The lantern

About a month ago, I shared my handmade miniature ring binders with you and promised you to share a picture of the office in the lantern that I made them for, once it's done.
As I had mentioned, the lantern is a goodbye gift for a dear colleague working in the IT department which is why my friend had the idea for the miniature office.

She also had the idea to get the mini electronic devices - I doubt any of us three working on this collaboration would have come up with something handmade quickly, so they are store-bought - and felt in the color of the carpet at work, and my favorite, to turn a game token she ruthlessly stole from her mother into a desk lamp, an idea which got realized by her husband.
Then she made the small pad of sticky notes for the desk and added an extra big note as a reminder for an appointment.

Her husband who is a talented woodworker (I'm already looking forward to setting up the beautiful candle arch he made for me) took the wooden bars off the glass, so you can see the office well even with the door shut, then he made the amazing desk and wall shelf and added the LEDs.

You already know that I made the waste paper basket and the binders, then I put together a quick poster with an IT joke which my friend printed out and put on the "wall" with tape. Tape is omnipresent at work.
It's a little difficult to see from this view, but the two green items on the desk are fat little pencils that I made from a wooden shish kebab skewer and cut labels that I painted green to remind of a well-known German pencil manufacturer.

In this picture you can see the details a little better.

I can even imagine our co-worker being able to add more to this little office if she feels like it.
It was big fun, and if we had been able to get together to work on this, who knows what else we would have come up with? I think we make a pretty good team!

Last but not least here's a picture of the whole lantern.


Beaded gifts

The last few weeks I have been preparing posts and making things for the advent calendar which I will be doing on this blog once again. Can you believe it's December soon?

I would have liked to keep these little boxes for one of the calendar posts, but need them for a showcase soon, so I'm not going to hide them from you.
Originally I wanted to take pictures of my Topper dolls bringing gifts, but they kept toppling over (no pun intended) because the boxes are too small for them to hold them with both hands - the hands are too far apart - and a little too heavy if I let them dangle from one of their hands. They finally refused to try another time ;-)

These little boxes will get jump rings, so they can be worn as pendants, but also be attached to a real size gift or put on a Christmas tree as ornament.

They are beaded from Delica beads, two of the ribbons are from seed beads and I added little drop beads for embellishment.

This one from seed beads was the first one I made, very Christmassy with the green and gold, don't you think?