Sunday, 29 May 2011

Car Boot Sale Wooden Box

Altered Wooden Box 2
I apologise that there are only a few step by step pictures of this project, I got so involved I forgot to pick my camera up!
Carboot Find Wooden Box  Wooden Box Carboot Find Remember the £2 wooden box I got from a car boot sale a few weeks back?  Well on the first day of my Whitsun break I decided it was about time I did something with it.  I am so chuffed when I find a “car boot bargain” but then am equally guilty of doing nothing with it when I get it home.
Altered Wooden Box
I’ve covered the outside panels and the inside, including the tray with 12” x 12” papers from Stampin Up Designer Series Paper – Springtime Vintage pack (121782) which cost £8.75 for 12 assorted double sided sheets.
Altered Wooden Box 1
All this was a little fiddly, I made templates of all the parts I wanted to cover, but as the box was handmade it was a bit trial and error to get things to fit just right.
Altered Wooden Box 4
I used a small blue flowery pattern on the outside, but it looked a little too plain, so I cut some larger flowers from another paper, sticking them on top,  which transformed it, giving it a lovely old fashioned look.
Altered Wooden Box 6
I couldn’t decide what to do with the top, I quite liked it plain but there was a small, noticeable chip on it, so in the end I decided to cover it, using a gold panel cut using a Nestabilities label die on my Bigshot with a smaller label in the middle, using the same paper as the panels plus some more flower cut outs.
The next stage was to varnish it all, several times,  inside and out.  I used Ronseal Quick Drying Varnish, Clear Gloss which dries in 20 minutes which is brilliant for me as I am very impatient and find this sort of thing as boring as hell!
Altered Wooden Box 8
It’s now finished.  I am thrilled, I haven’t decided what to use it for yet, but jewellery seems to be the obvious answer as my collection of quirky bits and pieces is constantly growing thanks to even more car boot sales!

All Fiddle Farters Together!

I’m not the only one who fiddle farts in my family, everyone has a little dabble ….
This is the beautiful dovecote my father-in-law made for me to give my husband for his birthday in a few weeks time, it was too big to hide so I’ve given it him a bit early!
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In turn my husband has always got a project on the go, from doing up old fishing reels ….
fishing rods
….. and fishing rods ….
Green Man
…..  to concrete garden ornaments…..
Lucy's Cross Stitch
…… and my daughter Lucy who does the most exquisite cross stitch, it’s a wonder any of us ever find time to go to work!!!!