Monday, 25 May 2015


This weekend saw me at one of my regular weekend retreats, creating with friends.  For a change I travelled light and it made a big difference - I could actually find things easily and my choices were limited.  While this caused the odd small dilemma, it meant I wasted less time wondering what to use, and it certainly worked well for me.  Note to self: do this more often!!

I made 2 special birthday cards and 4 books, and my friend offered me papers to decorate a book when I didn't have what I wanted.  Two of the books are gifts.  One to someone I used to work with, and the other is a give away.  The offer is now closed and it is time to announce the winner:  CLAIRE NEWCOMBE that is you!!  This book will be on it's way once I have your details and I hope you have fun filling the pages: 

Thank you to everyone who took part and while it is too late to enter the challenges and
giveaways you can still visit the Blog Hop

I hope your own weekend was as fun as my own. Hope to see you back here soon and thanks for popping by!

Sunday, 24 May 2015


I have a wall of mirrors, a collection of old and new, and I suspect one of them was once a set of three on the back of a dressing table as there are two small holes each side of the frame.  I don't remember where I got it from but for years it has waited to be hung and loved.  As it fitted the space well we put it up but I have never liked the frame and always planned to do something with it.

So when this months design team called for Shabby Chic I decided to take it down.  First I filled the holes on the side with Grunge Paste, then put masking tape round the edge of the glass to make painting easier.   I applied a coat of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic in Limelight to the frame, I chose this colour as I wanted to tie it in with the d├ęcor in the hall and to give it a contemporary edge.  Then I added a coat of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze, before adding a top coat of Fresco Finish in a contrasting colour.

And here is the finished effect.  You can see the green walls in the hall and I think it works well.  The frame is subtle but more interesting than it was before.  Sometimes less is more.

I need to live with it for a bit before I decide whether I will do any more to it.  Then I will give it a coat of DecorArt Matt Medium to seal and protect it.  Thanks for popping by!
Materials for this project are available from That Craft Place
and other Shabby Chic DT projects can be seen here.
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