Sunday, December 1, 2013

DIY Modern Meets Tribal Statement Necklace

Hi guys! It's been a while.

I needed a short statement necklace, and for it to work for me I needed some chunk. Here's what I did:

You need...
Chain (maybe one thin one, one thicker?), jumprings, lock
Gems/Beads with holes that jump rings can go through.
Big pieces that the chain can fit through.
(I found all of these at Michaels.)

Put a piece of the thinner chain through the big pieces,
secure ends by attaching the gems with jump rings.
If you have several gems, jump ring them together.
Finish off with the thicker chain on both sides to make it as long as you want, and add lock.

Photos by Hannah.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hi guys!

It's been way too long since I've posted a project, will get back to that asap. We've moved and there's been other things going on like photo shoots, but will try to come up with something fun soon!

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DIY Black and White Words Basket Makeover

We've been living  in this apartment for over a year. The apartment is still not where I want it to be; we need to paint all of these colorful walls to make everything make sense. We might be moving closer to downtown in just a few months, though, so I don't want to paint more rooms before we know if we are staying. Anyhow, I needed to bring more black and white in! And there's just something magical with words, so I wanted to incorporate them into this project.

I happened to find these zebra striped baskets at Michaels; I've been looking for baskets for a while but nothing has caught my eye. I love the shape, size, handles and material of these so I went for them even though I no longer want to live with zebra stripes (yes, at some point in my life I had zebra striped sofa cushions. Mrau.).

So I painted these ones with some white crafts paint, and then I used a brush to paint on very simple black letters. Tadaa!

Saker&Ting pretty much means Bits&Pieces in Swedish. It was Husband's idea; clever guy!

I still haven't decided where to put them, but I love how they turned out.

What would you write on yours?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DIY Perfect Boyfriend Jeans

I don't have the privilege of being able to use my husbands jeans (we're just not the same size). I wanted some perfect boyfriend jeans that don't look brand new, and this is how I went about it:

I bought pretty basic boyfriend jeans from Old Navy; there was a little fading on them and some "scratched" surfaces, but not really enough wear and tear for me. 

I made cuts in the fabric with an X-Acto knife, and started picking away the small pieces of thread that were crossing the cuts.

I took out a back pocket.

I dipped about 2 inches of the jean legs into some Clorox Gentle Care Bleach. After they had started fading a bit I added water so the bleach-water-mix rose about an inch, and after a while I added more water etc, until the bottoms of the legs had gotten a bit of an ombre bleach on them.

I spread out some bleach, with the help of a brush, onto the ripped areas as well as above and below it. If you want the bleach edge to be less obvious, brush on some water first around the area you're thinking about bleaching; that'll dilute it a bit.

Note! I put some parchment paper inside the legs of the jeans so that the bleach wouldn't go through to the other side.

Photos by Hannah of Box and Brownie.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DIY Gorgeous Flower Crown

Ever look at those gorgeous bohemian shots on Pinterest (you know the ones I'm talking about), and wish you could make such a flower crown? I've got you covered! I'm making all kinds of accessories for photo shoots, and this yellow flower crown we're using on a shoot in a few weeks.

What you need:

Faux flowers, wire (I used this green covered one from Michaels) and floral stem wrap tape.

How to:

Cut the flowers, leaving some stem.

Place them out so you'll see how many you need for the fullness you want.

Cut the amount of wire you need, leaving extra for a loop and a "clasp", so you can adjust it according to whomever uses it.

Put some of the tame around the loop to attach it. You can put tape around the clasp's end, too, to keep it from unraveling and to make it softer.

Cut about 5 inch pieces of tape (you'll soon figure out how long pieces you want to use). Start wrapping it around the wire from one end, pulling a little as you go (not too much since it rips pretty easily). Put a stem along the wire, and wrap it in with the tape. Keep adding flowers as you've secured one. With a new piece of tape, always wrap it around a couple times before adding a flower.

Go all the way, and you're done!

(Portraits by Hannah of Box and Brownie, my new partner in photography crime)

Used a peachy red one in this shoot.

Also used a yellow and green one for a shoot with a little girl.

Monday, July 29, 2013

DIY One Hour Semi-Pleated Maxi Skirt

When I was packing for Finland I wanted to take a maxi skirt with me. I knew I wanted to have one in silver; it looks so good with white and leather. I tried a silver skirt on at American Apparel, but figured I could save a few bucks. I ended up spending about 10 dollars on the materials, whereas the skirt was almost 70 bucks at the store. Theirs was super nice, though, and had teeny tiny pleats which I don't know how to recreate.

We were so busy with all the preparations for the trip, that I forgot to sew the skirt. On the day of our flight I just threw the fabric in my suitcase; I could always sew it with Mom's machine. This one beautiful dewy morning I quickly put it together before we headed out to Helsinki with some friends. Making it didn't take more than an hour, and I'm super happy about the result!

(Leather belt by Mango, white tube top from H&M. The necklace is a combination of DIY projects. Here's one and the second one will be added shortly).

How to:

Note: Make sure the pathway stays wide enough for the waistband to have a little wiggle room.

Gorgeous friends! Miss you.

DIY Bohemian Chain Hairpiece That Doubles As A Necklace

My sister and I had a shoot with Tiffany a few weeks back, and I needed an accessory that would work for the shoot. I ended up making a chain thingie that can be used either as a necklace (or an add-on necklace) or as a hairpiece. LOVE how it turned out! I keep adding it on every time I use a silver colored necklace.

I used pliers to attach the two bigger jump rings to each other. If I had used only one big jump ring to attach the chais to to they would get all jumbled up. I attached three different lengths of chain to the rings. You could use a different type of chain for each loop, too, for a different look.

For a hair accessory, just pin the chains to your hairdo. The top ones on each sides have to be pinned across pretty tightly so it stays on, but the other ones can be a bit more loose.

Or add on to get more layers with another necklace:

(The measuring tape pocket watch is another DIY project)

I made a similar necklace earlier, but I attached charms on it.

PS: For more shots of Tiffany, head on over to my photo shoot blog.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Take Me to Helsinki!

Guys! We get to go to Finland after all! Like really soon. Like in 7 hours we'll be sitting in the plane.

Finland is all about the blue waters and the white snow (even though there's no snow in sight right now!). I like blue and white in combination, when it's not in a sailing kinda theme. More of a tribal and/or Grecian feel is perfect for me!

Right now I'm obsessed with lace, studs and tribals. And putting them together in an outfit is the best! The white/light tops with lace neutralize the bold prints, and you can look laid back, bohemian, travel-y, and romantic at the same time. Combining the tribal with a studded top brings a little bit more edge.

I like shopping on a budget, and these items varied between 10 and 35 dollars. Not too bad!

So let's break it down;

What to pack for Helsinki in summertime:

Light dress with polka dot tulle from Papaya.
Tribal patterned shorts, powder top with lace and Grecian feel tunic with zipper from Forever21.
White top with studded shoulders from Charlotte Russe.

The little white dress will be perfect for hot days. Otherwise I'll combine the tunic with regular jeans, or a white lace/studded top with either of the shorts.

Tribal blue&white bag & scarf from Target.
Tribal shredded jeans from Nordstrom Rack (by fire los angeles).
Bleached shorts from Forever21.

Well I just HAD TO have this bag; it's a perfect carryon bag. A scarf can come handy as a coverup, whether it's to protect you from the sun or the summer evening chill. Some jeans and shorts are a must; staying with the blue&white makes color co-ordination a piece of cake.

I'm also bringing a couple maxi skirts (black, coral) to wear with basic white/black tops/tube tops, and a black maxi dress in a stretchy fabric (more on that dress later).

I might not be able to do blogging during the trip since it's a pretty short one and there's so much to do and so many sweeties to see, but I'll keep you guys in mind and try to come up with something fun.


PS: The bamboo ladder is a DIY project from a previous post.

DIY Compass Pendant Necklace

You guys know how travel sick I've been lately, so I wanted to continue with the travel theme. A compass pendant necklace seems to pull together many outfits!

What you need:

I got chain (Bead Landing), some compass coins (Tim Holtz idea-ology, 5 pieces), gears (Bead Landing "Found Objects", 5 pieces) and a customizable pendant with glass (Industrial Chic by Susan Lenart Kazmer). I discovered that a couple of the compass coins, gears and time pieces (below) fit pretty much exactly into the pendant! I bought everything at Michaels.

You can just as easily use timepieces (Tim Holtz). I made a pocket watch pendant with this method for my sister as a good bye gift when she left.

How to:

Glue the compass and the gear together with a small amount of good glue. Let dry.

Hold together the compass, gear and one of the glass pieces that came with the pendant. Put glue around the edge, and put inside the pendant and snap shut (make sure you have N facing upwards!). Put glue on the snap-thing. Let dry.

Put your chain on (using pliers helps). Done!