Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Craft Room

I have had such fun doing this room (see our joint blog for more pics). There are still lots of little bits to add but here is the progress so far.

The most important part of the room, my lovely big craft desk
and all my little favorite bits stuck on the walls around it.

I made the pen pots years ago by papier mache over old plastic containers such as the bottom half of old lemonade bottles. They were dumped in the garage while we were abroad and now have a new coat of paint.

Because the desk is in an alcove I wanted to separate it off from the rest of the room. I used to have a curtain but that didn't go with the brighter cleaner look so I have hung butterflies along the bar where the curtain track went and when my craft paper arrives from TZ will cut out semi circles and hang them along the top - sort of bunting style, at the present it is just the templates that are hanging there.

I originally thought of putting cork board behind the desk and painting it so that I had a notice board. Then I came up with the idea of painting washers (you need to strip the shiny surface off them first, I used spirit of salts) and then attaching things to them using magnets or as in the photo magnetic paper. If the paper is too heavy it doesn't work but for lighter things it is great and the washers look so pretty.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lady Bug Mini Doll

Most of my crafting since we have returned has been decorating my craft room. My first complete project though has been this cute little lady bug.
Many years ago I bought a book called "Lovable Mini Dolls" by Terumi Otaka and went through a craze of giving everyone mini dolls. Then of course the book went on the shelf never to be used again. With all my scrap gear in transit I have dragged out all the old stuff and found some felt that I had stored in the loft, here is the result.