The inspiration for my craft I'm showing today came from
Unrefined by Lindsay (Etsy)
who was featured by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia last week.

Lindsay makes these beautiful photo blocks for sale....
...with a choice of your photo on the front and a pretty pattern on the back.

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
Side II of Lynne's
Side I of Karen's
Side II of Karen's
Side I of Melanie's
Side II of Melanie'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'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.
Like this....
But came time to decoupage my photos (Picnik enhanced to be Sepia)
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 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!

_I used modpodge to coat the whole block and wrapped some matching ribbon
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!
I call them Sofa Table Block Art because of the fact they are two-sided!
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!
you are talking too much
And Thanks to Christina from
I Gotta Create
Also featured by:
{Junk in their Trunk}
_sharing this with:
Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special
Funky Junk Theme Party - Picture Frames
Sunday's Best Linky Party!
you are talking too much

It's Overflowing
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Momma Hens Coop
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
12/17/2011 01:27:16 am

love it, love it, love it!!! Sorry we could not see each other last night. the idea of between Christmas and New Year's. Thank you my friend. Looking forward to displaying mine.

12/17/2011 02:07:03 am

You are welcome Karen! Glad you love it!

12/17/2011 03:21:00 am

I love that idea -- any cool & different way for photo display is great. You commented on my blog at Down to Earth Style -- thank you!!!

12/17/2011 11:56:18 pm

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

12/18/2011 07:49:56 am

I LOVE these!! What a sweet gift to give!!

12/18/2011 08:21:30 am

What a great gift idea! My sister would love one of each of her pets.

12/18/2011 08:22:29 am

Wendy, these are absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the brown and blue tones and your photography is perfect! Bravo!!!

12/18/2011 09:47:14 am

Oh YAY! Thank you SO much for sharing these beauties at my Winter Wonderland party. I had to immediately feature it on my facebook page and pin it!!
Don't you love how a so-called mistake can be what actually makes something SPECTACULAR?

Rukmini Roy
12/18/2011 07:11:26 pm

I definitely have been missing your posts... this is an amazing idea. Love it. im off to Christina's.

12/18/2011 08:29:46 pm

Love this! Thanks for linking up and sharing it with me and my followers !

12/18/2011 10:10:30 pm

Oh... these are just wonderful.. Love the double sided idea.. dual purpose!

Popped over from GF Brag Monday to have a look!


12/18/2011 10:35:40 pm

I love these!!! Absolutely awesome, I want to try this after Christmas :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family, thanks for sharing,


12/19/2011 01:58:55 am

Love these ! Awesome job ! There is nothing better than a personalized gift.
Marry Christmas

12/19/2011 01:59:45 am

Very nice and original.

12/19/2011 03:17:23 am

Super crafty idea:) This one will be so much fun to make,thanks,Im your newest follower, wont you come visit me too? Deidre~

12/19/2011 11:32:56 am

Oh these turned out fabulous!! Just love how vintagey they look! Awesome job!

12/19/2011 02:50:21 pm

These are wonderful gifts, Wendy! I love that you have incorporated the cracks into the pictures.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

12/19/2011 09:14:06 pm

What an awesome gift to receive. Thank you so much. I love it... and I love you too!!!

12/20/2011 04:09:34 am

These are lovely. You are so creative. I love the pictures you have secured to the blocks

12/20/2011 05:09:44 am

These look fabulous and I love the double-sided nature and think it's genius that the pictures don't fit! (via Graphics Fairy)

12/20/2011 11:07:28 am

Oh these are so sweet. And I love that they can be suited to any decor. So fun- Thanks for sharing!

12/20/2011 12:08:25 pm

oh - thank you for this creative idea! i am in love with creating something similar - appreciate the inspiration...xoxo, tracie

12/20/2011 07:10:34 pm

Thanks everybody for the awesome, sweet comments! And, Mel...I didn't think you'd know who it was from...cuz I forgot to put a tag on the gift bag and it was just in between your doors! xo

12/21/2011 06:47:59 am

I love these. They are so cute and so unique. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

12/21/2011 12:12:05 pm

These are so darling, I can't hardly stand it!!! Thanks so much for the idea and inspiration! I'm glad you shared at Overflowing with Creativity! Having your pretties linked up to my place puts a smile on my face!!!

XO, Aimee from

12/21/2011 04:44:06 pm

Wow! What an impressive project! You knocked it out of the park with this one! Thanks for sharing this at my Show & Tell party.


12/21/2011 07:11:24 pm

Thanks everyone for the lovely, lovely comments! I'm so happy you all like them and that some of you want to make them yourselves! xo
Merry Christmas!

12/21/2011 07:49:37 pm

Amazing job! Thanks for sharing

~Mrs. Delightful

12/21/2011 08:00:35 pm

Why Thankyou Mrs. Delightful! So glad you visited! xo and Merry Christmas!

12/21/2011 09:27:45 pm

These are so cute. Perfectly personal! Happy Holidays!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

12/22/2011 10:09:07 pm

Love these ! Stop over and See I featured your project

12/28/2011 07:47:36 am

Your blocks are fabulous, Wendy! I'm sure your friends were delighted. A truly unique gift idea.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

12/28/2011 10:13:20 am

Love this idea...newest follower! Please check my blog palace out sometimes...I'm going to grab some modge podge and scrap wood! Thanx for sharing. Tiff

7/21/2012 10:54:52 am

Oh my God, what a beautiful Sofa Table Block Arts as you call them, they are gorgeous, my favorite are the ones with the dogs, would like to do one for mine. Thank u for sharing.


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