Sunday, September 20, 2020

(Still !!!) Waving My Brush Around ...............

Greetings dear friends & readers 

(warning .... photo heavy post so grab a cuppa or a tipple !!)

My dear friend Sally had a birthday coming up & after coming across this watering can in my sleepout, I decided to paint/revamp it as a gift for Sal.

These are just the aluminium watering cans that you can buy from Hardware Stores.
I pulled the half-lid off the top & then proceeded to paint it by my fire over a couple of days.

I used a lovely colour Chalk Paint called "Grey Mist"

After I was happy with my coverage I applied some transfers to both sides of it and .  .  .  .  .  .  .

.  .  .  .  .  .  . I also applied some to the spout.

To finish it off I tied a swing tag to the handle.

I had initially planned to plant it up for Sal, but in the end I decided to just include a garden voucher so she could choose what she would like planted in it herself.

Some knitted cotton dishcloths & a handmade soap also got popped in the birthday parcel .  .  .  .  .  .

.  .  .  .  .  .  . along with some Mars Bar Slice & Gingernut Bites as I know she loves my baking 💗  

I received the loveliest message from Sal to tell me how delighted she was with her parcel.

This next part of my post is especially for Gail & Sarah who both contacted me after my post about my Fireplace Mantle & asked if I could please share more info on the "fairy/snow queen dome" shown on my mantle

Happy To !!! 😊

This glass dome came from my Mum - I think she had received it as a gift but decided she only wanted the imitation succulent inside & not the dome itself.

Here is an image borrowed from the web of what it originally looked like.
For my part - I was more than happy to receive the glass dome & it sat there for many months before I finally decided to do something with it during our Lockdown.

I had the vague rumblings of an idea of what I wanted to achieve ... so I hunted out this wee fairy from amongst my Christmas decorations

I painted the wooden base, then glued on torn music papers & glued one of Sid's building blocks to the centre base as a prop.

I covered this with some dried moss (Yes I do keep all these bits on hand!!) then I glued a large bead to one side & covered it in moss - as I wanted a prop to sit my small tree on.

I made a small "banner" with music paper & a brass tag & glued this in place ... also tucked a tiny porcelain cherub in the other side.

The fairy got her wings, hair & belt removed & then I added my own dolls hair & wings as well as adding in lots of sparkly embellishments, pearl beads, more sequins to her skirt & I even made her a halo from florists wire.

Everything was either stitched or glued in place & it all came from my stash - nothing was purchased as there were no shops open !! 

I gave her a feather for a wand & then I glued a porcelain bird (also found in my Christmas stash) to the top of the dome & tied a French tag to this.

I hot glued her onto the mossy base making sure she was really stable - I also carefully wound a small set of fairy lights up around her.

Here she is in all her glory with the lights on ... the new mantle is just the perfect place to display her  💕

Last night as I was going to bed I snapped this pic of my mantle with all my fairy lights on ... Yes I do like to live in a bit of a wonderland 😉

Thank You all So Much for staying with me through this lengthy post but before we go, let's just play a wee game called "Can you spot the fairy ??"

This "game" happens most mornings when I am attempting to make my bed !!!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead dear friends,

Be kind to yourselves & to each other,

With much love & friendship to you all,

Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0


  1. I think the watering can looks so pretty and putting a voucher inside instead of planting is so thoughtful as I think your friend will really enjoy planting it up with her own choices. Your fairy is pretty, we have Christmas home decor coming into the shops here already.

  2. Hi Julie beautiful post oh my I love seeing your beautiful work. The watering can is so pretty and what you did with the dome is amazing so lovely stay safe and take care my friend xx

  3. Your mantle is so pretty Julie and the angel is perfect in her glass dome.Sunset is coming here earlier and earlier which means the need for electric lights switched on earlier. I like your idea of fairy lights everywhere, cheaper too! Off to stock up on batteries for mine while our shops are still open!Have a good week Julie.xx

  4. Here l am with a mug of lemon tea..Much to early
    for a tipple..maybe later with my lunch, and
    certainly tomorrow..As it's my Burfday! :).
    Please send ALL cards and money to....HeHe! :O).

    Julie you have excelled yourself..the fairy in the
    dome is really..really beautiful..and the fairy
    lights stes it off a treat...Lovely!
    HeHe! I think you live in more of a 'fairy land'
    Julie..I know l do..l'd sooner be with the fairies
    than a lot of people..pussy~cats even more so...! :).

    And the watering~can looks lovely's surprising
    how those transfers set an item off..lovely!
    And l think the last photo says it ALL and certainly has
    a 'tail' to tell..HeHe! Bless!x :o).
    🍁 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍁

  5. You certainly create magic with your paint brush Julie. The watering can is beautiful and the present you put together for your friend is lovely. Nothing better than a present created with the recipient in mind. Your fairy in the dome is stunning, so clever! Your mantle looks amazing with the fairy lights. I did spot the furry fairy there, helping no doubt!!

  6. More magic happening in your creative home with your creative's like Christmas has started!

  7. The watering can looks wonderful. Love how your dome looks, i wonder if my daughter would let me do that to hers. 😊😊. Oh your wonderland looks amazing, brought some happiness to my heart. Hello Puss I see you there. Hugs, xx

  8. You did a fabulous job on your fairy dome Julie, I love it, and what a gorgeous idea for a birthday gift, I can just spy your extra fairy😉 Have a great week. Chris xoxoxo

  9. Your mantle is filled with wonderful wonderment, Julie. The ethereal angel with her sweet dress and sparkling lights under the glass dome is magical. Love that pretty watering can, too. The transfers are perfect. I can just imagine the delight Jill felt when she gazed upon her gifts.

  10. How lovely! You are so creative.

    1. Thanks so much for leaving your lovely comment Carolyn xx

  11. Miss Pippi, you make a lovely hidden fairy. Julie, you have certainly been waving that paint brush.
    I am sure you friend was indeed surprised and happy with your gift. Painting a watering can ends up with
    a great plant holder. Thanks for the fairy instruction. She certainly adds to your wonderland.

    1. Thanks so much Lynn. Yes I thought it would make a great plant holder or otherwise my friend could just put some dried flowers in it. Have a lovely week Lynn xx

  12. great gift with the watering can and all the extra's and I love the fairy... you do have such amazing ideas and creativity

  13. What a lovely gift the watering can was. I love your fairy...

  14. Gorgeous gift of the revamped watering can. I so love the fairy beautiful x

  15. I'll start at the end answer to your question Can you spot the you mean that sweet face under your bed? I so wish I had my sweet face babe back again...sigh... but that is another story :-) Your home must be a wonderland....all those sparkles and that fairy under glass.... incredible! What a gorgeous gift for your friend and that watering was also filled with goodies. I pay a lot of attention to your posts as I can learn so much. When we go for our evening walk I have been picking up a few bits from what people throw out and prop up against the dustbins. I have a feeling my hubby Sr P thinks I have lost it or on the verge of! :-) Keep well Amanda x

  16. Enjoyed my visit with you today, as you created all the lovelies. The angel looks so pretty on your mantel with the lights.

  17. You made a beautiful, personal gift out of that standard watering can.
    And the magic you created with that fairy in a dome--wow, don't know what else to say!

  18. we all need our own wonderland & i absolutely love yours, it's always so bright!
    loved the watering can gift
    lovely post
    thanx for sharing

  19. The watering can looks great, Julie. I just love your fairy dome. xx

  20. Thank you Julie, your fairy is wonderful 😊 x

  21. As usual, I am the last to visit but, oh my goodness!! So much beauty in one post. Julie, only you can take a pretty new watering can and make it ten times more beautiful...and the fairy dome! You just know all the right things to use. You are so talented. I love the look of your mantle with the soft lights. It's so pretty. I love that sweet kitty hiding under the blankets too. My Dumperoo seems to appear from nowhere when I start making the bed and pounces on every wrinkle or movement, like there might be a mouse under the cover.


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