Monday, July 26, 2010

In love...again!

I am not the first crafty blogger, (nor will I be the last) to work on a project, not be in love with it and put it aside.  There it sits, sadly.  What is its fate?

Will it end up in the trash, forgotten?

Will its owner rediscover it and turn it into a valuable and loved piece of art?

I can be dramatic, can't I?

 This happens all the time,  I find it can be part of the creative process.  Here is my latest example of such a scenario.




This wooden box contained a matching game that my kids have outgrown.  I kept the box, it's well-made and has that nifty clear cover.  Originally, I had painted it a sage green and stained it with brown stamp ink.

I thought I would fall in love if I added some antique keys to the sides.  They kept falling off, and did nothing to alter my ho-hum feelings towards my project.

Then, about a week ago, I was attempting (emphasis on the word attempting) to organize, and realized that my postage stamps fit perfectly in the box.  The clouds parted...I saw a rainbow...

Sorry! I went to The Graphics Fairy and searched for images of stamps, or postage, and found this...




I lightly sanded the first paint to give my new paint some "tooth."  I painted it with one coat of vanilla acrylic paint, and loved the distressed look.

I printed the postmarks on ivory resume paper and inked the edges.  Out came the trusty Mod Podge, and the One Step Crackle, and ta-da!






It's fine to walk away from something that just isn't working out.  Sometimes you need to find the purpose for the item, and then dress it accordingly.



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26 comments:

  1. I Christine,
    I love your new (old) box! Thank you for giving me permission to re-do projects that I just don't love! Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that happens to! Bet the birds were singing as the clouds parted :)

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  2. I too, love it when all of a sudden you see the light! I have many a project awaiting that fate...

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  3. I really like this redo! And I think I have a box just like this. Thanks for the kick to my imagination!

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  4. Oh, Christine,
    It turned out fabulous!!! I love how you did this...fantastic!!! And lucky that your children had the box so you could make this wonderful piece...wow!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  5. Perfect, Christine! I have one of those projects myself {well, I have a few, actually}. I usually get so frustrated with them, but I think I will put them away for now and take a wait and see attitude with them.

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  6. Your project turned out brilliantly, love the idea.

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  7. This turned out fantastic. Love it!!

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  8. Sometimes the best plan is to walk away a for bit. Glad you finally figured out how to turn it into the perfect project.

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  9. Wow, your pictures are just beautiful!
    I just love it!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a good evening!
    Leticia
    www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

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  10. Haha! I do this all the time! I'm glad you were able to get this one finished, it turned out great Christine!
    Thanks so much for linking this up today for Brag Monday.

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  11. Hi there,
    I’m stopping by from Follow Me Back Tuesday. I hope you are having a a great day and lots of fun in the blogging world.

    FrugalMom from
    Frugality Is Free

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    Visiting from Follow Me Back Tuesday! I am your newest follower through Google Connect!

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    Shelli :)

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  16. Just one Christine following another. Happy Tuesday.

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  17. I love how you inked the edges in this project.

    Im also a new follower from Tuesday Tag-Along! Love if you'd stop by my website and become a blog friend - http://artpark78.com/blog1

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  18. You have gotta love **inspiration** AND the Graphics Fairy. She's the greatest!!!

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  19. I think I have postage stamp holder envy! My kids find them no matter where I put them and think they make better stickers than stamps. I just might have to make one of these.

    Thanks for stopping by The Pumpkin Patch.

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  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Awesome stuff. Following now!

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  21. I have a few boxes I need to find the perfect purpose for, too....something like this would just MAKE them! :D Yours looks fantastic!

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  22. It looks great! We appreciate you joining us this week at Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  23. I simply love this idea!! It's terrific and you have pure talent! I am happy to be your newest follower and I hope you visit me back at FFD very soon! I love new friends!!
    All the best,
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

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  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Awesome stuff. Following now!

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  25. I think I have postage stamp holder envy! My kids find them no matter where I put them and think they make better stickers than stamps. I just might have to make one of these.

    Thanks for stopping by The Pumpkin Patch.

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