Monday, December 29, 2014

Twisted Gold Bow Bangle

Hey there!
As I did my usual before-I-go-to-bed-routine by surfing through the Internet (I'm looking at YOU Pinterest!), I spotted a bow bracelet from Kate Spade.
Here is the link to today's DIY inspiration:
I mean: Isn't that just adorable?!
Gold? Check. A bow? Check. A bracelet? Check.
Read on to see how I tried to copy this and change it into my own version:
What you need:
Gold wire
Jewelry pliers
Hot glue gun
Velvet band in the color of your choice (mine is deep purple)
How to:
Start by cutting two 11'' (around 30cm) long pieces of wire.
Fold each of them in half and create a small loop. Now start twisting till you reach the ends.
Take the ends and create two loops, each facing another direction.
Next, grab the end of one loop, wrap it around the center of both and bend over.
If the ends are too rough, sand them or dip them in nail polish.
Then, bend the other ends with the small loops so that the bangle will fit your arm wrist.
Cut two pieces of the velvet band, pull them through the small loops, dab hot glue at the ends of the band, fold them over and press.
Whenever you want to wear this bracelet, tie the ends of the velvet band together.
Le fin.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

DIY: Fabric Tape Hairband

Yesterday, one of my dear friends celebrated her birthday!
A week ago, I was at a loss what to give her. I asked her and she said that anything would be fine as long as I craft it myself. Despite her hint, I wasn't sure what to do. Thus, she said that she would be delighted to receive a hairband. Knowing this and the fact that her favourite color is purple, I began to make one for her...see for yourself! :

1. Materials: 2 x Fabric Tape (different patterns), scissors, a needle, thread, elastic
2. Start by cutting your fabric tapes. I cut mine at 15,5".
3. Peel off the unnecessary side of the fabric tape.
4. Stick one end of the elastic to a farbic tape. Put the other fabric tape over that part.
5. It should look like this.
6. You can see both sides of the hairband, making it a "double-sided" one.
7. Secure the elastic by stitching the end together.
8. Now you're finished!

After I made this one, I tried another version. I crocheted flowers with purple wool and added an elastic.


Next, I folded a paper bag, put in some chocolates and the two hairbands and closed it with a sticker. To secure it further, I clipped on a mini clothespin.

What about it? Make a few hairbands for your friends next time - it didn't take me a long time to make these and they will be happy to receive something you crafted yourself!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nails: Halloween!

Just two more days and it will be halloween! Kids wandering around the block knocking on doors and shouting "Trick or Treat!", frightening movies shown on TV, carving out pumpkins and so's that time again!

I couldn't sit on my horses anymore so I went and manicured my nails suitable to this event.

To begin with, I painted one coat of the all-in-one base on my nails, then moved on to paint two coats of black. On the ring finger, I painted two coats of blanc. Now the base was complete and I had five canvas to play around with.
After I let the coats dry fully, I started to add a spiderweb on my ring finger. I used an old thin  paintbrush and drew one in few strokes.

With a dotting tool, I added various shapes and symbols to my other nails.

At the end, it looked like this:

I like the result, even though it's not a scary and very arty manicure, I still think that simplicity is the best. I never wore black on my nails before, so I was surprised at how classy and elegant the combination of white and black can look like.
I think I will display this combination more often, but maybe without the spiderweb since it cannot always be halloween all year 'round (unfortunately).

Either way, I wish you all a happy halloween! Hopefully, this post inspires you to create your own nail art which matches your outfit and gets you into the mood!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Scarf for Fall

Here in Germany, the fall holidays began recently!
Fall is actually my favorite season of the year. Drinking hot chocolate while it's raining outside, reading a book while staying in bed and celebrating halloween.
It's also the season when you want to start cozing up - be it at home or your clothes.
So, here I went and knitted a new scarf

-2 balls of wool
-a pair of knitting needles

2. Well, you just start knitting! For this scarf, I used a so-called "Patentmuster". I like this pattern the most, it's easy and it keeps you warm. Here is a link to the tutorial:
The language is german, but I think you can understand how to do it by just watching the video.

 3. After knitting and knitting and knitting again, you should have a scarf long enough so you can wrap it around your neck.
Overall, it took me around 4 hours and I did it while watching TV.

4. Now you have a new cozy scarf!
Enjoy wearing it and everyone will be surprised if you tell them that you did it yourself!

Are you also excited to polish your knitting skills and to grab a pair of knitting needles?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A New Beginning

I'm exited.
This is my first Blog and there are so many things I want to share.
For a long time now, I've been thinking about creating one.
I want to discover all the little things which make our life a bit better and happier. Things which delighten my heart. I want you to know the world I live in - with all the tiny things, everything, even if it isn't something grave and great.
I want to know how far I can get and I want to peek into the unconsciousness of my creativity and endurance.
I'm in your care now, please treat me well.