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Archive for March, 2016

Easter and Spring Time!

EASTER-CRAFTS

I hope that you all had a lovely Easter weekend (despite the very wet weather if you were in the UK!).

DECORATED-EGGS  DECORATIVE-EGGS

I have left my Easter decorations (hand-decorated wooden and ceramic eggs hanging from white-painted branches in a vase) out for a little longer, as they have been brightening up their corner of the house in this dull weather. At least spring has now arrived!

EASTER-TREE

DIY-EASTER-DECORATIONS  EASTER-CRAFT

EASTER-DECORATIONS (2)

EASTER-EGG-DECORATIONS  GOLD-EGG-DECORATION

Easter Egg Decorations

GOLD-CRACKLE-EGGS

I love Easter, and most years make some new egg decorations to hang from a vase of white-painted branches. I love the fact that Easter means that spring has arrived, and the world (in England) starts to get a little more colourful again as flowers and leaves start to appear.

EASTER-DECORATIONS

This is an easy DIY project that doesn’t require many materials, and as each one is unique you don’t have to be too precise when making them either!

MATERIALS:

  • Plain Easter egg decorations with a smooth surface (I used un-glazed ceramic ones)
  • Imitation gold leaf (or the real thing if you’re feeling decadent!)
  • A pair of tweezers
  • A paint brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • PVA glue

   DECORATED-EGGS-DIY

First paint your eggs in the colour(s) of your choice. Acrylic paint works well as it dries quickly and has a surface that the PVA glue can adhere to.

CERAMIC-EGGS

Next tear or cut your (imitation) gold leaf into small pieces- the leaf is thin so should be easy to tear by hand.

Next dilute some PVA glue with water (I used a solution that was approximately 25% PVA and 75% water). Covering a small area at a time, paint some of the watered-down glue onto the egg, and then using tweezers (as the gold leaf is fiddly and delicate to handle) apply a piece of gold leaf to the surface: repeat as required.

When you have finished applying the gold leaf, give the whole egg a thin coating of the watered-down glue, and leave to dry thoroughly. The diluted PVA solution didn’t tarnish the leaf that I used, or dull it’s reflectiveness.

GOLD-AND-PAINTED-EGGS

TIPS:

If you want to cut the leaf with scissors to get straight edges, then it is easiest to do this whilst the sheet of leaf is still between two of the tissue paper pages that it comes packaged in. As the leaf is metal, beware that it will dull your blades a little.

If your pieces of gold leaf are too large, then you will find that they tend to be difficult to place flat on the egg, as they are difficult to control with the tweezers. I found pieces larger than approximately 2 x 1.5cm difficult to work with, although this will vary depending on the thickness of the leaf that you are using.

HAPPY MAKING AND

HAPPY EASTER!

GOLD-FOILED-EGGS

Monday Mood Board- Orchid Flowers

purple-orchid

I have a row of orchids on the windowsill in front of my work bench, and never cease to be distracted by them when they are flowering. I love the delicate shapes of the flowers, and find the gorgeous colours particularly inspiring.

yellow-orchid  pale-yellow-orchid

Because the foliage of the different plants is almost identical, I often have a nice surprise when they flower, as I have forgotten which one is which colour!

violet-orchid  lilac-orchid

yellow-and-pink-orchid

orchid-flower  purple-pink-orchid

More Sock Knitting…

I have started knitting a pair of socks using this lusciously-coloured Opal sock yarn from my stash- to make them slightly more interesting I decided to add a single cable running down the front of each sock. I was originally going to have the cable running down the back, but thought that it might rub at the heel.

single-cable-socks

As the weather is FINALLY starting to improve, and spring appears to be on it’s way (although I probably shouldn’t have tempted fate by saying that…) this may be my last pair of the season. I am definitely a seasonal sock knitter!

Monday Mood Board- Beach Pottery

beach-pottery

After some rough seas over the winter there seems to be more pottery fragments on the beach than usual- or maybe the (rare) sunshine has just made them easier to spot!

I particularly like the piece with an anthropomorphic lion face painted on it.

pottery-lion-face

pottery-fragments

I have used the pieces in small mosaics before, and would like to use some to make a mural on a section of the garden wall at some point in the future (when I have collected enough pieces!). In the meantime I just enjoy admiring all of the different patterns.

broken-pottery

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