Monday, 16 May 2011

Delectable Decor

Over the last couple of weeks I've been trying to make my bedroom a little more 'me'. This has mainly consisted of me replacing the things that perhaps should have been replaced a while ago; e.g. the blue 'space craft' pattered curtains and the yellowing ceiling light...
Perhaps though, I chose to wait for the right moment to find the assets that suit my room so well.
I bought this birdcage lampshade from Next. It was £25, but really goes well with the furnature I have in there and I love the butterflies addorning it!

Behind the veil of green you can just about see my new curtains. They're a bit difficult to distinguish here as when its light outside they become sort of clear but you can see the embroided swirls, but at nighttime they become pretty much black...apart from where the moon shines through them. They're just my sort of thing, I chose them because the design on them is similar to a lot of doodles I end up drawing on things.
You can find them at Dunelm Mill;

This small stool I actually bought a couple of months back, from a shop I absolutely love in Leamington Spa called Planet Bong (not sure if they have a website they are currently using, but you can find them on Facebook). It's made by Fair Trade but I've not seen it sold anywhere else yet, it also comes in pink, (so naturally, I was torn when it came to choosing between that and this green one), but the green went with my room better.

Lastly, as I found myself a teeny bit ill recently and also found some spare cash in my pocket, I decided to treat may think I do that a lot. You'd be right; but a girl has needs, and I know how to make a little extra moolah here and there.

I've been looking forward to getting my mits on this game for quite some time now in the run up to the release of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film; and it does not disapoint! It even came with a free Jack Sparrow Lego figure. The book is 'Snufkin's Book of Thoughts', which I bought more for novelty value over reading material, but there is one quote in there I like in particular;

"I'll come when it suits me," said an angry Snufkin. "Perhaps I shan't come at all."

Well said. Although I'm sure it wouldn't be out of choice.

~ Queenie

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Little Green Books

As so often happens I was clearing out my room once more, when I found an old cardboard box that some make up that my granny got me came in. Its book shaped and has a magnetic lid I wanted to take advantage of. So I stripped it down, (removing the glossy coating and paper as it just had the brand name and ingridients on); then I could begin to make it my own.

I wanted to give it that sort of my 'signature' look I guess I decorate most things with; lots of blue, green, gold and flowers! It was easy to paint once I'd stripped it, I don't like to fully mix the paint into one colour, to me it looks better with a more emerald streak here and a smear of white there etc. Once that coat had dried, I dry brushed on a little more white and brown, just to make it looked a little more lost and forgotten. I guess I like that sort of look about things because its what makes me want to pick them up and look at them, a little mystery. Dabbed on some watery gold paint, and painted a little detail. Then I picked some blossom which I PVA glued to the spine of the 'book' and then dabbed with gold paint, (although I think the gold paint may have be spread over them more when I PVAed over the top, either that or the didn't preserve the natural pinky colour as well as I'd hoped it would). They look glossy and lovely anyway so I don't mind to much. Now I just have to find something special enough to keep inside it!

I thought this would be an appropriate post for me to show a photo of this little book I decorated a few years ago. This one is actually a book, and I like to dry small flowers in it, (as well as glueing in small dead insects that I find) -don't judge me! I just think they are beautiful. For this I used the same paint method (only a bit bluer), but then dried a leaf out with I sliced down the middle, and glued one to the front and one to the back. I had collected my milk teeth since they started falling out and so decided to use a few that had split in half over the ages to stick down the spine. I'm not really sure why other than I like the way it looks and I like to use natural resources.

In other news my pumpkins have been growing at an alarming pace due to the brilliant sunny weather we've been having. The picture I've uploaded here doesn't really show it very well, as I took it more for athstetic reasons, but you can see they've sprouted well. I've had to seperate them into bigger pots, and since I took this photo about three days ago most of the stems have doubled in height. I'm thinking about begging mum to let me rip up the garden a little to give them more room to grow!


Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Crafty Characters and Sew On

While I'm in this phase of bringing you up to date with some of the arts, crafts and bits and bobs I have made before creating this blog I thought it'd be a good opportunity to show off these little friends of mine that I have put together, (mostly out of recycled materials);

This is a porcelain doll that I re-vamped for an art project a couple of years ago. My teacher was kind enough to give me an old, raggy doll he was going to throw out. It had no hair, no clothes, and its painted face was mostly chipped away. It only took me two days to make it something of my own by painting it a new face, giving it hair made from and old black feather boa, and making its clothes from old clothes that were going to be thrown away or were ripped beyond repair.

I used the doll in the project as a miniature representation of myself, and tied it to a giant green and purple spider web I made from wire and wool, to show my irrational fear of spiders!

This little fella I made simply because I love bats! A lot of people who have seen this say it's cute, maybe I should make them to sell as they're cheap (the fabric is just left overs or to be thrown away), and quick to make. This was my first attempt, so turned out a little lop sided, but I love the green and purple, (a colour combination I seem to use a lot), giving it that Halloweeny twist that I am so very fond of :)

The last of my crafty characters is Prosper, a weed-fueled net maker who falls in love with a human moth, featuring in a series I'm writing called Treetop Tales. In a very Gag Halfrunt manner I'll just say this; He's just zis guy, you know?

It probably took the longest to make Prosper, as I had to create a skeleton/ frame from wire, cover it in papier mache, which took a while to dry. The skin was actually easier to apply than I'd first expected, I used a skin coloured thin felt; but again the glue took a while to dry. Unfortunately I originally did his face and tattoo with a fine pen, and stupidly took him out into the rain (showing it off to friends), and had to re-paint those areas. The clothes were my favourite parts to make. You can't see on this photo, but his other ear is pierced. I have a keen eye for detail and wanted to make the doll look as similar as possible to the drawings I had done before I'd even thought about making a doll of him. I'd like to get around to making some of the other characters if I can find the time and the resources!

I took a some time to try out a few new photoshop skills I quickly picked up last night to make these photos a little more interesting. Recently I have been shown the 'hipstamatic' app on the i-phone. I'm wholly jelous as I don't have one but instantly fell in love with the nostalgic look the app gives to your pictures, so I googled to find tutorials on how to achieve a similar look with Photoshop Elements and found this brilliant link;

The video gives a really easy to follow tutorial, (and you can easily swap or change ways of achieveing the desired affect if you prefer), plus the man's voice taking you through the tutorial is kinda pleasent and easy to listen to. (So many times I've stopped watching a tutorial because I can't stand the voice over!) As well as that there is a free frame that they have the link to download to help you on your hipstamatic-esque quest. Well worth a look if you are into the retro/ lomography look for your photos.

~ Queenie