Showing posts with label art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art. Show all posts

Monday, 18 February 2013

How to Decopage tin cans

 RECYCLING :

Decopage tin cans

You are going to need
* A few empty tin cans, labels removed and washed. in soapy water. All dirt, oil and glue removed
 ( PS. THE GLUE CAN BE REMOVED BY SPRAYING
 WITH HAIR SPRAY or DOOM and then rubbed off)
* paintbrushes
* Craft glue
*Paper and pictures you want to use for decorating the cans - I had this lovely gift wrap paper but it was not enough so I scanned and printed more. With printed pictures from a computer printer you must be careful because the ink can smear but  mine worked fine.
           

     




* embellishments such as buttons and ribbons and pieces of leather



* scissors and craft knife

* And deco podge or modge poge. The Deco podge that I used  is from Creative talents but there is many different kinds available from craft stores

How to:
1. If you want to paint or seal your tin you must do this first.





2. Cut the pictures you want to use in the correct sizes ( with scissors or craft knife if you want straight edges and cannot cut straight - like me.

       

        

3. Put  craft glue on the back of  the pictures as well as on the tin can  Glue your pictures to the tin cans in a way you like it and smooth out with fingers . Let it dry completely before going on to the next step
4. Paint over it with your deco podge. A few coats maybe necessary to completely seal  the can
5. Let it dry completely and now you can glue on the embellishments and let dry


I've made them into planters for Echevera succulents to give as small gifts  at a function







And these two I made to use as pen holders for the office


And that is some recycling that turned out great


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Close to my HEART

I LoVe:

It has been a few days since I spend time here on the blog. Sometimes real life things like writing a book and working for money has to come first  But doing some occupational thereapy is always good. I'm busy with a few unfinished projects  Like these
I love crochet


  and hearts


The  Shocking pink and orange was a test  now I must decide what to do with it






This is on its way to be a baby blanket - pink & white for a baby girl.








Here I made a border for a guest towel - it's supposed to look like hearts


 I made this heart block for a charity project where they were going to make a blanket with all the squares and sell it for funds for a childrens home

I love crafting

I made this little box with heart flaps where it closes- as an example for wedding favours
its really much easier than it looks. Maube one day I can do a tutorial on this







I even tried my hand at fondant hearts  once- hey cake Boss watch out!!!



I love Animals

I love our dogs - This is Dippy (front) and Dozer - my kid's Jack Russell's , but I look after them more than they do. They love taking over the lounge and my first crocheted throw


This is my dachshunds , Bruno the brown dog and Kasha, the black one. Kasha was born in our house from my first dachsie Peanut ( who died in a freak accident)




 I also have three young cattle. - MY LITTLE HERD



 And mt son had a bearded dragon but he doesn't look after him - so I play with him once a day and feed him super worms. I was really squeamish in the beginning - with the worms but now i'm okay with it
HIS NAME IS BART




Patsy catsy was saved by my son, She was dying of hunger after she was left be someone on the road. She was trying to survive in the field and was very thin. SO he started feeding her birds that he shot and soon she came to the house and has now been here for almost three years

 His name is MEERKAT - one of Patsy's baby's








 My husband also has a few antelope at the airfield  nearby - There are  two spring-buck, three impala and six Blesbuck



I already showed the tortoises but here is one ( I now have four)



There is many more things that I love but I love sleep too ZZZZZZ



Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Peacock necklace - remake

Finished product 


I had to redo the peacock necklace - it was much too long and I'm going to try
 and use this for the competition. 

See my previous blogging about it Here

and here too

The prescribed length is 90 cm from end to end if open.  SO I just made a few knots , but the bottom part was completely redone. 

I also used a metal fastener and fixed it to the ends with knots & some glue that I use for fabric and yarns & cotton. 













I crochet around my wooden  circle template


And then I went on and  string some silver beads and crochet that with single crochet around the border of the circle






Then I had to do the feather strings with a few beads and  a crocheted string to fix to the circle. This was quite an undertaking and I've redone it a few times



Now this is the finished project and I've decided even if it is still too long or I do not qualify for the competition, I like it like this and I'm not going to change it again








This is it and I LOVE IT!


Friday, 1 February 2013

Bold Bright Buttons

More uses than just fasteners for clothing, Buttons is another way to express your creativity in  ways that one would never have though of .


A while ago when visiting my mom, I saw that she was making cute BUTTON embellished shopping bags.



This is the one she made for me






Mom has a friend that supplies her with these buttons - an endless stream of beautiful buttons which she uses in all her sewing projects and quilts. So I was going bonkers about the  Buttons and she said I can take what I want. As you can see the background of my blog is a few of  my lovely Buttons

I used them on my hanger covers




And as my special signature on the blanket I made




I have a few other project in mind 


Till tomorrow, I'm going to sort through my buttons now