Little Mary’s blanket

Craft

I’ve been working on a baby blanket for my new niece. It will be a nice sized blanket that I hope she’ll be able to use for some time as she grows up. I’m hoping it will be something she will cherish as she grows older and maybe even one day give to her daughter.

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Paper beads in action

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Since that package arrived in July, I’ve been having another go at making beads. I have to admit the roller does make it easier because it gives you that extra little bit of room you need to do such a repetitive motion comfortably. But what’s really got me going is that glaze. I’m sure there have been glazes and glazes since the invention of papier mâché, but I have this glaze. And it is good.

So good that I was moved to make a set of earrings almost immediately my first batch was dry.

paper bead hoops

Crochet headband/head wrap

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When I got back from one of my trips to Melbourne I was having tons of trouble trying to find work. It was job applications coming out of my ears kind of trouble. And no luck to shake a cat at. And, as my partner can attest to, I was getting thoroughly restless and bored out of my skin.

So I decided to take up a project and teach myself, of all things, to crochet. The decision wasn’t completely out of left field. I had to pick a craft (and I had decided it had to be a craft) that I could do using the tools I already had. I was working on a budget here, come on! Anyway, my sister had left a couple of crochet hooks and a bag of yarn in my room from, like, yonks ago. Figured that’s a good place as any to start.

No job is too small

Craft, Photography, Tangent

Some people think working with family is a bad idea. Maybe those people pick the wrong family to work with. Working with AL and Dzal hasn’t been the best in terms of pay or stability but it has been some kinda fun!

Admittedly I don’t do a hell of a lot. We do a lot of print work, mostly publications and graphics, with the odd cool random thing thrown in, and that keeps Dzal really busy since he’s the graphics dude. But every now and then we get some jobs where I can do some photography or scripting or something else that I’ve been able to get into. And more rarely we get a lovely artsy-craftsy project that gets us all going.

completed wishing wells

Paper beads – an attempt

Craft, Photography

I absolutely had to try my hand at making beads after seeing this instructable. Their products looked almost too good to be true. I had to find out if it was really that simple to recycle paper into something stunning.

Suffice to say that it got addictive that first day. I think I sat there for almost 6 hours just slogging away at it, ruling and cutting strips of paper then rolling them onto toothpicks and trying to get the shape just right. And it may seem like a simple idea to begin with, but once you get into it you realise just what an art it really is!

a few beads

dried and waiting for varnish