Books, Crafts, crochet, decoupage, Knitting, wool

knitting, crochet and decoupage

After treating myself to a nice book (100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet) I found it difficult to stop. But I also had to get a wee encyclopedia of crochet  since I’m still a novice with the single needle. I have tied the primroses into a wee posy that sits neatly inside a new Ikea shot glass, the shamrock and thistle are single testers and I did already have some appropriate colours handy. Overall pretty pleased with making flowers and can sit watching telly whilst getting on with a few leaves.
The hinged frame is covered with a set of floral stamps, I really should give it an other coat or two of varnish but one will do for now I think. Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to watching paint dry!

primrosesknitted thistle and shamrockfloral stamp frame
floral stamp frame back

Crafts, decoupage, recycle

a new lease of life…

…for an old box file.

First skin your box file, then cover in last years flowery calendar blagged from your mum.

Peeling off the original red skin revealed a good matt paper base to glue onto and also reminded me just how old the box was, from around the early eighties! It was full of sketches from the job I had in the early nineties, conservatory and swimming pool stuff that I hadn’t looked at for at least three years.  Wee problem is I put all the sketches somewhere safe before beginning and now I cannae lay my hands on them 😦

Any way I think I have enjoyed doing this, but the process does make more of a mess that other things… all those tiny clippings from cutting out have to be gathered up afterwards and I’ve had a glue filled paintbrush in my hair on more than once.

The lid and box edges need to be taped as does the lid fold and the box corners should probably have strengthening three sided corner pieces added. Maybe little pyramids  made from cut up lager cans? or possibly just strong thick paper.

Should the box be varnished as a finishing touch?
I read that decoupage projects need a good few layers, seven?, to make them durable. Since this box will spend most of the time on a shelf  I might make do with just a couple of coats.

What I have to do now is find all my collected scraps from other boxes and envelopes and decant them into this new home. Great!