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Romantic Crepe Easter Eggs DIY

 

 

 

 

Every year I like to change my tablescape for Easter and aside for the permanent decorations in the shape of bunnies, chicks and other Easter related stuff I try to freshen it up so this year was no exception.

 

What follows is a super messy activity which turns beautifully in the end, so if you are not afraid of a little mess, come join the ride.

 

To make the romantic pleated / folded crepe eggs you need:

 

* crepe paper in desired colors

* Styrofoam eggs (as many as you like)

* lace, tulle, ribbons, crochet flowers, catchy fabric, trinkets you have lying around....

* white paper glue (decoupage glue)

 

 

Cut a rectangle piece of paper (to fit your egg) and pleat it (fold it).Insert egg in the middle (spread the pleats there), close the ends to see if the size is right. My paper was a bit longer than necessary. Cut the excess. Unfold it again with the egg in the center.

 

 

Add glue on the egg and glue the sides first; next lift the sides again and glue them over the egg (upwards). Sprinkle it with cuteness. For this one I glued a dotted silk fabric and a tiny sateen flower.

 

To make the romantic crumpled crepe eggs:  

 

 

Cut a piece of crepe and crumple it. Add glue on the egg and glue the paper. It cannot be easier. Decorate it your way. Make many that will bring joy and cheer!

 

 

 

We are ready for Easter!

 

Ethical Label: Zazi Vintage

 

 

Zazi Vintage is a luxurious fashion label that embraces and promotes traditional ethnic craftsmanship - a collaboration project including artisans from all over the word, where the emphasis is placed on sustainability and women's economic and social independence.

 

 

Jeanne ZIZI Margot de Kroon, the founder of  Zazi Vintage, having worked for a big and unethical retail company,  decides to completely quit the modeling industry and focus studies and worldwide women empowerment projects because as she says:

"Fashion for me means story telling and the stories of the clothes I wear have to resonate to my beliefs. Because of this, I now no longer shop in chain stores, big companies or online. From countries like Guatemala to India, Lithuania to Ethiopia, I have gathered my wardrobe and found the most intriguing and inspiring pieces that all carry a unique story and connect me to another time, place and or person. 

I want people to know exactly where their clothes are coming from, by who they are being found by and exactly who they are supporting with their purchases. Portraying both these sides, I believe I can create a bridge, passing over what I have learned and continue to learn but also receiving lessons from the women of all corners of this wonderfully weird and beautiful planet earth that we are apart of".

The label works with artisans in Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, India and Afghanistan. Current collections are produced with small families and women-empowering NGOs, such as the Institute for Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development in India. 

Their vintage story is divided into 5 chapters: 

The Kuchi Dress

When a woman of the Afghanistan's Kuchi tribe got married, she wore one of these dresses combined with a Chador (head scarf) and tun ban (pants). Just one of these dresses takes about 4 to 6 months of handwork. The dense embroidery of the dresses arranging from heavy woven beadwork to special stitched coins that they found on their journey to the border of Pakistan combined with the rich materials of Silk, velvet and lighter woven work, make the dress a very special one.

The Baluchi Dress

Baluch women put on loose dresses and pants with sophisticated and colourful needlework, including a large pocket at the front of the dress to hold their accessories. The upper part of the dress and sleeves are also decorated with needlework, a form of artistry that is specific to the clothing of the Baloch women. Often the dress also contains round or square pieces of glass to further enhance the presentation. 

 

The Suzani Coats

The collection is comprised of the most detailed handmade Suzani embroidery from Tajikistan, matched up with vintage Mongolian sleep rugs that were inspired by the Afghan Coats. 

 

 

Zazi & Saheli 

The collaboration of Zazi with their NGO partner  in Bhikamkor

 

 

Ikat

All of Zazi's  Ikat woven dresses are handmade and are one of a kind. For this collection they worked with vintage IKAT from the border of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

Fashion Trend: Structural Biomimicry Knitwear

 

 

When it comes to knitwear, the fashion world has set the trend which was readily accepted by the knit and crochet community.

Structural biomimicry knitting and crochet. 

Garments made using different fibers to create intricate structures and textures inspired by natural forms. 

Nature has always provided inspiration for pattern and form in design and biomimicry  is on the rise. 

The original patterns of the flora are transferred into textiles using a mix of yarn, stitches and patterns.

 Source: Pinterest

 

The symmetry of fine creases found in feather structures inspire new cable placements.

 

Source: Spinexplore.com

 

 

 

Source: Spinexplore.com

Lichen and moss open wide doors to the emergence of  tapestry resembling knitwear, followed closely by the endless offerings of the reefs -  algae and corals thus widening and bringing more excitement to the knitwear designing trends. 

 

 

Source: Spinexplore.com

 

 

                                          Source: Pinterest                                                       Anniken Allis' shawl Eliza

 

 

Zaneta Gelevska - Artist

 

 

Zani is a compatriot of mine who stole my heart with her deeply touching paintings showing her unique perception of human feelings, emotions and relationships portrayed with an explosion of colors that grab the beholder and leave a powerful imprint on him. Her paintings tell incredible stories we can all relate to effortlessly.

 

 

 Love
 
 Love
 

Zani graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art Skopje, Macedonia in 1989. She participated in numerous exhibitions in her native Macedonia, involving herself in various art related projects. Her work has reached over 15 countries worldwide and is in many private and public collections. In 1999 Zani was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Blains Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair, London and soon after that she relocated to England, where she is now operating as a full time freelance artist.

 
Zani is always experimenting and her paintings are a unique blend achieved by combining acrylic and mixed media and a range of unusual materials. These materials have become a distinguishing feature of Zani's work and in many cases the materials dictate the form, as well as give the paintings their distinctive quality. Zani's paintings have a powerful strength and refreshing spontaneity with rich variations of colour and tone. Most of her inspiration is drawn from ordinary people and everyday experiences and events.
 
The work is often based on the relationship between public and private space, memories of the past and visions of the future. Zani is fast becoming a sought after talent in the world of contemporary art and exhibits her work during the year in a number of galleries in London and throughout the UK. However, a permanent exhibition of her work is on display, and can be viewed, in the Macedonian Embassy in London.
 
 
Reunion
 
 
Hug
 
 
You and Me
 
 
Happy Family
 
 
 Collage of Zani's latest work
 
 
Zani's studio
 
Truly amazing, isn't it? If you were hooked on these, you can find more stunning paintings on her website and you can also follow her on instagram
Capsule Wardrobe - Downsizing the Wardrobe or Building One's Style

 

Style Me Pretty

My Scandinavian home

 

Maybe you've just heard about it or maybe you have already transformed your wardrobe.

What has not lost its momentum after a couple of years in the trend is the capsule wardrobe. What does capsule wardrobe mean? It means carefully curated and cultivated wardrobe where pieces work harmoniously with each other so you no longer need to fall into a consumeristic fit and buy the next random piece of clothing.

To me it sounds more of building one's own style. 

The concept of the capsule wardrobe focuses on selecting a certain number of pieces (the number 37 seems to be popular with capsule wardrobe enthusiasts) that are in your preferred style, colors, prints and textures, accompanied with the right accessories and shoes.

The formula goes like this:

 

 

Choose the basics in the colors that you love wearing and that would fit greatly with the other items you select.

To add interest you need items that would be textured or printed and pair perfectly with the chosen basics.

Lastly, choose the footwear and accessories that match your capsule wardrobe.

Below are a couple of color palettes and boards showing mixed & matched items to give you a spark of the idea how to capsule your wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

 

Anzelika's Art

 

 

In the art world, Anzelika Koleva is known for her unconventional way of creating art - by spreading colors, finger painting and using spatulas to shape images.

 

She has replaced brushes with her fingertips and uses them solely to mix colors. The finger painting technique and painting by letting colors spread is not easy as one can imagine, but she has mastered them both thus making her art immediately recognizable.

 

The woman, being the everlasting inspiration is the main motif in her paintings. She uses the image of the woman as a drive fueled by the stories and emotions shared by her friends, sisters and mothers which she captures and translates into her paintings.

 

 

 

What she is also recognized by is her vinyl art. She uses old, damaged vinyl records to revive and beautify them and create one of a kind stories. Read about her amazing vinyl collection here and buy her art here.

 

Last Minute Bohemian Gift Wrapping DIY Ideas

 

It's Christmas Eve and you are late on your gift wrapping and lack ideas? Do not fret because we've got a lovely round of bohemian DIY wrapping ideas that will certainly bring lots of joy and pleasure to the eyes!

Amazing Alisa Burke has plenty of DIY tutorials offering a bohemian haven:

 

 Finger Painter Paper

 

 

Mixed Media Paper Ties and Bows

 

Gift Tags

 

Watercolor Gift Tags

 

Pom Poms & Tassels

 

Boho Chic Wrapping

 

>Silk Flowers Wraps

Floral Wrapping

 

Happy Holidays!

Create a Scandinavian Christmas

Via Pinterest

We continue our Christmas decorating series with the inevitable, eye-catching Scandinavian Christmas that has risen in popularity in the last years.

It has many common traits with the traditional and rustic decorating mainly due to Scandinavians preserving ages long traditions where the emphasis is on the homemade. A Scandinavian Christmas if filled with color, mainly red and white with traditional patterns.

 

Via Target

 

 

Adding natural elements brings a special warmth and charm - here the emphasis is on the wooden and straw decorations or other décor. Some of the most popular decorations of course are the Dala horse and the Yule goat along with Tomte - their counterpart of Santa.

 

 Via Bauhaus

Light wood combined with different textured and patterned fabric, a generous  amount of felt and a dash of jute and gingham ribbon is all you need to make some adorable decorations. Hope these images will boil  up your creative juices!

 

 

Via Home Design Ideas

 

Via Loves to Know

 

Via We Heart It

Via Pinterest

Homemade Christmas Treats

 

I am resharing two amazing, palate tickling recipes for homemade Christmas treats. If you were wondering what treats to make to surprise your friends and family for Christmas, think no longer for Boyana's has just offered a fantastic solution.

Hot Chocolate on a stick

  for 10 chocolate cubes

  • 200 g chocolate (i use dark, but also milk chocolate can be used)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 5 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
  • 10 ice-cream or lollipop sticks

 

Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat, add the cocoa and sugar and stir until everything is equally incorporated. If it’s too thick, put the saucepan back over the hot water and continue stirring. Be careful not to let any water come in the chocolate, because it will seize-up.

When everything is mixed well you’ll have a thick, but still pourable mixture. Pour it in the ice cube tray, put a stick in the middle of every cube and leave at room temperature to harden. When the cubes are completely cooled and hardened, remove them from the ice cube tray and keep at room temperature in a air-tight container.

When you want a cup of hot chocolate, just dip the cube in a cup of hot milk and stir until it is dissolved.

You can add spices like cinnamon or cloves to the mixture or even a pinch of hot paprika for a Mexican hot chocolate.

 

 

 

QUINCE IN SYRUP

for a 400 ml jar:

  • 1 large quince
  • 300 ml water
  • 125 g brown sugar
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • a few strips of lemon zest
  • 4 – 5 slices of fresh ginger
  • 2 tea bags black tea (I used earl grey)

Peel and core the quince and cut it into thin slices. Put it in a pot with everything else, except the tea bags and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a bare simmer. Add the tea bags and and let steep for 5 minutes, then remove them.

Cook the quince on low for 20 minutes, covered and then 10 more minutes uncovered, or until the slices are tender but don’t fall apart and the syrup has thickened a little. Remove the lemon zest and ginger slices.

Pour the quince slices and the syrup into a clean jar, close the lid, gently tap on the counter to release air bubbles and leave to cool to room temperature. Store in the fridge for a few weeks.

 

 

Recipes and images courtesy of Sitno Seckano.

Rustic Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

 

In line with our Rustic Christmas Decorating we chose some fresh ideas how to use gifts of nature to wrap your gifts for Christmas.

 

The winter red berry bush  or mistletoe is an effective detail to add as a décor that will make gifts pop, especially if used on brown or white paper and tied with twine.  

 

 

Pinecones are the natural first choice and they have literally flooded the internet. Personally, I never grow tired of them and always mind to have a fresh supply, so our trips in the woods always end up with heavy loads of pinecones.

Here are some fabulous ideas how to use them:

 

 

Recycled paper with some greenery and "woodsy & leafy" things always catch attention and subtly point out conscious consumption and respect of nature.

 

All relevant links of images can be found on my board here.

Decorating for Christmas - The Rustic Lover

Via Pinterest

 

We are continuing the Decorating for Christmas Series. Last week it was the Traditionalist, but today we'll focus on the Rustic Lover.

The sole word "Rustic" implies the smell of wood and pines, burlap, weathered antiques and warm, soft natural textures.

 

Via Domestically Speaking

The rustic Christmas tree is calmer in tones embracing ornaments in natural colors - those being white, beige, brown, grey with a great amount of golden or silver sprinkles, although red as a festive color is also included.

 

Via AnExtraordinaryDay

Via Pinterest

Via theroomedit.stfi.re

Rustic decorations come from the nature. You don't need much to give your place a festive look. You need lots of pinecones, pine branches, some wood slices to hold your handles, an eye-catching arrangement of all and the magic is on.

Via Curated Interior

If you want to make a fairytale fireplace, arrange the same gifts of nature into a wooden crate, add colorful baubles and winter berries branches.  

 

Wonderful Rustic DIY Ornaments

Popsicle Stick Sleds

 

Twine Balls

 

Twig Ornaments

Homespun Fabric Ornaments

 

Gnome Ornaments

 

I hope you enjoyed the post!

"Bonjour Madame" Collection

 

 

 

 

Aleksandra Ivanova who creates behind the brand Sofija Filigranska has a new collection of amazing wooden necklaces.

We talked to her about the inspiration and the idea, as well as the drive to create illustrated stories:

"I make my jewelry with a great passion and love, driven by personal excitement and joy inspired feelings while I watch every single piece come to life and each necklace is dedicated to transfer all those emotions to the woman that will carry it. For this collection I played with spots in the background and minimalistically drawn flowers, fruits or cookies in the foreplan with their full growth and juiciness, or you can see a scene of the favourite ritual of tea drinking and cookie eating... The black spots on a white surface gives a possibility for combining colorful details that will be emphasized and completely harmonious when matched together. Such match-making resembled a French lady wearing a spotted dress with a colorful brooch, thus I named the collection "Bonjour Madame".

Check her shop for more illustrated stories transferred on necklaces.

 

 

Decorating for Christmas - The Traditionalist

 

 

December is inevitably associated with Christmas. What better way  to celebrate the end of the year with and mark the new beginning than Christmas. The sole word has magic in it and just by saying it one gets hilariously giddy and joyful. Especially if you are into decorating and love to get your place in shape for the holidays.

This month we've decided to go big on Christmas, focusing on decorating, gift making and gift wrapping so there will be plenty of posts to give you a tickle and get you inspired.

Understandably the roots lie in the traditions that kept themselves from the tooth of time so this first post is going to tackle decorating for Christmas as a traditionalist.

 

 

Traditional Christmas decorating focuses on simple, yet effective décor where red and green with accents of gold prevail along with lots of stylish plaid ribbons and fairy lights to create a  warm, calm and cozy atmosphere.

The Christmas tree - the everlasting bringer of joy to both young and old - is the focal point of the living room adorned with lots of decorations, baubles, ribbons and lights. Vintage baubles ,the ones inherited from your grandma will certainly make the tree more charming and give it a character.

 

 

Other décor to add to soften the living room and make it cozier are throw pillows and fluffy blankets, socks hung on the fireplace.

Hot chocolate, mint sticks and gingerbread cookies are a must and not only to give your sweet tooth a piece of heaven, but you can use them to style your coffee table.

Other simple accents to scatter around the house for a more festive look which by the way you can make yourself:

A candle into a jar with a ribbon and jute wrapped around it.

 

Or put that jar /glass into a tray and decorate with baubles and greenery for an eye-catching table centerpiece.

 

Or simply put baubles and lights into a glass vase and the sparkles will make the evening even more magical.

All images taken from Pinterest except the logoed ones.

Its Majesty - The Brooch

via The Glamourai

 

Brooches have ages long history. In fact the first ones appeared in the Bronze Age later becoming popular with the Romans, Greek and Celts as ornamented clasps mainly made out of bone or metal, designed to get attached on garments - often to hold them closed.

They came in many varieties and held prominent significance for the identity of the wearer, indicating ethnicity and class. During centuries they came and went out of fashion, but recently they made a magnificent comeback.

 

via The Glamourai

 

The myth that brooches are for old ladies has long been broken and abandoned. Brooches aspire to be the ultimate fashion accessory. They are becoming a unique personalization tool - they add originality to clothes and make them stand out.

via Nicole Warne

 

via Pinterest

They are versatile. You can wear a brooch on almost everything -from a lovely velvet evening dress to a heavy tweed coat. Millennials get inventive with the brooch and wear it on shirts and even place on belts, hats and bags.

Eva Mendes wearing gorgeous Lorraine Schwartz brooches

 

The materials a brooch can be made of varies to the extremes, so today you can find them made out of diamonds and precious gems as well as paper and wood. What kind would you choose?

Check out these brooches from our shops:

 

Ocre and Champagne brooches

 

Blue and Carnelian Brooches

Pink & Blue Girl Brooches

 

Cat  & Elephant Brooches

 

Paradise Bird Brooch

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