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Saturday, 23 November 2013

A Man Comes On And Tells Me How White My Shirts Can Be

What a stroke of luck!  This week's Less Is More challenge is Christmas Card- Use a Bird....and what have I been making for the past two days ?  I see Margaret had the same idea...great minds and all that.




Due to postage costs this year's cards are one layer!  I've used a branch from the Cardio Oriental Blossom set to make a twiggy wreath and the owl is by Inkadinkado.  I added 'berries' with red memento ink and the end of a paintbrush, gem stone eyes and glittered some of the branches.  Finally I added a string to hang the wreath and a festive bow.  Not sure which colour way I prefer, how about you ?  Linking also to Make It Monday.

I've had the last week off work and have been busy doing some long overdue jobs around the house.  Recently I found a TV unit in a charity shop for the bargain price of twenty five quid,  I've been looking for one of these for years...no really.  My parents donated this as a temporary measure when I moved here, 



seven years later.....and it's still here, looking like something from student accommodation and not what I want at all.  I've been hoping I'd stumble across the perfect unit but alas it was not to be, instead I found this and thought it 'would do'.


The condition was fair enough although the orange pine was not to my taste, so a little makeover was in order. (I think I may have bigged this up somewhat in my last post, please don't be disappointed.)


 My first idea was to bleach the top and paint the rest but after experimenting with this idea for a while, it was hastily abandoned. Unlike Emma Kate, I don't have the patience of a saint and wanted to finish the project this side of Christmas.
I decided to keep the orange interior as painting inside would be a bit of a bastard I feared and I wasn't confident I'd get a professional finish. I quite like the contrast...what do you think?  Wires now concealed and all my crap stored in the drawer. The shelving unit has now been pressed into service in my craft room, which has never before seen such organisation.  
Belatedly linking to Magpie Monday and Op Shop Show-Off.



It's a busy weekend for me, there are more xmas cards to be made, I'm out tonight for a meal with friends and Dad's coming for a roast dinner tomorrow.  What are you up to ?


22 comments:

  1. Fab cards and great work xx Jan

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  2. Brilliant card, what a lovely delicate wreath!
    Great refinishing skills too!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  3. Oh Fiona! I love it! You're dead right, painting the inside would be a bugger and the contrast really works. Very New England chic! I want to tackle mine, it's a shocker. So much shoddy furniture and so little time...
    The card is so sweet too. I heard one in the garden the other night. Very exciting! xx

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  4. love the wreath...

    great paint job too

    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen x
    "Less Is More"

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  5. You HAVE been busy! Gr8 LIM projects too

    Kathyk

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  6. Cards are lovely and your furniture re-vamp is brilliant. Good to see you've also put the redundant shelving to use in your craft room

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  7. It looks fantastic, very classy. And the card is cute, love the wreath design. Great to have you linking in, hope your feeling better x

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  8. This is a great wreath! And the owl is a beauty!

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  9. Gorgeous cards - think the green is my fave owl!
    You have been a busy bee, the TV unit makeover looks really good. And wow, look at your craft supplies, so neat and organised!
    Hope you've had a good meal out. Been to a vintage fair today. May have bought stuff... Tackling Ironing Mountain tomorrow!
    PS. Yes - PicMonkey it is! xxxx

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  10. Fun couple of cards - cute owl! WTG on recycling too!

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  11. Just love your adorable owl sitting on the wreath!!

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  12. I like the way you made the wreath and the owl is a real cutie.

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  13. These are fabulous, I love your adorable little owl.
    Great furniture make over as well.
    Pauline
    x

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  14. The cards are fantastic, I love the green owl, twit-too (hahaha!)
    What a fantastic job you made of that TV unit, it looks brilliant. xxx

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  15. Love your twiggy wreaths and what a cute owl image. Great cards.

    hugs
    wynneth
    x

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  16. The owl card is adorable and the tv cab looks utterly brilliant. Xx

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  17. what afab projects ,love the CAS design of your cards and the tv cabinet is awesome
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

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  18. Super Christmas cards, I think I prefer the 'Brown Owl' but both look great, know what you mean about one layer for posting. I am adding more sparkle to make up for layers as well. Great furniture makeover by the way.

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  19. Those cards are so delicate and pretty, love the sparkly effect. And that unit is brilliant, it's a transformation. You have been busy! xxx

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  20. Really pretty card, such a delicate wreath.

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  21. I love the card design to bits Fiona! What a brilliant idea to update a wreath - simply add an owl - and I love both colours. The new TV unit is brilliant although my OCDness would have forced me to paint the inside (and I probably would have wrecked it! Vicky x

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  22. Stunning card, love the sparkly wreath. Hugs Bev x

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