Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pretty Table Settings

You know those pretty table centers you see for parties and weddings when you look up things like Bohemian centerpieces online? Well there's been a party coming up, and instead of spending money on tacky recyclables, and decorations, it seemed more logical to use items that can later be put to use elsewhere around a home. We've found ideas online that show how to decorate this way, and they're pleasing.

This evening the experiment of assembling nick knacks together into pretty table settings went over rather well. It was a matter of assembling items that looked best with each other.
 On Feb. 25, 2017 

I remember when nick knacks were still being gathered over the weeks during multiple thrift store visits. That was an interesting sight to see trays, candlesticks, and shining gravy boats clumped together like treasures from the cave of Alibaba and the Forty Thieves.
The theme of the party is leaning towards the style of the Jungle Book, like the live action movie from 1994. We're going for a mix of Victorian and Indian/Arabic.

Some of the items weren't thrift store hauls, specifically the blue pot candle holders and the Arabic lanterns from World Market.
Next table setting was a semi gold theme (right and below). Each display will be needing flowers and LED tea candles.
The full gold set is for the third table above and below.
Last set up was for the white and gold theme, consisting of mostly glass items on the tray.
And finally, we had leftover items which may end up on the food table as display.

Moon and Water Rings

 
Today I went out into the sunlight and helped take pictures of these two rings (hand model isn't me). It took multiple tries to capture the blue fire of the little moon stone surrounded by leaves.

I heard the ring is customized, made in Israel. When I look at it I'm reminded of the full moon in a clear sky, the silhouette of tree leaves seeming to wrap around it.

The small, blue plastic gumball machine ring also looks pretty cool in the sunlight, like a band of water around a sparkling gem.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Framed Princess Peacock Collage

Yesterday I finally took pictures of my newly framed Princess Peacock image. The framing supplies were out, so I was helped with framing this collage on canvas since it was getting damaged from being in a folder.

We found a perfect frame that matched the style of my picture, and then I hung it up near a shaded place in the living room. It didn't hang there for long though when a different picture fit the wall spot better.
 
This is when I switched out pictures above my craft desk and found the lighting there did the image justice compared to the dark corner it previously hung from.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Collection Of Cross Stitch

Cross stitch pictures aren't as common these days, but I remember when my sister use to work on complex, beautiful pictures of counted cross stitch to pass the time and keep occupied. Below is a collection of some of the pieces she completed from kits over the years, now matted and framed.
(Feb. 28, 2017)

For many years all the pictures were held in an upholstery bag, scrolled up and kept safe in their canvas tubes. On Feb. 28 of this year, she decided to finally mat and frame them.

I've been tasked with keeping record of them and have taken the chance to get pictures for the sake of one day trying to create collage versions of these beautiful pieces. I would love to see these images done in paper piecing with glitter and fringe to really make the pictures pop.

In the case with this dragon one, it was completed in an impressive, thrifty way. The frame was found at a yard sale for one dollar, and then it was just a matter of getting glass and matting for the image.
Overall this dragon image is very enchanting,  and is one of two other dragon themed pictures in the collection.
There's also the peacock framed within a terracotta colored mat.
I tried to get some close up details of the piece, but the camera had difficulty capturing the little x shapes.
The colors of this one kind of remind me of a Medieval castle tapestry. Details on the frame in subtle gold could only be captured in a close up shot.
 
(Mar. 5, 2017)
Over the past four days more cross stitch had been framed. First came the Chinese dragon and its beautiful blue shades.
 I love how it uses metallic thread and gold seed bead accents.
There was also the tiger and its babies with a bit of greenery, nicely placed into a black bamboo styled frame.
One of the more muted ones is the carousel, a rather detailed piece that could stand alone without a mat.
The frame chosen for this one was another yard sale find.
Then of course there's the story teller and his pretty dragon friend. The colors of this one make me rather happy, and the frame fits so well with the small details of the picture.
 
 (Mar. 7, 2017)
Next and final in line for frame work was the fairy, the most beaded piece in the collection. Isn't it beautiful, a picture with all my favorite colors.
Even the frame from among our collection of frames is interesting in the sense of looking like twisted rope.