Here are the new designs I promised. 🙂
I don’t know when I will be able to make more designs, I just have so many other projects ongoing this time of year. The garden and all my flowers need to be taken cared of, and I’m also in a very creative concrete phase right now. 🙂
At last all the snow from winter has melted. On the north side of the house there where snow just two days ago, but now it’s all gone. Today was the first day I was working in the garden barefoot. Hooray! It was quite warm when the sun was shining. Now the pond is ready for summer! I took off the net I had covered it with last autumn and scooped up a lot of leaves from the water. Then I lifted up the water plants from the deepest place and put them in shallower water. It was freezing cold in the water! I put the pump in and started the filter to the small stream that is built in the flower bed above the pond. Later I will put in the fountain when the water have cleared.
Last weekend we pruned all the spirea bushes in the upper line of the flower bed. They where so broken by the snow and the mice had eaten all the bark of the rest of them. Nothing else to do but prune them. The garden looks so empty and naked now. Nothing is hiding the filter. I have to put some high flowers around it this summer, I think!
This time of the year is very busy. My greenhouse is full with flowers and some tomato plants. Last time I counted the flower pots in there, there where around 1000 of them. I have to continue grow them in the greenhouse for some more weeks before I can plant them out in the garden because we still have frost at nights. The tomato plants will stay in the greenhouse all summer together with the cucumbers and the physalis.
Soon the trees will be green again. The leaves have started sprouting!
Later this week I will upload some new lattice files! 🙂
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.
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.
After about an hour you can put a plastic film over it. Leave to cure for one day.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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:
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:
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”:
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:
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.
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!!!
Here are some boxes that are made from the earlier Christmas Crackers designs. I made these designs before Christmas but I have not had time or inspiration to make the sets ready to publish until now. I know that they are too late for Christmas but they are useful for many other occasions. I hope you like them!
The recent days have been quite cold here. In the morning it was -28C. We had plan to go out shopping so we had prepared the car so it had the engine heater on for more than three hours before we were to go. That was good, otherwise I don’t think the car would have started. Now at least, I have all the ingredients I need to make a delicious sandwich cake (smörgåstårta) for New Year’s Eve.
The sun is still absent most of the day. It only rises just above the horizon for a couple of hours before it goes down again. I very much long for the longer days to come!
Now it’s time to fold the diagonal lines, these lines must be folded sharply. To be able to fold the diagonal lines you must bend the other folds as in pictures. Be careful so you don’t tear the the edge at the red arrow in picture two.
Fold the centre line just slightly. It doesn’t have to be sharp.
Now put glue or double sided tape on the tabs and fold it together.
Now it’s time for the “twisting”. Hold the cracker with a finger on each side like in the picture and twist it counter-clockwise just slightly and it will twist in place.
Twist the other side and then flatten the centre folds out and it’s ready.
I’m starting to really get Christmas feeling now that the ground is white, and the air is fresh and cold. The days have become much shorter, and for every week that passes the daylight disappears more and more. In December, the sun will be just above the horizon for only about three hours a day when it is darkest.
It’s fun to make boxes and here are some new ones for you.
Lately I have been busy making some new bags and boxes. Some of them will be useful for Christmas, I hope.
Still, I have some work left on the boxes before I can post them, but here are the new bags anyway.
All the snow has melted for now. We’ll see when we get more. I really want some snow because it gets so much brighter, now when daylight disappears more and more each day. The only thing I don’t like with the snow is to shoveling it and when I have to sweep off the car in the mornings.
Some days ago I got my new Promarkers. 31 new colours added, so now it’s a joy to colour my lattice patterns with them. Some of the patterns gets a quite different look when coloured, like the brownish one that looks like three dimensional.
You can find the new lattice patterns here. (The pictures in the file section do not have the colouring)
When I woke up this morning the world had turned white. It has been freezing cold for a couple of weeks now and yesterday when we where out in the garden collecting leaves I saw that the pond had frozen so I could even walk on it without cracking the ice.
It’s still snowing and we have got about 11 cm (4.5 inches) of snow so far. I think it will turn over to rain in the evening. We will see.
These type of patterns can be varied endlessly and I find them very amusing to make. I have coloured these but you can naturally use them as they are.
I thought I had many colours of Promarkers, but now I realized that I need more…
You can find the new lattice patterns here. (The pictures do not have the coloured areas)
My drawer where I keep all my cut designs is quite full of cards now. From now on I will always have a card ready when I need one. The hardest will be to choose one when they are so many to choose from.
I really like geometric patterns and had to make some more lattice work. I cut them out in black cardstock and then glue them on a white plain cardstock. I did only put glue on the outer frame, this was enough to keep the lattice down for me. Then I coloured them with my Promakers (that I hardly ever use). It was really fun and easy to fill in the colours. You can choose whether you want to colour them or not.
You can find the new lattice patterns here. (The pictures do not have the coloured areas)