Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative Altered Frame
One of my fondest childhood memories is of sitting beside my mother while she sewed on her old White sewing machine. Using newspaper patterns that she drew and cut out herself, she would take one of her old coats that was stained on the front (coffee…she was a coffee hound) turn it inside out and stitch up a darling little coat and bonnet for my baby sister. Or, she’d take old sheets and stitch them up into ruffled curtains for the kitchen. She really was “the Queen of the Machine; there was nothing she couldn’t sew. When I found this beautiful image on the Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative CD, it made me think of her and I knew I wanted to use it in a project. Then, while out “junkin'” one day, I found a hideous shadowbox for just a few pennies. So today I got out paint, glue, paper and some fun vintage embellies and transformed it into an altered frame worthy of Mom’s stamp of approval.
I told you it was hideous! Clearly I was speaking the truth. After giving it a good cleaning, I removed the frame back and added a coat of Tattered Angels Crystal Decorative DIY paint to the inside and outside. The paint was thick and creamy, covering up the ugly gray paint and smoothing out the surface. After this dried, I dry brushed on a coat of Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Paint, and when that had dried, I sponged the frame lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. What a transformation!
I hit the surface lightly with sandpaper and I love the wonderful vintage shabby chic finish this gave. I lined the outside edges with this fancy trim and added the little silver scissors and Petaloo Blossoms. The leaves are made with and old book page. I tucked a loopy burlap bow made from both ivory and natural burlap string beneath the flower. I debated adding more to the outside of the frame, but decided I liked it just like this.
The hardest part of making this altered frame was deciding which papers to use. The Sew Decorative CD is loaded with gorgeous papers, ephemera, frames, spool ends, buttons images, button cards and images like the one seen here. I wrapped a vintage spool with Aqua Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon and glued it inside the frame along with a miniature cast iron sewing machine, a miniature yardstick and other assorted goodies. These are all bits and pieces that I’ve picked up here and there. But one of my favorite sources for affordable embellishments like this is the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
This frame would be adorable hanging in a sewing room…who knows, maybe I’ll even hang it in mine! Actually, I think I’ll load it up into my ETSY shop, so if you want to purchase it for your favorite seamstress (even if that favorite seamstress is YOU) you can find it there.
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