by gwen harlow

Posts Tagged "craft"

Painting class

Posted by on May 12, 2010 in craft | 0 comments

From painting class, since you asked, and if you cannot say anything nice I will send the painting to you and then you’ll be sorry:

Project #1, butterfly

Sample board #?, climbing, falling, hot, cold, and something I forget

I am okay with the butterfly, it was originally going to be one that’s local to Santa Cruz and I can’t remember the name, but I changed it to cream/brown instead of white/grey. I like the water, hate everything else on the other one.

I am still working on my flower, next is self-portraits and everyone’s skin is coming out c. 1985 fake-and-bake orange except for this one girl who obviously has a lifetime of painting experience and rips through all the assignments churning out masterpieces.

[My creative space]

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More flower tutorials

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in craft, photo | 0 comments

I’ve been gathering a few more flower tutorials:

Zucchini and Me: Knitted flowers for dummies
CRAFT: Easy Ribbon Rosettes
Sumo’s Sweet Stuff: Zipper flowers
Mary Janes & Galoshes: Roses or Peonys and Petals
100 Layer Cake: DIY fabric flowers by Michonne
lilyella: Fabric Rosettes

BONUS — not a flower how-to but it includes flowers and is super cute and springish:
Joli Paquet: A Lark’s Tale Cuff

Yellow with bokeh

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Speckled Egg Petite Inspiration Box Swap — Nesting Edition

Posted by on Apr 8, 2010 in craft, photo | 1 comment

I just participated in my first swap, and when I received two of my three co-swapees boxes, I was kind of surprised that they both had picked out bird themes — what a coincidence!

From Lonnie:

Lonnie's swap box

From Maggie:

Maggie's swap box

From Cari:

Cari's swap box

The stuff inside the boxes is at least as wonderful as the outsides.

But then I went back to the Speckled Egg Petite Inspiration Box Swap — Nesting Edition page and read the instructions and that is the thing. I thought “nesting” like in “domesticity”. Which is kind of silly because if you go look, there is a GIANT BIRD at the top of the page and it’s spelled out pretty clearly. So I totally failed my first swap.

I feel both guilty and amused. I like how my boxes came out anyway.

Swap nightie

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new in le shoppe

Posted by on Mar 3, 2010 in craft, photo | 6 comments

I finally got around to taking some photos and listing some new stuff in my etsy shop. Everything’s all about spring now, even though no one told our weather ;]

The Birds and the Leaves bird's nest necklace

Wild Hearts necklace

The Birds and the Leaves earrings

my creative space this week

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My creative space 2/17

Posted by on Feb 17, 2010 in craft, photo | 6 comments

Things I’ve been working on this week…

1. I bought some silver spraypaint and tried it out on some unfinished wooden beads — they came out pretty well, they have a nice vintage mod-style texture — and a piece of glass — not so well, it is not as reflective as I’d expected it would be, though enough to get something of a self portrait in.

I have a can of silver spraypaint and I'm going to use it

2. Contemplating my sea glass I got on a trip to Victoria BC. It’s been sitting in a tin on the porch for several years, I finally cleaned it up and put it in this nice glass jar I bought at an estate sale last month. I may make some pendants. I might just leave it like this. I might try out some of the sea glass projects I’ve been bookmarking lately.

Sea glass from Victoria BC

3. I had my first sale on Etsy — SO EXCITING. This is a red charm bracelet I was working on at craft night [Thursdays, 6-9 pm at Julie’s if you’re in the area]. It has vintage buttons and various glass beads — flowers, ladybirds, hearts, and other lovely things — all in warm reds and oranges. You can see some of my other sale items at gwen.etsy.com.

Love red bracelet #2

[for My Creative Space on kootoyoo]

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Lightbox!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2010 in craft, photo | 0 comments

Hey, what’s up with you on this fine, rainy Saturday?

I am taking pictures with the lightbox I just made* and I swear, swear, swear I am going to post some stuff on Etsy. No, really. I have a whole rack of earrings and a box of necklaces that I have made specifically for this purpose and they just sit, and sit, and sit, and I could offset the cost of some of my many beads if I would just make that teeny effort. And some of them are really cute and if I don’t sell them, I might start wearing them and I do not need more jewelry, believe that.

Anyway.

The lightbox came out pretty well, though some of the edges — let’s just say I am not a pro with the craft blade. I did learn that 1. it is good to start with a fresh blade and 2. it is good to change the blade more frequently and 3. I am not nearly as good at cutting straight lines as I used to be.

I need some better bulbs because the 20W CFLs are not hitting it, but that is all we have in the house so that is what I used. I think a trip to the hardware store is in order. I could stand having some smaller clip lights, too. And I want some other colors of poster board, the blue is nice, the orange came out pretty well, and the white — bleh! Very ugly with the CFLs. Maybe I’ll try some material, too. So the craft store.

Here is my narcissus photo from the other day. No lightbox!

February 2: Narcissus on mantel

And then. With lightbox!

Narcissus again

My favorite buttons that I am probably going to hold on to til the end of time because I will never come up with something deserving enough to use them on:

February 5: Gumbo Filé & vintage buttons

Some of my brooches. I don’t know why Obama’s in there, he’s supposed to be on my camera strap. He’s from a really cool show we went to last year where this woman had painted portraits of all the presidents and had them all lined up and I had photos but I guess I never edited and posted those:

My little blowfish from Archie McPhee, which just happens to be at the bus stop when you come from the Space Needle penthouse and stop by the bead shop on the way to C+E’s house. Our little cat loves him, luckily I got two. I was thinking of making earrings with them but that didn’t really work out:

Blowfishie

* This is the lightbox-building tutorial I used. I have some others [some of which are more permanent, one of which is an actual contained-in-vintage-suitcase lightbox-lightbox like you view slides on] bookmarked here.

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Flower tutorials

Posted by on Feb 5, 2010 in craft | 0 comments

How About Orange has a great post of How to make flowery things links just in time for spring [ohpleaseohpleaseohplease come soon!], which reminded me of my own backlog of accessorizing to-dos:

Happy Find: Fabric flowers [check out her amazing flowery pincushions, they are unbearably cute]
dozi: Paper flowers
Hat Diva: Silk flowers [includes dying tutorial]
Swirlydoos: Burnt Organza Flowers
Burdastyle: Flowers for dress/skirt

eta! Totally Tutorials: How to make fabric roses, peonies and poppies

And if you like the peony clips tutorial Jessica linked, check out the following books, they both have tons of how-tos on all kinds of flowers using a variety of materials:

Making Flowers in Paper, Fabric and Ribbon by Steve and Megumi Biddle – buy used
A Passion for Ribbonry by Camela Nitschke – buy used

A few flowery things I’ve made
I’ve added some brief descriptions, they’re all pretty straight-ahead, but feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Craft night: hair bobs! #1 Bird

Hair clip: Layers of various silk flowers glue gunned then attached to clip

Button & lace pin #1

Brooch: Old lace sewn into a round with vintage button on pin backing

Gwen, fall

Necklace: Layers of silk flowers speared with a bead on a headpin through the middle and attached to old costume pearls

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It’s super-craft day!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2010 in craft | 2 comments

It’s super-craft day!

A lot of this going on today with a client call and some housework in between. In a bit I have weekly coffee with J., when we sit around working and talking and eating and drinking, then this evening is the first craft night of the new year at Julie’s, the best café ever.* You should pop by.

Starting February 4th, Julie’s will be open later on Thursdays for you to get your craft on.
KNIT, SEW, BEAD, WRITE, DRAW…
DO whatever it is you do, and do it with friends at Julie’s.
Inspire and support each other on getting your projects done!
(The kitchen will close at 7pm, but drinks and baked goods will be available all night.)

I keep thinking about sewing and felt but I’ll probably stick to jewelry. This is a necklace I made a couple weeks ago, I am feeling a strong affinity for flowers right now.

Red flowers, pink ladybirds and grey leaves

[for my creative space thursday]

* As long as we’re talking about the 3/50 project, I’d also like to send a special shout-out to Ark chinese restaurant — some of the best Chinese food I’ve ever had — and Raja Market [née Bonfare, where they now have several aisles of Indian spices and foods].

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January 22: Button scores from the estate sale

Posted by on Jan 23, 2010 in photo | 2 comments

January 22: Button scores from the estate sale

Today’s was the home of a recently deceased anal retentive doll hoarder. She had the most magnificently organized collection of — anything you can imagine that might be even remotely related to doll crafting. Jessica scored a really awesome vintage wood storage thingy with drawers and untold spools of thread in every color of the rainbow. I am so jealous. But I am quite pleased with my Button Bucket.

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January 10: One nation

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in craft, photo | 0 comments

January 10: One nation

I spent almost eight hours at a craft day at the house of a girl I met once ages ago. Very productive, I have two new necklaces and the best bracelet yet! and two pair earrings. Maybe I’ll photograph when there is daylight.

The little people are about 2/3 of the ones a guy was making for the background scene of some stop animation he’s working on. I don’t think I could make even one of those that well. The body is the top of a popsicle stick, so you have an idea of size. The uniformity of their heads blew me away.

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Say What O’clock!

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in craft, photo | 1 comment

January 6: What o'clock

I am so, so, so pleased with this combo bracelet/necklace [bracelace? necklet?].
Made from vintage watch faces and assorted beads from old broken jewelry from the Alameda antiques fair.

Red flower ring

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