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Filling the house with (literally) beady eyed creatures since forever*

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Paintings up on Etsy - birds and babes


And more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/eddieandmoni

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Name Painting on Formica Tile Samples


Acrylic on gesso on cardboard on formica tile samples, with ribbon hanging loop sandwiched between. 8cm x 4.5cm.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bucket Hat and Felted Jersey for Toddler

Have felt like sewing lately and discovered this fantastic free hat pattern:
Oliver + S Reversible Bucket Hat pattern
It was really clear and easy to follow. I didn't have interfacing so I lined the brim with 2 pieces of calico. I used some orange cotton fabric from my stash for the inside and cute farm fabric from A Bolt of Cloth I had bought as an off-cut in Christchurch last Christmas. Decided it wouldn't be reversible so added a strap from an old singlet top to stop it from blowing away.
Then I got really keen and felted an old Esprit jersey. It was only 80% wool, 20% acrylic so it didn't felt all that much but I used the wrong side as the outside to make a little jersey. That pattern was one I made myself from a large long sleeved tee-shirt. Had never drafted a pattern before, or made a hat, so surprised how easy, quick and fun these projects were. Also made a pair of fingerless gloves using the bottom of the sleeves from the jersey.
Keen to make more bits and pieces, especially using old clothes. It's fun felting the old jerseys. Wool felt is one of my favourite fabrics. Thinking of making a little jacket/coat next. Not so confident drafting some of those details, will see how it goes...

BTW - felting is so much fun! It's amazing how much you really have to abuse the wool to get it to start to shrink and 'full'. I tried lots of things including boiling the jersey in an old pot, but in the end I discovered that alternating between really hot water and really cold water plunge baths, a whole heap of dishwash detergent, and a lot of scrubbing with a dish brush worked the best.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Brodie Bear Mini Airedale Painting

It's actually the painting that's mini, not the Airedale. A teacup airedale would be pretty cute though! 
Brodie has had that fluffy yellow duck since he was a pup, the big softy. 
A gift, painted in acrylic, on canvas made from formica tile sample.
8.5 x 4.7 cm
1.75" x 3.25"

Friday, August 3, 2012

Little Airedale Helping with the Gardening - Painting

Working from a photo, I used Atelier Interactive acrylics, alternating them with layers of varnish.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Who is Tulip the Monkey?

Tulip the Monkey is the co-driver featured in the Roaring River Rally picture book I made a few years back. More here

Paintings for Children's Rooms

This one came about from a staff-room doodle. Originally the small dino was a little boy. The chicken looks so innocent. Thankfully these dinosaurs are vegetarians.

A birthday card on the same theme

Another dino painting with the same characters. I painted all of these paintings while pregnant. Someone has suggested that the string is symbolic - umbilical cord? Apron strings?

A Michael Leunig poem I took a fancy to. 

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