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Painting in oils and Egyptolgy

Started by owen. Last reply by Paddybear Mar 18, 2014. 2 Replies

I like oil painting because of its texture I have tried water colour but I am not clear enough to use the it the main trouble with oils is the smell and drying .I like painting people in groups in…Continue

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Comment by The Crafter on October 31, 2013 at 13:37

From a small child I always had the glue out, well the flower and water in those days. I remember I was always given a huge tin of paints every Christmas and loved all the many colours. If I ever lost the paint brush my mum would make me one from her very long black hair. What a joy it was when felt tip pens were available my first set of five came from the milkman, I think mum had to buy an extra pint of milk and the pens were free. I think I've pretty much had a go at most crafts from desighning and building doll houses, making salt dough figures, knitting, crochet, needle felting, card making, the list is endless, but to be honest I'm a bit of a Jack of all trades and master of none, but if I see something in a shop perhaps a Christmas decoration I'll give it a good look over and go home and try to make it myself, like the Christmas light balls (in photos) I think they cost just over £12.00 to make similar versions I've seen are double that. I also enjoy decorating the house it's been known for me to strip a room and have the new wallpaper up in a morning, and hubby didn't even notice.These days doing craft is a little harder as I have arthritis in my hands but I love doing my crafts and will keep on doing them for as long as possible especially as I can donate craft items and help charities too.

Comment by carol810 on November 2, 2013 at 11:27

The light balls look great , you are very clever making them yourself.

Comment by carol810 on November 3, 2013 at 12:56

I love reading and am a complete bibliophile and love any genre, I also love doing jigsaws and my favourite is the Wasgij's which do not have a picture to follow.

I also have 7 grandchildren some of who I look after during school hols or after school some days. They love to make things and I am often covered in glue and sparkles making card and decorations with them We also enjoy baking and recently making figures and painting them. Knitting is a favoiurite with the older ones too. They do keep me young. I have been known to paddle in puddles as well ha ha

Comment by SylviaML on November 4, 2013 at 0:24

I love knitting and have recently made myself a knitted hat and also knitted a pair of shoe style booties for my friend's grandson.  I also have a go at etching on glass, card making, macrame, drawing and painting.  I used to make cuddly toys in quantity and sell them by party plan but I found that too time consuming for the amount of money that I made.  Now I mainly make things for my own pleasure and to give as gifts.

Comment by The Crafter on November 4, 2013 at 10:18

I'm not the best knitter, but I just had to make these toys for a new member of the faimily.

Comment by carol810 on November 4, 2013 at 11:55

They are very good, 

Comment by Paddybear on November 4, 2013 at 13:02

For years I pottered about making, among many other things, jewellery. When I was semi-retired I had more time and made more and different jewellery and used it for presents; everything from necklaces to earring to cufflinks and key rings. Once I was fully retired my friends kept saying, "Why don't you sell your jewellery? It's unusual and unique!". I thought about it while I was making more and building up some stock. I showed it around to a few people and they liked it and even bought some pieces off me there and then. That did it. I worked out a plan, bought some more raw materials and "findings" and set to work. I included in my stock some hand made items from China and also some from Nepal made by Tibetan refugees some of which I adapt, some I sell as is; the profits from these pieces going to The Tibet Foundation. I designed and built a set of display items and just this last Saturday I set up my stand at the craft fair at the parish hall. It was great fun; I met loads of people and had some great "Crack" as we say here. The other stall holders were very welcoming and......imagine my surprise when, at the end of the day, I counted up my money and found that I had taken almost one hundred pounds!!! Some of this will go to buying new stock, some will go to The Tibet Foundation and some will pay for this years Xmas pressies (after the energy bills are settled).

Is it me or is this a case of "WIN - WIN?

Comment by teanan on November 4, 2013 at 14:09

Hi everyone!I have always been a crafter,loved making things from when I was very young.I used to spend hours making Christmas decorations,sewing,drawing,origami and many others.

At school,I started writing poetry in history class to relieve the boredom(I love history now,it was the teacher who made it boring!)At first,these were mostly comical verses to amuse my classmates but as I got older,they became more serious.

I love crosswords too,especially the cryptic ones,also other puzzles and jigsaws.

Over the years,as my family grew up,I cross stitched,crocheted and did lots of crafts with them and still do so now with my 3 grandchildren.Being partially disabled,I now look at crafts as a productive use of my time.My eyes aren't good enough for fine embroidery but I still crochet lots and do jigsaw puzzles,papercrafts like card-making and also make wall art with fabric,paints,felt,buttons...well,anything really!This makes me feel useful still,as I can make gifts for family and friends or give my home a fresh look even if I can't decorate!

I think hobbies and pastimes are so important,whether indoor or outdoor ones.It helps you to relax and enjoy something you love doing.

Comment by mazgoli on November 5, 2013 at 12:41

I've recently discovered cross-stitching and I can't get enough.  I've done tapestries for years but they are easy (a bit like sewing by numbers, having the colours on the fabric already), and I thought that I'd never get the hang of cross-stitching.  But it's really fun, and not that hard at all! 

I also like card making but that's taken a bit of a back seat just recently.

Comment by The Crafter on November 7, 2013 at 10:44

Hi mazgoli, I too have had a go at cross stitch and tapestry, Years ago I bought a computer software program by Jane Greenoff where you could scan photos and print out a pattern to either cross stich or do a tapestry, so I thought I'd scan a photo of my hubby, unfortunately I got the size wrong and I ended up making a tapestry 23inches by 18 inches and about 100 stitches to an inch, it took forever. I wanted to get it finished for his birthday so worked on it everyday, the day before his birthday I run out of cream tapestry wool, so I asked my hubby if he'd take me to my usual wool shop to get some more, I only needed two skeins to finish. The shop was run by an elderly lady who was very deaf and when i went into the shop she was nowhere to be seen, I picked up my two skeins and waited for the elderly lady to appear but I waited and waited, hubby was getting impatient and worried as he was on a yellow line, I couldn't call the lady as she couldn't even hear you when you were face to face. I didn't know what to do, hubby was still beeping the horn, which was making me anxious I only had a £10.00 note on me and I wasn't going to leave that on her counter, SO OH NO GUESS WHAT I DID? I took the skeins without paying, I've never ever felt so terrible in all my life, my hubby could not beleive it, and teased me unmercifully saying he'd never of married me if he knew I was a thief, and boy I felt like I'd done an armed robbery or mugging I felt that bad, but I promised I'd got back to the shop the next day and pay for my skeins, I finished the tapestry with a very heavy heart. Next day I returned to the shop only to find a note on the window saying shop closed due to bereavement the poor old lady was found dead in the back of the shop, this only gave me more guilt as if I'd have looked for her I might have been able to help her. I put the money I owed through the letter box, but now every time I look at the tapestry I think of that day, and I've never made a tapestry since. For years my hubby would tease me saying, "Have you shoplifted anything today"

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