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DIY Lace Boho Cuff

 



 



This is a sweet weekend project for a lace boho cuff I've prepared that can be finished in no time - I just love these kinds of projects where you can whip something in a matter of minutes and head out of the door wearing it.

So what you need is:
1. A wide piece of lace (length: to fit your wrist)
2. Decorative coins and beads
3. 2 clasps
4. A metal chain and jump rings
5. Sewing needle and thread (sewing machine)


 
 
Cut a piece of lace that would be as long to go around your wrist but not cover it completely. Mind to add a little seam allowance because we are going to sew the edges.  For this project I repurposed lace from one of the blouses I had lying around, so an oldie can be a goldie.
 
 
 
 
Fold the ends, pin and sew to secure. Lace can fray like crazy sometimes. I used my sewing machine for this because the lace has a lot of hollows and it was easier than doing it by hand.
 
 
 
After sewing the edges, add the clasps. I noticed afterwards that they mine are not properly lined up. Mind that please.
 
 
Add jump rings on the respective sides and attach the chain.
 
 
My lace with its circle-designed edges is just perfect to add coins between them.
 
 
 
 
And because I went with the black and metallic (silver) look, I chose round metal beads to add to the middle of the lace and fill those spaces up.
 

 
And it is done! I am very satisfied how it turned out and even more at how it looks when styled.
I hope this insipres you to make one for yourself.
 
 
 
 
Irena Ivovich: Mommy's Imaginary Friends

 

 



If you believed that only little kiddies have imaginary friends, well... you couldn't be more wrong. Because mommies can have them too and this mommy in particular has a stunning collection of them!

Let me introduce Irena Ivovich - the mommy behind Mommy's Imaginary Friends.

 
1. Who is the Mommy behind Mommy's Imaginary Friends (MIF)?
 
Who's the Mommy? The Mommy in this story is Yanya and Dzuradz' mom and her name is Irena. ;)

She's a grown woman that plays with dollies, an architect, a housewife, a teacher in school, a mother and a wife, an evil feminist and many other things.
Although insisting on being a mom can sometimes be boring, there's that essential change in a woman that follows her when she becomes a mother. Along with the changes that followed in my case, as well as other life circumstances made me question my professional goals; becoming a mom reminded me that when you slow down with everything you do, the creative process can become a game. And in the end, it is a game.


 
I am still into the interior design business (in the past I worked for a furniture production company that was a supplier for a big chain of stores), but under my conditions. The job in the school is the one that makes me go outside and maintain the continuity of going to work, which is also important to me. I go everywhere on my bike. It is stored away only when its icy outside. I've organized my obligations in such a way that I am able to spend maximum time near my children, but I also try very hard to involve them in  as many of my activities as I can. They are my closest expert associates when it comes to designing MIF characters. I am in a life phase when I feel the happiness is tangible and possible to achieve and that it is possible to have so much in this life only if one is aware of everything beautiful happening around.



2. How did you start making fabric toys and what was the first one you made?
 
I started making fabric toys at a time I wasn't able to realize some ideas of a small production of wooden toys. I always conceptualize as a designer first and as an architect I started from furniture, but since that idea got stuck in time, I started to sew toys little by little, first as gifts for the neighbouring kids and small relatives, but when people saw my photos of them on social media and started asking about prices, then I started selling them.

At the beginning everything was poorly done, mostly because I didn't know at all how to use a sewing machine. (I find tailoring more logical, probably due to all the descriptive geometry knowledge I acquired.). I learned how to use it and worked to a commendable routine one step at a time.

I just recently remembered that I had sewn my first toy at the age of 14 to give as a gift to a boyfriend of mine at that time. It was a turtle and I believe it was sewn very poorly. Seventeen years later, I sewed a kitty for my Yanya, completely by hand and with the whiskers sewn backwards. :)


3. What kind of fabric do you use for your toys?

I use different fabrics . I try to find ones of great quality, natural and interesting. I buy in small quantities - usually a piece of fabric and I do recycle a lot. I also buy leftovers from tailoring shops and they can be a real treasure. Some of the motifs are recurring, such as red fabric with white polka dots. I cannot live without them. :)

4. What is the easiest / fastest toy to make?

 The easiest toy? Definitely the mouse. But when it becomes  easy it somehow loses its magic and that's why I always love to change something, try out new designs.


5. Can you tell us a bit about the toy creating process? How long does it take from a sketch to the final product?
 
The creative process, as I was taught in school, is all about sketches. A huge pile of sketches which I replace by ruining at least 10 sample pieces, which I distribute to the neighbouring kids to play with, then there is a lot of Maths and it keeps going.
 
I worked on my first doll for about a year - I have been experimenting with it for the past 6 years. The penguin was a lot of pain, but now I think I have the perfect cut and I am quite satisfied with it and with the other birds. I literally play with the chicks and parrots 'designs and for them I don't have a cut, just a sketch which I literally draw onto the fabric. Currently, I am playing with sea creatures. I try not to fall into a routine.
 
 
6. How many different toys do you have in your offer?
 
In my offer there are lizards and monsters made for babies, which I must say inspire me the most, then there are dolls, cats, bears, fish, whales, mice and there's always something new.  I try my best not to repeat myself and I do not show the least interest in serial production.
 
Well, stepping into this mom's world felt wondrously - I hope you enjoyed it too.
Find more about MIF in her online shop and Facebook page.
 
 
Editor's Pick: Sexy MF by Magda Station

Magda Station has a brand new collection that is fresh, bold, daring and just the dash of retro we need to spice up the summer!

 

 

This is my brand new collection which I dubbed “Sexy MF”. The music from the legendary singer Prince served as an inspiration for this collection. I wanted to make original pieces of clothing inspired by the 80s and 90s.

I had to really step out of my comfort zone in order to design it. The fabric that I used is plead which I decorated with handmade beads and lace. I wanted to make something different, unique and sexy, for brave girls/women who know what they want and have a unique style.

I must admit that the details of lace were a total risk, because I didn’t know how they will fit in the whole look, but exactly those details were the highlight of my collection. 

 

 

Check out her shop for the new collection!

Summer Fashion: Round Beach Towels

 

Remember the fluffy rectangle beach towels you cannot go to the beach or pool without?

Well, forget all about them because there is a new fashion craze going on right now:

Round Beach Towels

 

They are flooding the inernet with their fantastic prints and colors. Most popular towels are made having in mind the current trend this year which is big colorful tropical or bohemian prints and you can also find whimsical ones. So if you are left towel-less in your pursuit for the perfect beach accessory, don't despair because you can make one with towels you have at hand. A Beautiful Mess have got the right tutorial for you.

 

Via James Clothing Boutique & InStyle

 

Via Beach Bella

 

Via Kily.PH

 

DIY Boho Hand Bracelet

 



Hi guys!

If you are boho crazy like me, join us today because we are going to make a beautiful hand bracelet. Don't worry because this project does not go further than joining different lengths of chain with certain findings. Haha... that sounded funny. Sounds easy too? It is!
 
What you need:
 
 
 
 
1. A pendant, piece of jewelry that could be connected on the upper and bottom part (preferably with holes)
2. A long piece of chain - not more than 15 cm / 5.9"
3. 3-4 regular jump rings +1 smaller and a lobster clasp
 
Step 1
 
 
Wrap the chain around your middle finger and measure how much you need to make a chain ring, cut excess chain. Mind not to make it too tight so to stop circulation! Use the smaller jump ring to make a ring.
 
Step 2
 
 
Next place the pendant on your hand and measure how much chain you need to connect it with the ring. Cut chain and join on the same small jump ring. Attach a jump ring on the pendant too. Step 2 is done.
 
Step 3
 
 
Now, we need to measure 2 chains for the bracelet that are going to be attached to the bottom of the pendant. Measure desired length of chain, attach it on the bottom of the pendant, at the back add a jump ring on one chain and (a jump ring onto which you attach ) a lobster clasp on the other and you are done.
 
It was easy, isn't it?
 
 
I made this bracelet for myself and I cannot wait to wear it on our upcoming vacation. I also made several different pieces more for my bohemian collection, using this technique, so you just let your imagination run and create the perfect boho bracelet for yourself.
 
 
Fashion report: Retro Swimwear

 

Via Unique Vintage Com

 

Retro swimsuits, a trend that started last summer is still hot and raging and one-piece swimsuits and high waisted bikinis are a serious rival to the its majesty - the regular bikini.

In swimwear this year there are several tendencies: strappy, lacey and ruffly. Mostly lingerie inspired which score high points on femininity. Then there are the ones with cutouts, strategically placed for the ladies wanting to make a bold statement. Off the shoulder, cute minimalistic details, flower prints.

 

The swimwear kigdom has never been more diverse and enchanting. Enjoy the selection.

 

Via Suboo

 

 

 Via Dolce & Gabbana, Lisa Mari Fernandez & Adriana Degreas

                                                                        Via Adriana Degreas

 

Via Pinterest

 

 

DIY Seed Bead Rings

 

 
 
Girls, get your beads and let's make some bling rings. This project can be done in 10 minutes, and the rings you are going to make will surely freshen up your summer and become your preferable summer jewelry.
 
What you need:
 
 
 
1. Ring Trays
2. Colorful seed beads (different sizes and colors)
3. Silicon glue

 

 
Put silicon glue onto the tray and pour beads over it. The tray will not be covered instantly, so fill the empty spaces between beads and if you don't want the holes to stick up, use a needle to push them back and lay them properly onto the tray (see last two images to spot the difference). Let them set in and air dry.
 
Once over, I added a layer of transparent nail polish to make them even shinier.
 
 

 

Mandala Pendant DIY

 

 

 

The surge in popularity of mandalas, both in creating them and coloring these enchanting circles is not quieting down.

Mandala, which is a Sanskrit word for a "sacred circle" has taken over the world of crafters and you can find them made in a wide variety of materials.

Today, Classy Clay Jewelry artist is going to show us how to make a clay pendant mandala. So without further ado, follow her tutorial to make one.

Drawing is relaxing and unwinding. Have you heard of mandalas? I adore them. With this tutorial I have combined my favourite life areas - drawing, polymer clay work and psychology.

Jung studied mandalas and according to him they portray the psychical balance of an individual. The drawing of a mandala is a deep meditative practice.

Today we are going to make a clay mandala.

 

Supplies you need:

1. Polymer clay (Fimo soft)

2. Liquid polymer clay - Liquid Fimo

3. Alcohol ink (Adirondack Alcohol Ink) or an alcohol pen(Spectrum noir) 

4. Polymer clay knife 

5. Clay silk screen kit by Sculpey

6. Pasta machine

 

Step 1:

Take the white polymer clay, work it well and slide it through the pasta machine to get the desired thickness. If you don't have a pasta machine, use a metal or glass clay roller.

 

 

 

Step 2:

Take the Sculpey Clay silk screen kit.

- Choose the silk screen pattern and metallic paint for your project. Shake paint well before use.

- Remove the backing paper from silk screen and position the screen shiny side down on top of the sheet of clay, smoothing the screen down with your fingers to eliminate any wrinkles. 

-Squeeze a line of paint above your pattern. Place the squeegee above the line of paint and pull down with light and even pressure. Do  this until the entire design is covered with paint.

-While paint is still wet, carefully remove the silk screen and immediately place the silk screen and squeegee in warm water. Gently rub the paint off using your finger and lay screen flat on a paper towel to dry.  Do not allow paint to dry on the screen.

 

 

Step 3:

Shape the pendant with a polymer clay knife. The next phase is baking at 110° C for 30 minutes. The fun begins when it cools down.

 

Step 4:

Coloring. You can use an alcohol ink or permanent markers. Work on the color design of your mandala. Wait patiently for it to dry.

 

 

Work on the back. Add a ring at a back orif you decide on making this a brooch, then add a brooch pin. Bake again at 110° C for 30 minutes.

 

Step 5:

Coat it with fimo polish or epoxy resin. Of course you can always leave the matte finish as well.

In the end, the pendant will capture and represent a constant remainder of your mood that day!

 

 

 

Classy Clay Jewelry for Your Body and Soul

 

 

  

Meet a designer who masterfully changes clay into amazing jewelry designs. Dear readers, meet Classy Clay Jewelry!

 

Boho Necklace                      Boho Earrings

 

1. Tell us a bit about  Classy Clay Jewelry? What  is the story behind your jewelry?

 I have always loved jewelry. When I was a child, my mother and aunt used to buy a lot of jewelry for me. As a teenager, I bought it myself. And I always had ideas swarming up, of jewelry I wished I had, so once I had a jewelry shop make a set of jewelry according to my design. When I came upon a piece of polymer clay jewelry on the internet, I knew that was the right thing for me. And that's how it all started.

 

2. What was your start like?  How long have you been making  jewelry?

I spent hours upon hours watching free tutorials on the internet. That is how I got acquainted with the basics and went head strong to create something new. That was 5 years ago.

 

3. What did you make first and how did it all change during the years?

 Creating my first pieces of jewelry I felt inner satisfaction that pulled me into further learning and creating and overcoming obstacles that I faced on the way.

I first made necklaces, which I personally love wearing, and little by little I introduced other pieces of jewelry.

 The materials I use have not changed a lot since the start. Of course I've made some additions, but the shape of my jewelry is completely different today than it was before. I tend to continuously change and improve the techniques I use, probably due to my exploring, adventurous and never-resting spirit.

4. What materials you use the most in creating your jewelry and what motifs do you turn to?Inspiration?

 In my work ,I mostly use polymer clay which is the foundation for everything and aside from that I also use epoxy resin.

In my polymer clay work I also use pigment colors, but let's keep that a secret.

 Then there are the finished elements like chains, various trays and settings. I love geometry, so it is a frequent design in my work. Because I love nature, it also influences my work. I love when I manage to gain a rustic effect when I work with earth colors. 

 

Boho Pendant

 Boho Pendant

 

 

5. Who is your jewelry intended for?

My jewelry is intended for women with attitude that love wearing something different, but pieces that are versatile so one can wear them during the day with a casual outfit, but also in the office.

 With this type of jewelry you'll be recognized as a person treasuring  handmade artwork.

 

Orange Art Earrings

 

Orange Art Earrings

 

Classy Clay Jewelry can be found here.

 

 

9 Fantastic DIY Summer Projects

 

Summer is just a step away and it is the perfect time to make something for your body and soul.

We chose 9 interesting and easy-to-do projects that you are going to enjoy like this gorgeous brass himmeli hanging where you can not only store your jewelry, but also flower pots and even make an interesting lamp covering with it. Beautify your sofa with stamped geometric pillows and lots of diamonds and give your skin some glam with these sense pleasing gemstone soaps.

 

 

If you are into boho ruffles - try making these these lovely pillows then.

 

Add some lovely fresh wall decor using roses  and if you want a more permanent installation you can try these bohemain hoops.

 

 

Finally, give a bling to your looks making these enticing bracelets and earrings.

 

 Get ready for summer in time and enjoy crafting!

Summer Fashion Trends: In & Out

According to the leading fashion editors, this summer would bring lots of refreshment on the fashion scene.

IN  and OUT

Khakis vs Skinny Jeans

Wave goodbye to your pair of skinny jeans because they are retiring this summer and khakis and chinos are taking over the fashion scene. Utility dressing is gaining a strong influence and the design of pants tends to be more wider and straighter.

 

 

Wrap Dress vs Slip Dress  

 

The slip dress had a long established rule and reigned for a couple of seasons to be slowly replaced by the wrap dress which is a nice shift towards effortless elegance. And it cannot be more versatile - whether you choose one for casual day at the office, a stroll in the park or as a beach cover-up, you are opting for the most desirable piece this summer.

 

Gingam Shirts vs Peasant Tops

 

ingham along with the stripes is the ultimate choice for shirts and it is pushing away peasant tops. I don't believe sworn boho enthusiasts will renounce them easily, but if you are into freshening your looks, gingham is the fabric you need. And it is nor restricted just for shirts.

 

 

DIY Hoop Beaded Earrings

 

 
 
Hello beautiful people!
 
I hope you are in a mood for some easy crafting today, because I have the perfect, the easiest and the cutest continuation of the beaded earrings project ready for you today.
 
 
Let's get busy.
 
For the Dangling chain earrings, you need:
 
1. Jump rings - {10 per earring}. Mine are 7mm/ 0.3" in diameter. 
2. Big colorful seed beads. 
3. Earring hooks.  
 
 
 
Add a bead on every second ring and make it as long as you'd like it to be. The ones in the picture are 6 cm/ 2.4" long. For a more appealing look you can add 2-3 such beaded chains in different lengths. Just saying.
 
Small Hoop Earrings
 
For these, you need big jump rings / connectors (1.5cm / 0.6") and beads in various shapes and sizes.
 

 

 
 
 
Just bead the design you come up with, add the hook and there you go. All done in a  couple of seconds.
 
 
Roll up your sleeves and start beading!
Summer Trend: Straw Bags

 

 

 

Straw bags! You've got to love them because their comeback is spectacular! They once modestly reigned the dusty corners of thrift shops, lying in piles forgotten by all, but managed to regain their rule and popularity out in the streets and now you can find them literally everywhere and in every imaginable shape. And they cannot be more beautiful.

Whether you are readying yourself  to do some shopping or arranging quick drinks with friends, the straw bag is your true companion. Small enough to contain the necessary things for a night out like a clutch or  one of those widely loved round bags, or big enough in the shape of a tote for a day at the beach. The choice is yours.

Arnhem Design

 

 

Born into a gypsy lifestyle of colour and beauty, Arnhem Bickley had a unique childhood spending her early years travelling around Australia and the world with her wild parents. Moving from town to town, living in Teepees, with no electricity and only candlelight to cook by at night, Arnhem, from a young age, was inspired with a heightened sense of creativity. With no schooling until her teenage years, she began sewing clothing for her dolls at the age of four, which sparked her passion for design. Now grounded in Byron Bay with her two beautiful girls and partner, the wilderness and natural beauty of her home and surrounding areas still heavily influence her designs.

Arnhem is a celebration of striking colours oozing with summer nostalgia featuring a variety of artistic prints that bring to life dreamy collections of playfulness and easy wear cuts that burst with personality. These elegant pieces capture an effortlessly feminine style, each design having a one off feel about it to make every customer feel like an individual.

Arnhem Clothing speaks to females from all walks of life, and encapsulates the label’s true bohemian spirit and adventurous lifestyle. It has inevitably grown to become one of Byron Bay’s iconic fashion labels, with celebrity fans, and worldwide followers.

 

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