So I haven't been posting my stuff of late because I can't take decent photo's. That's why. I'm still busy, of course. What I'll do is post rubbish phone shots...
I've just made a few more Hanky Boxes. Not that they're for hankies neccessarily. I found a load of chandelier crystal drops in a skip/dumpster some time back, so these newbies are terribly blingy. Lovely, over-the-top sparkles. For a cheap, easy to make craft, I've managed to add a whole lot of expense with the beading too, but I don't care. It could be done cheaper I'm sure (like if I dived into my vast stash for example?). In fact, they don't really need beads, it's just that this is what I like at the moment.
On that note (beads), I bought a stack of cheap-shop containers and sorted out my beads. They are so gorgeous I feel quite inspired. A few beads are from my Grandma and Nanna (great-grandmother) and others my Mum. Mostly my excited purchases. You know, start a new craft to use up your stuff... then gets all excited and buy a ton of new stuff.
So, using more of the books I cut up for my Honey Bunch's Box, I've made another two boxes (extra to The One True's... The larger two are the same panels, only one uses 6 and the other 8. The smaller one is the same as Zoe's Hanky Box and a few Mill's & Boon boxes.
NOTE: Please follow the links and the labels at the end of this post for tutorials, patterns, etc.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
You can see everything over at my Ravelry page, and If you look at others' projects for each, you'll see better detail. These are crummy phone photo's.
It's cold here this winter and I'm keen to have many pairs of cuffs to wear, doubled up even. Plus, we have a few family birthdays (done now for ages).
As I write, I've just dyed enough Bendigo alpaca (green) to make a cardigan too. Plus spare to make something else...? Like cuffs?
|Lady Violet's Dinner Gauntlets in Rowan Angora Haze and Schopelle Wolle Lace Ball|
|Into Trees in Morris & Son's Maya 8ply|
|Baby Alligator Scarf in Cleckheaton Angora/Silk/Merino 8 ply|
|My daughter and my grandson (her nephew)|
|Claire's Pillary Gauntlets in Morris & Son's Maya 12 ply|
|Claire's Gauntlets Again in Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica 10 ply|
Saturday, May 30, 2015
|My hubby has a lot of pets. Wild birds. They come and sing or chortle outside our bedroom window if they see us there. He's their friend. So when he said he wanted a pad to stand on while at his easel, painting, I thought, there you go.|
Saturday, April 04, 2015
Which he'll never really use, but I wanted to make him one.
|I've cut out bits of another picture and pasted them over this beautiful girl, just for balance. Also , they're the One True's favourite type of painted trees.|
For the inside, I used the score from a couple of old and well-worn piano scores (Op-Shop). They have the pianist's notations and comments, which is touching. I managed to get a theme going in the words and it's quite romantic (so I won't show you all of it, you'll have to pop into Morris & Son's when I get the display together, which will be a little while because I have great plans and great plans take time).
|Words cut from various headings, ala Ransom Note.|
|I have a lot of (and then found more) chandelier baubles, so added them around to give the lid weight. I used to make the lid a bit bigger than the base, and now I remember why.|
Do you think I could build my own coffin? Just a thought. Again, apologies for the awful pictures.
|The picture on the card is up one way and then the other.|
|These are hand made papers I bought some time ago (also not in vain in the end). They are heavily textured and gorgeous and had to be bought.|
For the pattern, go to Zoe's Hanky Box and for a tutorial, follow the label below
So, you have to accept these lousy phone shots until I get one.
|Mercedes (Saide). I made this removable so she can have a look at the picture more easily. Incidentally, the triangles created are just the size for hankies, pressed into quarters, triangularly.|
|Ane here is my little darling at the Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda, near us. The photo completely captures her lovely nature. A happy, interested child.|
|What's not well illustrated here are the really pretty pink glass tear-drops. I've been at Maria's Beads frequently of late (I've been knotting my old and newly collected pearls).|
|The floral paper is downloaded from one of pillpat (agence eureka)'s amazing sets of vintage book and game and everything images. Worth spending a few hours looking through. I've used heaps from there (not to mention the cut-out-and-assemble games the children have enjoyed). Sorry I can't remember where the flowers came from!|
Follow the links below to see more boxes and to find the tutorial. I will be teaching this method at Morris & Son's in Melbourne, just as soon as I've built enough for a decent display.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
|(the blue binding in the photo is the right colour, but the oranges above are too bright)|
We (the One True and I) went on an emergency trip to Kazari in Prahran last Saturday, because, even though I have as much fabric as they do, I didn't have anything that looked right for the rug binding. Nothing! And, being silks and cottons (and nylons), I wasn't going to use wool (which I could dye the right colour but which wouldn't look right, texture-wise).
I managed to find (within the first minute) the perfect colour and a pleasing texture to use. An old kimono, unlined, $20. You can see it in this awfully blurred and temporary photo (which shows the colour well, nonetheless). It's fluffy because I cut off-grain and the back-colour shows at the edges (an old shell-pinky shade). Noice.
I also had to have a $10 length of gorgeous, purple, silk-satin damask (amazing colour), and... a shell thingy and a fabulous ceramic bird in jade green. While I was choosing the fabric (and I looked at every roll of cloth in the shop, but came back to the first choice) my Fella went to the art supply shop and spent loads of money. Loads. So, our $20 ended up being nearly $300. Sooo naughty.
But we don't care.
Bambi's now in pride of place in front of the chaise, looking the wrong size but nearby enough, for the moment, to gaze upon all of those beautiful mostly vintage silks.