Happiness, love and abundance

Hello, my friends! It's getting chilly outside and I love it! The colors have gone and you see bare trees and browning flowers. But it's cozy at home where I've already got Christmas decorations up inside! I love this time of year because of the anticipation of the holidays, decorating, relaxing ≈ home is truly where the heart is. 

This started out as a thrift store find - one of those ornate gold frames with a picture of an old castle in it. I was drawn to it because of the cherubs and festive look which was perfect for a shabby makeover. What's interesting is I put some Nuvo crackle mousse in a plain whitish color around the frame and in the middle and a strange thing happened: as it was drying on the frame, it turned a wonderful patina color. So something in that old gold paint had a chemical reaction! 

The patina color was fine because it went with the paper houses I printed out using Prima's Flirty Fleur paper. And I added some tree bark and sisal for a natural element. 

I think the crackle in the center really sets it off and provides a great textured backdrop. 


  1. Awesome make Cathy, hope you are doing ok xx

  2. What an fabulous up-cycle! Love the crackle background and the soft shabby chic colors! Beautiful! Thanks for playing along in The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge!

  3. Cathy you are right, it's the crackle in the centre that really sets off the funky houses and gorgeously ornate frame. What a wonderful way to represent home. Thank you for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog for this challenge xx

  4. Cathy, I love your upcycle, and makes me go dig through my yardsale box to retrieve some things I thought I might not ever use! How wonderful your mousse dried in an unexpected patina and I love the natural touches of bark and sisal! This is so perfect for our Home is Where the Heart Is challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog!


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