17 September, 2018

Autumn heart

Among all the things I have in my stash, I happened to find a set  of plain wooden hearts in one of my drawers. I must have bought them quite a while ago as I don't remember where they come from, but as I'm recently working with napkin decoupage, I thought I might as well use some of my smaller napkin motifs to create a little autumn ornament.
I decided to make one heart as a try-and-see project to figure out wheter they'd be suitable for what I had in mind, and this is the result: 
Once I've covered the heart in multiple layers of acrilic paint and crackle varnish, I let it dry overnight. Then, I tried to figure out how to place those autumn leaves and swirls in a way that would fully use the heart-shaped space without making it look too crowded. 
In the end, I went with three cut-outs on each side, carefully applying multiple layers of transparent varnish to seal the cracked surface. 
Once that was done, I was looking for a way to turn the decoupage heart into a pendant. I took a dark brown cotton cord which I decorated with a couple of wooden beads: a coloured oval one to unite the threads and fix the first knot, and a plain round one right where the loop would start with another simple knot. 
In between the beads, I created a swirl using a set of surgical knots.
Because that was literally the first thing that came to my mind during basic knotting training.

Me, as soon as I realized that a repeated set of surgical knots would create a spyral: "What a cute spyral, that must look great in a bracelet or necklace!"
My friend next to me: "OMG, are you serious?"
Me: "Well, but just look at the swirl, and imagine to just keep going, that would make an awesome spyrally cord, and now just imagine a couple of beads..."
My friend: *trying hard to contain herself*

Turns out the swirl is good not only for imaginary bracelets, but also a leaf-ish autumn pendant :)
And as such, the heart will probably end up at said friend, partly as decoration and partly as proof of my knotting theory. Ooops!
A little contribution to the September collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

More autumn clours, slowly taking over park Tivoli and Rožnik hill...
... while underneath the colourful leaves, more and more of autumn's treasures can be discovered each day.

4 crafty chicks: ATG
- 613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "CAS"
a bit more time to craft: ATG
city crafter: fall colours
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: more than 3 layers (layers of paint & varnish)
create and inspire: ATG
creative moments: ATG
bawion: shades of brown
love to craft: ATG 
love to scrap: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
use your stuff: friendship
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. How wonderful that the 2 parts of your life (medical and craft) came together to make this so beautiful heart pendant. I Love the fact you used surgical knots to make your spiral cord so that your gorgeous work can be worn and seen. Thank you so much for joining us in our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Faith TTCRD DT
    Daffodil Cards {My Blog}

    Through The Craft Room Door

  2. GLORIOUS nature pix and loving your project shared with us over at the Love To Craft Challenge Blog - TFS

    DT @ LTCCB

  3. Great project for the fall, thanks for sharing with us at CCCB!

  4. What a lovely project you created. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  5. The heart is fabulous and your photos are simply magnificent, especially the close ups! I'm so tickled to see you joining our challenge at World Wide Open DT this month. Good Luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  6. Das Herz ist großartig geworden. Und die vielen herbstlichen Bilder sind wunderschön.
    Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei BaWiOn.
    Liebe Grüße

  7. Just so lovely and beautiful photos you shared. Brings back a lot of memories.
    Thank you for joining Creative Moments.
    Hugs from Africa!

  8. Cheiro, thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613. As a nurse, I had to check out this spiral... what a very cool discovery! I am going to have to try that one out! Your project is beautiful and combining the knots and beads takes it up another notch! And thanks for the fun backstory!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
    RubberMAD (GettyCollection.com)

  9. your heart is so pretty, thanks for sharing at crafty catz challenge hope to see you again

  10. Beautiful creation and photos! Thank you for sharing with us over at Love To Craft! Hope to see you again!
    ~ DT Sherry x

  11. What a beautiful project! Your photos are amazing! I love all of it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge.

    Judy TTCRD DT
    Don't Mess With Me, I'm Scrappy {My Blog}

    Through The Craft Room Door

  12. Thank you for sharing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks, such a cool piece of art.

    PS love the photos too ;)

    Leanne DT/4CC

  13. This is lovely! - such a cute project! Thank you for joining us at Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Claudia DT for  http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

  14. Cherio your heart is simply stunning. Also thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of Austria. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest

  15. Your pendant is so beautiful! And the images work on it so well.
    Thank you for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.
    Monica C. DT CWAA