Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wall Art / Message Board DIY


Welcome to a new DIY idea I am sure you are going to love.
You are looking at our newest wall art / message board!
This is a corner of our room where our bookcase resides and the space above it is reserved for my icon which you can see here, but I like to move things around so in the several weeks or months (who knows) ahead, this is going to be the place for our cork board. It first started as a wall art idea but we loved how it looked with notes on it and left it like that.
So, to make this easy project you need just 2 things: cork hot pads and fabric. Ikea has them in a set of threes and they are quite inexpensive so if you want to make this massive, there's your bargain.
I used 5 pads and fabric in blue shades. This is also the perfect project if you have gorgeous fabric (scraps) you want to display and beautify your wall.
So, cut a larger round piece than the cork pad and glue it behind / staple it, cut a smaller round piece of the same fabric or felt and cover the back with it. And that's it.
Place them in any fashion you like it - I almost always want to have things a bit off - so this is neither horizontally nor vertically straight ;)
I can imagine a whole wall covered with these pads. I kind of like that idea,  but I am afraid it would be too much for my wall. Since this is the room where I work the most, I need quietness and this would be too distracting - 'crowded' and 'noisy' for me.
Would love to hear what you think about this project!


Monday, August 29, 2016

Insta Feel: Crochet Inspiration

Happy Monday all!
I haven't posted my instagram favorites for a long time, although you can find me there almost every day. I do try to post regularly but refrain from being too pushy, except when I am abroad - then I go crazy :)

What I am also crazy about when crochet is in question? Well, if I have to narrow the list down, that would be granny squares and crochet flowers. I follow many, many incredibly talented people and selecting just a few was very difficult. But I reckon there would be other inspirational posts like this in the future.

My recommendation for instagrammers whose accounts are pure enjoyment: @c_flintholm, @crochetgirl99, @sehersaris and @nesimerciger.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer Roses Necklace Pattern

The design of this necklace is inspired by the life-infusing summer. There is nothing as refreshing, enchanting and inspiring for the senses as being in a summer garden filled with roses. I hope this necklace captures the essence of such instants.

The pattern is for sale here and here.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bohemian Bottlebrush Bracelets Pattern

When we visited Barcelona this past spring, I saw a bottlebrush for the first time and was quite taken by it to be honest! Nature never ceases to amaze me with its magnificence.
These bracelets were inspired by the bottlebrush and I've got the tutorial / pattern for you ready.
For the bracelets I used sport yarn and 1.9 mm hook. And a bead for closure.
Row 1: {Leave a long tail} Chain 5 and sl in the 1st ch. You'll make a picot. Repeat this until you achieve the circumference of your wrist.
When you achieve the desired length, take a button or a bead (whatever you plan to use for closure) chain a certain amount of chains. Try to see if the bead fits. If not - chain some more. If it does, sl st at the beginning of that chain to make the loop or closure.

Row 2: repeat pattern for row 1. When you make the picot, sl st it in the space of the picot below, then ch 5 again and make another picot and repeat as before.

You end this row with a sl st. Leave a long tail again, as you did at the beginning which you will use to secure the bead with.
Adding the spikes
The spikes make all the difference. They shouldn't be too long (the bracelet would look grotesque) nor too short (the spikes will tie off). I made them 2 cm / 0.8" long.
Cut contrasting yarn (a bit longish) and double it. Insert the hook between the first and second picot and yarn over, pulling the yarn up.
Make a loop and pull the ends through it. Pull to tighten it.

Next, trim it (to 2 cm / 0.8"). Repeat this for all in- between picot spaces on both sides.  And your bracelet is done. Neat and easy, don't you agree?

Hope you liked this! I'd love to hear what you think!

Monday, August 22, 2016

DIY Idea - Decorate Your Spartan Sandals



The Bohemian Summer continues with an easy DIY idea.
Pom-pom and tassel embellished sandals were immensely fashionable this summer, so Eva bought these lovely Spartan sandals with the idea to add them a bit of color.

We decided to use only pom-poms and tassels although various types of pendants and charms can be added as well.

To make the pom-poms I used this method but instead of the whole hand I used only my index finger  and here's a tutorial for the Tassels.

This is our color selection and placement of the pom-poms.

We didn't glue the pom-poms on. Eva plans on wearing the sandals for years to come, so we reasoned if they come out of style and she doesn't feel like wearing them like this, she would be able to  take everything off.  So instead of gluing, we sewed them together as shown on the picture below.

How to sew them together: Thread a sewing needle with a doubled thread, start from the first/ red pom-pom and sew upwards to the last one, then change directions and sew downwards. When you come to the first pair, that is the orange in the picture, sew through the pink too, then back at the orange one. Repeat this for the second pair (the yellow and the green one) and finish where you started. After I finished sewing the pom-poms I secured the whole piece onto the sandals by tying it in several places underneath.
The tassels are an easy job- you just need adequate jump rings.
We hope you like how we made them!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Summer Garden in My Shop


Happy Sunday!
Just wanted to tell you I just listed these little treasures I crocheted as part of my Mori Collection. That one went as fast as a twister and these are the only one remaining - I just discovered I hadn't listed them anywhere for a year. Oh and there are some leftover brooches, but they'll come a bit later. Can you believe they were hibernating - or maybe it was me ? :)
Below are my Bohemian bracelets/ cuffs - the patterns for these are among my bestsellers, so if you are interested and you don't crochet, now you can buy them already made.
If you are interested in the patterns for these they are here and here.


Thank you for stopping by and do visit tomorrow for an interesting DIY idea.

Friday, August 19, 2016

DIY Lace and Tulle Rosettes Tutorial


Happy Friday all!

Well, I have a super easy weekend project for you if you were planning on being crafty. What I want to show you is two featherly easy techniques to make lace and tulle rosettes.

Let's start with the Lace Technique

1. You need a strip of elastic lace. The width and length determine the size. For my rosette I used 7.1" / 18 cm long and 1.2" / 3 cm wide lace strip.

2. Fold it in half.

3. Fold the end to mark the center. *(Instead of folding you can tie a knot here).

4. Start turning the strip around that center you folded.

5. Hold the center so that it doesn't bulge up while turning.

6. When done, pin it in several places.

7/8  Tuck the end underneath and shape it with fingers to get the right look.

Tulle Technique

1 / 2. Cut  a strip of elastic tulle. The for my rosette I used 3.9" / 10 cm long and 1.2" / 3 cm wide lace strip. Note that the longer the tulle strip, the bigger the rosette. Put it on your index finger and start winding it around. Do not go up and down the finger - do the winding in one spot.

3. Next, carefully slip it off your finger.

4 / 5. Hold it tight and pin it.

After you pinned the rosettes, thread a sewing needle and sew through all the layers minding not to disturb the shape of it.
As you can see from the pictures, I used these cute rosettes to make rings. As a matter of fact, these can be used for all kind of accessories or refreshening old clothes, etc.
I hope you enjoyed my techniques!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bohemian Summer: Boho Kids' Clothes

What kind of Bohemian Series would this be if we don't include kids in it? The bohemian trend not only touched but deeply embraced kids clothes this summer. And if I may say, I think they are better  than adult clothes. I mean I would love to have all of these myself :)
Ok not the jumpsuits and the rompers, but you get what I mean:)

When it comes to selection of fabrics and prints - they are the same - bold, vivacious colors, flowery prints, lace / crochet insets and pieces, tassels and pompoms.
What I came to notice that out of all the rompers / jumpsuits are the most popular of kids clothes, followed by shorts and shirts and lastly dresses.
I leave you now to enjoy the selection I've made. All respective links can be found on my board Kids' Clothes.