Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hobbit-Inspired Fairy House Box with Paper Mache & Paperclay

 I've been wanting to create a Fairy house all year and finally got around to it. 
It's a good warm-up for getting back into the Putz house construction groove again.
So beginning with a round 3" paper mache box.......

Ta Da!

I wanted this creation to have the versatility of being either a trinket box or Fairy house,
thus the lidded box.

 I cut holes for windows so they could be illuminated with a battery tealight. The lid of this paper mache box has been properly camouflaged, and I added the fun feature of a "skylight" into it, so light will shine through it as well.

I just lined the interior with crisp moss green crepe paper,
so I think the vivid color will be a great contrasting
backdrop through the windows when lit up!

To add a little more whimsy, I used my brown German Glass Glitter for the soil around the base as well as lining the skylight hole. I'm hoping this will make the skylight twinkle when it's lit.

I made the door from the pulp seed starter
pictured at the top of the post.
After playing with its bark-like texture this Spring
for my Woodland Fairy basket & cup,
I knew it would be perfect for a house door.

Though these Paperclay stones are easier to shape than cutting real stone, not sure how ambitious I am to create this finish multiple times. I usually see this type of surface imprinted or drawn into a sheet of clay, but I formed itty bitty individual stones, then glued each one to the wall. I also mottled several different paint tints to each one. Oy!

I painted the styrofoam brown before gluing on the Reindeer moss,
since it represents the earth the moss is growing on.

Inspired by Hobbit houses, I gave this the look of being built up against a mossy hill. Now of course a true Hobbit house would be a lot more of a mound, with the unmistakable round door, but I think this could still find a place in Hobbiton. 

I could live here....;-)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tabletop Steampunk Fairy Garden in a Cricket Box

After crafting the Woodland-inspired gift boxes
from paper-mache,
I believe I'm on a creative roll.

I've had a couple of brass cricket boxes for a while now, that I aged with bleach, because I very much prefer dark brass with patina, versus shiny and bright.
I had intended to sell them empty after I darkened them,
but reindeer moss was sitting nearby,
and started a chain reaction.

Plain ol' brass cricket box is now a tabletop 
Steampunk Fairy Garden.

So many materials that are fun to play with,
look great together,
and just plain make an instant statement.
Chartreuse reindeer moss & Tamarack cones
equals natural elegance!
But I couldn't stop there.

I added a homemade toadstool,
created with pulpy paper, a piece of twig,
and brown German glass glitter.

After that step, I decided the background
looked dark and empty,
so I created a rustic fence using more twig pieces.

Finally, the coppery brass was whispering 
"Steampunk" to me,
so I dug into my chain stash for this
textured chunky perfection.

As for the construction,
I secured styrofoam to the base
to hot glue everything to.
I wanted the lid to be fixed at just
the right angle, so I twisted some semi-stiff wire, 
wrapped it with brown floral tape,
stuck it into the foam,
then hooked it to the lid through a cutout.

I enjoyed making this so much, that I'll craft another one
with the smaller box.

This treasure is now available in my Etsy shop.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Woodland-Inspired Paper Mache Gift Boxes

Finally, I've crafted something new to show! 

I went to an outdoor wedding recently, and the color scheme was crisp pesto green and brown. The brown element was represented by thin tree slices as plate chargers, with the pesto green being silk napkins. I was so enamored by the design, that it inspired some creations
out of me.

I had some small paper mache boxes on hand, so off I went. With brown and green in my head,
here's what resulted......

I gave both the same treatment. Painting the lids green, then haphazardly in dark brown to look woodsy.

Attached crisp olive green seam binding, then added reindeer moss and Tamarack cones. The best part came with an epiphany to "pool" dark brown German glass glitter around the moss to give the effect of elegant "soil".
I love how it looks! 

Then I covered the box base in crisp moss green crepe paper. 
Cutting curvy chipboard, attaching to the bases, then coating in the same brown glass glitter,
to finish the soil effect.

Painted the insides in a coordinating green, and adding tiny dots of citrus green German glass glitter to the moss
to look like dew drops.

These will make fabulous presentation boxes, and are now available in my Etsy shop. 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Auctions and Painting and Auctions and Painting.....

What I've been up to....

Went to my first on-site auction
with my new Instagram junking buddy Joyce.

We each won some rusty treasures,
including old tool boxes,
loaded to the brim with old tools.
More on that later....

We try not to miss our Friday night
auctions at Estate Sales Unlimited
in Hillsboro.
This night I won a lot of over 40
vintage die cast pencil sharpeners
in some of the cutest shapes!

And the following Friday,
I scored this lot of old medicine bottles.

And in between all that,
I was painting a client's entire house,
including some high-wire acts.
Oy Vey, those walls are tall....

And if I must sit on top of a coat closet
to reach those high spots,
then so be it!

But at least I had my client's kitty Rafiki 
to entertain me....

Now that the house is done,
I can focus on getting my accumulated
auction wins listed on Etsy & eBay.
So no creative genius projects to show
until that's caught up!

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TTFN, Maria

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty, Little Ball of Fur.......

I've been M.I.A. on the blog......Again, but when you pick up new painting and pet-sitting clients, 
and all at once, time has a way of getting away from you!

First up: My newest Kitty client, Trixie. 

Isn't her face fabulous!

This is her fainting couch.......adorable!

At my current painting gig, I am painting the entire 2 story house/condo, save for a couple of accent walls I painted there last summer. 

This client has a very elegant diva cat named Rafiki, which is Swahili for "friend", and yes, it is a character's name in The Lion King. An apt name, since her human
hails from South Africa. 
Rafiki is a British Blue, and she is truly
 the Queen of her jungle.......

Last, but by no means least, is Charlie. She and I have been keeping each other company for the last 6 weeks, while her human  is in Italy. Charlie and her mamma will be reunited on Friday, and I will miss Charlie kitty dearly. We've had a million wonderful moments together, and she's come a long way socially and doesn't even mind getting kissed and snuggled within an inch of her life.......

There's plenty more painting for me to do, before my schedule winds down, but hopefully I can get back into a creative rhythm to get more crafty projects completed!

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TTFN, Maria

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