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1  Recycled crockery - love it everyday :) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by ThistleHill on: May 06, 2018 09:20:48 AM
I have a thing for crockery- I come home from garage sales and auctions with random plates or a single cup because the pattern makes me happy and I end up stashing it in my hutch to admire as I walk by.

A couple of months ago I came across a FB page called Mango Mosaics, she makes these AMAZING mosaics using recycled crockery and I knew I just had to try it.

I have never made a mosaic before but it came together pretty quickly (1 day) and I love how it turned out, I will definitely be making more. Now I can enjoy my crockery everyday Smiley

I made a 4 foot sign for the end of our driveway which made use of an old iron peg already present in the tree. Nice and heavy so it will stand up to the wicked winds we get here.

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2  Reconstructed chicken art :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ThistleHill on: September 11, 2016 02:56:30 PM

Years ago I picked up a Super 80's Country Decor piece at a garage sale with the intent of scabbing off the bits for other projects....well that never happened, it just sat in the bottom of a tote waiting for rediscovery Smiley

This weekend I came across it again, ripped off a chicken and painted it up. I used some (more) vintage trim to cover the backer board of a picture frame and secured the wooden chicken. I think it will make a nice addition to the chicken barn Smiley
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3  Children's Chore Chart in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ThistleHill on: September 05, 2016 11:20:35 AM
Hi. My name is Erin and I am addicted to vintage trims......

And as such I am always looking for ways to use them so I can enjoy them on a day to day basis Smiley

My young boys are now at the age that we have officially introduced the concept of weekly chores over and above the general 'clean up after yourself' rule. As an excuse to use some vintage trim and to feed my obsessive need for order, I whipped up this basic chore chart. I like the simplicity of it Smiley

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4  Mini-Shadow Box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ThistleHill on: March 14, 2016 05:53:03 PM

The last three years have been a bit of a whirlwind; Our family grew by 3 amazing boys, a couple of promotions and moved a farm back across the province - all to say that crafting was on the back burner for the last little while.  Last week it struck me how much I miss it - even more so now that I am the mom of BUSY kids.

I set to claiming one of our smaller barns as a mini crafting retreat (place to drink wine without children) - and set to work.  Here is my first project, it is small - only 5x7, only took a couple of hours but I was surprised how my enjoyed using my hands again.  My mind has been whirring ever since and my project list is growing by the day.  I will even have to dig out my gnome house I began 3+ years ago. Wink
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5  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by ThistleHill on: February 06, 2012 05:57:48 PM
I was feeling neglectful of my crafting, so I took the last few nights off of working on the big house to work on my wee one Smiley

I now realize the most difficult part of wee house making is trying to get good pictures Smiley
I've never worked with clay or paperclay before so I ended up redoing most of of small items night #2, but it went much faster the second time through - and they are much sturdier Smiley  Live and Learn.

I was able to get the wood floor completed using the veneer tip that I saw on an earlier post and began working on my kitchen.  

This is supposed to be a gnome house - I am making it "pioneer-ish", the gnomes fab stuff out of found farm objects.

The utility table I picked up at my local dollar store and gave it a paint job, other items made out of paperclay.  Carrot slices and a mushroom being prepped for dinner (human sized, not gnome sized), little oven mitts ready and waiting Smiley  I made all the cookware (hopefully) solid enough to be played with, if my house turns out decent looking I intend to give it to my niece for Christmas next year (and then get to making my other nieces and nephews one).

Tree branch spiral staircase (I realized afterwards that the scale is a bit small but I liked it and didn't want to tear it apart.... tall gnomes will have to stoop a bit going upstairs Smiley

And after I got bored with the inside, I have started doing some outside work to change it up a bit.  I will be using egg cartons for the stonework and am still going to see if I can make a tin roof out of soup cans ... wish me luck !!

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6  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by ThistleHill on: January 04, 2012 10:10:20 PM
Skookum - that roof is great !  I debated doing a pine cone roof and then when I started to gather the pine cone seeds and realize how many I would need for my giant roof....I went back to the drawing board Smiley   Is your roof made of bark?  It looks awesome !

We have been hit with a frigid cold snap here, and therefore I took a holiday from my little house because the summer kitchen that I use as a craft roof was about 4 degrees (Celsius) and the log cabin attached to it where the wood shop is set up was about -25C......so cold that when you touched the table saw I swear your fingertips were instantly frost bitten Smiley   Well I sucked it up today and finished cutting out my pieces, dry fit them all together and gave it a base coat.  Tonight after the little one was in bed I started working on the decor part Smiley

I have to say - the posts here have helped me tremendously while working on my first little house - tips like "decorate BEFORE you put in all together" especially.  I would have def thought you'd put it all together and start the decor....and I would have been cursing....ALOT.  There were already a few choice words this evening when my wood wainscotting (which I thought looked really cool BTW) buckled and popped while it dried ..Boo!!  So I just painted on a wood effect instead, not as textural, but I was bummed out and wanted something there so it satisfied me for tonight - I still may change it...we'll see. Smiley

The main floor will be kitchen on the left with a big stone cook fire, family room on the right.  

No centre dividing wall on the main floor so I have attempted to make paperclay branches that will act as support beams (this is a gnome house)  I haven't worked with paperclay before so that was really fun - I think that the next one will go even better know that I know a few tricks via trial and error.

Top floor will be library comfy reading room with fireplace on the left and bedroom on the right.  I'll try my hand at making some of those cute mini books Smiley  I am going to do both floors as a wooden strip floor using the iron on veneer technique I saw posted on here.

Sorry about the links - I haven't posted enough yet to put pics in Smiley

Thanks again for all the great info !
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