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04-07-2007, 05:21 AM
I was just looking around my house while waiting for a layer of under paint to dry and noticed sea shell covered mirror frames,funiture and other things I have created and wondered:rolleyes: hmmmm...I bet that other artists create things for their homes besides paintings.:lol:
How about you?:thumbsup: What,besides your paintings that is,have you created?:music:

04-07-2007, 08:51 AM
B.P. (before painting) I use to do all kinds of crafts, such as macrame, etc. The only thing creative around the house now are paintings, people, and the pets, which create lots of messes. :lol:

04-07-2007, 08:58 AM
I paint, I make all my cards, Christmas birthday, and etc. I also work in polymer clay. I make Marde Gras masks, beads, and many other things. I also garden. This is a good idea. Jan

04-07-2007, 10:33 AM
Hi Tony...when I look around my house...most everything I see is something that I have had a hand in. I was in ceramics for 30 years..still have my kiln. I sold many pieces .... my specialty was animals and I have quite a zoo in my house..not to mention pottery and even wall shelves. Then I did paper tole...painted and decorated garage sale finds....hooked rugs NOW..I am doing what I have always yearned to do...paint.... and being retired, finally have the time and since there is only my two beloved cats and myself..I do it when I want..and as long as I want to..sometimes painting right through dinner time and not even noticing. Maybe I'm making my time go TOO quickly..fun though. Sounds like you have fun too!

04-07-2007, 11:12 AM
I collect antique-looking miniature white mirrors that I have hung around the border above my cabinets in the kitchen. Some I have spray painted. I've painted a line of spruce trees in my art room. I've done some homemade stenciling. I can see how my interest in art has affected my decorating. I have an eccentric country feel to my home, I think.

04-07-2007, 11:30 AM
I used to crochet but didn't create very much-maybe a couple of afghans. Painted ceramics for a while but none of it gave me as much joy as slapping paint on canvas. I'm still studying and learning and this web site has been just what I needed.

04-07-2007, 12:18 PM
I agree Gail...this website is my second home..full of friends!

04-07-2007, 01:26 PM
According to my family and friends I create chaos:eek:

04-07-2007, 01:32 PM
I did ceramics many years ago. I have also done macrame. I made a white macrame baby cradle that hung from my patio roof so my husband and I could sit outside and the baby could be in the cradle. Then I went into quilting. I did that for a lot of years, won some awards, etc. A few years back I got into making stained glass. I really enjoyed that. I've decorated some gourds, but now I paint. I always painted and drew the whole time in between these other things, but now my focus is entirely on painting.


04-07-2007, 02:29 PM
Sewing and quilting, crochet and knitting, embroidery, ceramic dragons plus decorative painting all over the place!! I can't stand to just sit and watch tv in the evening which hubby likes to do so I do something with my hands while watching the tube. I have also reupholstered furniture, I am good at taking 'junk' and making it new again. And if I didn't spend so much time at WC checking out all the great things everyone else accomplishes, I might still have a tidy house with all the chores done, but alas, I must keep the lights dim everywhere but in my craft room!!

04-07-2007, 03:06 PM
Sewing - drapes, pillows....HOWEVER, the last thing I "created" sewing wise was a fleece jacket for Zoe with a detachable "fur" color. I fell in love with this bright fleece and hot pink "fur". I was so pleased with myself for using one of her current jackets as a pattern. When I tried it on her it wouldn't fit. When I finally rigged it to fit she looked like a ridiculous clown and her pathetic look said "please don't make me wear this in public". Gonna stick to painting.

p.s. when I make a ridiculous "clownlike" painting, I'm counting on my WC friends to tell me not to take it beyond WC!

04-07-2007, 11:53 PM
What a creative crowd you are:thumbsup: :clap: :clap: :clap: Ok then...let's step it up a notch folks.It's show time.Let's see you work.Here is my kitchen.I made the shelves and wall unit as well as the wooden carpenter hanging on the wall...even the sailor fridge magnet.:D

04-08-2007, 01:44 AM
What a creative crowd you are:thumbsup: :clap: :clap: :clap: Ok then...let's step it up a notch folks.It's show time.Let's see you work.Here is my kitchen.I made the shelves and wall unit as well as the wooden carpenter hanging on the wall...even the sailor fridge magnet.:D
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2007/84252-VFSH0379.JPGNice job, Tony. And seein' as how we're showing off:


04-08-2007, 01:54 AM
A Bar!!!:) That's cool howyadoin'! I'll bet your buddies like standin' there!

04-08-2007, 03:14 AM
Nice thread. This is fun. I love the pics so far. I love how we all created things before we painted. It says to me we would make great friends if we ever met as we would have kindred spirits.

I am like many of you. I did many crafts before I took on painting big time. I have done embroidery, quilting, card making, craft painting, poetry and photography. But my most favourite creative achievment I made when I was 17. I still lived with my parents and while they took a trip to the UK, I spent the 3 months they were away hiding inside my dad's workshop, using his tools to build furniture to make the room below. Every piece of furniture I made in mahogany wood, much of it turned using a minature lathe that I had brought just before my parents left. The chair is my best piece as it is made using three sheets of mahogany vaneer, glued to shape and padded in silk. The drawers and doors of the cabinets open and there is electric lighting. Even the fire place glows red when the lights are on. The old fashioned fire sheild in the 2nd image is 1" square and is embroidered in cross stitch. It took me 8 hours to do it and i was almost blind when I finished it.:eek:

It is all 1 inch/1ft scale. I have put a standed house key in front for size reference.



04-08-2007, 04:52 AM
Momma Mia Elaine:eek: That is nothing short of AMAZING!!!!!! You sure have a lot of patience.

04-08-2007, 05:24 AM
Believe me Tony, it is even MORE amazing to see it in reality!
Ain't nothin' that girl cain't do!
Oh, I tell a lie, she can't juggle:p lol

I have sewn, knitted, cross-stitched, patchworked, made cards and wood-worked! Have been trying (without much success) to find a photo of a posh easel and frame I made for our son and daughter-in-law for their very large wedding photo.
The frame has double doors on it and sits on the 'shelf' of the easel. They had admired one in a shop, and foolish me said 'I can make that for you'. Believe it or not, the owner of the shop let me take measurements of it! But it took quite a while!
They have it just inside the entrance to their home, and I have to say that every time I see it I feel proud of my handiwork:)

04-08-2007, 08:46 AM
No juggling:crying: There goes my image!! Hehehehehe:lol: Lulu you don't look old enough to have a married son:eek:

04-08-2007, 09:47 AM
I agree. We have a lot in common. I love this thread and reading what you all do besides painting.
I have done every needle craft there is but right now I teach tatting at my house. Here's a link to some pictures.
http://www.colin.edu/shstewart/shaded_small.jpg (http://www.geocities.com/mstatters/sheila.htm)
I'm also into yard art. I make totems and decorate bowling balls.
http://www.colin.edu/shstewart/DSC01390_small.JPG (http://www.colin.edu/shstewart/today.htm)
I made shelves inside my pantry and a door sized spice rack but you don't want to see it.

04-08-2007, 08:38 PM
I have sewn - knitted - crochet- made halloween pumpkins with plaster of paris that are still around I am told 23 years later.

I have made wooden toys for my Grandkids. Untold craft items including bathroom sets that I sent to all my friends. Haven't made those in a couple of years tho'. Poker work. Jewelery making. Quilling. Punch Lace. Long Stitch. Tried cross stitch too fiddly for me..

I just love doing things with my hands.

What haven't I done ..... ceramics I would love to do ceramics and pottery just don't have the time right now. Made my own beads.

I guess Art and Craft go hand in hand..:)

04-09-2007, 01:31 AM
Japanese homes are notoriously small so every available space gets used.I made this unit to hide my inflatable boat,the laundry hamper,canned goods,etc and attached a shelf to fit under the window.The wood came from Canada and only cost about $15 to build but the room looks better than having a boat in the living room:lol:

04-09-2007, 11:15 AM
In another life.

5.4 feet by 6 feet in two sections. Installed 9 feet off the ground over hand made double teak doors with stained glass inserts to match this.


04-09-2007, 02:31 PM
Why am I not surprised? Creative people don't seem to stick to only one thing.

I often wished there was a woodworking forum here, because there are some very creative and artistic things you can do.

Here are some boxes I made, suitable for jewelry, pocket change etc.

Bird's Eye Maple. Top is like a panel door with a Cherry insert. The corners are reinforced with decorative Cherry "keys". The lid fits precisely.

Maple with Walnut.

Cherry with Walnut handle.

Close up of the lid.

I've built some tables, cabinets. bookshelves, and clocks. It's my second favorite hobby (if painting can still be considered a hobby that is!)

Oh...and I CAN juggle! :D

04-09-2007, 03:04 PM
I don't have anything to show at this point but I had to jump in. My second love after drawing and painting is photography. I also do a lot of beading, ya know braclets and necklaces and such. I also knit, sew, work with clay, ummm... I'm sure there's other things but I can't think of them now.

By the way, awesome shelves in your kitchen!!! If we had a house, garage, and the tools, I'd love to try something like that.

04-09-2007, 05:57 PM
Momma Mia Elaine:eek: it's funny i should read this just when i'm listening to "Mama Mia" by Abba. :D

but i agree! elaine, the miniatures are totally amazing!! and all the others, beautiful stuff. many, many talented people here!!!

in the past i've done lots of different things such as sewing, needlepoint, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, dabbled in ceramics and played piano. but now i'm trying to teach myself how to play the guitar, mandolin and fiddle (yes, fiddle, not violin!:D ) and picked up painting, gardening and birding! full plate especially when you add working full-time!!!!!!!!:mad: :wink2: :D

04-09-2007, 09:10 PM
Maverick I must show my DH your woodwork when he gets home from work. He also makes beautiful things with wood. He is going to love your work!

04-10-2007, 11:37 PM
Thanks for the great pics Howard and Maverick:) Fantastic woodworking skills guys.
Thanks Christy.The center dark portions were the original metal sheves but they were too small so I added wood to them and it grew from there.
That is a lot of instuments to learn Mona.Wish I could play something too.

04-11-2007, 03:38 AM
Just a few more of my little projects:wave:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Apr-2007/84252-VFSH0386.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Apr-2007/84252-VFSH0385.JPG

04-11-2007, 03:55 AM
Oh you reminded me I used to make scroll sawing projects too until we had to give our loaner scroll saw back..:p

Beautiful work

04-11-2007, 04:09 AM
Elaine, that is really beautiful. It must have been so fiddly to create - you must have had the patience of a saint which is probably why you paint so wonderfully now.
I have quilted, embroidered, sewed, poker worked, gardened (my garden featured in our national gardening magazine-long ago).
Now my spare time is taken up with painting with watercolours and acrylics and creating a whole new garden.

04-11-2007, 08:06 AM
I did losts of different creative stuff off and on too. I don't do as much anymore.
I made jewellery and got the kids into Sculpy, I did lots of decorative finishes on things for and around the house, I used to make small clay animals.
But, I mostly paint and can't seem to fit in all that sort of stuff I did before kids lol! But, I enjoyed just creating stuff, even if it was not really that great.

04-11-2007, 09:47 AM
That is a lot of instuments to learn Mona.Wish I could play something too. yep, it is. i had put aside the guitar (heck, lately i've put all of them aside!:o ) for a while. but i got the mandolin and fiddle down for a little while last night. a bit rusty now so i'll have to get my fingers in shape again. ouch!! they will be sore for a while again!!!:crying: thankfully the fingering of the notes on a mandolin and fiddle are the same, only the fiddle doesn't have the frets as a guide. my grandfather played the fiddle. i'm kicking myself now because i didn't get him to teach me to play years ago. too late now tho. so i'll have to try on my own.

that little carpenter guy is so cute! you guys really have a knack for working with wood!! all of the wood projects are beautiful!!

04-11-2007, 10:02 AM
Wow - this is a fun thread - love hearing and seeing what a clever bunch you all are - some amazing talents and craftmanship!!!!!
I too have done everything - ranging from tragic pottery, cross stitch, knitting, to making all my own clothes for a few years- I made stained glass windows for a while too, Howard - awesome work on your doors .

I made thousands of items for our school craft fete a couple of years ago - first time hubby discovered how obsessive I can be -was averaging three hours sleep a night for months - but had never been happier - this was when I discovered how vital to me it was to be creative and prob led on to painting. may dig out a photo for ya all -
Christmas stuff
one dollar table
We had to use the library - I had made so much stuff, it didn't fit in any stall - it was beyond embarrassing in the end as everyone started to wonder if I was 'Johhnie-no-friends' madly making things all the time. My best friend and I wore out a sewing machine between us from making hats and bags, ottomans - even shoes!!!!!

04-15-2007, 07:43 PM
A Bar!!!:) That's cool howyadoin'! I'll bet your buddies like standin' there!That they do. I just had a few people in on Friday night, as a matter of fact.

Makes a great art table, too. It's never, ever gonna wobble.

04-15-2007, 11:39 PM
It looks solid enough.We islanders know how to build strong gear!:) Hoist a Black Horse for me next time!

04-16-2007, 05:37 AM
Wow, some of you are completely insane! :D (in a good way!) I'm well impressed. I never answered the thread originally because I realised I don't have a creative hobby. Usually I'm studying something but on a break from that. This year I do have the allotment. So planting/gardening is my new hobby. Does growing things count as creative? ;) I am keeping a sketchbook.


04-16-2007, 01:52 PM
This is so interesting. I guess I agree w/ Maverick, I just am not surprised.

I have done ceramics, murals on walls, stained glass, tried colored pencils:eek: , tried sewing (EEEEEEEEEEKKK), painted on clothes, garden, fish and I guess that is it. Oh, nope, I also have made floral arrangements and wreaths.

04-17-2007, 09:26 AM
My wife said she wanted to buy a wall unit for the TV. The one she showed me was 3000 dollars and made out of MDF. I made a deal with her. 1000 dollars for new tools and 1000 for supplies. This is what she got for her money.

Maple Ply cabinents
Red Oak doors and trim
Hand sawn fretwork ( by me)
10 coats shellac (shellac is so much nicer than varnish)

I'm proud of this.

04-17-2007, 10:28 AM
Wow Cami, this is beautiful. I was just thinking about doing something to hide the wires from my TV and AV equipment...and I have the tools, so there's no excuse now.

04-17-2007, 10:36 AM
That is beatiful Cami...........so, if I pay you $1000 (you have the tools now, you can build this for me???) ROTFL....It is wonderful and your wife is lucky to have such a talented husband.

04-17-2007, 12:13 PM
:lol: It took me 10 months to complete the wall unit. I took my time working on weekends only. At that rate I'd go broke after the first one. Three months of that was planning, research and gathering supplies and tools. I even went to a rental place and rented a wall unit for a week. I took it apart to figure out how it was put together. I practiced for a week making dado's and using a biscuit joiner. Though the most time consuming part was the shellac finish. A month of shellacking and rubbing out.

It was worth every minute. Every time I pass it I look and smile. (And the wife is happy.)

I do honestly believe talent can be learned.

Thank you

04-17-2007, 01:22 PM
I do honestly believe talent can be learned.

I agree 100%.

04-17-2007, 07:42 PM
My wife said she wanted to buy a wall unit for the TV. The one she showed me was 3000 dollars and made out of MDF. I made a deal with her. 1000 dollars for new tools and 1000 for supplies. This is what she got for her money.Wow, I'd say you both made out well on that deal.

04-18-2007, 03:08 AM
Cami!!!! You got the tools man and obviosly the ability.Any thoughts of a career move?:) You are on to something here!!!

04-18-2007, 09:51 AM
I don't think so. Just like in the art world, very few people are willing to pay for good custom work. It amazes me how people feel about paying for labor.


04-18-2007, 09:16 PM
Cami that is a great wall unit. My husband built one for me and I just love it! Custom work can't be beat, but you are right, very few will pay for it. Nice job.

04-19-2007, 12:41 AM
Gotta agree with you and Sue I am glad I can make my own.I hate press board construction.