Pins & Needles

Looking for a needle in a hay stack can be tedious. I’m never ├╝ber impressed with store bought pin cushions and I always end up sticking my sharps into the couch, table cloth and my pants…which I forget about shortly after.

Fear no more! Cupcake inspired pin cushions are here to save the day!! The material is dense, so it really ‘grabs’ and holds the needle. The crochet gaps allow for larger wool and carpet needles to sit tightly too!

Oh and because cupcakes.

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A home DIY

My house tends to become a smartie box of colour, canvas and craft. I decided that it was time to spruce up the area next to our open plan kitchen. I was going to do a full mint chevron, but decided to go for grey as it is more versatile. I added a mint accent at the bottom which gives it a great twist!

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Starry, starry night

Fancy a ride in a hot air balloon?

I was able to feed my current grey and yellow obsession over the past weekend. My client is going for a neutral look – shades of grey and white with splashes of yellow! We were both very excited about doing balloons, but didn’t want it to turn out too baby-ish.

I started by masking out the balloons and drawing the stars. The stars were too small to mask and just painting around them freehand was the best option. I only had 1 day to complete this wall.

After laying down 2 coats of grey paint, I airbrushed a shadow for each balloon. The darker shade behind the balloons gives the illusion that they are floating just off the wall. I’m really happy with how they turned out! What a stunning theme.

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Branching out

I recently made a trip to the town of Ceres to paint trees in a beauty salon. Nestled between the slopes of the cape mountains, temperatures soar to crazy heights in summer and drop to nothing in winter. I was one sweaty painter!

My trees were a success and I finished in time to paint the words of a poem on a bedroom wall, written to a lady by her husband for their wedding day. How special!?? Needless to say I enjoyed my time amongst the orchards of Ceres immensely!

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I made a pouf! Heehee :)

What a funny title for a post. It’s been a while…

I always envy crochet poufs when I see them in magazines and shops and I picture myself lounging lazily on one of my own, so I made one! Now I want them in every colour and every size!

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By the sea

Whenever a project pops up where it’s something that is in view of the public I get very excited. It is, after all, a chance to ‘exhibit’ something permanently. Most of the work I receive is from people seeing things I’ve done by chance and by word of mouth. It’s also such a joy leaving someone with something they can proudly show off to the world.

Yesterday I started on a mural in Parklands. My client’s home has a beautiful, fresh, nautical theme and she wants to extend it to the exterior. What better than dolphins, waves and a glorious sea-faring vessel to bring the ocean to your doorstep!? The wall has a reasonably rough texture. I started by mapping out the design in grey.

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I decided on a sponge as my weapon of choice and laid down a sandy colour washed with grey and white. Starfish, the markings of a nautilus and water stains gently balance the strong waves which the dolphins ride upon. My next step will be to lightly wash the darker areas with another layer of white in order to make it look more misty.

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And finally, the dolphins and details. 1 x happy client = 1 x happy Judyskoo!

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