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Who Saves Old Toilet Rolls

 OK no jokes about the whiff please, Irene has said enough for everyone lol but finally … after not having a bath or shower for a week (because of the op on my leg) … I had a long, long soak last night so that the stitches would dissolve.  The leg now looks like the colours I have used on my box  (black and purple)!!!!  The stocking stays on during the day for two more weeks but it can come off at night, phew that will be a relief in itself.  Irene and myself have still been Skypeing and crafting which has been a life saver for me.

How many of you does this happen to, you reach over for a paintbrush, which happens to be kept in an old plastic mug, and they all fall over with brushes falling everywhere?  Got so fed up with this happening that an idea started to form in my head.  Plus the satisfaction of making something from start to finish without knowing how it is going to turn out is a real buzz.

These are some of the items which I started with, which I am sure you recognise, toilet roll holders and a block of wood getting a once over with black gesso.

Below is the finished make and also a few before and after pics.  No measurements are given because everyone uses different loo rolls so each make would end up a different size.  My box ended up being, 6″  x   5  1/2″   x   4 1/2″    Hopefully from the pics you can see where I was going with the plan and the block of wood at the bottom makes it very heavy which gives the stability to the whole project.  The ladies peeking out of the window remind me of “The Ladies Of The Night”, what do you think??

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A bit further on with the project and the loo rolls were also painted black before adding to the block of wood.  Grey board sides were added (recycled from my bit basket, some far away project which never made the grade).  Starting to take shape now.


All frames are cut from the Tim Holtz Window Box die which I crackled and painted.  Paint colour is called Amethyst from the JOFY  Limited Edition  at PaperArtsy  and used with some black gesso.  Crackle paste was used with the Fluer-de-lis stencil mask.  Only a teensy tiny bit of stamping  and this was mainly on the odd bits of G45 paper.  I did stamp on the bottom of the box just to tie it all together.

Paint Box 3Paint Box 4Paint Box 6Paint Box 7

Entering into the challenge at Artist Trading Post called ‘Lets Celebrate’ – I am celebrating the fact that my brushes won’t be rolling all over my desk anymore … YAY!!!

Nikki from A Vintage Journey has chosen a theme of ‘Let’s Celebrate’ which is the same as the above challenge.  You also have to say for this challenge what influences you from Tim Holtz.  For me it’s always his dies, they are my all time favourite cutting dies.

Mr Brush Box is now sitting proudly on my craft desk and what a gorgeous thing it is to look at.


17 Responses to “Who Saves Old Toilet Rolls”

  1. Irene Chillman says:

    Flipping gorgeous Shirl, love, love, love it, if only mine could turn out half so good and the windows are perfect.
    I xx

  2. Toni says:

    I like your thinking Shirl! What a fabulously creative and beautiful and very useful project! Definitely cause for a celebration! Thankyou for joining in the fun at the Artist Trading Post Exchange Toni x

  3. Ann says:

    Oh my, I just love this! Great idea and such fab creations!

  4. Diana says:

    WOW, fabulous. I’m going to have to take your ideal and make this. Thank u so much. Glad to hear u got a soak.
    Hugs from the Oregon coast.

  5. Meggymay says:

    Shirley this is a fantastic idea, as well as being beautifully decorated and detailed. A great celebration piece.
    Yvonne x
    p.s. forgot to say thank you for joining us at ATP Exchange.

  6. Pat says:

    Well done shirl it looks fab got to make one xx

  7. butterfly says:

    What a brilliant creation, Shirl – very glad to see organisation taking such a beautiful form. The women looking out of the windows are great… and toilet rolls are a key part of any crafty hoard, I’d say! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  8. Sue C says:

    Fantastic idea Shirl ! I love a project that I can use aswell and one that helps with keeping me organised in my craft room is just perfect ! Love how you’ve used the windows and the images looking our thorugh them. Glad you’re on the mend, sounds like you’ve been in the wars.

    Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange.
    Sue C

  9. What a super idea Shirley, love the design and you can see it is very sturdy now.
    Have a nice weekend, Julie x

  10. Craftyfield says:

    Love craft storage made out of recycled stuff. I haven’t collected loo rolls but I do have a large quantity of boxes, cardboard and yogurt pots (the big ones) that I am trying to imagine into a useful container! Your box is so well decorated, nice to have something beautiful to look at when you’re at your crafting table!

  11. Shirley says:

    Fabulous idea ! and beautiful project 🙂 I hope your leg heals quickly. Take care, Shirleyxx

  12. Anne R says:

    Wow Shirl, this creation is fabulous – what a great way to use those loo rolls – so stylish! I love the way you decorated the container with too – the window idea was pure genius. I lot this – a lot !! Thanks so much for joining in our ‘Let’s Celebrate’ Challenge over at a Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  13. I save old toilet paper roles and waiting and thinking what to create…love your blog and you are very talented..

  14. Donna Ellis says:

    what a fabulous storage idea for those tools we want to store upright! GREAT tutorial, Shirl. Thank you! xo

  15. Positively ingenious Shirl! Loo rolls never looked so good and it makes such a sensible storage option for those pesky brushes. Hope you’ve had a good Christmas and can look forward to a fantastic New Year with an ever improving leg. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  16. coco says:

    Wow, this is simply FABULOUS!!!! Thank you Shirl for all the images and great step-by-step and details, I hope your 2015 is magnificent, full of love and wonderful creativity as usual, big hugs from Corinne xxx

  17. […] Definitely sitting proudly on my desk with a few other things I have made, can you remember the paint brush holder here. […]

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