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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Re: Natural pendant made with northern forest treasures on: September 04, 2011 11:37:52 PM
This is so beautiful! It looks like something that a fairy would wear. I want one!!!!

Thanks a lot! definitely, I love fairies and I thought about it when I was making it. I think I would try to make some ad put them on etsy jejeje. Thanks for your nice comment.
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Re: Natural pendant made with northern forest treasures on: September 04, 2011 02:44:36 PM
So beautiful and unusual! I love the nut husks, have they been eaten by something (squirrels?)

Hi! thanks for your kind comment, yes! at this time of the year the squirrels are eating all the hazelnuts and not leaving anything for us =) only the caskets.
23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Re: Natural pendant made with northern forest treasures on: September 04, 2011 01:38:12 PM
It's so very pretty!!  will the lichen dry to a brown?  how long will that take? 

Izzy

Hi =) The lichen is dried already, I put them in the sauna and dried before hand. The colors will remain like that as far as I have seen in my other pieces. Thanks a lot for your comment
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Natural pendant made with northern forest treasures on: September 04, 2011 11:55:03 AM
Hello everybody!
I read about this challenge and I got so happy! All handicrafts I do are inspired by nature but I felt I should do something special this time and show it to all of you. So I went to the forest, picked some beauties from the ground and started creating this amazing pendant. So far this is the prettiest one I have created with my brand, I still have to put it to dry and spray something on top but I could not resist to show you the result! The materials are Pine sticks, some moss we removed from the wood of our home (is bad fro the wood even though it looks awesome), hazelnut caskets, birch bark, Reindeer lichen and British soldier lichen.






We love the forest, often we find so beautiful pieces of magic in there that even though people here in Finland doesn't appreciate jewelry made with natural materials, we continue struggling for a better understanding of real beauty, of pure beauty.

Hope you like my pendant, let me know your opinions.






Hugs,
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: IDEAS: Creating a working place with recycled materials. (lots of pics) on: April 14, 2011 08:53:36 AM
Thanks lovely ladies for your coments Smiley <3
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Kitchen cabinets (IMG HEAVY) on: April 14, 2011 03:57:03 AM
It is the most amazing kitchen cabinets and doors I have seen in my life!!!!!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Finally an organized craft room. Warning VERY long. on: April 14, 2011 03:54:03 AM
Everything looks very organized and easy to find! Is so nice that you did not buy anything new because it is not necessary Cheesy
loved it!
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / IDEAS: Creating a working place with recycled materials. (lots of pics) on: April 14, 2011 03:46:17 AM

Some months ago we decided to create a little workshop in our small apartment where we can make our magics. We decided to construct it under the bed (our bed is close to the ceiling). So we picked up some furniture we had in the cellar and reused some stuff that was laying all around to make a modest place where all the tools can be organized.

Some days ago I got a huge donation of materials from our neighbor Mariatta. I did not know how to accommodate all that yarn, buttons, recycled corks, thread, wood pieces etc, etc. So at the end I decided to reorganize that space.

Sometimes the coach is cozier than the workshop but I decided that maybe was better to use the workshop instead of the coach this time and make it nicer with the resources we had.

Organizing a space with low budget or no budget is easy. But it is necessary to be very resourceful and recycle all the things you can.

Here are some pictures of the result (still some things to improve. Everything little by little Smiley)

This is how it looks inside of the workshop


With some shelves we never used anywhere and recycled tiles I made space for little boxes and all the tools for painting. Also recycling a piece of the bed we took off I made a tool holder hammering some nails into the piece of wood and screwing it in the wall..
In the background there is a white dish holder that we took away from the kitchen a long time ago and I reused to hang all the earrings and jewelry.
The boxes that I use to hold beads, thread and other little things are old cake forms.


This part is still under construction. With some aluminum protective cases for 32 mm film rolls I created a holder for many small things that Mariatta gave me. All those little shiny things that you use in cards, small beads, confetti, etc, etc.

I used recycled jars to store some material as well.


his is an IKEA chair that the last person who lived here left. The color was horrible but now is painted with my favorite spirals.


To store all the small things and painting I added some recycled jars lids to the bottom of the bed to which I can screw the jars. It is a very useful way to save space in small places and looks so nice! We loved it!

TIP: If you boil the jars for 30 minutes all the paper that is on them comes off easier.

So this is what I have done so far, still lots to improve. There is no need to loose all your money in IKEA or Bauhaus buying containers and shelves, expensive wall papers and fancy fabrics.

In our culture mainstream media make us believe that everything should be bought new and fancy. Over the pass of the years mass consuming has become one of the most important ways to be manipulated. Everything is disposable, even people. I want to encourage everybody to destroy that behavior.
Using imagination and understanding that feeding the chain of consuming and throwing away creates a huge environmental and behavioral problem, is one of the reasons why we should try find usable materials in the garbage.

Lets dignify ourselves. Lets stop this consuming chain before it is too late.

This is a very important video that everybody should see about the "Story of the stuff". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLBE5QAYXp8&feature=player_embedded

 Hope you like my proyect!
Hugs, Jenn




29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Flower girl with water drop buddy on: April 13, 2011 10:07:01 AM
They are so cute, and what a great concept.  I love your photos too!

Thanks you! I am glad you liked this cute girl Smiley
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: How to do a colorful cute applique with recycled pieces? Tutorial Lots of images on: April 13, 2011 10:05:14 AM
Thank you for the tutorial, I will have to have a go at these when I get access to my stash!

Nice! let me know when so I can see what you create Wink. Thanks for passing
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