Showing posts with label craftblog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craftblog. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 01, 2018


Simple home crafts, are crafts that you make in your spare time, to beautify your home or sell. 

Create heart shaped decor, with broken colored glass, glue, thick paper boards,
grout for filling the empty spaces and decorate with ribbon.

 The Idea behind home craft, is inspired by our desire to create something, that is close to our hearts and we want to see it, around us in its real form.

 So we simply create our inspirations and if it turns out well,it can even be a money spinner by the side, while we keep our days job.

 Rope empty bottles and add details,like wooden letters words, to enhance the decor on  the bottles.

Create children collage with a storybook theme,use puzzle cut outs and color these pieces, stick them on wood and you have a kiddies picture.

I enjoy creating stuff and also selling them in craft markets, whenever I can. Crafts takes quite some time to make, so I can only craft items during my Artist block moments, because making hand crafted products tend to help me relax,

                    Create Jewelry with wooden beads, ropes and ribbons.

 and bring back my focus to Art and I love that.

As an Applied Artist, making craft also gives me ideas, on mixed media Art and how best to extend my creativity.

Rope empty bottles and add details,like ribbons, borders,to enhance the decor on the bottles.

Create a textured collage with paper, fabric, 
mat and frame it.

 I don't always craft for fun, this is a serious aspect of my creative endeavor, I sell my craft and do take it seriously. 

A lot of us are gifted and are looking to create extra income, craft can provide that opportunity and you can sell to friends, colleagues and even family, by letting them know, about your craft products and its relevance to their lifestyle.

Crochet with thick cotton rope to make chunky storage basket.

 Also you can look out for outlets, that can sell on a commission for you or create a craft event, in your home where you invite people over for light snacks and sell your craft to them. 

Cover empty Jars with Sisal rope, paint and decorate with spray paint.

Handmade Ideas Journals, with embossed paper,rope, post it, stamps and plain white sheets.

Attending weekend craft markets, also is important because it helps to advertise your craft to a larger audience and you can earn more money, while still keeping your day job.

Plain glass vase, covered with white canvas and painted on with acrylic paint.

Crochet with thick cotton rope to make chunky storage basket.

These crafts I made, are from objects and materials I see  potential in and enjoy working with, they are objects we find at home or in hardware stores. 

I create with what is at my disposal, it gives me satisfaction that bottles, 
broken glass, ropes, wood letters, paper and other finds can be put to use in a creative way that can also be monetized!. 

 Rope empty bottle and add details,like wooden letters words, to enhance the decor on the bottle.

These are some of the crafts I make and sell, I also hope this can inspire you, into getting your creative juices up! to make something, that is not only beautiful but rewarding too.....Enjoy

                                                                           Miabo Enyadike

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018


It is no secret, to close friends and family that I love to collect their lace fabrics, to use for Art and craft.

 I am a fine and applied Artist, who is so in love with applying objects and fabric to my Art and craft and
lace, I use for it's texture and delicate look and feel.


Lately lace, has come into play in my Art and I love that but this blog, is about shabby chic which we know is a lacy affair. 

I created these lace flower hangings, with plastic embroidery loops, that can be hung in a home with shabby chic interiors and accessories. 

Black and Red lace may not be the favorite color of lace for shabby chic decor, I beg to differ because I see color and would love, to bend the rules to add a splash of color here and there to an all white, cream and beige, accessories in a shabby chic theme.

I'm still working on this project will keep you posted when I finish.

"Lace is always a soft add to an intimate decor and speaks for itself, that has been my attraction and the prompt for this decor".....Enjoy.

                                                                      Miabo Enyadike

Monday, June 11, 2018


Whenever I travel back to my home country Nigeria, it is always a fabulous experience! I connect with family,childhood friends, delicious home food and most of all the diverse indigenous Art and Craft spread across different cultures that make up Nigeria. 

Vintage Decor Basket

I am always pleasantly surprised by the local craft industry and their effort and consistency in keeping their craft authentic and deep in culture. 

My last trip to Nigeria was a bit different, I was in a Solo Art Exhibition with little  or no time for any rampaging through the Art and Craft Markets.

Vintage Decor Basket

 It was a bit difficult for me to move around, since I had to be at the exhibition venue all day, to attend to guest. Though, I still made out time for a quick trip, to the Lagos, Lekki Art Market and bought some locally handmade baskets. That are plain and simple!

Plain Grass woven basket.

These baskets come in all shapes and sizes and are made from dry tall grass. The medium sized ones, I just loved.

                                             Vintage Decor Basket

 Fast forward, brought them back to Johannesburg and the idea for me, was to create Decorative Hospitality baskets,with a Vintage look for my guest who visit and stay over in my house.

Vintage Decor Basket

I could also use them, as toiletries hamper baskets or storage for stuff in the bathroom. 

It was something, I have always wanted to work on for a long time.

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To create these Vintage decor baskets, you need:

-Metallic Paint, to transform the plain look of the basket.
-Beaded Ribbons for design and vintage look.
- Fabric Flowers, to finish the vintage look I was going for. 

                                         Vintage Decor Basket

The simplicity of the baskets, lends itself to so many possibilities and this is one of them, a hospitality
basket I would call it and use for anything.

                                         Vintage Decor Basket

Vintage Decor Basket

There you have it Vintage Decor Baskets for bathrooms.......have fun transforming any plain basket.....Enjoy.

                                                       MIABO ENYADIKE

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018


                   Woman' Abstract Art Ink on Paperboard. by miabo enyadike

Inspire is a feeling of something, that prompts action. I love and I look out for this quality in people and things around me.

People, Events, Books, Opinions, Art, Craft, Projects, Character, Achievement, Movements, etc, they just have to inspire me to be better and do more not just for myself but for others too.

What does this word mean? because of how it is used these days, let's take the meaning from oxford dictionary and I quote
1. It is a verb
2. To Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

'Inspirations encourages people to turn their passions into actions'

This is so because what I needed after all the loss, I experienced as an Artist and Entrepreneur was Inspiration and there was none for a while, I was lost in myself, a successful entrepreneur and suddenly nothing. 

              Deep thoughts' Art on wet newspaper by miabo enyadike

I needed inspiration from a spiritual point as well as an Art point. This inspirational need to be better and to revive my creative process led me to Pinterest and other digital platforms, reading more and searching for answers. That was how I started blogging about my work.

This might sound weird, I had to blog about my Art to myself initially, like I was writing to an audience but in reality, that audience was an audience of one, me trying to inspire myself that it was okay to talk about what I did as an Artist. 

I needed to pull and put together what I had studied and read about successful Artist, in relation to there work and write inspirational stories to myself in a blogging way, in order to inspire and push me through the very hard come back days of 2013. 

And these blogs to myself were helpful and I still relate to them today and so do people.

                                  African'   Ink on Newspaper,  Art by Miabo Enyadike

I picked the pieces of what was left of my Art career then, by going to restaurants and asking for their empty wine bottles, that had been used because I could not Afford canvas or acrylic paint.

I could not afford art materials the situation, was really bad. With a very sick husband who was recovering, I had to do something or go crazy.

 The 'How to Blogs', on Pinterest helped a great deal and I am grateful, to all the bloggers that write these blogs selflessly. Friends, gave me remaining old tins of paint, they used for home renovations and all sorts. 

Those blogs helped and inspired me to create recycled Art, which fortunately was the buzz around that time and still is now.

                 Bottles and Old Jeans Sculpture by miabo enyadike

Till this day, I am grateful to those who went ahead and deposited old jeans, egg crates, newspapers and all, to help me start my new found 'hobby' of creating "Art out of nothing".

 There where blogs that I read that explained in details, how to sell these craft items in Craft markets. Even Crafts that would sell and how to price them. 

Those blog teachings and advice were extraordinary, the authors of these blogs were relentless in their enthused inspirational blogs, to offer help to me and others in need of advice and mentoring.

                  Flowers growing in a Pot' Ink on Paperboard by Miabo Enyadike.

I started taking my crafts to flea markets to sell. I also on my own, gave out as gifts some of the crafts I made just to encourage some kind of patronage. I had learned that to receive you had to give, and this helped.

 My craft gifts earned me a subtle word of mouth advertising among friends. 

For years, I worked in a quiet and reserved manner, picking up the pieces and working so hard on Art, as my Artworks piled at home, I needed a gallery space. 

I just could not afford one, after several rejections from gallery owners who could not define my art, or box me into what their galleries represented, I was left with Art that no one could see. I really had no idea how or where to show them in a more formal setting.

  Workmen threads: Abstract art, Jeans and rope by miabo enyadike

I remember those days when people asked what is your Art about, I would say its about "Art the Way I See it", what does it mean?.

 I even later in 2014, self-published two small books, that were actual blogs of mine written in 2013, at a time I was looking desperately for artistic representation.

'Workshop Art'

 'Art the Way I See It'.

These were very simple ways I felt, at that time to "Put my work out there", after the difficulty of getting art representation. I said to myself, do something somehow to document your art.

I found a way to paint, using Ink for pens with a brush on smooth paper board and acrylic on any surface I could paint on.

This expression style came out of necessity.
I started using Ink, on smooth cake box packaging paper boards, because it was affordable and easy to obtain. I did a lot of research on Ink and could see, that I could be creating an Art style for myself. 

These two books, where simply about my early experiences in this new Art projects of mine. Wrapped around stories, I explained my new found appreciation for Abstract Art, using Ink and acrylics as my medium.

Woman' Abstract Art Ink on Paperboard. by miabo enyadike

They were fast becoming a way for me to translate my Art vision on objects, paper and any surface or material that was available to me, because of the circumstances I had found myself in, both financially and otherwise. 

My garage which I turned into a studio, was like a Junkyard, that was because I picked everything I found, that looked like it could be Art. 

I made a conscious effort, to create Art or craft out of them because I viewed these items, I picked for free as gifts.
I practically and deliberately took long walks, hoping to find what I called  'God's gift to me for Art', meaning anything, that looked to me like a potential material to create Art, disposed of on the trail that I walked most mornings.

For me, the mental calculation was I could make money out of this if I tweaked it here and there and it cost me nothing to acquire it.

 And I did pick quite a lot, items ranged from Wood, Old Doors, Glass, Pine cones, Magazines, wet newspapers, bottles, you name it, I picked and created Fabulous Art with them.

        Portrait of a girl' Ink on Wet and Crumbled paper by miabo enyadike

Then came 2013 and I knew it was time, to start talking about what I was doing, after all the research and encouragement from friends.

 With help from my now healthy husband, I created Artmiabo pages, on different social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest,

Twitter, just to name a few and started showing my work to an unknown or unseen audience out there, I wasn't sure if they would like or enjoy what I did.

 Armed with so much Craft and Art I had been working on quietly for a few years, with whatever I could lay my hands on, I would wake up every morning armed with a new Art and would share it to my social media platforms in fear.

 Fear of the unknown and at the same time in anticipation of comments. And from time to time, blog about Art or craft I made. 

 Each blog was telling a story about the Art created by me because I knew the blogs were more intended to inspire me and hopefully others too......


Also, it made me focus on my work more, and how I could draw attention to my 
"Peculiar Art", as I recalled someone had called it.

 It only made me more determined and I created a name for my "Peculiar Art"  which is ARTMIABO meaning Art created by Miabo Enyadike.

And I went on, to create pages on social media and represent myself and Art style, on so many digital platforms, in order to introduce myself to the world and sell my Art through social media.  

 It opened me to possibilities because it dawned on me that for me to succeed in this field, I had to be my own publicist, artist, gallery representative, strategist, blogger, and instigator, of how I needed my work seen and positioned and to whom.

 The effort of deep and continuous research introduced me, to a huge and helpful community of Artist, doing exactly the same things, sharing the same constraints but forging on with putting their Art out there relentlessly. 

                       Colors in a Rectangle' Ink on Paperboard by Miabo Enyadike.

And they as I was applying their new found knowledge of navigating social platforms to their creativity, in different stages of their craft. 

It made me realize, that there was more out there and It was possible and eventually my efforts paid off.

 Gradually feed backs, started coming in, invitations to 'blog as a guest blogger',

 Podcast etc, Exhibition invitations
Online stores, just to name a few and the rest is history. 

So this year I decided to create a board on Pinterest, 'Self Help Blogs', and you can click here on my Pinterest platform. These are blogs that I have read and learned a lot, from and see them as valuable anchor points, I recommend them.

So I have pinned them, in order to inspire us all, to hope in ourselves and improve our collective efforts to better ourselves or people around us.

For the Artists, who may be going through a brief period of setbacks, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, trust me on that and keep walking, it is a hard and narrow path but you'll get there. Happy 2019 Let's Inspire each other.


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Saturday, December 16, 2017


The month of October,till the month of February is the summer season in South Africa. While Europe and America are 'Wintered up', we here have loads of sun and rain with hailstones, all at the same time it is a little overwhelming. 
Most mornings, its already pretty hot and I  take long walks, on the street that is at the corner of my own street.
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I enjoy that walk because of all the tall pine trees, and all I see is pine cones everywhere. I always tell myself, I will pick some next time and paint some fun summer colors.

Maybe use them as decor, in my patio or my 
sitting room but I always forget to go with a bag.   

I remembered last Friday and went with a bag and picked as much as I could carry, bearing in mind it was a long walk back home.

Anyway I got my pine cones, cleaned them up with a small painters brush, then I brushed thinner all over each cleaned pine cone.          
This I did to prevent insects or molding. I then applied white acrylic paint, as the base paint and when they were dry painted them the colors I wanted. 


I chose colors, that reflect the mixed weather we are in right now. And oh! its raining but the sun is up how amazing......ENJOY!

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