Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Good bye 2014!

Well, it's been a weird year.

I've had some successes (yay!). I've never been more unwell in my life (boo!). And, time has flown by (as it always does).

Speaking of time...

I'll be introducing a couple of new bloggy items in 2015, including a weekly 'One Little Thing' challenge. Every Sunday I'll post a creative prompt, and challenge you to create one little thing. Totally low pressure and absolutely good for you. The idea is to spend at least a few minutes every week thinking creatively. If you can only manage a quick doodle or a brainstorming list, that's okay! Creativity breeds itself and even a few moments of scribbling while stirring a pot of stew can be seeds of greatness :) For anyone who wishes they could spend more time creatively, this is a great starting point.

Finally, here are a few of my favourite projects from this past year.

I've created loads of work this past year, but these are the projects closest to my heart :)

Here's hoping that 2015 will be bright, shining and filled with magic... for everyone.

Much love,

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Oneda the Imperfect , A fairy

"I don't make fairies."

For the past 4 years that is what I have said when asked the inevitable question 'Where are the fairies?' I haven't felt compelled to make them.

But this Christmas I asked for (and received) an instructional viddy by Wendy Froud. After a marathon viewing (during which I completely ignored my guests) I immediately set to work. Days and loads of swearing later, I'd like to introduce Oneda.
Oneda the Imperfect by Nichola Battilana

She's big. Over 13" tall. And why not, she's waited an awfully long time to be made.

Oneda the Imperfect by Nichola Battilana

I have her hanging with a little help from a pin on her back... but, although she cannot stand on her own, she is poseable and would be happy as a clam in a doll stand.

Oneda the Imperfect by Nichola Battilana

I've learned so much making her and she has loads of imperfections (her skin isn't flawless, her hands are too large) and loads of things that I'll improve upon when the next winged things get's made... but her stockinged feet are lovely and she seems quite pleased with herself so who am I to complain?

Oneda the Imperfect by Nichola Battilana

Oneda is available HERE in the etsy shop.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Stamped Embellishments with Graphic 45

I am not a stamper. When challenged to create a project or share tips using stamping techniques I was seriously scratching my head. Then I realized I do stamp… just not on paper! I’ve made a stash of stamped paperclay embellishments with Botanical Tea cling stamps. 
Paperclay is great fun to work with and one of my very favourite materials, but I’m sure you could do the same with polymer clay. 
In the future I’m sure these will find their way into some of my mixed media pieces, but one of my little friends had a dolly in urgent need of a paper crown and I am always willing to lend a hand in a doll emergency.


And here's the Snapguide Tutorial to make your own embellishments!
Supply List
Botanical Tea Cling Stamps
Creative Paperclay

Botanical Tea: Spring DuetCore’dinations Graphic 45 Lights - Pearl Blush
A Gilded Life - Petite Monarch Crown Long Die
White plastic pearl strand
White glitter

Friday, December 26, 2014

A little butcher shop

The 'big day' has passed and Santa was very kind to all of us with loads of socks and undies (which we love BTW), books and other goodies. We also have a tradition of exchanging handmade gifts. 

This year I made my husband a little butcher and charuterie shop window in a shadowbox frame. Before his life as a winemaker, Mr. Pixie was a butcher and he continues to smoke and dry his own meats and make his own sausage.

Miniature butcher by Nichola Battilana

I made all of the meat from polymer clay. The window is a transparancy sheet. The 'shelving' is narrow strips cut from an old hardcover.

Miniature butcher by Nichola Battilana

The outside measurement of the frame is around 7.5" x 5.8" and the inside depth is around .75"... it's pretty tight!

Miniature butcher by Nichola Battilana

Considering that 'realism' in my miniature work isn't usually a priority, I was fairly thrilled with how this turned out and I think he liked it too :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Quirky Naughty/Nice Ornaments and a Christmas Message

This is a fun and funky little project. I’ve just made some tiny boxes, about the size of a matchbox, with various Twas the Night Before Christmas papers, tucked in a vintage portrait, embellished with glittery pipecleaner and labeled them as naughty or nice. 
Don’t let the vintage pictures hold you back, these would be so much fun with family pictures! You could even use them as place holders for your holiday feast with photos of your naughty/nice guests.

Most of my guests are naughty, by the way.

Finally, a Christmas Eve message. Relax. Christmas is coming no matter if those 16 dozen cookies get baked, if the icing is wonky, or if the floor is a disgrace. And it'll be ok. You'll survive it! My first guest showed up early yesterday... while I was still in pajamas... while picking up dog poop from the lawn. 
I survived :)


Supply List

Twas the Night Before Christmas 8x8 PadTwas the Night Before Christmas StickersPetaloo Fancy Trims
Glittery wired pipecleaner
Vintage images

Wishing you and yours the very merriest Christmas, happiest of holidays and good cheer all around.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Regal Christmas Crown and Gift Giving with Petaloo

Over my years of gift giving I have learned that a) Men love socks b) Children appreciate money and candy c) Every woman should have a crown. Don't get me wrong. There are giftees who do not fit within these generalizations... but these prezzies are more often appreciated than not.
Paper Crown for Petaloo by Nichola Battilana
I've been on a total crown kick this year. I love making them. I love wearing them. There's something magical that happens when someone dons a bit of fancy royal headwear. The wearer will smile, giggle and immediately begin to act regally! It's a wonderful transformation.
Paper Crown for Petaloo by Nichola Battilana
I think crowns are amazing gifts. With a bit of paper and some pretty blooms you can say "You are so special and important you deserve a crown!" and encourage silliness and joviality at the same time. They are something totally frivolous but symbolize esteem, importance and beauty.
Paper Crown for Petaloo by Nichola Battilana
I've listed my supplies below, but if you're going to make a crown for someone you admire try to create one that suits them and celebrates their personal tastes and flair. I'd wager it makes them feel pretty good :)

Elf Book Box House with Graphic 45

Inspired by my fellow team member Yumi’s amazing little suitcases I decided to create my own little travel case. 
Elf Book Box House with Graphic 45 by Nichola Battilana

I converted a  Staples Book Box into a little suitcase, then created a homey elf house within. Elf Book Box House with Graphic 45 by Nichola Battilana
I’ve used a mash-up of three different collections for this piece: 'Cats & Dogs', 'Away with me', and 'Night Before Christmas'. 
Elf Book Box House with Graphic 45 by Nichola Battilana
The interior features a fireplace, complete with screen and pipecleaner flames, Christmas cards on the mantle, tree, gifts and more. 

Elf Book Box House with Graphic 45 by Nichola Battilana
The little wire loveseat even has tiny cushions made from Graphic 45 fabric!

Elf Book Box House with Graphic 45 by Nichola Battilana

Elf Book Box House with Graphic 45 by Nichola Battilana

Supply list: