With the move coming up, we went to Ikea 3 times already. We walked around, we bought stuff, we carried stuff, we got pissed off by the people there, we had to come back because what were bought were not in stock…But we kept coming back :-)
Now, this thing, the scarf hanger, I spotted it during one of my rounds in the store :-) and thought I could make one. The time that it takes to make one is worth much much more than the $8 price tag but I can’t help it… Im a DIY-er…I have to DIY :-D
These are the stuff I used:
- A hanger
- My Stamping up’s Colluzle cutting system
- Can you guess? T-shirt! :-)
The Colluzle couldn’t cut through the thickness of the cardboard…wah wah
so used the help of a small kitchen knife.
I see a ring for the scarf hanger i’m making and a coaster…yay
Next, I arranged the circles together and the hanger on top
Then, I joined all the circles together using paper tape.
Time to wrap them! I used T-shirt cut out but you can use anything…ribbons, yarns, duck tape (they have the colorful ones and even animal prints, have you seen?)
Watch a TED talk, listen to some podcasts,…wrap the T-shirt scrap round and round
You should check out this awesome blog post @Burdastyle : Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling Those Fabric Scraps! It has all kind of wonderful projects you can try out to celebrate Earth day. There are a few I wanna try myself so we can do them together :) And of course, my Prada dress was featured there wooo hooo! Aren’t you proud of me?
Please show Lindsey at Burdastyle some love for me! Thank you!
Jewelry making: How to make Polymer clay flower bracelet
I have one more project with these flowers…for now :) I still have some left to make more stuff with. Check out my earrings and rings that I made together with this bracelet.
Let’s see…how so I explain to you? I took some wire, double it up, and made a circle by wrapping it around a bottle. Then, bended it back and ford to make some loops. These loops will act like a surface for me to attach the flowers.
Next, I used some butcher’s twine to wrap around my wire structure for a softer look.
Attached the flowers using super glue. Notice the twine was still attaching…
…because I used it to add some glass beads for pop of colors and added interest.
I’m gonna rock this one with some summer dresses for sure! I love how it turned out, do you? So fun, so playful and cute!
What I did was, I took the scraps and forcefully sew them together to create a bigger piece of “fabric”, just enough for the pattern. If you saw my how-to video for the dress, you would know that the strips of scrap are not quite straight, so of course I trimmed as much as I could just so after sewing them together, they’d open up to be a flat piece of “fabric”. Don’t forget to press all your seams open.
I followed the instruction, drew the pattern, cut it out and also cut my pieces to sew. I also used the left over T-shirt from the same project for the lining of the bag.
The instruction was excellent and this is what I ended up with. I added a little loop of the same “fabric” so I can slip my hand through and it will stay snugged at my wrist leaving my hand free.
This would be my cute little bag that I would grab to go to the grocery store with just a card, a lip gloss and maybe my sunglasses and that’s it. It’s fun and cute, don’t you think?
I know many of you wanted to try making the Prada dress on your own, if you haven’t started yet, just keep in mind you can make this with your scraps too so don’t throw them away just yet! :-)
There you go my friends, an another functional piece for practically…NOTHING! :-)
Next year I'm going to college for for the first time! yikes! I am also looking forward to going to medical school after that. For a while I have been torn between taking a more creative route with my education and venturing in to the arts... BUT your page has made me realize that I won't have to give up all that creativity to become a doctor. So biomedical sciences degree here I come. Just one question: How do you make the time for all your wonderful diy projects?
Congrats on going to college next year! You should enjoy those 4 years as much as you can because med school will be tough.
Thank you for visiting my site and I’m so glad you like it.
I know how you feel about being torn between the right side and left side of your brain. Just so you know, you might never stop feeling that way. I feel that everyday. It is not easy, most of the time I feel guilty that I sneak in some time for myself to make stuff when I should be studying 24/7 like a good medical student. But, what can we do, creativity is ours to keep. Your brain will always come up with projects to make and cravings to look at colorful pretty things besides Netter’s anatomical paintings & the crazy amount of information fed to you in med school. The key here is to keep everything in balance (yeah right!). If you go back on my blog, you’ll see some huge gap in time where I made nothing, wrote nothing and there will be many more breaks like that for sure. Just try to priority things (I don’t always succeed at this but try anyways).
I really don’t intend to have this fea market fever every week but it’s so pretty outside today (first time this season I think) and I needed a walk.
Saw these 3 things and felt like I have to have them! They’re cheap and pretty, how could I resist?
This chest…is so pretty and it’s in perfect condition too!
This tea cup…I don’t know why…I drink tea by the gallon so I would not be able to sit there be all lady like and sip tea out of this cutie but look at its gold rim. It’s from Germany and it’s as light as air!
Maybe i’ll pour some wax into the the cup and make it a candle and hang the plate on the kitchen wall as wall decor? hmmm
Now these, these candle holders are oldies…
but look how pretty they are after I wash them…
I love its purple color when the light shines through. I think they would look really pretty with cream color candles.
And you know I’m up for anything, anything at all that would bring a little Spring to NY. It was beautiful yesterday and it’s gloomy again today! Boooo. I’m sure this Robin’s egg nail design will help :-)
Let’s get started.
This is what you need:
Step 1: Base coat
Step 2: Color (I used 2 coats)
Step 3: Gently pull the cotton swap to create this fuzzy tip
Step 4: Dip the cotton swap into colors and lightly tap it onto the nail to create marks on the egg & some awesome texture too
You can see here that the text is so much more crisp, and no ghost image :) (If you missed the original post with the tutorial, here it is)
What i did differently were:
- Pressed a little harder to help the ink transfer better (it’s just like stamping)
- Not moving the paper around (like I mentioned)
- Not try to take pictures while doing it :-)
I think this design would be so much better if you do it with a friend, it’s hard to apply even pressure on every finger using your non dominant hand…but it worked out fine for me and this is another case where practice does make perfect!
Step 2: Paint your nail with one of the neutral colors that would act as paper, for a more vintage look, use colors with more brown tone in it. I used 2 coats.
Step 3: Let your nails dry completely.
Step 4: cut out some newspapers rectangles larger than your nails. If you want the text to be straight on your nails, make sure that at least the top line is straight)
Step 5: Poor some rubbing alcohol into a small container, enough to soak the entire nail in.
Step 6: Soak your nail (one at a time) into the alcohol for a few seconds
Step 7: Immediately apply the pre-cut strip of newspapers onto the nail and press down to transfer the image
Step 8: Repeat Step 6 & 7 to all your nails and put on your top coat
Tips: To avoid some ghost images of the actual text as you see here on my ring finger, when applying the newspaper on top of the alcohol soaked nail, be sure not to move. Just press down firmly and carefully peel it off after a few seconds.
How-to: T-shirt reconstruction into a necklace & GIVEAWAY- CLOSED
I know that many of you probably have already seen people doing this magic thing where they turn a T-shirt into an awesome necklace…I personally haven’t done this project and I wanna :-)
I also want to add my own twist into it and I’m taking you along as I make my necklace:
I use this red T-shirt, which is left over from this project (where I turned 3 T-shirts into a Prada inspired striped dress). Yep, plenty of left over from that one.
Step 1: Lay the T-shirt flat on the cutting board, and cut 1 inch strips using a rotary cutter and a ruler.
…keep cutting, the more strips you have, the fuller your necklace will look. I stopped right under the sleeves of the shirt and ended up with 8 strips.
Step 2: Open up these strips and stretch, exercise, do a few yoga poses with them :-)
…they will end up looking like this
this is how thick my necklace will be if I double it up.
Step 3: Line up all the seams
At this point, there are a few things we can do, we can either use another strip of the same T-shirt to tie the bunch together and call it a day or…we can add a little bit of my twist into it :-)
Step 4: Bring out the wire and some tools to cut and bend the wire (This particular wire is not too tough to bend so you don’t really need all these tools if you have a good pair of scissors to cut the wire)
Wrap…round and round
until you get something like this:
Talking about the Bohemiam, earthy, tribal style that is the trend on many runways. Look at this blog post from Forever 21
Step 5: Rock your new necklace
Wanna wear it but don’t wanna make it? I hear ya. I’m gonna give this necklace away. I’ll ship it to ya wherever you are in the world. If you want it, here is what you do:
3. Tweet about this, put it on your blog, tell your friends about it.
4. If you’re on Tumblr, reblog this post or follow me.
Each of the above actions will give you one chance to win, so after you’ve done those things, come back here and leave me a comment to let me know! Only the comments on this blog post will enter :-). I will use random.org to pick the winner and announce to you on Monday 4/11/2011.
EDIT: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THERE WILL BE MORE COMING UP, BE ON THE LOOK OUT. WINNER OF THE T-SHIRT NECKLACE WILL BE ANNOUNCED TODAY 4/11/2011. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!
There is a small flea market right across the street from our building. It’s small, more like a church sale, and it’s only open on Thursdays and Fridays - only if the weather is nice. It’s freezing still but it was open today and I really really needed a little walk. It’s a shame to call this a walk because all I did was to cross the street, but I was very excited to see all kind of treasures they have out for sale.
They have all kind of stuff but I was more drawn to these and actually ended up getting them …
…all because just this morning, my friend Mary posted this picture. I immediately wanted to make it. Probably not any time soon because I’m busy, really really busy but i will definitely give it a try. I already have all kind of ideas in my head about how to put it all together :-)
Took off the label and I hate the way it looked. I was not gonna go run it under warm water and scrape it with a knife because I have done it before and it wasn’t fun. Even after doing that, the glue still lingered around. So, annoying! Do you have a good way to do it? Enlighten me please!
So, what i did was… I slapped a doily on it and tied a piece of ribbon around it. You can see here that it’s not a fix but it’s a solution :-)
My zippers are much happier in a jar than a plastic bag. So yay!
Organizing solution/ the DIY dish play along: Up-cycling a cardboard box
Inspired by this episode of the DIY Dish. I made a box to store my sewing related stuff I have laying around. So, I’m showing you step by step how to do it.
So, start with a cardboard box. I used paper tape to reenforce the corners and the base to make sure it’s sturdy enough in case I abuse it with many things. You can see here that I tape all four covers of the box to make a bigger and taller box. More storage space for me :-)
I added some tape around the rim of the box to make sure the edge is nice and smooth. Here is how I do it:
Tape all around
cut the corners like this
Then, on 2 sides of the box, I marked 2 rectangles and cut it out so I can lift and carry my box.
I covered these holes with tape too just for comfort. This is how I do it.
Next up, the Subway map! Finally! I know I mentioned many times that I would love to use it on many of my projects before. Here it is now.
Using Rubber Cement to glue the map to the box.
Cut off the excess on each side.
I also use more tape on each coner to give the box more of a finish look. Open up the handles and we’re done!
Some of you may know I was an art minor in college. I took a bunch of jewelry making classes and my friends were sick of me walking around with all my tools like wires and jump-rings… :) I also took ceramics and spent every chance I got in the studio making all kind of fun stuff. When ceramics and jewelry making got together, I got my babies :-) some of the pieces you’ll see here. Good times.That was 4-5 years ago… I can’t even recall how I stopped but I some point, I did. Work, and medical school kicked in. I was moving…
Picked this box up from my parents’ over the weekend. It was under my bed in my old bedroom…
…and I made a total mess out of the living room.
I found so many creations that i seemed to forget. These are examples:
I collected these rocks on the shore of Psara Island in Greece when I was there for a undergrad research project. Just for fun, here it is:
anyway, I dragged these rocks home wrapped them with some wires. I think they would make great pendants for some exotic looking necklaces. Look how gorgeous this one is…
Also, here are some pictures of the stuff that I made:
Copper bangles. These took ages to make. I was cutting, filing, drilling and threading…oh man…
Then entered the world of beads:
How fun are these cocktail rings?
Feel free to give me fun names for these pieces.
So, here is the interesting part: I think I’m going to do a blog give-away soon. One or maybe more of you guys will get some of these creations if you’d like. So, if you’re interested, be on the look out for it. Then, I’ll put the rest on my Etsy store. What do you think?
Until then, happy Monday to you and hope you have a great week.
I love wrapping presents and receiving beautifully wrapped presents!
Many people don’t agree with me as they rip the wrapping paper apart eagerly wanting to know what’s in side. I’m different. When I get a present. I look carefully at how it’s wrapped, the beautiful ribbon bow on it or any folds, pleats there are on it.
I was challenged to wrap a big box last week. It was as big as me. :-)
Here I’m sharing with you how I tackled this task:
1. Unroll the wrapping paper and lay it flat on the floor. Then put the box on it.
(If I had more time I would be more economical and “green” about this. I would not use a roll of wrapping paper for 3.50 and it almost not enough. I couldn’t do any design on it as it was only enough to cover the present)
I would used cheap Kraft paper and stamp on it, similar to what i did here. Or, I would use white paper and spray paint it like Eddie Ross does here in this post. Or, use free subway map to wrap it. I tried it here and it turned out great! Oh well, i was weak, and busy, so I went with Hallmark’s wrapping paper instead. Just for that I will make it a 2 hours for tonight’s Earth hour instead of just 1.
3. I chose to make the folds at the bottom and the top because of the size of the wrapping paper and the box itself…
Plus, leaving the handle out is a must. You don’t want to have trouble moving this box after wrapping it!
4. To decorate something this big, I needed a HUGE bow. Instead, I used the core of the wrapping paper and just do a few accordion folds to create a big pin wheel for the center of the gift. I then put a doily at the center. Here I use some shoe boxes to add some weight while waiting for the glue to dry.
Here you go…The doily is off center I know, I know…not much could be done after I lifted the show boxes the next morning and discover that! :-)
Like it? Share some pics the next time you wrap some presents!
In honor of National Waffles Day, the Wafels & Dinges trucks will be giving out free waffles to anyone dressed in black, yellow and red (the colors of the Belgian flag). One will be parked at 52nd between 6th and 7th, and the other is somewhere else. Do your own research for once, gosh.