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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Bouquet For My Mom


My Mom's birthday is in a few days, and she loves flowers.
Unfortunately where we live there are no flowers at this time or year, 
and the closest place to buy her some is a long drive away.  
I will get her some next time I am able to. 


But for now I got out my hand decorated paper (tea bags, tissue paper etc.) 
and started tearing and gluing to create her this bouquet. 


Which I then mounted on a card, ready for her birthday. 

I really enjoyed this tearing and gluing and spent numerous hours creating flowers. 


I thought the pinks with oranges and golds were my favourite....


But I was wrong.... blue and grays are!  
But for now I am out of creating time.... but hopefully 
I will have time to play with these colours again another day. 



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I LOVE Notebooks


I have loved notebooks since I was a child. 
I had trouble writing in them sometimes.... as I didn't want to ruin them - but I still bought them and kept them, and I even remember hugging them. 

I still love notebooks, and also love making them, 
and therefore  I can have as many as I want.  




The covers of these new little notebooks, are made with paper I decorated and layered with glue, fabric and dictionary pages to make a sturdy yet somewhat soft covered notebook.  







I had small pieces of the covers left, so I decided to make some tiny notebooks with the leftover supplies......... Now to decide what to write in them!


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Packaging


I made some gift packaging recently. 


Some of it I sold, and some I kept for myself to package up some Christmas gifts. 



In my traditional way of making things, 
I sewed and decorated envelopes from paper that was blank on one side. 


I stamped leaves or Christmas designs on the sewn envelopes as well as on some stickers, and tore stripes of old sheer curtains for the ribbon. 



Now its time to get the gifts inside them and put them under the tree!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Squiggly Bits Jewelry



I used heavy wire to make these new bracelets
that have a squiggly bit of wrapped wire in the middle. 


I do find bangles hard to make due to the different sizes of hands and wrists.


Especially since I have such small hands and wrists and 
therefore I can't use mine to measure.  


I decided to try some similar style earrings
which due to their size were a bit tricky with the heavy wire. 


Necklaces were thought about..... but haven't happened yet.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Stack of Bowls


And so my stack of paper pulp & tea bag bowls has grown. 




This one is thick and chunky and 
I decorated it with a copy of a drawing I did a few years ago. 




I loved the look of the layer or overlapping tea bags in this one,
so I chose not to cover it up with paint. 






This bowl has a number of layers of paint on 
and I really like the texture on the outside of the bowl.






And this final little bowl is decorated with trees from 
a photograph I took a few years ago.  

I love when I can use my drawings or photographs in new creations. 


These bowls have a final layer of wax that seals and protects them. 
They are great for holding collections of stones and sticks
..... not so good for holding soup!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bowl Making


Yesterday I spent much of my day working on bowl making.  
I started them many months ago, and they have waited patiently for my return.   
I managed to finish 2, and prepped four more. 







These bowls are made from egg carton pulp 
that is covered with layers of tea bag paper and paint 
before being decorated. 
The final coat is a layer of encaustic wax. 



I have a plan for this one.....


but this one will just happen as I go along. 

I was planning to work on these today, but the day was sunny.....



and the mountains called me. 


Maybe I will work on them tomorrow.....

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Refillable Notebooks - Take 2


Here are two more refillable notebooks that I recently completed. 


The covers on these are much more complex than the last ones I posted about. 
These covers have layers of paper, fabric, collage, paint and wax
- that in the end makes a supple yet sturdy cover. 





Inside are a variety of pages - some decorated, some from old books and some plain. 


The pages can be removed from the book, and new pages inserted whenever needed.  
These books each hold 2 signatures of pages, so are thicker than the previous ones I made. 

The cover has a small flap on the right hand side 
that folds over the pages when the book is closed.  





Here you can see the entire cover - the front, the back and the flap  
 - now time for the pages. 






All ready to be written, drawn or glued into!