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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!  




  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)


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

  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!

  4. How cool - such a gorgeous idea.

  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

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

  7. They're so delightful!
    Alison x

  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

  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.

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

  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

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

  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

  14. These are the best. things. ever.

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

  16. OMG these are so fantastic!!

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

  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

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

  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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