Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tweet Tweet! It's nearly Christmas!

Totally inspired by:

I really wanted to do a Christmas themed bird. So I found the glass jar type thing in a thrift store, removed the horrible bright blue fake flowers that were in there and made the bird from some
sculpey-like stuff, added some wire, beads and a Christmas pick and decorated the base. Too easy!

It's a little bit tacky to be honest, but I love it anyway. Christmas is supposed to be tacky, glitter, tinsel and lots of ornaments, that's what it's all about, right? It looks so much better in person and it really doesn't help that my photo isn't the best but it's soooo hard to take photos of glass things, there's so much glare! I'll get the hang of it one day.

Happy Crafting! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Little Christmas world in a jar

I was inspired by quite a few Mason jar scenes I have seen while lurking various craft sites so I decided to make my own. I'm really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to go to the thrift store to get more jars (if they have any).

The little "gingerbread" house is made from chipboard and painted. The little mushrooms and candy cane are both made from salt-dough and also painted and everything is hot glued on to a circle of white felt. I lightly sprinkled some glitter over the top but I had huge amounts of self control for once and didn't go all Vegas on it. Gosh, that was hard because I really, really love glitter! Besides which, I'm having a hell of a time finding the glitter that I normally use, it's a 3D white glitter but it changes colours depending on how the light hits it. I used to get it from my local Spotlight store but they've stopped stocking anything that's not Martha Stewart now which sucks because as much as I love Martha, her stuff is super expensive and I just can't justify $13 for a small pack of glitter, considering the other one I used to get was $4. Ugh, anyways, sorry, enough of the rant.

So, that's it! I'm definately going to make some more and I'll make some non-Christmas ones too because I want a little world to peer in to all year round so I'll post them as soon as I've made them.

Happy Crafting!


PS. I'm sorry about my lack of camera-skills. I know, I totally suck at taking pictures!

Consider me back in action!

Well Hello there. I finally got my butt in to gear and got some batteries for my camera so now I can show you what I've made. Yay! I'm super excited about my latest things. So first of all I bring to you . . . (drum-roll please) . . . Zombie Barbie. Yup, that's right. Complete with half-eaten brains, intestines hanging out and the remains of lunch in her little briefcase.

So, the story behind this, believe-it-or-not, is my 5th Wedding Anniversary. Hubby is a total zombie geek as well as a Star-Wars geek and we saw this one ages ago and he was in love so I thought seeing as he's so damn hard to buy presents for, why not make him his very own Zombie-Barbie!

She was easy peasy to make but so much fun! I found her at my local thrift store for a couple of dollars and her hair was already a little disheveled which was exactly what I was after. So when I got her home, I sprayed her with plastic primer, waited for it to be half-dry and then rubbed it off to give her that dirty look. Then I whipped out my trusty soldering iron (which is not really mine at all. Thanks for the extra-long borrow, Dad!) and melted a hole in her tummy as her body is hard plastic and too tough to get through with a knife or scalpel. Then I cut a hole out of her head with some scissors and moulded a little brain and some intestines out of some air-dry plasticine type thing and painted them pink. Once I had glued her brain and intestines in place, I rummaged through my old Barbie clothes from way back when and found the medical outfit which was already aged, discoloured and torn, perfect! Then really all she needed was some blood spatter and milky eyes. The milky eyes is just a thin layer of acrylic paint and the blood is red nail polish which I thought was best suited as it dries nice and glossy so it appears to be still wet. Like I said - easy peasy!

Hope you like!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 20, 2009

I know, I've been kinda M.I.A

So, I've been M.I.A for a couple of weeks now but we had to move out of our house while the wood floor was being sanded and resealed and what we were told was going to be 5 days turned in to just over 2 weeks! Agh, what a drama! I am now going to impose a socks-only rule so that we don't have to go through that again (who am I kidding, how long do I really think that'll last!?)

Anyway, not to worry, the floor looks beautiful and now that I've gotten my craft room and supplies back, I've been a busy girl. So, in the last week I've made some Christmas dec's, a zombie Barbie and I've ceramic-painted a zombie mug too!

So, lots to catch up on and I will post as soon as I get some decent batteries for my camera as it's so dead it won't even turn on at the moment!

Happy Crafting! :)