Archive | January, 2016

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….

 

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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

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