Monday, 6 June 2011

Handmade Monday - New Designs

Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of weeks, I do have a few excuses though so I'll get them out of the way first.
I had a fibro flare which lasted a few days, not too bad but I was sofa ridden for a few days.
Then my computer decided that the place was too dusty and the fan packed up. My partner is a great with computers but he's not around for a couple of weeks. Typical isn't it, never around when they could actually be useful.
Anyway my son remembered his playstation fan packing up and how dusting it all out got it working again.
We got the side off the CPU and located the fan, which was in a sealed box with lots of slots in it. Armed with hairdryer and vacuum cleaner we completely dusted the inside.
Believe it or not it worked YAY!!!
I then had a really bad migraine that lasted nearly a week. I have tablets which are great and dampen the pain. I have to be careful though as loud noises, chocolate and bright lights, like my computer monitor can cause it to come back overriding the meds.
Any way as I've not been able to use the computer for a while I've been trying to come up with some new designs that I can use in different ways.

Papel Picado

I have made a design for my papel picado web page that I hope to write now I'm feeling better.
Papel picado is mexican for paper cutting.
I'm going to attempt to do this the traditional mexican way. I will use several layers of tissue paper stacked on top of each other. Then I will use a chisel to cut out the design.
The black areas will be cut away, the white areas will be the tissue paper.
Once finished I will attach them to some string to make some pretty but delicate bunting.
I will let you know how it goes.


I'm about to try my hand at some marquetry. I have managed to get some wood veneers quite cheaply from ebay. I haven't done anything like this for years but I do remember I found it quite relaxing and addictive. Here are 2 of the designs I have come up with so far.

Let me know what you think of my new designs, suggestions and ideas are always welcome. I'm off to Wendy's blog 1st Unique Gifts to look at all the other crafty Handmade Monday ideas. I hope you'll join me and if you are crafty you can join in too.


  1. Lovin' the lizardy guy at the end there. That is gonna look really effective. Can't wait to see the finished items. Bet they will look amazing!

  2. Wow. You've had a dreadful week with health and computers (I get a lot of migraines and can sympathise with your lengthy one). It's good you've found a med to dampen the pain.

    The Mexican paper cutting looks great and sounds intriguing, I can't wait to see your finished results. I also love your gecko/lizard designs.

    Thank you for taking part in Handmade Mon day x

  3. Poor you sounds like you've been through the mill - hope you're feeling better. I know what you mean about dust and fluff we've had that problem before and you just feel so elated when you can solve something with a duster and not shell out hundreds of pounds. I'm very intrigued by your latest offerings and can't wait to see them. You should do a step by step picture record for simpletons like me who've never tried any of these things.

  4. Hope you're feeling better now!
    I think those designs are lovely, and i can't wait to see the results :)

  5. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. I will be posting a step by step for both crafts once I've completed them.
    I was working on the lizard marquetry last night and although it's not perfect I think it's going well for my first attempt for ages.
    I have done some more of the paper cut, but it's noisy so I only do a bit at a time will post some more pics soon.

  6. Your lizards designs are great. Looking forward to seeing the finished items, I'm glad your attempts are going well, it can be difficult when you try something either new or something you haven't done for a long time but it will be worth it in the end.

    Jan x

  7. The mexican paper cutting sounds very delicate, I can't wait to read the blog about it. I hope you have a better week this week.

  8. Nice to see different crafts,look forward to seeing the finished projects.