Nes's bloggy babble

Welcome everyone to my blog. Anyone who knows me will understand that Im not remotely boffy so its understandable that my blog is a bit of a mess. I have my blog mainly to allow me to copycat my friends who use theirs for displaying their crafty-wares. Im a bit of a sporadic blogger and often forget to save images of my work to post on my blog. I often forget I even have a blog sometimes.

About Me

My name is Nes - short for Agnes. Im Scottish living in South Wales for thirteen and a half years now. I have been forced into getting a blog cos everyone else I know has one and I felt left out. I'm pretty rubbish with computer stuff so often rely on my poor boffy mates to sort me out when I need help. Im not sure how well maintained this blog thingy will be but hey-ho I'll have a go! I am a member of a couple of different forums to do with crafting and also music festivals. I like people who are hunourous and who generally just make me laugh.

Monday 6 April 2009

Altered Tin Swap- Sandy's tin

I altered this small cigar tin for Sandy who is a member of Zuzu's forum. We basically had to alter a tin and swap it so I sanded and grunged the tin a bit, alcohol inked the tin outside and then stamped the house images and collaged bits and pieces of other stamps on to aged look paper to make the images on the front and back. I then done the same inside with a variety of stamps and inks to colour the images. I used a variety of stamps to make up the people, added some lace, stickles and magnets to the back of the people images and it's now winging it's way to Sandy who has been very patient in waiting for her long over due tin

Thursday 8 January 2009

Gingers Birthday Shrine

This is a sardine tin shrine I made for a very dear friends birthday. I painted the outside of the tin with various acrylic paints distressing each layer before painting with another colour. I then used textured paste on the inside and added several layers of different coloured acrylics. I added a little tin with a clear lid inside with a heart and some wording round the tin edge inside and some words underneath the heart. I printed out my image layering it first on to very thin card then added some torn tissue paper with gold script on it at the back of the image and glued it to a small wooden block then glued into place in the tin. I also added a bit of stickles to the halos for some bling.

For the wings I coloured with alcohol inks and attached with a glue gun on the back and added a little heart shape button in the center of the wings. I added an old found metal loop, some ribbon, some beaded ribbon round the bottom and that was it finished on time for once.
My friend was probably shocked - not at the gift but that I actually managed to get it made and to her on time!!

Wednesday 19 November 2008

Frida Shrine

This is a Shrine I created for a friends birthday. I used a sardine tin and even though its the first time I have tried using a sardine tin to work with I loved it and it fits in well with my obsession with reusing where possible or recycling .
Ive also used other bits of recyled papers that had images on them already and were going to go in my recycle bin till I started thinking about the tin with a recycle theme. I also saved an old sun stamp that someone was binning and used that image on the top most part of the shrine. I only took the stamp for the nice wooden handle but thought it was good for the recycle theme.

Sunday 16 September 2007

2 in 1 Matchbox Swap & Kaz's Saturday Stampers Challenge

This is another matchbox
which was done as part of a swap on Zuzu's forum. I havent done much crafting recently and Im a bit rusty so Im not entirely happy with it (sorry box recipient). There was no theme other than alter a match box and somehow mine started to become rather gothic/ meloncholic which was not my intention. Ive ended up just going with the melancholic theme and used John Keats poem 'Ode on Melancholy' as the basis. Ive included a wee booklet thing with the poem printed on to it, though i havent scanned it to post here.

Ode on Melancholy

No,no! go not to Lethe, neither twist
Wolf’s-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine ;
Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss’d
By nightshade, ruby grape of Prosperpine ;
Make not your rosary of yew berries,
Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be
Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl
A partner in your sorrow’s mysteries ;
For shade to shade will come3 too drowsily,
And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.

But when the melancholy fit shall fall
Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,
And hides the green hill in an April shroud ;
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,
Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,
Or on the wealth of globed peonies ;
Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,
Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,
And feed deep,deep upon her peerless eyes.

She dwells with Beauty---Beauty that must die ;
And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips
Bidding adieu ; and aching Pleasure nigh,
Turning to poison while the bee-mouth sips :
Ay, in the very temple of Delight
Veil’d Melancholy has her Sovran shrine,
Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue
Can burst Joy’s grape against his palate fine ;
His soul shall taste the sadness of her might,
And be among her cloudy trophies hung.

The box and poem probably doesn't make much sense together as its just a bit of a collage piece really but its done and ready to be sent. Its a bit weird how things can emerge as something that you haven't planned for and even when its not what you have intended it somehow wont be what you want it to be. If you get me?????

Sunday 22 July 2007

Katies Birthday Matchbox

This is my 3rd altered match box that I have done. I made it for Katies (aka Mzz P.) Birthday, I had to wrap it so her nosy mother couldn't sneak an advance viewing either. I wanted to do something that would suit someone young but not a child and she is a very good crafter herself. I also wanted something a wee bit vivid - hence the colours. I had great fun doing this I must admit. I inked up papers to cover the actual box and collaged and stamped various images for outside and inside. Then i just done the same with the tag..inked, stamped and collaged on both sides. The tag is an accordian style that folds up to fit back in the box (of course). I must say that i think the scans dont do it justice (its not often i would say something like that) but it does look much better in real life.

Saturday 7 July 2007

Gingers Altered Book - Artists Theme

Im really into Frida Kahlo so I thought she was the obvious choice for Gingers book. What a facinating woman she was.
She's Mexican and had quite a coloured chequered life before she died in her 40's. Her art is quite weird and does not fit into one specific art genre though some people class her as a surrelist. Lots of her stuff is self portrait and shows the pain she went through pretty much all her life due to an accident as a teenager. Some of her stuff is quite naive looking and other stuff is pretty weird. These pages do not do justice to her work at all. She is well worth having a look at in my opinion.

Crowns & Wings Swap

These are for another swap on Zuzu's forum. When I heard the theme I wasnt going to do it cos Im not too keen on the idea of crowns and wings as it always makes me think of quite twee girly fairy images which is not really me. I had a play about though and this is what I came up with. Its a bit grungy and dark but thats more my style really so Im quite happy with them...... and isn't that kid in the first atc quite evil looking