Sunday, September 30, 2012

My craft room

I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I rearranged my craft room (actually it's more like a craft corner). So I just wanted to show you an instagram shot of what it looks like now. It's a bit more messy most of the time. But i'm in love with this long table, mini drawer and an extra shelf. The space I had before was probably ten times smaller. I have no idea how I managed to work with that.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Autumn-inspired notebooks

I've been making loads of tiny hand-bound notebooks lately. I love the process and I love the way they look and feel. There are several notebooks available for sale in my Etsy shop now.

These two are the ones I'm especially happy with. Basically I used the same idea I had for the Banana Pill t-shirts and tote bags a year ago. I collected oak and maple leaves outside my house, painted them with watercolor and transferred the paint straight to the carton covers. The paint didn't transfer as well as it did on fabric, so I had to add some color with a brush.

I'm totally in love with these leaves! I wanna try with other kinds. The only problem is that I don't know the names for all the trees.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Long time no see...

I've been away for way too long...

First I've been busy with work. Then summer came, which is for me the hardest time to stay organized. Then my work ended and I had all this free time on my hands so I spent it rearranging my craft room and updating my Etsy shop with new design, new photos and new items. I still have some more items waiting to be added as well as some new ideas in my head. I'm so happy to finally have time for this and I hope to get back to regular blogging as well.

Here are my crochet baskets that are now available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Granny Square Laptop Cozy and Tiny Pouches

I've made this laptop cozy quite a while ago. It was my first granny square project ever. I've spent lots of time trying to find good buttons for it, that's why it was complete only recently. It doesn't fit my laptop, so i don't yet know what to do with it. Will probably put it on my Etsy shop, but should first measure it properly.

I had some yarn left so i made these little pouches. I've no idea what you can store in them but i find them quite cute.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hand-Stitched Book

Once i've learnt how to hand-stitch proper notebooks, i started using my skill on a very nice collaboration project. We made a book with a poet called Platon Lliv (i've made another book with his poems in December) and an artist called Maiorov, who participated in some cover designs for Jozik records. We all were really happy with how this project turned out. The watercolor paintings went perfectly well with poems and i found a really nice carton for the cover, which added to the atmosphere of the book.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Day Crafts

The Valentine's Day is over but i would still like to show you what i've made for it. Here are my tiny crochet keychains and below are my watercolor Valentine's cards. I wish there was Valentine's Day every day, so that i could make everything heart-shaped.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hand-Stiched Notebook

I have been away from my blog way too long. The dark winter days have not been very inspiring for photographing, plus there haven't been much crafting going on here because i got a day job. But now i've reorganized my schedule and the sun started coming out, so i have many new things to show you.

I have finally learnt to hand-stitch notebooks! And i fell in love with it. I have been checking loads of tutorials for the past half a year or so. Finally i figured out the most clear way for me to do it and here is my first notebook.

 I was expecting the first notebook to come out quite lousy. Surprisingly it came out very nice. I used office paper of two different colors and i kept changing the color for each signature.

On the picture below you can see how the stitches look on the spine. I like the way the spine looks so much, that i've decided to use the cover only for front and back. This is also much easier than making the whole cover. This notebook now belongs to my friend Ksenia.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Treasuries on Etsy

I have been away for too long again. My adaptation period after the holidays always takes time. But i had a lovely holiday and now i'm back with new projects and ideas. I will have new things to show soon, some ongoing collaborations and new additions to my Etsy shop. For now i'll just share my treasuries on Etsy which i've tried making for the first time.

The Beauty of Natural Colors

Lovely Pastels

There can never be too much white

I've wanted to try making treasuries long time ago and i've even tried starting couple of times but it always seemed too hard. Yesterday i somehow got so inspired that i just started making several of them at the same time. I had lots of fun! I found lots of nice new shops and i really enjoyed matching the listings. It was not too easy, but i think it's a good exercise for developing taste for color and style.