Friday, January 11, 2013

Creative Play

 Happy New Year All!
January is off to a good start....
Last Christmas my hubby gifted me this unit below...
and by December 1st of the following year I had not yet opened the box...
not wanting another Christmas to go by without it getting prettied up, I jumped in!
Yay! It really was creative play time.

You can find this unit at Artfire Here

First thing I did was to assemble the shelves, easy peasy, and then painted them with
 a base coat of Lucas paints Arctic and Mint. Afterwards I added some Beige just for extra texture.
Next I assembled the boxes.


I painted the insides of the boxes after adding paper to the front.
I wasn't to careful, just brushed it all on quickly.


Once I had all the papers on the fronts, insides and out painted and all distressed,
I began to think about collage and what I wanted to use this unit for...


I began building up some collages on the fronts of all the boxes.
...again not being too careful, but just trying to play.


I started to get the idea that these little boxes could be useful for many of my 
bits and bobs that I use in collage and little book making.


Just playing and getting paint and glitter all over : )
That makes me a happy camper!
This sweet girl is from PaperWhimsy 


Once I finished all the boxes I began to fill them....


I took these images before the holidays, so it is pretty festive looking!
I really didn't want to put my Christmas decorations away this year..


One lace and rhinestone jeweled drawer holds vintage rhinestone pieces....


One holds my tiny bottle brush trees...


This one holds wintery punches of paper... I love to use these in tags.


This one holds different vintage texts....


Texts make great promps for art!

So that was my true playtime in December.
 My intention is to play more : )

How are you doing? 

Hugs,
Terri
 

41 comments:

Ashley Calder said...

Awesome re-do! And I totally love the contents of those pretty little drawers. :) Those wintry foliage punchies are so pretty!

Elaine A said...

Glorious Terri! What a sweet treasure filled with tiny sweets! I love those tiny bottle trees. Where did you get them so small?

Elaine Allen

Crafty Chris said...

Absolutely stunning.Luv the colour
Chris x

The Junque Seeker said...

Just beautiful! I love everything about this.

Dorthe said...

That was a very sweet gift Terri, and you made it so beautiful, in painting and decorating it, for your hearts desire.I love your choosen aqua colour with the beige and natural papers,- and DO I LOVE what you saved into the drawers !! Sweet cut outs and buttle brush trees,-some of my favorite things !
Happy weekend-dear.
xo,Dorthe

Barbara said...

In one word, Gorgeous!
A great way to fuel your creativity.

Pellie / Penny said...

Terri,
I bet your husband is thrilled with how beautiful you made his wonderful gift.

Hugs,
Penny

johala6@yahoo. said...

A nice gift and you made it wonderful! Congratulations
Hugs ans kisses

Victoria said...

Wowness..what a fantastic piece and work of art..Terri..I totally am in love with this creation..the soft and uplifting color palette..and all gorgeous decorations..the butterfly is my fave!You are so mega-talented..stunning and inspiring! This is a great piece..it reminds me of an apothecary-style cabinet(I have been hunting for one)..this really sparks me! Beautifully done!
HUgs and happiness
Victoria

Sharing Shadymont said...

Love it!! You made it so pretty!

Lucille said...

Terry, all I can say is that you are a master at crafting. The beauty of this little storage compartment is just so uplifting. Thank you so much for showing what can be done with paint, stamps, collage and imagination. This is one piece that I shall always remember!

Christina Paul said...

Just lovely- what a delight transformation! So jealous! lol

Vicki said...

Terri, it turned out so beautifully! I know you will find many creative things to store in those sweet drawers! I always look forward to seeing what creative endeavors you have been up to! Enjoy your weekend! Vicki

Carolyn said...

I love how you dressed it up-very pretty!

Carolyn

Jan said...

That is SO YOU! Soft colors, a feather here, a jewel there......I adore how you transformed this drawer and cupboard into a beautiful masterpiece! The 'nature' theme is a favorite of mine as well. It's calming and serene.

Glad 2013 is a good start for creative bliss in your studio!

Warm hugs
Jan

Jen xo said...

really stunning...love the color scheme too...

Createology said...

Play was my word last year and you have truly done it justice with this beautiful little cabinet. Your colors and collages are dreamy. Being organized will add so much more time to play. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts dear...

Ruthie Miller said...

Terri! That is so gorgeous. What a work of art. It is truly wonderful.
xo Ruthie

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh Terri, how truly delightful! What a wonderful and creative job you have done with that unit - your husband must be so proud of you.

It is a true treasure, I just adore it. WELL DONE.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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sharon said...

This is so gorgeous Terri, and so you, with every detail! I love it!

Lady Jane said...

love your little cabinet. If I didnt have so many irons in the fire I would send for one of these. Your creativity is so amazing.

debi said...

Oh Terri, I love this! What a fun addition to your studio. It's beautiful!!

Matilde said...

It's lovely!

Sylvia said...

Love it Terri. I have a cabinet I'm planning to redo that's upstairs in my bonus room. I want to bring in down and use it in my living room. This post is inspiring me to get busy with "doing" it.

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Make me want to go out and but one : )

Linda said...

Terri your cabinet is so beautiful!! What a delight to have it filled with so many wonderful little treasures too...raelly lovely!

Frieda Oxenham said...

A truly stunning transformation not just outside but in. And what a treasure trove of goodies. I'm sure it will give you so much pleasures in years to come!

Whymsicalmusings said...

Oh my goodness Terri this is just amazing! I love the colors in your boxes. I love everything about the boxes! It truly is a beautiful work of art! I hope your holiday was wonderful. Sending hugs your way.
XXX
Becky

Marjanne said...

OOOOWWWW I love this!!! it is just beautiful! Have à beautiful sunday!

Christine LeFever said...

No sooner had I enjoyed this post, when I had to go to a local stamping store, and lo and behold, not yet unwrapped, there stood two of the identical little shelving units! Yours is so beautifully done that I know I will have to buy one too. I will get mine locally but only because I have a $15.00 discount coming to me from this store. Otherwise, your source is the best buy. Thank you so much for sharing, and as ever, your art work brings joy!

Heart, ♥
Christine
PS I had to write the word just in case the image doesn't take....

Elaine said...

What a gorgeous little cabinet of curiosities. I love the colour scheme and themes you have chosen. Really beautiful, gently distressed finish. I love the idea of your text prompts. I may have to take inspiration from you. Elaine x

My Little Home and Garden said...

That is so beautiful! I'm in awe.

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Pretty play time!
I love your little drawer unit...it is a great organizer for any studio space.
Thanks for sharing.




Ciao Bella
Carmelina

iris said...

bonjour,
quel superbe travail
et une belle réussite
Bravo , cela ne doit pas être facile
de travailler un carton aussi
épais
absolument superbe
bonne journée
tendresse
edith( iris )

Kim said...

Terri, this is so beautiful!

Erica said...

This is beautiful! What a creative way to store those little bits and bobs we all have floating around our craft space.

Ada said...

Beautiful!

Dawn said...

This is just wonderful and I love the things you have put in your boxes a true treasure xx

missy k said...

Oh Terri this is totally gorgeous.... so prettily decorated. I love it!

Karen x

Jann said...

You did such a lovely job decorating this-it is so beautiful! I just love the aqua color and the ethereal collages on the drawers-A feast for the eyes!

Jann said...

You did such a lovely job decorating this-it is so beautiful! I just love the aqua color and the ethereal collages on the drawers-A feast for the eyes!

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