Monday 23 January 2012

Wooden block creation 'thingey'

I have been getting on with my 'impossibilities' challenge, but slowly. There have been a few hiccups, and my strength (or lack of it), is holdng me back. Also, for a few hours a day we try to keep things quiet around here. Our neighbour is a milkman and so he sleeps during the afternoon ! And as we live in a terrace, drilling into a brick wall is not the quietest thing to do.

So, I have been working on other stuff. I am trying to get together pieces for an eclectic gallery wall. I have various prints, but I want to add some texture and 'pieces of junk'.

The red paintings are going (I wish the sofa would go too - although it is very comfortable, I just don't DO red sofas ! It's the old geezers) and somehow I need to mix the photos at the far end with some new pictures, and make it work around the little hatch to the kitchen.

I have been picking up pieces of wood - every time the dear old geezer saws something in the garden, I go around picking up interesting pieces (of course, that's my version of interesting). The rest is saved for the log burner.
One of the very many blogland inspirations I love, is the use of lettering. It's everywhere, on furniture, fabric, as subway signs etc. and it's always so effective, so I thought I would combine my chunks of wood and a few numerals and a bit of lettering.
These are my blocks laid out.

So far, so good. I can't be doing with all that printing malarkey. I work off a lap top, so I would have to go to the old geezer and say
                                                 'can I just .......'
                                                 'can you just show me................'
                                                 'can you please get off that computer that you are
                                                  surgically attached to'

So, I just got out a paint brush, a pencil and a few match pots, and.............................

probably should have got some tracings done, as I had to re-paint a couple.

He's thinking ' why do we have to be upstairs in this little room, when we could be in the kitchen near all the FOOD'  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, in the end, I did it all/ realised I didn't like it enough/ waited till this morning and cut it in two - now I'm happy.

Yes, it's not straight, not perfect, but I like it; and the big chunk of white wood that I cut off will become a little shelf.

 I added some (badly) cut out metal numbers, screwing them into place, and a bit of left over rusty mesh from my beach junk post and basically it didn't work with all the little blocks. So I am going to turn it sideways and use it as a shelf.

But I'm pleased with my 'block' piece. I painted letters down the sides as well. Added a few metal things I found in the 'nail and screw' tin !!!

The right side reminds me of Frankensteins monster - I got a bit slap happy with the staple gun.

My block thingy, type shelf thing-a-me-jig has versatility !!!

AND, AND ladies - my 'HOME' (from TK Maxx) has never really had a home, and now this little 'home' has found the perfect home on my creation. That was worth the hours I spent on this.

And the cost - well nothing really, as I 'found' or 'had' everything, although I did get through rather a lot of glue sticks - so maybe £2.00 (approx. $3).

Linking this with
Terrific under ten Tuesdays @ At Home With K
Take-a-look Tuesdays @ Sugar Bee crafts
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm
Show me what ya got @ Not Just a Housewife
Under $100 Linky Party @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Saturday Nite Special @ funky junk interiors
Pot Pourri Friday @ 2805
Debbiedoos Newbie Party @ Debbiedoos
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Fiona, you're a little junk creator addict!
    Love you girl!

  2. Oh, looks so cool! again i say, good job with the beach junk!!

  3. This is so cool! I love it...and guess what....I'm going to look at scrap wood differently now!

  4. I like it! Hope you are putting that on Funky Junk Sat Nite. She'll love it! ~ Maureen

  5. How darn cute is that Fiona? I love it. I'm a sucker for letters, but am envious you did that all by hand. Did you hang it over the sofa?


  6. I loved scrolling down the pictures as your little box of wood, then numbers, etc. developed. I am totally enamored of numbers, alphabets and blocks of wood. I may have to try something like this myself.

  7. I love your wood creation. So personal. Very nice.

  8. I LOVE your creation! This kind of resourceful reinvention really excites my sensibilities. You should do MORE of these!

  9. I'm right there with you on loving the text theme sweeping blogland. I love the look of text against various backgrounds. The eye automatically goes to it and you want to read it. This is a cute example of it too! Just helps showcase even more that art can be found in almost any medium and almost anywhere. Very cute!

  10. This is gorgeous and I love it. I may be looking at bits of wood a little differently now. TFS

  11. LOVLEY JOB :)
    and do not miss...




    It is fun :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  12. WoW! I really love your block looks great!

  13. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this!

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    1. Ok I love your blog! I really like your style! I gave you an award so stop by my place to see it!

      Kaitlin-The Not So SImple Housewife

  15. I really love this--such a great look! Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence.

  16. You inspire me to make a "Wood Block Thingy" ...<3 it. Come on over to my new blog and see what my Hubby created from wood pallets! Thanks for the inspiration.


  17. Well I just spent the past hour looking at your blog and yes you have been busy - I love it, I love it all! Did u blog your seaweed wallpaper stencil that I love I couldn't find it ?? I was explaining it to Philip. Oh and I painted Elliot's wall plain just need advice about paint distressing this union jack. Sam gamble xxx


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