Monday, February 20, 2017

Inspiration Monday: Heather Potten - a Felt maker


 
 

Heather Potten is a Scottish felt maker that creates fascinating seamless felt pieces that are masterful architectural works of art.  

She says: "I am fascinated by seamless felt. Unlike other mediums, it is possible to create 3-dimensional structures with no sewing, sticking, binding or welding. It can be done purely through the process of laying out fibres, wetting, soaping, rolling, heating and fulling. However, templates must be meticulously designed in advance and shrinkage calculated before the process can begin."




Having been acquainted with felt nine years ago, through lots of practice and experimentation she has managed to bring felt to a completely new level.

"My work now has a depth that has taken years of training and experimentation to achieve. I aim to create pieces that challenge the way people perceive felt - it has strength, it has beauty, it is tactile and it can be moulded. Without a hint of cliché, it is unique."

Click here to read more about her work and her famous workshops.



 

Friday, February 17, 2017

16 Inspiring Backdrops Ideas




Whether you have a party, a wedding or a celebration of any kind, having a backdrop, preferably an eye catching one gives the event a new dimension and effect. When it comes to photography - it is the focal point of the event.

Backdrops. They can be simple curtains or wallpaper hung down, or whole walls elaborately decorated in real or paper flowers, ribbons, garlands and buntings, balloons and lace and the list goes on and on.

 
 
 
 

What I love most about backdrops, is that you can make one from scratch. Armed with a wild imagination and lots of supplies and props, you can create one according to your personal design. I am going to try and make a backdrop for a photo shoot this weekend, so fishing for ideas I made a collection of backdrops I liked best. Take a peek into the ones I selected. Enjoy these beauties!

Rustic Backdrops
 by Rustic Wedding Chic, burnettsboards.com
Deer Pearl Flowers and Wedding Wonderland



Paper Flowers, Garlands and Buntings Backdrops
 
 BHLDN Weddings
 
Design Dazzle.com
 
 
BHLDN Weddings

Check out my Backdrops Board on Pinterest!
 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fashion Trend: Embroidered Jeans

 
 
Zara
 

 


Will you be surprised if I told you that I haven't been aware of the fashion trends being all the craze for months? Well, I have. Luckily I've got Eva to tell me all about the fashion yays or nays - not that I care too much, but I am fantastic at feigning interest :)

But this one really poked the romantic crouching in me! Embroidered jeans!
Eva sent me a photo -  trying on such in a fitting room and my jaw dropped - because they were gorgeous! I would gladly show you the photo, but for modesty's sake,  I'll show you some other examples of what companies offer on the market.


Zara

 Desigual
 


 
 
Topshop

Polyvore
 
What I really like is that most of them are high-waisted jeans - thank God for that. Call me old-fashioned, but I cannot stand and absolutely detest and shudder at seeing low-waisted jeans. As for the embroidery - personally I like the ones with a small embroidery on the side of the leg. The heavily embroidered ones are beautiful too, but definitely not something I would wear.
 
How about you? What do you think of this fashion trend? Yay or Nay? Would you wear such jeans yourself?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy 16th Valentine's Day!

 


Today is a special day in our household for Eva is turning 16 today! You can imagine the joy and happiness! Yesterday she couldn't fall asleep of all the excitement and now, when the day is finally here, we'll be having a blast. 

We wish you all a fantastic Valentine and pray for more love and understanding in the world!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Inspiration Monday: Lidia Puica - Sculptural Crochet Artist

 


Happy Monday all!

Today I want to present an artist that creates incredible sculptural jewelry. Her name is Lidia Puica and she comes from Romania. After graduating from the University of Arts & Design she focused on making jewelry and textile art, crochet and embroidery being her main techniques.

She loves accentuating volumes and working on mixing and matching different textures and colors, thus creating stunning new shapes and forms that evolves into little sculptures of art.


Main working materials include cotton yarn, glass beads, wooden elements, leather and fabric and the fuel for inspiration comes from the nature that surrounds her.



 


I love following the updates on her Facebook page, but you can also visit her on her blog or etsy shop.



 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Frida's Flowers Necklace Pattern


Here's my new Frida inspired necklace. The tutorial guides you in making the flowers and the leaves, but I also show you how to make the ribbons to hang the flower arrangement onto, if you feel like it – so this requires some light sewing.

What you need:
* sport yarn (leftover yarn is great for this project) and a steel 1.9 mm hook. Please consult hook recommendation on your yarn label if you decide on using thicker / thinner yarn.
*(optional) metal clams, metal chain, jump rings, lobster clasp, ribbon.
Used terms in American terminology: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), skip (sk), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble (tr).

Finished measurements: maker’s choice. Depending on the amount of flowers you decide to add and the size of flowers you make.

What we are going to make
- three types of flowers
- two types of leaves (+ a variation of one of them).
- a sewn ribbon (optional)

The pattern on etsy and ravelry.




There is also a small collection of scarves coming up inspired by her, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Frida Kahlo's Iconic Style



 
 

I have always been deeply fascinated by Frida's unique fashion style as well as her struggle in life. In real life, as in her paintings, Kahlo used fashion to channel her physical and emotional insecurities into statements of strength, heritage, and beauty.


 


At the age of 6 she had polio that left her with one leg shorter than the other and then at 18 she had an almost fatal accident that left her body broken and to hide the physical scars and imperfections she started wearing long skirts and corset - style tops and blouses.



The clothes she used to wear were by no means chosen by accident.
She chose the Tehuana traditional dress. The Tehuana dress comes from the Tehuantepec Isthmus, which is in the southeast part of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. Frida's mother was a Tehuana native, so naturally she found this style close to her origin and identity. Another interesting fact is that the Tehuantepec Isthmus is a matriarchal society, so this means she chose the style of dominant and powerful women.


The Tehuana dress is composed of three parts. There is a heavy headpiece made with pleats and flowers and ribbons, so the adornment is concentrated around the head. Then there is a short blouse heavily adorned with jewelry and a long skirt ending in elaborate lace. The dresses she wore were mostly cottons, silks and laces, although Tehuana women also wear velvet dresses for more formal occasions, Frida actually had just one such set because velvet was very hard to wear - her body couldn't sustain it.
Wearing these dresses, she showed how proud was she of her Mexican heritage and her style gave her strength to endure the constant pain of life.




In my research of Frida's style I acquired valuable information from this article. If you love Frida, reading this is a must.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Gift Ideas

 
 
 
 
It's a pleasure to present to you these phenomenal Valentine's gifts from our designers - something exquisite and unique. Quite an unorthodox selection, but pleasing to the eye - I hope! Enjoy browsing!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Inspiration Monday: Olga Orlova Masterful Beadwork Artist


 
 

In my spare time I love browsing the internet, especially pinterest and fuel my inspiration. That's how I happened upon master extraordinaire Olga Orlova. And I was mesmerized because her beadwork is stunning and not something you can see every day.





In my pursuit to find out more about Olga's work I found out that she is a native of Russia and lives in St. Petersburg. Being raised in a culture-enhancing and enriching household, among art books, museums and exhibitions, she had a steadfast path to becoming an artist herself. She employs ancient embroidery techniques combining silk embroidery, gold-work embroidery, pearl and bead sewing. Her embroidery has the quality of a priceless painting. The usual time she needs to create a piece of artful beadwork is two months and her palette includes jewelry, handbags, purses, dolls and icons.



To learn more about Olga and her work firsthand, read this article.  
If you want to buy one of Olga's masterpieces, inquire here.