Tuesday, April 2, 2019

#WOYWW 513: Wonky Craft Storage

It's been many weeks since I last found the time to rejoin my favorite blog hop. I am looking forward to seeing what my fellow deskers have been up to lately. For those just joining the #WOYWW fun, please follow the link HERE to Queen of the Deskers, Ms Julia Dunnit's blog.

I will let the photos tell the final portion of the story, which began in early wintertime. It's a saga of many ups and downs, of very bad mistakes, and of the limitations one must learn to live with if one's sight has been damaged. Nine weeks it took me, along with weeks spent gathering information before then. In the end, I've just managed to make something useful, as planned.

Please forgive me if I do not read everything everyone else has to say this rime around. I will try and view everyone's pictures as much as able.

Here are the pics of an intrinsically flawed but usable mini chest of art supply storage drawers. This is one of the toughest challenges for me since the eyesight issue began. I hope to do better in future.

Better luck next time around, perhaps?
With 2 more to construct, I'll  very soon know the answer.

Here's the video I keep watching while I am learning.
It lists all dimensions and is pretty good.

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Few Valentine Auction Goodies

A friend of mine is having a little auction today, in time for Valentine's Day. This has inspired me to make a few little things to donate for her auction. This is a temporary post.
Below are a few pictures of the small items that I made. All of these things are intended for journaling or as gifts. Each item is for sale separately, but may be bid on as a group or in pairs. Let's leave the details up to Care.



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WOYWW #487: A New Project

New projects take time, especially when one is starting from scratch. This one offered a series of challenges, and so it took months for me to design and make everything. I really enjoyed this process. Please forgive me if I am unable to leave many comments. The eyesight issue has its challenges as well, but I'll try and visit as may of you as possible this week regardless.

For anyone new to this fun and perennial Wednesday Blog Hop, please visit Ms Julia Dunnit's blog for more information by following the link HERE

The story of this gift I made for a friend may be seen in the pictures in this post. For more on how I made the faux sewing buttons, please follow the link HERE.

Happy WOYWW!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

How To: DIY Custom Buttons

If you're at all like me, you love sewing notions of all kinds, especially BUTTONS!

Sometimes, it may be difficult to add a regular sewing button as an embellishment to crafting projects as these can be too heavy and/or too thick, especially for snail mail gifts. So I came up with a new solution very recently when I was making a gift for a friend named Lisa Conway at Lisa my Eclectic life. She has a YouTube channel as well as a Facebook Group. She and I both love to collect buttons and other sewing notions. 

These Directions will hopefully show you a new way of making customized buttons for your creative projects and even for gift wrapping or other projects. This all began with another project that I'll possibly be posting about here in time for the weekly WOYWW Blog Hop (that I miss most weeks) the first week in October.

NOTE: I used a colored Sharpie to color the insides of the holes prior to finishing the Button's circular edge. And I often used a desktop style Magnifier in order to see details better.

The top layers of all buttons shown here are of 140 lb cold press watercolor paper decorated with several layers of acrylic paint, but any heftier weight water media or mixed media art paper will no doubt work well enough. I painted an entire sheet first, then used 2 paper punches, one ATCoin sized (2.5") and, for the other, 1". Using acrylic media on watercolor paper makes the paper a bit more rugged, a tad bit like leather, as those of you who were interested in my ATC Treasure Box Project last year may have already noticed.

If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to leave a comment below.

I really enjoyed this process as it's a lot of fun. I plan to make many more buttons like these of different shapes and sizes in future. Won't you join me?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WOYWW #480 : News + a New Process

Greetings everybody!
it's been a very long time since I last found the time to enjoy a Workdesk Wednesday. For any readers who might be new to this fun weekly blog hop, please follow the link to Ms Julia Dunnit's blog HERE.

There's news about my health, but I thought I'd first share with you a little process that I've invented. Each photo tells its part of the story. I hope you'll find it useful. This is an older project. I've been waiting for the right time to share it.

One of my "Scotchi Tapes" from a previous project.

Actually, it was a set of 4 small jars, not 3.

OK now for the boring, serious bit. I found out about a month ago that they really couldn't restore my left eye's sight. I kind of already had a sneaking hunch that was going to be the case, but it was not a relief to hear it. Too much nerve damage, they tell me.
There is a lingering possibility that a similar problem could eventually occur to my right eye as well. That fear factor is depressing, so I will say no more about that now. Suffice it to say, I am now being choosier than ever as to how I will spend my remaining eye strength. There is nothing so critical as this for me.

On the up side, however, there are to be no other intravenous high dose steroid treatments, so that's a relief in and of itself. The doctor's focus is now on keeping my remaining sight safe, so I will be needing glasses. These will act as a form of safety glasses for the purpose of keeping unwanted things from reaching either of my eyes.

I've never needed glasses prior to this trouble, so you won't find me complaining. At age 60, I'd say that has been a blessing.

NOTE: Please forgive me if I am unable to read everything or to respond to every comment or post. Rest assured, I am eager to see what everyone's been up to in my absence, and so intend visiting every participants' post this time around. Time to get started! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

WOYWW #461 : Gelli Experiments

I had wanted to do this for a very long time. I really like circles in random patterns. What I came up with was a new way of using circles on my gel plate for a different effect than a stencil could provide.

As of this writing, the left eye's been achy for hours, so sorry, but I can make no promises about either commenting or responding come Wednesday.

For those who are interested, the WOYWW fun starts with our ever intrepid leader, Ms Julia Dunnit. Please follow this link HERE for the details.

I will let the photo captions tell this story.

Happy WOYWW everyone!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Wonky Altered Box for Paper Storage

This project took me a while to finish, about 10 days. It still isn't quite how I wanted it to be.

I will let the photos for it tell the story this time.