Wednesday 25 February 2009


Well I filled in the gap on the tag I made the other day. For some reason a line from one of Elvis's songs jumped into my mind.

"Love me tender
Love me true
Never let me go"

Not like me to get so sloppy!

And bought a better matching piece of ribbon - so I think it looks better balanced now.

I was a bit of a dope as I printed out the sentiment on what I thought was a transparent label - but it wasn't - and it was too late to do another one.

Tins and boxes

Before half term I had mentioned to some ladies in my class that I was searching out little tins and boxes to alter.

Today, bless them, one lady had brought in a big carrier bag of cardboard boxes. Tea packet boxes of different shapes and sizes, a chocolate box, and a nice little sturdy square box - the latter I have plans to alter.

Another lady brought in a biscuit tin - which sadly is too big to alter - but I have put it to good use and it now has mixed corn inside for my bantams.

And this is the other tin

Isn't it lovely - and it is decorated like this all around the edges. It looks like a very old Cadbury's biscuit tin - a smallish one - but is right up to date isn't it - given that embossed metal is all the rage now - and this is really embossed.
So I won't be altering it - but I will be drawing inspiration from it -and I will be treasuring, and using it. That is for sure

Well what do you think of these?

I go to classes in a little on Wednesday mornings (not arty crafty), and today I had a walk into the centre and passed a charity shop and saw these.

Actually I only saw one - and the price - so I asked the window dresser to get it out for me.

It is made of paper mache.

I didn't have my reading glasses on - so just saw an orange and cream blur - and I thought I could use that to put some arty jewellery on.

It was then that I found out there were four of them -two of each style. The window dresser looked quite surprised that anyone would be interested and asked what on earth I would do with it. So I told her that I did altered art and would alter it.

She rolled her eyes - and got another one out for me to look at.

Then the one below

I chose the more curvaceous models

And paid the princely sum of £1.50 each!

It was only when I got home and had chance to have a closer look with my glasses on that I realised they are covered in what looks like genuine 1950's USA paper.

They are not the least bit dusty or dirty - and have a slight smell of perfume.

I don't think I could bear to paint them all over with Gesso or emulsion paint and alter them.

What do you think - Would you?

* Well after I had blogged this, and looked at them again 'in the flesh' I decided that I would phone up the shop, buy the other two, so that I had two to alter and two to keep. Foiled - the other two had been sold. I could kick myself!*

They are so gorgeous and have a wooden looking patina to them, and I just could not bear to paint them - I love them just as they are. So I might protect them with varnish, and use them as display - and I can always throw a bit of material over them if they clash with whatever I am going to display