Christmas Tree Upcycle

Craft Exploits: Christmas in August? And other adventures with paint

I said I’d update on my crafting, so here goes nothing.

I missed the Christmas in July event, and it’s still a bit early for the real thing but I finally finished off my Christmas tree! This was one of those unloved charity shop finds when I was volunteering after Christmas. It was originally a sickly shade of red with brown, not to mention split at the bottom, covered in scuffs, scratches and stains, and missing hanging loops for those cute little German ornaments. So of course I made a donation to save it from the bin, took it home and got to work (then got sidetracked by various other things, hence it only just being done!)xmastree2017.jpgOK, so it’s still missing some hooks, but it’s rejigged to only have the central ones empty. And OK, some of the ornaments have seen better days. But now it’s blue the ornaments really stand out, and if the empty spaces look too bothersome I could glue in some eye pins to hang some sparkly beads.

There’s something about volunteering to stock sort at a charity shop that can make you become determined to try and make something better out of poor unloved items. One manager had to always remind me “you can’t save them all”. Sometimes it’s worth it.

Like how about this wooden doll’s bed? It was a rickety Ikea thing with watermarks and crayon making it unsalable. I gave it the sand-paint-varnish treatment and ran up a little pillow and cover. I covered the bottom panel in fabric too which stopped it rattling around.dollbed.jpg The pink paint was kindly donated by one of the customers who had found out I upcycled for the shop, and the fabric pieces are from what’s considered “rag” (aka unable to sell, goes for recycling). It was sold for by the charity within a few days. Hopefully it’ll make someone happy!

I think that’s enough paint for now (and there have been many painty projects!)

Be seeing you.

Cross stitch patterns for YellowBirdieStitches on Etsy

Back again

So… It’s been a while.

Poor health, getting caught in up hospital paperwork, and extra long waiting lists for operations don’t really make you feel like blogging regularly. Or at all it seems (2014?!)

So other than the bad bits, what have I been up to? Crafts have become a big thing, especially in light of needing something to do while waiting/recovering from hospital. I’m making cross stitch patterns based on my sister Vicky Scott’s illustration (available on her Vicky’s World Etsy shop) and more recently opened my own Etsy shop of designs: Yellow Birdie Stitches (more to come soon!). Volunteering is something as well that’s helped. It’s led to more craft opportunities such as painting chairs and a doll’s house for a local charity shop, as well as doing a few video intros for charity films based on learning and health.

Cross stitch and upcycling projects

Clockwise from top left: Vicky’s World cross stitch, Yellow Birdie Stitches cross stitch, a chair for upcycling, a Scandinavian doll’s house

Hopefully I’ll be able to do do a few posts my crafty exploits as well as a few more K-pop packaging pretties and other musings on graphics, games and curiosities (you would not believe some of the things that end up in a charity shop…).

Be seeing you (I hope!)