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Blog posts of '2017' 'July'

Bohemian Dreams Collection by Maya Kuzman

 

 

 


Good morning and Happy Monday!

I am so happy to present to you my newest jewelry and accessories collection I titled "Bohemian Dreams".

As the name implies, it carries a strong note of the adventurous, carefree spirit, showing an eclectic mix of different materials, colors and textures that capture the nomadic aesthetic and present an authentic tribal flair.

 

 

 
 

While making it I evoked memories from our past travels to maze-like medinas,  intricate mysterious souks, invigorating colorful fabrics and rugs, enchantingly astonishing and exotic patterns of jewelry and costumes.  

More of the collection here.

A small part of it (cuffs and earrings), will be added in the course of next week.

Summer Trend 2017: Tropical Motifs

 

Via Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

The tropics with their balmy weather, lush vegetation and explosion of colors have been influencing the modern design world for quite some time now. The colorful and eye-catching tropical motifs include palm leaves and exotic flowers, flamingoes and toucans, pineapples and watermelons, just to name a few.

From modern furniture to accessories they add a sublime and highly attractive feel and tend to bring fresh tropical air to our concrete jungles. At least for while.

What's your favourite tropical motif?

 

 

Via Primark & Shopstyle

Via Uterque & Zara

 

DIY Lace Boho Cuff

 



 



This is a sweet weekend project for a lace boho cuff I've prepared that can be finished in no time - I just love these kinds of projects where you can whip something in a matter of minutes and head out of the door wearing it.

So what you need is:
1. A wide piece of lace (length: to fit your wrist)
2. Decorative coins and beads
3. 2 clasps
4. A metal chain and jump rings
5. Sewing needle and thread (sewing machine)


 
 
Cut a piece of lace that would be as long to go around your wrist but not cover it completely. Mind to add a little seam allowance because we are going to sew the edges.  For this project I repurposed lace from one of the blouses I had lying around, so an oldie can be a goldie.
 
 
 
Fold the ends, pin and sew to secure. Lace can fray like crazy sometimes. I used my sewing machine for this because the lace has a lot of hollows and it was easier than doing it by hand.
 
 
After sewing the edges, add the clasps. I noticed afterwards that they mine are not properly lined up. Mind that please.
 
 
Add jump rings on the respective sides and attach the chain.
 
 
My lace with its circle-designed edges is just perfect to add coins between them.
 
 
 
 
And because I went with the black and metallic (silver) look, I chose round metal beads to add to the middle of the lace and fill those spaces up.
 

 
And it is done! I am very satisfied how it turned out and even more at how it looks when styled.
I hope this insipres you to make one for yourself.
 
 
 
 
Irena Ivovich: Mommy's Imaginary Friends

 

 



If you believed that only little kiddies have imaginary friends, well... you couldn't be more wrong. Because mommies can have them too and this mommy in particular has a stunning collection of them!

Let me introduce Irena Ivovich - the mommy behind Mommy's Imaginary Friends.

 
1. Who is the Mommy behind Mommy's Imaginary Friends (MIF)?
 
Who's the Mommy? The Mommy in this story is Yanya and Dzuradz' mom and her name is Irena. ;)

She's a grown woman that plays with dollies, an architect, a housewife, a teacher in school, a mother and a wife, an evil feminist and many other things.
Although insisting on being a mom can sometimes be boring, there's that essential change in a woman that follows her when she becomes a mother. Along with the changes that followed in my case, as well as other life circumstances made me question my professional goals; becoming a mom reminded me that when you slow down with everything you do, the creative process can become a game. And in the end, it is a game.


 
I am still into the interior design business (in the past I worked for a furniture production company that was a supplier for a big chain of stores), but under my conditions. The job in the school is the one that makes me go outside and maintain the continuity of going to work, which is also important to me. I go everywhere on my bike. It is stored away only when its icy outside. I've organized my obligations in such a way that I am able to spend maximum time near my children, but I also try very hard to involve them in  as many of my activities as I can. They are my closest expert associates when it comes to designing MIF characters. I am in a life phase when I feel the happiness is tangible and possible to achieve and that it is possible to have so much in this life only if one is aware of everything beautiful happening around.



2. How did you start making fabric toys and what was the first one you made?
 
I started making fabric toys at a time I wasn't able to realize some ideas of a small production of wooden toys. I always conceptualize as a designer first and as an architect I started from furniture, but since that idea got stuck in time, I started to sew toys little by little, first as gifts for the neighbouring kids and small relatives, but when people saw my photos of them on social media and started asking about prices, then I started selling them.

At the beginning everything was poorly done, mostly because I didn't know at all how to use a sewing machine. (I find tailoring more logical, probably due to all the descriptive geometry knowledge I acquired.). I learned how to use it and worked to a commendable routine one step at a time.

I just recently remembered that I had sewn my first toy at the age of 14 to give as a gift to a boyfriend of mine at that time. It was a turtle and I believe it was sewn very poorly. Seventeen years later, I sewed a kitty for my Yanya, completely by hand and with the whiskers sewn backwards. :)


3. What kind of fabric do you use for your toys?

I use different fabrics . I try to find ones of great quality, natural and interesting. I buy in small quantities - usually a piece of fabric and I do recycle a lot. I also buy leftovers from tailoring shops and they can be a real treasure. Some of the motifs are recurring, such as red fabric with white polka dots. I cannot live without them. :)

4. What is the easiest / fastest toy to make?

 The easiest toy? Definitely the mouse. But when it becomes  easy it somehow loses its magic and that's why I always love to change something, try out new designs.


5. Can you tell us a bit about the toy creating process? How long does it take from a sketch to the final product?
 
The creative process, as I was taught in school, is all about sketches. A huge pile of sketches which I replace by ruining at least 10 sample pieces, which I distribute to the neighbouring kids to play with, then there is a lot of Maths and it keeps going.
 
I worked on my first doll for about a year - I have been experimenting with it for the past 6 years. The penguin was a lot of pain, but now I think I have the perfect cut and I am quite satisfied with it and with the other birds. I literally play with the chicks and parrots 'designs and for them I don't have a cut, just a sketch which I literally draw onto the fabric. Currently, I am playing with sea creatures. I try not to fall into a routine.
 
 
6. How many different toys do you have in your offer?
 
In my offer there are lizards and monsters made for babies, which I must say inspire me the most, then there are dolls, cats, bears, fish, whales, mice and there's always something new.  I try my best not to repeat myself and I do not show the least interest in serial production.
 
Well, stepping into this mom's world felt wondrously - I hope you enjoyed it too.
Find more about MIF in her online shop and Facebook page.
 
 
Editor's Pick: Sexy MF by Magda Station

Magda Station has a brand new collection that is fresh, bold, daring and just the dash of retro we need to spice up the summer!

 

 

This is my brand new collection which I dubbed “Sexy MF”. The music from the legendary singer Prince served as an inspiration for this collection. I wanted to make original pieces of clothing inspired by the 80s and 90s.

I had to really step out of my comfort zone in order to design it. The fabric that I used is plead which I decorated with handmade beads and lace. I wanted to make something different, unique and sexy, for brave girls/women who know what they want and have a unique style.

I must admit that the details of lace were a total risk, because I didn’t know how they will fit in the whole look, but exactly those details were the highlight of my collection. 

 

 

Check out her shop for the new collection!

Summer Fashion: Round Beach Towels

 

Remember the fluffy rectangle beach towels you cannot go to the beach or pool without?

Well, forget all about them because there is a new fashion craze going on right now:

Round Beach Towels

 

They are flooding the inernet with their fantastic prints and colors. Most popular towels are made having in mind the current trend this year which is big colorful tropical or bohemian prints and you can also find whimsical ones. So if you are left towel-less in your pursuit for the perfect beach accessory, don't despair because you can make one with towels you have at hand. A Beautiful Mess have got the right tutorial for you.

 

Via James Clothing Boutique & InStyle

 

Via Beach Bella

 

Via Kily.PH

 

DIY Boho Hand Bracelet

 



Hi guys!

If you are boho crazy like me, join us today because we are going to make a beautiful hand bracelet. Don't worry because this project does not go further than joining different lengths of chain with certain findings. Haha... that sounded funny. Sounds easy too? It is!
 
What you need:
 
 
 
 
1. A pendant, piece of jewelry that could be connected on the upper and bottom part (preferably with holes)
2. A long piece of chain - not more than 15 cm / 5.9"
3. 3-4 regular jump rings +1 smaller and a lobster clasp
 
Step 1
 
 
Wrap the chain around your middle finger and measure how much you need to make a chain ring, cut excess chain. Mind not to make it too tight so to stop circulation! Use the smaller jump ring to make a ring.
 
Step 2
 
 
Next place the pendant on your hand and measure how much chain you need to connect it with the ring. Cut chain and join on the same small jump ring. Attach a jump ring on the pendant too. Step 2 is done.
 
Step 3
 
 
Now, we need to measure 2 chains for the bracelet that are going to be attached to the bottom of the pendant. Measure desired length of chain, attach it on the bottom of the pendant, at the back add a jump ring on one chain and (a jump ring onto which you attach ) a lobster clasp on the other and you are done.
 
It was easy, isn't it?
 
 
I made this bracelet for myself and I cannot wait to wear it on our upcoming vacation. I also made several different pieces more for my bohemian collection, using this technique, so you just let your imagination run and create the perfect boho bracelet for yourself.
 
 
Fashion report: Retro Swimwear

 

Via Unique Vintage Com

 

Retro swimsuits, a trend that started last summer is still hot and raging and one-piece swimsuits and high waisted bikinis are a serious rival to the its majesty - the regular bikini.

In swimwear this year there are several tendencies: strappy, lacey and ruffly. Mostly lingerie inspired which score high points on femininity. Then there are the ones with cutouts, strategically placed for the ladies wanting to make a bold statement. Off the shoulder, cute minimalistic details, flower prints.

 

The swimwear kigdom has never been more diverse and enchanting. Enjoy the selection.

 

Via Suboo

 

 

 Via Dolce & Gabbana, Lisa Mari Fernandez & Adriana Degreas

                                                                        Via Adriana Degreas

 

Via Pinterest

 

 

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