Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Cath Kidston Keepsake House – Part One

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Last year I finally made an Advent Calendar using a wooden house bought from Tesco in the run up to Christmas 2009, they were priced at the silly price of £5 each and trying to track one down was the constant buzz in the forums. 
I set my sister a mission to look for mine and she was nothing but tenacious in her quest, in the end it paid off as she sent an assistant in one branch to look round the back, “just in case”, and when he came back she stockpiled and bought all that he had!  I am glad she did because I later heard that they would  no longer be available as the company that made them had gone bust. So after I gave a couple away I still have a couple to do up.
Cath Kidston Keepsake House 1 Cath Kidston Gift Wrap
I’d spray painted one in cream very early on in the year, but hadn’t done anything more with it, then at the weekend I found a sheet of Cath Kidston double sided gift wrap I bought about two years ago and had forgotten all about as it was rolled up under a pile of other rolled up papers and it got me thinking. The paper was really thick and substantial (unlike a lot of gift wrap)  and I wondered if I could make a little keepsake house for bits and pieces.
Cath Kidston Keepsake House
Making templates for the various parts of the house first so that no paper was wasted, I tentively papered the first side, thinking that if it went wrinkly I would abandon the project  but it went on beautifully and  I was away….
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And this is as far as I have got …. I’ve run out of Ronseal quick drying varnish until I can get to the shops next weekend,  which is probably good thing  as I now need to think about how far I am going to go to embellish it …… I think less is more ….. but it does need something else, any ideas?


Christine said...

Jewels, birds and butterflies, but as you say it doesn't need much. A lovely keepsake box. I wouldn't have the patience!

Suze Bain said...

Ooh, this is fab. At first I thought it was covered in fabric. The paper is so patterned it doesn't really need much else - maybe a little white 'home sweet home' on the star? It's yum. xx

Bee and Dee said...

This is lovely my daughter would be in heaven as she loves Cath Kidston. Last year she made her Christmas presents by covering alter items eg. keys box with C K wrapping paper the biggest compliment was friends looking in C K shop for these finished items. take care Bee

Libby said...

I would love something like that! Brilliant! I bet someone would pay ALOT of money for one of those!!! Good work Helen x

Twiggy said...

That is gorgeous, you do have such lovely ideas.
twiggy x

Anj said...

oh my word this is just sooooo lovely byut as for ideas - I feel like I would be teaching you to suck eggs!! Teensy weensy Christmas bunting?? x

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

oooh I love it!!!!!

Bubbles said...

A certain budget-priced catalogue has similar on sale (though not nearly as gorgeous as this one) for £20... though I've seen some priced up at £40 and more!
It's beautiful... and if it needs anything more I'm sure you'll find it - like little knobs for the drawers made from hairjewels or old rings from Primark.... lol - and it will be fab (as always!)

marc said...

i did leave a comment but it seems to have gone i thought the bunting was a good idiea and you could change it to suit the seasons and i like the idie of some birds or birdcages as they are so you may be you should look at those charms you have of birds and birdcages may be they would make good handels ect its looking fab and i love that its a all year round one sorry dont know were my last comment went big love