Monday, 29 April 2013

Birthday Presents

As it was K's birthday last week I used it as an opportunity to finish off some projects for her bedroom.  Both of these had been started at least six months ago so I am really pleased to get them done - but most of all I (and K) are really thrilled with the results.  Poor H wasn't so happy as he had to drill holes from the tree into the wall to hold it up.  It is well over two metres high.
The tree has been made with thin plywood.  I modeled its colours and style from a quilt I have been making using Doohikey Designs' 'Hoos in the Forest' (Riley Blake).  I have stuck a fabric bird on it already and K and I plan to add crochet blossoms and other fabric creatures.

The owl clock below was made using plywood as well, with scraps of leather for the beak and feet.  I bought wooden numbers from Spotlight and painted them black.  The two lighter pink paints are leftovers from a dolls house I painted for K two years ago (the light green in the tree is as well).

I purchased the clock movements from '' and am thrilled with their support and service.  I had to trim up the length of the hands and was given advise to get 'sweeper movements' as they are silent (no ticking).  Initially I was a bit dumbfounded by the clock parts but they came together very easily.  I plan to make more clocks now!

The russian dolls below are not new, having been shifted from our previous house, but are in a new layout.  I made them initially because I was astounded at the cost of wall decals - as well as the colour they were.  The great thing about craft is you can make things exactly the way you want.  Again these use thin plywood, and the same range of pinks as other projects.

I must thank my wonderful father-in-law who is always able to assist me in the cutting out of my plywood shapes.  He's a superstar!

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