19 January, 2018

Purple overload

Not yet in the mood for spring-cleaning my apartment, I thought I'd rather try to get rid of some of my rafting projects that wait way too long to be published :)
A while ago, I tried to use up a couple of things that were piling up in my stash, and as there were lots of pearls among all the other stuff, I got back to jewelry making. Nothing major, neither especially "extra" nor really time consuming - just for the sake of making a coupe of leftovers wearable.
A necklace of leftover beads that came with a beading mix. As it is with every mix, some parts get used up quickly while others just keep taking up space and collecing dust. These purple things of various shades and sizes were quite un-useful to me, but I finally decided to add some small leftover-beads from other projects and just thread them on a string. And I actually do like the result!
Turns out in the end I had leftovers from the leftovers that were just enough to make a matching bracelet, too.
Another necklace in rainbow-amethyst, a colour that doesn't seem to pop out well in the photos, but honestly doesn't look any better in real life. I'm not sure whether I'll keep that one in my collection just the way it is, or maybe try to use the beads in another way, or just gie it away and stop bothering. 
A real amethyst necklace for which I just used a new thread and clasp as there's no idea that comes to mind for using these semiprecious stones (and I have a couple more of them!). Nevertheless, I still like it better than necklace #2 but maybe not enough to consider keeping it.
A bit more vivid and fun - threading up this purple mix actually gave a surprisingly nice effect on this necklace - especially due to the differently shaped beads. To make it a little more special, I used a special end cap, too. For the moment, definitely a keeper.
And as I still had lots of those beads left, I made another, shorter necklace, this time with a rather normal magnetic clasp.
A little contribution to the January collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
cardmania: monochrome
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: ATG
creative moments: ATG
fabnfunky: girly
inspiration destination: ATG
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: ATG
use your stuff: monochromatic
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG

05 January, 2018

Little ballerina

Before I bury myself between books again, I'll officially open my 2018 crafting season with a DGT spot with the Scrapping4fun Challenges and  a little inspiration I created for the #106 "ATG" challenge. 
Having a relatively busy pre-Christmas time, I decided to create something rather simple this time, and - considering my usual choice of colours - something very, very pink-ish. The idea was to create some kind of Christmas all-year-long ornament for my friend's little lady who is all into princesses and dancing. After lots of planning and a little confusion, I thought I'd make it as stable as possible without any protruding decorations that might be soon broken off by a playful child.

In the end, I decorated two circles of thick cardboard with this extremely pink, glittery scrapbook paper that was once on sale in my favourite crafting store. Of course, I had no idea on how I might use it, but of course, I ended up buying several sheets anyway, following the famous crafter's motto "just in case". 
For the front part, I cut out the print of a ballerina, while I decided to use a mixed patterned paper for the back. Once the cutting and adjusting was done, I glued each paper cutout to the cardboard, and after some waiting, I glued both cardboards together.
After that, I went through my stash looking for matching decorations. After trying several options, I went with these paper roses which I wanted to place in several different spots on both sides of the "medallion". 
To hide the cardboard base, I planned to place a ribbon on the outer border and then somehow connect it with another ribbon or thread to make a hanger. As if all the pink wasn't enough already, I picked a rather thick 3D ribbon in cream pink that I once absolutely had to have, but later turned out to be too thick for any card project I had in mind.
And while the front image has only one central motif that doesn't really have space for anything else, I decided to place the little girl's name on the back - in letters from my stash that were too pink and too shimmering for literally anything I usually do.
When it came to creating a hanger, I changed my plans from a thin metal chain I had in mind at first, and decided to rather use up the entire length of the pink ribbon instead. Gluing ribbon to ribbon first and then covering up the gluing with the remaining paper roses, I happened to get rid of quite a few un-usable pink things along the way. Also, I used more "real" glue this time rather than the double-sided adhesive tape I usually prefer, but I really wanted to make sure the pendant can whithstand whatever will happen to it :)
Final view, up close:
A little contribution to the January collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.
And some real-life pink ballerinas - at least, the puffy pink "skirts" are almost identical :)

a bit more time to craft: ATG
as you like it: ATG
butterfly challenge: ultra pink
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty gals corner: ATG
cute card thursday: ATG
inspiration destination: ATG with optional twist "not a square"
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
moving along with the times: flowers
pennys papertake: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG

01 January, 2018

Munich part XI - More of it, please

The best part of a city tour by bus? Ideas on what would be worth discovering by foot :)
And since the afternoon has just begun by the time we finished, it was a perfect time to explore things on my own. Instead of going all the way to the Olympiapark though...
... I decided to stick by the city center and its surroundings.
Past the Staatskanzlei, my way first led my to the Eisbach wave, a popular surfing spot in the middle of Munich. Turns out the city makes use of its river and its in- and outflows that run through the Englischer Garten. And on a wonderful spring day, even a worn-out winter school student would feel sorry that the program was slowly but surely coming to an end.
Instead of a detour into the green, my goal was to get to the Isar itself, i.e. have a walk down the royal Prinzregentenstraße past the Bavarian National Museum, have a little break at the Friedensengel and then return to the city center using some ther way to see something new.
The golden angel that overlooks the avenue and is actually a statue of the Greek victory goddess Nike can be well seen fom far away. Once one comes closer, however, it is much friendlier to the neck to just look at its decorated footing.
Another use of the monument: just enjoy the views of the city.
Off to the Isar riverbank! A popular activity for young and old, especially on such a wonderful day, is to just sit by the river and enjoy its roaring waves.
Even though I wanted to hike somewhere else, I ended up at the Maximilianeum.
Not exactly knowing where the next tube station was, I decided to slowly return to the center. Turns out if I wanted to keep my originally planned route, I'd have to just keep goint til ne next bridge. 
Walking down the Maximilianstraße past magnificent buildings and museums... 
... I found myself back in the familiar center. And after walking past it regularly for almost a month, I finally had a peek inside the neo-romanesque Ludwigskirche
And even though the city welcomed me with wind and bare trees and a real culture work shock...
... much has changed in a month - from a spring-ish awakening of nature...
... to the fact that one day before my departure, I finally decided to explore the rooftop terrace of my student's dorm. 
And finally, after another short night of last-minute packing and cleaning up...
... a mout-watering stairway led me through Munich's main station and towards home. 
As for the initial work shock, as difficult as it seemed to be at first, I would never want to leave the Bavarian capital once I got used to the routine. With more and more positive feedback, everything seemed like fun in the end anyway. And until I become old and senile, the Munich experience with everyone involved will remain dear to me. 
Additionally to everything I got to learn in terms of ward-work, the only bitter aftertaste comes from comparing the Munich program with everything I did NOT learn at home. Especially considering the different ways of implementing a learning process. 
Because one thing is being thrown in cold waters, and another is to get either a little help with the swimming or stupid remarks of "How can you not know?" You really want to know how? Because in all the years of medschool, nobody has ever showed me, that's how!
Luckily though, one can dare to look over the edge of the plate every now and compare what is being offered elsewhere. Dare, compare and think things over. And maybe one day realize that everyone who ever told me to leave - which is frankly every Slovene doctor I've ever met - might have been right all the way.

~ the end ~