Wood You Believe!

I’m signing off for the weekend now, but thought I’d do some show and tell first. I finished this large format commissioned Wood You Believe! piece earlier this week and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Have a wonderful weekend, see you Monday!

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Japanese Egg Shapers

The delightful Hello Sandwich blog featured a wonderful post on bento accessories earlier this week. Cute overload! It prompted me to photograph my Japanese egg shapers: little moulds which transform hot hard boiled eggs into cute little bunny and bear faces.

After reading Ebony’s post I can’t wait to get back to Tokyo to stock up on more cuteness.

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Etsy Top 10: Terrariums

I often log onto Etsy and do a search for something I’m interested in browsing, and it always turns up some really great finds. So I thought I’d share the fruits of my Etsy searches – my favourite 10 things – in a series of posts each Thursday for 10 weeks.

Keyword search: Terrarium

I bought this book from the Book Depository a while ago now, with good intentions of making myself some terrariums. But of course the idea and the book have been put aside for now until I find the time for it. I often wonder when that will be… when Roxy graduates from high school (in 13 more years), when I retire… when?

In lieu of making my own I had a browse around Etsy and found my favourite terrarium listings (in no particular order).

Stealing a Kiss. This beauty is by Elizabeth DeHart of One Punk Posey. I just love the little worlds and stories that Elizabeth creates in her terrariums – they are so simple and almost poetic.

This one took my breath away – it’s so unexpected and beautiful. It’s called Terrarium Mold Makes the World Go Round and is one of a series of lovely mandalas in playnature’s etsy shop. This one, as the name suggests, has been created from a photo of a very intricate colony of mold growing on the wall of a terrarium. These mandalas are so stunning I think they deserve their own post… I’ll add that to my list!

Oh so sweet and cute! This Pocket Garden is made from needle felting in a nutshell, and is described as “a miniature garden and a terrarium for your pocket”. From Etsy seller drawingroom.

Another crafty example is the crocheted Picnic in the Park and is “a worry free alternative for anyone looking to add a touch of spring to a shelf or window sill”. It’s from JackRabbit who says this on her profile page: JackRabbit by Christine Domanic is brought to you by: handlebar moustaches, hot pretzels, garbage night, grilled cheese, thrift shopping, recycling, hanging out in the library, crocheting, sewing, indian food and riding bikes. I love reading fun stuff on sellers’ profile pages, don’t you?

Balloons for Bobby from One Punk Posey (again! I just love her creations). “A little bit of garden, a little bit of art”.

The Terrarium Elephant from Charlotte Cramer has wonderful bold shapes and is quite graphic in its composition – great photo huh?

This Terrarium Print is the work of one of my favourite artists and bloggers, Gennine Zlatkis. You can read my previous post about Gennine’s work and blog here (there’s even a photo of a terrarium Gennine created, which now that I think about it, may have been the start of my terrarium love!).

In-vitro Plant Culture is a hand-carved rubber stamp by mongosteenskin. Have a look at the mongosteenskin Etsy shop for more hand-carved stampy goodness.

Blithe Gardens’ shop boasts a host of whimsical terrariums in interesting vessels, including this one in an apothecary jar.

If you look closely at the interestingly named Thoreau Moss Terrarium you’ll see a lovely little mini sculpture of 3 balanced rocks. What a sweet little detail! You’ll find this one at Green Briar’s shop along with The Transcendentalist, The Jung Frau, and The Peabody… gotta love a seller who puts so much imagination into naming their wares.

Image Source: All Etsy images from individual sellers, as listed.
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Me: a Meme

Yourself: Creative
Your partner: Funny
Your hair: Half straigh, half curly
Your Mother: Gentle, loving and very missed
Your Father: Supportive, generous and very missed
Your Favorite Item: Watercolors
Your dream last night: I usually don’t remember my dreams
Your Favorite Drink: Equal faves: sparkling water and a good margarita
Your Dream Car: Something with the design and style of the 50’s or 60’s on the outside with all the comforts, gadgets, and engine of a modern car on the inside.
Your Dream Home: Big windows, light and bright. Dark timber floors and white walls.
The Room You Are In: Studio/office
Your fear: anything surrounding my daughter (health, safety, etc)
Where you Want to be in Ten Years? Grateful, successful, content, happy.
Who you hung out with last night: Stu and Roxy
What You’re Not: Extroverted
Muffins: Carrot and pineapple (together – yum!)
One of Your Wish List Items: Book
The Last Thing You Did: Varnish some work
What You Are Wearing: PJs!
Your favorite weather: Sunny, clear, mild/cool.
Your Favorite Book: Bible
Last thing you ate: Häagen Dazs
Your Life: Peaceful
Your mood: Happy
Your Best Friend: Fun
What are you thinking about right now: Dinner
Your car: Silver
What are you doing at the moment: Blogging
Your summer: Roadtrip
Relationship status: Married
What is on your tv: Nothing
What is the weather like: Cool
When is the last time you laughed: Today
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Getting Crafty

I am the excited owner of two recently released craft books – both very different to each other. I finally visited Borders over the weekend to buy Meet Me at Mike’s: 26 Fun and Crafty Projects, and my copy of Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts arrived in the mail last week from the Book Depository. (Thanks to Belinda for the tip about the Book Depository which has free international shipping. Yippee!)

The Meet Me at Mike’s book is full of contemporary craft projects (mostly sewing) by Australian designer/makers, and the book itself is sooo gorgeously designed by Simone Elder of Ortolan. There are lots of things I can’t wait to make. Pip from Mike’s has created a flickr group where you can see projects people have made from her book.

As you would expect, Martha’s book is a fantastic resource for techniques and ideas for a huge range of different crafts. Very elegant. Very Martha!

Have a look here for an etsy interview with Marcie McGoldrick of Martha Stewart craft dept about the book and her immensely covetable job.

I have already organised myself with some linen and embroidery thread for our next Brown Owls meeting, so unless I miraculously end up with some spare time I’ll have to be content with leafing through my new books until I can try out some of the projects I’ve bookmarked. Do you have either of these books? Have you made anything from them?


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