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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Petite Chaises



OK ... so I definitely get the prize for Airhead of the Week!!  Despite being ill last week, I had (rather unusually for me) got one of the DT projects ready and finished well ahead of time.  

For those of you who are regular visitors, you will know that I had ALL DAY yesterday to focus on crafting.  Well, despite this, I managed to entirely forget to upload these little lovelies onto the TioT website.  I even made a note to get this page organised and STILL my pea-like brain didn't register that they weren't uploaded.  That is until midnight!!  I jumped out of bed having had one of those awful OMG moments and uploaded it.  But alas, too late!  So I definitely win the Airhead's Crown!

So, the theme this week at Tiot is Recycle It.   What a great challenge ... I'm sure we all have lots of things which we can re-use in our projects.  Certainly I have a box of tags on pins and chains from clothing, gorgeous packaging with punched designs from Prima blister packs and ribbons and feathers from boxes of chocolates.  I even have an outer wrapper which came on our newspaper which is made of vellum or similar which I thought would come in useful.  So, crack open your box of 'kept' items which you thought would come in useful one day and make that day TODAY!!

My project is a recycle of Champagne tops.  I know what you're thinking ... and Yes, it was a tough job drinking all that fizzy but I take my creative responsibilities VERY seriously!!!  

I re-worked my tops to make little chairs with backs and sanded some of the black coating on the wire back to the bare metal.  I then used alcohol inks to tint them lightly.  I used a coat of shellac and some god leaf to embellish the seats.

The cushions were cut from cotton and sewn on my new machines (which is a dream to use unlike it's predecessor!).  I filled them with a little soft toy stuffing to plump them up and hand sewed the final seam.  I then stamped them with miniature images on both sides using Stazon.


Ooh ... and before I forget (don't let me get started on that again!!) all eligible entries to our challenge are entered into the prize draw to win £10 store voucher for Crafty-Emblies who are our kind sponsors!  

Please read the rules so your gorgeous creations are not disqualified! 



I hope this project tempts you to up-cycle some of your stash or if all else fails, drink loads of champagne and make some cute chairs!!!

I'm entering my little chairs into the Craft Room Challenge - In the garden Anything But a Card as these do remind me of the little cafe chairs we all love to perch on with a cuppa in the summer!  

x

 

20 comments:

  1. Gosh, these are sooo cute, Alexa!

    Fairies chairs for taking their afternoon tea and having a nice chat, I guess.
    Airhead or not *lol - a very very creative and poetical whimsy creation! (will pin it immediately)

    Hugs,
    Claudia

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  2. These are lovely and so pretty. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  3. You are too darn cute and so is your patio furniture! Love these and how creative and unique! As far as the "airhead," I think we all have those moments. I know the older I get, I seem to have more! Hugs!

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  4. How cool - such a gorgeous idea.

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  5. Neat! I love fizzy too but would never have thought of changing the tops into chairs. very clever Alexa and I love how they are all different.
    Spoke to Ruth on Sunday, were your ears burning lol?
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  6. This is so inventive and how on earth did you manage so sew those fiddly little cushions. Fab! Xx

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  7. They're so delightful!
    Alison x

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  8. Knocked out by these so clever and pretty and the little cushions love them. So glad you have shared these with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

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  9. Oh brilliant. I've often wondered what to do with those things. I have a drawer full of them since I was sure they could be used in dolls houses but hadn't worked out how......They can now join party poppers as a useful item in miniatures making.

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  10. Wow, these are so cute and clever makes, fantastic recycling.
    Yvonne x

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  11. Hi Alexa! Well late or not at least you got something done, I failed miserably!! Have just looked through all the dt projects (all fantastic) but this just made me squeal with delight. Awesome recycling and these are just so cute. Have a Happy Easter! Cindy

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  12. This is a brilliant idea, I really love it. Hugs Bee

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  13. OMG!! Alexa these are so cool! I thought they were real from the linky picture! so cool brilliant pretty upcycling, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

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  14. These are the best. things. ever.

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  15. Fabulous...genius! Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room, Suzanne xx

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  16. OMG these are so fantastic!!

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  17. These are fantastic Alexa, just a brilliant idea, love all the little details.
    Hope you're having a great Easter.
    Avril xx

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  18. These are fantastic, and so clever! It's nice to see someone taking their crafting responsibilities so seriously, what with all that champers ;-). Thanks for joining in with our "In The Garden...Anything But A Card" challenge over at the Craft-Room.

    Maria x

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  19. Those are just the sweetest little chairs, Alexa. Great idea!

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  20. I LOVED your project, these are just too stinkin' cute and I like how you sacrificed all that fizzy in the name of crafting! Dedication!! lol Thank you SO much for visiting my blog, hugs and a wave from the hills of North Carolina ♥

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