The title of this post relates to a set of embroidery designs I have been working on this week. I first started playing with them back in about 2008, (I am a bit like the dog in the movie "UP" - idea, idea, squirrel) whilst having a clean up of the hard drive (see what I mean) I rejigged and added and now have this set that I will put up for sale on Etsy later this week. Whilst not true to African Masks, they are all based on that idea, hence the name, Nearly Tribal. These have been designed for the 300 x 200 embroidery hoops and there are twelve in the set. If interested you can also contact me
through the address on the side bar or check out Etsy .
Have you seen the site "Ikea Hackers". I saw this sensational chest made up of Fira Boxes from Ikea. Naturally, because I don't have too many projects on the go - insert sarcasm here, I have made a start on my version of it.
I wonder if Bunnings has had a significant increase in the amount of paint chips they go through. Pintrest has a lot to answer for!
Also in the dodgy photography department are these pieces. If you remember the chess table from a previous post, this box got a going over with the same range of paper, and a suitable blue paint. We now have a very stylish box to keep the checker pieces in. I think the box originally was used for tea bags (don't worry it wasn't an antique or anything and will now live a more productive life). I added small drawer knobs to give the box mini bun feet (carefully glued in to position with good old Liquid Nails).
The home handyman was again put to work, this time cutting circles in ply. I found some resin sea shells at Spotlight (12 per box, how fortunate) and glued them on the discs - 12 were painted cream and 12 painted black. I then rubbed gold paint into the cracks and finished off with beeswax. Now there is of course one small problem with doing checker pieces like this - I didn't know the rules - the pieces need to stack but that hasn't hampered anyone so far!
This is one of those pillow top beds so it is quite high. I was dreading going to sleep to have him suddenly land on me in the middle of the night. Luckily, the couch was easier. Just like having your very own Goldilocks!