I know, I know, it's been a while. I can hear you all asking 'Hope, just where in the hell have you been?' Truth is, just here. Working. Painting. Making stuff. Getting ready for major house renovations. Just the usual.
I have been doing a bit of swapping too. I swapped Valentine spoolies with the lovely Jenny of Jenny's Heart. She sent me a gorgeous parcel full of fond memories in the form of conversation hearts and Hershey's kisses, along with some fun little ephemera bits an bobs.
This is the spoolie she sent me and I adore it! It is now tucked away neatly in my china cabinet with all the other art I have received from friends all over the world. I would love to show you here what I sent her, but I forgot to take a photo. Jenny, being the doll that she is, wrote a nice little post about it on her blog, so you could just nip right over and see what goodies I sent her!
Last year when I went home for a visit, I made silly promise. I promised I would make Katie a gothic ragdoll costume.
Fast forward to this year, a bit of panic over patterns (damn e-bay liars) and WAY too much fabric...
and you have one cutie-patootie Halloween costume. I do hope it fits as Katie as almost 6months pregnant and I have no idea of her measurements. Neither does she because she doesn't own a tape measure..so it was a guess. We won't mention the trauma I heaped on Justin when I made him try on the pinafore to see if it needed adjusting. Poor chap may never fully recover.
We all know I love me some Halloween. Like start thinking about it in May. I no longer make excuses, I just embrace it and know that there is a larger community out there that loves it as much as I do.
I take my inspiration I can find it these days. A small canvas and a vellum clock face lead me down the path to this little charmer.
I had loads of fun putting it together and making my vision come to life. I know why miniaturists love what they do. It is about using one thing to make another.
I have a few more of these up my sleeve before the big day is upon us. Keep your eyes peeled!
My goal this week while off work was to make my way through the pile of UFOs. Too much work and not enough time to play and all that meant that stuff was everywhere and making me crazier than I already am.
This box just made the cut. I finished it off this afternoon and am quite pleased at the finished product. It was touch and go for a while. I wasn't sure it might end up in the bin!
It gave me a chance to use up part of the mountain of ephemera I unearthed in my last craft room tidy.
I glazed it with Decoart One Step Crackle. I love the effect when you then do a dark wash over that and wipe off the excess. Gives a nice vintage feel.
Copper wax picks up the bumpy textures here and there.
The hardware was something rescued from the bin and of course, we need some doo-dads to finish the look!