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71  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Three-panel painting above my bed on: March 31, 2009 08:15:18 AM
Quite a while ago I had taken down from the wall above my bed the framed print I used to have there, and any other wall decoration there. I had bought three panels of wood, and mounted them on the wall, painting in a lovely light purple shade. My idea was to have some kind of silhouette design in white, but I couldn't decide exactly what that was going to be. Abstract curls? Trees? Geometric shapes? I had no clue. SO the panels hung on my wall for a while, looking very purple and sad.

Then I spotted this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289329.0 from caroline_dw and it was love at first sight. I adored the flow of the movement... and how unfussy it looked.

SO here's what I did:


the sketch on the purple panel


halfway through the first coat of white


the final effect
(I am also proud of the bookshelves under it - I put them up myself and it was my first time drilling holes in my wall - I was kind of afraid of them toppling over me in my sleep, but they're holding up well! the end are not perfectly matching but I'm going to fix that, I was just too happy with the panels to fix that before taking the pics)


closer up

the third photo gives the best idea of the color - and I'll have to keep them in mind when I'll get painting my walls possibly very soon (the living room is first on my plan, but so far I'm planning the color changes in photoshop...)
72  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First experiments with fork pendants on: March 15, 2009 09:52:12 AM
After so many examples seen here, I got hold of some of my late grandma's silverware, and decided to take the plunge and - even if I don't really have the proper equipment, try to make some wearable jewelry out of them.

My current favorite one (I'm wearing this tomorrow for sure!)


(modeled by my rocking chair's throw pillow)... it almost look like the frame for a cameo or something. I am very happy because it goes well with the silver chain I stuck it on, which I had stopped wearing lately because it felt too masculine (idea which hit me after seeing a coach at the rink where I work wearing an identical one) but I felt all my other pendants were too small and girly for it... I don't know if this makes sense.

with the rest of the fork and a glass bead from a bag charm that I destroyed a while ago I tried this:

but I'm not really satisfied, because bending it was a nightmare. I. need. better. tools.

with another fork, I wanted to cover up an incision that was on the handle, so I added some beads...


close-up


not sure what I think of it, actually. I like the beads and the color, the weight and the dimensions... but you can't see much of it being made from cutlery, and that's part of the coolness of the project, so I feel like something has gotten lost....
73  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Friend living abroad... on: November 24, 2006 12:23:34 PM
I just discovered that a friend of mine is going to be home for Xmas, so the inevitable "what can I get him" came up...

general info on him (and later down some past presents I gave him)

- he's 27, Italian, living in the US (Detroit) to train (he's a figure skater)
- has his own apartment (still quite bare, I think) there, after sharing one with his partner (a girl - they do ice dancing)
- he has pretty nice tastes. Previous home here in Italy had dramatic colours, exotic touches. Dresses with a nice style, both casual but stylish, with nice "weird/personal" touches
- he's a very sweet a generous person, a bit mad maybe...
-he's had a rough time this summer, worst of it was his father's death while he was in America.
- likes music of every kind, but has little time for things like books and movies
- travels a lot around the world.

.....

- last present I gave him was skating related - a pair of fabric blade guards for his skates I sewed up for him, as I knew his were really ruined.
- I organized with a friend who was going to see them at a competition in canada to send them a present there. in 2004 I sewed a "mascot" for them (www.frozen-memories.com/topo/index.htmlit even has a website) and it was a big hit - but I didn't send the mascot to the US with them. So I sewed a new "secondary" mascot and sent it as a surprise for them. It was enormously appreciated by both him and his partner.
-in october I gave him a present he liked a lot (he told me) - I wrote down 50 memories of past adventures, things I wanted to tell him, quotes and other things to cheer him up, printed them and cut out 50 individual strips which I rolled up and tied with a tiny satin ribbon. I made a brocade pouch for these 50 little scrolls, and gave him istructions to open one and read it only when he felt sad or stressed or homesick. he told me last week he's read just 4 since I gave them to him. but he really, really liked the present, and want s to make it last as long as possible! Kiss
-my friends and I organized a good-bye party for them in june when they first moved to the US. my present then was a scrapbook of photos and memories of our group of friends, plus a personalized fridge magnet (and a digital camera we bought all together for them, so that they can send us photos of their life)
-last Xmas I knitted him a biiiig scarf, because he spends so much time in cold places. He used it A LOT last winter!

I was thinking of maybe something for his house, but then I don't want him to give him something he might have trouble bringing back there (so, nothing too big)...
or maybe something practical for all his trips (like, a sleeping mask for the long flights, but then I know he already sleeps like a baby when on a plane!)...
or something along the lines of the previous "sentimental/friendship" things... small but significant... (btw, we're really just friends. he's also gay... no involvement of that kind between us!)

help!!
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