Green Door Studio

One of my dearest friends and her daughter have opened a new business in Brighton called Green Door Studio.

It is an adorable shop filled with repurposed furniture, handmade crafts and hard-to-find items like vintage windows and drawer pulls. The store also has two classrooms so people can hang out and work on their own projects or take classes from several different teachers, including me!

When the store opened, I wanted to take something as a bit of a congratulations gift. Knowing the store’s (and my friend’s) philosophy on recycling and being “green,” I made this little vase out of a jelly jar (one that actually came with jelly in it, not one of my canning jars).

green_candy_spiegelTo make the label, I pulled out a manilla tag and cut off the tag portion and used a corner punch to round the edges.

green4_candy_spiegelI swiped three shades of green Distress Ink onto my non-stick craft sheet

green5_candy_spiegeland spritzed it with water.

green6_candy_spiegelThen I placed the tag upside down and swirled it around in the ink.

green7_candy_spiegelI dried it with a heat gun and then swiped it around in the ink some more. I dried it again and repeated the process a few more times until I liked the results.

green8_candy_spiegelThen I inked the edges in Vintage Photo Distress Ink

green9_candy_spiegeland then applied a bit of Black Soot Distress ink to the very edge.

green2_candy_spiegelI added stickers from Authentique and stamped the word Congratulations on the label and then stuck it to the jar. Next I added some Tissue Tape from Tim Holtz, a bit of twine and a button (Stampin’ Up) to the rim of the glass.

green3_candy_spiegelAs a final touch, I glued on a wishbone from Tim Holtz for good luck.

green_candy_spiegelI filled the jar with water and some freshly cut basil from my garden — I love how good it smells — and took it to the new store on opening day.

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