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371  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: Manchester - Trafford Centre? on: April 25, 2006 05:48:28 AM
Hallo Irish Belle

I'm Manchester born and bred and the Trafford Centre is a dead loss for crafts.

Try FRED ALDOUS which is a fantabulous art and craft supplier based on LEVER STREET in the city centre of Manchester. Lever street is directly off the main area called Piccadilly Gardens[/b]


Here take a look at the link. have fun. Jodilee

[http://www.fredaldous.co.uk/contactus.htmb]
372  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: broken mirror mosaic mirrors on: April 24, 2006 08:47:02 AM
wow thanks retrorabbit you've made my day. Shocked Shocked

I always try to make stuff I love and from things which cost very little or nothing if I can. I have periods of high production and I use making as a form of therapy Tongue

sometimes I have to get out of bed and just write down an idea I've just had so that I won't forget it.............otherwise I can't sleep.

I was just born  a maker, i love fiddling about and being covered in paint or glue etc. but quite often ruin a creation because I  have no patience I just wanna see the end result so much that I make mistakes.

Also I must say photography can always make your creations look fantastic but they don't always stand up to close scrutiny..............perfection is NOT something I aspire to I love a piece if it looks hand made...............well thats my excuse Grin

Thanks again for saying nice things its like a blast of sunshine on a rainy day.
373  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Switchplate-a-palooza (img-hvy) on: April 24, 2006 04:47:00 AM
These are absolutley fabulous. The colours are great, I thought you'd painted them then I  realised it was paper but wow  that is funky paper.

You could even use small pieces from magazines. I saw some great 'background" mosaics in one magazine and the size was perfect to just cut out and use and there was no writing on it either......perfect. Plus I have seen some in old wallpaper sample books.......not the wallpaper itself as that'd probably be too thick but a 'foto' of the wallpaper if you get what I mean Huh

God I've got soo many ideas now that i feel the need to rush off and MAKE something.

Just one question what on earth is MOD PODGE is that an American product cos here in Holland I've never heard of it.
374  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: broken mirror mosaic mirrors on: April 23, 2006 12:49:01 PM
Hoi BeaG en bedankt.  Grin
(Mij Nederlands schrijven is niet zo goed omdat ik ben engels, maar ik begrijp helemaal goed)

Ik heb jou werk gezien op je website het is heel spannend en in zo veel verschillende media. Ik vind het prachtig dat eindelijk heb ik een positief reactie van een Nederlander/se. Roll Eyes

Is daar fotos van jou werk op dit site?
375  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glass Goodies in my shop!! on: April 22, 2006 04:26:06 AM
These are not only very very nice but you sell them so cheaply too!!!!!!!!
I looked at your site and was expecting a hefty price tag but what a surprise mostly under 10 dollars. I hope you sell lots of them. You are very talented and your colour combinations make me very jealous as I have no eye for matching colours. Roll Eyes
376  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: broken mirror mosaic mirrors on: April 22, 2006 04:21:24 AM
Hallo Loog

I think if you wanna make one.............go ahead give it a go you'll be surprised how easy it is and you get great results.
 I cut my piece of mdf to shape then paint it in a bright colour. Next I stick the 'main' mirror into place and begin sticking on the  glass or plastic beads in a line around the main mirror sort of framing it. Then I start sticking on broken bits of mirror and lastly I put the coloured glass piecs on top trying to keep the shapes the same as the broken piece of mirror I'm sticking it to.
Then all you need is a hook on the back and voila.

Go on have a go what have you got to lose............ Grin

Oh yeah don't forget when you are breaking your glass or mirrors pieces FIRST place them in a small towel or cloth and then hit them with the hammer. This will save you from pieces flying off everywhere including your eyes
377  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: prettied lamps on: April 18, 2006 08:09:09 AM
This is fantastic.............I love it. What are the coloured things on the shade are they beads or is it nylon/plastic that goes all the way through the shade??

And as for the mess in the background................the brilliance of the light put the background completely in the 'shade' Cool
378  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: broken mirror mosaic mirrors on: April 16, 2006 02:37:54 PM
Yeah the lamps are made from metal strips woven. the strips hold packing cases onto pallets in warehouses.
Oh the cat is actually a persian but she had to be shaved and she looked soooooooo strange we had to take pictures. She looked so cute like a little lion but boy was she cross.

Thanks both of you for saying good things about my stuff it helps to keep the creative juices flowing. I live in Holland (europe) and so far have had no interest whatsoever which is a bit demoralising although I do make stuff just for the "because I like to". Praise certainly helps Roll Eyes
379  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: From cheap kit furniture to designer looking stuff. on: April 16, 2006 11:44:47 AM
I think your stuff looks great much better because only you have it........unique!! Keep up the good work cos it looks as if you enjoy it. Grin
380  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / broken mirror mosaic mirrors **now with fotos** on: April 16, 2006 11:33:29 AM
Hallo I'm new here but I love what I've seen so far, so many creative people its great. I hope my stuff fits into the craft title. I make loads of stuff from fabric rugs and mosaics and mirrors and lamps and spider webs made from wooden sticks. blah blah blah. I'm just so excited to share this with you all.

I make these out of MDF and broken bits of mirror that I collect where ever and wheneverI find it. I also use broken coloured glass scavenged from the local stained glass window maker. I love to use things which have had a previous life or that were destined for the rubbish dump. I have to buy the central complete mirror and MDF but For the most I prefer to recycle its more inspirational............you know necessity is the mother of design and all that.








Anyway there are lights I make from woven metal strips and mirrors made from mirror and glass waste from a stained glass shop. There are collages made from material scraps and giant pom poms made from coloured pantyhoses/tights plus window decorations made from wool tops (for making felt) and wire sculptures from recycled coloured wire amd a spiders web made out of factory waste wooden sticks. Pleas take a look and I"m happy to explain how I made them with a tutorial if anybody is interested in a particular piece.
Check out my space slide show of some of my stuff.  PLEASE

see my link below all my posts...........





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