Latest projects out of wood...... in my little downtime over the holidays. There's nothing I love more (other than my hunky hubbie) than to be stuck in the garden shed, with my solar-powered radio blaring out some old hits. And a mountain of off-cut wood pieces, my drill, saw, hammer, tape measure and nails! And a good uninterrupted 3-4 hours stretching ahead of me!
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Monday, 16 February 2015
These hands of mine. They have worked for nearly 5 decades. They've known how to heal, how to discipline, to love, to work, to hold, to soothe, to feed, to decorate, to create and to make. Never still. Always working. I admire these hands. They have helped me feel my way through life. To experience life and to participate. I love nothing better than to set them on a creative project! Ah, but to have the leisure to make and create to my heart's desire....... These last holidays allowed me to have time to do a little creating.....
|The life of a retired t-shirt-turned-shopping bag. Enhanced with a little fabric paint printing.|
|Orange t-shirt bag with pocket|
|Big bag capacity.|
|Cut off sleeves. Cut a circular opening around neckline. Sew the bottom together (inside out) Add some printing and a fringe for fun. Move over Dolce & Gabbana! This is funky style shopping at little cost to the environment! Or bank balance!|
|Recycled T-shirt Printed Shopping-Bag makes a great hand made gift.|
|Take one woollen vest shrunk in the wash.....(accidental)|
|Turn it into a cosy little cushion, create new life from old.|
|The buttons of the vest make a great opening for the cushion.|
|Decorative detail on cushion cover, crude hand-stitching for effect.|
|Take one worn back massager cover and use the remaining bit of woollen vest to create a patch. there is practically nothing left of the vest!!|
|Back Massager Back-in-Action.|
|When hemming a skirt for a friend, we cut off a 10cm strip ...... the strip was re-purposed to create 6 lavender bags. No mess, no waste.|
|Lavender bags to scent drawers and cupboards and keep crawly critters away.|
|Know any musicians? I tend to keep old credit cards, membership cards etc. and then fashion plectrums or guitar picks out of them. The edges can be lightly sanded for a smooth tapered edge. The more plastic we can divert from landfill, the better for our planet! I Love religious icons, hence the recycled CD crucifix. Again, plastic waste becomes art.|
Oh for more time on my hands.......
Sunday, 1 February 2015
One month after Christmas, and we have new art lining our walls, reminding us of The Love! of the Season of Giving. My daughter spent a good few weeks leading up to Christmas, creating these wonderful artworks for her brother, his girlfriend, and her father and me! She found her inspiration online, and set about creating some love to line our walls. I have always loved to receive hand made gifts, it makes them super-special and personal!
|African Sun by Shayni|
|African Ellie by Shayni|
Imagine my surprise, when we were presented with yet another fantastic expression of love, from our son's girlfriend, Rachel. Buddha reminds me every day when I wake up: "Each morning we are Born Again. What we do today is what matters most!" I love to be reminded of how precious each day is! Life affirming!
|Buddha painting by Rachel|
After Christmas, Mike and I went to Rotorua for a night and I was absolutely delighted to spot this bit of Street Love on Fenton Road. Yarn-bombing is a Love-Graffiti and is usually a group project to brighten up public spaces and can occur on trees, lamp-posts and just about on any public structure! One day, I want to take up my knitting needles, crochet hook and do a little woolen graffiti in our town.
|Yarn-bombed Sign post|
|Pom-pom Street Lurv|
|Ephemeral Art: Sun in Tree Arbor|