Friday, April 03, 2009

Show & Tell - Friendship Plaque and a Freebie!


I'm joining in the fun of Kelli's Show and Tell Friday once again. Perhaps you have something that special to you that you would like to talk about too. If so, you still have plenty of time! Just hop on over to Kelli's to add your name to the links list.




I found this plaque a few weeks ago at the local thrift store. Its NICE but not so nice to me - and the instant I it I knew I could easily repurpose this for a project I'd dreamed up in my head. I sort of feel bad that I would cover up someone else's artwork,, but then I got over it LOL!



I used Kristin Cronin-Barrow's 'Lil Sailor Kit - which you can find HERE. Her kit is so inspiring and easy to work with!


I found a string of pearls last week too - how timely! At first I thought they were REAL, for they were so full of lustre, they were heavy, cold to the touch, string knotted between each bead, scraped against my teeth just right, had an old fashioned hook clasp etc - all the things that pointed toward them being the genuine item and I was SO excited... but then, while cleaning them up the rope broke... and I could then see that they were filled with glass inside. Sigh.

I made up the friendship sentiment myself - one night at 3 in the morning when I was cooking up my craft idea.


The ones I thought were real are the bottom ones - you can see the difference between those and the ones on the top in a cheap broach setting. The lustre is incomparable!


The light on the lighthouse is a jewel salvaged from a piece of broken cosmetic jewelery.


And the final touch to make it my own was to build a little nameplate for myself and glue it on!

I'm working on a few more cool hybrid projects using kits from two of my favourite designers - KristinCB and KimB, be sure to check out their HIGH QUALITY products!


I received my Irish baking cookbook in the mail yesterday from my dear friend JanMary, who is also taking part in this Show and Tell and who's made some crafty items herself! Thank you JM - I've already pored and salivated over the pages. Click HERE to visit JanMary too!


There are LOVELY photos of my new sweet nephew Ethan and all the family both at my Sister-In-Law Judy's blog and also proud Mamma Samantha's blog too. *beaming!* Get your cute baby fix today!


Lastly but not leastly - I've made you a giveaway for today. Its fine for all uses - just credit me please and I'd LOVE to see how you use this! Just email me a jpg and I'll feature you here on the blog. I can especially see this a wonderful element for a Church Easter overhead graphic!


This is a card I made using my embossed version of the element - I also used some papers from KimB's Camping Kit.

This element is about 10 inches tall. Its NOT perfect, though almost - there may be a small area you would have to erase out along the stem at the bottom.




  1. OOOOh! I LOVE, love the wooden plaque you made! The quote is sooo true and I love the pearl in it. Too bad they were´nt real..
    Who is getting it? Or are you just hanging it in your home?
    Anyway it looks awesome!

    Thanks again for your letter!!

  2. What a great transformation. You did a wonderful job it's beautiful now. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Your project turned out soooooo cute. I love the colors and the saying.

  4. Great reuse of the plaque! Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you come by again. Have a great weekend.

  5. How very sweet!!!!! Love it!!!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. I love the way you had the plaque changed for better. Great work!

  8. That's a beautiful plaque;-) You did a really nice job remaking it. Thanks for stopping by Marigold Manor and leaving your cute comment about my bunny collection. It made me chuckle;-)

    Have a great day!


    Mary Anne

  9. Your project is so nice. Thanks for sharing.

  10. LOVE what you did with the plaque! - Such talent :)

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the wee book.

    Now up at the cottage, sitting by the fire, kids in bed.

  11. Beautiful lighthouse project!

  12. Nice you wereable to turn it into something you made you liked better.

  13. You did a terrific job!

  14. What a great turned out sooo cute!!!I love to recycle stuff too!!! Have a wonderful weekend...Julie

  15. My My my, I wasn't expecting that! A fantastic show and tell indeed. I absolutely love what you did with the wooden plaque, a fantastic idea you came up with. your Easter card is superb too! Barb your hybrid ideas are inspiring...

  16. Very nice job on the plaque. Looks great! Thanks for sharing and for your nice note on my post. Blessings, Jax in Alaska

  17. I love the re-done plaque!!! What a clever idea. You have inspired me! Blessings-

  18. I love what you did with it and the jewel and the pearl and your own label were so special.

    Have a great day...
    Roberta Anne
    The Raggedy Girl

  19. Mrs. Miles:
    Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog about the apple range set.
    I really don't have any background about it only I know I have had it about 60 years.. I have seen it in antique magazines but don't know the history of it.. It was bought here in Hornersville at a store that carried some nice kitchen items..I have kept it on refrigerator top or on a small table in my kitchen for years..
    I enjoyed your Show and Tell story today.. You are so talented to make such a nice picture on the plain plaque..

  20. You are a very crafty lady! I liked the lighthouse.
    You are right about the porcelain pieces I posted. When you hold them up to the light, you can say through them. Well, not totally, but they are translucent. I like china, but porcelain is amazing!
    Thanks for your visit

  21. What a wonderful plaque, and the verse is so perfect. Friends are always pearls. Just lovely. Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet comments you left. I really appreciate the visit. Hugs, Marty

  22. love your plaque..way to go ...oh can't wait to see the first taste dish from the new cook book ...hope to catch up to ...


  23. Good job on the plaque. I like yours much better than the original one. Thanks for sharing great ideas!

  24. That is an amazing transformation and I love the nautical design!

  25. The plaque is really cute! You did a wonderful job with it! Thank you for sharing it. Have a wonderful weekend.

  26. Your plague is amazing after you painted it!! So clever!!

    Happy S&TF!

    Linda C

  27. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Easter post on Apr. 03, 2009. Thanks again.

  28. Very sweet plaque-yes-it was meant to be repurposed. I do agree with the old saying since I am a gardener-I could use a cast iron back at times.

  29. Hi Barb,
    Thanks for coming by and introducing yours self.
    Always amazes me what a small world this is. =0)

    Sunflowers is a great idea, but cement and rocks in front of wall does not allow planting except in boxes, which usually dry out too fast.

    Keep thinking my artistic, Barbara Jean, friend.

    another Barbara Jean =0))

    PS I am looking for at least a temporary fix to be ready for next month, along with eh zillion things i also have to do!!

  30. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 03 Apr [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 04 Apr [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

  31. The sign about gardening is more than true, lol !
    To know if a pearl is real or not, just take one gently between your teeth. If the feeling is rough it's a real one, if it feels smooth it is a false. Very easy thing from jewelers

  32. What a great transformation of turning the ordinary into something special. I love how you added the jewels for a bit more sparkle.

  33. Good Morning Barb:)
    I just LOVE your new plaque!!You are soo talented and I can see you are really enjoying your hybrid projects.:) How cool! I love your saying and the pearl really adds to it.:)Love the little gem on the lighthouse too!!
    You did a fantastic job on your card!!! I need to make one today for my Mom's bday.:)Wish I had just a little of your creativity!!:)
    Thank you so much for sharing your lily with us.:)

    Love and hugs,

  34. Beautifully done, thank you

  35. You are a gifted girl.


  36. Good morning Barb!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOVE what you did with the plaque!!!!!!!!!!
    I've 3 new LOs up on my blog of Kayla & check to see what I won with one of them!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
    HUGE GIANT HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. You did an awesome job on the plaque you made. I would never have thought of that.

  38. Thank you! :) Your freebie has been advertised on "Le jardin de Mélisandre : Le paradis des freebies en CU".

  39. Barb, you have wonderful crafty ideas, the card is lovely!

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend.


  40. Your little plaque is adorable! What a great idea!

  41. Thank you so much!

  42. These are so precious! It is always so rewarding to have a project turn out so nicely!

  43. You really made that plaque POP! and i LOVE your name plate too! :) LOVE your card too! You are sooo CREATIVE! :) Thank you for sharing ALL THAT & the AWESOME flower!
    oh and to answer you about the garnet, well, i would LOVE to get a small tumbler and polish them! then maybe make some jewelry! my sweetie is really looking forward to a time when he can learn how to cut stones too! All in time! :) Thank you so much for asking, Barb! Have a FANTASTIC weekend!!

  44. Your project turned out really nice! The pearl is a special touch. I like the color of the pearls that "fooled" you! I'm sure you'll find many good ways to use them with your crafts!


  45. What a gorgeous plaque - so pretty, and it's great that you were able to spot something that you could use and see it's potential!

  46. Oh Barb, you are an ENDLESS bundle of creativity girlfriend! WOW! I have really been thinking about lighthouses quite a bit lately as I spent a great deal of time at the ocean growing up and my father's FAVORITE spot for fishing was Pigeon Point on the Pacific Coast on Hwy 1!

    A MOST beautiful transformation is your DELIGHTFUL plaque! It shall surely make for a VERY special gift and if I know you, that is EXACTLY what it's purpose is!

    Thank you, thank you for the LOVELY Easter Lilys - they are GORGEOUS!

    Wishing you a WONDERFUL week ahead dear on and may your CREATIVE MOJO stay in FULL-SWING! LOL! Glad to know I am not the only one that gets inspired in the WEE hours of the morning! *wink*

    Linda :)

  47. Stunning work, you are so creative. Truly beautiful.

    And I would have been fooled by the pearls. They're still very pretty.

  48. Oh my, that plaque is just too beautiful. What a wonderful use for it. It really makes me stop and think about what I have around the house that I might repurpose in a similar way. And the friendship sentiment is so true. Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration.

    Thanks for stopping by my kitchen table, too. Please visit anytime!

    God bless,

  49. Thanks! These are so lovely!


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