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Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Mirror Crack’d 04 Recycle/Upcycle or Make a Gift

I can’t believe it but we are already on the fourth challenge at The Mirror Crack’d. It’s my turn to host so I will be checking out all the entries! Anyhow we have chosen a theme of recycle/upcycle or because it’s Christmas and you might be pressed for time, we would also love to see your hand crafted Christmas gifts.

I am also running a DT call, so if you fancy getting down and dirty with us, then just add your entry and put DT after you name.

03 - Recyle

I guess my project falls into all three categories as it ended up as a gift for my Daughter.

I started with a somewhat tired looking mahogany coloured jewellery cabinet I purchased from the local tip for pennies! I took it all appart and gave it a couple of coats of gesso, and then another of plain white paint. In hindsight it might have been better to attempt to sand it down a little first as it did seem to take much more pain to cover it than I had anticipated.


When it was dry I cut to size some gorgeous self adhesive fabric that I think was by DoCrafts, and stuck that all over the cabinet.





I am entering this into:-

7 Kids College Fund – #114 Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge – Dec/Jan: Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics – Dec/Feb: Anything Goes
Creative Moments – #57 Anything Goes
Decorate to Celebrate – #89 Anything Goes
DL.Art - December Linky Challenge Anything Goes
Mixed Media Mojo – Dec: For the Winter Holidays (Does a Christmas Gift Count?)
Not Just Cards – #7 Anything Goes
Recycle, Re-purpose and Re-invent – Dec/Jan: Anything Goes
The House That Stamps Built – DCC123 Anything But a Card
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday – Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps – #78 Anything Goes



  1. That's fabulous you clever thing x

  2. WOW!!!! This is just stunning. I really love what you did the jewelry box. you made it look so amazing. Love the white and your fabric is just beautiful. You see so many of those cabinets around at Christmas time and they are so cheep but your is amazing.
    Hugs, Pat

  3. You certainly did a good job with the jewelry box Lin!
    Lovely colours! I'm sure your Daughter will be very pleased with the gift.

  4. Wow what a transformation - simply brilliant !!!!

  5. Wonderful transformation! I think it looks like a wonderful gift, love how you really personalized it. I think she will love it! Totally works for Winter Holidays.
    Happy Holidays and thanks for playing with us at Mixed Media Mojo!~kim

  6. I think you improved this piece by a thousand percent! Your little girl will love this Christmas gift. Thanks for playing with us at Mixed Media Mojo! Merry Christmas! ~Niki DT

  7. What a difference and definitely much prettier. I love the papers on the drawer fronts. Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics.

  8. Lin, this is just beautiful. I absolutely love the transformation. It's the kind of piece I would pay good money for!! Great work!! Cxxx

  9. Wow! It doesn't look like the same cabinet, what a transformation. The fabric is so pretty too. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics.

  10. A stunning project, love that paper,so pretty and vintage too...
    A gorgeous entry for our challenge over at Altered Eclectics...x

  11. fantastic project - lots of love in that gift thanks for sharing it with us on Mixed Media Mojo Barb Housner DT

  12. OMG! this is lovely, I love it:) Thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate!!

  13. What a great altered jewelry box thank for sharing!! - Maria, Mixed Media Mojo

  14. I love your project and how you showed the steps. Beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent this month. Judy DT

  15. What a wonderful project, re-purposed item and Gift! I am now looking at my own tired-looking jewelery cabinet with new eyes! Thanks for joining us for our December challenge over at Altered Eclectics!


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