boho love

the boho-fication of an already-boho bag

You know how some mornings you wake up with a mission? A crafty mission? Well, yesterday morning, I thought of one thing and one thing only: giving my H&M bucket bag a new leash on life. The bag can be seen HEREHERE, and HERE.

It was a painfully cute bag, yes. It had a stylish bucket-Bohemian-summer bag vibe going on. The upper section, however was made of faux leather and was starting to peel. So after I took a photo of it together with my tank summer dress, I decided to save it from spending the rest of its life in the bottom section of my closet. It’s where bags go to die, you see.

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My initial plan was to replace the upper leather parts. This plan quickly dissolved because it involved a lot of work. I’m lazy, okay?

Anyway, here is an outline of what I did to my bag:

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tutorial: DIY single stem rosette necklace

Once upon a time, there was a girl who worked from home (hint: the girl is me). One night, while she was in the middle of chasing deadlines, she decided to take a short break. But since her office is also her craft room, her break consisted of twiddling with some craft materials. The short break turned into a jewelry-making session. She waved to her work deadline goodbye and spent the rest of the night perfecting the jewelry idea that she thought of quite randomly. She lived happily ever after but her savings account didn’t.

THE END.

Well, not really THE end because I have a tutorial here for that jewelry. Today, we make a single stem rosette necklace. There is something quite unyielding about the name, isn’t there? But let’s leave it.

Alright, to make a DIY single stem rosette necklace, you will need the following:

candle, craft glue, felt, satin circles, crochet yarn (green), chain, peal bead, jump rings, lobster clasp, 1 floral wire, large and small needles, black thread

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big girl toys + links

  • Here is another fun fact about our country: we have beautiful beaches. Which basically means that we thrive on tourism. And charging tourists crazy amounts for souvenirs. Thankfully, my city started a program where tourists and locals alike can enjoy local products at their most reasonable prices.
  • I got this vintage-y wooden car from the last city-organized fair. Another dust-gatherer, you ask? Well, yes. I like having dust-gatherers that can help me with stylized craft shoots. Example:

  • This is a photo that accompanied the popsicle stick chandelier/shade tutorial that I submitted to Design*Sponge. It got featured yesterday!

  • Finally got around to making rosettes out of the pre-cut fabric petals I mentioned a few posts ago.

  • Some of the rosettes above will be sewn onto satin belts.
  • OR….

  • …be transformed into fascinators (for brides, flapper girls, and other headpiece-wearin’ sassy ladies).

 

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PS – Hello to those who have only stumbled upon this blog. And a big hug to my old blogfriends. 

that yellow house

Funny story: One morning, while we were having coffee, the boyfriend told me about his dream the night before. He said that Angelina Jolie visited our house. Apparently, our house was a cafe. Angelina’s taste, in the boyfriend’s dreamworld, was low-key; she liked casual, kitschy, and Bohemian places. He also called her Angie.

My reply: Huh. That sounds like our house all right.

(I did not tease him about the dream. He is not a fan of Angelina. The boyfriend thinks that Brad Pitt is more beautiful than the actress.)

So this is what our yellow house looks like today. 

You know those inns or stores that look straight out of the Kitsch Fairy’s imagination? You know, those places that at first glance, you find interesting but then you tell yourself that you could never live in a house like it. THAT is our yellow house.

We enjoy those kitschy places as much as the next person but unlike most people, we actually never want to leave. In fact, we often find ourselves pointing at things and asking, “I wonder if they’ll sell us that.” or “Where did they find these?”

So this is our yellow house. Whenever my mother is in town, she insists that we hire a cleaning lady to help us dust our dust-gathering dust-gatherers. I say we don’t need one. If the place is clean enough for Angelina, it’s clean enough for us.

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Ahh, it’s good to be back. We had a virus outbreak and had to lay low for a while.

Hi! Give me a hug; don’t worry, I’m virus-free. 

I’ve also been catching up on Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston is delightful to watch.