Mini Marvels !

Hello and welcome to a little mini marvel created for the new challenge at A Vintage Journey

The lovely Anne Redfern is our host this month and she is challenging us to create something in miniature - it could be a little book, a tiny scene, a small canvas, a wall hanging or even a box. It MUST be 4" or less in size and be created in your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

Whilst travelling home from Switzerland last week I had a Gin and Tonic on the plane (as you do ...... ) and as soon as I saw the little miniature Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle I knew I wanted to alter it for Anne's challenge.

I had no idea whether the plastic would take any of my usual products but was delighted to see that it did although I did need to add a couple of coats of gesso first before adding a background colour for the crackle to give it a bit of tooth.

I have no photographs of the process as I am crafting at night time at the moment as our waking moments are filled with intensive puppy lead training!

I used PaperArtsy Very Berry Fresco Finish Paint for the base colour before crackling it with DecoArt Weathered Wood (it is easier to apply with a paintbrush). I then used PaperArtsy Chalk Fresco Finish for the upper coat. The cracks looked huge on such a small bottle, so I added a little rose from a napkin to tone it down a bit!

I had to hunt for some smaller than usual embellishments - tiny thin lace, the smallest of the pearl buttons and paper flowers and also a little quote which again would not be overpowering. 

Some more small embellishments of the top of the bottle. I decided to ditch the little metal cap as this hadn't really taken the paints very well.

And just to prove its size!

I hope you are able to join us for our challenge - it was certainly fun altering this miniature bottle and it really looks quite cute against some of my bigger altered bottles.

You will be amazed at the wonderful array of projects created by my fellow AVJ Creative Guides. Do hop on over to the AVJ blog and have a look as you can't fail to be inspired!

You will also find all the details of how to enter our challenge and the chance to win a wonderful selection of chipboard and wood veneer embellishments from our sponsor Southern Ridge Trading Co. 

Thank you for joining me today and have a wonderful weekend!

Jennie x


S@ndy Diller said…
What a fun way to preserve a memory or you trip, Every detail on this mini bottle is marvelous. Thanks for planting an idea! Hugs, S@ndy
Brenda Brown said…
Utterly gorgeous Jennie - such beautiful effects and elements and what a great transformation to the bottle. I can see you buying a few more of these lol. xxx
Astrid Maclean said…
Wonderful bottlle Jennie, so clever and what a great memory to keep from your trip! Shabby chic perfection, - just gorgeous!!!
Pamellia said…
Absolutely stunning Jennie! I love the rose image in the background, such a soft backdrop and a perfect fit for the wonderful quote you used. The natural fibres, lovely laces and dreamy flowers are so exquisite and the key charm is a sweet addition! Such a brilliant use of your garbage, and a fantastic excuse to empty out a bottle of yummy Gin! lol. Happy weekend :)
butterfly said…
What a charming makeover for your tiny bottle - the crackled rose is gorgeous, and I love your teeny tiny embellishing!
Alison x
A Pink said…
This is absolutely gorgeous! Jennie. Feminine, shabby chic at its most beautiful. A wonderful memory of your trip to Italy .
Hugs x
Julia Aston said…
who would envision that your simple plastic bottle could be transformed into such a lovely shabby chic decoration! (obviously YOU!) Wonderful laces, flowers, trinkets and stampings on this lovely memento from your trip! Julia xx
Beautiful transformation. The imagery is beautiful as is your design. Beautiful delicacy and I love how you embellished. Tracy x
Unknown said…
This is my favorite mini!!! Now I want to collect a bunch of little nippers to make a collection of these! You’re very creative and love your shabby chic style
Craftyfield said…
I had to come over for a closer look at that beauty! Fabulous project Jennie, all the details are perfect for a shabby chic make over of that mini marvel.
Lys said…
What a great transformation! It's such an elegant bottle now, I love this style!
Redanne said…
I cannot think of a better use for a Bombay Sapphire bottle (other than drinking the contents of course). Your alteration is wonderful Jennie, I love the crackle and the way you added the tissue, that was such a lovely touch. A truly beautiful make!! Hugs, Anne xx
Nikki Acton said…
What a wonderful piece of miniature altered art. Love the shabby chic design and as always just sumptuous subtle tones/ Love your lace / fibre / flowers - perfect! xx
What amazing altered art! The crackle effect is beautiful with the napkin rose that you added and all those tiny embellishments look so pretty too 😁. Wishing you a Happy November! J 😊
sarascloset said…
How you managed to get so many shabby details on this baffles me! The colors are so soft, and the crackle really looks amazing, and not over whelming at all. What a fabulous transformation of this miniature bottle, and so clever of you to save it from your travels! Hope the training is going well! Hugs!
Carol said…
Great way to remember your jollybob in Italy the details are stunning LOVE IT xx
Deb said…
Oh my gosh, what a fabulous way to recycle those teeny little airplane bottles, next flight I shall be saving all of mine! Wonderful elegant transformation Jennie, love how you've packed so much into this mini marvel! Thanks for sharing it, Deb xo