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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Calico Joy Hanging

Encore Posts
I'm away again for a month or so.  There are some scheduled posts with new creations coming your way, but I'm also taking the chance to do some catching up here at Words and Pictures.   Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook.  I'm calling them "Encore" posts and they're formatted differently (all the way down the centre), so you can spot them easily.
Please don't feel that you have to comment all over again!

I'm so glad you enjoyed my Mini Marvels and the Love This Life journal.  I'm on scheduled  Design Team posts and Encores at the moment, and so there may be a delay before I can pay some return visits... but I'm always grateful for your lovely comments.

So much has changed at Calico since this post was written that I've had to amend or remove some links.  The company has now been reinvented as Calico Craft Parts and, though I do miss some of the eclectic stock they used to have available, I think the range of high-quality MDF and wood cuts they now offer is simply fantastic.  So, where appropriate, I've linked to those new Calico products, but otherwise you'll have to go searching for the supplies involved here.  Here's (pretty much) what I wrote back in September 2014.

Hello all! Thanks so much for stopping by. Apologies that my offering is late this month - my laptop collapsed on me - but I'm happy to be able to share it with you now. I've a simple rustic make for you today - a little driftwood hanging with colours starting to turn towards the burnished golds of autumn.

This make was inspired by the Calico Craft Parts Alphabets and Numbers which are now available in several different fonts.  Sadly this was a last-minute inspiration, and I didn't get around to ordering my letters in time to use them on this before I left, so I used some die-cut letters instead - but this is exactly what I plan to do with some Calico letters as soon as I'm back in the UK.

If you saw my Woodcuts ATC a couple of weeks ago, you'll know I've been having fun covering Craft Parts with book pages, and that's the look I went for here. The paper I used was from the Kaisercraft Timeless Collection, and I inked up the edges for an extra distressed look.

The words are mounted on three of the Driftwood Planks, which each had a dash of DecoArt Warm White paint so that the lettering would pop a bit more.

The touch of autumn gold comes from the Sun Daisies, a combination of White, Yellow and Golden Yellow flowers. They've also had a touch of Warm White for a shabby chic look.

I couldn't resist adding a few coils of Rusty Tin Wire to the mix...

And that reminded me that I still had some of the Miniature Grapevine Hearts, which also have rusty wire curled around them.
I added a couple of those as an extra feature.

The whole thing is strung together with some rustic Jute Twine, and I used strong masking tape to hold it in place on the back of each driftwood plank.

And that's it... I hope you like my joyful driftwood hanging, and it's hopefully not the last of the summer sunshine!
See you again soon.


So that's our little trip down memory lane for today.  I hope there's at least some autumnal sunshine coming your way.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.


Valerie-Jael said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

brenda said...

Just lovely Alison and the flowers look almost real.

B x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Love this and remember loving it back in 2014. Jennie x

pearshapedcrafting said...

This was a wonderful hanging! Hope you are enjoying your travels!Chrisx

Amanda said...

Well worth a second look, beautiful
Amanda x

Redanne said...

Golly, was it really that long ago! I loved it then and love it now.. and am so happy that Calico has reinvented itself, but I too, miss those extra special little elements they used to sell.... Anne xx

My name is Erika. said...

Fun piece. Hope you having a fun visit away also.

Hazel Agnew said...

Love. The combination of letters and text to cover them. Wouldn't have recognised this as a piece of your work. Love it all the same. X

Dorthe said...

Dear Alison , I love your driftwood hanger of joy,- and the beauty with the paper covered letters . Just refreshed my mind in how you did it , :-)-thank you.
The add of flowers and heart, looks gorgeous with the nature material, and the wonderful letters.
Have a great travel, and months , and take care.
Hugs, Dorthe

SewPaperPaint said...

I love this out of the box project Alison! The driftwood is an incredible base and the texty letters are just gorgeous with your neat little embellies. Lovely inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

froebelsternchen said...

Oh my gosh - this is sooo amazing !
Absolutely wonderful Alison!

oxo Susi

maj. said...

These are beautiful!!!!!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE that, and can just picture it hanging in a variety of places! LOVE the flowers, the letters, and the wood pieces...GREAT!!!

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous project for your trip down memory lane.
Yvonne xx

Mrs.B said...

A lovely piece and well worth a second look.
Avril xx

Kate Yetter said...

What a breathtaking piece! The rustic touches are amazing. And I just love the touches of white on the flowers.

Jackie PN said...

What a happy sunny piece Alison!

Where are you off to this time? Are you back in NY? Myself, I am also presently away, visiting my son in Port Orchard,Washington. So I am playing catch up here and there. Won't be home for awhile yet.

Thanks so much for popping in to visit ,even though you are on the road- it means the world to me!(and thank you for your email I never responded to about the tags- you are a doll!) and what do you know? Your Mum and I have the same taste! heehee
sending love,hugs and wishes for safe travels,Jackie xx

Evelyn Walter said...

Love your hanging, dear Alison!
The bleached colors are gorgeous.
xxx Evelyn

rachel said...

wow - this is stunning - so beautiful! Hugs rachel x