Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Necklace Wall Hanging

As I've been talking about, I have begun my next new project.  I've been so excited about this that I started it yesterday afternoon after I returned from the doctors.  And, once I finished dinner, I set myself up in the living room and kept going for another hour or so.

Necklace Wall Hanging - Part One 

I hope this works out the way I have planned.  If so, I'll make another one for somebody in my family. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

A New Project!

As I mentioned yesterday, I have an idea for something around the house; for my bedroom actually.  So, instead of sitting on it - mentally - I thought to head out to Garden City and see what I could find at Riot Art to make my idea a reality.

They had all kinds of things there; and I'm proud to say that - after about half an hour of mulling over scrapbooking split pins and jewellery chains and alligator clips - something clicked in my head!  I'd work on the painting... make it look great!... then, I'd attach the chain to the painting in strategic places with the split pins - putting them through the chain.  Then, I'd slip an alligator clip through between each split pin.  These alligator clips will hold my necklaces nicely and securely without destroying the chains or weakening at any point because they're metal.  The way I know is because I wouldn't attach my necklaces with the teeth, I'd use the little hole left just before the teeth begin... in between the jaw of it and the teeth, there's enough space for a necklace chain to go.

I know it's all in the planning stages right now, but I can see the finished product in my head.  This is my next project.  I know it will work; and I'll let you guys know when it's finished - complete with photos of how it's going.  Until my next post, keep creating!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Designing Things

Have you ever thought of designing something that you've never seen anywhere else?  Of course you have... you're an artist. 
Over the last week or so, I've been clearing out my duchess and tidying up my jewellery boxes and finding lots of necklaces that I'd love to wear if I only had them out to see.  So, what I'm going to do is design a hanger for them.  

Tomorrow, I'm going out to Riot Art at Garden City to buy a canvas to paint a lovely design of flowers on it.  At the centre of each flower is going to be a hook so that my necklaces hang off them.  Then, I'll be hanging this art piece off the wall.

All my necklaces will be out on display for me to look at and decide upon and not cluttering up my jewellery boxes or the duchess itself; making cleaner and easier to keep tidy.  I'll be able to dust it better too.

Have you designed something that has worked for you that you've never seen anywhere else?  If so, tell us about it by leaving a comment.  I'll keep you guys up-to-date about how mine is going.  Until my next post, keep creating!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Family Photo Collection - Progress Report

I've been working hard on the family photo project.  It's hard when you're trying to surprise people in your family; and yet you need their opinion on things.  
So, over the last few fortnights, I've bought some great frames at K-Mart for well under $10 each and they're working out great!  Then, last pay, I bought the big, family-sized, multi-photo frame.  It cost me only $12 and looks great!  It fits 8 photos and I'm very pleased as it'll fit Mum, Dad, Gabe, Kat, Riley and Little Miss Stevie (my budgie) and Jay (Kat's dog); as I'm hoping to put individual photos into that one.  This photo frame will be the first one done and hung.  I've already sugar-soaped the wall (and that came up cleaner than I expected!  And seeing I've been living here for 10 years, that's something!).  I've also made it habit lately no to lean on that wall so I won't bump any of the photos once this collage is finished; so that's something sorted out.  I already have an idea of where the large picture frame will go so I can build around it with the other smaller frames with other photos of family in them.  I do look forward to doing those gradually - seeing I already have the frames; and I'll buy the Command Hooks for a couple of them every two weeks as I order in prints as well.  Then, by Christmas, a majority of the collage will have been done!  

But today, I took the usb drive to Mum and Dad's place and told them what I was planning.  You see, Dad doesn't like his face showing up on Facebook - and for a good reason.  He thinks it's not a great thing to be too public on the internet.  Being a blogger, I'm a public person, but he's not so public with the net like I am.  So, I thought to make sure I don't put up too many photos of him on the net and this year, I did a Christmas present the whole family can enjoy whenever they want at my place.  And when I miss my niece (who lives about 2 hours away from me), I have all these photos on the wall to make me happy.
Well, I plugged the usb drive into the dvd player while we were sitting having something to eat and a cuppa.  Well, the giggles and laughs I got out of Mum and Dad were great!  They told me which photos were good and which ones for me to remove - and I will - and we ended up watching all 30-something photos twice over for another laugh.  There was even a funny one of my late Uncle Allan swimming with Mum in his pool where they were both pulling the same funny face and I happened to take the photo at the right time.  Mum loves it; and I think I'll give that photo to her in a nice frame separately.

Well, that's all for the family photo collection right now.  It's been hard getting the editing done online... seeing I had to put it off when my last computer broke.  I'm so glad I found time yesterday and today to get some of my family to look at the photos I've got so far.  I'm looking forward to getting something up on that wall and making it look like something of an art project in the making.  Until my next post, keep creating!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pop-Up Musem Found On A Fellow Blog!

About a week ago, I was thrilled to have found a photo or two of the Pop-Up Museum on a fellow Blogger's site.  And I haven't had time until this week to post about it!  

Take Me Home

My book is the third or fourth photo down... and well-photographed I think.