Thursday, December 30, 2010

My first sewing experience

It has been 3 months since I've bought mt first sewing machine, a Janome JR1012 and yesterday it was the first time that I've used it for a real project: I fixed some curtains, the edges were too long, so I had to cut and sew the curtains. It was fun but thats it, working with the fabric "leftovers" was where the real fun began:

My first maroon and pink colored adorable lined zipper pouch - 4"x 3"










It took me a day .... to make it and it's farrrr from perfect but me = proud :D

Sunday, December 26, 2010

X-mass listings

I've worked with plants again after a very long time. I had to sand this piece alot but I like this one the most because of the translucent spot in the center of this pendant and because it curls really nicely in this pendant.



And I've worked with pieces of broken glass for the first time.Why cast glass in resin, it's because of the effect :) see for yourself
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These necklaces and more are available at my shop

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I have painted again...

I love how this necklace came out


... and I've played with resin and polymer clay -apple slices- in a mini bottle


These and other new items are available at my shop

Friday, December 17, 2010

December listings

I have some new items available in my shop:

Fairytale Pink Flower Resin ring


Little painting resin pendant

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lady Gaga

Could someone please tell me what the deal is with this girl ? Why is she so popular?
I don't get the hype ?!
This girl gives me the creeps :/

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another Listing

Pff time flies since my last listing post. But here are two new items available in my shop:

Shiny brass butterfly necklace


Fairytale flower ring

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Contemplations of a Kitty: A Call for all crafters!

Contemplations of a Kitty: A Call for all crafters!: "I’ll be attending another hand made craft market on November 28th  in Groningen the netherlands and I thought of something fun to promote yo..."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Listings

It has been weeks since I've made some new items, but this last weekend I've changed that and got busy with resin again:

Feather in Resin


Haunted House


These two new necklaces are available in my Etsy shop and in the next couple of days I will list some more items I've been working on.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm back

It has been a while but I'm busy working on my website and other stuff.
I'm sick and tired of paying fees on Etsy everytime I'm listing new items or renew stuff and I always wanted my own webshop so I'm hoping to finish it one of these days and present it to you all :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

FrontPage

Two days ago I made a treasury named: Men at work.
It was 1 of my better treasuries and this one went straight to the frontpage :)
All this time I thought that only a select group of curators could make it into the frontpage but I got it wrong, so take a look:



Now I will definetely make some more theme-treasuries

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The best way to wake up

... is turning around in my bed
... admire the mini notebook (Samsung n130) that I bought yesterday with the sewing machine

... turning the lightweight notebook on
... checking the emails
... and having an etsy sale again

Hooorayy!, It' s my thirth sale this month and I can't wait to have sales every day :D

Monday, September 13, 2010

My first sewing machine!

Today I bought my first sewing machine: a Janome jr1012

Multifunctional sewing machine. 14 stitches: straight, overlock, stretch, decorative, four step buttonhole. The JR1012 is such an easy machine to use, great for anyone who is thinking about taking up sewing for the first time.

Ideal for scrapbooking - technique that allows to decorate photos, postcards, calendars etc.
I haven't tried it yet, I have no table space for it:( but I'll write some updates about this machine very soon.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Afraid

I´m afraid of...

[ ] the dark
[ ] staying single forever
[ ] being a parent
[ ] giving birth
[ ] being myself in front of others
[ ] open spaces
[ ] closed spaces
[ ] heights
[ ] dogs
[ ] birds
[ ] fish
[ ] spiders
[ ] flowers or other plants
[ ] being touched
[ ] fire
[x] deep water


[ ] snakes
[ ] silk
[ ] the ocean
[x] failure
[ ] success
[ ] thunder/lightning
[ ] frogs/toads
[ ] my boyfriends/girlfriends dad
[ ] boyfriends/girlfriends mom
[ ] rats
[ ] jumping from high places
[ ] snow
[ ] rain
[ ] wind
[ ] crossing hanging bridges


[x] death (If you don't fear The Death, you must be in pain or you are fearless)
[ ] heaven
[x] being robbed
[ ] falling
[ ] clown
[ ] dolls
[ ] large crowds of people
[ ] men
[ ] women
[x] having great responsibilities
[x] doctors, including dentists
[ ] tornadoes
[x] hurricanes
[x] incurable diseases
[ ] sharks
[ ] Friday the 13th
[x] ghosts


[ ] poverty
[ ] Halloween
[ ] school
[ ] trains
[ ] odd numbers
[ ] even numbers
[ ] being alone
[x] becoming blind
[x] becoming deaf
[ ] growing up
[x] creepy noises in the night
[ ] bee stings
[ ] not accomplishing my dreams/goals
[ ] needles
[ ] dinosaurs
[ ] the welcome mat
[ ] high speed
[x] throwing up
[ ] falling in love
[ ] super secrets
[x] dogshit


Total : 14

If you get more than 30, I strongly recommend some counseling
If you get more than 20, you’re paranoid
If you get 10-20, you are normal
If you get 10 or less, you’re fearless

Yeah , I'm normal ... they say >;)

Friday, September 3, 2010

A lovely daisy-like flower

Here's one of my new and latest resin creations.
A casted white (fake) flower

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Making soap - final results

Yesterday I made my first batch of soap and here is the result



I am happy with it, it's firm and it smells very orange.
The holes don't bother me this first time but I think I know what caused the holes: blending in the essential oil while it was already thickened.
So next time I will watch this while making green colored 4 oil soap with eucalyptus, my favorite smell.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Making soap - part 1

Today I made my first batch of handmade soap.
A couple of weeks ago I bought two books about soap making:
Soapmaking the natural way: 45 Melt-And-Pour Recipes Using Herbs, Flowers & Essential Oils from Rebecca Ittner


In this book it's about making soap with melt and pour soap - glycerine soap.

Soap maker's workshop from dr. Robert S. and Katherina J. McDaniel
But I wanted to make lye soap first and used a recipe from this book: Basic four-oil soap.

What you need:



Gloves ,protective glasses, a blender, measuring cups, a scale , thermometers, lye, a silicone very flexible mould , butters and oils.
I used some wooden stirrsticks (for the lye) and some spoons for the oils.

Ingredients:
214.28 grams coconut oil
71.42 grams olive oil
200 grams soybean oil
171.42 grams palm oil
essental oil
88 grams lye
239 grams water

It's perfect for my 1000 grams soap mould.

First I measured the butters and oils in a cup and heated it in the microwave.



In the meantime I put my gloves on and measured the water and poured the lye in the cup made out of glass. While stirring it you can feel how hot it gets.
After it became translucent I put a thermometer in the cup: 90 degrees!



Now you have to wait untill the temperature is like 50 degrees in both cups and the mixing and blending can begin. I poured the lye solution into the cup with oils and started to blend with the blender. It takes a couple of minutes before you can see the "trace" in the cup while blending and if you see it it's time to pour some essential oil drops in it. I choose orange essential oil, because of the yellow orange color of the soap.
But mixing the oil while it's thickened is hard, the next time I just pour the fragrance before mixing the oils.

Tadaa, the result:



I placed a plastic bag over the top of the mould and covered it with towels to cure.In a couple of days I will take the soap out of the mould and take some new pictures.
It takes 3-6 weeks before you can use the soap; first the lye has to come out.
It's fun making soap, it doenst take long only the cleaning process is less funny. But I will definitely make some more soap in the future !

Monday, August 30, 2010

Another lovely resin creation

I love creating resin items and buy antique or copper and brass atributes for them.
Doesn't this ladybug just look lovely ? :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New listings

I finally created some new items after two weeks. The last 2 weeks were 2 dull-jewellery making weeks; the inspiration was gone. But yesterday my new ordered supplies finaly arrived :) and I made 24 new jewels.
Here are the first 4:


A Strawberry tiny bottle

Green flowers in resin.


Dragonflies in the galaxy resin ring

And my favorite: green and orange flowers casted in resin - ring
Some of these are still available at my shop

That's it for now. I've set up some goals for the next month: I want 100 beautiful listed items in my shop. And in the end of the year 200 :) .. and thats also my limit.
Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Why?

Why is it that the day you feel most inspired is the day that you also need to clean your house first before working on those great ideas in your head ?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Leo Treasury

This is one of my favorite treasuries:
Leo
And it'n not because my Leo pendant is included in this one or that my sign is Leo but the whole picture with different items fits together perfectly!
I like the colors golden orange, yellow and red in it, It makes this treasury complete:



Thx Fairyfolk for creating this treasury.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Painting all the way

I've started to paint a little in my freetime after I enjoyed painting on resin.
and I have to say that the paintings aren't perfect yet but I'm getting there :D



An apple, a tree and a mountain landscape



I especially like the tree and the details in it, the beginning is there :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Embedded Green Resin tile

Say Hi! to my other recreated pendant; The scrabble shape tile in resin.



Remember I talked about failures on creating my own scrabble tiles ? Well this is the final result after sanding and polishing. I hate doing it but love the way how it shines and it's smoothness after the proces.



I work with polyester resin and the difference between epoxy and polyester is: polyester keeps its shinyness while epoxy resin always looks dull after sanding and polishing.

Also this pendant is available on my shop

Crushed resin chips pendant

I've listed some new items on my shop

Crushed resin pieces in resin :


I like the way you can look threw this pendant with the looks of pieces of fruit in it. This pendant is an example of one of my other resin creation "failures". Although, it wasn't really a failure but I just didn't know what to do with the 3 layers of colored resin shaped as a bubble cabochon. So I smashed the thing and I recreated a new pendant.



And it's available at my shop

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Two Crafty Mules: Quick Tip - Getting Resin Out of Molds When It Sticks

Two Crafty Mules: Quick Tip - Getting Resin Out of Molds When It Sticks: "When using larger molds such as the ones for belt buckles and paperweights, the resin will often stick and can be difficult to remove from the mold. As these molds are not flexible, you can't pop the resin piece out like you can with the smaller jewelry molds. I had this happen once when making a belt buckle and I almost threw the whole thing away out of frustration. I contacted the resin manufacturer and they gave me a very helpful tip that really works.

Turn the mold upside down so the resin part faces the table. Take a heat gun and move it all over the back and sides of the mold. Pick up the mold and slam it against the surface of the table a couple of times. The resin piece will inch it's way out of the mold. The heat from the heating tool constricts the resin which allows it to slide out of the mold. It really works!"

I also heard of putting the mould a couple if minutes in the fridge.

Aaaaaahhh

I bought some beautiful ring bezel blanks last week and wanted to test 1 new potpourri flowers resin creation in it. And now it's stuck , I cant get it out :|
Could putting the ring in a glass of water help ?



1 hour later
finally , I popped it out with a knife , no scratching :D

Monday, August 2, 2010

Resin scrabble tiles in a pendant

When I started experimenting with resin and discovered etsy , I just wanted to make scrabble tile pendants just like everybody else.
They were an eyecatcher and neat to see. So I bought some siliconrubber and some scrabble tiles. I wanted to make my own resin tiles and my own mould. But I wasn't happy with the results.

I hate sanding and I had to sand a lot before these tiles would look like how I wanted them to look: smoothly and shiny. So I made a couple of them but left them for another purpose in the future.



The fun thing about resin is , it doesn't matter if a project fails, with the failures you can always make other funny things. And I did:







I still hate sanding but they look just fine by me with the combination of colors.

The results on Paint and Resin

I just popped out the cured resin from the moulds with paintings on them and this is how it looks like ...

It was a fun experience but they are not pendant worthy :)


But I can always make magnets of them or bottle cap magnets, who knows.