Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Floral Painted Wooden Box

I had so much fun painting simple flowers on my X-acto knife box to turn it from plain to fabulous in one afternoon.
Floral Painted Wooden Box
Regular visitors to Sum of their Stories will know we have a crafty linky every Monday, where my crafty bloggy friends stop by and share their latest makes. A few weeks ago the very talented Teodora from Teodora Paintings shared a pretty trinket box she had made with step by step photos showing her process, how she builds up layers to create her little works of art. 
She made it look so do-able I thought I'd have a go so Sunday before last, in the afternoon, I took my X-acto knife box, emptied it out and spent a couple of hours giving it a total makeover.
my old x-acto knife box before the makeover
I took the hinges and catch off before painting, it only took a second.
Following Teodora's photos, simplifying it a little I was able to transform the plain wood/MDF box into a floral delight.
start painting
I used some acrylic paints that I already had for this and then gave the whole thing a few coats of spray sealant. 
Floral Painted Wooden Box
I am totally in love with it's new look.
Floral Painted Wooden Box
x-acto knife box makeover
Floral Painted Wooden x-acto knife Box
It's not perfect but I don't care, it's cute and pretty and I love it.....Did I mention that I love it?
Floral Painted Wooden x-acto knife box makeover
Big thanks to Teodora for sharing a little of her secrets, hop over to her blog to see the steps I was inspired by here. And if you don't fancy having a go yourself she has a load of pretty things for sale in her Etsy and Folksy shops.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Handmade Monday #26

Hello and welcome to Handmade Monday, our weekly crafty linky.
It's good to have you join us for another Handmade Monday, the place to share your makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and find some new inspiration.
How has your week been? Any exciting craft projects on the go? I spent this morning finishing a birthday gift for one of my nieces. 
It's her birthday on Friday so I can't share the whole thing just yet. The frustrating thing is I started this way back in February and after the embroidery bit it just sat there until today. Is there a word for that? I was going to say I was procraftinating but actually I think procraftiation is when you make stuff instead of doing housework and chores!

Anyway, enough about me, let's take a look at the features from last week's Handmade Monday:
Claire from Pillar Box Blue turned an old window frame into a beautiful herb planter. It sounds like it was not a project without it's challenges but I like knowing how other people overcome problems when their ideas don't go immediately to plan. This turned out beautifully in the end too.

I love a good clothing refashion and Lina from Sew Historically has collected a whole bunch of ideas to inspire us to reuse old t- shirts. She has an ongoing linky added too so you can find even more inspiration or join in and add your own.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Nan's Recipe Kitchen Art

Make personal art for your kitchen using old handwritten recipes.
Nan's recipe kitchen art
My maternal grandma, Pearl was a great cook, she had been a kitchen maid and then a cook in a grand house in her young days - think Daisy then Mrs Patmore in Downton Abbey. She gave that up when she married my granddad but still loved to cook, always making everything from scratch.
I have a few cookbooks that belonged to my mum and tucked inside I found a few recipes handwritten by my nan.
old handwritten recipe
This one is a recipe for apple cake and I can remember my nan baking this for us. It was delicious.
I thought it would be nice to conserve this little bit of family history so I turned my nan's recipe into art to go on the wall in our kitchen.
I first shared this idea almost 2 years ago on The Pinning Mama when I was a guest contributor there and this art has been on the wall in our kitchen ever since. As I dusted it the other day I thought it was high time I shared it with you all here.
Making art with old recipe and plastic cutlery
To make a similar piece of art for your kitchen you will need:
A box frame, mine was a 23cm x 23cm Ribba from Ikea
A handwritten recipe (ideally you want one from your own family of course but if you don't have one you are welcome to use my nan's - she would have been delighted! Just right click on the picture of it above and then save it on your computer)
Coloured card
Plastic cutlery
Glue for paper - I used a pritt stick
Strong PVA glue or hot glue gun
Access to a scanner and colour printer
First you want to copy your recipe. We are not cutting up and glueing onto a precious handwritten bit of family memorabilia! Scan, enlarging if necessary and print your recipe - or photocopy in colour, again enlarging if needed.
Now cut it to a 20cm x 20cm square.
Cut your coloured card to fit exactly inside your box frame.
Making art with old recipe and plastic cutlery
Mount the recipe copy onto the coloured card with the paper glue.
Using the strong pva or hot glue gun, attach the plastic cutlery to the recipe in a pleasing arrangement. I wasn't going to set the world alight with this 'lined up' thing but I like it simple. You can be more adventurous if you want!
I used pva and held the cutlery in place by putting mugs on top until the glue set.
Pop the art into the box frame and Ta-dah you are finished. It's ready to hang.
nan's recipe kitchen art
A pretty and personal piece of art for your kitchen, or dining room, or any other space you like to eat I guess.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Handmade Monday #25

It's Handmade Monday time!
It's good to have you join us for another Handmade Monday, our weekly craft linky where we share our makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and find some new inspiration.
What have you been up to this week? I've been doing some super simple crochet in the evenings when the TV is on. It's a nice denim cotton yarn from DMC which has worked up really nicely.
Here are the features from last week's Handmade Monday:
Teodora Pantings showed step by step how she painted this pretty trinket box. I'm planning to have a try soon but if you don't want to, Teodora has loads of beautiful things she has painted for sale in her Etsy and Folksy shops. 

I think Granny squares are THE thing to start with when you are new to crochet. I love these bags from Alelier Marie-Lucienne, they are so sweet and a fun way to use granny squares.
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes

Repurpose old sheet music into pretty envelopes for gift cards.
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
I needed to make a cute gift bag of some sort for the embroidery scissors from last week's giveaway. I came across an old sheet music book when tidying up that came in handy.
Old sheet music
I bought book of music in a charity shop at least 30 years ago (eek) when as a teenager I was learning piano. My ridiculously optimistic teenager self thought I would be able to play anything if I practiced enough. Ha ha! The reality was I didn't practice enough and certainly never got to the point where I could play anything in this book! I had used a few sheets for card making a while ago and then forgotten all about it. 
I made this simple little flat gift bag and slipped the scissors inside ready to send to the lucky winner.
gift bag made from sheet music
The gift bag turned out pretty cute and made me think a smaller version might make a nice envelope for giving gift vouchers.
 
To make you own sheet music gift card envelopes you will need:
Old sheet music (any old books would work nicely too)
Sewing Machine with an old needle
Sewing thread
Hole punch
Lace or ribbon
Optional - stamps and ink pads

Cut 2 8cm x 13cm pieces of sheet music.
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
Stitch round 3 sides, leaving 1 short side open. 
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
If you start stitching an inch or so down the side and immediately go backwards to the top, then stitch down the side you won't have to worry about the ends undoing but at the same time you are not perforating the paper more times than necessary.
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
If you want to, add a design or 2 using any stamps and ink you might have. I don't have masses of stamps, mainly ones that have been free gifts on magazines.
Stamps and ink
I found bolder, thicker designs worked best. Anything too fine and detailed didn't show well on the busy background. These were my tests on scrap bits of paper.
I like how the brighter colours came out too, I thought gold would be lovely but really it was just a bit disappointing. Maybe embossing it would work ... I'll try that next time.
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
Next use a hold punch to make 2 holes at the open edge. You could measure, I just eyeballed it. 
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
Pop in your gift card then thread a length of lace or ribbon through the holes and secure with a bow. A length of about 42cm should be about right. 
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
I tried lace, thin ribbon (those ribbon loops you get in new clothes are idea), embroidery thread and raffia.
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
I'm not sure which I like best, the ones with a stamp or the ones without. 
Sheet Music Gift Card Envelopes
I suggest keeping a sewing machine needle especially for sewing with paper. I used the one I had wrecked a few weeks ago when I made my cork and fabric key ring. I'm now keeping it separately especially for projects like this. Don't ruin a new one!

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