Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Anything Goes at Frilly and Funkie

Happy New Year to everyone.  The new two-week challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie.  Nicole is the hostess and decided we should go with ANYTHING GOES to kick off the year - as long as it is vintage or shabby chic.

I decided to try my hand at an altered bottle.  Here is what this bottle held before I transformed it into something to hold bath beads or Epsom salts (because I think it looks so girly it should be in a bathroom).

This is Canadian made antipasto in a jar that I love - mostly because it is low cal :).  The good thing about the jar is that unlike normal quart sealers, this glass is smooth, which makes it a great surface for adding things to.

Here are some other views of the jar:

I started by painting the whole jar and the lid with chalk paint from Americana Decor.  Even though I was planning to cover the jar I thought the paint might give a better surface for my glue to adhere to - I was right for a change.  Next I covered the jar with strips of torn pages from an old book and Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap.  I coated the front and back of each piece.

I printed my focal images for the front (from Collages Vintage) and back (from The Graphics Fairy).  When I started to glue them down I realized that everything underneath was really bumpy and the images did not look good so I took a craft knife and cut away the papers underneath to provide a smooth surface.  Once everything was dry, I went over the whole jar with some watered down Gesso and immediately wiped it off the two images.  Then I added a coat of half strength Mod Podge to seal everything.

Next I used a pearl strand from my sewing stash to outline both images. I glued some cheesecloth on each side and then cut some venise lace and added pieces beside each image.  The next step was to add some small crystal seed beads - they have a silver lining so some shimmer more than others depending on how they landed in the glue.

I made a rosette by gathering some ruffled lace and added a couple of lace medallions on top with a gumdrop gem for the centre.  I wrapped some white fiber around the top of the jar and then added a loopy seam binding bow with another gumdrop gem for a centre and a couple of bead charms.  The bead charms have silver charms on the bottom that were painted with Gesso,  You can't see in the photo but one is a bird and the other is a rose.  The beads are from my stash and are a combination of pearls and iridescent clear beads (which explains the blue and pink you see in the photo).

To finish the top, I added a row of narrow venise lace around the edge and then made a topper from a wooden wheel and a wooden ball that I glued together, covered with texture paste and sprinkled with some crystal glitter.

I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:

My All Craft Challenge - Anything Goes (No Cards)
Open Minded Crafting Fun - All White
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge  - Vintage, Yes Please

The following items used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Well Cec that jar has become totally unrecognisable from it's original state and is now a thing of pure beauty! I love the way you've used the lace to really enhance the shape and design. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. Jenny x

  2. WOW!!! Well this is a work of art!!! What an amazing project! Who would think that a jar of Antipasto could look so shabby chic?!?! Absolutely gorgeous! Love every little detail on it!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Wow Cec, best jar of antipasto EVER! What a transformation this jar got! All of those beautiful frilly laces and pearls are stunning and I love the white on white, so heavenly! Fabulous lid you put together with the wooden bits, you are so creative! I can't believe I get to work side by side with you this year, what a RUSH!!

    HAPPY NEW YEARS TEAMIE! big hugs :)

  4. Stunning! I can see myself doing this for some of my girlfriends for birthday presents! Happy New Year!

  5. Drop dead shabby chic amazing! Love the vintage whites and all that dreamy lace and appliqués. Super idea to store bath beads or salts in. Definitely a lovely girlie piece to display near the tub! Sensational make to kick off the new year. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2015!


  6. A gorgeous alteration Cec. the jar looks so feminine now.
    Happy new Year Wishes to you and your family.
    Yvonne xx

  7. A beautiful vintage project!
    Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope you will continue to play with us next year!
    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Very Happy New Year!


    Dragonfly Dreams Owner

  8. Gorgeous Cec! Love the lace and the addition of the wooden circle and ball on top is inspirational! Happy New Year to you, I hope it brings you everything you hope for. Sue C x

  9. This is just stunning, I love all the details!
    Thank you for entering your creation in our Open-Minded Crafting "All White" challenge. Good Luck & We hope to see you again!

    Milnie DT

  10. what a lovely re-purpose of a jar Cec! love all the white - the beautiful lace and all the texture - this will look wonderful in the bath with something fragrant inside it!

  11. Wow, this is fabulous! Absolutely wonderful altered item and I love all the different textures and shades of white you have in the jar! Thanks for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge and Good Luck! I hope to see you back again soon.

    Hanne, DT

  12. Wow, this is so very beautiful. Fantastic job! I love each and every detail....perfect choice of images and love the different trims, they really set it off. Now for a hot bath, some bath salts from this gorgeous jar and a glass of wine and you are set.

  13. Congratulations on being a DT Favourite at Open Minded Crafting!! So well deserved Cec, this is just stunning!! big hugs :)

  14. Oh my gosh, Cec! Your upcycled jar is a shabby chic DREAM!!! The vintage image is an elegant focal point surrounded by all that frothy lace! I can't stop looking at it!!


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