Friday, March 31, 2017

Treasure Box Jewelry Collection

Dear readers I am happy to present my newest Treasure Box Jewelry Collection!

The collection was inspired by vintage jewelry, more specifically from the 1930s and 1940s. The collection showcases crochet necklaces, brooches and rings magically paired with pearl beads, fabric, laces and metal charms as accents to capture the vintage flair and emphasize femininity.
All the pieces of the collection are romantic, delicate and elegant to make any woman feel glamorous and enchanting.

I plan to share more of the collection pieces during the weekend. If you like to see more and buy pieces from the collection, visit my shop here.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Wooden Spoon Doll - creative idea


For her Art class, Eva had to make a doll out of a wooden spool and she asked me if I would help her make one. Well, needless to say the child in me started jumping up and down out of joy. To be honest, this is not the first one we made.
When both my children were in kindergarten and junior school, we made dolls out of spoons, but not elaborate and beautiful as this one.
First we constructed the body and filled it with polyfil. Inserted the spoon and sew it all around.
Next using a small saucer we cut out a round piece of cotton for the underskirt and added a dotted tulle skirt over it. The "shirt" is actually the bodice which I sew gathered so that we wouldn't have to make a special top. Since we are not experienced in making / sewing doll arms and hands (or legs for that matter) we used a pipe cleaner instead. (We know the arms are too low, be gentle with us!) We added a decorative ric rac sash and a bead necklace to top it all.
Oh, yes... we also made a tulle cape. We tried a sateen and a cotton cape but they fell down too heavily and covered the tulle skirt which we think is the best on the doll so we opted for a tulle cape.
Beads are used for the eyes and mouth. I crocheted the hair and we especially like the locks.
So what do you think? Do you like it?
We had so many fun ideas while making this one, it would be interesting to make some more and just give them away as gifts.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DIY Flower Clutch

Many, many summers ago, I bought myself several clutches and small bags (all being a bargain) and carried them dearly for the next summers of so. And there their story ends. I didn't have the heart to throw them away, so stored they remained for many years. Until a week or so, when it came to my attention that flower clutches are going to be popular this summer. And I remembered the forgotten ones. And I thought why not try a refashion....
It turned out great so this is how it went:

For this project, beside the clutch I used felt leaves and fabric flowers. I used both liquid silicone glue and hot glue.
First I took the clasp and the pocket off.
Next I glued the leaves on the clutch.

 Having worked out the arrangement for it previously, I gradually added / glued the flowers.
And here it is.
It is not an ordinary clutch but
perfect for summer cocktail parties.
Hope you like it!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rosa's Felt Shop - Inspiration Monday


Happy Monday! This is the last week of March and we have many interesting things to share with you here on the blog, so this week promises to be an interesting one!
Today we are offering a different kind of Monday inspiration. We are happy to introduce another amazing designer who joined our team. Rosa who is the master felter behind Rosa's Felt Shop.

She is a retiree who decided to give a new aspect to this stage of her life and make it more interesting, fulfilling and creative.
She loves to design amazing felt pieces and her interest focuses on ponchos and capes, bags, hats and other accessories.
She works with 100% wool that she dies herself and I was amazed to find out that she dies most of it naturally using walnuts, quince leaves, Japanese cherry leaves, St. John's wort. She wet felts her pieces and designs them inspired by the wonderful nature.
Visit her shop for more of her amazing pieces!




Friday, March 24, 2017

Blooming Flowers Necklace - Crochet Pattern

There you go! Another week gone in a jiffy, and before I sign off for the weekend I want to show you my newest necklace which I named Blooming Flowers. Hopefully, we'll get away from the city and see/ smell/ enjoy the real blooms to the fullest.
The pattern is here and here.

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

5 Fabulous Ideas to Welcome Spring Into Your Home

Via London Bride

Are you ready to welcome spring into your home?
We certainly are!

When it comes to decorating at home and beautifying the living space, even the plainest of vases with a bright and colorful flower arrangement can instantly freshen up the room, bring positive energy and lots of happiness.

In continuation I selected five fantastic ideas how to welcome spring at home without going over the budget, and yet have a modern and eye-catching spring home décor.

Via the Waen Collection & the London Bride

These flower terrariums are gaining more and more on popularity. The perfect centerpiece for your cocktail table.

 Via Honestly WTF
How about making a flower chandelier?
Your guests will certainly be amazed with such an installation!
 Via Plump Pretty Sugar Blog
Adding colorful, floral throw pillows is another way of adding that spring touch.
 Via Crfafteberry Bush, WittanDelight & Yao Cheng Design
Then there are the flower vases. The trend has a broad use - you can arrange flowers in buckets, jars, bottles and glasses. The effect is the same - an absolutely gorgeous setting.
Via Ella Claire & The Cottage Market 

Via Pretty Designs & Farmhouse Touches
And lastly - flower hangers. Whether a hanging pot or a round hanging shelf - use them to decorate empty spaces and wide windows.
Via Topista & Industry Standard Design
I hope you've enjoyed this post and use some of these ideas to welcome spring to your home!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Wreath DIY

The first day of spring. I think the word itself is full with blooms and nightingale songs and caressing rays of the bashful sun. All this is supported by the world outside my window and to celebrate the advent of its majesty I made this adorable spring wreath. And you can make it too, because I am adding links to patterns for flowers, leaves, butterflies and beads you can use for the wreath.
To make this lovely wreath I used an embroidery hoop, a collection of flowers and leaves, yarn to cover the hoop (you can use ribbon - it's much easier), a sewing needle and thread.
If you choose to crochet around the hoop, and note that this could be awkward, take a chunky yarn so the crochet would be easier, faster and plushier.
To make the flowers, use these patterns:

Work on the arrangement of flowers around the hoop, pin and sew. I didn't want to use any glue for this step, because sometimes glue makes some projects  look sloppy, and I find it much professional and better when flowers are sewn onto a project like this particular one.
When done, add a ribbon or a thread of yarn in the center and it is ready for hanging.
This makes an adorable nursery décor too, so it is a great gift for a new mom!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Inspiration Monday: Mizzie Morawez - a Freeform Crochet Poetess


Have you heard of Mizzie Morawez?
Well, I had the pleasure to learn about her a couple of years ago, and while planning the Inspiration Mondays I thought she certainly deserves more attention and a little space to be given on my blog to showcase her stunning crochet pieces. For, whenever I come upon one of Mizzie's creations, I stop immediately to wonder in awe at her astonishing and extraordinary freeform crochet. The unbelievable and exceptional construction of her pieces, use of yarn, colors and patterns will leave you speechless. Literally.
This is what she says about herself and her crochet art:

"I´m a friendly alienated hyper-creative multimedia artist & free lance interior designer for a living. I believe we are creating our own reality, so why not make it a place of joy & fearlessness - I´m proud to be making this world a better place one room at a time & supporting other people to create their realities as well.

 One more essential aspect of my personal reality is my lifelong passion for creating wearable-art- garments of all sorts & styles for true individuals who are not afraid to self-express & show the world who they are!

To me fashion is like a stage for personal theatre - you act out your feelings and attitudes in as subtle or dramatic a way as you wish to show, and there is no better way to help you achieve that goal than through art-to-wear clothing.

 There are no two people exactly alike, why should they wear exactly the same thing? This thought convinced me of the necessity to create individual pieces which will speak to each person in a secret language understandable only to the two of them - until they meet.

So, be yourself, find yourself, express yourself, make art part of your daily life, and if I can help you on this road, it will be my biggest reward."

Find more on Mizzie's blog and Flickr