2015-04-27

The Halloween house


You know it, you can feel it, right?
Only 6 months left now, better start the preparations!





Lately something has come over me.
It's something fiercely creative, but also complicated.
I am hesitant, protective and sensitive to criticism one moment,
bold, confident and experimental in the next.




I used to look at persons working with miniatures
as strange, quirky, "världsfrånvända" persons.
Of course, when I try to find the English equivalent
of that word, I get 'misanthropic'... No wonder
I am now finding myself making shadow boxes.




This is my Halloween house, a dollhouse-slash-diorama.
It all began with some 90's Burger King horror movie toys
and it just built from there. I need to add lighting, framing,
and the Pumpkin Queen needs more pumpkins.
When it's all done I will return with more pictures!

 
 


I am also making my father a shadow/memory box
for his 70th birthday. It's a bit too personal
to show here, so you'll have to take my word for it :)
And after that I have tons of other ideas/scenes
I want to make. The sky is really the limit.





 




2015-04-08

April DIY and gifties!



Several years ago I bought this chaise-lounge at IKEA.
The only ones using it are the cats, who sleep on it every night.
I was never completely happy with it being white
and lately the busy floral pattern has started to annoy me.
But new covers aren't cheap, even by IKEA standards.




I had seen a few blog posts on painting upholstered furniture,
so I decided to give it a go. Not to waste too much paint,
I removed the covers and painted them twice before I put them
back on. Though, to completely cover the pattern it ended up
needing four coatings anyway.

 The chaise-lounge also has alot of surfaces and crevices,
so I used about 5 litres of matte water-based acrylic paint
(regular wall paint), 2 bottles of cheap hair conditioner
as a textile medium, and diluted the paint with 1/3 water.
 But a smaller project will not need much paint at all,
and the cost of the entire project was (except several hours
of labor) only about 300 sek/40 usd - 1/4 of what new covers cost.




The end result feels a bit like really coarse Gore-tex,
and is not especially nice to sit on, but all the cat hair,
dirt and grime just brushes right off. I really like it
and I can imagine it being the perfect solution for dog owners.

 For some reason, the color turned out much lighter and more blue
in the pictures. It's actually a pretty somber, dark greyish purple.
So are the candles and napkins in the picture below... weird camera.




Easter went by in a blur, with lots of family dinners
and socializing, and of course I forgot to take pictures
of all the food and cakes I made. So here's a picture
of the flowers my man brought me yesterday instead :)





These are the latest purple additions to our home;
large drinking glasses and the lovely Violet,
a wonderful gift from Emma at Little Gothic Horrors.
She has already made friends with another little
project I'm working on :) Thank you, Emma!
 


  
I noticed that I've gained some new followers over these last few weeks
away from the blog world. I'm not sure what I've done to deserve it,
but thank you very much - and I'll be visiting you all real soon!



 




2015-03-19

Big changes, and giveaway winners!



Dearest darling blogland friends,

Do you ever sit down at your laptop, knowing you want to
- or have to - write a post, but not really knowing what you want
to say - or how you want to say it? I'm sure you have.

I have made a decision, one of the most important of my life.
I am going to close my store. This is the last year, I'm done.
It will still be a couple of months, but after that
I will not be a self-employed business woman anymore.

Don't ask me what I plan to do next; I have no idea.
Hopefully my man will have a job by summer
and I can take some time to think about my next move.

The thing is, when you run your own business
it becomes a big part of your identity.
Without it, I am not sure what my direction in life is.


In the meantime, here are the winners of my book giveaway:

Ladyfair at Bien-Amiee - The Great Gatsby
Yvonne at Winter Moon - Something at the Window is Scratching
Magaly at Pagan Culture - Sexing the Cherry
Guillaume at Vraie Fiction- Love Child
Laura at Roses and Vellum - Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair


Congratulations and Thank you, all!
I know I have some of your addresses since before,
but please email me again. I finally handed in my computer
for service and I have no clue when I'll get it back.





2015-03-12

Not enough...



...participants in my giveaway! People are much too humble!

Please sign up in my previous post if any of the books sound interesting,
as I am going to get rid of them one way or another.
I'll let the giveaway run for another week (until the 16th),
 hoping to find more takers!



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