Tuesday, February 15, 2011

♥ Family Love Cottage ♥ {a treasured keepsake}

Altered tin...distressing...love...family...paper...glitter...shabbiness. I'm in heaven! All my favorite things wrapped up in one sweet little keepsake. I had a couple of these house shaped cookie tins left over from Christmas (like the one I used for my Gingerbread House) and wanted to make something with it that I could keep out all year long. So this is what I came up with!
I distressed some beautiful papers by Echo Park, October Afternoon and Making Memories with my paper distresser and brown inks along all my edges. Adhered them to my house. Added some Prima flowers, crystals, old gem charm, ribbons, chipboard, photo of my two babies which I used the old time look on it, Melissa Frances rub-ons and keyhole, glitter, lace, ribbons, pearls, punched MS butterflies and hearts which I also distressed, a little glass bottle filled with glitter, pearls and crystals and finally the little rose bud on the front left hand corner is from my niece's wedding back in November. I hung it upside down for awhile to dry it out and then I simply but carefully, coated it with some Aileen's glue and to my amazement, it is holding up!

My local scrapbook store (about 20 minutes away), Paper Wings started their own challenge blog, Random Flutters from Paper Wings. Their latest challenge is to use Distressing on your project. That challenge, {Time to Get Distressed!} is what inspired me to make this project.

I was also inspired by this gorgeous inspiration photo (Isn't it just yummy!) It is from this week's challenge from the Play Date Cafe!

And the following challenge(s):

~ Flutter by Wednesday: 3 hearts and a butterfly
~ Ellephantastic Challenge Blog: #23 Distressing with a LOVE theme

Well, back to taking it easy! Hubby and I have had a stomach virus for the past couple of days! YUCK! Not fun!

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs...

35 comments:

Eseniya said...

Какая красота!!! Сколько прелестных деталей! Я в восторге!!! )))

Ann said...

this is just beautiful..I'm sure it will be a treasured keepsake for generations!

Fiona said...

What a beautiful little house Melissa! Love the way you added some special memories to it! Thanks for playing along at the Play Date Cafe :)

Melissa said...

wow, this is gorgeous, I love the little bottle, and the photo on the front of the little house, it is beautiful

Tanya said...

This is really beautiful, and would make an awesome gift for Mother's Day!

Debbie said...

So absolutely wonderful, Melissa! And look at those two handsome men in the photo! What a treasured family heirloom this will become :)

Danni said...

Gorgeous...stunning...elegant...wow!! What an amazing creation!! So glad you played along with my flutter by challenge!

Chrissy said...

This is sooo totally gorgeous Melissa, all those treasures and memories in one place for you to gaze at whenever you want.Fabulous.
Luv CHRISSYxx

Kelly Massman said...

LOVe this!

Romaine said...

Sooooo stunning! Gorgeous!

Sleepy Stamper said...

First, your babies are super cute! This house is over the top lovely! All the little details are amazing!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Turned out absolutely adorable!!!

massofhair said...

Amazing house, so well furnished... Just completed my first small house a few weeks ago and am planning on doing some more:-)

Michele Gross said...

Absolutely off the hook fantastic!! Every little detail is just perfect and this you will surely treasure! so happy you came to play with us at The Play Date Caf!

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, my gracious! You have my attention! This is fantastic right down to the glittery flower and shabby chic embellies! And I'm sure will be a treasure, in your home, for a long time! Thank you so much for playing along with us, this week, in the Cafe!

Nelly said...

Unique house - Love it - tender, beautiful, amazing!!!!!

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Beautiful creation dear.

Sara said...

Demasiado bella, eso es arte!! Besos.

Liszha said...

Oh my god! Do they come any prettier? Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!!!!

OriBella said...

This is beautiful little house!!! Piękny domek:)))

Andrea Santos said...

Hello Melissa ...is beautiful!!! wonderful!!.. love your work ... I am always here looking for inspiration! I'm from Brazil ... I have a new seal for you there on my blog. Make me a visit! A kiss...

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH WOW! What details! I love.....ALLLLLLLL of it! I love love love this project:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at The Play Date Cafe!

Libby Hickson said...

Oh my goodness this is gorgeous!! So many wonderful details! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

JeanFB said...

WOW! Magnificent!

Kim. said...

wow Melissa this is amazing, perfect for all year round.
Kim xXx

NoraAnne said...

This ia absolutely stunning Melissa! So many gorgeous details! I love the tiny bottle with little treasures inside :) Just amazing! Thank you for playing in the Paper Wings challenge again this week!
xx, Nora Anne

Thistleblue said...

Oh my goodness Melissa this is stunning! I love everything about it, all the wee embellishments, the delicate colours adn the cutest photo!Thanks for taking part in this months Ellephantastic Challenge and best of luck!
hugs
Michelle
Elle DT
x

Jill said...

Wow wow wow Melissa, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it, papers, flowers, photo everything! Thanks for sharing at Ellephantastic this month. Jill

Ellephantastic said...

Oh my! you think you're in heaven, I think we are all in ecstasy just looking at it. It is sooooooo beautiful. WOW stunning work, absolutely love it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Ellephantastic. Big hugs Helen x

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

verypretty! very shabby chic for sure!

Posh Cat Crafts said...

What a gorgeous project, I love all the tiny details... Thank you for joining us this month at Ellephantastic
Hugs
Tamara

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Gorgeous! Love your selection of papers, and tattered elements!

Dawn said...

How gorgeous love it

Love Dawn xx

Brook said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love this!!!

JulMiron said...

Home sweet litle home!