I probably won't be posting for the next few weeks. I am working on stuff but nothing I can put online (surprises/presents etc) and then I will be working on a big cross stitch which will take ages but will be gorgeous!
Here is some of the crockery I have recently decorated, I have chosen a few of my favourites and left out more personal ones. I used special paint which had to be baked, some of the designs I used stencils for and others I had to free hand.
This is the cheapest welcome mat I could find, it was in Ikea for less than £1 and I saw this and thought I could do that (but a bit geekier of course).
I didn't use spray paint for mine as we only had silver and I do not spend money on this kinda stuff! So I used blackboard paint (only non water soluble paint I had in the house) and gave the letters a coat of PVA after (I <3 PVA).
Here are some more pictures, just cos I am a generous and sharing kind of person.
With the stencil on
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, if it gets wrecked I am sure I can get another ultra cheap mat and do it again.
Apologies for the long gap between posts! This is something I have been working on for quite a while. The was originally based on an image I found on shutter stock but I had to change the design quite a bit to fit the piece of glass.
I then saw this on Crafster and thought "oh em gee, I could totally do that" so I did it. Basically I used some black glass paint for the outline, then I used Promarkers to colour in the coloury bits and used PVA to attach beads on.
The finished result.
Close up of the beads.
It took a really long time and I nearly had a nervous breakdown bringing it home from Mum's on the train
Excuse the lack of posts - not been easy to find the time/motivation to make things. I have just finished a cross stitch for the flat.
This code based "Home Sweet Home" cross stitch was inspired by this dude who got the idea from Futurama. As much as I love Futurama I was more interested in making it look like old coding and making the frame look like an old CRT monitor. The text also glows in the dark, it was a complete accident (picked up the wrong thread) but I am quite happy about it! I did have to alter the pattern, well ok I was totally winging it but it isn't hard to do.
My Dad gave me some of his seedlings to grow at our place (to eventually eat) and I got a cheap planter from Sainsburys (about £1.75 I think) and decorated it with a pair of Andy's jeans that I hot glued on.
Finished - with tomato and spinach growing nicely.
Thanks for the plants Dad! Happy Fathers day for tomorrow xxxx
So finally... the Tetris drawers. I got my idea from this blog but had to make a few adjustments to fit my needs. I didn't use the templates she gave, I made an open sided box out of coloured scrapbook card and put it inside a slightly larger open sided box made from black scrapbook card to make drawers. If anyone else wants to make this I would recommend knowing your exact layout when starting rather than winging it like I did and triple check all your measurements and that you have enough card!!
Try and convince people to help as it is a lot of work, I had Marmee scoring, D cutting and me glueing.
Kitteh's litter box was bugging me, he loves to dig in his box like he is gonna find gold and it goes everywhere. All other attempts to control the litter spread have failed so I have created a shield to protect from litter spread and sight of litter box.
It is made from stuff I had lying around the flat and took about an hour to make (including the bricks and curtains) so far cat seems to approve.
This light shade was made from a smaller (and cheaper) paper shade from Wilkinsons. I painted it with water colour paint and made some clouds from the stuffing I used for Jeremy Could (the cloud cushion), PVA and cardboard. They are suspended by plain thread hanging from a dismantled wire of a Regolit shade from Ikea (I decorated it BADLY so I chucked it).
Now we have found somewhere to live all the geeky stuff is finding its way over and settling in, but there is of course much more to be done! This week I have mostly been decorating the cheap Ikea Regolit light shades to look a bit more appropriate for our flat. This one is a moon.
We MAY have somewhere to live :D So to celebrate I bought a bin for £1.75 and of course it looked like it cost £1.75 so I jazzed it up a bit. I had a book that was falling apart so was no good to give to charity and I didn't enjoy it so I ripped out some pages and painted them...
Then ripped them up and glued them on in my explosion pattern and here is the result.
I didn't use all the pages because I liked it at this stage.
This is another present for my Mum, her birthday was last month but I haven't had a chance to see her so I posted it. It is a replacement gallbladder (she had hers removed because it was too boring for her) this one is a little more appropriate for her.
Awesome face, zippable for easy stone removal (stones are now chocolates) and little flowers on the back.
I got the idea from I Heart Guts and I heart their entire shop, totally weird and squishy fun.
So I have some nasty flu type bug, not dying of it but not well enough to go placement. I managed to stay in bed most of the day but was going a bit nuts sat around watching TV so I decorated a lamp that got a bit stained when I was moving. No making of pics this time just:
Light on maximum brightness (it will usually be dimmer so you won't see the paint streaks!) I set myself a new record with this one, from idea to blog post in 4 hours :o)
On a recent trip to my Mum's I was presented with this Bistrot de Paris blackboard and told to decorate it, so I did. I was given some sticky back metallic looking mosaic tiles that I stuck down in a <3 pattern with the pixels falling away from the edge.
Finished pixel art
I now want to fit a little light at the top, just a few LEDs to draw attention to my list of demands on poor Andy! My darling little brother will be sorting it for me (this is post is serving as a reminder for him) as he is an electronic geek.
I found some old CDs and I've seen a few people melt them to make candle holders so I thought I would give it a go whilst doing the tidying up (I am a super multitasker).
The end result
You just whack 'em in the oven at about 190°c for around 10 minutes on top of a glass or something that can handle the heat (or it should get out of the kitchen) and it will melt over it. Be very careful cos it will get hot!
I originally got this (very cheap) mirror and painted it with little flowers for a friend who promptly fell off the face of the earth. So I repainted it the colour of my cold dead heart (black) and printed off this little phrase from Nintendo Pro Wrestling.
I did consider giving this mirror to my brother, but if I ever give him a mirror it needs to say "shave that small animal off your face". Yeah D, now the interwebs knows.
A close up of the lettering, I am very proud of it (even if it is a very blurry pic).
Yo Dawg, I heard you like plastic bags. So I put a plastic bag in a plastic bag made of plastic bags.
I needed a bin and I saw on Craftster that people do all sorts of things with fused plastic bags (you layer lots of plastic bags and iron them together) and I thought it would look cool to make a plastic bag out of plastic bags to put a plastic bag in (for your rubbish). I am of course one of the crazy bag ladies who never chucks a carrier bag away and so I had dozens and spent 3 X-Men movies (in a row) cutting, ironing and sewing together my new bin.
layering up and ironing together
sticking the two sides together
A bag of plastic bags in my plastic bag made of plastic bags...
I've just seen someone with a similar idea but better here and I can see my next recycling related project!