Tuesday, 13 May 2014

WOYWW 258 - ATCs and More Stashbusting

If any of you have an ATC to spare, and would like to swap with me, just email me at chrysalisuk87@yahoo.com with your postal address, and I will reply with mine, so we can send them off. This is the first time I've joined in a swap, and am very excited (sad, eh?!?! LOL). If the response is more than I could cope with, I'll reply to emails straight away, to say so and save you unnecessary trouble/postage. I hope that's ok.

In the meantime, I've been stashbusting in lots of ways -

I re-made this lampshade a couple of years ago, because the original didn't give out much light, with the then-new energy saving bulbs. Recently, I'd decided to give the very dated base the shabby treatment.


So - I sprayed it matt white. I'm pleased with the result, but can't decide whether I want to leave it alone, paint it (pastel colour) and/or decoupage it. What do you reckon?


This is the glory hole desk this evening. The plastic wallets (back left) are the sorted photo's that I'm putting into albums (prob 8-10 of them) for Mum's 90th birthday in August. The rest of the clutter is because I've got several WIPs on the go (typical flutterby situation). They include


birthday cards, so I can keep a handy supply


'thinking of you' cards for the prayer group at church to send, as an encouragement to anyone who needs it



and ATCs for the swap, which I can't show yet.

I'm trying to use stash I've inherited, as well as bought, for all the above, so I find it takes much longer to do than with purpose-bought, matching materials.

More stashbusting - I finished the little waistcoat tonight for our 2yr old godson. I'm pleased that I finally used the yarn I bought about 20 years ago, for a cardi for me!! Even the buttons came from Auntie's inherited button tin. It doesn't show clearly here, but the dark green yarn has red and yellow fibres in it.



Last but not least, look at the fab birdhouse I received yesterday from the lovely Cindy, from her April art draw. How pretty is that?! It will take pride of place on the craft room wall. Thank you so much, Cindy, for your generosity.


Hope to see you over at Julia's for the Wednesday bash. Click the WOYWW button on my side bar for a magic carpet ride there.

Have a great week, everyone, and I'll try to visit all the WOYWW desks tomorrow/Thursday.

Chris xx














51 comments:

  1. Missed you for T, but I see it's because you've been really, really busy. Yes, using up what we have is often harder than using something you bought specifically for a project. But that's where the fun comes in, I think.

    Not sure what to tell you about your lamp. If you want it shabby, then distress the base. If you want it classy, then you might want to add some gold around the base. That will match the shade and tie the two together.

    Regardless, have a great week and keep getting rid of that excess stash. Happy WOYWW from # 1

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  2. That lamp is really nice and you've done a great job
    Bridget #4

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  3. Wow, that will be an event- your Mum's 90th.My mum is 89 this year.it's such a mile stone. Love your lamp.I like the distressed look.Seems to go well with lace.
    Judy

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  4. wow you do flit don't you... most of us do!! the lamp looks like it will be great.. Have a fun week. Helen 7

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  5. oooooo Decoupage, that would look fabulous!!

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  6. Good on your for stash busting. Live with your lamp as it is for a bit before you rush into changing it. I rather like the white. Much better than the metal. I too am re-purposing stuff on my desk! #28

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  7. Hi
    It's been a while I know, since I last managed to link up but I'm back now and just popping my head round the door to say hello!

    Thanks for sharing your creative space and I hope you have a good week too.

    Neil #10

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  8. Aw Chris that waistcoat is the biz - just love it! Great stash busting at work I must say, and I do agree, it does take longer to hunt down and sort out the bits that go...despite that I have a bit of a system for filing cards and paper scraps.

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  9. What a sweet little waistcoat. I love the flecked effect of the wool. You've certainly been very busy with so many projects on the go. I'm doing my best to finish up some of mine!

    Fiona #41

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  10. I love the lamp and would leave it white! Just cause it would go with so much. Also love the birdhouse and just love the colors on it. Thanks for sharing this week!
    Glenda #58

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  11. What a fab post Chris - all that lovely work and such a sweet little knittie too. x Jo

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  12. Lots going on like the change to the lamp shade base and what a cute birdhouse you recieved
    Jackie 9

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  13. Thanks for stopping by this week, just sent you an e-mail.

    Love that lamp in white, it feels right with your lacy shade.

    Your cards are beautiful. I've been trying to use up older stash too, unfortunately I have YEARS of it....LOL

    Krisha #19

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  14. I always like it when people can reuse stuff and the lamp looks great but some decoupage would be even better.
    Happy crafting, Angela

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  15. Sorry should have said, that's Angela x 50

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  16. The lamp shade is fantastic. Your question deserved some thought. It got me thinkin' perhaps I might try adding embellishments...old broken jewelry ...flowers and pearls...maybe marbles or sea shells E6000 glued to the base making it a mixed media piece with your personal touch. I think I will have to find a lamp and shade. Thanks for the inspiration. Be well Carole #44

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  17. me again I wanted to comment on the adorable fleck cardi.. waist coat...20 year stash is vintage. I love the outline gold stickers too. No fear of smudging up.

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  18. Hey Chris, love the lamp as it is - don't change it! I too have a birthday card stash for emergencies. I am going to email you to swap an ATC. It's my first swap too. Cx #80

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  19. great desk iI love the base at it is now,...you can always change it again in the future if you get bored again . love the waistcoat and well done to you for using the wool...im sure he wil look very cute in it.i love that you can have several projects on the go i'm no good at that and can only manage one at a time usually. like you I like to have a stashof ready to gocards its thankyou cards I always seem not to have enough of !.have a great week and thanks for sharing a great crafty space. ps thanks for visting and yes I'm not getting stressed about doing the course as I know I have a liefetime to access it... so enjoying the journey and the classes when I can ... crafty hugs Andrea #11 .

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  20. Oh Chris that little sweater vest is ADORABLE!!!!! I'm sure your godson will look so handsome!

    I vote for leaving the lamp the way it is, as long as it coordinates with wherever you're putting it!

    Happy WOYWW!
    Amy E. #3
    Scrapthissavethat.com

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  21. You've been very busy with your stash busting on all levels. Using up old stuff means you'll have room to buy more you know, it never truly goes away, lol!! Lovely gift from Cindy too, very sweet.

    Hugs
    Brenda 70

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  22. well your lamp looks lovely with the coat of paint, sometimes we do that bit extra and go to far, so perhaps leave it there. Thank you for your visit. Karen #33

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  23. Thanks for stopping by...I emailed you my address. What a fun post. Lots of pretty things. I'm downsizing everywhere in my home except my crafty studio!!!! And I have way tooooooooooooooo much there too. But excited we have SUNSHINE today. Enjoy

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  24. Fabulous post this week, Chris. I rather like the lamp base as it is - will, show off that gorgeous shade really well. I'm not one for many patterns all together, which is probably why I would leave it. I do like the idea of those thinking of you cards which your prayer group can send out. Having received many cards, flowers, chocs, and meals, since John has been in hospital, I know they will be received with grateful thanks. It is just so good to know you are not on your own in whatever you are going through. That waistcoat is just so cute. He'll look great in it.
    Have a precious week.
    Margaret #46

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  25. I feel exhausted just ready about all the things you are doing at the moment. My main job for the next few days is to try to cut what is commonly called the lawn, but I could get quite a good hay crop off it at the moment. Hope you manage to get everything done. xx Maggie #20

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  26. What a lovely post, Chris, and so full of interest. I used to try and make cards so I'd have a stash in advance but I've used most of them now - it's a good idea. I'm not going to be able to take part in the ATC swap this time because I've got too much on - maybe next year?

    Thanks for your visit and your nice comment. Actually, all the messy bits were out of range of the camera! My main work zone was remarkably tidy. It's the rest of the room that's a tip!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #34

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  27. A delightful and brimming post, Chris! I applaud you for finishing up projects and using up product the way you are! Everything is fantastic; awesome card stash!! I haven't a germ of an idea yet about my ATCs so I'm not sure I'll make enough to swap. I'll know more for next week's WOYWW one way or the other. Thank you for stopping by to see me and FS! Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Darnell #24

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  28. I think the color of the base really goes great with the lace. :) Stacy #98

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  29. Hi Chris, I'm loving the lamp. I think doing more to the base depends on what lampshade you are going to use. If it's the same one, then I decorate the base.

    Loving the cards and the little waistcoat is smashing. the pretty bird house is so cute.

    Hope the rest of the week is a good one and you have a lovely weekend.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sue 51

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  30. I'm playing catch up today. Thanks for calling by yesterday.
    I love all your makes of this week but especially that gorgeous little waistcoat.
    Hugs,
    Annie x # 32

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  31. Your grandson's waistcoat is adorable! The yarn is so pretty, and love that you used old buttons from your aunt's tin! Your lamp turned out great too. Love the shabby chic look. Look forward to seeing what you decide. It looks so nice as is. Have a fabulous week! Winnie#57

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  32. Super lamp, think I'd leave it as is but it all depends where it lives. Great to keep cards at the ready isn't it. Thanks for your visit BJ#39

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  33. The lamp looks good, but I would have trouble deciding which option to take, too indecisive, so I'm not much help, although my mother did a lot of decoupage so I guess I might go in that direction.
    I'm happy to trade ATCs for the WOYWW Anniversary, if you would like? (I am in Australia though.)
    Thanks for dropping by earlier,
    RosA # 17
    Thanks for dropping by earlier,

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  34. I like the base as it is now, painted. I think you've done a great job! #65

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  35. great waistcoat and lovely hear that wool has finally found a home. Your cards are so elegant I can see it would be very useful to have a supply on hand. Hope you have a lovely week.
    Sandra @52

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  36. Hi
    Love that you still had yarn from twenty years ago to use up, that's proper stashing. Hope he likes the waistcoat as it's very sweet.

    Thanks for your lovely words on my posts, especially my bad work one. All very appreciated.

    Lisa x

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  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog...I think your lamp would look fab with a little bit of vintage decoupage, have you tried napkins before...so many to choose from and text would look good too. Happy woyww..
    Dawn #54

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  38. You've been very prolific creating for the benefit of others, which I think is marvelous. I especially love the little waistcoat you made for your Godson. Blessings!

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  39. what a fun post!!! It's so much fun seeing what you have been up to! Great work on the lamp! Love all the pretty cards!!! Handsome vest! You are so talented! The birdhouse is so pretty and super fun gift for your craft room!

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  40. Great lamp as it is but love decoupage too. Your waistcoat is beautiful - clever use of old stuff
    Famfa 71

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  41. Your desk sure looks a lot like mine! It definitely becomes a waystation of sorts... I'm SO impressed with all your Stashbusting. And in my opinion, I would leave the lamp white. The shade is so ornate and pretty that I think a color would detract. Just my 2 cents! Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet :) Marissa #99

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  42. What a great use for that "vintage" yarn! Love the little waistcoat! Bet he'll look so cute in it! As to your lamp, I like the white base but maybe after using it for a while you can decide whether to decoupage or not. Thanks for popping by and happy WOYWW a day late.
    Carol N #77

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  43. Oooo love the lamp so far! Love the choice of yarn, you did a really sweet job!
    Thannks for visiting me!
    donna#83

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  44. Hi Chris,

    Hmmm, the lamp looks great as it is; I guess it just depends on the rest of the room. Love the little waistcoat! I can definitely see the specks of red and yellow - perfect for a little lad. I have lots of yarn, some of it bought by me and some given. It's fun to use it up! I have a pattern I want to knit for myself but I keep telling myself I can't start it until I finish my little lap blanket.

    Thank you for visiting me!

    Happy belated WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (35)

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  45. Wow! You are one busy crafter! Love love love the sweater vest and the fact that the buttons are heirlooms makes it even more special.
    April #75

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  46. LOL glad I'm also not the only one with lighting on my desk I like the white but it would look great with a dry brush of a pastel colour on it too have fun figuring it out hugs Nikki 6 thanks for the visit

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  47. Love your lamp shade! And all your other projects too! Thanks for visiting my WYOWW post! ~ Sandy in Texas #86

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  48. The lampshade idea is so clever and I love seeing all of your projects. You are so productive! Thank you for visiting my first WOYWW post and for your comments.

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  49. Happy WOYWW, just seen the finished lamp makeover, very nice.
    Thanks for visiting my desk already
    kyla

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  50. Lots of projects on the go - love the waistcoat you have knitted - sure your godson will love it happy WOYWW - Nicky #30

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  51. I love the waistcoat, how cool that the wool is twenty years old, along with the buttons, it holds both love and memories x

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