Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Topical...The Royal Melon was born!

I had a watermelon, I had a knife, and I had a royal baby on TV. I figured why not? What would be more disgusting than to have the red, runny flesh of a watermelon mimic an unborn fetus swimming in the mothers uterus? Haha

I was in labour for just under 2 hours.

I hope you like it!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Monsters University! More Watermelon Carving :)

In light of my favourite chilhood movie and its upcoming prequel, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (!), I've carved my favourite character Mike Wazowksi!

I just couldn't resist!
I started off with a clean water melon and sliced the bottom of it to flatten it out and keep the melon from rolling around.

And with a dry erase marker I started to visual my Mike!

I had to throw in some arms and legs in there but to keep this project a one-melon project, I decided to use pieces from the backside of Mike where it would be out of sight.

Once I was confident with my design, I took a precision knife to his eyeball and started carving! It was the easiest feature to being with.

Then of course, I got right into the details. Keep in mind that details are key. Smooth everything out and take your time.

Once I got all my arms and legs carved out, I used toothpicks and skewers to secure them together.

Here is our limbless Mike Wazowski :)

I couldn't help but be a little bit silly.

Oh and this is Mike's butchered backside after the whole procedure. Sorry Mike.

I'd also like to mention the tools that I used. Really nothing an ordinary kitchen wouldn't have. If you don't have a precision knife, it should only cost you a buck our two at the dollar or craft store. My other tip: Working on a sheet of newspaper is great! After all that's done, just roll up the sheet along with your melon mess and toss it in the compost!

I hope you like my work!
If there is anything else you'd like me to carve, I'd love some suggestions.

<3 Christine

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Revamp Old Jewelry With Nail Polish!

So it's almost New Years and some of you are looking to party but aren't looking to spend much money. It's easy to create new outfits with the things that you already own. With simple tools like nail polish and masking tape you'll find that you can create all kinds of new jewelry designs with accessories that you have in your closet.

Pick your favorite jewelry and nail polish to match your outfit, but before you begin, be sure to test the polish on an inconspicuous surface of your jewelry to avoid fully damaging your piece.

Once you're certain it's safe to paint, simply start brushing...

To make more funky custom designs, mask your pieces with tape or a stencil. It may take a few coats before you get a consistent surface and some time before the paint dries.

If you make any mistakes, try using a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to carefully erase your errors.

Et voila! Enjoy your new jewelry and continue to use them as canvases for future designs and future outfits!

Christine :)

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Creepy Carving: Spider Bursting out of Pumpkin!

Hi all,
I just finished this year's Halloween pumpkin carving. This took me about 4 hours from conception to final product. I've got one more pumpkin on my porch steps, shall I carve it?

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Pfft! Pumpkin Carving? Watermelon Carving!

Ever seen a spooky Halloween watermelon? I decided to try something new.
I started off peeling away the outer green rind and from an image of a brain I found on Google, I mapped out a drawing on my watermelon surface.
Then carefully I carved out the channels with an Xacto knife (I wish I had a real carving knife!)

Clean it up a bit and there ya have it!

My first complete fruit carving! I'm very happy with how it turned out :D

Monday, 15 October 2012

Monster House Madness

We are dead center in the middle of the month of October and I'd like to start off my first craft post on my new blog with some spooky do-it-yourself Halloween house decor!

I don't take any credit for this idea as I had only discovered it through a creative genius that had generously shared it on an awesome Reddit post (link). With some leftover cardboard from my parents' snow blower purchase along with other boxes here and there, I was able to recreate my own look absolutely free! It may take you a whole evening to complete, but it is well worth it and a whole lot of fun.

  • Lots of carboard
  • Colored tissue paper or party napkins
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Thick marker
  • Box cutter
  • Glue stick
  • Duct tape
  1. First off, with your measuring tape, measure the size of your window to get an idea and scale of your cardboard monster.
  2. Then use that imaginative brain of yours to create your own spooky monster and start sketching it on your cardboard with your pencil to size!
  3. Once you've finalized your design, solidify your sketch lines with a thick, solid marker line. The solid lines depict where you will be cutting.
  4. With your box cutter, carefully start cutting away chunks of cardboard. Be mindful of your cutting surface and your fingers!
  5. Cut out a larger circle for the eye balls with white tissue paper and glue to the cardboard, covering the eye sockets entirely. Add small round cardboard pupils to the tissue with glue. Continue with the colored tissue paper for other cool effects. I used our red holiday party napkins for bloooood.
  6. Use duct tape to black out any areas where you don't want light shining through and tape your constructed monster to your front-facing window.
  7. At night, turn on your lights then watch and giggle as passersby stop in their tracks to point out that MONSTER ALIENS HAVE TAKEN OVER YOUR FAMILY DWELLING!!!!!

Create. Captivate.

Hi Readers,
I am a brand new member to the world of the blogosphere. I'm here because I have a large part of my life that I want to share. That large part of my life is the love and passion I have for creating things. What I do with my free time is of pure enjoyment, passionately crafting handmade items and creating an embedded value that truly captivates the deepest essence of my love, my efforts and my skills. Thence naming this blog: Create. Captivate.

My goal is to bring forth the arts and crafts movement, injecting worth into objects that are otherwise mass-produced, lifeless and made by machines. With mindful spending, creative thinking, and innovation I hope to breathe new life into the empty objects that I find and allow for these products to truly become a celebration within itself.

Please join me on my journey as I discover our world's diverse culture of arts and crafts, but most importantly, my journey to discover myself.

My name is Christine and this is what I love to do.

Pleased to meet you and please share your thoughts and stories with me.
- Christine