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יום שני, 20 במרץ 2017

Purple flowers

Hello dear readers,

There was purple paper left over after the pansies.  I thought about all the beautiful flowers of this color in real life and started looking for tutorials on the net.  There are  many wonderful tutorials to be found on Pinterest, all you have to do is browse for them.  Here are my results (with a few adaptions of my own).

Agapanthus






Ornamental garlic




Iris



Hyacinth








This year is considered one of our dry ones with very little rain.  We rely mostly on water desalination.  Our parks and city squares use recycled water and are kept beautifully green and blooming. Spring is the best period for visiting Israel.

Blessings to all my dear friends and readers.





יום שלישי, 7 במרץ 2017

Pansies tutorial

Hello dear readers,


It was a beautiful spring day.  I went to Tel-Aviv in the morning and was happy to see, from the bus' large windows, some of the city squares full with these beautiful flowers., blooming in many colors.




This is how I made my version of pansies.


Tools -








The heart and star punches sizes are 0.8 cm size.  the hole punch is 0.4 mm. The flower punch is 0.8 cm. I used it for making five little heart shaped leaves each about 0.5 mm.


Materials - 


Stems:



From the paper coated wires (A gift from Jennifer for which I'll always be grateful) I cut about 2 cm length pieces. Dipped the tip of one end of each piece in yellow acrylic paint and put aside to dry.

Leaves and sepals:





Shaping leaves on a rubber eraser:



I laid the paper leaf on the rubber eraser and drew veins, pressing with the tiny ball end against the erazer. I poked dots all around the leaf (See the pencil drawing). Then I turned the leaf over and pressed it in the middle with the larger ball end.

Since only the leaf itself will be seen, I glued  green metal wires to the paper leaves.


Shaping the sepals:





I poked each of the five ends of the star with the small ball, turned the star over and pressed it in the middle with the large ball.


Flower heads:



On the butterfly shape I painted a cross with a deeper purple acrylic paint.  When dry I used a tooth pick to put a tiny yellow acrylic paint dot in the middle.  Two little circles were glued together, shaped and glued to the butterfly top on the wrong side.

Shaping the flower head:





Same as with the leaves, I poked dots with the tiny end ball (see drawing) Then turned the paper flower over.

To assemble the flower I perforated a tiny hole both in the middle of the sepal and middle of the yellow dot on the flower head.  Then  threaded the stem, first through the flower head then through the sepal putting dots of glue at the bottom of the yellow top of the stem and behind the flower head to keep the flower and sepal together.










The bigger pot is a cleaning staff bottle cap painted terracotta.  The smaller pot is a metal bell turned upside down and painted the same.  The two little pots are created by me from ceramic clay fired in a kilt. All the pots are filled with brown plasticine.  I just pushed the leaves and the flowers inside.














I cannot attempt to pretend that these pansies are perfect but I tried my best and enjoyed every step of the job.  If anyone will be able to use this tutorial, he or she are most welcome.

I wish you, my dear readers, beautiful spring days like the ones we enjoy now and blessings.


















יום חמישי, 2 במרץ 2017

Pansies

Hello dear readers,

On my daughter's roof garden the pansies started to bloom. The flowers are very beautiful, each with a dark pattern that looks like a butterfly.  The leaves too are beautiful and heart shaped.


 I picked one and kept it floating in a glass bowl.  It's staying fresh now for several days.


There was a butterfly punch in my collection of punches, so I used it in trying to create 1:12" mini pansies. You can see my first attempts floating beside the real size pansy.  I still have to make more flower heads as well as stems and leaves.






My next project will be to make a pot of pansies and take photos as I go along for anyone who will be interested.

I wish you a lovely weekend filled with sunshine.  Blessings to all my dear friends and readers.


יום שלישי, 21 בפברואר 2017

Spring flowers on glue-stiffened cotton thread - Tutorial

Hello dear readers,

Our winters are usually mild.  The temperature, where I live, is never below zero. Nevertheless when it gets cold I am the first to have frostbitten fingers no matter what I do to prevent it.
This is what happened again and kept me away from miniaturing.  Now that my fingers are almost healed  (still blue and a little swollen), I'm sitting down to make flowers.  Along the way I took photos to show you how easy it is to use a glue-stiffened crochet thread for stems and leaf vines.


Materials and tools:
White plastic glue
Green crochet thread
Scissors
Ball ended shaping tool
Pinch tongs
paper punches as shown
A soft rubber surface for shaping the flowers and leaves ( I use a regular rubber)
A tooth pick
Light yellow, darker yellow, wight and green paper.
Yellow acrylic paint (not shown in the photo).



For the flowers cut about 2.5 cms lengths of glue-stiffened green thread. Glue them as shown
to the punched green paper stars.


Let them dry while you make the flower heads.



Glue one punched out daisy shaped flower on top of the other in a way that  closes the open spacing between the petals.


 Glue the flower heads to the star topped stems.  They stick perfectly well together.  Paint a tiny acrylic yellow dot in the middle of the flower.



Now the flowers are ready for the leaves.




Glue two leaves to each flower stems.





Glue three leaves to a separate piece of thread and then glue this piece to the flower stem.



You can see how good they stick together when the glue dries.



I made enough flowers to fill a dozen vases in just a few hours.


The "glass" vases are beautiful clear plastic beads with a large hole.

This is a special tutorial for my readers who live in places where there are very little craft materials
to be found.  Please feel free to ask me more information if needed.

Blessings to all my dear readers!


יום שבת, 11 בפברואר 2017

Plants and containers

Hello dear readers

There were these plastic chess pieces in my stash asking to be turned into "treasures".  A long time ago I used some to make cake holders (If I find the photos I'll show them.)  Together with these metal bead covers I made plant containers and rather like the results.  I remembered seeing something similar made of wooden pieces so the idea is not entirely mine.



This is how they look glued together



And this is how they look after I painted them white all over.  Ready to receive plants.












The geraniums I like best.




I wish you all a lovely weekend and blessings.





יום שישי, 3 בפברואר 2017

Xmas gifts from Ireland

Hello all,

After giving up hope that Maria's Xmas gifts - mailed almost 2 months ago - show up, miraculously the parcel arrived.  I was thrilled to find the beautiful items in the parcel.











I shudder to think what if they got lost in those mountains of mail accumulated at our post storerooms.

THANK YOU DEAR MARIA, MOST OF ALL FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

I wish you all dear friends and readers a wonderful weekend.  Blessings!

יום שלישי, 31 בינואר 2017

Unusual show case

Hello dear readers,

Last week my friend Sarit took me along to a large craft store.  I was looking for craft tools.

The store carried lots of craft material - patchwork fabrics, scrap book staff, various sorts of paint, embroidery silks, etc.  However only a very small offer of tools suitable for mini crafting.

I hated to leave without buying anything when suddenly I spotted  this hanging glass bubble. Immediately I thought of the incredible little house Tatiana sent me for my birthday and knew it will make an ideal show-case for it.  It's always a pleasure to buy something when you are out for shopping.




All that was needed was a bit of landscaping







I'll certainly buy more of these hanging bubbles.  They make ideal gifts.