Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cute Decorative Box

I LOVE Clearance items.  What can I say...I'm a sucker for a good deal.  My craft room is jammed full of awesome things I've picked up on clearance with the intent to modify in some crafty way.

So when I saw these two little guys in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby for somewhere around $1, I couldn't resist their potential to be cute little office accessories:


They're meant for pictures, but I'm not really the 'have photos out and about' kind of girl.  So I came up with a better option:


I picked out some cute paper...


Traced paper box that came inside the cube, then used my trusty bone folder to make my nice fold lines.


Then I simply folded up the box and popped it back in it's little acrylic shell!

It's a really simple project and it looks so nice next to my computer with all my other bright green goodies!

Anyone else nab any great clearance goodies recently?


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Learning to Weave

Last semester I had a wonderful opportunity.

My school has a fibers program, and as one of my three dimensional art requirements I was able to take a weaving class.  It was AMAZING.


We learned how to weave using a 4-shaft loom, both a table top version and this much easier to use floor version.  This is my second project, still in progress.  The pink yarn on the front doesn't stay, it's just to close the gaps created when it's tied onto the loom. 


This is my warp and a picture of the back of the loom.  All those little metal things the threads are going through are called heddles.  In a four shaft loom, there are four rows of heddles, which can be raised in different combinations to give different patterns.  It takes about 100 years to thread each string through those things.  I promise.  


And this is my final project!  Once the warp is on the loom, actually weaving the piece only takes a few hours, especially with the floor loom, which has foot peddles.  This was a sampler, playing with the different patterns that can be made on the loom.  It is currently being used as an amazing table runner in my living room.

This class has definitely inspired me to continue weaving.  Once you get past threading the loom, it's very therapeutic.  What do you think?

 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Photo Shoot

Happy Friday everyone!

While I was working on revamping the blog layout, I realized that the pictures of me here are OLD.  I've changed so much since they were taken!  So I asked my Photographer friend, Katie, if she could come over for a mini photo shoot so I can bring my pictures up to date.


So that's what happened!


This also gives you a little sneak peak into my studio.  I'm hoping to have it all set up and organized by the end of the month so I can post pictures and talk organizing!


Tehehe...Are you excited? ^_~


Today was way too much fun.  And I'm so excited to have some new photos of me in my space!

Keep checking in for a tour of my studio!

<3 Candice