New life for an Old Ottoman

29 May

Some time ago a friend asked me if I could make  a cover for an old  ottoman  that she has in her child room. I studied  the project and after a while agreed. She bought the fabric and some weeks later….

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It’s not perfect but at least I tried to match the print on the front.
Btw,  the “customer”  is satisfied and so am I.:)

A farewell gift

22 Mar

My post today is about a little gift I made for a friend who is leaving for a while.

My friend and Taiko teacher Tomoko is going back to Japan for 1 year, so I wanted to thank her for her kindness, patience and for all the time that she spent on teaching me.

I also selfishly made this so that when she looks at it she might remind of me too, and, by the way, little pouches are always useful! :-D

Thank you for all the happy hours Tomoko-sensei. Come back soon!

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Pouch and handmade envelope decorated with washi-tape

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Inside the pouch…. made by me. =^.^=

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Embroidery detail

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the other side….

Sparkling bracelet

1 Feb

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I have been thinking for a while to make something like this bracelet and the chance came when I found the right size of chain at my local market last Friday.

So I made 9 strings using a silver coloured chain adding in between randomly few cultured freshwater pearls from an old damaged necklace of my Grandmother, amethyst beads and tinted jade beads and few matte white glass beads of different sizes.

I really like the result and I think I might add some other strings to make it even richer.

I am also thinking about how to develop it into a larger project……. We will see.

Winter hat

19 Jan
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Knitted hat for a Winter day

Today I am very happy to introduce you to my new Winter hat. Why am I so happy? Because it is my first real knitting project ever.

I have always found crochet easier than knitting so I never really gave it a try. My mother was very good at both actually, but I was able only to learn a bit of crochet from her.

So, with a little help from a friend who shew me the basic stitches I came up with this hat. I didn’t follow any particular pattern. Actually I followed my instinct, and I think it came out quite nice, and right in time with the first below zero temperatures of this otherwise mild Winter….

 

May Totoro be with you

18 Jan

Today I am posting two other attempts at “nail enameling” 😁.
I made these two  Ghibli themed pendants for two beautiful and very special fans of Totoro: my friend Michela’s daugthers Viola & Ester.

So now they can take the Spirit of the Forest always with them….

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Ghibli pendants

15 Jan
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Totoro & Ji-Ji

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately. These two pendants, inspired by Studio Ghibi characters Totoro and Ji-Ji, are the results. Actually the process was quite easy: I have only printed the pictures, cut into shape and pasted on two oval cameo cabochon base pendants, and, since I didn’t have any suitable glass cabochon, I decided to coat them with… transparent nail varnish. I applied it several times. The result is quite nice.:-)

(more to follow….)

 

Washi-tape magic

7 Jan

Few weeks ago I bought a new agenda for 2016. I wanted a small spiralled planner but all I could find was a black depressing one. It had a mandala-like drawing on it but I thought it was very bleak.

So I decided for a “makeover” straightaway even before buying it…. I found a beautiful picture of a meditating monkey by the very talented artist Cameron Brideoake and with a little help from some glue and some washi-tape I turned it into a relaxing but energetic agenda which will accompany me throughout the year.

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PS WordPress kindly remind me that this is my 200th post! Yippie!

 

First craft of 2016

5 Jan

I begun the 2016 with a simple craft: two “Totoro” corks….

They are quite simple do do: I just printed some Totoro’s pictures and cut them out in the shape of a glass bead (of those used as decorations for vases). Then I glued the pictures to the bottom of the beads. I waited for the glue to dry and then  I glued the top of the cork to the bottom of the bead.

Et voilà… two Totoro spare-corks.:-)

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Aerial view…

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Details… Totoro corks!

Last craft of 2015

4 Jan

Here is my last craft work for 2015: a necklace/bracelet that you can wear in many ways: as a long necklace, as a “2 rounds” necklace, as a chocker (3 rounds), or as a bracelet (multi-rounds!!!).

You choose.:-)

BTW Happy New Year to all my (few) blog-followers.:-)

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Overview…

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details

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aerial view…

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the bracelet

Christmas purchase order 2

31 Dec

Here is another “made to order” gift. I have been asked to make it to match with a necklace that I made before….

As for the necklace I used blue crystal, Korean Jasper, amethyst, red crystal and red/orange agate.

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