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Painted Brass Bowl

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Yes. Yes. You can paint brass. Just like anything else. You just have to be careful with preparation – no surprise there. Continue reading

Multicoloured Bed Afghan

I have been working on this afghan for nearly a year now. My big plans were to get one square done every 2 weeks, finishing it in 18 months max (which would be Fall 2017). I’m Continue reading

Dinosaur Play Mat

My 4-year-old grandson is into dinosaurs, a pretty common love of this age group. He’s got dinosaurs and he’s got books about dinosaurs.  So I decided to make a play mat for him.

Play mats should be simple affairs, although I see an awful lot of people making them more detailed than they need to be. You see, kids have tremendous imaginations that don’t need much stimulation… mainly just the dinosaurs!

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Explosion Box as a Gift

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Explosion boxes are traditionally of 2 types: to hold a small item, such as a small gift or 3-dimensional paper art… like this, or to display an assortment of photos, like this.

Mine is a bit of a combination:  The box acts as a card, with a cube of photos sitting inside. Continue reading

I’m Back! With the New splashofcolour.com!

It’s been 9 months. ‘Nuff said. But I’m back in action with a new focus – more laid back, more varied, less detailed perhaps. Still lots of tutorials and lots of photos but more for personal pleasure than an attempt to get stuff ready for sale.

You’ll discover a brand new website as I include projects over and above painting and refinishing. More sewing. More papercrafts. I may still put things up for sale – I’ll surely let you know – but the core will be tutorials for creations and techniques that I’d like to share.

What have I been up to? Enjoying the company of my extended family dispersed hither and yon. Creating stuff for them. Five grandchildren now! And they all touch my soul.

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Aaaah. The stockings. For grandkids.

I’ve always liked knitting. The  demand for patience and concentration is neverending with those ridiculous abbreviations and that strange, traditional way in which instructions are given.

These tested my limits.  I made patterned stockings for my own kids… but I notched up the detailing here and it was hard. Really hard. But they’re finished and I’m excited with the colourful results.!

I used patterns from Mary Maxim, adapted some online photos of cross-stitch patterns, and added a few ideas of my own. But I must say, I’m thankful they’re essentially a “once-only-my-darlins'” kind of project!