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Monday, 1 September 2014

Altered Pencil Pot - Monday 1st September 2014

Hello Friends,

Hoping you all had a lovely weekend and the sun shone wherever you are! Tom and I had a busy one, especially Saturday as we had to finalise and pay for the new kitchen and order the floor tiles...only a few more weeks and mayhem will commence!

However, yesterday most of what we had to do was in the house or garden, so we could enjoy the weather and more importantly, so could the hens :)

Before I start on my project, I would like to welcome my two latest followers Jackie and Angela...thank you so much for following both of you!

This is another scheduled post, as I have to be off early to work this (Monday) morning: it's the day of our big volunteering event and it will be a long day...I just hope people come along and decide to volunteer!

Today I'm not sharing a card, but an altered tin can...yes this little pen pot started out as a tin of tomatoes....

 First of all I gave the can a coat of white acrylic paint all over, including the base. Then I covered it with some material left over from another project I'm working on(to be shared at a much later date)- it is actually Tim Holz Eclectic elements fabric; I only had a little left and could have used it on a card, but I thought that at least this way I can still see it all the time! it covered about half the pot so I used burlap over the top, which I frayed at the edges. Although I didn't photograph it, I also covered the inside with burlap, just to hide all traces of it's former identity!

I had the wooden heart in my stash, I have no idea where it's from, but I thought it ideal to use here. I just added a but, tied with waxed jute.

The most time consuming aspect of this project was making the roses: I cut strips of calico and rolled them, nine altogether.

I think I am up to date with all your blogs...I have no idea where the last two weeks went! We have had the craft workshops almost back to back over the past few weeks and the same with September, this week and next. It's just the way it worked out with holidays. This week the group is going to by making a 'guy' card and I wanted to have them make something quite general, as not all men like cars, beer and sport. I've used one of the woodland creature stamps by Sam Poole and will share the card later this week. It will be a lot easier this time, both Amy and I found that the Pop Up Box card, 'defeated' everyone  in both classes, because of the time available.

Actually, not everyone - I tried to make my card a bit easier this week by doing a lot of the stamping and whilst it still didn't make much difference, one young lady finished - and- it was her first time coming and she was fairly new to craft. I cannot express how 'chuffed' she was to have finished and on top of that, her card is it is... together with a few glimpses of the group at work.

That's all for today, have a good one and thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment, I really appreciate them.

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


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  2. Super creations Carole, love the tin of tomatoes has been, well you know what I mean, looks awesome...I have too many pencils to fit into a tin...but a great idea and of course love your box card.. we had great spring weather on the weekend....great outdoor weather, today it's overcast and rain again.xx
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  3. First up, I hope you get lots of volunteers Carole!

    Your pen pot is gorgeous, I love the roughness of the burlap with the beautiful soft looking flowers and the touches of Tim fabric - it is a little masterpiece - and useful too!

    Your lady did a fantastic job on her card, I love it! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Morning Carole,
    Love your upcycled pot, very pretty. The box card is gorgeous.

  5. Good morning Carole,
    Hope you manage to get some volunteers to join up.
    Love your "beautiful" pot. I have done a few but none as "posh" as this stunning one.
    Your Card in a Box is brilliant, I am sure the ladies will all manage with extra time.
    If my class managed your very creative ladies will do them no problem
    Have a great day

    Patricia xx

  6. Love the altered pen pot, those roses are stunning and look well worth the effort! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  7. Hi Carole,
    what a super idea for up cycling a tomato can. You have made such a super job of this. Love your roses round the edge.
    Fab pics of your latest workshop. I love the box that was, and the design.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  8. Love the tin upcycle Carole - very clever..more of this needs to happen in my craft room. Great shots from the workshop, how cool that a newbie managed to finish the card - way to inspire a new addict :) Cx

  9. Your pencil pot is gorgeous. That is a great box card created by one of your group. The group looks like they had lots of fun. Hugs Jackie

  10. Love the can and you are obviously a good teacher as the box card is lovely and very well finished.
    Have a happy crafty week, Angela x

  11. Wow who would have thought that a boring little tin of tomatoes can look so wonderful in its country chic jacket. The craft event look so fun and wow what a stunning pop up project your student made, but its no surprise as you are a fantastic teacher.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  12. Wow your student did an amazing job on her card! Love your tomato can too, lol. ~Diane

  13. What a lovely pencil tin, I need to make some of these for my ' new' craft room! Thanks so much for your supportive comment on my blog. Back soon I hope! Xx

  14. Hi Carole

    Loving that gorgeous pencil pot .. .. it is beautiful. The flowers look amazing and of course that heart is the perfect finishing touch.

    Hope you are managing to keep your head above water.

    Love Jules xx

  15. Love your altered tin Carole you've made a fabulous job your card box


  16. Such a big group, Carole, how fun! Your new crafter's card is absolutely glorious and she had every right to be chuffed! I also love your altered tin can for your pencils! The TH fabric and burlap and that little wooden heart=awesome! It's so precious! Good luck with the kitchen reno!! Hugs, Darnell

  17. This is upcycling at its best! A beautiful storage idea, I love the burlap, twine and wooden heart. And wow those flowers are stunning - I thought you'd bought them ready rolled until I read on!