The World is Yours

June 30th, 2015

Hello World! This is my latest papercut. A couple of details, such as the surname, have been blotted out for obvious reasons but apart from them, it is done. It is called ‘The World is Yours’.

I have one more to do for a Christopher baby so will make a similar design for him. They take a fair (I’m knackered) bit of time but when they’re done and it’s all intact without any connecting structures cut through, the end result is tremendously rewarding.

Also, the rocking chair is nearly done so that reveal is to come soonish. Next day or so. Still got the seat pad cushion to make but that won’t take long at all. Excited to get it finished!

Speak soon!

Just Be

June 26th, 2015

Just Be

This design is destined to be another foray into the art of Scherenschnitte, or Paper Cutting. I call it ‘Just Be’ because I realised that I enjoy the weediness in my garden. A weed is just an unwanted flower and there is nothing in my garden that is unwanted so those weeds that I cultivate in the cracks in the entry, the clover and ribwort plantain, etc, do not have to be justified as ‘flowers’. They can just be.

Similarly, we need to all cut ourselves some slack and allow ourselves to just be, so it is apt in that respect. We don’t need to strive to achieve some ‘ideal’ (unattainable) pinnacle of beauty. Be healthy. Be happy and love yourself exactly as you are.

Child of the Universe

Soap Box Moment

There was a clip from yet another Reality Show where someone stated that they ‘don’t like unattractive’ people. All I can say is, they must have hidden shallows. Beauty comes from within. From having a spirit that shines. That emanates from Love. I’m human. I fail. I fall short but I try every single day.

Walk with Dreamers

Harbouring poisonous thoughts of jealousy, resentment and hatred have their analogue manifestation in your body. You cannot flood yourself with poison and expect your enemy to drown in it. No, you do! And it will make you physically suffer. So, I bless the day and all within it and by doing so, I bless myself in the process. There, soap box moment over!

Design Technique

Getting back to the design… I  create it in Illustrator so that various elements can be scaled, moved, flipped, etc, until I’m happy with it. I keep the individual elements in a special file because I am trying to be disciplined and organised. Just call me Mrs O.

The Pathfinder function welds the elements together to check if all the pieces cut as expected or have some ‘holes’ that need connecting. The rest of the effects in the picture are for aesthetic benefit only and serve no other function. (These words are chosen very specifically and are a private joke between me and Himself!).

For this image, I took the graphic into Photoshop to apply a gold foil overlay just to gussy it up. I’m writing the method for how to do that and will post it today, probably. I have time on my hands – am having a bed delivered  so it’s a waiting-in sort of day. And, surprise, surprise, it’s also raining so no massive incentive especially as I don’t have the energy for jumping into puddles today.

Still to come – a rocking good way to fall in love

Sometime over the weekend I will post pics of my latest find – a lovely solid rocking chair. Love at first sight from a local charity shop. It was/is in great condition but had a dark varnish and needed a bit of a spruce up. It got washed down with sugar soap, given a light sanding then undercoated.

It will take the weekend and possibly a few evenings to get the top coat(s) on – lots of slats and surfaces that need the chair upended, flipped over onto one side, then the other… You know how these things are.

It also inspired me to make the flounciest, most frou-frou ruffled cushion I’ve ever stitched. It’s like a big bouffant bon-bon. Just colour my heart happy it makes me dance it’s so pretty (IMHO, obviously!).

The seat pad cushion cover has yet to be done but think some Ikea white with kind of charcoal grey ‘hand drawn’ veggies curtain fabric will fit the bill there. AND I may crochet something ridiculously colourful and outrageously loud (for me) to drape over it as well! We shall see.

When the chair is ready I’ll post pics of the chair and the cushion. I’m so excited. I LOVE the chair and can’t wait to show you the final make over!

Love You Two

June 23rd, 2015

Here we are again. Monday and the start of a new week. The sun is shining and the day is warm. My garden is blooming and filling with colour and is calling me to go sit outside and enjoy it all.

But first – two new cushions. I’ve used the stencil from the Craftsmanspace site again, the Art Nouveau bunny. These two cushions are 12 inchers and stuffed with feather-filled cushion inners. The background is a dark tweed and the bunnies themselves are felted wool.

You know I have a passion for appliqué, well, I usually have…. these rabbits are made from so many curves and were a bit of a PITA…. Still, they turned out well and am pleased with the pair of them.

Sunshine

Also showing you a picture of the last paper cutting I made, called Sunshine. It’s framed in a small Ikea Ribba (whatever size that is) and also looks nice.

It went to the craft fair on Sunday but sadly, the event was poorly attended. Very little footfall. It was such a shame especially when there were such lovely things to see (and buy!). Everybody had set their stalls up beautifully and the talents on show  – what can I say – such lovely things!

Maybe I do another. Maybe not. I’ll have a coffee outside now and possibly give it some thought or, better still, just enjoy the day. I don’t really give a flying fairy cake about craft fairs today. No bothers!

Have a good day yourself. Bye for now.

Love always

June 18th, 2015

Finally finished this paper cutting for the craft fair on Sunday. Have got a good selection of things to take now so fingers crossed for a customer or two.

Promise

June 18th, 2015

A quick update here. I went to Ikea on the way back from Dublin at the weekend and bought a few of their ‘Ribba’ frames. I don’t know what else to call them. Shadow frames? Deep frames? Box frames?

Anyhow, I bought a few and mounted my papercraft pictures that I first posted here. Like in proper galleries, I gave them a title. The one above is called ‘Reflection’ which I think is very apt. I’ve even signed it and added my name to the label. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will, right? I do hope someone will like them and buy them though I would certainly have them in my home.

This one is called ‘Promise’ – seeds being the promise of new life and renewal.

Both are backed with dark olive green archival-quality paper to set them off.

I am working on a couple of ideas for paper cutting and hope to get them, or at least one more, done for Sunday.

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