Unrefined by Lindsay (Etsy)
who was featured by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia last week.
Lindsay makes these beautiful photo blocks for sale....
So, inspired, I had wanted to make something out of a gorgeous photo
my friend Lynne's daughter had posted on facebook of her children (Lynne's grandchildren) and remembered seeing Lindsay's photoblock.
Our theme for gift giving with myself and my three other childhood friends,
for our quarterly appetizer & wine gathering, was something small that you could
pull out every year to remind you of each other at Christmas.
And here's what I did.....
Side I of Lynne's
Notice my pictures DO NOT fit the blocks!
I said, "Hey, Dan.....could you do me a favour?" (very sweetly of course!)
"Could you cut me some 6" lengths out of a 2x4 if you have one hanging around?"
"Of course Darlin'!" was his answer....or something like that....hahahaha!
Little did I know that when you print off a 4x6 photo....it's not really a 4x6 photo.
Nuh-uh. It's more like 4-1/2 x 6!
So, I just downsized them and of course, they no longer fit in length....but
that was okay...I had a plan.
I liked that there were cracks in the 2x4 chunks...alot. Because I wanted to make the background/base like Elmo's stool (Le Chien Etape here) with the
Benjamin Moore Atmospheric (blue/grey) base and antique white homemade
chalkpaint (see Maureen's directions at It's All Connected) on top.
Then distress the white back to the blue and the wood.
That all worked out lovely.
on one side and my vintage
Christmas Cards from The Graphics Fairy on the other.
While trying to rub out the bubbles on one of the photos, I rubbed the photo
out in one wee part and thought....hmmmm...do I rip this off and start over?
I decided to incorporate the cracks from the wood base right into the photos
and I love how they turned out.
It took a bit of fussing with an exacto knife and some brown craft paint,
then the blue paint, then a titch of the white chalkpaint, but it all turned out in the end!
around them (for the life of me I couldn't get Mel's straight!) topped with
wee silver "bead caps" (found at Michaels) for some bling!
You can put them on your table behind your couch or on your floating counter
and they look pretty, no matter which side you are standing on! Better yet, in front of a mirror would be pretty as well so you could see both sides at once!
Best of all, I'm giving my friends a precious memory of cherished ones
to have for always!
Hope you enjoyed this...I loved, loved, loved making them!
I didn't get the opportunity to give these to my friends as 2 out of the 4 of us were sick yesterday, so if they see it here first...Merry Christmas guys! But, I'm going to try to
deliver them today!
Thanks so much Brooke for featuring me
at Get Outta My Head Please!