Sunday, November 21, 2010

Card Box

My little one enjoys toys involving putting things through, like sorting boxes and the like, so I decided to make something for her. I used an empty box of dishwasher tablets and covered it (by so called scrapboxing...). Then I cut a straight line, the length of a credit card, on top, and here it is:

Then I took some old cards (like credit cards, membership cards... I promise you that if you just open up your wallet, you'll find at least 3 cards that expired over 2 years ago) and painted them on both sides using primer.

Here comes the fun part - I waited for them to dry completely, then gave them to the kids, who painted them on both sides. After they dried we applied lacquer and it's ready!

I knew the little one would be thrilled, but I didn't expect my older one (he's already 4 years old) to enjoy it that much. They use the box as a ticket box before boarding an airplane, and they put the cards through in order to fly around the world.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Disposable plates faces

I've been trying for ages to get rid of at least some of the boxes filled with empty toilet paper rolls, eggs cartons, plastic bags etc., and so I decided to do something with the disposable plates we got somewhere. The kids lightly abused them, and they carried small scars... While we were at it, we continued with the "Destroy the Eggs Cartons Operation" and the kids glued (they love gluing so much!) a nose made of a piece of eggs carton, hair made of yarn and eyes. They also painted a mouth, and voila! Now all we have to do is connect a piece of yarn from behind, so that we can hang these faces up on the wall.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

And more about felt...

As I wrote in the last post, I really like working with felt. I think felt is an underestimated material, and you can use it for many many different works. Take this beautiful pillowcase, for example. Or this tutorial for felt crayon roll or these amazing pendant lamps, not to mention the wet felting technique, but we'll talk about it some other time. As I said - fun!

I chose a simple shirt that I bought for my little girl, and began decorating it using felt. I sewed a girl in front and on the back, and here it is:


...and back

And, of course, when my boy saw it, he wanted one too (and of course I was planning to make one for him anyway). But as he's the older one, he also had demands for it. I got a detailed instructions sheet, that had in it a request for a boy ("but not me") in a hot air balloon and clouds. I won't exhaust you with the smallest details (and we're talking about a 4 year-old boy), but here's what I made, to his satisfaction.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Old greeting cards

I was just searching through my computer, when I suddenly found these two old greeting cards that I totally forgot about. The first one was a birthday card for a boy that celebrated his birthday then, and the other was for friends that just had a girl (the girl, by the way, is two and a half now and waiting for a new sister...). I used felt to make both cards (I was going through a 'felt phase' back then) and looking at them now reminded me how much I love this material.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mirror for the kids' play room

I often find myself choose really tiring, long and monotonous tasks. Probably something to do with my genes... Here's a classic example.

I've been trying to find a cute mirror for the kids' play room for a long time, but all I could find was either too sweet and childish or simple and unexceptional. I wanted something happy and colorful, but not too childish, so I decided to do it by myself.

I really love the sixties. Sometimes I wonder if I were born in the wrong decade. I have a feeling that if I were born in the sixties, I'd have more fun (on the other hand, I would be around 60 years old now...). I love almost everything about the sixties - the fashion, the colors, the feeling of freedom, the music. Everything (except for the wars, of course, but we still have wars these days as well...). So I decided to implement this happy decade on the new (and cheap) mirror I bought in Ikea.

I worked with Tulip 3D paint with black marker in between to define the colors. It took me about a week, night after night in front of the TV, but finally, I'm done! I still need to apply lacquer, but I just had to show you the pictures.

A close look...

And closer...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Welcome to The Crafeteria

I'm in my thirties, and it seemed like a good time to start enjoying life.

In the last decade or so I tried to find myself here, there and everywhere, and finally decided to actually find myself, and what do you know, apparently out of all the things I could do, I love crafting the best. So I decided to try and do something with this love for crafts, and that's how The Crafeteria was born.

As I'm not the most focused person you could find, I'm constantly trying different kinds of crafts, and you're going to enjoy it. In this website I'm going to try out various crafts - knitting, crochet, sewing, ceramic & pottery, felting, building with cardboard, crafting with kids and more.

So I'm going to have here pictures, tutorials, inspirations, links, stories and at some points products for sale.

I'd love to hear your ideas and comments, so please  feel free to contact me at: