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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decorated bead box on: June 19, 2008 08:50:08 AM
Hullo folks  Smiley

So, I have a little cheap wooden box in which I keep my beads and stuff, well really it's just a little bead kit thing I got as a gift a while back, actually that's totally irrelevent. The point it, it was plain and not so special looking so I decided to give it a bit of a makeover.

Now my beads can have somewhere nice to live  Wink
The colours are actually just pencil crayon, the black outline is indian ink and the white dots are white ink too, but, as I thought later, good old tippex (correction fluid, white out, whatever you wanna call it) would probably have done just aswell :p And I sprayed over it with hairspray, yeah really, it's a good sealant for things like pastel and pencil crayon and gives this box a bit of a shine too  Cheesy

Thanks for looking, have a lovely day  Smiley
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Don't worry, be happy swap? on: June 11, 2008 03:39:39 AM

It would be super fun!

Just think about it; smiley face tote bags and buttons, perhaps a decorated box filled with things that make your partner happy, or stuff to help them relax or destress, maybe a stress toy for releasing pent up emotions, some nice tea bags or relaxing bath stuff or a cute soft toy for cudding when they're feeling low (you could perhaps throw in some cheery tissues for times when they need to just let it all out). How about a little 'Be Happy' kit with suggestions or sayings to help banish the blues?

The idea would just be to put together an awesome package that'll brighten your partner's day and get them smiling.  Grin *big cheesy grin*

I'm sure you guys could come up with allsorts of even better ideas but the general aim would be to craft and send items that would encourage cheeriness, destressing, relaxation or comfort. Ooh, maybe we could do it so that you had to include an item from each of those four catergories? something cheery like a smiley tote bag, destressing like a stress toy, relaxing like home made bath treats and comforting like a cuddly toy?

Or is that getting too fiddly?

Anyways, the point is, a happy themed swap would be awesome for everyone involved.

But of course I'm still doing my very first swap (being somewhat a swap newbie, so we'd need to find a willing organiser of course  Tongue)

Have a lovely day! Let me know what yo uthink, would you take part in this swap?
(you know you want to!)
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / UK to US, a question about postage on: May 30, 2008 03:53:52 AM
Ok so I've searched but I haven't been able to find a thread that answers my question about this, so sorry if this is already answered somewhere...

I'm taking part in my first swap and my partner lives in the US so this morning I was checking out the Royal Mail website to get an idea of how to send a parcel overseas and how much this would cost.

But it turns out there's several different types of service for sending something abroad and they all sound confusingly the same but with slight differences in price. Is there anyone here who sends packages from the UK to US that could help me out?

How do I know which service to use?
How much extra does recorded delivery cost on parcels to places that far away?

It's all rather confusing I gotta admit  Huh

Thanks for your help  Smiley

Oh yes, and this is the website:
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oh Van Gogh! You funky beast! on: May 14, 2008 08:59:01 AM
Now first I'd like to point out that this is old, from last year in my school art exam thing and that painting is most definately my weakest point.
But I like this piece because it's just odd and there are bits in this that I think are good (by my not-so-good standards of course!  Wink) I remember having fun making this so I thought I'd take some photos and share it with you incase it had some, I dunno, inspirational value or whatnot.

It's acrylic paint of some flat canvas board Sir gave me 'cause he had some lying around

Omg! An eye!

Other eye

Sorry these are all out of focus, I'm a bit inept when it comes to pointing and clicking a camera at stuff  Roll Eyes

You get the idea.

Thanks for looking, have yourselves a lovely day  Grin
x x x
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Blue and Green Beady Necklace on: May 13, 2008 12:25:36 PM
Nothing too special I'm afraid, I had a bunch of seed beads, bugle beads and some bigger beads from another necklace I once had but wasn't too keen on.

They're just threaded onto some good old acrylic thread to make a fairly longish necklace thingymajig.

Action shot:

On mantelpiece for some reason:

Nothing special but I'm happy with how it turns out seeing I don't seem to have much jewellry this colour and it goes with a fair few things.

Thanks for looking, have yourselves a lovely day  Grin
x x x
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wire 'standing figure' sculptures on: May 12, 2008 08:21:35 AM
In art class I did a project looking at standing figures, which meant I spent alot of time thinking about statues and for my final pieces I ended up making these sculptures out of sheet of wire netting:

The details are not so clear here but she's got a little cape with a hood, not just a lumpy head btw  Roll Eyes

You can sort of see the scale from my fingers holding up the black paper behind it, the black background was so I could 'cut it out' and put in a real life background and a 100 ft high scary-ass statue on photoshop  Shocked

Because I had time I made another, but this one is only about half as tall as the other. I focussed more on the idea of drapery in making the little folds in its cloak using pva glue :p

Not so keen on that.

First time working in anything 3-D (well, actually I had made two other little ones as part of my prep-work but they were more practise for these) and it was actually pretty darn fun, the wire was some sheet stuff they had in rolls in the supply cupboard and I used hot glue to secure it in places.

My tip for doing this: Wear gloves! Plastic gloves will protect you just fine but try it without and you WILL get cut up pretty bad by the pointy edges of the wire sheet, even if you don't really notice at the time!   Shocked

Anyways, I'd love to know what you guys think, I'd like to make something with wire again seeing as I can't have these guys back from school until next October.
(I may not be an art student anymore but I our teacher would probably not mind me ninja-ing some from the cupboard  Wink

Have a nice day
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / picture frame turned funkeh dunkeh jewellry holder! on: May 12, 2008 07:48:48 AM
Long long long time lurker, very infrequent poster, hi Smiley

So I was sure it was somewhere in this section the other week that I saw someone else's picture frame turned necklace/earring holder and thought "ooh I could use me one of those".
Unfortunately I just can't find a link to that thread, maybe I dreamt it?

Anyhoo, here is my picuture frame turned jewellry holder:

Not much doing, really. Just sitting there innocently minding its own business

Behold! An action shot!

Sparkle, my pretties!

Out of focus close-up:

You get the idea,
Basically it's just a little wooden frame I had lying around,
I cut out a square of nicely patterned paper I had and backed that onto some slightly sturdier card and stuck in some butterfly clips at strategic places.

I mean these little guys when I say butterfly clips:

You know, the ones that have little legs which fold back flat.

After pushing them through the paper this meant I was left with a nice little peg for holding stuff on the front and the prong bits just folded back flat against the back of the card meaning i could put it all in a frame nice and tidy.
Oh and I added a little strip of ribbon too as you can see for earrings to dangle off.

Then I added a ribbon to hang the whole thing to hang it by and....well that's it really, nice and simple.


*nods slowly*

Have yourself a lovely day, I'd love to know what you think about this
x x x

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Those tins you get pencils in? on: March 04, 2007 11:41:25 AM
Any idea what I could use those for? I've ended up with about ten of them over the years as a result of all my pencil-ly exploits and I'd love to find a nice use for them, I can't be the only person in need of some ideas for them. They are too flat to hold much in (apart from pencils really) or to do some of the things done with altoid tins.



many thanks in advance  Wink

x x x

(P.S incase you're not sure what type of tin I'm talking about, it's this type of thing: http://www.artycat.com/acatalog/DerwentGraphicTech12.jpg, http://www.pencilrevolution.com/uploads/mcclure3.jpg)

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / GCSE art exam piece, tree thing. on: May 31, 2006 01:03:56 PM
My art GCSE isn't over yet so I'm not sure if I can even put these pictures up...I probably can *shrugs* this is my final peice for the exam topic we had to do nearer the start of this year. The final piece of each topic is meant to demonstrate ideas you explored throughout the project so...um yeah...I thought I'd post this here because i've had an account here for ages and never posted, mosly I just lurk and scoop up ideas. (this particular project/exam thing was about plants if memory serves).

Also, I thought it would be sweet to show this to you guys because a few ideas came from here, like the flower seed beady threading thing and the cross stitch, I'd never really done any cross stitch before but off I went to the sweing shop in my village and tried to buy some stitchy background stuff (I am so clueless, sorry!) but the guy there just laughed at me for not having a clue what it was called or what size I wanted...yeah, I'm a bit pathetic. But it was kinda fun stitching this stuff, especially in an exam where you have such limited time and can't really stitch to save your life. So yeah, bits like that are in it just as a sort of tie in with techniques and not for any marks for 'skill'.

But enough of my pathetic babbling!...pictures...  Undecided

The whole thing
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/catherine_lalala/100_0073.jpg Close up of some cross-stitching and seed beads on acryllic thread (I found a way on here to stitch them daisy stylee!
Here we have a load of random junk in the 'branches'. watercolours, quink ink (I love that stuff) and leaves made from dipping wire in some kind of special 'fantasy film' gloop.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/catherine_lalala/100_0076.jpg[/img]yet more tree stuff, that big leaf is from a design of william morris' I think... Embarrassed
Some wool 'grass' and yet more quink ink plants.

Some notes
*The whole thing is on a very think sheet of card I found on the floor of my art room ten minutes before the exam, nearly eveyone else had brought in canvasses and stuff and I was sitting there with my (A3 sized) sheet of card, which I think I preferred, Canvas would be like saying "hey man! I like my art!" which is just...so not me.
*the wire leaves are attatched by me poking holes in the card and threading them through and securing them with hot glue.
*i'm not sure why I made the tree blue, but its covered in PVA to make it SHINEH!
*My pictures arent a very good example but for those who dont know, Quink ink is basically an ink that runs when it comes into contact with water, like watercolours, but...ink *shrug*
*I don't like it either, well...actually I do...or do I? I'm kind of like this with all my "art" maybe if someone else had done it I'd like it *nods*

Um, yeah I done now. Sorry to take up your time   Undecided you can carry on looking at the other threads now Smiley
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