Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Harvesting

In my previous post I mentioned bowls I made in my ceramics class. They baked well and the glaze is perfect so I was indeed super happy to take them home. There is only one thing wrong with them. They are too small :) Or let's rephrase this - I won't be able to have my breakfast from them but I'll have no problem eating ice cream or other deserts.

Here is how they look like:

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I like how they are all curved and uneven. That's because they were hand built and not wheel thrown (don't know how to do that yet).

In my printing class I made my first ever print! I have to photograph it next time so I can show it to you. It came out quite o.k. I think.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Sundays

M. somehow got himself excited about mountaineering - about hiking onto peaks that are around 2.000 meters in height. Which is good of course as one should be physically active and kept in good shape. But. Taking me along? Physical condition sadly applies to me as well so yes, I do go out there with him.

Yesterday was Storzic day. We weren't exactly lucky with the weather part - the mountain itself was being hugged all day with clouds (as you can see on the first photo) but in the woods it was ok (great for me as I took along my camera in order to take some pictures for my blog). Up there, where the fun part was - rocks and steel ropes to help you climb up - I kept my camera safely tucked away. Plus, all I could see was foggy white everywhere (you can see it on the last photo, where there is a cross on the top of the mountain). We came back quite late in the evening so no crafting on Sunday for me.

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I did however, made one stone pendant as a present today. Yay! Here it is:

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Read you soon I hope :)

Friday, 1 October 2010

To Blog More

Blog-More Challenge

On my recent trip to Helsinki I met with Aerika whom I occasionally exchanged some sentences over at Deviant Art. I was super excited to meet her in person as I don't know that many crafting people in my real life (well, let's be honest here.... I know only those with who I share my ceramics class with). And I was that more surprised to see she was kinda exactly like me. And we clicked and chatted and had some wonderful time together (and I so wish I had more time to be there). Aerika, or KittyVane as I used to know her, has her own blog called Rag Pets. She makes soft toys, sews, illustrates, photographs and is pretty great at all of these. No wonder I have had her on my inspiration list for ages ;)

Now back to my blog. The reason I started it was to have some kind of encouragement to be more creative. And at which I kinda failed. There are many reasons for not being present here or in the crafts world more, but as I'm discovering through my ceramics classes, I simply need to be creative. I need to craft. I need to make things. It gives me great pleasure to make something that brings smile to somebody's face (or just mine) and it also gives me this new type of positive energy that I obviously missed so much.

So all these reasons, plus meeting Aerika, gave me the much needed nudge to challenge myself to create more and blog more.

Our first goal is to have a post once a week. No particular day, no particular subject just crafting, creating, photographing and keeping record of it. Should you want to join us let us know. Aerika promissed to make a "Blog-More Badge" to share around. Yay!

And to not leave this post without any photos, here is what I made after supper:

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I love cinnamon. And I had THE best cinnamon bun ever in Helsinki. And my cinnamon craving made me experiment with already made croissant dough. I know it's not the one I should have used but let me tell you, these tasted great. And if I ever do them like this again the only thing I'll do differently is, I'll roll them less tightly and put them in cold oven so they will be able to expand more. I guess one of my future challenges is to make the real ones :)

Happy crafting and blogging!