I hope you are well. I have been doing a bit of crafting this week for my niece who turns 18 this week. 18...I can't quite believe it! Although I found a picture of myself holding her when she was a baby and I have long hair! I haven't had long hair for a long long time!!
It is really lovely to be able to create something for someone you know as you can make it much more personal to them. I gathered a few photos from my extensive collection and put them all in a frame with a few other crafty bits and pieces. She recently had her bedroom decorated so hopefully she'll want to hang this on one of her walls.
I started with some photos and I had some Tim Holtz ephemera so used the calendar and the clock as backgrounds for two of the photos. Two of the photos, I framed the faces with card borders. I used a vintage style spotty scrapbook paper as the background and some letters to spell out 'memories', 'love' and 'family'. 'Life is a journey' wood letters and at the bottom, a love heart in black on which I drew a birthday message using a paint pen. I used some ribbon and some hessian too.
I really loved doing this one for someone special and I really love the vintage feel it has.
I say all, but in truth I've lost a follower already and I only had 12! Cue the violins!
I have been very lucky of late, however, with my Facebook page and have been slowly building followers. Last week I got my first order directly through my page from someone I don't know and tonight I finished it.
It was for a little girl called Abbey. Her Aunt ordered it as she had bought a similar type of frame for Abbey's sister but the lady that made it, no longer makes them (lucky for me).
The brief was pink, purple and girly.
A paper mache 'A' was covered with pink and purple tissue but I felt it looked too brash so I then wound some different shade of purple ribbon round. Fabric flowers in shades of lime and lilac to decorate and each flower was given a button centre.
ABBEY at the top of the frame were glued in place. They were letters I had originally bought a while ago to use in a card but I think the colours work well in this frame.
The purple/lilac background fabric was from a fat quarter. I used some lilac lace and some of the ribbon from the 'A' in strips along the base of the frame.
This one was for a wedding gift. No dates or names were wanted in it as it's an Indian wedding so they are having more than one celebration. Instead, it was just about epitomising love.
Hearts and flowers were the order of the day. Red was the obvious colour choice as apart from being a traditional colour for hearts, it is also a traditional colour in Indian weddings, symbolising love, commitment, strength and bravery. The photograph doesn't show all the little details fully. The heart in the middle was made using layers of different sized red buttons. Some small paper roses were dotted around the heart. I used some ivory chiffon ribbon and four pearls down each side. The same ribbon was used to hold a silver heart pendant in place above the heart. I filled this pendant with small red buttons and some pearls. A heart ribbon at the bottom with some pearl hearts finished it off.
I'm off to start another wee frame for a baby girl. I'm quite excited about this one as it is a bit of a departure from the usual pinks and purples. The nursery has apparently been decorated with a sage green and a soft grey and has a vintage feel. Can't wait to get started!