Monday, 23 January 2012

Man Mini

A little while ago, maybe a year or so, a friend bought an old Ladybird book, Making a Transistor Radio.  Inside were the usual evocative illustrations including a great colour block image of radio resistors, an idea hatched but it has taken till now and a big birthday for my friend James for me to realise it.
The design is straight from the book, I love radio but have no idea what it means beyond a colour coding system.  That doesn't matter, James knows what it means and I like the way it looks.  A mini quilt, mug rug, man mat- whatever, it is on the wall in their family kitchen with some other makes from me in a mini gallery.
The colours are from a Kona rainbow charm pack, the gold and salmon 'Tolerance Colours" are from vintage scraps.  I have no % symbol in my stamps so I improvised, need often makes for inventive moments.  Versacraft ink as usual for the stamping.

The back is a funny Japanese text print all about String theory and other rather weird references.  The whole thing is only 9" x 7".  Fun to make and well received.  The same book had this , what a great little source of inspiration.
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14 comments:

  1. What a fun gift Kerry. I don't know what it means either, but I too like the look of it!

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  2. this is really great kerry. what a thoughtful gift. my dad used to have a book like this that i loved looking through as a kid. now i am curious to know what it all means.

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  3. Oh dear, my husband would so completely geek out with the string theory text - he's a total science nerd. What a lovely personal gift!

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  4. I love that idea, and for my electronic engineer I may need to make my own version.

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  5. This thrills me in a geeky-nerdy way. I was actually planning some fussy cuts for a teacher-related quilting project and this ties in so well. Exactly what I needed to see today - thanks!

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  6. Oh it's fantastic - Man Mat indeed!

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  7. kerry, what kind of ink do you use to stamp? i love that mat. it is so great and it is very manly.

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  8. Isn't it amazing where inspiration can come from, what a fab gift.

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  9. Fab idea, especially the fabric for the back :o)

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  10. if only I understood it - but anyway it looks pretty - haha how blonde am I?

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  11. What a thoughtful gift for your friend, he must be so pleased!
    My mom just sent over a pile of books for my kids, that belonged to me and my sister when we were little. THere are some true gems in there, so much inspiration and vintage images in them.

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  12. Still having trouble leaving comments on some blogs, but my patience has come to fruition, now I can leave my comment here.

    Must dig out our copy of the Ladybird book Making a Transistor Radio and make my husband something similar! My husband collects and restores Valve Radios!
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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