This craft share is based on my favourite story of all time...Mulan!
It is also happens to be my favourite Disney movie too! (I'm such a little girl at heart!)
Mulan if you don't know is a chinese legend of a young girl call Hua Mulan who takes her father's (or brother's - depending on what story you read!) place in the army. There is so much mystery and charm to this story and its such a fascinating one too! There's been many retelling of this story both in the book world and film-verse!
So this craft share is inspired by this unusual but hopefully amazing theme!
Do check out this wonderful shop belonging to Amylynn as some of the cameos here are just beautifully made! I'm seriously lusting after the skull lady cameo! *starts saving coppers*
and I must point out...this is hand stamped! As someone who worked in silversmith I'm like..."wow"!
Mulan's side kick is of course Mushu! (as voice by Eddie Murphy!) and I'm loving the perla beads look! I had to admit at first I have had reservations about the whole crafting/perla beads/pixel art thing but it has actually grown on me especially after seeing wonderful things people have achieved with it!
Debra of YumesPixelCrafts has this to say as well - "Put this adorable guardian on your fridge so you can protect your ice cream from the clutches of your roommate!"
Knowing Mushu...he's more than likely to eat the ice cream himself than protect it!
Do, do, do check out this shop for its wonderful perla/pixelated curios! I'm in love with the perla bead braclets and the Gotham City Sirens photoframe...oh and the InuYasha picture frame.....oooh....and the Pikachu mini frame...you get the idea!....
Maybe a vincent valentine of FF7 pixel picture would be nice? *eyebrows wiggles* Hint hint!
But I especially love what VikViks has to say about this little fella!
I hand-embroidered the dragon symbol and some clouds on his body. They're very subtle, so it's a nice surprise when you find them. ^_^ This dragon sort of looks like a pig-cow-dragon, but I feel like that adds to his hideous cuteness! I tried to include essential features of a Chinese dragon like his mustache, antlers, his firey back and legs, and, of course, his firey mane and tail!
You'd love some cuddle time with this dragon! Just look at his round face and arm-nubbins! So. Nubbiny.
I dont know what Nubbiny is but heck I love that word and Nubbiny describes him very well! (and he aint a pig-cow dragon with hideous cuteness! He's a distingushed fella!)
And isn't she pretty? She's got a lovely face hasn't she? And such beautiful clothes too! whichever little girl who ends up having her will be so lucky! Don't you just want to give her a cuddle?!
This lovely freshwater pearl horse sparkles! It features handbeaded stirrups, and reins. The entire horse is covered with small freshwater pearls. Modeled after the famed Chinese War Horses discovered in royal caverns
Wow! A horse made from pearls! I never thought I see something like this and it's quite something isn't it? He reminds me of Mulan's horse called Khan, wonderfully poised and strong! I'm actually quite lost for words over how amazing this figure is! This would make one hell of a family heirloom one day wouldn't it?
While the clay was still damp I cut little holes to hold the chopsticks.
It would be perfect for any oriental meal.
This bowl is my favourite shade of duck-egg blue and I have a weakness for ceramics and crockery that makes you want to hold them and have a good weight to it. This fits the bill!
My favourite comfort food is plain rice with soy sauce and I have a ritual of putting it into a nice bowl and eating it slowly, taking my time to enjoy each bite. Its the whole senses, the feel of the bowl, the tang of tastes rushing to your mouth, the smell....everything! It's my wabi sabi moment! I can envision myself eating out of this bowl and enjoying it in my hand very much!
They are printed on a lovely oatmeal tile. Made in Italy and found as discontinued stock about to be skipped. These tiles are re-fired to over 900 degrees, so the image is permanently sunk into the glaze and are not to be confused with non-fired transfers that just lay of the surface. Now up-cyclyed and made into a little bit of affordable art.
Get that? this is not a a transfer designed tile but the real thing! So much effort and attention going into this sweet little thing! And wonderfully, they are doing their bit for the environment and upcycling tiles into something wonderful! I find these make an excellent coster for your hot cuppa tea!
And what more, I had to show you the packaging as it shows the label for this shop..."Mad in Britain...Yes we are all quite mad here aren't we?!
I love fashion and all its bits and pieces but i have a weakness for fans, i really do adore them and love a good fan, there's something about them that just appeals to me and I have a small collection at home. At one point for my wedding, I wasn't going to have a bouquet of flowers but a small Georgian style fan made of ostrich feathers and pearls...alas..i went with the flowers!
This is a beautiful handpainted fan and I love the colours and design of it! so elegant and pretty to hide your face behind whenever you feel coy!
The little girl and the pandas to flying a kite, death and his partner also came, the girl asked the death, you want to have a try? Death said:" no, thank you! " Partner Crow had laughed.
Sometimes the story behind the product is just as brilliant as the product itself! Fawne Chan says her english isn't good and says states that if someone understands her, that is "wonderful".
I think we understand your story very well and the hand painted (yes! Hand painted!) cushion is fabulous and beautifully bright! so adorable!
So these are the best of both worlds and actually these would make a great, unusual gift to someone or a dinner table favour! I would however be so very naughty and change the favours to something more ruder or horrible for a laugh!
The ideas of this picture are from Chinese traditional culture. The shape of this picture likes a Chinese fan. The flowers in the pictures are peonies. Peony is Chinese national flower, it means auspicious and wealthy. The birds means spring is coming, everyone is full of vigour.
I love oriental papercuttings, I can't begin to tell you just how thin and delicate the paper used in this art is...i mean even a fly's fart could blow it away! (i surely jest!) and I collected these when I was younger, carefully storing them and pulling them out every once in a while to admire. Some are very colourful as they can be carefully dyed and painted with inks after being cut. But overall this artform is amazing to watch and to enjoy! I really admire the piece as it is handcut and comes with a beautiful description of the piece - I've learnt something!
In traditional Chinese thinking. Cranes and pine trees symbolize longevity. This artwork I did by hand, a lots of details."
A lot of details? A LOT OF DETAILS?! You blown me away lady! Look at it! Just amazing! And remeber it is all hand cut! imagine the labout of love that goes into this! And the end result is just so amazing! That paper is the yellow you're seeing, its not a print or laser cut...it's all by hand! And man I love that yellow shade used, it so striking and....wow!
The foods are hand sculpted by me from polymer clay, down to each little noodle, and the takeout container design was hand drawn in Adobe Illustrator. The silver plated chain is 16" in length and attached to a strong, magnetic clasp.
Not only is it cute, just read the aount of work and details that gone into this little thing! Even the design on the box is hand drawn on computer.....woooooow! Attention to detail here cannot be faulted and how on earth do you make noodles?! and make them look so good to eat?!
Wow what a great craft share, no?
All these people from around the world have made some truely fantastic things and it's my pleasure to share them with you!
What do you think?