Crochet Apple Cozy and an update on my sister!

Hey guys! Been pretty busy since my last post. First things first: after the horrible week we spent not knowing exactly what my sister has, we got the news that it was the lesser of two evils: A Hodgkin Lymphoma. Weird as it may seem, I was so happy. I spent the whole week with a big 64% in my head, which was the success rate for treating a Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and all of a sudden that scary number was replaced by a juicy 90%. So yeah, I’m damn happy.

My sister’s been really strong and brave, as usual, and her chemo is going well. The only bad side effect was the loss of hair. She shaved it off yesterday, and I must say she looks pretty badass without hair. She likes the look too, so I’m also very happy for that.

I made her a crochet hat and matching boot cuffs and gave her my latest crochet-fascination-item: an apple cozy. Part of her new diet involves eating lots of fruit and apples are included, so it was a win-win gift πŸ™‚

Here is my apple crochet cozy:

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As usual, I found the tutorial on Youtube, but I didn’t quite like the end result, so I made up my own upper bit, looks more appleish to me like this.

You can find the tutorial here if you are interested in starting one of your own. It is a great idea to help you take your lunch in your bag without getting it dirty or bruised:

Apple Cozy tutorial

My first watercolor painting

One of my best friends gave me a Wreck this Journal for my birthday. I became addicted. I already knew about it and saw Youtube videos such as Bunny’s Wreck it Wednesdays, but decided to look up more videos, to see what other people were doing, and I was amazed!

I also looked up what people were doing in Pinterest and was even more amazed!

Anywhoo, you can wreck it, or just let your creativity explode in it,and I chose the latter.

But this led me to look up painting techniques and I thought to myself “Hey, I’ve had these really expensive Caran D’Ache watercolor pencils since I was a kid, why not give those another go?” . But this time, it meant a proper go, not just painting with them and making it look a bit nicer with a bit of water.

So off I went, and I saw videos by The Frugal Crafter and not only did I REALLY dig her as a person, but I loved her tutorials. They are really well explained, fun and I dunno, it’s like having a buddy there, yapping merrily as you go lol πŸ™‚ .

Here’s the video: Tutorial

And here’s how mine turned out:

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As always, the photo doesn’t do the colors justice, it looks more colorful than this.

I think my main two issues were: didn’t use a normal pencil to outline the drawing, but the watercolor ones themselves, and it kinda lost the edges (but I guess it’s ok), and I didn’t wet the paper down enough to blend the background colors. I was afraid it would murder the paper lol (but still, it looks ok).

Pretty happy with my first attempt ever, and amazed at how pencils that date from 1992(ish) still work so well ahaha πŸ™‚

I might end up sharing some of my favourite Wreck this Journal pages in time, some of them look pretty cool.

Crochet stool cover

I made this last weekend, only took me a few hours and I really like the result. Simple as hell, it is just a huge granny square in several colors that is fitted around a stool. What make it even cooler is that is covering a stool my great grandfather (who died way before I was born) made!

Here are some photos:

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For a really nice and beginner friendly tutorial for making granny squares, check out this video from Jayda Institches:

Granny square tutorial

Mr. Owl!

Well this one was a real adventure, and I can’t believe how well it turned out, all things considered. First of all, the tutorial is in Russian (I think, please correct me if I am wrong), second of all, I don’t speak Russian.

It just looked way too cute for me to try, so I gave it a go and I am really happy with the end result! My boyfriend was also very happy with the end result… at the end of the day he discreetly picked it up (or at least he thought it was discreetly), and took it to his treasure shelf, meaning it is his now. He’s so flipping cute.

Here’s the owl, and the link to the tutorial is below:

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Owl Tutorial

Dressing up stones

Hi there! Been a long time O_O! I do still check up on the WordPressers I follow, just been too lazy to put up anything here.

So I finally got around to taking photos of some of my latest crochety adventures and, as usual, I thoroughly enjoyed making them!

I think I’ma be makin two seperate posts for each of them, just because one of them will have some info on how to make it, and it just gets more visibility that way.

Anywhoo, here’s number one: Dressing up stones! Yes, stones, in this case, they are bricks, eroded by water, turned into glorious orangy smooth pebbles! They make a great contrast color with the threads, and I highly recommend using them! Plus, they are way more original than normal pebbles!

Here’s mah photo:

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It’s really easy to make, just make sure your doily is big enough to wrap a bit of the pebble you are using. Also, before you do wrap it, use a needle to carefully sew your thread, stitch by stitch around the edge of your doily, loosely and leave a bit of tail. Once you place the doily exactly how you will want it over the pebble, pull the tail slowly but firmly, it will make your doily wrap itself around the pebble! Some adjusting may be required here and there, but it is overall pretty easy to do πŸ™‚

And presto! (New addiction part 2)

I researched for ideas on what to do with sea glass, and the idea that I liked the most, and that didn’t involve drilling glass (a science that I am yet to try, let alone master), was to wrap wire around the glass pebbles to make glass pendants.

This video from the Potomac Bead Company was really helpful, so I’ll share it here in case anyone ever wants to give this a try:

sea glass pendant tutorial

And here’s a photo of my end result:

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I have no idea if the wire rusts, I bought it in a Chinese store and they have a nasty habit of not translating anything -.- . But hey, I’ll wear one for a week or two and see what happens.

I am VERY happy with the results I got. Like, stupidly happy that from one simple thing came something that makes me so happy. Yay for sea glass!

New addiction!

The other day I was waiting for a couple of friends for dinner. The restaurant was next to a beach. My boyfriend was kind enough to drive me there, so we decided to wait for them together, and walk along the beach. I found some lovely sea glass, and minutes later, my friends arrived.

I felt like someone had stolen my lollipop.

So today, to make the most of our national holiday, the boyfriend and I drove to the same spot and hunted down some great sea glass pebbles.

Here are some of my favourite:

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I’m not even sure if all of them are sea glass. Some seem to have small grains in them, so it makes me wonder if erosion did that, or if they are some sort of stone.

Either way, I’m really happy with my newfound addiction and I had a great time. I have always loved hunting stuff in beaches, and can’t believe it took me this long to realize I had such lovely treasures in my city!

Edit: That wasn’t the only highlight of my day, here’s a cluster photo of some of the most memorable bits, including a visit to a wonderful sushi restaurant!

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Mééééé!!!

I have this friend who is obsessed with sheep. I was with her last weekend. I’ve been thinking about making her a crochet sheep, but never found a tutorial on how to make one, and since I’m still newbish at crocheting, I gave up on it.  But since I was with her recently, I felt like actually trying to come up with one, she can even wear it on a necklace, she likes original ideas like that.

Here is my first sheep! I think it’s pretty convincing for a first try. Again, I regret not writing how I made it lol, hopefully I can make one the same again or even better.

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New thingies!

A while back, just before Valentine’s day, and before I embarked in the colossal project of making a crochet blanket (taking forever), I made looooooads of crocheted hearts (link: http://wp.me/p2S0n1-jE ). After making all of those hearts, I had no clue what to do with them.

Mother’s day is coming up where I live, and I have loads of soaps from Xmas (wonder how so many people I know decided to give me soaps, I swear I’m clean!). So I invented this scent bag:

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My sister told me the other day she really liked mug cozies, so BLAM! Mug cozy with a heart on it lol. Her bday is at the end of this month, perfect.

Here it is:

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My first crochet ring :D

Quite easy to make and very cute!

It’s been slow on the crochet front because I decided to try to make a blanket, and that lead to some tendinitis, and that lead to me to altering my crochet hook so I’d feel better (and it worked! Yay for my boyfriend for having such a great idea, yay for tape and yay for toilet paper (I might make an entry about my altered hook one of these days, quite clever!)).

Here’s my new ring! :

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone has a great day with their sweethearts today (and all other days really lol), and that those that don’t have a sweetheart have a great day anyways, and eat some chocolates because it is a good excuse πŸ˜‰

Here are some crocheted hearts I have recently learned how to make. I also made others, but didn’t get around to photographing them, I might get around to it eventually :p. These were my favourites though, they are simple and full, and look very symmetrical :):

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The tutorial is here on video. It is really well explained and after a few goes, you’ll be making them in no time! :

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New friends!

The other day this French couple (she Russian-Croatian, he French-Italian), and their ridiculously cute 2 year old baby girl asked my boyfriend if he could help them out. They were on holidays and had rented out one of the flats in our building and their electricity had died on them. We got them an electrician within 30 mins, and recharged their cellphones and laptop in the meantime. Then something happened, something that had never happened to us before:

They came to our door to thank us, and invited us for tea. I had never been invited for tea by a complete stranger. She must have seen the surprise in my eyes just before I accepted the invitation lol.

I decided to make a little crochet fox pin for the baby. Took me ages to get it right, and then when I showed my boyfriend the end result, he put on what I call his “cute face” (must be what he looked like when he was a kid), and he smiled at it.

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“You want us to keep it?”

*silence + cute face*

We kept it.

So then I had to make another one :). The kid loved it and so did the mother.

We had a great time talking to them in a mixture of English and French. The little girl was obsessed with my face, kept stroking it and holding it with both her hands, and kept playing with my hair. I don’t know if it was the French, but everything she said sounded like an overdose of cuteness to me. We also hooked them up with up with our cable account on their pc after the poor father expressed how hard it was to stay indoors (major storm here) with 4 channels he didn’t really understand. He was really happy then too.

They are staying here for about one month and we have a few days off soon, so we might show them some parts of Lisbon they haven’t discovered till then πŸ™‚

Very pleased to meet people in this way, feels good. Not used to it and it really is a shame. Also, great excuse to organize all my papers/paints/yarns and whatnots in case they come over :p.

One more :p

I decided to try another butterfly tutorial, this video is from a lady that has a whole bunch of beautiful tutorials. I suggest you take a look at her channel. The tutorials are in Spanish, but even if you don’t understand it you can always pause the video to keep up or to count stitches :p

Here’s the video:
delicate crochet butterfly

And here’s my new butterfly (it has 4 wings, photo doesn’t show the back ones well though):

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Little crochet butterfly

Just saw this tutorial and then checked out the original pattern and made this little butterfly. This is officially the first time I read a crochet pattern and I am happy to say I got away with it. I know it’s simple as hell, but still, baby steps :p. Added some minor changes but I am happy I did :). The original tutorial is great for really fast and easy butterfly though!

Here’s the link:

Little crochet butterfly

And here’s my own version:

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Playing with leftovers

Here at the shop, over the years (about 60 years), my grandfather has accumulated a ridiculous amount of stones, beads and whatnots from unwanted client pieces, leftovers from commissions and so on. He’s been complaining about the business and how he can make ends meet.

I remembered watching this really simple tutorial on how to make bracelets with a wire and a crochet hook and thought that maybe I could help out not only by making more stuff to sell but also to get rid of all of those endless bits n’ bobs.

I showed him this, made it on  really weak wire I found (I guess nylon thread would do too). Could be a pretty bracelet I guess. He’s good at putting on the finishing bits like the clasps. He seemed to like it, some maybe who knows, maybe I am about to learn a bit more about making bracelets with a crochet hook, something more elaborate than this (or not, simplicity is also good):

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While we are on the subject of buttons:

Back to my box o’buttons: Some are really old, and it shows. I made a Pinterest profile yesterday, put up my stuff, and some pictures I had in my tablets that I had found inspirational. Then I started pinning other things, among which hand painted buttons. That’s when I got the idea that I could easily give my old buttons a new face! So I grabbed my acrylic paints, and got to trying it out. Had plenty of fun painting in the tiny details and such (while watching a movie), but then my boyfriend asked me what would I do with my new buttons. Thought about it for a bit and decided that they would look pretty neat on my upcycled sardine cans! I did use flowers on my first one, so why not use these ones too? Here’s the makeover button, a before and after shot: image And the upcycled can idea where I could put it (and others I’ll eventually paint): image

Well I sure as hell took my sweet time!

Just scrolled down to see when exactly I decided to make my button tree and it was scary: November 2012!

I made it yesterday lol.

Here’s the link to the original idea : Original button tree idea

I ended up grabbing a small canvas I had laying around and started making a trial painting with watercolors. I had never painted anything on a canvas, nor had I used watercolors since I was a kid, so I gave it a go. When I thought it looked acceptable (don’t really like the tree trunk, might try to fix it a bit later, but I love the background), I realized less is more, and even though my b/f had got me a big canvas for my tree, this little one, with less buttons, looked like the best option.

Just a quick recap for those that don’t feel like reading what’s on the original link: I’d play with these buttons as a kid. I’d sit on the floor looking at them and just making drawings with them on the floor. My granma kept them in a box. I loved that box, and after her death I was lucky to have found it.

Here it is, the final product:

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P.s- yes, granma bought me bunny buttons πŸ™‚
P.p.s- really need to fix that tree trunk

Silly ego-booster

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Had to get into a packed train in the subway today (a strike had just ended). Not much room, so I had to stand with my back pressed to this cute younger guy. He grinned. How silly is it that I think of this as an ego-booster? Oh well, it was, so I’ll take it thank you very much (at 34 I’ll take as many as I can for as long as I can lol!) I prefer these subtle things than the more obvious ones, even though some still make me laugh (clearly a Latin thing in my opinion, men here think that being obvious makes them more manly).

Anywhoo, one of my closest friends commisioned one of my flower bookmarkers. I sold it so cheap the train ticket was practically the same price (a few cents profit), but the whole giddy feeling I got out of someone asking me to make something for them was the real bonus πŸ™‚

Cute little rose

Heya πŸ™‚ ! Just made this little rose and I find it really cute, so I’m sharing a photo of it with you, and I am also linking the videos that will help any beginner create something easy and beautiful. I’ll make a pin out of it :).

Here it is:

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Leaf

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The videos are by Yolanda Soto Lopez, check her channel out, it is full of great tutorials!

Merry Christmas all!

I hope everyone out there celebrating Christmas has a wonderful holiday, with your loved ones by you, with joy, health and great food πŸ˜‰

Here’s my newest creation πŸ™‚ A crochet Poinsettia πŸ˜€

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I’ll be giving it to my mother and really hope she likes it. I am making it with the intention to be used as a table decoration, but it will also look great on a coat, so I’ll give her a pin too in case she’d rather wear it πŸ™‚

The video with the tutorial is here, it was really helpful and well explained. I made a few alterations, the green leaves I made bigger, and I added  light green color to the yellow center.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BrcSo0KF9Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The bookworm book marker!

Here’s my second improv! For a while I thought it was a fail, and that I’d end up using it as a Christmas wreath lol, but I think it looks pretty neat now. Putting a head on it really made it more convincing ;).

I made it pretty long (doesn’t show on the photo) so that it would work on a large book, or a smaller one. The idea is to have it mark the page you are on and then fold over the pages, and leave the head hanging in front of the cover.

For me it took quite a bit of time and trials, but I think that it is a pretty fast and nice and easy Christmas present (or any present) for a pro to make. πŸ™‚

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Crochet book markers for Christmas!

Righty-o, here’s the next thing I’ve been up to: Crochet book markers. It’s great to be able to do something that makes me feel good, and then give it to someone I know will appreciate it, and save money in the process.

I found the idea in this great tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHsPxiZCulE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The tutorial for the pansy one is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfC8iuMqUdo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I think that on a good day, including my near-crochet-newbie status, a full time job, and all the normal activities that affect a normal person’s life, I can make one of these a day, or two, if I skip going to the gym, which I do often ahaha :p

Here are the ones I have done so far:

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The bear that turned into a mouse

I was looking at this Youtube video to try to make a bear appliquΓ©, didn’t really like the way it looked on the video, but the basic shape was what I really needed help with, so then I made up the snout part aaaaaand, it looked like a mouse!

Hah! So then I made a tail for said mouse, and went out to purchase the perfect ‘mouse eyes’, and a bag of sew-on pins, and presto!: another Xmas gift for my best friend’s baby!

The original Youtube video is here for anyone who may want to try a bear/mouse appliquΓ©:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foTcPkaD9QA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

And this is my mousy:

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My first crochet improv!

Behold! The very first thing I have created without the use of a Youtube tutorial or a pattern (which I cannot read anyways).

This will be a pin for my best friends’ baby. He’s turning one soon. I was really careful to secure the buttons well, and hopefully one day he’ll wear it on a winter coat πŸ™‚

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My very first upcycled sardine can

Here’s a photo of my first upcycled sardine can. It was easy to make. All I needed was some nice magazine cut outs, laminate adhesive, to make the cut outs look shiny, a ruler, scissors, glue and these little flowers I bought in a local shop. I think I will make a picture frame out of it, or maybe something weirder, not sure yet πŸ™‚

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Game of Thrones present

Ages ago (over one year ago) I asked my brother on his bday “What would you like as a present? Money, or one of my pots, but with a GoT theme?” “POT!!” He immediately answered. I was happy with the answer, but then hehe, I never got around to it, until now.

I have a problem with this pot. I like what I have done so far, but it feels kind of naked. The pot is pretty big, so I’d like to have more area painted than this. Both my boyfriend and sister told me to leave it as it is, but I still have my doubts.

I’ll be giving it as a Xmas presie, and I guess that if I fill it up with cookies or chocolates, it will look better hehe πŸ™‚

Any opinions will be greatly appreciated πŸ™‚

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Learning how to crochet

Yesterday I spent most of the day learning how to crochet, mom and I went to a workshop. It was only the two of us so we got all the attention we needed. My mom mostly refreshed her memory, she’s quite good at it once she remembers what she used to make 20 or 30 years ago. I one the other hand took ages to make anything (mom made 4 granny squares and joined them while I made one lol!) but I’ll keep at it and hopefully things will get easier for me πŸ™‚

Here’s a pot cozy I made, but it actually makes a pretty cool wrist thingy, warmer, bracelet, erm… smt

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Learning how to knit

Last night I decided to try to learn how to knit on my own. Mom’s way too busy to teach me, so the next best thing is Youtube! There are some pretty neat and helpful videos out there, and this lady from knittinghelp.com has filmed things really well. She explains things calmly, takes her time, and it’s all a blessing lol.

I tired some of the things she mentioned in her video, like the purl stitch, and I’m doing it in the english style, I find it much easier than the continental style.
I make several mistakes, all of them, or most, when I let my mind drift and I stop paying direct attention to what I am doing. My main problem at the moment is seeing a mistake is there, but not knowing how to fix it. I can’t really understand, or see how the yarn moves when it is still.

Hopefully with practice I will begin to understand how things work and I’ll be able to fix things instead of just destroying everything and starting again (doesn’t bother me for now as I am just practicing over and over again).

I also have to find a video that explains how to join two ends together, or else I’ll be making a never ending scarf lol.

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Finito!

Finally done with the latest pot. It was probably the most intricate one I have done so far, and the most difficult one, but I had fun painting it πŸ™‚Β  Mom’s bday is coming up so I might give it to her unless I make something nicer. I have to make a Stark sigil one for my brother, who also has a passion for all things Game of Thrones… Probably not the next one, but certainly coming soon πŸ™‚

Here it is!

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Welcome to the jungle

Today my dad came over for a few minutes while I got something for him.

Immediately I became (even more) aware of the jungle that my apartment has become after I got addicted to transforming pots and light bulbs. Glass paint pots, Acrylic paint pots, Enamel spray cans, paint brushes, turpentine bottle, paint stained tissues, glue pots, glue tubes, painted pots, unpainted pots, yarn balls… good lord, I’m surprised my boyfriend hasn’t lost it yet! In fact, he hasn’t even complained once. Bless him.

So after I saw this picture I had a really good laugh. I’m sure anyone going through a similar creative spree will appreciate it:

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Next

Ok, I am working on this one now. Spent about two hours outlining the whole thing. By the end of the night my wrist was calling me names! It looks nice as it is, even without coloring in, but I’ll fill it in anyways. I kept the design on paper and can do it again.

Can’t wait to get my hands busy painting it, but saddly, work comes first ;). This is the first design I have made using inspiration from works I saw on the net. A few changes here and there, but I really love it. Hope it looks nice in the end.

Here’s how it looks after the outlining:

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Addicted to pots

Here’s my most recent pot. I used a really old ball of yarn I found in the basement and some glue. Simple, easy and looks pretty fun πŸ™‚
I’ve been a bit addicted to making new pots, I hope the addiction doesn’t end, because it is a healthy addiction and it is doing me a world of good. It is keeping me fulfilled, happy, entertained and inventive!

To think the addiction came back after I went to my mom’s and saw an old one I had made for her πŸ™‚ . So glad the “crafter’s block” hasn’t hit me yet lol. Last time I had a ‘block’ it lasted me for years!

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Working on a new project!

Ok so now it is time to try light bulbs! The acrylic paint I bought works really well on glass, which is weird because a lot of people on the Internet say it doesn’t work well. I am making a Christmas ornament. So far so good, I haven’t had time to do much and I only started last night.

I can’t wait until I get back home to do some more painting. It takes quite a bit of time since I am making such tiny drawings on it, but it has a therapeutic effect on me lol πŸ™‚

Here’s what I have done so far:
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New things I painted!

Last post I said I was going to try to paint during my holidays, but I didn’t. I didn’t paint them during my holidays becauseΒ  (‘yay’ ) my boyfriend’s boss told him she needed him the day before we were meant to head out to our road trip. So instead I painted my little pots and bottle during the weekend.

We were actually quite lucky that our hols got canceled, or rather, postponed, because the weather sucked that week, and we went the week after, and the weather was AWESOME!!!!!

I know I still haven’t posted all about my first hols, but I guess I’ll just add stuff as I feel like it. heck, it’s my blog and I’ll blog how I want to.

Here are some rather sucky quality photos of my latest creations. They look much nicer in person, but saddly my house isn’t as well lit as my mom’s hehe. I’ll replace the photo with better ones if I ever get around to it. I used the usual paints and also tried some new acrylic paints for fun, and I like them!

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That’s right, I’m slacking.

Done with work today, too tired to compute, so I am slacking and making drawings for my future glass paintings. My second half of holidays are about to start and I might get one done, hopefully more, as long as I manage to stay still for a few days… ok, so maybe just the one :p

Here’s an idea:
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Glass painting

Today I passed by my mother’s house to leave her some corn silk tea for an issue she has, kidney stones. I know she’d never bother making it herself, so I left her shitloads in her fridge lol πŸ™‚

I was waiting for the water to boil when I noticed she had my Xmas gift to her from two years ago in her living room. I painted it myself, and filled it with yummy chocolates. Cheapest gift ever, but I think it was pretty cool. I took some photos of it to put here. Here it is!

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Been thinking about making more, on weekends, and then when I had loads, I could either give them to friends or sell them. I made more, I made one for my dad, one for a brother and one for my sister. If I ever come across them again I’ll photograph them and put them here πŸ™‚