Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mini Club Christmas Swap.....

...oh wait...!   This wasn't even on my list!   Oy....sigh..

But I am happy to show it to you all because it is, in fact, one of the few things I've actually finished lately. 

I am new to this club and still feeling my way around.  Instead of a meeting, they have a Christmas Party in December, hosted by one of the long-standing members.  And there is a gift swap. 

So this is what I decided to make.

It's a simple Michael's cabinet that I shabbied up a bit with a wedgewood green paint and then dry-brush with pale gold.  I changed out the knobs on the non-opening drawer and added some laser-cut trim to the corners. The word "Presents" is from the scrapbook store, the red sparkly tree used to be a green flocked bottle brush tree that I beached and glittered and decorated with some gold beads.

I filled the shelves with one of the candles I made, some wrapped "pressies", a plate of bonbons from the dozens made for Alice's party, Christmas cards, and the sweetest little glitter house from a reduced Martha Stewart pattern. 

(I have several little houses from Carol at true2scale that I've still to put together but that is for another post).

I am rather proud of the tree ornaments hanging from the knobs and shelf.  They are made from beads.

I like the free-standing pieces I make to look interesting from all angles.  Here is the back of this one...

The picture and border came on a large punch-out page with several others fromt he scrapbook store.  It was from this I chose the colors for the cabinet and accessories. 

It also serves to cover up the wires from the LEDs...   This little cabinet lights up!


There is a 1.8mm LED in the corners of the upper shelves.  These are 3 volt bulbs and are connected to a nickel-sized lithium coin battery tucked neatly away under the cabinet.  The little white "thing" on the bottom is the switch which works so smoothly...like silk off a spool!

I had to add an apron, front and back, to hide the battery pack so I used my coping saw to replicate the decorative work from the top.


I think it turned out well and I hope whoever gets it at the party likes it.....

Now....back to work!

Tabs

11 comments:

Creepy_Creations said...

I Love what you did to the cabinet!! So fun!!!

Jamie

Kim@My Fairytale Cottage said...

I just LOVE your hutch and I'm sure your party will also!!
-Kim :)

Heather said...

I used this same hutch recently for a christmas swap. I'm not allowed to show it yet! Love what you did especially decorating the back and the little lights. I wish I'd thought of that!

Tabitha Corsica said...

These little hutches are so versatile...and handy. Sally Manwell has been using these LEDs in her 1/4 scale frames for a while and I thought I'd try it. Pretty easy.

vicki said...

Excellent Susan! Who ever gets this is going to be thrilled :)

Victoria ♥

Debbie said...

It looks wonderful your swap partner is going to be so happy..

The Old Maid said...

Beautiful cabinet! Love the lights!

CLARA said...

Muy buen trabajo. Gracias por mostrar los trucos con las luces. Tienes unos detalles ideales.
Me encanta.
Besos Clara

Patty said...

Tabitha, How incredibly darling your cabinet is! I love all of the details and the fact that it lights up makes it even more special! One day it would be great to see a small tutorial on the led lights!!! They look pretty useful!!

Michelle's Mad World said...

I've been having a good nose at those hidden lights! Fantastic idea and one I want to use!

I love the little glitter house and those tiny bows...they are just superb!

It all looks so Christmassy.

Michelle xx

Ascension said...

Un trabajo maravilloso!!!
Unas ideas geniales para las luces.
besitos ascension