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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 'tis the season on: December 23, 2010 02:28:18 AM
It's a bit last minute, but I thought I'd share my Holiday decorations.

I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to Christmas decorations, I always have these brilliant ideas which are great and easy in my head but complicated and frustrated in reality.

This year I thought how wonderful it would be to integrate a bit of typography in my decorations so I decided to print out some words, stick them onto cardboard, cut it out and with the help of some gold spray paint, add a bit of holiday spirit. But off course I had to choose a serif font which looked wonderful on the computer but was hell to cut out. Luckily in the end all turned out well as the following photo proofs.



And then, as the French would say, the pièce the résistance.



I spotted bauble wreaths popping up at various blogs. I wondered how hard it could be – I mean it's just sticking balls to a wreath – so decided I might as well give it a try. I kind of underestimated how many baubles exactly go into a bauble wreath. For all you decoration virgins, I think there are about 150 in mine. That amount means a lot of glueing, and even more annoying, a lot of watching glue dry. But I think the result is pretty stunning. Because I like it so much I'm actually too afraid to hang it up like I was planning to, so I think I just leave it lying on the coffee table. Nice and safe, just the way I like it...

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, It's a mural! on: March 12, 2009 05:12:43 AM
Kayster, that looks lovely. I'm quite impressed that you did that by hand!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: 'As light as a feather' lamp + TUTORIAL on: March 01, 2009 02:20:47 PM
Thanks everybody for the nice comments!

princesskikaru: I worked on it  for about two weeks, I must confess only for maximum an hour at a time, it's a bit of repetitive work and my mind tends to wander :-)

narhloki: if you do make one make sure top post it on Craftster, I would love to see it!

adiemonster: Mmm, I'm not quite sure what you mean by the plastic bottles comment...
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / 'As light as a feather' lamp + TUTORIAL on: February 25, 2009 03:23:25 AM
I already posted about the mural I did for my sister's bedroom.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289329.msg3283325#msg3283325

But that's not all she got: I also made her a feather lamp.



I had seen similar designs on the web and here on craftster, and decided to try and make one myself.

I used a pink Japanese paper lamp as base.



I drew about a million - or so it felt - leaves from craft tissue paper, using a stencil and tracing pencils (used for sewing) and then cut them out with scissors.



Then I added glue at the top of the leave using a glue roller.



And started sticking. (I fixed the lamp to a microphone stand to keep the lamp sturdy while sticking)



Because I used different colours for the paper lamp and tissue paper, you get a great effect when it's lit.



I really liked how it turned out...

But it gets even better, my talented boyfriend – his artist name is Toonpoot - made a matching painting!



5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Let it shine! - Teacup candles on: February 08, 2009 04:54:52 AM
It's actually very easy: go to your local craft store, buy candle wax and wicks. Melt the wax in an old cooking pot on a low fire (some waxes can be melted in the microwave, check the packaging) Place the wick in the middle of the teacup and carefully pour in the wax. Let cool down and voila you have yourself a teacup candle!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, It's a mural! on: February 03, 2009 01:52:41 AM
Dorion: the walls are covered with fibreglass wallpaper and were then painted over. It's not ideal since the surface wasn't smooth to paint the mural on but because it's an old house and the plaster on the walls wasn't that even, it was the best choice.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Let it shine! - Teacup candles on: February 03, 2009 12:20:37 AM
They never get warm enough to break. I do however put them out just before the flame reaches the bottom of the cup to be on the safe side.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, It's a mural! on: February 02, 2009 06:36:55 AM
skankamaggot: It was indeed less terrifying because I could just overpaint any errors Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, It's a mural! on: January 28, 2009 02:50:50 AM
Thanks everybody for the nice comments!

fusbdgt: It was actually a lot easier than I thought. Luckily we we're able to get hold of a projector so we didn't need to use a giant stencil (first idea) to draw my design on the wall.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, It's a mural! on: January 27, 2009 12:45:46 PM
I designed and painted this mural for my sister's new house.



I'm not that good at freehand drawing so I made the design in Illustrator and we then projected it on the wall using an video projector from my boyfriends work.

We traced the outline with a pencil. And then started filling it in. This step actually went a lot faster than I thought. It did however take about 3 coats to get the color right.
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