2/18/2013

Finds of the week

Even if it's getting tiresome to hear or read - for me more than anyone else probably ;-) - I still haven't gotten rid of all the boxes around here after moving things around.
The cats are having fun with it and usually want to sit in the box I'm just working on, but I felt the need to remind myself how beautiful boxes can be.
Have fun with these examples that I found on Zibbet!

Are you an avid cook and look for just the right box to keep your collected recipes in? How about this beautiful box with moon, sun and stars, done in the pyrography technique by Breath of the Dragon?


If you like dragonflies, you might prefer this cute little box by Nanny's Treasures, though. I can imagine a little girl keeping her own treasures in there.


Now for something completely different - a glass treasure box by Steider Studios. Maybe I have seen snow for too long, but the bright and happy yellow color attracted me like a flower a bee!


I love wooden boxes and this one by Bespoke Boxes caught my eye with its unusual shape and the beautiful pattern of the wood in the lid. Isn't it gorgeous?



Another stunning combination of woods is found in this playing card box made of zebrawood and wenge by Bark Up A Tree. What a stylish way to keep your cards in!


It's back to my own boring cardboard shipping boxes now that I have to cut up without killing myself ;-) I hope you enjoyed the trip into "box land" as much as I did.

2/09/2013

Saturday night ramblings or maybe just a little fun

Just a bit of harmless fun.
I was hanging out in my armchair and suddenly felt the urge to check out the Preciosa Ornela Twin beads that I have in so many great colors. I have practically never beaded off loom except maybe two or three times, so I kept it simple for this first time. 
I used wire, the Twin beads in a light transparent green and yellow and some crystal drop beads that I mistook for regular seed beads at first. Reminder to myself ... I really need a better lamp next to my armchair, the other one is cozy, but not a lamp for beading.

In the end - meaning the end of the wire and the end of my DVD which was very good timing, ok, coincidence) a tube which I will probably put on a keychain.
Not too exciting, so I played with the camera and the tube instead ...








2/04/2013

Interview with the artist - Shirley from Shirley's Studio

Today I want to introduce you to another friend from deviantArt. Shirley makes the most adorable trolls. Have fun with this interview and let them steal your heart (Sheldon and the babies stole mine and I keep coming back to this picture of them)!



Tell us a little about who you are and where you come from.

Hi! My name is Shirley and I come from the Netherlands. I live in a small town with my dear partner and two crazy but adorable cats.
I adore everything that has to do with fantasy, storytelling and nature.
I love to sculpt, read, play games, draw and sometimes I write stories.



What's your craft/art and how did you get to do it in the first place?

I'm a sculptor/dollmaker. I sculpt mostly fantasy creatures like trolls and fairies (but mostly trolls).
I started back in 2011, after I found sculptures while browsing on deviantArt.
I never thought about sculpting before, I was always busy with drawing, writing and painting.
I thought clay was just for creating ashtrays and pottery. I have been very, very wrong, LOL!
Being inspired by nature and fantasy I started creating trolls. I love the idea of creatures who are not just beautiful and sweet as sugar, I wanted my creatures to be a bit more mischievous. Trolls are, in my opinion.
They are far from beautiful, but they don't seem to care. They don't mind what others think of them. They are who they are.



I think this is one of the most asked questions - where does your inspiration come from?

I think it's a good question. My inspiration firstly came from fantasy stories and drawings. Then people started to comment that my art was very "Froud-like".
I never even knew who Froud was at that time. I started to take a look at their art. I recognized the artwork of Brian Froud immediately, I've bought some greeting cards from him before. I found Wendy's dolls. I fell in love with their art.
They are a very big inspiration to me now. They seem to capture in drawings and dolls what is important to me personally.
It was a very big compliment for me that people recognized a bit of "Froud" in my dolls.
I get inspired mostly from my own fantasy, from nature and from artists, like Froud.

Tell us a fun thing about yourself.

I'm a bit of a dreamer, an over-thinker. I wander off in my mind and forget the world around me completely!
It's not that uncommon that I bump into streetlights (and then apologize to them) or miss my stop when I'm in the bus (and get lost). Oops!

Do you do other crafts, if yes, what?

I don't, but that's for a reason. I'm trying to focus on sculpting now.
When I'm scrolling through deviantArt or Pinterest, I want to start so many projects, which I know I will never finish. I'm easily distracted, so when I'm sculpting, I work on one doll at the time or else I lose interest and the doll ends up somewhere unfinished on a shelf :-)

Which one of your pieces is your absolute favorite? Which one was the hardest to make and why?

Oh, that is a tough question! I personally think all of my trolls have a personality of their own and are unique in his/her way. But ... The doll Aslan is my absolute favorite. He is one of the first trolls I made posable and he made me realize they are much more fun when you can interact with them. Aslan is the reason the dolls are built the way they are now. I would never have the heart to sell him!



If you had free choice of just one supply you can use for your craft/art, what would you be dreaming of, no matter how expensive?

Well, that would be an oven. One with an eternal live, please :-)
I have to bake my sculpts and the oven I have now is almost at the end of his life, after years of loyal service!

Do you sell online, if yes, where can we find you?

I very recently started selling on Etsy at Shirley's Studio.
It was a very big step for me, regarding the fact that I never even thought anyone would want to adopt my trolls. I am so lucky and fortunate that people like them! It warms my heart when I see pictures of them at their new home or people tell me stories about them.



Is there anything you feel you need or want to tell the world outside now?

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about things I discovered on my journey being out in the open with my art. When you are doing what you love, don't let negative feedback hold you back.
"There will always be people with opinions and interests that don't match with yours, it doesn't mean nobody likes what you create or do."
Keep doing what you love!



Thank you for the interview, Shirley, and now let's wait if the trolls will take over the world - hopefully they'll live with us humans (and cats ... you know what I mean ;-)) in harmony, though!!

2/02/2013

The moon

I have always been drawn to the moon, it fascinates me ... the full moon in particular.
It makes my cats go crazier than usual. It starts one or two days before the moon is really full, they get uneasy, wake me up more often and talk even more than usual (I have very talkative cats, but a certain furry master really takes the prize, ehem), that reaches a height on the day of the full moon and then decreases over the next one or two days. Sometimes I don't even know there will be a full moon, but can tell from their behavior ... works almost always.

In 2009 I blogged about a perigee. That's when the moon is really close to Earth and looks huge. It had the been the first time I had experienced one that consciously, and to me it was magical. Even though I had no camera on me (on our way to work at 5 am), I'll never forget this one, I still get the feeling just thinking of it.

And then there's the red moon. I could try to explain, but maybe you just read up on it here if you are interested.
I'm never lucky if I try to take a picture, I keep getting stopped by clouds, rain or both. I have been running through the neighborhood like an idiot to find a hole in the clouds .... and the moon.

You want to know where all of this is leading to? It's leading to a bead loomed cuff.
If I can't take a picture of the moon, I'll have to bead one, I guess ;-)
This cuff is mine - for obvious reasons, see ↑
Should you like something similar, I'll be happy to make your very own moon for you ...


P.S. I'm sorry about the picture. It has been raining the last few days and although I have high hopes for my photo setup to actually be set up again soon, I still have to improvise at the moment, due to my place being a construction site ...it does look better in person, I swear!
This close up gives you a better idea.