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Thursday, 21 September 2017

2 little cats for a happy little girl

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It was my niece's birthday over the weekend: she turned 9! Time flies, I cannot believe she is that big already (I will say that again for the next three months for my other niece's and nephews' birthdays...you have been warned!).
 
She came to me two weeks ago and aske me if she could have a picture holder with a cat as a present. I admit I laughed a lot as I am really bad at modelling/sculpting and I had never made a cat before. So I looked for excuses: "if you are a good girl and don't get punished next week, I'll make it for you" I said. She got punished the following day (haha) but was good for the rest of that week lol
 
So there I was, trying to make a cat. But then I thought one cat on its own would be boring and sad. I got crazy and decided to make two!!


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Of course, you can't have cats without wool lying around for them to play! 

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I put the cats and their toys on a piece of wood that I've painted and carved my niece's name on it (note for later, carve and paint afterwards! the smell is better)
 
I am very happy with how the carving turned out considering it is the first time I write and carve on wood. So just for you, here is a close up for a better look :-)

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Still need to work on this whole sculpting thing though: as you can see from the first picture and the one below, the cats look like they've had a bit too much catnip lol
 
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My niece was happy though! She also had a wonderful cake made by her mum, my sister. I suggest you to go and take a look at her Instagram to see it and check out the others she makes too. I'm warning you...you'll be hungry after that!


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Some cuff bracelets

This week I have made some new bracelets.
 
I wanted to play with some colours I do not normally put together and litteraly had no specific plan in mind when I started working on them: I let my imagination go wild. Well...not too wild but still!

 
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For this first bracelet, I played with circles of different colours on a background which looks like scrap polymer clay.

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For the second bracelet, I used the canes I've made for my sister's birthday present a couple of months ago. Those canes inspired me for the background colours as well. Simple but it works :-)

They can both be found in my shop on A Little Market (just click on the icon on the right sidebar)

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

A table!

I don't know about you, but one thing I really like is spending some quality time with my family.
 
We all have busy lives but we try, whenever we can, to spend time all together and this usually involves food: Christmas, NYE, birthdays, barbecues....every occasion is a good excuse to sit around a table and have fun.
 
The last gathering in date was two weeks ago for our mum's birthday. We spent a few hours eating some delicious Caribbean food and laughing to tears.
 
We also usually cook/bring something each so that the work is not on one person on that day. I was in charge of the salad that time...for 18 people! Some lettuce, cucumbers, radishes and I was good to go.
The only thing was, it wasn't that successful compared to all the other food on the table and I ended up with this massive bowl salad in the end. I figured it would prevent me from having to prepare food for my lunch during the week :-)
 
On the Monday morning when I packed my lunch I stood there contemplating my good old lunch bag thinking "You've had your time, my dear. As much as I like you, I think it's time for you to retire!".
 
I knew the kind I wanted but still had problems on how to do it. Luckily, I found an excellent tutorial recommended on several blogs I looked at, and tadaaaaa!
 
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 I used some old fabric leftovers I had in my workshop (I can't even remember where they are from!).

Bag cover
I love having this cover on the top: it protects the food and other things I could put in there (usually a book).

Cord casing
It is my second time at making a bag with a cord like that and it came out pretty good!

Cord end cap detail
I absolutely love this bag! I will have to make another one but with different fabric; the kind you can wash if something spills inside the back.
 
If you want to make one of your own, you can find Pink Peguin's tutorial here.
 

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Ikea hack...

Actually I can't really call this a hack, it's more of a copy cat of an Ikea item.
Back in January, I had to spend some time in bed following a surgery. Even though my lovely boyfriend was there to help me out, he had to leave during the day so dring the weeks leading to this, I "prepared" the place so that I could be as comfy as possible once on my own :-)
 
As the main place I would be was my beloved bed, I got it ready too. I had to think about a way to sit comfortably and have all necessary things nearby, you know, the essentials: laptop, tea, snacks, phone, books, etc.
 
And then I remembered one thing I saw a long, long time ago in Ikea! Once there was a bed with this console table above it and I thought: I WANT that! But I was just a student and did not have the money to buy it back then. The only problem is...now Ikea do not sell them anymore.
 
"It's OK", I thought. "I'll make it myself!". So to the DIY shop I went with the measurements I took for my bed and got what I needed to build one: some wood, some screws, some wheels and some paint.
 
And VOILA!
 
The whole project took me about 2 days to put together (it would have taken me one if I hadn't had to return to the shop to change the wheels).

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The straight wheels make it super easy to move it along the bed.

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Then I decided that plain black was a bit boring (yeah! ME finding black boring lol). I found a can of red chalkboard paint and added this nice touch on the top: not only it is a nice finish but I could also write on it when I wanted to. How cool is that?!
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No need to say that with this in my bedroom, the recovery was easier. It was so nice to have my breakfast in bed every morning (huge thanks to my love for that!)

What about you? Have you built anything lately? Big or small?


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Crazy little thing called love

Roses Are Red
Violets Are Blue
And All These Cute Little Hearts
Are Just For You

...and this, ladies and gentlemen, is my first poem ever! Please, please stop clapping!

On this special day, here is a little necklace full of love.

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Enjoy the most romantic day of the year!

Happy Valentine's Day xoxo

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