New designs

April 6th, 2015 by

I have made a new cupcake wrapper, a place card and a new set of borders. All using the same design.
Hope you like them!

Monica

CupcakeWrapper16
The new cupcake wrapper can be found here.

PlaceCard16
The new place card can be found here.

Borders16
The new set of borders can be found here.

“Dragon egg shell” bowls

March 22nd, 2015 by

To cast bigger items in concrete are not appropriate to do indoors. I long so much for spring to come, so I can be outside doing this. Meanwhile I have to find other things to do to ease my desire for casting. I have so many ideas that I want to follow out. :)

First out is the “dragon egg shells”, casted in fibre-reinforced self-levelling compound. It’s a cement based mortar for floors but can be used in many other ways too. One thing to keep in mind when casting with this, is that it has not the same strength as concrete.

I mix the compound powder with water so the mix becomes quite thick, like a bun dough.
To make the “shells” you also need some balloons and something to put the balloons on to hold them up. I used plastic pots.

P1020312

Shape the mix to a flat ball and place it on top of the balloon. Hold the balloon and the balloon holder firmly and tap it a couple of times to the table. The mix will start to slowly spread out. Shape the mix to small petals and tap it to the table some more times. Don’t tap it too much, then it will become too thin and will break when handling.

P1020317

After about an hour you can put a plastic film over it. Leave to cure for one day.

P1020318

Remove the “shells” from the balloons and wrap them in the plastic film. Leave them to continue cure for another day. You can rinse the balloons in water to wash them and them reuse them.

P1020319

Now it’s time to give the bowl a base. Form a small ball from the mix and put it on the bottom of the bowl. Gently tap so it will spread slightly. Turn it over and press it gently down on a plastic film. Leave it to cure for a day before you remove it from the plastic.

P1020367

When the bowls have cured for a week you can start painting them. First I painted them with a uncoloured concrete sealer on both the inside and outside before I painted them with metallic paint.

P1020381

They look very nice with a tealight in.

I have many other casting projects on going and I will post pictures from them later. :)

For those who are waiting for new cutting designs, you have to wait a little bit more. I can’t do everything at the same time. :)

Monica

Fancy edge cards

February 23rd, 2015 by

Before Christmas I made these designs but I have not had inspiration to make all the needed files ready until now. Five more cards are added to the collection!

You can find them here.

/Monica

Fancy_Edge_Card_19-23

Digging and shoveling!

February 7th, 2015 by

We have had so much snow lately but last night it began to rain and thaw. I woke up early this morning by a huge rumble when all the snow on the south side came down from the roof. A large pile of snow totally blocked the view from the windows. The bird feeders that I had put on one of the poles were nowhere to be seen. Even the poles where gone, buried deep in the snow.

View from the kitchen and living room:
P1020229  P1020230

Outside:
P1020232 P1020233

We started to dig for the bird feeders. I had to screw the hangers back as they had come loose. Now the birds can eat their nuts again:
P1020245

Then we had to dig away some of the snow so we can look out through the windows. Here is my husband shoveling snow from the roof while still standing on the “ground”:
P1020247 P1020238

I went up on the roof to take some pictures. It was easy to climb up as the snow was higher than the edge of the roof on the lower part of the house. The last picture is a beautiful view of our neighbours:
P1020236 P1020240
P1020241 P1020242

We have a storm warning for tonight and the temperature has dropped below freezing again.

I have not had time or inspiration to make new designs lately because of all the work the snowing have caused, and because of some other things that have occupied my mind for the past few weeks. But I will soon be back with some new designs, I hope.

Take care,
Monica

Yes, It’s winter now. No doubts about that!

January 31st, 2015 by

Over the past two days we have got a huge mass of snow. Nearly 50 cm (20″), and we have shoveled like idiots. Last night we also shoveled the roof of the greenhouse. I was getting pretty worried that it would not survive the enormous mass of snow. It was quite difficult to even get to the greenhouse when it was one metre (40″) of snow on the ground. Each step was a pain to take, because the snow reached my waist. My arms and shoulders are aching!

Today we are resting but it will start snowing again late in the evening and it will continue snowing for at least two more days.
PLEASE, we don’t need more snow now!!!

Monica
P1020205 P1020208 P1020210