Sunday 4 December 2011

Grandma's Sewing Room

Hello there. Welcome to another Sunday and a new Fashionable Stamping Challenge. Our entrants are showing us some of the most amazing art ........... we're definitely having to work hard to keep up with the superb quality.

Today we are asking you to show us some dressmaking, corsets and/or accessories on your work, and as most of you know this is one of my favourite themes. I have gone the altered art route and changed a wooden box shelf into Grandma's sewing room. Would it have been like this do you think?

I picked up some of these great box shelves at a carboot recently. It started life looking like this

so you can see the great change in it now.

I have given the wood numerous coats of gesso and white acrylic paint and finished off with picket fence crackle paint. It has been sanded down, edges exposed and inka gold applied over it to give it an even more shabby look.

The background is where I did most of my stamping, using stamps by Wendy Vecchi, Andy Skinner and Hampton Art. I printed the main shapes onto fabric, masked them off and added collage text and other stamps over them. I painted in the larger items using distress inks.

The table (made from Wendy Vecchi Art Parts) has miniatures on it and there are other bits and pieces strewn across the floor.  The wooden hanger is hooked to an old zipper that has been stuck to the ceiling. The set of rickety shelves I made from greyboard and painted, cutting fabric to go on them.

 I also used numerous moulds which I covered in Panpastels and then sprayed with 'spray and shine'.

 The frame has three dress forms all covered with tissue paper stamped with the TH Haberdashery set.

I hope you like my piece of altered art - please go over to the challenge blog to see the team's fabulous interpretations,

This is a great opportunity to make something very feminine and as long as you show us some stamping (not digis) you are in for a chance to win a great prize from Marina at Cottage Crafts.

I can't believe 3 weeks and we will be celebrating Christmas Day. I hope your preparations are gong well. I feel as though I have still got lots to do but I did get the living room decorated yesterday and we will get our trees next weekend.

Enjoy your day.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Stamps and Fun- Distressing
Sunday Stamper - Love and/or life    As this theme is a real love of mine does that count Hels?
Craft Your days away - buttons or bows


The Sparkly Fairy said...

Oh Brenda - your work amazes me every time!

Sara H said...

Oh that´s sooo gorgeous!!! The details are stunning!

Irene said...

Wow Brenda this is absolutely incredible,how on earth you manage time and time again to come up with these fantastic pieces of work beats me. Just stunning.
Have a good Sunday.
Irene xx

Gina said...

And I've been getting excited about putting together a plywood doll house......This is what it would look like if the recipient was a lot older than 2 haha! Got goosebumps looking at this GORGEOUS!!! :D XXX

Paddington fan said...

Breathtaking - love all the little details, must have taken you ages!! Love Jacky x

Cor* said...

R U KIDDING ME! Omg I just want to reach out and touch this little piece of magic! WOW WOW WOW.......this totally belongs in a museum for mini-tures or something! Wow. I absolutely am almost speechless, yet I can't stop typing! LOL Every detail is amazing! Blow me away! Wow.

Martina said...

How lovely, Brenda - Grandma`s Sewing Room is so creative and beautiful. The details and utensils are so eye-catching and perfect. Really great work!

Ink Art Designs said...

I don't quite know where to start! Awesome artwork!!! I admire the detail from the way you have decorated and worked the box, to the winged cameo, to the bits strewn around and bits stacked up! So much work, and so much love in this piece.
Dot x

Ephemera said...

Beautiful and very inspiring project using the shelving, such a lot of hardwork and detail has gone into this, and it has produced an outstanding piece of artwork. Have a great Sunday. XX

Junibears said...

Brenda, Brenda! What will you come up with next?
This is gobsmackingly gorgeous! However long did it take? But I can see the great amount of love that went into the making of this absolutely stunning piece!!
Wherever do you find such tiny treasures?
You are just too darn clever!!!
Big Hugs
June xx

Suzi B said...

Wow! it
Suzi b x

Anonymous said...

Ooh Brenda this is an outstanding project ! The detail, the stamping, the it ! Sue C x

Netty said...

wow this is fabulous Brenda, so much care has gone into the detail, x

Dolly Daydreams said...

Brenda WOW ! This is amazing, such detail ! i just adore it, those rickety shelves are a piece of genius I cant stop looking at this amazing piece, so many gorgeous details it must have taken you forever.


Gram's Treasures said...

Amazing....such detail! Would you believe, I identified your project on the challenge blog, again. Your style is quite unique. Have a great day.
Joyce xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

This is so sweet, what a lovely ides
Lindsay xx

Terry said...

Amazing! Brenda, I just can't believe what you did with that plain book shelf! What a gorgeous transformation! Every detail is perfect and the textures is beautiful! Did I say, "Amazing?" Have a great Sunday! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

This is remarkable, what I would term a labour of love but so worth it for the final effect. It is the tiny details that bring it all to life.

craftymum said...

Wow Brenda

This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you just keep astonishing us with your work

hugs Sarah x

Vicky said...

Wow Brenda this is so amazing hun...and I so love all your gorgeous details too sweetie...!

big hugs Vicky xx

DesignerDiva said...

Superb Brenda very clever and extremely artistic!
Hugs Laurie x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

What a fabulous piece Brenda, I love all the little miniatures like the iron, sewing machine and candle etc. Love your "rickety" shelves too and the little tiny pieces of fabric. Such attention to detail. Gorgeous and very creative. Tracy x x

Val said...

Brenda - this is absolutely fantastic - in fact I don't think these even desribe what I feel about it - it is so exceptional. The detail is mind blowing. WOW, WOW, WOW!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, Brenda, standing ovations for this wonderful masterpiece. It's really FANTASTIC.

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow Brenda -i am speechless.. its amazing.. love all the little haberdashery items
Lisa x

craftytrog said...

This is a fabulous work of art Brenda! x

Meggymay said...

Wow, an absolutely, fantastic alteration, so many details to look at.
Yvonne x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Wooow, I love Grandma's sewing room! In fact, would love to have one myself lol ;) Love the background and all the tiny sewing gadgets :)) And that little sewing machine is cutest ever!!! Have a lovely evening! Hugs, Joanna xx

Hels Sheridan said...

Corrr, this is adorable Brenda, so much detail to see... and all handmade... so clever! YES, it fits the theme (even if it didn't I would want it to lol) THanks for joining in wiht the Sunday STamper x

Gerri Herbst said...

dear Brenda,
This is simply stunning. Love all your tiny details right done to the spools of thread. Such an amazing creation! take care, gerri

Yvonne Garner said...

Oh Brenda! You have created a masterpiece! A labor of love and beautifully detailed! Bravo! Yvonne

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

so beautiful card….. love the combo and cute image.....thanks for joining us this week at SFC…....


debby4000 said...

OMG this is amazing Brenda and so gorgeous.

Fliss said...

An amazing creation Brenda and fabulous use of a box shelf too. The amount of detail is simply incredible and thanks for showing how it all came about.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Fliss xxx

Ellie Knol said...

Wow Brenda this is absolutely incredible,where did you get the time to work on all those little details ...It is stunning.

Juls said...

wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!!! This is just STUNNING!!!!!! As you know I really Love all sewing themed creations!!! I just adore this, love the colours and all your details are just so so perfect!!! Hugs juls

Claire said...

Oh wow Brenda, what a stunner! Gorgeous project with so many beautiful details. I could look at it all day
Claire xx

Shirl said...

You just keep pulling them out of the hat, just when you think you have found your fave another stunning project pops up.

Love this one to bits.

Hugs Shirley x x

paper fun said...

Brenda, what a delight to see all the tiny details that you added to this altered art. The more I look the more I see.

Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Days Away.


Mrs.B said...

Brenda this is absolutely stunning!
Love all the details you have added and the sewing table with the machine is just fabulous.
Just picked up my CS today - Congrats on being published.
Avril xx

coldwaters2 said...

OMG Brenda I am sat here totally speechless.........this is so magical it is like a miniature dolls house, well one of the rooms, this is something that makes the mind go into riot mode, a riot in as much that the old brain starts ticking over at a rare old speed trying to think of ways to come up with something as creative as this. I don't think that I have that sort of talent but I tell you that I have totally enjoyed looking at this truly awesome creation.
Lorraine x

Elaine said...

Absolutely love all the details in this piece - those cotton reels! Brilliant!