Hello January!

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Hello everybody!

So, this is my first blog post this year, the new year 2017. I believe I wrote on Christmas eve that I would soon show you all some of my handmade Christmas gifts and I should think that it’s about time that I do it now. Therefore, will this post be about handmade gifts that I already have given away because now Christmas is more or less over.

I crocheted this flower bookmark for my grandmother because she absolutely loves to read and she has almost always more than one book at a time. That’s why I thought I would be appropriate to give her a handmade bookmark so she can keep track on what page she is on when she switches between books. I also made a hat for my mom in crochet but I sadly do not have a photo of it yet, but I will see if I can get a picture of it.

These clay charms were made for two of my friends. I like to have a story behind the things that I create. I don’t want the gifts to be random I want them to have a personal meaning for the receiver of the gift, of course I can only accomplish that if I know the person though. One of my friends she is studying to become a dentist and therefore I made a tooth and a toothbrush out of FIMO clay for her. Then I attached the two charms together and contacted them to a blue ribbon so it would function as a necklace. The waffle with the strawberry is for another friend and she really likes waffles and so I thought I have to make her a waffle that she can walk around with all the time.

 

Some projects I’m working on right now are some more of the Swedish princess cake keychains and clay frames. I have also tried to follow World Watercolor Group’s art challenge this month so I thought that I will post the first week’s drawings tomorrow.

I hope you all had a lovely time in this post and on my blog.

I wish you all a good evening, night, morning, afternoon or day wherever you may be on this earth.

CraftGirlsWorld

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Happy New Year 

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Hello everybody! 

It’s been a while since i wrote last but now I’m here. I would like to wish you all a very Happy and Merry New Year, i hope you all have a nice time and a good new year. So i wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!, with a little sketch of mine. 

I hope you all have a wonderful evening, night day or morning this New Year’s Eve wherever you may be on this earth.

Merry Christmas

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Hello everybody! 

So today we celebrate Christmas where I am from, so thats why I now would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and i hope you all have a wounderful time. I have actually made some last minute Christmas gifts that i will soon show you but not until the gifts have been given. Who knows maybe they take a look here and see their gift before its time to open them, and thats why i will wait a little bit to show you my handmade presents. 

I wish you all happy holidays and a good afternoon, day, evening, night or morning wherever you may be on this earth.

CraftGirlsWorld 

Swedish princess cake of yarn

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Hi there once again! Today it seems like I will publish two posts. These gifts have already been given so I thought I would let you all see it.

 So I made small swedish princess cakes out of crochet and then I connected them to keychain rings. I later attatched, to the keychain, small handmade Fimo Clay charms with my initials and the namn of my website. Then I printed a gift box template from Pinterest and cut out the box. I used double-sided tape to put the box together and some string for decoration. I created these gifts for my boyfriends teachers as a Christmas  gift. 

I wish you all once again a great holiday and a good afternoon, evening, night, morning or day wherever you may be on this earth. 

CraftGirlsWorld 

Christmas & New Year cards on their way

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Hello again!
Last year I was so behind on making the annual Christmas and New Year cards that we usually send out to all our family and friends. This year I’m before schedule on the greeting cards I just have a few things left to paint in and then I can start printing them. It just kind of happened by chance that I created more than one motif for the Christmas cards and I think that it’s quite fun and unique that not everyone will get the same type of card. All the motifs are painted with watercolor and ink, I will precise the brand and products I used under each painting, down below.

The pine tree christmas lights
For this drawing I didn’t want to use my most expensive watercolor paper so I used an acceptable watercolor paper from Panduro hobby. When I sketched the outlines for it I had my HB DERWENT GRAPHIC and it’s the pen that I prefer to use when I sketch and to just to be safe I have a STAEDTLER Mars plakstic combi eraser. The ink outlines were created by 0,2 UNI PIN FINE LINE pen. The colors were achieved with DERWENT INKTENSE PURE. VIBRANT WATERSOLUBLE INK PENCILS.


Leaves and Berries
I used a more reliable and professional watercolor paper for these two paintings. What I mean with reliable is that it works as it should and the colors does not dry to fast witch can happen with cheaper paper. So, the paper that I had was SAUNDERS WATEFORD CLASSIC WATERCOLOUR PAPER, 300g/m2, white rough. I never heard of this brand of paper until a year ago when I attended a watercolor course and the teacher said that this was a must have and I must agree. There is a big difference between watercolor paper and watercolor paper and it’s not until you tried the real thing that you will notice the difference. I used the same tools to sketch as I mentioned on the previous painting. The watercolors are also an important part when you want to paint. Before the course I always used Winsor & Newton colors and I still do but he recommended Schmincke. Van gogh and Schmincke were the colors of choice for these two cards. The last but not the least important thing in watercolor painting is the paintbrush and mine were and usually are a Lukas nr 8 or nr 6 defending on the motif. To get the snowy effect of the card with berries I choose to use white acrylic paint and a fan brush.

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Christmas Creatures
This drawing was only supposed to be an exercise in my watercolor sketch book but then I liked how it turned out so I wanted to have it as one of this year’s Christmas cards. The sketchbook I have is a Moleskine watercolor traveling sketch book. The papers in that book are quite rough. The ink outlines are once again made by an 005 SAKURA PIGMA MICRON, ARCHIVAL INK, pen and the colors are created with DERWENT INKTENSE PURE. VIBRANT WATERSOLUBLE INK PENCILS.

Here are the finished versions of the greeting cards. I used gimp to create the white frame around the paintings and the christmas greeting in my mother language.
Well this post was a very long one and turned out way different than I had planned. But now you all know what supplies I use, in general when I create with watercolors. So, this is pretty much my base for working with watercolors and the supplies I use the most. If any of you are interested in knowing some more about the materials I used and my experience of them then please do tell me.

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All the different cards have now been printed, written and sent off to friends and family
I really hope you all had a nice in my probably longest blog post and maybe even an educational read.
I wish you all a good night, morning, day or evening wherever you may be on this earth.

CraftGirlsWorld

Christmas on it’s way

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Hello everyone!
Now it’s December and the countdown to Christmas has begun. My craft workshop is filled with things that are waiting to be fixed into something handmade. I nearly can’t find a free spot where I can sit and create, but I’m working on my crafts everyday so hopefully the table will soon see daylight. I have many things I would like to share with you all this month so I will try to make some extra posts. In this blog entry, I’m going to focus on Christmas gift wrapping and especially the tags. When I was wrapping up some presents a few days ago I noticed that we had a shortage on gift tags. If you have read my blog you may have figured out already that I made my own gift tags. This was actually very quick and easy. I looked through my scrapbooking paper supply for Christmas themed paper. Then I drew a stencil on how I wanted the tags to look like and then I use this stencil and a pen to outline the tags. I cut out the shapes from the paper and then I use a very handy tool called hole puncher to create the small holes so I can attach the tags to the gifts.

I hope you had a nice read.
I wish you all a good night, morning, day or evening wherever you may be on this earth.
CraftGirlsWorld

Crochet for little feet

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Hello again, and yes I’m back so soon with an old craft.

I see myself as a crafter with few limits or at least I try to broaden my view in the craft world as much as I can. Today I would like to share with you another type of craft that I make and that’s crochet. I rather much prefer crochet over knitting but that is of course only my opinion. When I was a child I always tried to knit a scarf every Christmas but I never came too far with that, so I never got to enjoy knitting. When I told this story, someone said ‘’ why don’t you try crochet, it’s so much fun’’ and so I did and I’ve been doing it ever since. I’m such a person that can make many crochet projects after another and then it can take months before I start again. But I usually always make a crochet Christmas gift, at least one every year. I think that things made from yarn are very suiting for the holiday season. I am happy to say that I one year managed to crochet a whole scarf. Last December I crocheted my most complicated project yet, I made small baby converse for an acquaintance that expected her second child. She loves converse and that’s why I decided to create small soft baby converse.

I found many free tutorials on how to crochet baby converse shoes on YouTube. So, I watched different of them and I think that I mixed some of the videos to get the shoe as I wanted. If you are interested of doing something similar I recommend looking at YouTube.

I don’t remember how much yarn I used for this project but it wasn’t too much. I can at least say that an autumn scarf needs more yarn than these two small shoes.

I hope that you had a nice time in this post with old crafts.

I wish you all a good evening, night, morning or day wherever you may be on this earth.

CraftGirlsWorld