Monday 3 October 2011

Autumn House

Had a very productive Saturday at Vicky Stampers in Padgate, Warrington where this month's workshop was an altered wooden house led by the lovely talented Neet

My house had a distinct seasonal theme as I had collected woodland bits and bobs and decided on a washed/old/shabby house.

The house is painted with a mixture of acrylics in brown and teal and then swiped with the new seasonal Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs.  Wasn't sure I 'needed' another brown but I quite like this one.

The poppy heads came out of my garden and I glitzed them up a bit with various mica sprays and a bit of copper alcohol ink.  Afraid I also sprayed some of the sycamore seeds as well - talk about gilding the lily!

The seeds came in useful as well to fill these little bottles although most of them were scattered in my garden to provide a few more next year.  The poppies themselves were a bit of a surprise this year as I have always had pink poppies but this year I got two enormous, beautiful, double red ones as well - fingers crossed  they come back next year.

The 'tree' is a broken from a hebe plant and sprayed with glimmer mist with shrink plastic 'word' leaves then  stuck into a cotton reel - should have distressed the owl charm though but 'too late was the cry' as he is super-glued in.

I haven't finished it yet, still have a dragonfly to add somewhere and the other side of the roof needs finishing - need to colour some more strips of paper for punching to represent the tiles.

I always enjoy my craft club sessions, good company and such generosity with people eager to share their craft stash and inspiration, for instance this time Jozart showed us how to make tiny pincushions for a haberdashery house.  Haven't finished mine yet but when I do it will make a great addition to the Configurations box I did a few of weeks ago.

I rounded the weekend of with a visit to the Sincerely Yours craft show in Leigh (my home town) and spent a few pennies (again) with some 'sale' bargains.  I gave in and bought some Distress stains as they were a bargain plus lots of other bits even though I promised myself 'no more spending' - obviously not that good at keeping promises.

Watch out for this weeks' WOYWW to find out what else I bought.


Anonymous said...

Super Autumn House Ann. I really like how you have used the poppie heads and the seeds. Fab ideas.
Regards Florence x

Ephemera said...

Brilliant house, loving all the attention to detail & the seasonal theme, especially your twiggy tree. X

Neet said...

Lovely house Ann, I adore poppies and I love the seed heads and what you have done with them. Am sure you could put a touch of black acrylic paint gently on the owl with a tiny paintbrush and even more gently rub it off with a cotton wool swab or bud to leave aged bits in the crevices if you want to age it a bit.
Love your theme and just had a thought that a bag of pot pourri would yield some super stuff to put in this theme of a house.
So glad you enjoyed the workshop. Hugs, Neet

cockney blonde said...

Love how it turned out Ann and that metal insert is to die for. Love how you've done it, x

Von said...

Super house Ann and love the theme
Von x

donnalouiserodgers said...

it was lovely to meet you on Saturday, the photos do not do your house justice, the metalbacked tree box is stunning,