Greetings lovely friends & readers
When a New Year rolls around our small Craft Group usually get together & have an informal meeting to work out a rough programme for the year ... things we would like to create/learn/try etc ...
After my visit to The Tree Church in * this post * I thought the ladies might like to get together Here for our first meeting & to work out our programme. Due to various other commitments this didn't happen until late February but it was a beautiful summery day when we went.
|Just look at that beautiful Blue Sky !!!|
I had made a slice & some gingernut balls & Gail had made sausage rolls - everyone bought their own thermos flask & we sat in the shade & had our morning tea & wrote down some ideas for various activities throughout the coming year.
|There are usually 7 of us but only 6 could make it that day|
We also went for a big long leisurely walk around the Tree Church & Gardens.
I could quite easily fill my post with so many photos - it is honestly such a stunning place to visit. It closes soon for the winter months & then re-opens again in the spring time.
Whenever I go down to Mum's I buy packets of these wooden cut-outs from a Variety Store in her small town. I had put together some Easter themed tags by mod-podging paper serviettes on to them & thought the ladies might like to have a go at this at our next meeting.
Also the ladies each had to bring a painted bottle or jar so we could decorate these with mod-podged serviettes. We all met at my home last Monday - it was such a fun activity & everyone had some tags & a decorated bottle to take home with them.
We had a delicious lunch together & as always, there was an abundance of good home-made food. The finished bottles all decorated top right. I forgot to get a pic of everyone's tags at the end.
Another Hospice store find on my last trip to Mum's was this $5 mirror. The entire mirror panel from the centre was missing & it was all rather sad looking ... however I could see it definately "had potential" 😉
It cost $17 to have a new mirror panel put in the centre which I thought was really reasonable considering they also had to put a piece of board in to attach the mirror to. I noticed some gaps in the corner joins so I filled these with Polyfilla. It was a simple job because I had "good help" on hand to assist me & ensure I didn't miss any bits 😉
Then I set about painting the mirror with two coats of Soft Duck Egg Chalk Paint. Once I was happy with the coverage I lightly distressed the whole piece & then Very lightly rubbed some silver embossing wax over the decorative edges of the frames.
I had thought the hinges looked like brass so I was able to bring a bit of shine back to them with some Brasso ... also the tiny ball feet were brass. I am So pleased I didn't paint over these but took the time to mask them out first.
I just love my new/old mirror & it fits perfectly in the corner of my dining room with a set of fairy lights wound around it. My dining room can be dark at times & I find the addition of mirrors helps to throw some light into darker corners.
I follow Kim at Rosebud Collectables over on Instagram & she posts some real treasures for sale but I always seem to miss out on them. When I saw this vintage chamber pot I quickly messaged to ask if I may purchase it & was lucky enough to be the first.
It arrived last week & when I opened the box it was bigger, heavier & more beautiful than I had imagined.
I have displayed it with a maidenhair fern for now but I am thinking that some Easter bunnies in a small group inside it would be rather lovely for Easter ...............
I just adore the flowers on it ... & the colours. 💗 Way, way too nice for it's original purpose !!
Thank You all So Very Much for your visits here today dear friends,
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
Remember to be kind to yourselves & to each other,
With much love & friendship To You All,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x