Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What's in a name?

If you are lucky (or unlucky) enough to have an unusual name, you know the frustration of never being able to find personalised stuff. I remember being envious of friends at school with pens, key rings or other wonderful accessories emblazoned with their names. I could never find things with my name on, so when I claimed not one, but two people in the OWS swap that had unusual names, I knew I had to craft them something with their names on.

I painted this mug for Karan (note the particular spelling for Karan) and apparently I got bonus points for getting her two other unusual names on there too. When I first sat down with this mug, I considered putting the names in large letters on it, but no matter how I played around with the design, it just didn't look right. So I created this swirling design that goes around the mug, and made the names 'ride the wave' all the way round it. Then I added some stars and dots, outlined and painted it all, and fired it. I'm quite pleased with the result and I think she is too.

I liked the use of the star in place of the A - an inspired moment *lol*

I also made them a personalised notebook each. Well, it's a notebook cover, made from felt with elastic to slip the notebook into and embroidered with blanket stitch around the edge. I sewed some vintage lace on, glued some sparkly glitter and embellished with a personalised name plate that I made for them in last weeks Fimo session.

I used the texture plates sent to me by PattyCat to create that wonderful starry background, and silver metallic powder brushed on to give that metallic look.

I also made some decorative cabochons to glue on there too, made from a mould I took from a button. I think it all tied together well.


Kookie said...

I LOVE my mug and notebook : )

tasket basket said...

What a beautiful, thoughtful thing this is to do for your swap partners! And the crafts are very pretty and unique as well!



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