Pure White Proteas

Pure White Proteas

I just had to share this latest order with you.  What a delight to work on a huge order of pure white proteas! Made mostly from recycled materials – especially the pure white paperOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce a large order is made up, I find it personally so satisfying to see the mass effect of all the hard work together.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChat to us if you would like a bespoke order made up.

Turned Wood, Painted Eggs and Easter Songs

Turned Wood, Painted Eggs and Easter Songs

Turned Wood,  Painted Eggs and Easter Songs

I have a sweet fledgling vintage wooden egg cup collection and Easter seemed like a good time to fill them .  I  was inspired by these beauties –  gradient painted eggs  from the Annie Sloane inspirational post for Easter

Wood, Eggs and Light
I am enjoying this collection of cups.  Does anyone actually use wooden egg cups? I guess they are a lovely way to express woodworking design and skills.

The visually soothing repetiton of similar elements in this set along with vibrant variation from different grains, shades and shapes make my heart sing!

Wood, Eggs and LightThis Easter weekend has seen my heart singing along with music that is meaningful to me:

Forever

This is Amazing Grace

And if this celebration is relevant to you too , I’d like to wish you the Happiest of Easters!

Paper Plaid

I’ve been keen to get into some Japanese Shibori work.  So as a very first step in that direction, I decided to make some blue paper plaid ☺

Traditional plaid is a pattern on cloth of stripes with different widths that cross each other to form squares (Merriam Webster)
The stripes for this paper project were created by both
dyeing blue ink stripes
and
bleaching out white stripes
on light blue craft paper.
How to Do it Yourself:

You will need:
Blue craft paper from a traditional stationery Scrap Book
Blue Ink
Bleach
Cling wrap

Clamps
2 metal rulers
A long flat dish

Cover the rulers and the long flat dish in cling wrap to protect these from being stained by the ink.
Fan fold  a piece of blue paper.  Make the folds slightly wider than the rulers.  Clamp the rulers in the centre of the folded strip.  This prevents the dye from spreading too far.  Place a little water and ink in the long flat dish.

Mix the ink and water.  Dip the edge of the paper into fold stack in.

Move the clamps round to the other side and dip the opposite edges into the ink.
Allow to dry.  Check to see if the ink has soaked the whole way through the paper.  If it has not, reverse fold then repeat the process, so that both sides of the paper are equally ink striped.
Unfold the paper and then refold in the opposite direction and repeat the process to create stripes in the opposite direction.
Allow to dry.  Refold the paper fan, creating new fold lines between the old ones.  repeat the process as above, but this time dip into bleach instead to create white stripes.

Vary the patterns by creating more or less ink and bleach stripes.

The next blog post will be about making these paper art pieces into gift bags.
 
 A combination of Scottish Plaid with a Japanese-like technique  makes for a fun and very satisfying pastime ☺
 
And to finish off -Here’s Albert’s take the subject:
Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy Albert Einstein

Daisies in The Grass – DIY

The Rose has but a Summer reign, The daisy never dies.

 The daisy’s for simplicity and unaffected air.

Quick, cheerful and fresh as a daisy – these paper pretties are ideal for outdoor occasion decor.  They could lead you along a pathway, brighten a garden patch,  or add importance to an entrance. Continue reading

Studio Love

A studio is an artist’s or worker’s workroom. 
 
The word studio is derived from the Italian: studio
from Latin: studium, from studere, meaning to study or zeal. Wikipedia
I love my studio space – but I adore it all that much more when it’s tidy.  Putting our house on the market has made me have a thorough clean-out and tidy up – and its looking so good.
And even though work in there carries on, I am trying my best to tidy up and pack away often!

There’s a great debate about levels of creativity and tidiness or messiness of work space.  It seems the messier the better for many, and that often applies to my work space too.  So I am enjoying this season of forced tidiness while it lasts ☺

 

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Zig Zags In the Kitchen

I am not a fan of the average dishcloth.  Partly because it means hard work is happening in the kitchen, but also because I find them not nearly absorbent enough for my liking.

I don’t like coping with a soggy dishcloth after drying 3 dishes! So I’ve taken to making my own.

I have found that thin beach towels make good material –  absorbent, without being overly fluffy.  For the latest batch, I bought this pair of chic chevron beach towels at Mr Price. I cut each one into 4 pieces and hemmed the exposed edges.  

Here they are – neatly stacked with a beautiful Plume and Perch tea towel – a gift from a special friend.
Recycling as always, but this time recycling something new 🙂

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A Window on 2015

We have made a huge decision – to put our house on the market.  With that has come a mix of emotions  –  the heartache of leaving a much loved home full of memories behind and the excitement of the adventure of finding something new.

It has also resulted in action, action, action – cleaning, tidying, throwing out and decorating.

My goal is to make the most of this 30-something year old lady abode.  There are some bits of her that could do with a makeover, but basically she’s clean, solidly built and well maintained. I’m keen to show you some of what we’ve been doing to highlight her good features

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