Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Look what mummy can do...

Third post for the day!
I am doing crafty well!

I seem to often stumble across a mighty big problem in my house with 3 children and it is always on who's artwork is going to feature on the fridge for the week.  I tried adjusting the routine to daily but if one child didn't bring home a new project the debate would then be 'but Chloe's was on the fridge for 2 nights so I want mine on the fridge for 2!' It is a never ending constant debating circle and I believe a battle that I will never win :$

So ... While having a peak in DH's shed out the back I stumbled across a plank of wood.  I looked at it and thought I can do such better things with it then what ever use he is intending to do with it, and anyway, I think it is left over from when he added planks to the bed so its use for him is finished. 
So, out I dragged it out while stealing his handsaw as well on the way out :$ (Sssshhh don't tell - but I really don't think he would have been happy if I got the electric saw out and started playing with that too as he never gets back what I 'borrow' :) lol

So I turned a plank of old wood into this ...
(Forgive the 1st picture - bad lighting)



This one is for my little Ms Emilie - She can't really 'debate' with the other 2 so I thought it fair she gets hers first.  She is a mini me so shabby chic was the way to go! Love that girl :)) I covered the wood with paper and ink distressed all the edges, and around the side I added a gorgeous lace and ribbon trim (as it is going on the wall you can see the sides).  As the piece is larger than 12 inch and I had a paper join, I added the ribbon strip over the join - You can not notice the slight variation in the paper pattern *yeah*.  

The flower is hand made from scraps that I have placed on-top of some soft baby pink fishnet and behind that again I have added some feathers.  I had to add the feathers as Emilie just loves playing with these while we craft together.  The pearls steams I threaded onto wire and fixed with my hot glue gun.  I added 3 pegs as some of the things she brings home can be heavy with stuff like macaroni and also it can hang an A4 sheet in landscape or portfolio view.  

The chain is another recycle reuse item and it is from one of my broken hanging pots that the sun deteriorated and no longer hangs.  I thought of adding eyelet hooks to hold the chain but being shabby and rustic I though the 'round horseshoe nail thingys - another thing 'borrowed' from hubby would look really cool and I think they do. 

The ribbon covering the join made a great separation point and I decided as the piece is designed to focus on the kids artwork that I would keep that side to a minimal so not to take the distraction away from their lovely artwork.  The wording I typed up in work and printed onto some DP and matted on some ink distressed brown cardstock. 

Righty oh ... I have another 2 of these to make now ... 
Me and my bright ideas :P
And silly me has had the thought that Nanny would love one of these to showcase the kids works too! Oh my golly - time to STOP thinking!
Thanks for stopping by!
Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Lace (1/1 & M)
Get Hippity with Ippity - Flowers (1/1 & M)
*HLSC Challenge - Lots of embellishments (-)
*Delicious Doodles - Lovely Lace (2/3)
*Totally Papercrafts - Pink & Girly (-) *** EDIT*** Made Top 3
* Top Tip Tuesday - Wrap it up with ribbon (2/3) 
* House of Gilli - Flowers  (-)
* Sentimental Sundays - Anything But A Card (-)
* Sparkles Forum - Metal - the chain and nail(s) (-)
* Challenge up Your Life - Recycle (the wood and the chain from hanging pot) (1/1)
* Crafts 4 Eternity - Alter Something - I altered a piece of wood (1/3)*** EDIT*** MADE Top 3
* Fairy Tale - Anything but a card (2/2)
* C.R.A.F.T. - Alter / Recycle (-)
* Crafty Purple Frog - Things of beauty (1/3) - A display for the kids artwork witch is beauty. 
* Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes and favorite ... fav Style is shabby chic and love handmade flowers (-)
* PaperPlay Challenges - Blossoms & Blooms (1/2)
* Paper Romance - Distressing (-)
* Shelly's Images - Let it all hang out (-)
* Amber's Crafts & Stuff - Vintage (1/1)
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25 Treasured comments:

Neha Jain said...

hii

new follower here from blog hop..

thanks for such gr8 blog hop and candies :)

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

gorgeous :)
thanks so much for joinin us at TCPF!!!

Céline said...

cute project
thanks for sharing with us at paperplay this week
hugs
céline PPC Dt

Natasha said...

Super cute project! Great way to settle the debate. Thanks for playing along at Amber's Crafts and Stuff. Hope to see you again soon.

Natasha
craftingwithnatasha.blogspot.com

pinky said...

Well its just perfect for our challenge, thats what I call altering lol. Good luck with the other ones. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.
Pinky

Cheryl said...

What a fabulous project! Great idea! I love the flower and details you included.


Thank you for joining our Anything But A Card challenge at Sentimental Sundays .

~Cheryl~

Deirdre said...

What a neat project. Great way to proudly display the artwork.

Thanks so much for joining us on Paperplay this week. ♥

Angel said...

Fantastic, love it!!!!

Thanks for joining us at SFC,

Huggies Angel

Sandra said...

Smashing project love it!!..:) Sandra H

Georgia Ehrmann said...

what a wonderful use of that piece of wood! I would have done the same thing! lol! Thank you for playing with us once again at Happileigh Scrappin' and good luck!
Hugs,
Gergia

Barbara said...

Oh...Leesa-what a wonderful idea! You are so creative. This turned out so cute. Your children are so lucky to have such a talented mom. Just want to know how you find the time to do all that you do????

Min said...

This is just WONDERFUL! What a special place for special projects!! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Shelly's Images "Let it All Hang Out" Challenge.
We hope you'll join us again soon! Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
Kaymin Kreations

karlinchen50 said...

Hi this is a wonderful project.
Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Callenge.
**Karla

Ruthie said...

What a cool project - fabulous idea!

Would copy it for my son, but suspect I would only have to try and hang mud on it! And PS3 controllers!

Thanks for joining in the fun at Delicious Doodles again!

Rx

Manuela said...

Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous project! Love it!!!
Thanks for playing with us at Challenge up your life!

Jen Leeflang said...

FABULOUS PROJECT!Thanks for joining us on Shelly's Images this week!
luv n huggz
Jen
SI DT

Happileigh Scrappin' said...

Another great idea! This would really make a child feel special about his/her work. Thanks for joining us at Happileigh Scrappin' this week.

michele said...

Fabulous idea! must try this with my boys! thanks for joining us at C4E this week hugs x

Samantha said...

COOL! brilliant project! I LOVE it! you did a great job! can't wait to see the others too!
Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week, hugs Samantha

Teri said...

Another gorgeous creation hun!
Thanks for playing in the Delicious Doodles Challenge again, and good luck!
Hugs,
Teri x

kurlygirl said...

Wow, this is a wonderful idea! It is so pretty! I love all the details. You're kids will love this! I'm so glad that you joined us at Sentimental Sundays Anything But A Card Challenge and I hope we see more of your creations in the future!

~kurlygirl
Kurly-Q

LouDotMac said...

I gotta tell ya, I've never seen such a gorgeous plank of wood! I love all of the feathers and the lace around the edge! So cute!

Thanks for joining us over at Senitmental Sundays for our 'Anything but a Card' challenge this week.

xo Lou Mac.

jackiescrafts said...

This is a brilliant project I love it and I'm sure the children will too. Good luck with the others
Thanks for joining in at SFC

Jackie x

MrsK said...

This is gorgeous i love it! Thanks for playing along with Sentimental Sunday's Anything but a card Challenge! Hugz Sal xx

PokSa said...

Fantastic! I love your work.
Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.

xx Sandra

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