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Thursday, May 3, 2012


Hi, everyone!!!  I'm so glad to be back at Sheila's again this month presenting another little project for you there!

Today's project/tutorial is a quick and easy altered eyeglass case that I've been wanting to do for some time now:

My BFF loves fancy sunglasses, so I'm getting her a nice pair for Mother's Day, and I thought this would be a wonderful way of presenting them to her.

I found the eyeglass case at a General Dollar Store for $1.99 and grabbed several pairs.  Here's what they started out looking like:

I know my girlfriend loves gold, so I began by painting the case a metallic gold.  I used three (3) coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry about 30 minutes between coats:

I found some pretty gold and cream trim, so I glued it to the bottom lip of the case:

Next I decided on how I wanted to embellish the case, then gathered all the necessary materials together:

Wired Beads (Cream)
Gold Buttons
Gold Beads
Gold Wired Ribbon Double Bow
Cream Roses
Rhinestone "Bling" Embellishments (Bronze and Gold)
Skeleton Leaves (Cream)
Gold and Deep Bronze Stickles

I arranged all the embellishments to my liking, and finished the case by gluing/attaching them all to the case and used a bit of the Stickles on the flowers to highlight them -- all done!  Here's another view of the back and top:

I love this, and hope you like it too!  I think I'll be giving quite a few sunglasses or reading glasses away for Mother's Day... lol!!!

Well, as always, thanks so much for coming by, and I'll be seeing you next month!!!


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey this is sheer elegance and something I have to have! I have a glass case just like that one in the before photo... so now I feel challenged to turn it into a piece of art like you did yours. I am in awe of the creativity! Thanks for sharing this awesome project with us today at She's A Sassy Lady.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

She is going to live this ... I do believe you are the Queen of alteration (wonder if that 's the word I am looking for?).. I was so happy to see you posting again. Simply lovely Audrey.. Hugs

Ana Márquez said...

Wooowww!! It looks so beautiful, dear! I love the colours, so sweet. You're an artist! :-) Thanks for sharing, friend xo

Stephanie said...

That's gorgeous. This presentation would make any pair of sunglasses look good.

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, you are so creative, Audrey!! This is just fabulous!! Wow!! Who would have thought that an eyeglass case could be turned into a work of art??!! Absolutely stunning, my friend!!

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Lawren said...

This is very pretty! My mom would love this too.

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Ohhhh how pretty! I love the bling you added to the case, it looks awesome. Your friend is so lucky to have such a thoughtful friend like you!

I'm sure I will be back before Mother's Day but just in case, hope you have a good one!!!


Myrna said...

This is an amazing project. Makes me think Victorian. Your friend will treasure it.

Sandi Cl~ said...

How gorgeous is that!!! Internet scream!

Anyway, thanks for the well wishes!

Sherrie K. said...

What an amazing project!!! I love the way you decorated this glass case...it makes such a wonderful gift! SO gorgeous Audrey!!!
Sherrie K

OmaGloria said...

Oh My Goodness this is amazingly gorgeous!!!

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Dr Sonia S V said...

This is stunning awesome-- in fact all the wonderful adjectives I can think of. I love the color gold , the flowers and of course the pearls-- all the things women love!!
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lisa808 said...

That is the most beautiful eyeglass case ever! Your friend is going to be ecstatic when she receives it. It doesn't even need a pair of sunglasses to be a gift.

Pam said...

What a lovely gift decoration. Love all the gold and cream color. I am sure your friend loved getting this. TFS

lovemypaper said...

"wow" Super cute!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Such beautiful altered case, it is good to to be back here for your wonderful project again!

Barb's Boys Inspired said...

Love this sweet case! You are always so very creative!

Reflections from Granny said...

Beyond beautiful, what a clever idea for a fabulous gift. I love the painted gold effect and the flowers, roses, pearls, your friend will adore it.

Hugs, Lori m

Georgiana said...

That eyeglass case is gorgeous. I would almost be afraid to use it. It looks so perfect. Thanks for stopping by. I plan to visit more once school is out for summer...5 more weeks!

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Luvy said...

Audrey ... I love this! What a great idea!! I'm definitely going to give this a go! Happy Mother's Day!!

Jani Lewis said...

Wow! What a transformation. So pretty and elegant. Great job :)

Angi said...

You have outdone yourself Audrey! This is gorgeous!

Besthobbyeva said...

Wow, this my friend is absolutely gorgeous, your BFF will fall in love! Just stunning!! I have to agree with Angi, you have outdone yourself!!


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- - Sheryl - - said...

Audrey - this is beautiful and love the bling. If I do not stop by before tomorrow - Happy Mother's Day to you, my friend.

The Archiving Angel said...

Just gorgeous! Looks like a $50 item. Leave it to you & your mad beautification & crafty skills.
I am so enjoying catching up.

QueenPam said...

so fab! I just know she is gonna love it!