Friday, 26 April 2013

Mirror Mirror On The Wall.....

Hello everyone!

We needed a mirror for the living room to help bounce some light around it.  But we couldn't find any that had a nice frame or they were way too expensive and really heavy.  Once again the Overgate Hospice Shop had what we were looking for. 

I saw this sad looking mirror hidden on the back wall.  It was fairly light, a good size and even better it was only £5!  So we got it and Adrian sanded off the horrible white paint that covered it.  It had peeled off and was marked in some places, so it was best to start form scratch.

So I toddled to Wilkinson on my way to work and picked up the some of the tiny tester pots for a £1.  I got a white and a lovely blue paint.  I painted it blue and used masking tape to protect the edges of the mirror, but I still ended up getting some of it on it!

I wanted to add a small design round the edges to make it a bit different.  So I tried a flower design but it wasn't right.  I then tried Home Sweet Home but couldn't get the letters to fit.  Birds were my next thought but the frame was too narrow.  Then I realized that bunting would look great!

I quickly measured the frame and cut my card to the right size.  And I sketched a basic bunting design.  Once I'd done that I began to cut out the stencil.  I had wanted to but a bow in the design but it proved to be too fiddly and ended up covering it up with masking tape. 

Once I had my stencil I taped it onto my frame and used one of those special stencil stamping brushes.  The ends are all flat so you are able to stamp hard and get a nice clean line.

I did this for all 4 sides of the mirror and left it to dry.  I then added some dots and stripes to the bunting so that it did look like bunting and not just a weird triangle design.

The edges of the bunting were left floating on the border so I just added a wee line to join them up.  I had wanted to do a bow but it would have looked too fussy and wouldn't have sat well because of the groove.

Tah-dah! Not a sad wee mirror anymore!  And it adds a splash of colour to our living room :)

Dittery Dot

Friday, 12 April 2013

I'm Sew Very Happy!

Hello lovely people!

I love handmade quilts!!! Problem is that they are really expensive to buy whether they are new or vintage.  So I went out and got myself a petal shape for quilting and a special cutting tool which makes it faster to get all your pieces together.  

I have done a lot of research and I am still a bit overwhelmed with the whole thing so to ease me into it I decided to do a patchwork tablecloth.

So I picked out 8 different fabrics ans I washed them before I cut anything to make sure that they don't shrink.  And yes I was cutting on my ironing board because I ran out of space on the table.

So here are my fabrics :) Some are vintage, one is an old skirt, and the others are from my fabric stash!  I cut 4 of each fabric for 4 flowers.

I pinned down all the pieces and rearranged them until I was happy that they were in the right place.  I uses cream and white threads to do a zig-zag stitch around all the petals.  This took ages to do and it did pucker a little but still looked good.  

I also decided to add some ribbons to join up the flowers.  I used a pretty green dotty ribbon and a measuring tape one too.  I just did a running stitch along the ribbon to attach it to the cloth.  In the centre of the flowers I stitched a different colored button.


And here is the finished tablecloth! I really like the end result and has made me feel a bit better about attempting a quilt.  I think I will do a flower design on it and do large squares to make it a little easier.

Dittery Dot

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Bunny With A Toolbelt :)

Hello lovely people!

Today I have a lovely artist to share with you.  Her name is Hilary and has a very cute shop on Etsy called Bunny with a toolbelt!  Unfortunately she is super busy with work at the moment, but she did give me permission to use information and pictures from her websites to make up this post!

-Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I started making my living from my artwork in 1989. Somewhere along the way, I adopted the name Bunny with a Toolbelt, which encapsulated the way I love to learn and work in many different art media. I also liked the name because I was quite fond of appearing in public in a bunny suit right around that time. I don't do that too often these days, but I still think it's a great business name.

In addition to Etsy, I sell this work at The Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Crafty Wonderland's biannual bazaar in my hometown Portland, Oregon. The work I show on my Etsy site has been featured in the Style section of the Sunday New York Times, Brides Magazine, Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, Wedding Bee, Broke Ass Bride, and ReadyMade Magazine, among others.

-What do you like to do in your spare time?

When I'm not working on this business, I spend most of my free time making other artwork. I have created large scale installations for the Fuller Craft Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Indianapolis Art Center and others. My work is represented by Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco. You can see plenty of images of this work on my other website

The spare time that's left is spent volunteering for various arts organizations in my hometown, or hanging out with my most awesome dog Weegee. 

You can follow Hilary on facebook and on her lovely blog! :)

Dittery Dot