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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Sailor Puffin on: June 18, 2016 12:47:00 PM
It's Father's Day in the UK tomorrow, and I have been painting boat pictures for my dad over the last few years. This year he's getting something a little different Cheesy

My folks have just returned from a cruise around the Scottish Islands and Iceland, and were very excited to have seen puffins on their travels. It was almost inevitable that this would happen... Tongue

Hopefully he'll be amused!
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Festival Boots on: June 13, 2016 12:40:53 PM
I'm going to a festival this summer, therefore chances are it will rain Cheesy

I don't want to carry wellies about, just in case it doesn't rain (and they're not the most comfy of footwear for long periods anyway) so I was pleased to spot these in a charity shop. They're a nice make, but I don't really wear much blue, and they just looked a bit boring being the same colour all over.

Acrylics, sharpies and posca pens to the rescue!
I painted the main fabric panel at the sides with acrylic paint mixed with a little pva white glue, then decided on a mandala style design for each one, and a paisley design for the top stitched area after I had painted it brown. Just a few odd lines and marks on the rubber part, and white stripes up the back.

I did a little light sanding to make them look a bit more worn as they were a bit too brand new looking. I'm sure they'll get nice and mucky and worn in in no time! Cheesy

I don't have a before photo other than this one, which doesn't show the sides Undecided ...
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / The Great British Trifle-off! on: June 06, 2016 07:04:33 AM
A while ago some friends and I were discussing trifles since we had grown up with them at parties and Christmas. We disagreed with what went in the best trifle, so we decided to have a little competition!

This was my entry...

I followed this recipe as it was the most similar to what I grew up with, but with a few tweaks.

I used Madeira cake rather than sponge fingers.
I added 5 tablespoons of port rather than the sherry.
I used fresh strawberries, raspberries and also blackberries. I only wanted the jelly to be around the fruit, I didn't want it as a layer on it's own so I added more fruit than the recipe asked for. Maybe 450g.
Into the strawberry jelly (jello) I added a little Ribena (blackcurrant cordial) for more fruity umph Cheesy
No almonds, just 2 Cadbury's Flake which I bashed up into little bits. ( I went over it in the packet with a rolling pin). We always had our trifles covered in flake growing up.

Here were all the contenders...

And the winner?

I was joint first with a very boozy Pina Colada Trifle! Cheesy

I'd made a silly trifle crown for the winner, with hundreds and thousands sewn onto the top for extra 1970s style Wink

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mr Paul Sparrow on: May 25, 2016 09:22:55 AM
We've just moved into a new home so I'm busy collecting and making artwork for my walls at the moment.

We've also had a lot of visiting birds and there are some fat little babies about the garden too. This is a chubby little baby sparrow that my bloke has named Paul Cheesy

Just acrylic on canvas Smiley
5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars on: May 25, 2016 08:09:15 AM
I can't spot it being suggested, and I'm all over things 'moon' now I'm decorating my new house, so what about a moonlight challenge? All things moon, and moon-related?

Lighting, decor, sculpture, painting, jewellery...lots of options in lots of forms!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bathroom Cabinet on: March 15, 2016 11:12:10 AM
Another painted cabinet, this time a little one for my new bathroom. This is a cabinet that I've had for years. When we were teenagers my sister painted a sun on the front, so I've left some remnants of that on the front still. Scruffy front and calmer sides and top. The inside I've just waxed. I'm going to give it a few more waxes and polishes so it goes a little darker.

This photo has the image from a magazine I used as inspiration

Can't wait to move in now and see how it looks in it's new space!

7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES / One Tiny Twinkly Home on: March 08, 2016 11:29:57 AM
We are in the process of buying a house, so houses are on my brain at the moment. All going well with the purchase and my photography skills, I'm hoping this sparkly wee house will feature on my new home cards Cheesy

Starting work on the roof

Proof of size! The red paper adorning the right of the house over the windows is a postage stamp Smiley

Thanks for looking at my sparkly little thing! Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Traffic Light Drawers on: February 22, 2016 09:32:20 AM
Since I'm having a bit of a craft room re-do I didn't want to just stop at my painted dresser drawers. I'm aiming for elcectic and colourful so I can't just have plain wooden Ikea units in there, can I? Cheesy

My process for the outside was just to brush a couple of layers of coloured paint on, sand and then wax, but the drawer fronts I painted a layer of white gesso on first. When it came to sand them down, I decided to try adding a few sanded patterns on there too.

I love the way the dark wax adds so much distressing interest!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Craft Room Painted Drawers on: February 13, 2016 03:29:50 PM
We bought this varnished pine set of drawers yesterday to add some storage to my craft room. I loved the size of it, and the handles were already perfect! Lots of sanding and a little paint later and I have somewhere fun to store craft supplies. The 'guest' sign is just propped there for now.

I just need to add a coat of antique wax when that arrives next week and it's ready to fill! Grin

Updated - waxed with a dark wax to age and shine! Smiley

Here's how it looked before...but after I tested the first drawer for paint...
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 'Community' Tree - joint work project on: October 29, 2015 06:10:06 AM
I was asked to arrange some 1-year anniversary celebrations at work since we've been open 1 year next month. One of the things I suggested, and our manager loved, was an art piece that everyone could contribute to. After putting out some feelers to see what people would be happy doing I decided to keep it very basic, so all people have to do is stick their hand in paint and create some handprint leaves...easy! Cheesy

The canvas is 100 x 150cm. I painted the border and included some of the papers, stickers and snippits from work. Then painted the basic tree. Once everyone has added their prints, in one of 5 colours I've chosen, I'll touch up the painting as necessary.

And a few in-progress pics...

Sketching out the tree in paint

Adding some gesso to create some texture

Then painting in more detail again

Corner details

I can't wait to see everyones reaction to this, and to see what it looks like with the handprints when it's up in our company dining room! Smiley
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