I debated the drawer pulls for a long time. I loved the wooden knobs for the cupboard doors, but wasn't sure if they were right for the drawer. I ordered a few different options online, but finally decided that the wooden knobs were the only ones that looked right!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I painted this little cupboard shortly after working on the blue and white desk. It was fun to let loose with a few more colors and some heavy aging. I knew that the glaze I planned to use would tone down the colors quite a bit, so I used a bright combination of brick red, cobalt blue , kelly green and light golden brown on a white background.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I was able to get to the craft store last weekend, and picked up a few more colors of micro beads. As I was playing around with them, I thought you might like to see how I made the beaded handbags.
Needle Nose pliers
Toothpicks for spreading glue
A piece of uncooked spaghetti for picking up the micro beads.
a pattern for your handbag
Mod Podge (I use matte finish)
Micro beads in at least two or three colors.
gold paint (a paint pen works!)
black paint (only if you are using dark micro beads)brass headpins
fine gold chain
brass finding for the clasp (I cut mine down from a larger piece of filigree)
1 tiny crystal in a color that coordinates with your micro beads
When you've finished the entire front side, stop and let the glue dry really well. You may notice that some of the beads have come off the edges as you worked. This is a good time to touch them up.
Find brass pins or thick wire for the frame.
Glue one piece to the top , as far back on the cardboard as you can. Set the second piece of wire aside for now.
Cut two pieces of thinner wire, and a small section of fine gold chain.
That's it! If you make this project, I'd love to see photos! If you run into difficulty please don't hesitate to ask!this post.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Almost every winter, we have to set out mousetraps. It's one of the hazards of living in an old house in the country (though I prefer it to finding snakes on the doorstep in summer!)
So when I found some unfinished metal barrels on eBay, I knew just what I wanted to make with them.
Let's hope there are no furry little houseguests this year!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I often find myself thinking about possible miniature projects before I go to sleep. Sometime last week, I had the idea that I could make miniature beaded bags by covering a rigid form with no-hole beads. The next day, I had to give it a try.
When I tried making them the next morning, I discovered I'd underestimated just how slow and finicky this project would be. I knew that the beads to make the flower needed to be individually placed, but what I didn't expect was that the background beads also required a lot of individual 'nudging'.
None of the bags are completely finished yet. The top three still need clasps, the middle two are completely beaded, but still need the hardware (frame, chain, and clasps), and the bottom two still need bead work. I'm also dying to stop by the craft store for other colours!