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PIMPING LIFE, ONE CRAFT AT THE TIME

The DIY section of Vixxieville is brand new in 2017. I’ve bored my facebook/instagram mates and colleagues at work to death with a gazillion of pictures of all those do-it-yourself sideprojects or cooking endeavors, but never blogged about them. That’s about to change, and I’ll be adding some patterns, recipes, guides and design freebies here and there too. Excited yet? I know I am.

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PASSIONS & INFATUATIONS

I’m a designer/illustrator by profession so I’m going to exclude all painting (aquarel, oil, ecoline, etc…) and drawing (pencil, markers, charcoil, etc) techniques from this list, as I’m supposed to be profecient at my job 🙂

THE ARTS & CRAFTS I AM CURRENTLY VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT

So what do you do with a pair and a spare? You upcycle!  Every carton box, jar lid, piece of wood at Casa Vixxie gets a second life. Crafting paper flowers and embellishing all and every surface with chalk or marker handlettering is kind of a direct consequence of upcycling. I make flowers out of every paper fabric I can recycle because we like pretty, colourful things here and flowers just put you in a good mood! And cooking? Every since my healthy reboot, I love experimenting with the different tastes of world kitchen.
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THE ARTS & CRAFTS I WAS VERY MUCH INTO AS A CHILD

I’ve always been a creative child. From making collages with mother dear, to crafting complete parallel universes in Lego, I never had much feel with the sportsy outdoors. I had a serious addiction to plasticine (which I primarily used to craft fake marzipan food) and spent hours assembling ironing beads. Every towel we owned was decorated with an ‘embroidery’ by yours truly and one of my most loved childhood memories were made scratching goldfoil tableaus at the seaside during holidays.
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THE ARTS & CRAFTS I HAVE BEEN INTO IN THE PAST, BUT NOT SO MUCH ANY MORE

Such as all the good things in life, infatuations come and go. There’s been a couple of time consuming crafts I have been very much into in the past. Candlemaking, for example. My whole family has been provided a life supply of homemade scented candles. I would probably still be crafting them if it weren’t for my ex-bf who got evicted when I was out of town for studies and got all my material confiscated. Still fuzzed about it. Scrapbooking! Always been fascinated by it, allbeit no longer in physical form due to time constraints. Occasionally still digitally though. I am drawn to paper like a honeybee to a flower. Origami was the first form of paper art I taught myself. As a teenager, I weaved a lot of bracelets in duodji technique and after visting Ravenna, I got obsessed with ceramic mosaic. In the years that followed, my passion for mosaic fainted. I discovered the technique of shadow painting and combined it with (amateuristic) calligraphy, which kept my creative ADD satisfied for a very long time. As for cupcake and pie decorating… I had to cut down on it because there is as much cake as one can eat. My friends, neighbours and colleagues started to complain about weight gain, so I quit baking !
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THE ARTS & CRAFTS THAT I HAVE TRIED, LIKED, AND WOULD DO AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT

Pottery / Ceramics
Painting porcelain
Clay & Fimo Sculpt
Plaster molding
Textile Powertex
Stained Glass
Papier Maché
Deco patch
Jewelry Quilling
Jewelry with Beetlewing
Jewelry with Kumihimo
Beadwork
Needle art
All kinds of Cardmaking
Napkin photo transfer
Khokhloma (russian decorative painting)
Pysanka (egg decorations in beeswax)
Rock polishing & painting
Rubber stamping
THE ARTS & CRAFTS I’VE TRIED – BUT WEREN’T REALLY MY THING
Sewing
Picot/Crochet
Knitting
Patchwork & Quilting
Strass
Macramé
Découpage
Pergamano
Felting
Scale Model Building
Organic Gardening
Floristry
WHAT I REALLY WANT TO TRY
Glass Blowing (or Amberina)
Bonkei: It is the Japanese arts of tray landscaping
Tatebanko: It is the art of paper diorama
Handcrafted Paper Making
Cittacotte (cityscaping in teracotta)
Saipancakes
Wood Carving
Enamels

VIXXIE THE KITCHEN WITCH

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THE ARCHIVES

“Ah. Fate is… whimsical.”