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Friday, April 16, 2010

WMC's Decoupage Exchange: Crackle part 1

This is the simple frame I made for Kak Jija (this is the second exchange I'm partnered with her)

The Picture Frame
Plaid's Crackle medium.

The base coat is Folk Art's Ebony Licorice and Ivory White as top coat. The edge is outlined with DecoColour Brown the shaded a bit with Folk Art's Stain in Walnut.

Close Up

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tatting Project: Snowflakes

I completed a few snowflakes last week.

These 2 patterns came from Vida Sunderman's book - Tatted Snowflakes.

Ribbon-Floss Snowflake v. 2
DMC Babylo # 10, variegated pink.

Ribbon-Floss Snowflake v.1
DMC Traditions # 10 Ecru..
Beaded Snowflake
DMC Babylo # 10 in variegated pink.
Baby blue beads.

There are a few other snowflakes (from the same book) but they're not properly block yet - the scans come out awful, so I'll keep them for future post once I fix that.

I've acquired a dark pink Cebelia for an edging project. I'll be working on it as soon as I find a pattern I like. I find tatting, to put it mildly, intoxicating...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Magazine: Flea Market Style

image source

This wonderful magazine was published recently (Feb 2010) and I was quite bummed with the fact that it's only for US/Canadian retail market*.

So, I e-mailed a local magazine distributor asking if they can do something about it (twas a long shot, really). But lo & behold, earlier today, I got news that they're in the process of bringing this title to Malaysia. How cool is that?

No word on the actual retail price yet nor the actual date - but I am so excited about this development that I just have to share it with all of you.

Not sure what the whole post is all about? Go to this behind-the-scene blog to find out more (better late than never). Warning: There are lots of beautiful photos there that will enchant you (hence my determination to own the magazine)

*Yes, there are at least 2 3 online retailers but international shipping rate makes me go "ouch!"

- how to order? if you are really really interested, drop a comment. I will try to work something out - cross fingers!!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Altered Project: Pretty Pegs

11/04/2010 ~ Photo updated!

Wooden clothes pegs + printed celophane tape = Pretty CUTE Pegs

I only got 28 good ones out of 3 dozens of pegs. There rest (chipped, uneven edges, etc) are going back to the laundry room.

Truth is I was not in the mood for Mod Podge, hence this shortcut. Especially since this is the normal size pegs (it would be too troublesome, really). Will do that next time.

I don't have actual use for these bunch yet.. maybe I'll just give 'em away.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Monday, April 05, 2010

Book: The Complete Book Tatting by Rebecca Jones

112 pages
Dryad Press Ltd (June 1985)
ISBN-10: 0852196520
ISBN-13: 978-0852196526

The sole two copies available at the National Library is a 1989 reprint.

This is an excellent book to guide a novice tatter (like me). It featured all the different methods to tat and types of tatting. The line drawing and general hints helps a lot.

It has huge collection of simple and elaborate patterns for nearly everything (butterfly, bookmark, 3D, hanky edging, snowflakes, for babies, doodle, alphabets, etc) but no doily, haaa... for that, there are other books in the market and of course one can search for(free) patterns.

The only problem I have is, so little time!

Decoupage Serviette: Roses and Chocolate

English Rose - half view (it repeats on the other side)
Size: 33cmX33cm
Price: RM3.00

French Rose
Size: 33cmX33cm
Price: RM2.50

Toile Rosier
Size: 33cmX33cm
Price: RM2.50

Fairy Rose
Size: 21cmX21cm
Price: RM1.50

Chocolate - full viewSize: 24.5cmX24.5cm
Price: RM1.50

Friday, April 02, 2010

Tatting Project: Baby Bootee Pin-cushion

After my initial tatting posts, I had been practising my ds & picot diligently - guided by Rebecca Jones' excellent book and the tutorials posted by awesome tatters out there. There are so many of them, I was very much awed by them, their work and willingness to share.

There are still techniques I haven't fully mastered yet and sometimes it took me a while to digest the different instruction since each tatter has unique writing style.

Off to the project.

The Bootee

I decided that it is a LEFT (but there's only one so it doesn't really matter). Yup, a pin cushion cos we don't have babies in the house. The photo with pins sticking on it doesn't come out nice so use your imagination, ok?

Guided by the pattern on page 94 of the book, Tatting for Babies' chapter.
I used DMC Tradition size 10 in ecru.

The Sole

Length: about 7cm. This was the easiest part.

Without the Ribbon

The flower motif in size 20. I like that it is in light pink. Joining it to the cloverleaf row was quite challenging.

Another Look

Without the velvet insert and 1/8" pink ribbon. It's not very practical, yes?

Overall, it took 3 days to complete. Half of the time was spent undoing the mistakes - well, I was a beginner after all. it. At certain point, I do ponder the wisdom of starting this project.

But seriously, I haven't this much fun since maybe 4 years ago when I started decoupage.

One down, many more projects to go. I'm dedicating my Tuesdays for them (or maybe Thursdays?) .

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Sorry to keep you waiting...


It has been a while since my last entry - a whole month, in fact. The break was unintentional but a series of event happened.

I've been doing a bit of this&that and have a few more in progress, one of them is for the WMC's Decoupage Exchange - Crackle.

I will post some of the completed projects and lots of other stuff as soon as I sort the photos out (hopefully by tomorrow).

In the meantime, I'll share with you this close-up of Adam Luqman, my youngest son who turned 4 years old yesterday (almost an April Fool's baby, just 2 hours shy)

yupp, he is one mischievous big boy and knows it!