Project 11. . .

The Sewing Box. . .Re-loved

Ages and ages ago I bought this old battered sewing box on legs from a boot sale. It was a bit of a silly buy because it’s quite large but I just really really liked it. Think of it as the craftaholic’s unnecessary purchase. Much like those shoes that sit in the box forever because they just didn’t quite fit the way they should.

Damn. No matter which way I looked at this silly box I couldn’t make it fit in the studio properly, plus it was a bit battered and I couldn’t get to my sewing tools easily. BUT I did need a new display for Deco Paste for the Autumn season of craft events. HELLO solution.

Ingredients

1.) one extremely bulky & quite battered sewing box
2.) a multitude of paints
3.) screwdriver and brute force
4.) peacock stamp
5.) Velvet fabric
6.) hot glue

Method

First I dismantled the box, drawer by drawer. This required one husband, one screwdriver and brute force. As the screws were quite rusted some of them practically fell out and some of them needed. . .persuasion.

2. Then using a scouring pad, I scuffed up all the paintwork on the drawers, this made sure the paint would take.

3.) Then I painted all the boxes in different hand mixed metallic colours. All inspired by the lovely peacock feather.

4.) Once all the frames of the boxes were painted in my nice bright colours, I painted all the insides black.

5.) Then I stamped them all over the outside with my super Peacock stamp which is normally used for business packages. (I couldn’t get a good photograph of this detail though so I’ve included a picture of the stamp on my labels to give you an idea of how it looks.)

6.) Then I changed my mind about the black insides as it just seemed to hard and decided fabric would give a softer finish. Hello sexy old blue velvet fabric. Hello hot glue burns on my wrist. But it was worth it, I’m really pleased that I have managed to make a stall display that reflects the personality of me as a designer and I didn’t spend a penny! BRILLO PADS.

Hope you enjoyed reading this project as much as I enjoyed making it, see you next week for project 12 in Re-Loved 52

Jessica

www.decopaste.co.uk

xoxo

Project 8. . .

Organic Fuzzy Pig

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!

Ingredients:

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!

Jessica

xoxo

**** newsflash – I am now selling these on etsy due to popularity, click here to order****

Project 7. . .

Harry Potter & the Re-Loved problem

The first real challenge for Re-Loved 52

There are 2 parts to this project. The weekly project, which has to be made from materials I already own or traded for. This part is straigtforward and thoroughly enjoyable for me as crafting & creating is second nature for me.

Part 2 is not quite so easy. A personal challenge not to purchase anything that is not essential. So far this has been fine. It’s summer, I have plenty of clothes and shoes already & I’m not a great high street shopper anyway, so I don’t find things tempting when I’m out with friends.

I am, however a sucker for momentos. From trips out & holidays, I like having something to remember special days by. Yesterday I was treated to a day out at the Leavesdon Studios for the making of Harry Potter. Brilliant day. Gift shop torture. The pink fluffy pygmy puff nearly made me lose my nerve.

Somehow, even though I was surrounded by school jumpers, gryffindor hoodies, cushions, mugs, fridge magnets, lego sets & oh so many delightful wands & robes I did not break my rule. I managed it. BUT I did compromise, with my husband purchasing a rather fetching gryffindor t shirt which he is going to give me for christmas. I did buy myself a chocolate frog but as food doesn’t count in this project, it’s all good.

So on the long drive home it occured to me that we hadn’t fulfilled our usual tradition of a fridge magnet purchase. Roll on Project 6. . .

Homemade Quibbler Fridge Magnet

See you next week for Project 8.

Jess xoxo

Project 6 . . .

Jute alors

PRINT + FABRIC = JOY.

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 image used in this project was downloaded from The Graphics Fairy

See you next time

Jess X0xo

Project 4 . . .

Light up your flowery heart

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 . . .

Ingredients

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

Method

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!

See you for next week for Project 5

Jessica xoxo

Project 3 . . .

Tea Party Graffiti

Blank teacups given a wordy twist

I am one of those people that is a little bit addicted to stumble upon & pinterest. In passing I have seen a number of different tutorials on how to decorate blank china. Some of them require specialist things (which I can’t buy due to the project rules) but then I saw one which used a simple sharpie pen. I had a dig around my pen box and found a nice pink sharpie (yay) See results below:

Ingredients

1) 4 blank teacups & saucers

2) one sharpie pen 

3) an oven

Method

Firstly I made sure all the cups were clean before I started. Sounds basic but it’ll be much harder to get a stain off once you’ve “baked” the cups in the oven. Then I decided what I wanted to write on the cups. I decided to do two that are a pair as a he + she matching set and then the other two are a little bit random! My favourite is the one which says “I lied, it’s not decaf (sorry)”  The other one says “instant coffee is for philistines”

I didn’t get it exactly how I wanted the first time so I did wipe them clean (warm water was fine) until I got all the wording positioned and sized how I felt it looked best. This was a little problematic on the saucers as I kept ending up with big writing at the beginning and small writing at the end. Once this was sorted, I spread them out on a baking tray and well. . . baked them! 30 minutes on 180 degrees (celsius) was plenty to “seal” the ink.

Once they were good and baked I left them to cool completely and then checked the lettering was secure by rubbing them with a damp sponge. Yup all good & safe. I now have four wordy cups which I can hand wash to my hearts desire (I don’t think they would stand up to dish washing though)

This was a really fun project, I felt really naughty writing all over the cups but I think for cheap blank mugs it’s a lovely idea to make them into something personal. I think this would be a really fun & easy gift to make for somebody. Perhaps with an “altered christmas carol” or birthday greeting.

Observations

So the other element to this project malarky is an experiment in retail. . .

Since the 1/07/12 I haven’t bought a single non essential item. It’s only the 11th July so this hasn’t exactly been much of a challenge yet. But other people’s observations about Re-Loved 52 have been really interesting.

There are definitely two camps of opinion. The first thinking that I am “mental, eclectic,insane.” The second thinking this is “brave, inspired, brilliant.”  I would probably agree with all of the above.

Regardless of people’s opinions on me undertaking this project, there is a common opinion amongst all that it will be impossible to keep this up for the full 52 weeks.

I disagree, but then I guess that’s why I’m the one attempting it! I wonder if it’s a mark of the materialistic nature of our society that means people cannot imagine going without something they desire for a prolonged period of time? This started out as a personal project but 2 weeks in & I already feel like there is a wider issue here. I am no sociologist however so I’ll leave that debate to the more academic of you out there! My personal conclusion so far is that clearly I am no sheep (baaaaaah) I shall go back to project 3 now which will, of course, be posted up on Sunday.

Tara for now chucks

Jess xoxo