16 December, 2017

Santa 2.0

Another "just in case" Christmas card as I won't be sending out much, if any, this year.
With round vintage Christmas cut-outs that are in my stash from my last Santa project, I decided to make another festive card. And since I liked the previous layout, I actually didn't change much - same pattern, same colours, same background paper, even same pearls & gems.
One difference of course is the picture of the old man, and, in detail, also the golden sticker I added this time. I'm not sure whether it's the right fit and I'm not quite happy with it. It looks a little too bold for me, but I really wanted to finally use up this set of stickers and this one was the only one left.
A little contribution to the December collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

challenges: 
613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "Christmas/winter"
a bit more time to craft: ATG
gem of a challenge: ATG Christmas
cardmania: Christmas
Christmas cards all year round: ATG
come and get it: Christmas
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: Christmas
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "Santa Claus is coming to town"
crafty gals corner: ATG
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2: ATG as long as it's Christmas
craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
creative inspirations: winter/Christmas
creative moments: ATG/Christmas
cute card thursday: ATG
friendship challenge: Christmas
glitternsparkle: winter
inspiration destination: ATG
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: ATG
sunny day crafting: X for Xmas
12 months of Christmas
crazy challenge: ATG
male room: Christmas/winter wishes/December celebrations
use your stuff: Christmas is coming
winter wonderland: ATG Christmas
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG

06 December, 2017

Donation box

What about some more recet crafting rather than cards that have been on my "to show" list for quite some time?
As I stopped by at my friend lately, I couldn't help but notice that his donation box was slowly but surely falling apart. In an attempt to cheer him up with a belated St. Nicholas/early Christmas present, I was thinking of a new box for a moment, but I quickly put the idea aside as I *really* should change crafting papers for books and get some stuff done for University. 
Still, the idea of a new box wouldn't go away. All in all, I could resist temptation for a couple of days (which I did use for anything but learning), until I decided to give it a go yesterday evening (crafting, not learning). 
My original idea was to create a nice outside with acrylic paint, some napkin decoupage or - trying a merger of paper and wood - a paper embroidered silver star. For the inside centerpiece, that would be seen most of the time as the box is to stand open, I imagined a winter scene with a couple of woooden reindeers I found at the crafting store lately. I wasn't sure about the details yet, but they would certainly include paper flowers and some glitter for the snow. 
However, due to the massive amount of time it takes to make the star, I decided to skip stitching it for the moment and focus on the inside instead. 
It took me quite a while to find the right background paper and for a first touch of winter, I decided to cover the blue and white shades with a layer of transparent paper with snowflakes. 
Then, I tried to figure out how to place the deer into a 3D winter landscape - long story short told, leftovers of white cardboard and 3D pads did the trick. Once the outline was set, I discovered I had plenty of empty space in the upper part of my project, which I tried to disguise with a strip of white lace. 
When everything was glued together, I placed a couple of paper flowers in the lower part and decorated te snowy hills with glitter snow. 
However, what I imagined would be a simple application of glitter from a tube, turned out to be a challenge of its own. At first, it wouldn't leave the tube. Then, the tube threw up all over my sweater and papers, meaning I had glitter everywhere except were I wanted to have it. In the end, I managed to apply a strip of glitter to each hill, but it looked rather like a fluorescent worm than a winter wonderland. Finally, in an attempt to save what could be saved, I used cotton swabs to make it all remotely look like artificial snow.
Is it just me in my first attempt of glitter snow or did I do something wrong from the very beginning? Anyhow, I'm just glad the mess I had is not visible anymore and now that everything is dry it even looks OK to me.
Anyway, as I still wasn't happy with all the empty snowflake space, I decided to apply a couple of silver star stickers from my stash - basically in parts where I glued the transparent paper to the surface and needed a little cover-up to hide the glue. To match the star stickers, I used a couple of alphabetic ones to create the word "Donation" instead of writing it on my own. However, I think I could have done better with more of the snowy hills that would automatically reduce the blank space above and at the same time enable me to make the "Donation" sign a little larger.
In the very end, I paced some tiny pearls on the lace and glued the whole scenery on a thick cardboard to prevent any bending. 
Given the way things turned out, I decided to throw my original plans overboard. Even though I planned to work on every single detail inside and outside, I suddenly realized one single centerpiece would be enough, and decided to leave the outside as it was - no details, no paint, no silver star. 
Another major deviation from what I imagined: instead of fixing the paper on the inside of the lid of the box as originally planned, I added a litle loop of white and silver ribbon to the back of the cardboard. The idea is to make sure I can take out the winter scene easily once warmer days come and replace it with something spring-ish, instead of making a whole new box when the season changes. Because a reindeer themed box would look a little weird at least by the end of January.
In the end, the only thing that disturbs me a llittle bit is the strip of glue that can be seen on the side of the transparent paper. Instead of starting another cover-up project, I'll just keep telling myself that this part will probably be in the shade of the lid itself, and therefore barely visible. 
*It will not be visible. It's all good. It will not be visible. Relax.*
The box itself is not only all done, but already delivered - alongside with the wish it shall always be full. To be seen, and filled, in the beautiful chapel of Ljubljana castle ;)

A little contribution to the December collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

challenges: 
613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "Christmas/winter"
a bit more time to craft: ATG
gem of a challenge: animals in the snow
as you like it: favourite animal (basically every living thing except the "scary" ones, but of course due to the season, reindeer are first who come to mind - I would certainly want to see them in real life once, with or without slay)
basteltraum: Christmas/winter/stardust
cardmania: Christmas
come and get it: Christmas
crafty calendar: Christmas
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "let it snow"
crafty sentiments: ATG
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2: ATG as long as it's Christmas
craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
creative inspirations: winter/Christmas
creative moments: ATG
friendship challenge: Christmas
fussy and fancy: blue & brown winter
glitternsparkle: ATG
inspiration destination: ATG
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
modsquad: what a flake
path of positivity: festivity (festive cheer-up for a friend) 
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: Christmas
crazy challenge: ATG
male room: Christmas/winter wishes/December celebrations
through the craftroom door: ATG
tuesday throwdown: Christmas scene
use your stuff: woodgrain
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG

Stars

Just a quick post to get rid of some Christmas cards. This pair has been in my stash for ages and finally got its chance for a photoshooting. For the cards itself, there is not much to say - a card base of recycled paper, a golden stitched star on blue cardboard and a golden sticker saying "Happy Christmas".
A little contribution to the December collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

In oder to make the post look a little longer, I thought I'd add a couple of festive pictures, too. However, since I had no oportunity to go to the city center yet, I'll just attatch a couple of last year's shots and hope nobody is going to notice :)
And no, I have absolutely no idea what illuminated sperm has to do with Christmas :)

challenges: 
613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "Christmas/winter"
a bit more time to craft: ATG
cardmania: Christmas
Christmas cards all year round: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
crafty sentiments: ATG
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2: ATG as long as it's Christmas
creative inspirations: winter/Christmas
creative moments: ATG
friendship challenge: Christmas
fussy and fancy: blue & brown winter
glitternsparkle: ATG
inspiration destination: ATG
kreativtanten: ATG
scrapping4fun: Christmas
crazy challenge: Christmas is coming
male room: Christmas/winter wishes/December celebrations
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG

05 December, 2017

Munich part VI - Travel in time

Another weekend, another discovery. After a Saturday trip to Salzburg which I basically used to visit my sister and then sleep on her bed until she decided to cook something, I decided to sleep in on Sunday as well and visit another 1 € museum in the afternoon. 
Having heard lots of praise for the State Museum of Egyptian Art, I thought I'd give it a try and explore the life of ancient Egyptians. What I expected was a little stroll through what is on display and then maybe another stroll through the city later in the day. What I got was a wonderful collection of ancient art that was created through the centuries, with lots of additional information in the "subtitles" as well as in various interactive elements.
Atop of all, I was surprised by helpful staff who invisibly guards the exhibition and is yet always there for additional explanation. Extra plus: they seem to have an eye for visitors who seem to need a little help, and are obviously trained in approaching them with suggestions e.g. making the visit special to families with children, too, by pointing out things that might be interesting to the little guests.
Turns out the only guy I found a little weird was the one guarding the museum from a huge pillar in front of the entrance :)
One might not be aware of it when visiting a museum, but yes, at one point, all art has been contemporary. 
Display of Egyptian art from different epochs...
... Such as 5000 years old frogs and turtles...
... Stone tablets with hieroglyphics...
... Colourful sarcophagi...
... And the obelisk in the atrium that is center of this first part of the exhibition.
In contrast to the artistic overview, the rest of the museum is divided into different thematic areas which describe the life in ancient Egypt focusing on politics, religion, crafts, scripture... Each of the rooms will have a bilingual introduction about its contents and extensive explanations of the objects on display. Additionally, there are several touchscreens on which one may discover the secrets of ancient Egypt.
In general, I'd say most of the animal figures look quite realistic. This duck - not so much.
A great piece on death and afterlife, explaining rituals, typical graves and grave goods, visions of "the other side", and a couple more sarcophagi and masks. 
Grave goods in form of food and sculptures of servants and livestock which should ensure a comfortable afterlife.
Coffin lid of Sadtjehuti
Various ushabti figurines
Book of the Dead, a collection of illustrated prayers and spells that should guide the deceased on the journey through the afterlife with descriptions of scenes they might encounter. The interactive screen under the exhibit itself can be moved from one chapter to another and enables reading by fading in a translation next to the original text on the display. 
Does a judgment of ones good and bad deeds that ends either with paradise or eternal fire sound familiar?
And where could the mummies be? According to traditional belief, a body is to remain unseen until it is transformed on "the other side". Therefore, Egyptian paintings will picture a coffin rather than the dead body itself, or show the deceased later on in the process of transition, when it is already wearing precious linen and a golden mask. With that in mind, the depiction of a dead body would mean the person has failed to enter paradise and remains doomed forever.
Beautiful beadweaving
Lots of interesting things to see in the religious section, too. Next to numerous animal-gods and divine animals, another interactive screen allows exploring each god by origin, symbols and function. Again, I was surprised to see how much of Christianity seems to be actually copypasted from other ancient cultures, which becomes most obvious in statues of the mother goddess Isis holding a son in her arms. 
Off to domestic art - colourful fabric, pottery and more give insight into how a home looked like in ancient times.
Hieroglyphics
However, at some point, the loudspeakers kindly asked the remaining visitors to go to the exit as the museum was about to close. Turns out my Egyptian journey made me completely forget the time to an extent that meant I'd have to rush past the remaining exhibits, trying to absorb as much as I could without properly studying what was on display.
A glimpse of Egyptian healthcare...
... the art of stonework...
... and some more pottery.
By the end of the museum tour, one can get to know the cultures that neighboured ancient Egypt, and sooner or later included Egyptian motifs and techniques. I certainly wish I had kept an eye on my watch and divided my time a little better.
However, a golden sunset from the nearby terrace of the Technical University seemed to make up for what I missed in the catacombs. And somehow, despite all the work and the shock at the beginning, Munich began to feel like a beautiful city...

~ to be continued ~