Friday, July 23, 2010

Crafting For Ourselves

Take a look at some of the beauties found in the Crafting For Ourselves Flickr group lately.
 Have something you've made just for you? Come join us!


This was my contribution this week, a quick paint job on a couple of thrift store scores.  I got this basket/shield/wall doo-dad for 36. cents on ladies day at my local Sal. Army.  Woo hoo! 


My husband and yes, even my dog doubted that this thing should be salvaged but I see potential.  I ripped off the dusty fake flower ornament and got to work.  I had some leftover brown housepaint downstairs so I grabbed it and did a quick brush-over and then wiped it off partially. 


I wanted this piece to look old and used and not just outdated so I added a layer of thinned-out black paint over the brown and wiped it off again.


and here we go, a new old-looking basket/shield/wall doo-dad looking much more my style on my mantel.


Since I had my paint out, I decided to paint up one of the .25 cent baskets from the thrift too.  It was a faded mauve and now it's a worn brown.  Much better.


What have you made for you lately?

12 comments:

Tiffany said...

mmm much better colour. The basket in the last photo looks kinda Japanese, beautiful :D

Marilyn said...

OH Lisa, thank you so much for adding my pillow to your finds!!!
Isn't it great when you can see the potential in something quite ...umm...not so pretty?! What a difference a little paint and a great deal of imagination makes....your fireplace is gorgeous....and your dog......sigh!!!

Apryl said...

definitly much better... I think the last think I made for myself, besides a cup of coffee was a little red and black vintage button pendant. nothing fancy but I like it and wear it quite often. I may have a picture of it on my flickr.. will see if I can dig it up and add it

aukjesatelier said...

Isn't it fun to repaint baskets this way? I love the colour you used :D

Thanks for adding my picture of Lassiel in the "Crafting for ourselves" picture...

Linz said...

it's times like these that i really, really i were more crafty!

joanie said...

What a clever clogs you are Lisa. Those baskets are now beauties. You've reminded me that I get to add a new picture to your "Made for me" group.

ELK said...

big smile here...you gave it new life!!

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Thanks so much, everyone! :D

Regina Moore said...

Wow! Amazing what a little paint can do, huh?!? Great array of "crafting for ourselves" projects also!

NewDominionBlues said...

Your baskets look really great. I must admit even I was skeptical, until I scrolled down. You're brilliant!

kreativgeschichten said...

Oh, thank you, I see my first granny squares ... the beginning, and today I have so much ... it never ends.

Anette

Carmen Rigby said...

Thank you so much for adding my boot cuffs to your selections!

I would have passed over that basket so fast! LOL! Thanks for pointing out the potential of somewhat scary items. ;)

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