Monday, 23 January 2017

Books and bookmarks


Hi there!
Lately I've been reading a lot of e-books, it's easy finding classic works on line and the fact that I can read them for free is an extra bonus. I've read quite a few classics, some I loved (like Elizabeth Gaskell's "North & South" and "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte) and others I didn't (the "Phantom of the opera" was a huge disappointment). But even though e-books have a lot of pros they have a couple of disadvantages: it really takes something away from the reading experience not having an actual book in your hands, flipping through pages, using cute bookmarks (handmade by me!) and marveling at the cool cover design!
Still the fact that I can read a book for free gives me the opportunity to see if and how much I like it and then invest in buying an actual book.
Happy reading bookworms :-)
Aleka

Friday, 20 January 2017

Matchbox cards in the making

 


Probably my favorite matchbox card, this literal version of being in love. It's so much fun cutting and painting tiny hearts, my workspace looks like a heart factory!
And now you can get a personalized version as well, with your initials on the little banner!
Have a lovely weekend :-)
Aleka

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Felt Pumpkins Tutorial

Hi there!
Today I'll be sharing a super fast and easy tutorial on making felt pumpkins. All you need is felt, stuffing and thread. start by cutting two round pieces of felt.


Use a whip stitch to join the two pieces but leave a small opening. You can either fill it now and leave the stitch on the outside or follow the next step.

Turn the pumpkin inside out, keeping the stitching on the inside and fill it with the stuffing. Use a hidden stitch to close the opening.

Take a thread with a contrasting color and go through the center of tour pumpkin. Leave a "tail" of thread behind, you will need it to finish the pumpkin.

Start by dividing the pumpkin first in half vertically and then horizontally. Take your needle around the outer edge bring it down at the center, pull the thread to create a section. Next take your needle on the opposite side, around the outer edge and back into the middle again pulling to create the next section. Each time you will bring your needle up in the middle and pull tight to create the sections and they don't have to be perfect, real pumpkins aren't completely symmetrical either!

Once you've divided it into four parts next begin by dividing each part in half, again keep bringing your needle around the outer edge and through the center. When you have finished you should have eight sections. Bring your needle down to have it in the same side as the tail you left in the beginning. Tie the two threads together in a tight knot and cut the excess thread.

Use a piece of brown felt to create a stem and glue it into place, hiding the closing knot.

You can see the two different versions, two are made with the seam on the outside and two with the seam on the inside.
Hope you liked this diy :-)
Aleka

Thursday, 22 September 2016

New project




It's always great to get custom requests, they challenge me and most of the time lead to even more new ideas and new creations! This time I'm hand embroidering this custom text for a banner, it's the cutest thing I've seen! So far it has turned out just as good as I imagine it would :-)
Hope you have a lovely week,
Aleka

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Traveling matchboxes



I had this idea in my mind for a while, making matchboxes with famous monuments from various countries. Like most projects I kept pushing it back on my to do list, so it wasn't until last month that I finally started trying out my idea. First it was the Eiffel tower, after a couple of versions and I selected the one I liked most. Then I took a shot at the Acropolis, thought it seemed harder it turned out that my first try was perfect! For Italy I picked the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it's a simple design but with a lot of detail.
They will be soon in the shop and hopefully more monuments will follow!
Aleka

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Yay!



A happy little banner, this one is hand embroidered with black thread for the Yay and colorful cotton threads as confetti. I do like to have pretty things around me when I work, it's a nice distraction when I feel stressed or uncertain, so this one is hanging right above my desk!
Hope you have a lovely weekend :-)
Aleka

Thursday, 15 September 2016

More clay houses



It's been quite a while since I added new houses in the shop! So this time I added a lot of houses and trees as well as sets of two houses with a little tree. Some are done in natural colors like the brown house but for some I picked bright colors like the yellow and blue set of two houses.
I do love working on them, each house is individually hand formed, then I sand them to create surface texture and then the fun part begins: taking out ALL of my acrylics and picking color combinations that attract my eye. And once I am done it looks so good to put all the houses together, it's like a colorful little village with one of a kind homes and trees!
Aleka