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
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
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.
I am not sure now: to sell it or to leave it for myself...
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.
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
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.
The part of the first pair of roses
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
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
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?
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.
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
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
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?
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
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.
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!
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?
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
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.
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!!!