Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Are you a hobby butterfly??

I'm a certified hobby butterfly! I can't stick to one single hobby.. I believe in picking up a hobby, pursuing it to obsessive levels and quitting it cold turkey, before moving on to another hobby. Anyone else out there like me?! This results in my house overflowing with hobby supplies related to too many crafts. Quilling is one such hobby that I picked up along the way and gave up way too easily. Recently, I've been seeing amazing quilled work on the craft forums and on pinterest. It revived my interest in quilling and I've been doing it for a few weeks now. I came across quilled typography projects that were so beautiful that I wanted to try it it. Let me tell you. Its not for the faint of heart. You need buckets of patience and nimble hands to do quilled typography projects. Since I had to try this, I traced the alphabet A and quilled it thus:


The toughest part in this is making the alphabet's outline. Once that is done, the fun quilling part begins. When I quilled this, I didn't have the necessary tools to get precise corners in the outline. So, this came out pretty rustic. I like it nevertheless. Motivated by this piece, I decided to make nameplates for my boys to hang on their room door. I bought a pair of tweezers to fold the corners perfectly and  I completed making the outlines for their names. See how much difference a pair of tweezers could make to the project.



Pretty neat, huh?! I made this on A4 printer paper. I plan to mount these outlines on an MDF board and finish the quilling on it. I did a practice run for this by quilling an ampersand last night and I'm thrilled with the way it came out.



Since I can only work on my hobbies after the boys have gone to bed, the nameplate project is going in snail pace. It took me a week to complete the outlines for their names. I hope to finish this project in time for this challenge happening on MV Pratyusha's blog here: Pratvam Progs Pratyusha does awesome quilling work. Check out her FB page here: Pratvam Progs

So, my question for you peeps this week is.. Are you a hobby butterfly? List all the crafts you've tried till date.. even if you attempted it only once. I'd like to hear about your hobbies. Maybe, I'll pick a new one after hearing from you. :D

-Josie

PS: This post is linked to Tami's Amis WIP Wednesday

Friday, May 9, 2014

Handmade Home!

There were so many things that happened during my absence here. Most notable one was that we moved into our own home. After being renters for the past 8 years, its a nice feeling to move into our own home. We've been making do with simple and cheap furniture all these while, thinking that we'll get good ones once we move into our own home. So, we had fun shopping for new furniture that fits the new house. Being a crafter, it was natural for me to want to cover my home with handmade pieces, both practical and decorative. I had to reign in my urge to crochet a thousand doilies to cover my house with. lol So, I decided to tackle one project at a time and take it slowly. The first one up was the dining chair cushion cover. This is our dining table and chair setup.


Excuse the grainy cellphone picture. But, you get the idea of the seat color of the chairs. Beige!! and, I have two rambunctious boys in the house. I had visions of ketchup and curries smudged on my brand new dining chairs. cue Josie clutching her pearls I had to do something about it. I didn't like the commercial seat cushion covers available. So, I decided to make my own. I traced the shape of the seat cushion, added seam allowances and cut up some linen fabric I had in my stash. I've been hoarding this black and white linen print for about 4 years now. I bought this when we were living in Hyderabad. I used plain black cotton fabric(also from my stash) for the backing. I also added tie-ups to secure the covers to the chairs. so, here are the chairs all spruced up.


I love the tribal print on the linen fabric and I'm glad it found its purpose finally. Its truly a stash-buster project as I didn't have to buy anything new for it. Here is a close-up of the print.


Of course, Alan had to photo-bomb when I was clicking pictures. He is like a cat.. He'll show up at the right moment to photo-bomb your project. lol.


I'm having fun doing up my house. I'm picking up small projects here and there to do for my house to make it a home. :-) I came across this quote somewhere and it stuck with me. "A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of love and dreams!" Very true, isn't it?? Maybe I'll make this quote in embroidery or quilling and get it framed. Its a Friday today. So, I hope all you lovely peeps have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to some peace and quiet over this weekend.

Ciao!

-Josie
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