For the "what are you best at " swap, - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421759.0;topicseen#axzz2S4moWTV5
I was partnered up with the lovely mama24boys. As soon as I snooped into her life, I knew she was a great lover of many things..........
Firstly her children..
Secondly "hearts" in all shapes and textures
and thirdly - from her pinterest wall, a piece of wall art with names on using scrabble letters.
I have had a lovely old display frame sitting in my shed for a while (another great bargain from my beloved charity shop) and knew I could repurpose it for this project so I set about finding a second hand scrabble board............
But what I came up with was even better - a miniature magnetic travel scrabble board (ooooooooooooooooooo
o I hear you cry) As soon as I saw the magnets I just knew it would be perfect, as I could pass on all the letters to mama24boys and her kids could have fun writing interesting (you so know it will be rude) slogans all over the piece.
I didnt want to maintain the scrabble background, so I tested a theory first (whether or not painting on it would take away the magnetism) and then set about using acrylics to paint a simple colour mood background.
Then I set to work on the frame. I took out the glass, and then decorated the background. Using 2 matching buttons (to represent the twin boys) then two different blue buttons (for the other two boys) then a big ole' pink one for her newest addition (a girl !!!!!!woooohooooo ) I finished it off with hearts in the corner to appeal to her heart fetish !
Finally I could assemble the whole piece, and with the addition of a lovely bit of ribbon which says "crafted with love (hearts) " I superglued my repainted scrabble board into its new rightful home !
The final job was to work out how to get all Mama24boys's kids names into a complete pattern - and I think I did ok - added the word "family" cos it just felt right
Hope you enjoy.
Oh - and for those of you with observant eyes !!!!!! - I found a little tin in the charity shop which was too perfect for words - its lid had the cutest painting of a girly rag doll surrounded by 4 boy teddies !!!! Ideal to hold all the spare letters