Maanantai, tammikuu 5. 2009
Avasimme Petterin kanssa taiteeseen ja yhteistyöhön liittyvän nettisivuston osoitteeseen www.hiidet.com. Ajan kuluessa tulemme päivittämään tänne yhteisiä töitämme. Toistaiseksi siltäosin sivu on vielä keskeneräinen.
Sivuilla on myös blogi, johon päivitämme molemmat kuluvan vuoden ajan omaa henkilökohtaista taiteeseen liittyvää projektiamme. Petterillä se on tekstuuri, minulla erilaiset helmet. Sivuston kieli on englanti, mutta valtaosa blogauksista sisältää lähinnä kuvia.
Askarteluohjeita sivulta on turha etsiä, mutta massoista kiinnostuneet saattavat hyötyä jo pelkistä kuvista. Rss-syötteen lisäksi Hiidet voi myös tilata blogilistalta tai seurailla päivytksiä facebookin kautta.
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We opened co- operative art pages with Petteri Leppikallio at www.hiidet.com. With time this will be the place where we showcase our co-operative artworks. Thispart of the pages is still under construction.
We also have a blog where weboth update pictures of our yearly challenge. Petteris challenge is about textures, mine about beads.
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Perjantai, helmikuu 16. 2007
Ihan muista syistä osui vastaan nimitys koristemaalaustekniikalle: One Stroke painting. Googlettelin odotellessa parin ohjelman asentumista ja löysin hyvän sivun aiheen tiimoilta. Kannattaa katsoa vaikka ei mitään koskaan maalaisikaan.
Tiistai, elokuu 30. 2005
I was helping a friend with blogger and needed to create a blog to be able to show it. One thing lead to another and I now have a new blog in English. I call it Rather nice crafts.
Perjantai, tammikuu 14. 2005
Did some playing with clay and stamps and paints again. Made this necklace. The stamp was large backround stamp of famous artist signatures.
Torstai, marraskuu 4. 2004
It has been ages since I have done much with my hands, due to busy chedule and all. Anyway, this is something I stringed while watching some television today. Some polyclay and glass beads in waxed cotton thread. Simple, but I love it.
Maanantai, elokuu 16. 2004
As I have been hinting, I have been cleaning and reorganizing my "studio" which is a relatively small bedroom in our house. Usually, even after cleaning, its a mess. Well, after visiting Jeanne I desided that it is about the time to go trough this mess with critical eye and organize it all. I mean all of it. It took me about week. I am finally finnished, every single closet and drawer is now gone trough and organized. Not all of them are in majestically uptight position, but still all the clay is in one place, all the cutters are in one box. Etc.
When you come to my room you first see the closet and computer. Then there is a cabin filled with stuff, on top of that are some metallic findings and items, some pens, paper stuff etc. Then the working table is in front of the window giving me the view to outside.
Next to window I have one book case that has boxes filled with tools and accesories like metallic powders and cutter blades etc. The kind of stuff that one needs to remove from the table having 2 and 5 year old kids running around. Next to my pastamachine you can see about 30 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm plastic box filled with misc. small items on the self - the kind that everyone has on their drawer bottom. I will go trough it when I have time, but I had about 10 times more of that stuff before starting, so I am actually impressed myself being able to reduce the amount of coins, bolts and lint to this small bin.
Next to them I have two old office bookcases that are deeper than the ordinary bookshelfs sold here. I have bought some expencive/cheap stackable plastic bins to be able to store my stuff, so the shelfs are filled with them. And yes, as I told you, I bought a lot of stamps while visiting USA When I finally have organized all this stuff I have bought during the 10+ years of crafting, it seems that some items I have PLENTY of. Like cookie cutters - although I usually use only 3-4 of them, the amount of cookie cutters is impressive. Oh well, kids love them. To them that is one of the best assets in my studio
I also have plenty of molds made with Alley Goop and other molding materials. The ones I use mostly are mainly from nature. The clays are organized to 4 boxes by brand. I still have some Premo in misc. colours although I have been using very much smaller palette lately. I even organized my pens!
And yes, I know, you would not believe I did my closets too if I did not show you the picture. This is what is hidden behind the door. Not bad for impossible pack rat like me.
I am SO proud of me!
Torstai, elokuu 12. 2004
Oookay, found a link to toilet seat cover art. Got thinking... What about stamping to your toilet seat? Or decoupage ?
I am all questions starting from "What inks to use" and "how to make it lasting and still washable". Any ideas or tips welcommed.
Yeah, its odd.
Tiistai, elokuu 10. 2004
While I was visiting Jeanne on Raleigh on July, I got some influences.
Two of the most important ones are: I am redoing my whole studio to get this all organized. After spending 10 days in Jeannes perfect studio I desided that I will not do crafts until I have this room cleaned, organized and sorted out. I have already thrown away 3 large bags of trash - and I am still saving everything that is worth anything. I still am a packrat. But I want to become organized packrat! I also have one huge bag full of items to be sold in auctions. And hopefully someday I will be able to get back into actual making stuff. Anyway, I am so proud of myself, I have been working SO hard to get this all done, it was a mess and now it is starting to look half decent! Cant wait to show the pictures when it is all done and finnished.
Second big influence is that I have gotten seriously into stamps. I mean seriously. There are not much good stamps available in Finland, the stamps mostly are the cute kind that have some sweet little animals hugging hearts. Not stuff that I am very likely to buy or use just because "cute is not my thing". Besides I considered stamping to be one of those non-creative crafts where you ink the stamp and push it to paper. Thats it. Not very entertaining or creative, really. Oh well. It seems that there is way more there about stamps and about stamping than I knew. The biggest difference is that with good stamps you can vary the designs you make from your items. And then the stamping techniques... I am surprised to realise how much difference there can be with stamps.
The picture on left was my first polyclay postcard. I did it while visiting Jeanne. It has plenty of first timers for me: first polyclay postcard, first time I used "bacround stamp" for clay, first ink stamping on clay, first time using pearl ex tinted tls, first time using powdered pearls (that are supposed not to need a seal), first time doing the stringing for tassel...
Maanantai, heinäkuu 19. 2004
Last day here. Did some claying to day, but we did some errands including changed a packet of transfer paper for clay etc. too. On the same trip we went to Sam's wholesale/warehouse store that had everything in huge quantities. People coming in had to show their picture id to be allowed in and even going out you needed to show your recipe for them to check if the items you have in the cart match with the items you have payed. Spiderman is hot, so it is everywhere, even in cakes. The employee of the month had a parking lot next to entry. Obviously she was not either working or did not have a car. We almost got into xrays while getting out of Sam's but instead here is the picture of the house that could have been the accident site.
Had little more time and stopped to thiefs market antique mall / fleemarket. Some odd stuff there... I dont know where theese people get all this stuff (and why) but it really is something else!
And some funny signs and advertisement. Ewwww grill and cows climbing.
Sunnuntai, heinäkuu 18. 2004
After lunch we went to downtown and headed towards artspace. Art Space is a house full of artists studios with window to every studio and lots of artists to meet. Unfortunately on the way there the camera battery died just after I found a sanitary shower (lol). After that we went to have a quick cup of coffee at the house and headed to more things to see with Jeanne. Nice colours on the street on nearby aquarium shop, some fish in drinking class that are suppoused to enjoy their life in it. The shop was otherwise real great, but I am not so sure about this drinking glass fish thing.
Then to fabric shop. Tons of fabrics, tassels and stuff. Did not buy anything (will I get a golden star now) but the fabrics were really high quality and nice.
Then to the nearby small town (name escapes me now) to see jet another beadshop. Nothing worth mentioning, quite little stock, expencive prises, did not buy anything. Next to it was wondrful little home decorating shop. Would have bought tons if I did not have to carry it in a luggage.
Then to the Greshmam lake antique mall where Jeanne has a small booth. This lady demanded me to take picture from her and when I showed it to her she asked to get the print as it was so good picture. Well, I did not take the name so here is your picture, lady from antique mall. Toilet was also decorated...
Then to the mall to get to Barnes and Nobles again. We went to take pictures of some stuff we missed the last time when my battery died. Like some metal-stone floor installation and this fountain. And the childrens cars they have to lend... My battery went dead again so no picture of that cinnamon roll that was delicious.
Managed to get few signs today too
Sunnuntai, heinäkuu 18. 2004
Another quick run with me trough the day. We went to fleamarket early in the morning. I met diaper cake and wedding gift cake, another lesson on habbits we dont have at home. They even sold some industrial size gass bbq grills there... Lots of stuff, lots of people, lots of heat. If I had not to have carry all that stuff with me in a luggage I would have bought half of this place. Now I just bought some little beads.
After fleamarket we went to have lunch to this amazing libanon caffeteria, Neomonde deli. My allergies usually prevent me from trying anything odd, so I am always bit suspicious of any new food place, but that food was clearly visible and there were great labels to tell what the food really is. I had tomato-olive pie and some tabouli. That was truly great lunch and I definately am going to try that kind of food again.
Lauantai, heinäkuu 17. 2004
I am too tired to explain a lot, so lets let the pictures talk this time.
Got into pharmasy to pick up some meds, then to get hamburgers at Wendys (blaa, the hamburger was ok but other stuff was not that amazing). Colours here are impossible
Some things I saw on the road
We went to this christian shop/warehouse/mall. J bought some candy to Mos
After a quick (giggling) run with Michaels we headed to the place I have anticipated the most: ab fixtures. The warehouse of mannequins, torsos and stuff like that. Too bad that the light was not good, but the place was heavenly
After picking up Vince and getting him to car rental place, we went to hunt some more core-american experiences aka I got to see walmart. It was huge, cheap and had some real art on the bathroom section. And no, you will not get to see me in that bola-jacket as it was about size too small. That is a picture I reserve only to the loved ones at home!
On the way here a dollartree shop, all for dollar. Jeanne found some really cheap stickers for kids. I found hair bands.
And now to bed. We have been claying mad science claying past two days, the report will probably follow, but right now I am too tired to get into seriousness.
Pusu ja hali lapsille ja Mossille. Rakastan teita. On ikava, vaikka kivaa onkin.
Perjantai, heinäkuu 16. 2004
Then to the foodmarket. Very nice, indeed. I did not know that eggplant can be violet too. (Remember, my motto is 'if it is violet, it is mine') wow. The smell and look of fresh food is just adorable. This place was just wonderful.
Coming from other side of the town made it possible to have the 'real' big city view of Raleigh. I must say that from this angle the city seemed different. Driving into downtown from other side you get trough areas of two level houses with nice looking small gardens and relatively no high buildings. Even most of the businesses are in theese small houses.
After some surival driving in rush hour we got to office max to get me some cd:s to burn my pictures to. I just loved that place. Bought some tags (I am afraid I will be doing some scarpbooking/altered books stuff when I get home) that were cheap and beautiful. Saw something that I needed to take pictures for Stello: this was some kind of Hello Kitty Cd with games and wallpapers for windows and stuff like that....
On the way back we had this icky beast on our car window. Ewwww.
Perjantai, heinäkuu 16. 2004
After watching Carol Duval I spent time at patio drinking soda and reading magazines while Jeanne processed some veggies from garden. She fixed us a really nice lunch that we ate before getting anywhere. This time I had a camera with me when we saw a washaroo washing street for Kangaroo gas station. We were heading to food market and jet another beadshop.
On the way we also saw some really funny signs...
We got a bit lost while trying to find the foodmarket exit we found this Magnolia mall with a shop that had rentable booths in it. Some of the stuff was cheap imports, some handmade, some antique. There was hardly anyone there was plenty of stuff that was about to burst me into hysterical gigglin mood. Some good ideas, but unfortunately the light was impossibly bad and all the pictures are bit shaken. Just wanted to show theese few anyway...
Then we found the place. And it was Bearoness beads. Lol. This one of those companies whose website I found years ago when I realised there 'might' be something crafty in the internet. The pictures do no justice for this place: it is a darkish warehouse with no airconditioning but just fans blowing the hot air all around. They had 70% sale for their craft related items. Too bad for us as it ment that we needed to REALLY go trough it all. At least time. Found some really really good stuff there. But did I already say it was bit warm place to shop for me? Nah, I did not think so. Well, it was a sauna indeed
Torstai, heinäkuu 15. 2004
We had planned going to Ashville to see a Craftshow and Irene, but as Jeannes car broke and went to repairement and we were left with the van, we decided to spend the wednesday here just claying. Little did we know about the plans of destiny. The electricity went off just after Carol Duval show (good timing, though) and in half an hour it started to feel too hot here se we decided to do some more shopping as every place has airconditioning. As if need any excuses to do stuff like shopping, but still
So we went to Harbor Freight to see all the lucious tools and boxes. There were so many nice things there, but tere was a metal car for kids that was too neat. Too bad that I can not buy all the stuff I want. I need one of those teleporters! After that we did a 'quick run' on Michaels. I ended buying half the shop - and I am starting to convert to stamps too. After that we headed to a stamp/scrapping shop that is bit farther away. I just love driving with Jeanne here. There is a lot to see on the highways here!
After all that serious buying we decided to take Mexican lunch. Aye aye aye, nachos and non- alcohol beer and a small beef fajitas was just what I needed. (Actually that is a standard cure to many situations)
(continuing on the next entry)
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