20 October, 2017

Autumn at its best

Another long-term project that I managed to finish lately, however, this time it should not be entirely my fault. 
During my first visit to Erlangen, I managed to find a fantastic bead shop and stocked up with supplies accordingly. Among my new possessions were beads for a brown "hedgehodg" necklace featuring dagger beads and rocailles. However, as I've never worked with dagger beads before, I didn't quite know how many I'd need. Also, as they'd be charged per piece amd I wanted to avoid bankruptcy, I decided to take a certain amount of beads to see how far that would get me - if necessary, I could always come back for more later.
However, I turned out to be so busy in and out of hospital that I never really started beading until I was home. Of course, when I ran out of beads, coming back for more was not an option and all I could do was put the necklace aside and hope that maybe I'd get the chance to visit Erlangen again. When I did, of course, one of my first ways led me to the bead shop. Again, I only started beading when I was home, but this time, the amount of beads was sufficient. 
For the necklace itself, I've chosen a simple spiral string technique that featured rocailles only in the original pattern. However, I replaced one bead with a dagger in each row, creating a prominent swirl in the necklace.  
In the back part of my creation, I decided to follow the original plan - partly because I didn't want to have daggers all around my neck and partly to keep the material costs low. 
 In the end, I glued the ends into silver closing plugs and added a lobster clasp.
A little contribution to the October collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

Due to the fact that my second Erlangen experience turned out to be a *little* strange, I can't help but be reminded of it every time I see the necklace. Based on its shimmering brown shades, it might as well remind me of the most beautiful autumn one can imagine...
A little contribution to the gallery of sky images at Raumfee.

challenges: 
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
crafting with an attitude: ATG
creative inspirations: autumn/Halloween
creative moments: ATG/birthday
- everybody art: small gifts
- friendship challenge: autumn/Halloween
- glitternsparkle: autumn
- inspiration destination: ATG 
- love to craft: ATG 
- moving along with the times: autumn
- pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: autumn colours
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG
pinspirational
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG

19 October, 2017

Something sweet

Today, I'll leave paper crafting for a change and present a wood decoupage project I've done a while ago. Actually, I've purchased this box in a pair ages ago and always knew I'd use it someday, but somehow, I never came across the right napkin. 
Finally, when I came across a fun one with tiny party-themed motifs, I knew exactly it coud be used on a plain white background and still look nice - just what I've been looking for all this time.
Needless to say, the most time-consuming part of my crafting was cutting those tiny elements from the napkin. Once this was done, I used ivory paint for the box and applied the cut-outs with a matt lacquer. 
Thanks to the tiny pictures, I could combine the same motifs on each side of the box without repeating myself, making sure each sides looks different.
In the end, the only question was what to do with the box itself. For a while, it served as a decoration on my shoe rack, but with the time, I thought I'd have to find a better purpose. 
The task was quickly solved by mom, who always makes sure I take something to eat with me every time I visit. As my "food parcel" always contains something sweet (preferrable something she remembers I like), my little box is now filled with those super yummi Kinder Schoko Bons I can never get enough of :)
A little contribution to the October collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

challenges: 
- 613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
crafting with an attitude: ATG
creative moments: ATG/birthday
everybody art: small gifts
inspiration destination: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
- pennys papertake: ATG
- through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG
- worldwide open design team challenge: ATG

12 October, 2017

Bears

In an attempt to make up for the forgotten Septmber Fadengrafik Challenge, and for being quite late for the October turn, this simple bookmark would be a quick sign of life somewhere between all the things that keep me busy in real life, as well as my contribution to the current "ATG" theme. 
There isn't much to say about the bookmark itself - once again I used a simple geometric pattern which I stitched in two colours and is apparently becomimg my regular "bookmark pattern". It is just so perfect to decorate small leftover pieces of white cardboard that it turns out to be my first choice whenever it comes to recycling paper into small crafting projects. And since it's a rather simple pattern, too, it can be combined with almost anything I have on hand to cover up the stitching on the back side.
This time, I've chosen a super cute image of teddy bears from mom's aunt's stock of old calendar/magazine cut-outs (because she's an even greater hamster than me when it comes to things that "might be useful someday"). To combine the two lements, I glued them both on a dark red cardboard, which was another paper leftover and turned out to cover both backsides nicely. 
A little contribution to the October collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

With a wonderful summer coming to an end, it is probably one of my first autumn-ish projects this year. A couple more are waiting to be shown, as well as a couple of holiday adventures, but for the moment I just can't seem to squeeze more hours into the day - or rather, make better use of the time that is available. 
For now, therefore, just a couple of autumn-ish impressions from park Tivoli. Lots of the trees are  still green more or less, but some already display their colourful fall outfits. 
As for the Fadengrafik Challenge itself, you're invited to link up your stitched projects here for a chance to win a cool prize by the end of the month. I can't wait to see what you've created ;)

challenges: 
4 crafty chicks: fall
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty sentiments: Halloween/fall
creative inspirations: autumn/Halloween
creative moments: ATG/birthday
deep ocean: colours of autumn
bawion: autumn
friendship challenge: autumn/Halloween
glitternsparkle: autumn
inspiration destination: ATG
little red wagon: leftovers (paper stripes, picture)
love to craft: ATG 
modsquad: fall
moving along with the times: autumn
pennys papertake: ATG
- scrapping4fun: animals
scrap & craft: upcycle/recycle (picture, paper leftovers)
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG