in the patio. So with this project, we’ll just have to wait and see.
I have already made several garden signs and sign boards with these in various shapes. Ofcourse these single plaques are shaped in arrows but I have some which have been nailed together in formation of twos and threes ~ which are waiting to be painted. But that’s for another post 🙂
I really like, that the brooms, mops, shovel and other cleaning sticks have now a proper place with support to keep them together. This really makes organization so convenient.
So that’s it. These pallets have benefitted us a lot. But there are many incomplete pallet projects still waiting for my attention. Hopefully, I will share those in another week or so.
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Thank you very much for liking my pizza box canvas in the last post and taking the time to leave all the encouragement in your comments. Being appreciated for creativity is great but being appreciated for applying innovative ideas in repurposing household goods, really give my creativity a huge boost !
Like I mentioned in my previous post, I am driven these days to work on mixed media. I find it the perfect medium for me becoz I get to play around with different elements like fabric, paper, inks, tissue, buttons and whats even great is that with a little bit of prep work (gesso) , you can start your project right after a pizza meal !!! Exactly ~ on the pizza box !!! Earlier I have shown you how you can use a pizza box as a shadow box here and here, and a canvas here.
Today I am sharing my second project in this series. Don’t throw away those cords from rice bags or cat food bags (nuggets) or even the shoe laces ~ Roll them in a circle with a little hot glue on a small piece of round cardboard and you have yourself a pretty flower. I added a tiny pearl in the center.
The other flowers are rosettes ofcourse (for which you will find many tutorials on youtube ) The last time we visited the tailor for my suits, I managed to get the boys to collect a pile of thin long pieces of pretty fabrics lying around to be dumped !! (what all, my baby boys do to please me !!) The black and white checkered flower is a result of that collection.
A few paper flowers with pearls glued in them ~ a digi stamp of a vintage clock ~ diecuts of some flowers and swirls ~ are what make this project up. I have used very earthy colors for this project as well. There is no particular technique used in painting except the card technique.
The five blue circular looking stones ~ are a first time for me. Whenever I try out a new look, I generally ask the boys to get a neutral answer to know if they would/could recognize, the look I was aiming for. In this case, my youngest tells me it looks like blue gems !! Bingo !! Wow ~~ Job well done I guess. Ofcourse this is not my idea. I was really fascinated by one particular craft artist who had a tutorial to produce the effect of this stone on the side panel. I love this technique and I so apologize why I did not save your blog address, so If you are reading this post, kindly leave me your name and address, I will be glad to give you credit for this technique.
So that’s that !!
This message is something, I have grown up with ~ so it is really close to me and I hope to inculcate this virtue of humility in my boys too. My grandma, (ni ) used to advise us always to strive for the stars but never forget where we stood and never forget our past. It is very profound. Perhaps I never understood the importance of this saying while younger but it helped a lot when success followed me in my career and at some point almost overwhelmed me. Such reminders often times, show up when least expected and you have that “sparky” moment ~ almost like the Almighty is trying to give you a direct message. I know I felt that way. Have you ever been in a difficult/confusing situation and came across a line or quote that almost felt like you were being guided by the Almighty ?? Please share with me if you have.
Anyways, back to my pizza box.
Recycled materials : Fabric, cord, pizza box, scraps of paper from my stash of DP.
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