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Even More Upcycling

I know, pretty amazing huh? Sometimes I just surprise myself.  So, it turns out I quite like the thought of making something I dislike into something I like.

A prime example is a nest of tables I acquired some time ago from freecycle.  Gordon really liked them, but I thought they were dark and dated.  The legs were wobbly and the tops were marked.  He doesn’t like to see painted wood but sometimes it can be so tatty that painting will only improve it.

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See what I mean?

This is what they look like now after fixing the legs, a coat of cream paint and an inset of tissue paper and pva glue.

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Much smarter, don’t you think?  The paper is Nature’s Gallery by Papermania.

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Upcycling (part 2)

I realise that I never did come back with an update on my planter – the one Gordon made for me from the headboard and footboard of an old bed.  I planted it with lavender and geraniums so this is what it looks like today.

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It grew very well and is often commented on.

We decided today to take advantage of the sun and see if we could make a start on our second-cut silage.  The old forager was driven out – the newer one is still seriously broken – and promptly broke down after one round of the field.  Gordon was of the opinion that he knew exactly what the problem was but even after he’d made modifications it still didn’t work.  We gave up.  We came in for coffee to discuss our options and phoned a local contractor to come and round-bale it.  He’s very busy at this time of year but has said he’ll be here this evening if at all possible.  I hope so or we’ll be making hay with it. 

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Use ’em up!

I’ve been quite productive lately with my cardmaking and have spent many quiet hours concentrating on getting the effect I want.  This morning I’ve been playing with a stamp by Serendipity called ‘Winter Fenceline’ which I first saw on Pinterest and had to have.  I decided to do the background with watercolour pencils so rummaged around in the drawer to find a set. 

I ended up using a set that had belonged to my grandad who died in 1996 and as I started using them I heard his voice in my head telling me off.  As children we were never allowed to touch his stuff even if it wasn’t particularly expensive so consequently this set of pencils is almost intact.  I can’t help feeling that sense of preserving everything and keeping it ‘for best’ didn’t actually do him a lot of good.  I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way but he should have used them all the time until they were gone, which is what I intend to do.

The finished results are quite different and will be put on to cards when they’re dry.  I’ll probably be doing more – in fact I may keep going until the watercolour pencils are nothing but nubs.  Then I’ll throw them away.

I’ll enjoy that.

Here are the first two –

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The greeting is from Stampin’ Up’s Wetlands set and works brilliantly with this I think, even though it’s crooked on one picture.

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