Upcycled storage box / ottoman – progression photos

Hi again fellow followers! My latest blog post is progression photos of a upcycled storage box / ottoman. This is the one I’m most pleased with, hope you like it too! πŸ™‚

I started off the project by giving the box a good clean with sugar soap, and a thorough sanding with my black and decker mouse sander. I then applied a primer and undercoat which dried in a couple of hours; a huge improvement from before with the shabby chic bedside cabinet – 16 to 24 hours that one took! I then applied a little bit gloopy (unfortunately a few years old) furniture paint in a clotted cream colour. Next I decoupaged the front and back of the box with a gorgeous sort of marble effect silver wallpaper my friend kindly donated. Afterwards, I used furniture wax to seal the clotted cream paint, and satin varnished the decoupage. To finish, I wood stained the top with antique pine wood stain, and painted the hinges black. And here it is completed…

This is my favourite upcycling project so far. I think it looks quite classy with the decoupage, and is unique; hopefully it’ll raise a lot of money for the Children’s Air Ambulance once it’s sold πŸ™‚

I’m not sure what my next project will be, I’ll keep you in suspense, ha! I’m not volunteering today, having a chill out day for my birthday, 31 today, hooray! It snowed this morning… almost like a white Christmas πŸ€ΆπŸŽ„πŸ€ΆπŸŽ„

Thank you so much for taking the time to read, appreciated.

Many thanks, Lauren xx

Β© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Casper the Cosmic Wolf diamond art – progression photos

Hi fellow bloggers / followers, my latest blog post is progression photos of a cosmic wolf diamond (crystal) art, with over 6500 jewels. I hope you like…

With there being over 6500 jewels, you can imagine it’s very time consuming to complete a diamond art; it is however greatly therapeutic. It’s lovely to put my music on and enjoy the creative process. Moreover, it is deeply satisfying once the art piece is complete. I donated it to the Children’s Air Ambulance πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Here is Casper!

I’ll look now at purchasing some more diamond arts, either from the Range again or online…

My third upcycling project for the Children’s Air Ambulance is a storage book I mentioned previously, to which I’ve already decoupaged and painted. So watch this space! Likewise, I’m going to get knitting hats / scalves etc for refugees, I think that’ll be a lovely thing to do πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

As always, thanks so much for reading /viewing πŸ™‚

All the best, Lauren xx

Β© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Rustic charm distressed TV cabinet – progression photos

Hey again! My latest blog post is progression photos of a rustic charm distressed TV cabinet, upcycled for the Children’s Air Ambulance. Hope you like…

At the beginning of the project, the TV cabinet was a dark mahogany colour wood – not always a preferable shade to sell nowadays. Therefore, it was my job to sand using a black and decker mouse sander – still very time consuming it must be said despite not being hand held sand paper! As you can see, I went for a distressed look. One of the drawers of the cabinet unattached also, so I used ‘no more nails’ to secure. After extensive sanding, I kept it simple and classic by rubbing on a furniture wax – to give a rustic shabby chic feel πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The result…

My next upcycling project for the Children’s Air Ambulance is some sort of storage/ toy box I intend to paint, varnish and decoupage but before then I may have finished a cosmic wolf diamond art to donate. We can’t sell hand made items as a charity unfortunately, so along with what they send off, I’m going to knit some bobble hats, scalves etc for the refugees in Ukraine. I think that would be lovely to do…

Thanks so much for taking the time to read / view, much appreciated.

All the best, Lauren xx

Β© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Shabby chic decoupage bedside cabinet

Hi blog followers, my latest blog post is progression photos of a shabby chic decoupage bedside cabinet I upcycled for the Children’s Air Ambulance.. Hope you enjoy!

Firstly, I thoroughly washed the bedside cabinet with some sugar soap and sanded by hand with sand paper. I then primed with a 16-24 hour dry primer (mistake, won’t be purchasing again, too long a wait), and sanded some more the next day.

I decoupaged the drawers, front and inside, with a pretty duck egg colour/ bird pattern wallpaper, using mod podge. I likewise decoupaged the top of the cabinet too. I sealed with furniture wax on the Rust-oleum furniture paint, and a clear satin varnish over the wallpaper.

I almost bodged the project up by trying to distress the sides. It just did not look right at all, so I tried to salvage it by repainting, leaving a few little distresses on the front/drawers, to keep a shabby chic effect.

As only my first attempt in years, I think I’ve done a pretty decent job. Far from perfect, but not bad. Moving forward, I think if I continue to decoupage/paint, to make sure all is smooth and to a professional standard so the Children’s Air Ambulance can make the biggest profit possible. If I improve and learn by practice they could hopefully sell my upcycled furniture for a lot of money!

This is my next project, a mahogany TV cabinet I’ve begun sanding with a black and decker mouse sander I bought yesterday. So watch this space!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read /view my latest blog post, I appreciate your ongoing support πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Much love, Lauren xx

Β© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

‘Dakota the Dragon’ 20 progression photos

Hi everyone! Good evening, hope you are all well πŸ™‚ The latest blog post is 20 progression photos of an amateur acrylic painting. I’ve kept with the fantasy theme and painted a dragon/castle, hope you like πŸ™‚

I used my art therapy books as inspiration. Dakota and the castle are quite similar colours, with fluffy white clouds in the blue background; I love their effect. I’m pretty pleased with how it’s turned out, as is only my amateur second acrylic attempt. Hopefully the more I practise, the more I’ll improve! Here is the finished piece:

Coming soon, maybe more fantasy/fairy inspired tale acrylic paintings (mermaids, witches, fairies etc) or a gigantic wolf crystal diamond art I bought from the Range, or excitingly, upcycled furniture as I am beginning volunteering as a furniture refurbisher for the Children’s Air Ambulance this week! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for reading /viewing!

Thoughts with the the people of Ukraine, and hope of a world free from war and atrocity.

Many thanks, Lauren xx

Β© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

‘Uma the Unicorn’ acrylic painting

Hi fellow bloggers! My latest blog post is progression photos of an original, art therapy book inspired, (amateur) fantasy acrylic painting, Uma the Unicorn πŸ¦„ Hope you enjoy!

This is my first proper go at acrylics in like a decade, ha! It’s not the greatest – she’s not in proportion and looks either a bit chubby around the middle or heavily pregnant lol – but it’s a start. I am hoping the quality of my painting will improve as I practise, and get back to the professional standard it was many moons ago.

Here is the finished art work:

I have an additional 4 canvas pannel boards I bought from the Range, so I think for my next acrylic paintings I’ll keep to the mythical / fantasy theme; haunted castle, dragons, mermaids, fairies etc or perhaps animals or sea life, I have a fair few art therapy books to gain inspiration from πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

So please, keep a look-out, and thank you so much for reading / viewing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Much love, Lauren xxxx

Β© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Marilyn Monroe diamond (crystal) art – progression photos

Hi everyone! My latest blog post is progression photos of a Marilyn Monroe diamond art! It’s taken me a good few weeks to complete, but definitely worth it in the end I think, I’m pretty proud, haha. Hope you enjoy!

Norma Jeane Baker, born 1st June 1926, was transformed into Marilyn Monroe, the American sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s – a ‘blonde bombshell’, established model and actress who remains one of the most iconic women in film history; defining an era in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Here are some of her famous and inspirational quotes:

‘I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful’

‘We should all start to live before we get too old’

‘I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best’

‘We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle’

‘I defy gravity’

‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world’

‘Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about’

What a woman!

Further information:

http://www.wikipedia.org (Accessed 25/01/2022

http://www.brainyquote.com (Accessed 25/01/2022

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com (Accessed 25/01/2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to read/view. Much love, Lauren xx

Β© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Art therapy (amateur) descriptions

Hi everyone, happy new year!

You may not know but I have actually been in a mental health hospital for the last four and a half months. I’m doing much better thank goodness; I thought it would be nice to share though some of my promarker pen amateur art therapy drawings I’ve produced whilst being a patient, and to offer a brief description of what inspired each piece. I do hope you enjoy!

I took inspiration for this cat piece from some art therapy books I already owned. The symmetry with the mushrooms, trees and butterflies and the blue/pink colour scheme is supposed to visually depict equality and togetherness.

This abstract quirky piece depicts looking at the world with eyes of love and promoting peaceful protest.

My two giraffes are boosting upwards off the yellow brick road towards Emerald City (I can relate to all the characters in the Wizard of Oz and I am considering a full leg sleeve tattoo haha).

This is art from great imagination if I may say so, haha. It’s Christmas themed and was started for the ward unique Christmas card competition. There’s a time traveling santa ‘Ho Ho’ sack, a mushroom / tea pot house, pouring green tea where a few people are zorbing. There is also a purple mother mountain, with people and unicycle trees tobogganing down her hair. Tiny snowmen and cute gnomes and everyone flying in the air like Iron man superheroes!

This is my tree of life, with quirky people who are also little tree houses living on each branch. There are blue circles up towards heaven with writing above saying ‘heaven is a place on Earth’. I hopefully envision a future where our planet becomes a utopia; where we come together in solidarity to tackle climate change and establish a better appreciation of and connectivity with nature.

This piece is inspired by The Lion King, where Mufasa encourages Simba to remember ‘who he is’ – the rightful aire to the throne (pride rock). I strongly believe that our actions in our lifetime matter, and we therefore have a responsibility to be and strive always to be, our best selves.

Here is a dark skinned goddess with elephant arms meditating on a mandala. There is a temple (and wind turbine) doorway to the right and to the left a tipee with banner swaying, saying ‘Blessed be the peacemakers).

And last, but certainly not least, is my colourful tiger. There are ‘eye of the tiger’ lyrics. This drawing seeks to symbolise tenacity. Life isn’t about how many times you get knocked down, but how fiercely you stand up and put your gloves back on, like the god/goddess YOU are!

Thank you so much for viewing / reading πŸ™‚

All the best, Lauren xx

Β© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Muhammad Ali drawing – progression photos

I recently drew a portrait of Muhammad Ali (the greatest) for my Dad, as he is my dad’s all time hero. Please see below progression photos of the drawing and a description. Many thanks…

I sketched using Derwent pencils, and coloured the background blue with a promarker pen. To me, blue is the colour of God and I believe Muhammad Ali was a prophet.

He was an incredible human being, with morals and principles, who stood up for what he believed in, such as refusing to go to war in Vietnam; losing his heavyweight boxing titles in the process.

I have surrounded the portrait drawing with inspirational quotes, of a great social activist and amazing, charismatic wonderful man. Here is the finished piece…

I’m not the best artist in the world anymore lol but I’m pleased to give my dad, my hero, a piece of art for his hero πŸ™‚

Thank you for taking the time to read / view!

Best wishes, Lauren xx

Β© 2021 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Skegness 11th August 2021

Earlier this year, me and my lovely grandma Ruth had a fantastic organised day trip to Skegness (skeggy). Here’s just a few photos and thoughts regarding our outing, hope you enjoy…

We were so fortunate that the weather was beautiful all afternoon, bright and warm and sunny; exactly what you wish for going to the seaside. Some others on the bus trip decided to visit Ingoldmells market first, we went straight to Skegness however.

I was very pleasantly surprised how gorgeous Skegness is. I’ve been to butlins often as a child, but couldn’t really remember how pretty the seaside itself is.

As soon as we got off the coach, we relaxed a while having a coffee / iced latte before strolling into the center. We window shopped a little, gran was adamant she was going to find a particular shop which just was not there, bless her. We had superb food in a popular fish and chips restaurant (no fish for me, urgh lol) before leisurely wandering around the fun fair, grabbing a slushy to cool down. Then we contently and casually walked along the promenade; it was amazing and heartwarming seeing families so happy on the beach. Me and gran sat down on the pier some time to unwind before heading to the pub, haha. I had a few ciders so I was rather tipsy on the way home and I don’t think the driver appreciated having an unscheduled toilet break, oh dear lol.

Skegness was not what I thought it would be at all, it completely surpassed my expectations. I can’t wait to go again and take my Dad along he would love it!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read / view, it is appreciated. Please keep a look out for my next blog post, a portrait of Muhammad Ali.

Much love, take care, Lauren xx

Β© 2021 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com