Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
But this time it's not the bank balance - hurray! I was browsing through a car boot sale on Bank Holiday Monday (I love car boot sales hee hee!) and I found this dress and top set. They were slightly off white, slightly different colours, but more importantly are made of viscose, and as every crafter knows, viscose dyes really well! They're really pretty, with lace and embroidery and so I grabbed them up.
Whilst in Hobbycraft yesterday, I checked out the dye section and instead of the usual purple, I found my hand straying to the deep red box. This is how they turned out! I love this red!
I may punk it up a little with some black buttons, and maybe even dip dye the bottom in black too. Who knows!? I have a great Namaste red granny square hoody that would go great with this!
I picked these up for my sofa at the same car boot. Did these influence my choice of dye? Maybe, maybe not!
This is 'my' side of the sofa, on M's side the back cushion is all saggy and squishy because he rests his arm on the top of the cushion. I hate that, so now I won't let him swap the cushions over, because he'll do that to the other side too and it'll bug me. It's all lumpy and horrible.
And here is my first ever piece of smithed jewellery! I've used silver smithing techniques, but the metal isn't silver, it's gilded metal which has the same properties and silver, but is cheap to practise on. I took my mini drill with me last night to get the final polish as I couldn't get into the spiral with the wet and dry. I ended up polishing some of the others pendants too.
I also learnt how to use the piercing saw and cut my own shape from a piece of metal, ready to file and learn the cloisonne techniques on. I think I cut the most complicated shape (a heart) but no-one else seemed bothered about learning how to cut the metal. They just want to decorate pre-cut blanks! It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be and even though I snapped *cough* about 3 blades, I did it fairly quickly There's no stopping me now!
This is a picture of a piercing saw, though it's not the one I used. This is just one from the net!
Here's my pendant now, all thonged up and ready to wear. I think I shall wear it today. Hopefully I won't react to it *fingers crossed*
We had a go at enamelling last night, which is GREAT, great fun. It's really instant gratification and combines my love of colour, glass and melting things!! That's my kind of craft *lol* Here's my practice piece.
I love the retro look that millifoire (did you know that millifoire glass is made like sticks of rock, and means million flowers?) gives enamelling. This is a really tiny piece only about 2.5cm tall. The main colour is supposed to be purple, but I guess it's not a very strong colour because it doesn't come through very well. Yummy!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Even though they are not exactly my tastes, I like the first one, with the four trees. They kind of remind me of sweeties. Jelly Tots or Smarties maybe. I get so involved with swapping I forget to paint, so it's nice to do a little project like this sometimes.
I have an OTT (one tiny thing) to do for Javede - I think I know what I'm going to do. I've now finished another IYPHP for Karan and another thing for Solorn for the Autumnal Colour swap. I'll try and get a photo of that tomorrow.
Tomorrow night I'll be at Jewellery class again and this week we're going to have a go at Cloisonne (weehee!) and Thursday night Mum and I are going to have a card making session. I'm going to try and get all my Christmas cards done and written, so that I can hand them all over to Mum for her to hand out on Mum and Dad's pre-Christmas travels (my family are Londoner's, so most of our relations live that way.) I bought a pack of ivory coloured card stock all ready, and I think I will be going for the vintage look this year, ivory, gold and sepia. I try and come up with a different design each year and make all the cards the same. I've persuaded M to give me a lift there and back, so no doubt there will be a little wine involved in the evening. Stick 'n' Bitch! Nice!
I also have a craft fair booked for Saturday. Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. I wonder if I could get me one of those Time Turner thingies like Hermiones?! And Sunday, M and I are supposed to be going to the Sealife Centre in Birmingham. We were supposed to be going Bank Holiday Weekend, but after Sunday at the F3 races, M was knackered and didn't fancy another long drive. They have a seahorse breeding programme at Birmingham and loads of jellyfish 'n' stuff. Coool!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
This is us on the Grid (the race track) as the cars were about to line up. Special honour apparently! I dunno what it is about this picture, but we both look several stones heavier than we actually are *lol* Never get a tall bloke to take pictures of you when you're short! Hard to believe looking at M now that he had dreads when we met (13 years ago - yikes!). I think my hair was emerald green at that point too.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Well, busy day today! Made jam using the greengages from the tree in the front garden. What a domestic goddess I am! Greengages are small sweet green plums. I only had three jars ready so I have more fruit to make more jam with shortly. The full story is on my 101 things in 1001 days blog. (link on the right hand side bar)
'How is a girl to craft like this?' or 'What to do when your friends want to help you craft'. My furbaby, my craft desk, my problem!
M passed his exam yesterday and is now a fully qualified meter installation & service engineer. WELL DONE M! I had worse news, my hours will be cut as less students are taking art as an option this year *boo hoo* In with one hand and out with the other *sigh*
Here is the bed that Danceisthenewmosh made for my furbabies, all felted and dried. Hopefully they will discover it soon and use it. LOVING those colours! Very Burton-esque! (Yes, I love Tim Burton!)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The one on the bottom right is mine, the one with the spirals. I got to play with a blow torch *mwahaha*
Next week I think we get to try cloisonne :-)
I've signed up for the IYPHP with Karan. I was going with Laural, but I don't think she's up to it at the minute, so Laural, when you're feeling better, I'll do a personal HP swap with you! The only thing is I won't be able to post my projects otherwise I'll spoil the surprise. We've already decided we'll be surprising each other! I already have quite a few ideas and found the 'perfect' thing for one item in town yesterday :-)
Posted by Samsara at Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
I finished Kitschkweens rainbow scarf. I made it extra long so she could wrap it around her neck and the clouds were made from little six sided medallions. Are they called heptagons? Basically, they're a variation of the old granny square. Only they're not square. And I'm not a granny. I might be old enough to know better though *lol*
I made a wand based on the instructables tutorial. I'm actually amazed at how well this thing turned out! It's quite sturdy and looks pretty good. I just made it for fun with some waste paper from the printer. If only it was real, I'd use it to summon all the post that seems to have gone missing recently. I'm missing a parcel from Karan, Frosty, and at least one eBay parcel in the past month alone. Accio parcels - I think Owl post would be quicker and much more reliable.
I'm taking part in the Autumnal Colour Swap over on Craftermath. It's the first swap run over there for a while, I think I may have organised the last one *lol*. This is the first thing I've created for my swap partner Solorn.
Vintage gift wrap (I know it's vintage as I've been saving it for years because it was such lovely paper), embossed with her name on the inner, and leaves randomly stamped thought the book. I also glued a ribbon in as a place marker.
I like how this project turned out. I wish I had enough of this paper left to make myself one. Ah well!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Bowl: My sister gave me this bowl many years ago, it's very ethnic and primitive - maybe Mexican or African. I think it's been hand-built - a coil method I should think by the weight. I love the shape and colours. It lives on my faux wood burner and sometimes has a candle in.
Bodrain: I kinda play the Bodrain (Irish Drum) - I say kinda, because I'm not that good, it just fascinates me. When M plays the Didge, I quite often accompany him on percussion, drums, clap sticks, shakers, stuff like that. We used to be in a band together called Bushfire and have performed live in front of an audience on more than one occasion. I need dutch courage to do that though. I'm quite a shy person normally. It was good fun practicing, but we had a Prima Donna in the group, who used to take over and do impromptu solos, or change things though a performance, so you lost track of where you were. M and I eventually left and the band fell apart. My drum lives on my living room wall coz it's so pretty! :-)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Approximate cost of today's shopping trip = £12.
No of projects enabled = 5+
Amount of fun = Priceless!
Posted by Samsara at Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I don't think the original has the ties on the other side either, but I think they balance it and they almost look like ringlets. I love roll-y brim hats, they're somehow a little more flattering than a ribbed edge, don't you think?
I made something with my first skein! Here it is all rolled up ball like, ready to use.
It was my little brother's birthday last Friday, so I crocheted him a bowl, which I then felted in the washing machine. Unfortunately I forgot to take an after photo.
After the inevitable teasing, (sometimes even family members don't quite 'get' what is so special about a gift like this - I mean, my first yarn, handspun, crocheted and felted by me!) he said he liked it and was going to keep his loose chain, etc in it!. I also gave him a decent bottle of red wine too, so it wasn't like he was hard done by!
I thought he'd prefer the more natural colour!