Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Whiskey and Lace

It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Kathy is our hostess for this one and she is calling it Re-purpose, Re-use, Recycle.  Here is how she describes it:

Earth Day is April 22nd, so let's honor the day with a vintage or shabby chic project that includes an item that would normally land in the recycle or trash bin. You can use an old jar, glass bottle, packaging material or other bits and bobs to create your upcycled masterpiece. Be sure to tell us in your post what your recycled item is and how you used it, as it may not be apparent in a photo.

My Son-in-Law recently sold one of his restaurants and before he did I managed to grab a few empty whiskey bottles that he hadn't taken to the recycling depot so I thought altering one would be perfect for this challenge.

I started by giving it a generous coat of a chalky acrylic paint, which sticks to glass quite nicely and then I added a coat of white gesso (Dina Wakley).  When I started I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the bottle and in the end I covered most of this up.  For the next layer I used some collage medium (Tim Holtz) and added crumpled up tissue paper to give it a bit of texture.

Once the tissue was dry I covered the bottle in rows of lace from my Funkie Junkie Boutique stash.  I also added a row of pearls and some pink braid that I found in my stash.

I needed a stopper since the bottle came without one so I cut down a cork that I recycled from a bottle of lovely red wine we had with our dinner (I am sensing a pattern here - 😃) and that exercise confirmed that I will never make it as a wood carver.  Once I got the cork the right size, I gave it a couple coats of white gesso and then added a row of pearls on a string and a row of lace.  An Idea-ology knob (Tim Holtz) was added to the top.

The focal image was created on my computer by combining a couple of free digital files (The Graphics Fairy for the cherub and Creavapeur for the script) and then adding it to the back of a die cut frame that I covered with texture paste (Ranger).

I cut some crinoline petals using the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) and dyed them with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) before layering them to create flowers.  Adhesive pearls  were added to the centres of the smaller flowers and a pearl cluster was added to the larger flower.

A metal butterfly was altered by covering it with white gesso and then inking it with Worn Lipstick DI.  I also created a bead chain using beads and chain from my stash along with some jump rings from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The loopy bow was created from pieces of dyed seam binding that came on some packages from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I would love to see what you transform for this challenge.  It runs until 11:55 pm EST on April 23rd so you have lots of time to create.


  1. Cec, what a fantastic post title and the art is just as wonderful! I love how you frillied up this plain glass bottle and gave it a beautiful lacy texture. That cork re-do is wow and the finished bottle is just lovely!

  2. What a transformation! I love that you went with lace and pearls! So fun on a whiskey bottle. And the stopper is brilliant! I love the way you reused, repurposed and recycled this shabby chic masterpiece, Cec!

  3. This is a beautiful piece Cec, a great idea to rescue that bottle before it me it's recycled doom. What a transformation, with the lace and cleverly constructed stopper. Isn't it amazing when we look around us what we really do have to re-use. A magnificent showstopper and all so beautifully embellished. Thank you for the inspiration Hugs Tracey x

  4. Oh Cec this is gorgeous! I love how the lace gives the bottle a shabby chic and textured look and how you've used the Curio Knob to transform the bottle stop xx

  5. Wow, you have taken a lowly whiskey bottle (I'm not buying that son closed his restaurant story) and transformed it into this lovely lacy shabby masterpiece worthy of any tastefully decorated she-shed! Those layers of lace, the beading, framed image, the altered bottle stop and fluffy bow are all beautiful details. You knocked this one out of the park! And now I am certain I am the only one on this team that can't make a pretty bow! Sending hugs!


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