Painting an owl

This is my first post about painting on my blog. And therefore just let me add some general information at the beginning, because a lot of my familiy members do some sort of painting or creative work and also my father likes drawing and painting. None of the countless paintings in my parents house is painted by a stranger. They are all painted from familiy members and friends. πŸ™‚

When I was a child, I started with pencil drawings. My favourite theme were animals and that never changed. I think it’s because I can draw animals without a lot of effort. I also tried to draw humans, but they didn’t look that great. πŸ˜‰ After a while, I started to experiment with coal and water colour, and some years ago I tried painting with acrylic. In 2011, I started painting on canvas with sizes of 60 cm x 60 cm and 50 cm x 70 cm. You can look at the paintings that I painted during the last years on my Overview page. The two frogs were presents for my boy friend and are located in the living room of our flat. All other paintings were presents for friends, because we don’t have enough space to put them all up. Therefore, I didn’t choose the themes of the paintings, but gave my friends the possibility to get their favourite animal. This time, I got the order to paint an owl. So I painted an owl. πŸ˜‰

Normally, I don’t like people to watch me while I’m painting and I only show paintings when they are finished. But this time I made an exception andΒ  took photos of the steps leading to the finished painting. So here is my owl painting process:

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And that’s it:

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Kanzashi Flowers

I bought some fabric yesterday to make some nice Kanzashi flowers. It was the first time that I tried to make such flowers.Β  I used this pattern book: http://www.amazon.de/Kanzashi-Japanischer-Haarschmuck-Kleinigkeiten-Topp-Handarbeiten/dp/B00FKYN3KU, but you can also find patterns and tutorials on YouTube.

Here are my basic flowers:

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And for estimating the size of my flowers:

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I think the flowers are very nice decoration items and I’m sure that I will do more flowers in the future. They are quite easy to assemble and will look great on hats, bags, and other creations.

A crocheted turtle! :-)

Here is one of my newest creations. But first let me tell you the story behind it: In one of my drawers, I found gift coupons for a book shop. So I went to the book shop and luckily, they were still valid (although they were several years old) and the shop assistant told me that they will still be valid in 100 years. πŸ˜‰ I neverthless decided to buy something with my coupons and spent about one hour in the book shop to decide which crafting book to buy. In the end, I bought this lovely crocheting book: http://www.amazon.com/Geh%C3%A4kelte-Kuscheltiere-Ferien-Cendrine-Armani/dp/377247232X/. I really liked the creations of the book and started with a brown and green turtle.

And here it is:

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Isn’t it cute? Unfortunately I had to crochet a lot of pieces (head, feet, …) and afterwards I had to sew them all together, but I don’t like sewing pieces together at all. 😦 Maybe I did not find the right technique so far, but I always find it stressful and not funny at all. However, I’m very happy when I’m finished and the results recompense for the work. πŸ™‚

Preview: I’m currently working on crocheted food. πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to share it with you. You will get hungry. πŸ˜‰ But I definitely also want to try more animal patterns of the book.

Crocheted Owls

As nearly everyone at the moment, I love owls! πŸ˜‰ That why my second crocheting project involved owls. I found a lot of nice owl patterns and decided to crochet the following two patterns, which are also easy. For both patterns, I used Schachenmayr Catania.

I found the first pattern on: http://bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.de/2013/01/easy-crochet-owl-tutorial.html. In addition to single crochets, you need half double crochets and double crochets. Here are my results:

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I already did more than those two, because some of my friends loved them and also wanted to get one. πŸ™‚

I found the second pattern on Raverly: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-owl-ornaments. It is very easy because you only need single crochets to do it. Here is the result from the pattern:

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I did not use felt eyes, but insted crocheted the eyes with the first two rounds of the owl. The owl can be for example attached to a key ring.

My first crocheting projects

When I was looking for a book with knitting patterns in the library, I found a book with patterns for crocheted animals. It was Cuddly Crochet from Stacey Trock. I loved this little crocheted animals called amigurumi and started to crochet the blue bird, which was explained in the pattern book. Here is the result:

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I learned to crochet as a child in primary school, but forogt everything. Therefore I think it worked quite well, althouh I first had to learn to crochet again.

The book included information about Stacey’s website, which is: http://www.freshstitches.com/. I loved the animals presented on her page and picked one of her freely available patterns next: Burnie the Bee! You can find the pattern here: http://www.freshstitches.com/bee/. And that’s how mine looks:

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Those were my first two crocheting projects. Many more entries of old and current projects will hopefully follow soon. I can just encourage you to try it yourself. It’s not that difficult as it looks and the results are very cute. πŸ™‚ You can for example give them away to friends or attach them to a key ring.

Labels

I ordered some labels and they arrived today. πŸ™‚ I can now sew them on my knitted and crocheted hats, scarves, animals, and so on. Can’t wait to get started. And there are quite many!

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Do you like them? I am really satisfied with how they look. πŸ™‚ They look as I expected them to look and seem to have a really good quality. I ordered on http://www.ikastetiket.dk/de/namensbaender and would also do so again. Good service, fast delivery, good quality, and a good price.