25 September 2015

Folk it, it's Friday

Folk it, it's Friday.....

Yay it's Friday! I hope you are all looking forwad to the weekend as much as I am.  I've had a rubbish week to be honest including a trip to the Dr and Dentist, a day with out wifi and no water but the thing that kept me going was #Folkit 

If you haven't discovered Folk it yet then you really need to have a look at their website or social media pages;

Folk it have made painting achievable for even the most nervous of us.  If you've ever tried painting before and been left feeling disappointed with your results and said "I can't paint, look at the state of that" then you should give Folk it a go.

I brought the series 1 starter kit when it launched and have been busy creating some lovely pieces of art, I am blown away with how lovely they look, before trying the folk it kits I had tried to do some watercolour painting with awful results and convinced myself that I couldn't paint and would never try again.

I posted my first picture of a hanging heart I painted using the series 1 starter kit back in April and since then I have been hooked.

I was so impatient I didn't even try to practice, I just jumped in with both feet and haven't looked back. Here is a few more things I have painted using the series 1 starter kit;

After getting my confidence I then decided to have a little play and try something a little different with colour and glamour dust

This piece has split views in my house with some loving it and some not so sure, what do you think?

Next I brought the Bluebirds kit and here is what I painted

I wanted to have a play with texture, colour and distressing and here is what I came up with 

You might have noticed by now that I am hooked and passionate about the products, this is because never before have I found an art kit that has made me believe that I can paint and given me such fantastic results.  So now everytime I go shopping I have my eyes everywhere thinking about what I can folk next, last week I found 2 hanging heart decorations in a large bargain store, they were reduced to £1 each and looked a little bland so guess what, I brought them and folked them

The green one is my all time favorite and will be staying in my house for ever.

On sunday I visited the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court and purchased the folk it christmas kit, I had wanted it for a while and saved myself some money knowing that I'd buy it at the fair.  After a busy day traveling from Bristol to London and back I was too tired to try it when I got home, but as soon as I got home from taking the girls to school the next morning out came my paints and brushes.

Here is the results;

I just need to mount them and put them on cards and they will be sent to special loved ones at chritmas.

I really hope yo like the projects I've showed you and maybe you'll stop by the Folk it website and give the kits a try yourself.

Folk it series 2 launches Next weekend so there will be lots more folky pictures from me in the future.

Have a great weekend everyone T x

#heart #folkit #craft #decoart #americana #homemiswherethecraftis #painting

19 September 2015

Drab to Fab

Drab to Fab

Yay it's the weekend! I hope you've all had a good week and have lots of fun planned for the weekend, I'm off to the handmade fair at Hampton court tomorrow and I'm very excited.

It's been a while since my last post and I've been busy working on some upcycling projects that I'd like to share with you.

I purchased this nest of tables from a carboot sale for £3, I think you'll agree that they look rather outdated and drab

After some sanding, painting, staining and waxing they now look fab, the legs are a powdered purple look and the tops are a medium brown satin stain

The other thing I've been busy working with is a folding occasional table that I brought form ebay for £10.20

Not exactly a showstopper, but now it's looking rather yummy

I saw this piece being advertised on a recycling website and knew it could be given a new lease of life, unfortunately due to camera malfunction I don't have a good before picture but these 2 photos will show you just how bad it was

It took a lot or work to give this cupboard a good finish and I thought we'd never have something that looked as good as this but perseverance payed off and now I have another stunning piece of furniture in my home

The last project I wanted share is an old one but as it was my first and the one I'm most proud of I though you'd like to see it, it was in someones front garden ready to be thrown away. 

I don't like mahogany so it had to be sanded and given some TLC, several coats of paint, wax and wood stain later and it's got a new home in my lounge.

I hope you like my recent projects, I'll be back soon with more, until then take care T x

#upcycle #repurpose #chalkpaint #anniesloan #craft c

09 September 2015

In the potting shed

In the potting shed.

Good morning everyone, firstly let me say sorry for not being around much and not posting as much as I would have liked, sometimes family life just gets in the way.  Well with the school holidays over and everyone back to normality I hope to be posting more often and bringing you a few tutorials.

So what have I been beavering away at recently I hear you ask............ I have been playing around with a couple of new kits form Craftwork Cards, today I am going to focus on The potting shed ll.

The potting shed ll is a lovely kit with soft lilac, blue and sage colours, it features hand drawn illustrations of bees, birds and gnomes. In the kit there are toppers, sentiments, backing papers, candi, chipboards shapes and coordinating welly boots to colour in.

Here are a few of the cards I have made so far,

For this card I added some glitter glue and some ribbon

The candi on this card has been glazed using glossy accents

A little twine and a flower go a long way, I love this one  


Now, this card took me a little time because I was using scrapes of paper to make the shed

My first ever zig zag card, I think I will be using this style more often

It's hard to see but some of the pots have been glazed and the hedgehogs have sparkles on their backs

 A few liquid pearls and a bit of glitter glue to highlight areas just helps to bring the card to life

Last of all my favorite cards, for this card I have added glossy accents to the wings of the bee as well as the candi, some garden twine and some coordinating card stock. I just love the colours and feel I may find it hard to give this one away.

I hope you like the cards I've shared, I'd love to read some comments and feedback from you.

My next post will feature guilty pleasures ;) Tx

#homeiswherethecraftis #craft #cwc #craftworkcards #papercraft