Little blue house

Today I am, once again, setting off for Hull to repeat the training course that I delivered last week. Given that I haven’t quite recovered from last week I’m slightly concerned that I won’t have the energy to get myself home again afterwards – it won’t just be emergency doughnuts required but emergency cake too!

The new challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge blog has a colour theme this fortnight. Pick the things that you hoard and create a project using the palette to inspire you.

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Given that I hoard EVERYTHING, choosing what to use was tricky. As I have recently reorganised all my craft supplies I am much more aware, not to mention embarrassed, about the amount of stash I have hoarded away. That’s on top of all the papers, including all the little scraps that are left over from projects, that I can’t bear to use. So I have settled on using one of my little wooden bird houses and some pieces of card that have been half used and kept for another day.

P1070441Oh yes, I also used crochet lace (from one of my many unopened Really Reasonable Ribbon Club packs) and a button that I have been hanging on to for ages.


I gave the birdhouse a coat of white paint and then covered the roof with piece of paper from the Tim Coffey paper pack that I haven’t used in awhile. Then I stamped the sides and back of the house with inks in two different shades of blue.


I added lace to the eaves and then the little heart button on top of some blueberry baker’s twine. That button has been on and off more projects that I’d care to mention. I apply it, then get an attack of the vapours so have to take it off again! Just looking at it all used up on this project is making me feel a little shaky!


The flowers were made by using white ink on blue card and the cutting out and layering them up in different combinations.


I stamped the butterflies on to paler card, using blue ink, to add contrast.


To complete the look I added two more stamped butterflies to the back of the house, attaching them to wire to give the illusion of flying.


This reminds me of a piece of Delft pottery.


So I have now used up a total of two little birdhouses from my hoard (you can see the other one here) which means I only have about another 22 to go (they were cheaper by the dozen!).

Thanks for buzzing by.



Little blue house — 27 Comments

  1. This is beautiful! Love the flowers and all the butterflies. I have to say I’d probably swoon too if I used that pretty button! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  2. Be still my heart! This is one gorgeous piece of altered art! You couldn’t have used up your cherished stash for a better purpose. The blue and white together is so crisp and inviting and all the gorgeous handmade (!) flowers and butterflies are the icing on the cake. I’m seriously in love with this piece! Thanks for playing along in Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #2!

    • Thank you Shirley – it is my relaxation and a way of winding down so I potter and do bits here and there! I am in Hull today and I thought of you before I saw you had commented on my blog! Just been admiring the massive Tesco.

  3. Oh, love it, love it, love it, love it, LOVE IT!

    This is just too fabulous, great birdhouse, love all the fabulous flowers and the beautiful butterflies. Great colour combination and love all the soft touches with the lace, button and twine. Brilliant.

    Good luck in Hull!!!!

    Dionne xxx

  4. GORGEOUS blues, and I love all the butterflies and flowers..just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

  5. What a bluetiful project!! Love all of the flowers and butterflies and your darling design. Clever use of the wire and that button is adorable! Great work! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  6. Gorgeous, Love all the pretty flowers and butterflies and the way you arranged them here! I thought I was the only hoarder, lol. ~Diane

    • Thank you Diane – I think we all do it don’t we?!! That’s one advantage of being a Gecko Girl – digital never runs out!

  7. This is so sweet. Such a breath of spring! I love all the flowers and butterflies. I had to giggle at your confessing to Really Reasonable Ribbon hoard. Me, too! hee hee Thanks for playing along at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

  8. Such a fabulous bird house. I love it! You are rockin the blue theme. Thank you so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Hope you can come back to play again soon! Ginny from Polly’s Paper Studio.

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