Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Morning lovely crafters and dear WOYWW friends. I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along a treat. Can you believe it's less than a week to the big HO HO day as Chris Evans would say. I really don't know where this year has gone, it's absolutely flown even though it has definitely been a year of big ups and downs in The Craft Garden. However, we are still here, healthy and happy and there's an awful lot to be said for that and for which I am eternally grateful.

This will be the last WOYWW of the year from me. I always have a crafting break over the Christmas holidays, there are always so many other things going on, so here is my last desk of the year taken in the gloom of early morning.

I am in full pressie making mode. You can see a cheap mirror being turned into something for my MIL. Weeks ago I made some altered mirrors for everyone using those square ones from THAT Swedish shop, but I discovered while we were moving my MIL that she doesn't like things with corners and always chooses round mirrors and so on where she can. This came after a discussion about how much she disliked the square mirror she had inherited in her new bathroom!!! I couldn't then give her a square one for Christmas could I?? By chance I discovered this oval one included in a pack of photo frames which was what I was originally shopping for so two things off my list in one fell swoop.

The other things you can see drying are vases which I am painting with Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paint.

 I found it works really well with the paint fusion poppy stamp, although I've made my job harder by choosing a round vase. The paint takes ages to dry and runs if you do too much at a time but a gentle heat just seals it enough to move on to another area. It's still a slow job but the paint makes a lovely effect.

You'll have to excuse the rough edges, I have yet to go back over with the black outliner to tidy up the edges. As I said, it's very much work in progress.

So that's me today. I can't wait to see what everyone else is up too so I'll be round to have a peek later in the day. If you haven't yet discovered the biggest weekly desk snoop in the World then pop over to see the lovely Julia, who keeps us all in order, HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and if I don't see you before the big day, have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy and Crafty New Year and thank you for being such wonderful friends over the last year.


Helen said...

Love the oval mirror, how lucky you found out in time to change the gift you are making! Happy Christmas, Helen 3

Annie said...

I really love your poppy Lisa. I've done a lot of glass painting over the years and know what patience you must have to get such a beautiful result.
May you have a wonderful Christmas filled with everything that makes you happy.
A x #38

BJ said...

Oh where did you get that oval mirror, been looking for a oval frame for ages. Happy Christmas to you - love BJ#1

jill said...

Happy christmas & new Year to you. Lovely Home made gifts . Jill #16

Beryl said...

The vase looks fab. Hope we get to see another photo of the finished article.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a well deserved break.
Beryl xx

sandra de said...

Love your poppy stamped vases and the effect you get is brilliant. I am just starting to paint some poppies .... and can only hope they come out as nicely as yours. Best of luck with the mirror and I hope you post a pic of the finished gift. Wishing you a wonderful christmas.
Sandra @17

MrsC.x said...

love the colour of the frame Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
TFS Happy WOYWW Mrs.C.xx #34

JoZart said...

Happy Christmas to you Lisa and to your family. Thanks for all your friendship and inspiration this year... and thanks for sharing today too. Beautiful poppy!
Jo x

Artyjen said...

A very Merry Christmas to you Lisa ;)
xoxo Sioux

CraftygasheadZo said...

Oh wow looks good, love your vases. I have most of the Paint Fusion range but haven't yet bought the fantasy paints. I will though! No desk from me today as I've got DT projects on there and I can't share it yet! Merry Christmas, take care. Zo xx

Samantha Elliott said...

Love that Poppy Lisa, and if you need somewhere for it to go I have a small corner for it! I do love poppies!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Phew, that was a fortunate conversation about corners then!! And thank goodness you had an alternative to hand.... Love the glass painting - you are a woman of many talents, I think :)

Thank you for all the support and friendship over the past year - I have really appreciated it!

Sending hugs and love for a Happy Christmas!
LLJ #25 xx

Sandy Leigh said...

Oh I would love to see your altered mirrors! Your vase is so pretty. I think it's a good idea to take a crafting break over the holidays, for sure! As for my gingerbread house, I make it so that it drys so hard, it is not at all edible. It just smells good. And I have a tradition of keeping it until Valentines Day! Then we toss it. Merry Christmas and Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh--now at #82

Jill said...

Just love that vase Lisa, you are so crafty (in the nicest possible way of course!) Once again a fascinating desk, perhaps in the NY when the craft room has had its makeover I'll get into WOYWW. Its too embarrassing at the moment!!

Hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year.
Jill x

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh lots of lovely painting going on there - great idea for Christmas presents - thanks for visiting me. Hope you have a lovely Christmas - Sunshine Girl no.24

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Lisa,

Glad you found a nice, round mirror! I love the color you've painted it. Your vase looks amazing too! I'm sure the recipient will enjoy it.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Kay #84

Sally H said...

Wow, Lisa! What a stunning vase and I do like the look of those paints! We break up on Friday, and I can't wait! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and new year my friend x

Shoshi said...

What gorgeous work, Lisa. The glass painting is nothing short of stunning - I love the mottled effect on the leaves! Well done finding a suitable cornerless mirror for your mother in law lol!! I've altered a lot of "those" Swedish mirrors too - they are absolutely great, aren't they. Many thanks for your visit and nice comment - I'm afraid your warning came too late - I had another blitz today! That shelving unit is now reduced to one section. I've just woken up from a nap and feel better so hope I won't get payback for the rest of the week from this afternoon's efforts. Rev. Ernest Bear thank you for your good wishes for his recovery, which I hope will be complete in time for the new year! I am going to try and give his grubby clothes a wash too.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #47

MiniOwner said...

Such a gorgeous vase - my mum loves poppies. I'd love a peek at the finished mirror. :o)Happy Wednesday and Happy Christmas, too. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@45)

butterfly said...

Lovely altering going on round your way - and altering your plans to suit your MIL's preference for curves is very generous too!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Oh, and a happy WOYWW too!
Alison x
Thanks for your visit!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Lisa lovely desk thanks for great share - not linking over but wanted to pop over and say Hi ...

..and hope and pray your Christmas is God-blessed in every way, love Shaz in Oz.x

Caro said...

Gorgeous altered gifts. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a very Happy Christmas. Caro (#65)

Julia Dunnit said...

Argh Lisa..the mirror's enough to have you banging your head on a sharp corner..well done, you've taken it so well, and I love the colour you're using on the oval one.
Enjoy y our time off, see you on the other side. Happy Christmas!

Neet said...

Love those poppies you have painted on the glass. Have a lovely Christmas.
Hugs, Neet xx 12

Kay Carley said...

Hi Lisa. So sorry I haven't been around for ages - the days keep whizzing past!! Anyway I just wanted to stop by and wish you a 'Wonderful Christmastime'. Have a great Christmas. Love K xxx

okienurse said...

WOW love the glass! A little late getting around but just stopping by to say I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Blessings to you and your family in the coming year. Vickie #100

hopejacare said...

Lovely projects Lisa....I also like a bit of glass painting, know what you mean about round vases.....square ones are much easier. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments, I am very happy in my wee felty world these days. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and I concur may 2013 be somewhat Claire xx

MaggieC said...

Beautiful painting, especially that poppy glass. Have a wonderful Christmas break and see you in the New Year. xx Maggie #48

Li'l Pidge said...

Wow, you really are in full present making mode! Lovely gifts.


Kyla #50

SueH said...

Hi Lisa!

I know I’ve not joined in with WOYWW just recently but I’ll be back in the new year for sure.

I just wanted to pop by to say thanks for all the fun and inspiration you’ve shared over the last year and to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.


craftimamma said...

Hi Lisa, Wow, that vase is looking gorgeous. You must have the patience of a saint ......... not to mention a very steady hand, lol!

I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy Christmas and lots of good things for the coming year. I'll 'speak' to you again soon.

Lesley Xx

Heather Jacob said...

HELLO lISA thanks for dropping by my blog and for your loving words re my work ... mwah to you .
you have an awesome blog and yes most of us get in a "creative" mess when creating , my scrap area is very messy at the moment , lots of things on the go .. hugz x