Monday, 27 August 2012


...creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence...
- Osho -
...hello everyone...over at Simon Says Stamp & Show they are asking for us to Be Inspired by Summer Distress...well it just so happens I have put the finishing touches to a shabby chic piece I've been working on which has these very colours in it...

...I painted this lump of wood with a thick cream emulsion then went over it with a crackle medium then again with the cream emulsion which i'd watered down by 20% it bring the crackle through more this way...
...onto randomly torn regular brown packing paper the home sweet home sentiment was written by hand with black ink and edged with pickled raspberry...
...the papers used to make up these sweet little houses are mainly from my minds eye and basic grey, the rest is from my stash...
...a close up of the little randon torn hearts...
...this shot shows the colour of the ink a bit better (I really must invest in a better camera) but still not to their vibrant best...salty ocean is one of the nicest blues Tim has created, it is heavenly & mowed lawn is much more vibrant... Daughter is 38 weeks pregnant with my first Grandchild and I have made this piece for  the nursery...
...I had fun making this stand alone piece, I hope you like it...
...thank you for dropping by today, a big thank you to my followers old and new for being here and your encouraging words...


  1. This is just perfect Mel. Love that crackled background. It's gonna look perfect in the nursery. Hope all goes really well for your daughter and you are blessed with a happy, healthy first grandchild. You must be SO excited. Hugs, Buttons x

  2. I don't think it's your camera that's a problem Mel, the photos look fab, it's this flippin awful UK weather we are being subjected to, although I do believe that I see a bit of sun out of your window!!

    Anyway, fabulous piece of wood, love how you've crackled it and those houses are wonderful. I see you've managed to include your signatory hearts too - nice one

    Sam xxx

  3. Love the crackle background and the little houses are just perfect. Sometimes no matter how good you camera is, the colours just don't come out right...They look fine to me...I have the summer set, so I know what they look like in real life.

  4. Like it??? I LOVE it!!!!
    What a MASTER peace.
    Love your coloring, and the houses with the hearts!
    38 weeks oh my what exciting..........
    Greetz Patricia

  5. Hi Mel, this is just so perfect for a nursery, it has blue and pink so will suit either. Love the little houses and that amazing background and of course, the hearts (your trademark now I think). You should enter it into Our Creative Corner where the theme is recycled and a pop of green, both of which fit your piece. We (that's the royal we) are expecting too (the 4th) but yours is so close - lovely feeling and it doesn't diminish with numbers! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  6. This is beautiful, it will be so beautiful in the the little houses and hearts.. A truly lovely you are excited and nervous...but what a wonderful time for you! Much love trace. X

  7. Hi Mel

    Thank you sooo much for your lovely comment on my blog XXX - always so appreciated.

    Well I just love what you've done here and it will look wonderful in your soon to arrive grandchild's nursery - you must be so excited about that!! You must have married and had children very young as you don't look old enough to be having grandkiddies!!

    The salty ocean blue does look a fabulous colour will have to look out for that one....

    Take care and enjoy what is left of the Bank Hols weekend.



  8. This will be so pretty in the nursery. Your daughter will be thrilled with this piece!

    That salty ocean blue is a very stunning shade.

  9. Such a gorgeous nursery piece - beautiful colours and a lovely theme. It will be such a relaxing piece to look upon - I am sure your daughter and grandchild will enjoy it very much.

  10. Love the colors and the repetition of the houses, and that you put it all on a piece of wood...FABULOUS!! I thought of you today, one of the artist hung his pictures up in the gallery today and it was this beautiful fox sunbathing on a rock next to some water. Which got me to thinking, do you collect foxes? waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  11. I love it Mel, very shabby chic. It will look great in the nursery xx

  12. create fast! Love this cute little project! That crackled background is wonderful! Cool!

  13. 38 weeks already, wow, how time flies. Mind you, my own daughter has just finished work to start her maternity leave. I still haven't dared do anything with the scan pictures yet Mel ;)
    This is just adorable and will last beyond babyhood too. Sending best wishes for a safe delivery
    Mo :0) x

  14. This will look lovely in the nursery Mel, the little houses are simply adorable, & the colours so bright & fresh!
    Hope all goes smoothly for your daughter!
    Alison xxx

  15. Ohhh any day now then and you'll be a Grandma, how exciting. My daughter made her appearance at 38 weeks catching us all on the hop!! I hope everything goes really well for your daughter.
    Your project will look gorgeous in the Nursery, it's so bright and sunny. Those Summer Di's look lovely, the names are so great aren't they? I have yet to succumb but it won't be long!!
    Hugs Lisax

  16. It will look gorgeous in the nursery but quite honestly, I'd love to have it on my walls's so pretty, I love the soft tones :D

  17. Hi Mel,
    I love the new Summer Distress colours, they're so vibrant. This is just gorgeous and will look lovely on the nursery wall.
    Not long to go now, I bet you're sooo excited. I've just spent 2 days with my grandson and loved every minute of it - unfortunately I don't see enough of him!
    Just doing a quick catch-up after being away, so I'll apoligise now in case I miss some of your fabulous posts. xx

  18. Hi Mel,.. This is Gorgeous.. it will look so sweet in your new grandchild's nursery!! I'm sooo excited for you..Adorable design love the colours & detail... simple perfect!! Hugs May x x x

  19. Oh it's adorable Mel and and I can't think of a nicer addition to grandbaby's room! I love your hearts :) and I love the folk artsy look to it as well. Nice tip re the crackling, I love the cream on cream and will have to try it. Hope you had a good bh Monday. Hugs, Chris x

  20. Wow Mel - I absolutely love this! Too dang cute!


  21. Hi Mel

    This is an amaizing piece. Love the colours and the textures and the papers.

    Sarah x

  22. That is really sweet, Mel, very happy colors. That Salty Ocean is my all time favorite! I'm sure it will look great in the nursery. Barb

  23. Oh Mel have you my post addy ??? LOL
    This is so so gorgeous and beautiful.
    I love these little houses.

    Have a lovely day my sweet friend.

  24. Mel, even though I'm not into all that TH ink, I've very, very, very impressed by your "lump" of wood. You did a fantastic job. I'm super impressed and really like the crackle effect you got. I know your daughter is going to love it. Perfect for the nursery.

  25. Hurrah - you're back (I've been missing your great work)... and how!! This is simply gorgeous! I love your shabby houses, and the weathering on the colours (which I have to confess I find a bit too full on in their full glory, but I'm not a Brights person, it seems!). Delicious crackl, and the torn hearts are simply lovely. So in love with it...
    Alison x

  26. A wonderful page, great summer feeling.

  27. Hi Mel

    A fabulous work of art for the nursery. Love all the colours and hearts.

    Wow!! 38 weeks already!!!

    It doesn't seem two minutes since you showed us that fabby scan picture.

    Hope all is good with you.

    Love Jules xx

  28. Gorgeous, love the crackle in the background. Wonderful colouring, love the houses. Great dimension and layers of interest. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  29. beautiful as always mel, and congrats to you and your daughter x

  30. gorgeous make mel...this will look so cool in the nursery and how exciting..any day now you will be a grandma...the best job in the world...big hugs kath xxx

  31. Mel, your sweet little neighborhood is darling. Love the torn hearts and the variance of each of your little houses. The crackled, summer distress colored background is very pretty and lends a great "canvas" for your houses. Beautifully done! Love it. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  32. Beautiful make, fab background and loving the houses, x

  33. I don't know how I missed this one - so sorry because it's gorgeous, just simply beautiful. I could say more about each detail but quite frankly I just love the whole thing and a little person will come to love it too I'm sure! Somebody will love their Grandma!!!

  34. Love this Mel..... the crackle is fab and those houses are sooo cute!!! Not long to wait now then eh??!! Trish xxx

  35. How wonderful! Lovely gift for your daughter and your grandchild's nursery! Lovely sweet design! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  36. awesome artwork here on your blog!
    Have to follow!

    Susi from Austria!

  37. Delightful heart and home artwork. Way to strech that light distress look. Thanks for popping by Keep smiling and creating


...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)