Someday, the altered art you make today will be
old, faded, falling apart, and someone else will salvage the bits and use them
in new altered art.It's the best that any piece of art can hope for

~ anon~

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Monday, 4 August 2008

My Mates Birthday pressie..

Well her birthday isn't till next week but she is so impatient and I won't see her on her birthday, she opened it today, so I can post it on my blog.

Lisa was with me when I bought the wooden 'house' so I can tell you that bit only cost £2, what a bargain! The toy pig that is in there cost me more than that LOL!
Somebody posted on DC last year about a present one of her crafty friends made which contained

An eraser, so you can make all mistakes disappear,
A penny so you'll never have to say "I'm broke"
A marble in case you feel like you're losing your marbles at times,
A rubber band to stretch yourself beyond normal limits,
A piece of string to tie things together when everything is falling apart,
A button for your lips so you'll always think before you speak,
A knot so when you reach the end of your rope there's still something to hang on to,
A hug and a kiss to remind you that someone, somewhere really cares about you

this came to mind when I was making this, so the house contains all of these (find them if you can!) There is also a picture of each of her family. All shown in a different format - my favourite are the pictures in a bottle. One or two other things which all mean something to Lisa but would take too long to explain here and frankly it wouldn't make terribly interesting reading!

Now all I hope is that her DH doesn't say 'whats this old tat?' and throw it out, he is famous for hiring a skip from time to time and de-cluttering to the highest extreme!!


  1. It's fab and if Lisa's OH chucks it out make sure it comes this way and I will look ater it for her lol

  2. This is brilliant, love the little poem. Dee x

  3. cor just wish i had half your talent! this is absolutely amazing, love the words with it too. if lisas oh skips it, i think you best have a mighty high punishment for him! lol brill

  4. It's fabulous, Nicks. Lovely idea, and thought behind it.

  5. Lovely idea - and what a great find for £2....
    I'm seriously looking in the wrong places at the mo!

  6. It's great!
    I'm sure there are lots of similar little houses and shelves around in Charity shops - you're too young to remember the thimble collecting craze when such things were a must.
    Your collection is much more inspirational! Connie.

  7. fabulous idea and execution!

  8. What a lovely gift to recieve it has been so well thought out ,wonderful !

  9. Wow...this is wonderful and such an awesome present. The recipient will love it.

  10. BRILL idea and great gift!


  11. I just saw your message on the Arttechniques yahoo group, and ran over to see what another Brit is up to :)

    I love this piece so very much

    I am clipping this blog post for inspiration when my best friend's birthday comes around.

    thank you.

  12. Hi Nicks!
    I love ALL of your artwork on your blog . . . it's WONDERFUL!!!! I'm especially fond of this lovely doll house that is so BEAUTIFUL and meaningful tied in with the poem!!! BRAVO!!!!

  13. Nicky - this is wonderful! I'm sure your friend loved it!!!

  14. Wow its wonderful Val what a fabulous gift to get


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