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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / IKEA Fira, Painted Notions Box on: January 02, 2009 09:17:21 AM
I started with a kit from IKEA. It came in many pieces. Here are the illustrations:

I love the bottom. If you get frustrated, call IKEA.

After assembling it the box looked like this:

I looked online at my favorite website http://www.colourlovers.com and found the perfect colors to work with.

I used acrylic paints and watered them down to a very thin consistency in order to create a wash. I started with the orange. After drying I covered it in the blue-green color and used a piece of styrofoam I cut with a decorative scissors to scrape some of the blue off to reveal the orange. I then used that same piece to create the red dot pattern. The drawers started out orange as well. I used a red wash over that and then the blue. I wanted the inside drawers to each be a different color.

I am very pleased with the outcome. I went into this without a real plan b/c thats not really how I work. For me, one step inspres the next.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Mosaic: Practice Piece on: September 07, 2008 07:37:21 PM
I'm new to mosaics thanks to this really great book I got from Crafters Choice, "Mosaics, Ceramics and Glasswear". I took the first project from the book and made my first initial as a practice piece to learn the materials. It came out pretty good.

Anyone have any tips on grout? Such as what is the ratio of water and grout to mix? I use sanded grout and find after it dries a lot of sand comes off the piece. I wasn't sure if that was supposed to happen or if eventually that stops rubbing off.

Thanks for your input.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Hats on: September 06, 2008 12:37:19 PM
I wanted to start off my first photo post with a few pics of what I do for part of my living. I make these hats at home for a boutique in my city but they do get sold to boutiques all over the Midwest. I just think they are so adorable. I have included 3 designs but there are many more variations. Most are still in progress. I wanted to show the steps I go through to make them.

Alligator: front and back

Doggy: front and back

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