Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Not for eating!

I like cake decorating. It's my very old hobby from childhood. But now I want to show you some beautiful cakes which you can't eat.

It's a SOAP!!! Very yammy soap I think...
They are creations of Angela. You can see more soaps in her blog or buy the in her store.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bench with ships

One day my friend visited my home and saw the bench I sitted on. She complaned she bought the same bench and it broken out in the first day. I answered that somebody should choose such bench with attention. Then my friend asked me to buy a one good and decorate it for her children to wear their shoes in the corridor.

You can see the result below

Bench "Ships"

Bench "Ships" - top

P.S. Thinking for Christmas... I have a lot of pine cones. Maybe i should to create wreath like Sandy? Visit her lovely shop to find nice purses and bags

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wall picture "Roses"

It was difficul and long work. I started it fast and stopped after gluing picture at white background. Something was totally wrong. It took some months to understand I should change colors. Some cracks finished it.

Wall picture "Rose"

Wall picture "Rose"

I am not sure now: to sell it or to leave it for myself...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Serving disk for birthday gift

One of my friends had a birthday last month. I was sure I decorate something for her but I didn't know what. A walk to IKEA store gave me an idea. My friend often calls people at home and serving small table with snacks. I supposed a rotating serving disk is very helpful.

Rotating serving disk

If you are interested in crafting visit small book store http://www.myideacenter.com/ from Nancy with crafting books.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Button - so simple thing

We use some things every day and do not think about it. For example, a button. We have got them everywhere, we open-close them often, we do not remember them. It's a part of our life. But one button can change your cloth and your look completely.

See some buttons I've found in Etsy shop called "Visart"

There are creations of Viktoria from Israel. You can read more about Viktoria's work in her blog - www.visart-dali.com

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall in Greece. Part 2

The summer which forgot to leave this year finally have gone. The temperature is falling down every day. All trees have changed its colors and the earth is covered by leafs...

All my ideas now are based in autumn colors. I should prepare for Christmas market but I can't. I am falling in love with colors around me.

Wall picture "Pumpkin"

How about autumn design for you blog? Visit http://www.luckygirlblogdesign.com/ for personalised work

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Handmade laptop bag. Part 2

What do you think about this laptop bag?

It's the same romantic style with the first one I found. I can't decide now which I like more.
For other purposes' bags you can visit the shop of Karen. More about her you learn from her blog - Chatbug Karen at Winding Threads

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall in Greece

Finally the autumn has come to Greece. We were very cold last week. It's not so cold outside but the difference in temperature with 7 days ago is about 10 degrees.

The autumn inspiration catch me immediatly. Two cutting boards have born.

Cutting board "Autumn"

Cutting board "Autumn bouquet"

To be continued...

P.S. One of my friends has a birthday next week. Looking for gift I found gift certificates for Annette Piper's handmade jewellery. More about Annette you can find in her blog.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Shabby roses

Do you remember the work with napkin I disliked? The history seems to be repeated.
There was a friend of mine who bought these napkins at this time. She loved it in the store but me not at all. When we became home she tried to decorate a bottle with it and totally dissapointed.

When I was leaving her we exchanged napkins as usually. I didn't want to take a napkin we had finally disliked both. My friend said me "Take it just to have it" and I laught.

Finally this napkin become four shabby chic pictures.

Pictures "Roses" with shabby chic frames

Framed pictures "Roses"

The part of the first pair of roses

Pictures "Roses" with shabby chic frames (part)

If you don't like classic style you can visit blog of Michabella - modern jewellery creator. And if you like something you can buy it in her shop

Friday, October 9, 2009

Greek plate

New napkins from Rhodes inspired me to create a new plate in greek style. Typical greek yard with rose flowers, white walls and blue chairs sends to everyone who ever visited Greece wonderful memoirs. And of course you can find it in my shop

Glass Plate "Greece"

I really like to decorate glass plates with decoupage tecnique. The result is like porcelain with more shining. But they are very difficult in online trading. Customers are afraid of their fragility. How do you handle this problem?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Handmade laptop bag

I was looking for laptop bags online. Topic shops have got only classic black or brown office style bags. They are boring. I am female and I want to look totaly female. I need something romantic like my purses.

I've found it - beautiful classic roses at the white background.

NO!!! I can't believe it! The artisan called Marilyn wants to keep it for herself! She promises to create others for sale. Now I am waiting...
He create and other wonderful things in cottage style. Check her ArtFire shop for more creations.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Where to sell handmade

If you are crafter and looks for selling online you know that there is a lot of online marketplaces for handmade. You probably asked yourself which are the best. Really everyone of us uses different criterias to select the marketplace. But the main problem remains - how to select.

Recently I has found out the statistics about marketplaces based on Alexa ranking. Visit www.foundhandmade.com to compare traffic and popularity of venues.

Other helpful website for Etsy selers you can find in blog of Jamie, who successfully sells her creations in Etsy

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I got a gift from blogger!

It's very pleasant to get gifts for celebrations or other purposes. But the best thing is to get gift from unknown person unexpectedly!

During I had holidays I get a gift from Isabella - jewellery creator.

Now I want to give this gift to other 10 bloggers.
  1. ShabbNChic
  2. Peninia Art
  3. VaBeachQuilter
  4. Indie Home Ec
  5. vilatesniftynook
  6. The Fountain of Youth
  7. Marta and the ...
  8. nodtomod
  9. Sweeter than me
  10. Intres
If you accept this gift, just send it to other 10 bloggers you like.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mirror with pansies and forget-me-nots

This napkin was my favorite from the day I bought it. But almost a year has passed and I have create nothing with it. One day this motive selected an object itself having falling to a mirror.

Mirror with pansies and forget-me-nots

(you can see more images in my art shop)

If one of my customer pass over here I inform: hurry up! my neighbour glances to it already.

P.S. The part of my craft is to give new life to old things. Just found other successful trying - recycled and updated bed for girl

Monday, September 7, 2009

Rhodes art - pictures from holiday

I spent 2 weeks on the beautiful greek island Rhodes. Blue sea, gorgeus beaches, nice people (especially after big city where I live). I relaxed as much as I forgot to buy some souvenirs and sea sponge I wanted.

A walk to art shops gave me a lot of ideas for decoupage. I take some pictures of them. They are really beautiful

Now I want to introduce Shelley - creative blogger and wonderful mom of two children. You can visit her blog where she write about her family and home and give some insight into the lives of a special needs children. Also you can take a look to her blog about playgrounds

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Piece of Cake Decorating

Do you create cakes for parties yourself? Yes? So, you should visit the amazing blog about cake decorating. I need to show some pictures to you


Course 3


Now you can create such cakes yourself in your home with its "how-to". You can even order personal "how-to" for cake idea you have

If you don't eat cakes, you can visit Kim's jewellery shop

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hanger for towels

Since I saw this picture on a handmade forum I loved it. It's very funny - man and woman in a russian sauna. Then the idea come. I decided to create a hunger for my parents' sauna. What do you think about result?

Hanger for towels in a sauna

If you have children, you do need to visit mom's blog of Carol Shwanda. Carol chronicles her blended family's lives and experiences. Also you can find some useful information how to play with your kids to help their minds' growing from other Carol's blog - Just Imaginate

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lovely cat beads

I really love cats. I adore cats! I like to decorate my home with catty objects, to wear cat jewellery etc. Today I foung lovely shop with cat beads. See yourself

The creator Sylvia C. Rose-Johnson has got a blog where you can read about gems, jewellery making etc

Friday, August 7, 2009

Magazine storage box "Classic roses"

Just finished new storage box for magazines and newspapers. It was a classic idea in old style. I really love this napkin with roses. It approaches everywhere. The most simple thing changes and becomes a treasure.

Magazine storage box

Do you like handmade jewellery? If you need original gift or just something cute for youself drop in to Kandi-o design blog or shop. Really cute creations!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Which decoupage glue do you use?

Since I decorate objects with napkin technique I use a white glue for crafts or Art Potch by HobbyLine. Basicly you can use a lot of glues or... varnishes. I know artisans who use acrilyc varnish as glue for decoupage technique.

But I see a lot of mentions about Mod Podge glue. Is it good? Does it have something special?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How the clock has been sold

I live in the city, about 1 million citizens. I varnish my decoupaged objects at my balcony.

First I try to collect 3-5 objects and then varnish them. The reason is a small quantity of varnish dries fast and I don't want to let the rest in the small bottle I use for varnishing for a long time.

So, how it looks like. My balcony gets a look of art gallery. Neighbours stare - greeks have such a habit.

One of these days my neighbour from the left side started to ask accurately about my "frosted roses" clock. Just I told her I sell it she asked for the price and took it.

Oh, It is a pity I live at the so high floor. I could sell more by this way

Saturday, July 11, 2009

All talented artisans together

Recently I've found a lovely website about handmade creations - http://www.hand-craftedcreations.com/. Every day you can see there a new artisan with his works.

How many wondeful things can create human hands in company with soul!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Greek summer Inspiration - ivy frames

Greece have got a lot of flowers but mostly in spring. The hot summer burns every green and leaves only a strong plants like ivy.

Frames "Ivy"

Green frame with ivy

And one of these with photo

Green frame with ivy 1

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Romantic watering can

My first watering can finally ended. I wanted to create one to try working with metal. I understood it's not difficult if you have right supplies.

Watering can "Roses"

Watering can "Roses"
You can find it at my store

Friday, July 3, 2009

Romantic wall clock with roses

Recently I have bought a very simple clock from mdf at the local market. Then I have found a beautful napkin with a lot of roses. The result of their wedding is below

Wall clock with roses

My friend named it "Frosted roses" - funny.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My first complete shabby chic work

Recently my friends invited me for baptism of their three children. Try to take gift for two boys and a girl together and you' ll understand my problem with it. The decoupage art looked like something helpful.

I love classic and old things as many other people. These things touch our souls. But usually I create object in modern style. I don't know why. This time I was really decided to create something looks old.

I trained to create shabby objects but it's not enough. It have to looks completely old with its images and colors.

The result of my work you can see below

Mirror and bench "The couple"

Photo frames

What do you think?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Decoupage for beginners: step by step

I'm getting many request to explain how to decoupage. The following step-by-step tutorial explains how to create something beautiful...even if you have 2 left hands.

We need: a napkin, a wooden spatchula, a decoupage glue or simple white glue for handworks, varnish for wood.

1. Cut a part of napkin which can cover the spatchula's handle. Every napkin usually have 3 layers - remove white bottom layers.

2. Put the napkin to the handle. Pour enough glue on the center of handle and distribute the glue with the finger or brush. I advise the finger for beginners to feel folds created by wet napkin. You have to level the napkin. It's better to begin from the midle to ends. If the napkin is pasted at your finger, pour more glue.

3. Don't forget to distribute the glue on the lateral sides. But try to not put the clue on the back side. When the spatchula has dried, sand it on the back side cautiously to delete the rest of napkin.

4. Repeat the steps 2 and 3 for the back side. When the spatchula dried well, wet a bit the rest of napkin on the lateral sides and cut it with hand. Then put some glue to the ends of napkin to finish the work.

5. Dry well. Varnish the napkin 2-3 times. That's it!!!

You can see more classes at my DIY decoupage blog. Welcome!

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