Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mosaic Lounge

My Mother-in-law has always wanted to build a lounge form hebel (aerated concrete) and mosaic it. So when she got a whole heap of hebel blocks as seconds and my husband designed the way to build it, her dream came true! We helped, laying the blocks down like brick layers (I thought it was fun) to create the box shape, and using all the blocks we had! Then came the fun part of shaping it. Using files, chisels, angle grinder, and sand paper it came to shape, and actually looks comfortable and cute. The next step was mosaicking! We left that to her to conquer, taking a few years to get to the finished result using different coloured and sized stripes.

Building it up brick layer style

Angle grinding is duty work
Almost there 

The finished shape before mosaicking

Friday, July 14, 2017

My Rubik's Cube Tissue Box Cover

I saw this idea on Pinterest a while a go and have wanted to make it for our spare room for ages. So finally decided it could be my holiday project these holidays. I realise it is a popular idea as it is featured in The Big Bang Theory TV show, however I am not into the show at all and just thought it was a clever idea for a square tissue box cover. I have now thought of a few other ideas such as a liquorice all-sort or video game motifs, using the same technique. You could also use the same technique fro coasters.
Both these tutorials were helpful: Yarn Games and Elizabeth Wendland
Using plastic canvas from an art shop, I just measured a tissue box and made my squares to fit. Annoyingly I couldn't fit all sides onto one piece of plastic canvas! And had to buy another piece for one square! Then embroidered two lengths of yarn to create the coloured squares. I wasn't too fussed about the order, however kept the colours pretty even. I did use Yarn Games tutorial as reference. It isn't technically solvable, which is a bummer. (Same colours can't be next to each other on an edge) Next time I would make it solvable by refererencing a real Rubik's cube. The hardest part was outlining it all in black. It took the longest, having to thread each hole, which had already been threaded!
All-in-all it was a simple project that didn't take too long and looks great! I already have people wanting one for Christmas!

Pattern from Pinterest- I didn't follow this but could be good
Ideas Round up

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Funky Toilet Signs

You sure can get creative with toilet signs. I love the simplicity and graphic style of some of these!

These are my absolute favourite! I want to buy them but they know longer have them! The colours and retro patterns!! Ebay
She also makes these wooden ones: Ebay

Miniture Calendar

Since 2011, Tatsuya Tanaka has used his imagination to l;look at everyday items like food from a different perspective and create miniature dioramas. Everyday for the last six years he has made them into a calendar that can be followed with a new image per day.
"Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once. Broccoli and parsley might sometimes look like a forest, or the tree leaves floating on the surface of the water might sometimes look like little boats."
So many more on his website or follow his Facebook page!
Plus similar ideas on my previous posts:
Tiny Cement Sculptures Melting Into The Streets
Everyday Objects Come Alive

Freight Train
Make-up City
Big Wave
Ferris Wheel
Shall We Dance
Back To The Future
Another great artist, William Kass, creates similar images in his Minimise series using food or objects: So many more on his website!

Corn Stock
Egg Spa
Eggplant Orca Whale II
Far West Pickles
Spring Break
Rollercoaster Pasta
Indoor Climbing
Lone Fisherman
Digital Bathroom