Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FROM GOOFS TO GIFTS...

 In my last post I shared with you the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly of my Christmas crafting.   I know, you never ever want to make much less give a bad or ugly gift.  I had a few Ooops projects that just did not turn out like they were supposed to.  I spent a little time yesterday turning those goofs into give-able gifts and I have to say I am pretty please with the results.

Most every thing I made came out well until I got to these canvas pieces and things just well, fell to pieces, as you will see...

In case you missed the post this was not only a goof it was an extremely bad ugly goof...
 
I had decided this would never see the light of day.  After frowning at it every time I turned around I decided I was either going to have to get Botox for my developing frown lines or fix the problem.  I chose to turn this trash into treasure so I tore the whole thing apart...
And began again with the crafter's solution to wrinkles, collage, it covers up anything!  Now this is more like it...
I had to sacrifice my bird and nest that I was going to use in another project but it was so worth it.  This may not be an ideal frame but it looks ever so much better than the first try.  I am totally not embarrassed to give this one as a gift now.

Goof number two, this little birdie project went south some how and it was just all wrong...
It too got dismantled a bit and I actually love it now.  I did a faux plaster finish, painted out the background and reapplied the bird and branch giving them a new painted finish...
The background is a pretty blueish green combination but it is showing up in the photos looking more gray.  As soon as it is dry I will tap in a few more white highlights to the bird and it will be ready to seal!  (I actually kind of want to keep this one)

Goof number three kind of grew on me, it really is not horrible, not great, but not horrible.  So all I did to it was add a little touch of textured velvet ribbon to the edge of the canvas and called it done.
This canvas set was not a goof just not my cup of tea, I ended up leaving them of these pretty much alone after the initial painting and stamping...
I hope the recipient will like these, they are very much her style, I just really struggled with doing something more modern.  I think these will look great flanking each side of her bed hung over the night tables.

This is the unfinished piece of the last post...
 The request was for something with a little pale blue, gray, black, and small pop of yellow in a more contemporary style.  YIKES!  I am a vintage girl but I gave it a whirl...
I actually don't hate it, I'm kind of in like with it, and again I hope the recipient will love it. 

I also finished the sweet little tweet canvas for my granddaughter...
I wanted it framed in a wide white frame and trotted off to Hobby Lobby to find one.  Just my luck not even one open backed ready made wide white canvas frame to be had.  In fact their frames are almost completely sold out.  I had to settle for some velvet ribbon and buttons to make hanger.  I found this cute iron flower holder for it to hang from.  I think it will be a perfect pop of color against her new soft green walls. 
I was so happy, I thought I was all done crafting and then I started to sort out gifts to wrap and came across these little aprons I bought to paint for the grands...
Totally forgot about them.  They are drying and waiting for finishing details and then they will be ready to wrap as a compliment to some fun craft kits.  Now I really am done!  Not with getting ready for Christmas just with crafting.

Time to wrap it up, literally, I have like nothing wrapped.  
I hope you all have a happy day!

7 comments:

Vee said...

I have nothing wrapped either. And what's more I don't feel like wrapping so I am crocheting instead.

This was fun to see your "goofs" (you call those goofs?) and how you "fixed" them. I am always ripping and tearing and I still can't figure out what went wrong with everything. Oh well. I'm not even going to try before Christmas. I've already moved on to Plan B. Your granddaughter's Tweet gift is wonderful. She's going to love it!

Vee said...

Some French, some German...does the writing in your graphics have special meaning or is it all about "the look"?

sonya said...

Oh Sandy, they turned out beautifully, but I thought they were before too! The aprons are adorable! I want to do one for my Grandson now! :)
I hope you will be able to get a little rest before the big day.
Merry Christmas and hugs,
Sonya

~*Feathers and Flight*~ said...

Hello Sandy!
Absolutely Gorgeous Transformations! Sometimes our little Mistakes turn out to something even Better! Have a Merry Christmas my Friend!
Hugs
Jill

Kasia said...

I LOVE what you did here! Creative and crafty! :D They will LOVE these!

Hugs,

Lisa said...

Miss Sandy,
I just had to catch up on your posts, you have been a busy little elf this season! If you only knew how many times I've ripped a project apart only to re-do & have it turn out lovely. I think even your oops are awesome! Love the little aprons too.
Thank you so much for my beautiful package. I have just the tabletop to display my wonderful altered nest. (not sure what you call it but to me it's a nest thing). You did to much, I just gave you a broken piano!
Have a merry Christmas sweet friend.
Lisa

Monica said...

Merry Christmas, Sandy!
Monica xo

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