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1  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbows :) on: September 18, 2012 02:42:36 PM

The Birthday Cake I made my husband  Grin

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Srummy Victorian Plum Jam on: September 06, 2012 07:58:17 AM
I know that there are quite a lot of Jam related crafts but  wanted to post mine because I think they look lovely  Cheesy (make way for my big head).

The recipe I found online and was really simple to use, it also gives times and measurements for different fruit which is really helpful for future use.


I would definitely recommend anyone to try it because it tastes so scrumtious especially with butter on toast Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nom Nom Nom 70's dresser revamp!!! on: September 06, 2012 07:21:20 AM
OK so can you believe that I have been on craftster since 2006 and I have never ever posted anything despite the fact that I love crafting and I absolutely adore coming on here and checking out all the amazing things that people create! absolutely fills my days up with sunshine Grin

Anyway, I've got a small collection of things that I've done over the years so thought that I would start posting them finally!

I'm constantly on the look out for free stuff or bizarre bargains so I regularly visit a few certain websites great ones in particular are gumtree.com, trade-it.co.uk and uk.freecycle.org, I'm also quite lucky that the area I live in people always chuck their furniture out on the street to be collected. Little do they know that it's being collected by me!! (insert evil laugh here). Just in case you're interested a few random things I've managed to pick up for free are an upright Piano (which I couldn't actually fit through my front door so I sold it for 50 Cheesy. A gold fish called Audrey. A massive collection of Doctor Who magazines and lots of other stuff amongst the more normal items such as desks and wardrobes.

So after that massive intro let's get to the item in question! I picked this rather ugly, 70's looking dresser with a mirror from trade-it for 10 which is usually more than I would pay for something off one of these web sites but as soon as  saw it my creative buds started salivating so I had to buy it. I've tried to find a before picture but I don't have one, so I found this which kind of looks similar.

It was in pretty bad condition, it almost looked like somebody had poured bleach on it but I have no idea if pouring bleach on wood actually effects it at all (anyone know?) so I took this sorry looking bit of furniture and started straight away. First of all I gave it a bit of a clean to get rid of any cobwebs and mud and what have you, then I sanded it all over which helps the paint grip to the wood. When I was working on this project I lived above a pub that I also worked in so one day I snuck in and stole some Magnolia matt paint. Well... not really I did ask permission but I did sneak in so that nobody else would ask me to work  Wink I had to give everything about three coats and it took about two days to dry fully. At this point I was going to keep the mirror attached but I decided to give the mirror to my sister as I felt that the dresser looked better without it. The top of the dresser isn't actually painted but is in fact wallpaper Smiley. I'd picked it up ages ago from B&Q and had it hanging around waiting to do something with it and I thought it looked perfect. The wallpaper was really thick so instead of using superglue or anything like that I used wood glue to attach it to the top of the dresser. After everything was dried I gave it several coats of varnish and ta da! fin!

It now lives at my Dad's house and I think he's battered it around a bit so maybe in a few years time I might try another design, maybe a slate grey with a scrabble mosaic top? any suggestions?
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