Monday, 23 June 2014

Etsy Store Repopulated

The Chromatophobic Etsy store got a little neglected this year, and I have finally revived it to its cross-eyed, drooly glory, full of brooches and buttons and earrings and other fun stuff.

nautical brooches
even more brooches

Monday, 2 June 2014

Felt Store Repopulated

I've been putting off replenishing the Chromatophobic online stores, but finally my Felt store is once again full of Chromatophobic accessories.
Snoork cufflinks

shirt and cardigan buttons
snowflake pendants

more cufflinks

100% wool felt coasters

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Christmas Gift Making

I wonder if I was a Santa Elf in one of my previous lives...

It's nearly time for some keen folks' mid year Christmas, so probably about time for the 2013 Christmas gift making round-up.  For someone who is a fist shaking festive grinch, I sure do put a lot of effort into designing and making gifts for family.  It the only way I can think of to turn something I loathe, which is shopping for gifts into an enjoyable experience, which is creating something in my personal sweatshop - *ahem* - workroom.

Last festive gifting involved printing some photo books, making some food and the usual sewing and toy making.  There seems to be an emerging theme of DIY toys, clothes, food and photography.

Hardwood play alphabet

Merino beanie with a plywood polar bear brooch
Silk "Kanzashi" style brooch upcycled from an old tie, courtesy of Kimono Reincarnate's tutorial

I should be about the last person in the western world to want to do this, but I even sewed a holiday outfit for my daughter.  Red and white happen to be her colours, and my weakness for elephants compelled me to buy elephant print cotton
Cotton shirred sun dress and sunhat and merino slouch cardigan
The only small pohutukawa tree we could find for a photo

Friday, 25 April 2014

Updated Photo Gallery

My beloved camera has been getting a fair work out in the last few months, so I have finally updated the Photography page.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Summer of Weddings

Long time - no post is no indication of idleness, or so I'd like to think.  The poor excuse for a summer that we had is long long gone, and now that we're back off daylight savings time, the lack of afternoon photography light is depressing.  I have been frantically sewing, photographing and incubating, although I'm not convinced that the latter can be executed "frantically", especially since that process is responsible for a noticeable and incredibly exasperating drop in my productivity.

Anyway, I photographed a few lovely weddings this summer.  An extension of this visual snippet can be found in the Chromatophobic wedding gallery.

The Beach wedding

The Island wedding

The Barn wedding

bic wedding gallery.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Snowflakes on Felt Homepage

Thanks to Felt for including the Chromatophobic snowflake decorations on their homepage today!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Jewellery Trees: Rimu, Stainless Steel, Plywood, Jarrah

It's official.  We have now supplied all of our closest women relatives with jewellery trees of different designs.

The latest, for my youngest sister-in-law, is a free-standing laser cut Rimu Veneer "fruit" tree.  Mmmm fruit. I'm thinking oranges.  "Veneer" generally denotes an MDF core, which is a material I tend to despise.  However, it does have its uses, and is fantastic for laser cutting, especially the veneers.  Check out examples of how veneer MDF can be used at Ponoko.
Rimu veneer jewellery tree

The other sister-in-law received an extra-tall tree cut from 6mm Eurolite.  The design is by Robyn Ward, and I added the engraved pattern to all the faces.  The original tree design is covered by the GNU General Public License, but I'm certain that an application of a surface treatment is not considered as a change to the design, which is something that is excluded from this license.
Plywood jewellery tree

Then there was the wall mounted tree cut from 3mm alluminium and powder coated white.  Styley as hell.  It doubled as a first prototype for a product, so I cannot yet post pictures of it.  Maybe one day.

Lastly, there was a very involved stainless steel, acrylic on a jarrah base - a Christmas present from a couple of years ago, which I'm yet to document in a blog post of its own.  Maybe one day.
Stainless steel, acrylic and jarrah jewellery tree

All the four trees are elegantly carrying out their duties, dutifully bearing a heavy load of jewellery.
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