First Attempt at Upcycling a Table

First upcycled table

So I bought a cheap plain wood table from Dunelm, painted it, sanded it and varnished it. I like the way it turned out :)

first upcycled table - close-up

First Attempt at Decorating a Baby Grow – Oh Dear!

So my friend gave me a baby grow to decorate for her. I used archival inks and hand-carved stamps, then used sharpies in my Blitzer.

the skys the limit babygrowI was quite pleased with the results…..then I washed it at 60 degrees :(

then I washed it

Twit Twoo – Canvases for my friend’s new baby!

So, one of the projects I worked on a couple of months ago was for my friend’s baby’s nursery. She wanted something feminine, but not just the classic baby colours. Or maybe that was my influence, as I wanted to do something brighter! She chose grey for the walls so she could bring in colour with the accessories and she didn’t know the sex of the baby at that point.

As soon as I knew she had had a baby girl I could get going!

I decided I wanted to do owls, so I started sketching and looking at other owl designs for inspiration. I already had my owl stamp as a starting point, but I wanted two owls for this set of canvases to go side by side with a name canvas in between.

canvases step 1

The first step was to use a stencil I had my Mum cut for me on her Silhouette machine and some coloured texture paste I made with Modge Podge and baby powder. Oddly it dried dark pink, which was a little disappointing as I’d wanted the same colour when it dried as it is in this picture.

So then I had to replace the stencil, mix in some white paint and redo it. I left a bit of bright pink showing through.

canvases step 2

The next step was to add some contrasting blue. Sorry the photos aren’t the best quality, I took them on my phone!

Then I began cutting the canvas shapes I needed for each owl. Here is how I started positioning them:

canvases step 3

Then I coloured the pieces and stitched around each eye and tummy piece with blanket stitch, before finally gluing them all on!

This is the final result:

canvas 1anonymised canvas 2owl final 3

So!! Hello Google!

I’ve noticed I’ve still had traffic, despite not adding to my blog much recently. It turns out my stuff has been showing up on google searches! :)

A very good morning!

So I finally have Wi-Fi again! Wooohoooo! You never realise how much you rely on these things until you have to go without them.

I’ve decided that I need to go back to my hobbies in order to reduce my work stresses and I made a good start this morning.

I went to a local small town and I bought some Inktense blocks and some paints from the local craft shop (and the people were very lovely there!!) Then I popped into the local independent cafe and ended up having a chat with the owner about exhibiting a canvas there! I am brimming with ideas of what I’d like to do now!

So I’ve also been adding varnish to my latest upcycled table/Ikea hack. I will take some proper photos when it’s finished and put them up here.

I have done quite a few other little bits since I last properly posted (I’m always working on something I guess!) to I’ll have to have some proper photography taking at some point soon to bring my blog back to life!

I am also considering doing a printmaking and etching course. I am just a bit worried I wont have the strength to operate the machinery. I#d like to join a crafting group but I don’t really know where to find them!? Any one have any ideas on how to start?

I can’t believe it’s been soooo long!

I’ve just realised how long it’s been since my last post! Apparently I have reached my blogging anniversary too! I have been doing arty crafty bits, but not as much as I have moved and started a new job! I will have to put some photos on here shortly! Now where’s my camera……

My Sister and Her Husband’s Wedding Gift from Me!

My Sister and Her Husband's Wedding Gift from Me!

So I forgot to take photos once it was finished (I finished it the night before I was leaving to travel to the wedding location and had to leave it to dry) so the only one I have is before I stuck it to the paper background and stuck that to the lid of the box! Hopefully she will take some photos for me at some point.

I designed created the design and imported it into the Silhouette Cameo to cut it and the background paper is monoprinted using a brayer and acrylic paint.

Time Flies….

You may have noticed a lack of posts from me recently. I have been very busy with interviews and training and various other things and haven’t had time to do much crafting. I also need to wait for inspiration to strike. I am working on one thing, but it’s a wedding gift for my sister, so I wont be able to post it on here until sometime next month!

Gel Plate Prints 3

I’ve been playing around even more with my plate formula and I think I have finally tackled the stickiness issue!

squares print 1

squares print detailThis print was done using a piece of cardboard I had used modelling paste onto with squares stamped into it. The second image is just a close up to show the texture.

gelli print

This one is just a straight-forward print. Not sure whether I like the roller marks or not!


gelli print background

This one is a paper stencil I’d used in various other prints used over a straight-forward printed background. I think it would make a good art journal background.


gelli print stenciled


This one is a ghost print of a stenciled print.

I have had a lot of fun playing around. I have so many prints now, I should work out what to do with them really!


Hurrah – 100 followers!

I’ve been stuck at 97 followers for a while and finally it’s skipped to over 100!  I don’t know how many followers everyone else has, but 100 feels good to me :)


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