Sunday, August 25, 2013

Not just a memory! - Memory Wire easy to make Bracelet

Hi there it is Friday again! Yay...

Not so long ago I mentioned that I really feel like Bracelets is just totally my thing!
So here is another one!
I love the ones with all the hundreds of little beads or pearls on them.
But I surely do not have the patience for it.

So, I went to Etsy again... 
And I ordered some wonderful Memory Wire 
I got my memory wire from a wonderful seller Renee from Michou Beads here is the link
She is so sweet she will even convo info and take time to explain what size and gauge you need.
And... she is fast at shipping!

I still had these Mother of Pearl little odd sizes beads/rocks.
I had them in red as well...
I had only a few of the red ones so that worked out with just using them for a little pop here or there.

I cut mine off at about 4 loops.

Here it is:

All you basically do is string 'm onto the wire. 
Do put a little loop at the ends so that, okay you guessed it. 
You do not want to loose them all right?

I made another one as well...
With pearls and some bling...
Oh, I added charms as well... 
And added a shank button here or there...
This one I cut off at 6 loops.

Here it is...

What I like the most of these...
There are no exact rules...
You can just add whatever you have left...

Hope I inspired you a little to create one of your own? 
Maybe even for this weekend...

I am going to select and edit through about 100+ bridal gown photo's I took at a Bridal Fashion show (catwalk) just last weekend.

I am working (right now as I am typing)...
on a new wedding gown myself.
I am almost finished...

Of course I will be back to share...



Monday, August 19, 2013

Suddenly I love Big Fat Bracelets! - DIY too!

Hi there, Are you enjoying your Monday! No?

Lately I have been really falling in love all over with bracelets!
The heavier the better!
The fuller even more better!
And if they make a sound while moving? Great!
And... do I have a wonderful little DIY for you right here

I went through some old Country living Magazines I came upon this easy peasy DIY and thought...
Hmmmmm I can make this!

I made this one...
All out of buttons...

I found my buttons at a wonderful shop on Etsy! 
Just type in "Brass buttons with shank" (the shank part is the most important part!)

I measured the chain to the length I needed for my wrist.
And got started...
I decided to just mix the different buttons...
I like how suddenly the gold and the silver look very rich and all compete in their own way!
Please for ease I just gave you a link Button Bracelet .

All credit go to Country Living Magazine okay?

But in the mean time...
I am happy with my Button Bracelet!

A little update:
Do you remember my last post of the gorgeous Batik dress?
Well, I just received an e-mail from a friend of mine and she could tell me that the original dress - my inspiration dress was from Victoria's Secret. 
And she actually purchased it about a couple of years ago.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday!


Friday, August 16, 2013

For Fall a Batik hand dyed summer/Fall dress

Hello how are you? Glad it is Friday... Finally.

Well, I just could not help myself when I was flying and pinning away on Pinterest.
Several months ago I spotted this beauty.
I love, love, no LOVED IT!

My inspiration photo:

I love this! Oh my...
source: Pinterest

Maybe it was the bare feet in the sand, the ruffle at the hem, or just the color.
I do not know...
I tried to find out the designer or where to find it.
None, zip... Nothing.

So when I was shopping around for fabric and I found this gorgeous Brownish, Rusty hand dyed Indonesian Batik I was sold. Unfortunately the photo's don't do this fabric much justice because what I like the best of this fabric is the blue/aqua lines that are in it here and there.

But seeing these photo's
I can say...
even if we do not want to see the end of summer yet...
Fall, is right around the corner.

I took everything left on the bolt. 5 Yards exact! 
I took a pattern for a Peasant blouse/top and played with the pieces.
Made the body.
Took the halter top part of the pattern...
And extended the top to make the first tier of the dress.

When the dress was done... Cheyenne modeled it for me.
We decided it needed shoulder straps. (for extra support and hide unsightly bra straps)
I added some elastic inside the straps to give it that stretch and off the shoulder option.

And that did it.
The dress was well to my wishes.
Since I am not a fold over halter top kind of gal I decided to put it available in my Etsy shop.
But as soon as I can I will make a dress like this one again but than with a peasant top - all for myself.


I like how it turned out! Guess what... I used all 5 yards!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

What Keturah wore (a Kyoko with Obi)

Every year when it is the birthday of one of our daughters I make them a special outfit.
This year I made for Keturah (4) a Kyoko - Asian inspired dress.
I loved the Obi that goes around the waist.
Without it the Kyoko will be great as a very easy going 
baggy dress!
The pattern for this Kyoko is a design by Patty Young - ModKid
Patty Young is also a designer of gorgeous fabrics.