Sunday, 17 February 2013

Seed Heads & Cat Plaques

The importance of correct measurements.

Without the proper information we cannot always tell what size things are.
Just for a bit of fun I took photographs of three seed heads, they are all different sizes and set out in no particular order. Don't you just LOVE seed heads?
Can you tell how big (or small) they are? Are you able to put them in order from the smallest to the largest?

     A                                                                       B                                                                C
 I'll show you the answer at the end of this post......

The reason I thought about this subject was a friend thought she'd got a bargain when buying a present, (not from me), the item was in a sale and reasonably priced but when it arrived she had a bit of a shock, she expected the item to be 25cm tall but it was teeny tiny, so off she went to re-read the description and realised that she was at fault. The description stated that the item was indeed 25mm. But she felt a bit aggrieved because all other items available were measured in centimetres. The good news was, she was given a refund and she also learned a valuable lesson along the way.
 Always check the sizes!!

Sometimes items are visually difficult to size and it can be helpful if there is a prop to show the scale, but it has to be the right prop,

This is a model car and a 50cent coin, you can tell the approximate scale right......

A Sporty Model Car

 look again....

50 cent coin!!
Oooops I don't think that coin will fit in my pocket and that sporty little number is a real car.
You can see more Miniature Object Illusions like this over at 
 Skrekkogle Studio 

This week I thought I'd show you a couple of plaques as part of the Handmade Monday Link Up, why don't you grab a cuppa and pop over to check out who else is taking part.

A Crazy Cat Family Plaque

The wording on all of my plaques can be changed to suit, so this could be 
A Crazy Cat Lady or  A Cat Crazy Family, it can say whatever you choose.

Cats leave Paw Prints Plaque

The colours and wording can be changed to whatever you prefer.

These measure up at 7x31/2 inches, or do you prefer 18cm x 9cm?
Cat plaques are usually popular at craft fairs so I thought I'd try one in my Folksy Shop
And now folks, back to the seed heads, could you tell which one was the largest?...

Seed Heads grouped together

The Smallest = C
The Middle sized one = A
The Largest = B  
Did you get them in the right order?

To try and get the idea of the scale I've included a regular sized pen and pencil into the photo. I'm loving these so much I can feel a painting coming on, I'm off to get some sketches done.

Toodle pip and have a great week

Jan x

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Piggy Plaques & Birdie Notebooks

A new month and a new post for Handmade Monday  so don't forget to mosey on over and check out all the great blogs that take part.

Hands up who likes pigs? I do, I've done a few piggy plaques in the past that have proved popular so I was thinking of doing more.........

Piggy Plaque & Key Hooks
I was thinking of doing some of these as well......

Birdie Notebook Covers

Maybe I'll do a 'farmyard' of creatures. Do you have a favourite animal? or like me do you like them all and continually change your favourite depending on how you are feeling or what you are doing? 


I'm going to pop over to leave my link at Handmade Mondays Linky Party  but before I do I would like to say a big Thank you to Linda of The Crafty Network for organising the monthly Craft Challenge over on her blog. I had entered some of my items over the course of 2012 and was was entered into the end of year vote off and I'm very happy to say that I was placed 6th, which wasn't bad out of 53 choices. My prize was a voucher to spend in Hobbycraft so once again, thank you Linda. I'm also happy to see that one of the entries I voted for was placed, so well done Alison and Chester over at Fiddly Fingers.
Linda has started the 2013 challenges, you don't have to enter all of them, just enter as and when you want and the great thing is, it doesn't have to an item that you may sell, it is for people who craft for fun or for business so follow this link if you want to know more.... The Crafty Network Challenge 2013

Wishing you all a great week

Jan x