Monday, June 06, 2011

The Queen's Re-make's & Re-Do's

To bring everyone "abreast" of the what the Cranky Queen has been doing with her "oh so precious time", she thought that she should share her re-make showing a BEFORE & AFTER...Above being the after.  I purchased this little letter/bill holder for 50 cents at a thrift store.
This is what it looked like before...So, what do you think?  I spray painted it with flat white paint; lightly sanded the edges to show just a little of the original green paint; then I browsed The Graphics Fairy for the perfect bird and egg images; printed on card-stock; cut out; darkened the edge with aging ink; tore pages from an old book (that had seen better days) & used Modge Podge to adhere. I also used a large vintage button & glue green moss & 2  plastic eggs for "a nest look." This chic's flown the coop!
Now it is ready to be priced & "flown" to my booth.

Next the Cranky Queen will give a tutorial making a nest from a vintage crocheted doily. You are getting a "birds eye view"....
1. Saturate the doily in Fabric Stiffener.
2. Cover the bowl with saran wrap to make it easier to pull away from the bowl once it is dry.

3. Place the doily over the bowl.
4. Place another bowl over the doily to help shape.
5.  Once dry, remove bowls and the doily looks like this~STIFF
6. I wove a green ribbon thru the holes of the doily; added shredded hymnal paper & green moss for filler; 3 river rocks posed as eggs; old feather from a wedding fountain pen & graphic (Graphics Fairy) of a vintage bird cage.


  1. Super make-over. I always appreciate a good tutorial too. Graphics Fairy would be proud of the images you used on your letter/bill holder.

  2. You're good, Girl, real good!!! Both are truly sweet - but that nest is awesome!! Love it! Have a wonderful week, Sweetie! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  3. This turned out fabulous! I have a bunch of doilies sitting around..that I could do this to..make them a little more interesting! TFS...visiting via the graphic fairy....Hugs!

  4. The letter holder turned out adorable!! I am going to have to try the doily nest too! Thanks for the tutorial!


  5. Fabulous re-do on the letter rack. Now it looks so artsy. I also love your doily nest and thank you for sharing your technique. Happy creating...

  6. Oh wow, Tiff--this is totally amazing! I love your letter rack and your tutorial!!! Fabulous!!! It's hot here too--thank goodness for air-conditioning, huh? lol

  7. Love the doily idea! Your transformations turned out great!

  8. Both of these projects are lovely. I remember starching doilies years ago for a wedding. Nice to see it used this way and the addition of the graphics and feather is a sweet touch

  9. You are amazing! What gorgeous projects! That doily nest took my breath away! I love it! X

  10. Loved the doily idea and using the river rocks for eggs! Great redos!!

  11. I love your makeover. It looks wonderful! Isn't it fun to transform things like that?

    Have a wonderful day despite the heat here in the south.

    Blessings, Amy

  12. Oh, my goodness! You hopped right on that and it's perfect! Love, love, love it!

    And it's funny that you did the doily. A few weeks ago I was going to do the same thing. Thought I had some Stiffy around here, but couldn't find it, so scrapped the idea. What's funny is I never mentioned it to you, but you had it on your mind to do, too. Our brilliant minds. Now if I could just put these ideas into action like you do.......

  13. What a beautiful transformation!!!Love it.
    Have a great day.

  14. I saw your letter-holder on your blog & was hoping I'd see it on brag-monday. Yay! I was right! It was so cute. I wish the thrift store in my little town had good stuff-sigh. Something will turn up... For now, I get to live vicariously through amazing ladies like you!
    Keep-on being cranky!

  15. Wow. The Letter/Bill Holder has been pleasantly transformed!!And it Looks Awesome!
    And I do like your doily Bowl!
    Inspirational! And Very Pretty! Hugs,Tee

  16. Hi Tiff! What a neat nest you made ~ it turned out so cute! and I like the feather you added, such a neat touch! I made a tutorial for a doily nest in April - did you get a chance to see it? Please look and tell me what you think!
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  17. Quite a creative transformation on that letter holder! Nice!