My Threads have lived in a wire basket for sometime. Not my best organisation I’ll admit. The threads have been getting tangled and I can never find the colour I need. So I decided to relocate them to something a bit more practical. The jewellery box is thick card but it’s lovely and strong and the inside is in great condition. I picked it up from a thrift store years ago for pittance but never found a use for it. I like the pattern outside but the top is quite stained. Roll on the Re-loving. . .
One old Jewellery box
lots of silk roses
rustic peach roses (silk)
a lot of thread spools
That’s the end of the catch up marathon, thanks for reading, see you next week for project 16
So Monday 1st October was our first wedding anniversary. Yay. So last week I combined the gift with my project, but I’m going to say up front, whilst the actual design and materials used to create it were things I already had or borrowed, I did pay to have it mounted and framed. However this was a gift and not for my own personal gain so I haven’t broken any rules but I still wanted to share this with you . This is what I came up with for the traditional paper gift for a first anniversary.
Vintage Estelle Lingerie Catalogue
A lot of patience
Usually I post tonnes of photos to explain the method. This time it would ruin the effect, so instead I’m just going to give you a brief idea and let you marvel at the print in all its completeness.
First I cut out about 20 red felt hearts
Then I cut out 20 felt hearts within the hearts already made
Then I faffed for hours and hours trying to lay them in a heart on rainbow paper.
Then my very honest friend told me it looked like a gay pride flag, which is awesome, but not the look I wanted for my 1st wedding anniversary gift to my husband.
Then I got my hands on the centre page of an old lingerie catalogue and decided to combine the two, photograph it, frame it and present it to my husband. I told him that good wives give p*rn. He laughed and told me it was quirky. I think he liked it.
Hope you enjoyed this mildly naughty project!
See you tomorrow for the 3rd instalment of the project marathon weekend
This week I taught myself how to make felt from some natural insulation I had. Combined with a need for a new pin cushion, I bring you the 100% homemade pin cushion (from totally re-loved materials of course)
First I pummelled my wool in a hot sink of water. Then I compressed it to get all the water out & realised that I would need to repeat this process many times to turn it into felt! I think it was six times in total, but it was a joy! Sadly I did not manage to take pictures of this bit as I was a bit enthralled & forgot (sorry.) But here’s the gallery of how the rest of the project progressed – enjoy!
Handmade felt from organic wool insulation
scraps of felt from old projects (purple & navy)
needle & thread
Handmade stuffing made from organic wool insulation
Hope you enjoyed this week’s experiment, see you next week for Project 9!
I discovered a whole new medium today. Frankly I was enthralled. I was searching for a way to transfer photos to fabric, when I stumbled across a method for printing directly onto fabric. I read this post & was completely inspired to try it myself. See the gallery below for how I Re-Loved an old shopping jute bag.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks project & will come back next week for Project 7! There will also be a bonus post midweek about my progress & the “non buying” element of Re-Loved 52.
“The Flame I Hold For You in My Heart is Stronger than Olympic Gold”
Out of nowhere I have become glued to my television. Normally I’m a radio girl. But the Olympics have won my attention. I don’t know why but I am completely enthralled. I had planned to do a project involving a lot of sewing but I changed direction at the last minute when I came across a nearly full tube of relief outliner cream, some empty mason jars & realised that I could do this whilst watching the telly.
Regular followers will notice the change in format for this project. Follow the pictures through the gallery to see my creative journey unfold this week. . .
I came up with the quote “The flame I hold for you in my heart is stronger than olympic gold” because I am really enjoying the Olympics and it seemed appropriate as my husband is off on a boys holiday this weekend & absence really does make the heart grow fonder,
I’ve been looking at the shade on this lamp for a while now. The base is the most glorious model of the eiffel tower & it has always bothered me that the shade is so dull. So what could I do to jazz it up a bit & give it a bit more colour . . .
1) Blank cream lampshade
2) Vintage old purple flower trim
3) Pva glue mixed with water
4) Good scissors
5) Co ordinating green lace trim
First I ironed the flowery trim so it was nice & flat – As it’s quite old I had to test the heat carefully so I didn’t burn it. Then I toyed for ages deciding whether to stick it on the inside or the outside. I decided on the inside as I quite like the abstract look it creates when the light shines through it, rather than on it.
Then it got messy. Hello PVA. Hello sticky fingers. Hello fun times. I had to fiddle quite a bit with it as I couldn’t get it to fit in one piece and it was too fiddly trying to do the snippy triangle thing. So eventually I settled on cutting the trim in small rectangular sections and pasting them inside with the lovely gloopy glue. I love it when the glue dries on your hands & you can just peel it all off.
I did keep holding it up to the main light just to make sure it was all aligning properly. I did a fairly neat job & to hide the shadow line of where the trim ends inside near the top, I glued a co-ordinating green lace trim round the outside.
I’m quite chuffed with the end result, it looks really arty & individual & it seems fitting to sit atop the eiffel tower now! I really think Im hitting my stride with these projects now & I really feel there are so many more things I can do! Good job seeing as I’ve got 48 more to do!