My DIY yellow rings-necklace

This was such a fun necklace to make!

I knew I wanted to have two interlocking circles, and I also wanted to incorporate one of my old necklaces. I started by drawing two circles on some felt using some glasses and bowls as a template.   Then I sewed all the yellow heart-shaped beads to one circle, and round glittery beads to the other circle. I filled it in with small bronze-colored beads that I suspect have been going around the family circles since the 80s waiting to be used!

It’s such a nice necklace to wear, it has such a good weight to it, and the earring doesn’t stick to your body which makes it perfect for me and my allergies.

All made from scraps. All it took was a lot of patience, a virtue I seem to have a lot of these days! I haven’t made a necklace in quite a while, but I feel my hands start to get itchy when I look through my pictures. It is so relaxing to sit and sew beads and listen to an audiobook or a lecture or something.

 

 

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DIY Colorful spring flowers

Here are some easy spring flowers to make – I used crepe or silk paper for these flowers, but you can easily use newspaper or whatever paper you have at home!

You need some wire, a pompom or something similar (or leave it out!), some markers, washitape and paper

First I glued pompoms onto some wire.

I made the centers of the flowers by cutting green crepe paper in thin slices, not all the way through.

The petals are made from crepe paper.

I cut them all out in thick bunches, and drew dots or stripes on each individual petal.

From the left: pompoms glued to wire. Wire + pompoms with some green crepe paper glued around. Petals in heaps. Some petals glued to a flower. All the petals glued to one flower, and then finally – three finished flowers.

I glue all the petals using a gluegun. Mine gets really hot, so be careful when gluing! Or take things slowly and just use ordinary wood glue.

After that I wrap the wire/stem with washitape. 

The finished flowers are really pretty!   

I make leaves by glueing wire to some green paper.

A heap of flower centers.

My bouquet has been steadily growing.

I also made some yellow flowers. And lots of more green leaves! 

It’s such a colorful lovely flower right now when spring hasn’t yet sprung completely in our neck of the woods!

And some much needed color! (although you can easily make pretty flowers like this using only white paper also!)

 

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New lamps for the living room

I decided that we needed new lamps for the living room. Might have something to do with the fact that we’ve been home almost constantly lately! (those of us who are able go for walks outside, or play outside in the yard)

I made some new lamps just like I did the lamp for my room.

I cut out rectangle-shaped paper with rounded short sides, and folded them into hearts.

I stapled them together, first as hearts, then into a big flower. I made two versions, one bigger, one smaller and glued them onto each other. Then I glued a circle on top of the flowers.

I used some cardboard (an oatmeal box or something like that) for hanging the lamps.

I glued them into place using a bowl as support. And I glued the things wrong! Don’t do like I did in the picture above! The opening needs to be to the side, so that you can string your lamp through it easily.

The lamps are really pretty when the spring light streams through the windows.

And I had all the materials at home – printer paper and some cardboard.

Have a great week everyone – we’re still homeschooling and self-isolating, and having a good time! And today the sun is shining and the spring flowers are out in droves – a good day!

 

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DIY Green snake necklace

This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter – we had so much fun there in the woods surrounded by all those flowers and all that greenery!

My daughter wore a crown I made out of glass beads, a gown made from two old curtains, black pants and boots and my favorite necklace – a green snake.

This necklace took quite some hours to make! First I had to figure out the pattern. I cut out pieces of newspaper and wrapped them around my neck. When I was satisfied with the shape, I cut it out from felt fabric.

The black beads have been with me ever since we lived in Copenhagen more than ten years ago. The eyes of the snake are round bauble-like beads, that were used for a bracelet. The rest of the beads are old broken necklaces and bracelets.

This is quite the statement necklace, and I always feel fancy when I wear it! The snake wraps closely around the neck and the head bites the tail (there’s a hidden clasp beneath the head, and a ring on the tail-end of the necklace to hook the clasp on).

I especially like the idea that I finally got a good use to all those green necklaces I had saved for ages! They are just perfect for a snake like this.

P.S. I haven’t added a template to this post – write a comment if you want to create your own necklaces like these, and I’ll see if I can at least take a photo of my templates! They’re all just pieces of newspaper that I’ve cut into the shape I wanted.

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The brown butterfly necklace

I don’t know about you, but I definitely need distractions nowadays! Fun things to do, friends to talk to, cute bunny-videos to look at. I try to dream away and step into my fantasy land for a little while – Pargasia, where everyone who wants to be a princess can be that! Or a pirate if you choose that – anything is possible!

We sometimes step into that alternate reality for a bit, my daughter and I. Like on the picture above, taken one lovely fall afternoon.

Nosipho is wearing a hat I’ve created plus the brown butterfly necklace that I’ve only worn for a couple of occasions.

This was a superfun project! I drew the butterfly onto a piece of felt. Then I sewed beads in blocks of color so that it would look a little bit like a butterfly.

The necklace is lined with suede, and feels soft and comfy against your body. The blue-green beads are a leftover from the 80s when my mom crocheted jewelry (there was this crochet bead-fad at that time). Feels fun to use up all those lovely beads that I’ve stored for so many years. They get to shine once again!

 

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Some fun DIY:s to do at home

When you’re quarantined, you need fun stuff to do.

Here are some the crafts I’ve made that you too can make at home. You only need some old books, newspaper, scraps or paper and maybe some pipe-cleaners (and if you want to go crazy with pipe-cleaners, there are lots of great resources on Pinterest!)

Make your own roses out of book pages. Or newspaper. Or whatever papers you have at home!

If you have pipe cleaners at home, you can make roses like these:

Pipecleaner-roses

 

Make your own princess-crowns, and stroll around looking fabulous like these three princesses:

Princess-crowns

Make your own lovebirds out of whatever paper you have at home:

Lovebirds

Fold an origami heart and send it to someone who needs a bit of love right now:

Origami-heart

Decorate your window with hearts:

 

All these crafts and more can be found on my blog through the tag ”diy”.

Hopefully we can all stay calm and hopeful and help each other so that this whole situation solves itself as soon as possible, and with the least bit of casualties possible!

 

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Behind the scenes at Strömsö – my daughter’s pictures

Last blog post on Strömsö, I promise! …but for those of you who still want to see more pictures from that lovely, lovely house, today I’ll show you the last pictures we took. Most shot by my daughter, who is turning into quite the photographer.

My daughter got to stroll around taking pictures while Elin and I sewed our bracelets. And I took every opportunity to shoot all the nooks and crannies – everything at Strömsö is just so interesting to look at!

I mean – just look at this corner of a room. So many interesting DIY:s!

And that quote printed on a tote bag.

I’ve been wanting to make some macramé for a long while. Haven’t gotten around to it yet, but perhaps one day.

Lots and lots of scarves for the host and guests to choose from when the need arises.

Look at those paint brushes!

And this mask!

I’ve got spoons like these in my garden!

Onions in a paper bag in the kitchen.

And that lovely, lovely table filled with goodies.

More interesting details.

My first large statement necklace.

And this white beaded monstrosity!

Lots of lovely material – I could have sat at that table and created for days!

Outside the sun was shining on a wintery landscape.

My B-necklace – this is my version of Anne Boleyn’s B-necklace.

My aqua snake snaking around jars of sequins and trays with beads.

I made this collar just because. I wanted to try out sewing flowers to lace, and it turned into this. 

One of my butterfly-necklaces.

Look – a camera! And that fireplace!

The bracelet Elin made.

My daughter wearing her new choker that she made herself during the show.

Look how lovely this tiny doll is!

And again the Strömsö-quote!

Thank you so much to the Strömsö-team! We were so happy that you asked us to participate, and we got so many fond memories from this trip.

 

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Behind the scenes at Strömsö – part 3

Part 1

Part 2

The day of, we were greeted by sunshine and lovely winter weather. The Strömsö-house is to die for, inside and out!

And I love that they have this saying on the wall.

It was so exciting to get to be on a TV-show! We had butterflies all morning. We changed into our clothes for the shooting, and then we got to go to hair and makeup.

My daughter really enjoyed herself and took lots of pictures – she only recently got a smart phone and Instagram, so she was really eager to document everything!

It was also very fun to get the make up done by a professional! And Mari who did the make up was so nice!

All through the house, the staff was busy making the studio ready for the shooting.

We got to wander around and enjoy all the loveliness.

While the camera crew set up everything. The sun was shining straight through the big windows and french doors, so they had to add screens.

Lots and lots of cameras and lights and whatnots.

And that lovely, lovely kitchen – swoon!

They also took pictures for the article on their site.   

Mari made me feel so pretty!

She did my hair and makeup just the way I wanted it – I felt pampered and so well taken care of!

Then it was almost time for the shooting! My daughter wore one of my latest necklaces – a yellow one, that I made out of old bracelets, an old earring and assorted beads.

We got to watch in the kitchen as the crew set up the cameras and zoomed in on my DIY-jewelry – how cool is that?!

Then it was time for the filming.

I got to look behind the scenes in the room where they direct the show.

”Hi Nosipho!” – my daughter and Elin waved to me through the camera!

They shot Elin arranging jewelry and doing the ”menu” and all kinds of TV-technical stuff which all had their own terminology.

It was fun getting to watch close hand at what goes on behind the scenes of a TV-show. 

Then it was time to get going! We sat around the table, created our own jewelry and chatted.

It was so much fun! My daughter got to borrow my camera, and she took pictures of Elin and me sewing beads during the lunch hour.

And then we shot the final images, of the finished products, and the filming was done.

We changed into our traveling clothes (we went back home to Southern Finland the same evening), packed up all my stuff and off we went. 

It was such an amazing experience! The crew at Strömsö are so nice and accommodating, and this was such a fun adventure for both my daughter and I. You all took such good care of us, even when I got a splitting migraine headache in the middle of the filming <3 Hope to meet you all again someday!

You can watch the show online here.

Here’s the article about my DIY-jewelry

P.S. …and welcome all new readers, so nice to have you here! If you’re interested in seeing more up close pictures of my jewelry, I’ll be presenting them here on this blog in the near future.

 

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Behind the scenes at Strömsö – part 2

Part 1

So this is going to be another picture heavy blog post, but I figure – so many people are home now quarantining or just trying to stay away from huge crowds, and we need nice, fun things to think about. So I’m really going crazy with my pictures from Strömsö! (also: it was such an amazing trip, so I really enjoy talking about it!)

Looking through all my pictures from those two days, I get such a warm and fuzzy feeling! It was so much fun to be invited to be on the show, and the staff there are amazing and so warm and welcoming!

And the house – the house! So full of colors and patterns and lovely details!

I feel I didn’t have nearly enough time to take in all the loveliness, but luckily I still have my photos!

I got to place some of my jewelry on other things they created during ”our show”. 

Look at those chairs! And the rugs! And the lampshades!

Who wouldn’t want to sit there and just read a book and take in the atmosphere?

We had so much fun with these two lovely ladies! My friend Sandra and Elin, the host of the show! Lots of laughter during those two days!

And I was standing there, a bit stunned – it sort of looked like at home, a table filled with goodies that we would create upcycled jewelry from. But to do that on camera! Would I even manage to make something?! Lots of unnecessary questions ran through my mind – we were in such good hands at Strömsö!

Every nook is just so cozy and inviting.

And you kind of just want to start cooking in this kitchen!

I brought half a suitcase full of jewelry with me.

I still laugh when I see this picture! Look – that is my jewelry on that table! Things I’ve created out of other people’s rubbish, and old odd bits and pieces. And I get to talk about it on TV!

Elin and my daughter were also thinking about and planning what to create the next day. We had so much to choose from!

Look – my other snake necklace, right there on the table! (btw, I made a bracelet out of the pink necklace closest to the camera)

This is my kind of spread! I haven’t got much of a sweet-tooth, but I’ve got one for this kind of sweetness!

I love the combination of rustic, vintage things combined with like things from a fancy manor! We have similar candle sticks at our house, only not so big and impressive!

And look at this couch! It’s just perfect!

We had so much fun with Sandra and Elin <3

After visiting Strömsö we went home to Sandra and had such a lovely evening. And the next day it was off to Strömsö again, for the filming! More of that in an upcoming blog post – and here’s a link to the TV-show, which can be watched online.

Here’s the link to part 1 of our Strömsö-adventure

And Part 3

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Behind the scenes at Strömsö – part 1

My daughter and I had such an amazing time at Strömsö!

We arrived the day before the shooting and went out to Strömsö to unload all my DIY jewelry, and to have a talk with Elin, the host of the show.

The Strömsö-house is amazing! It’s filled with so many lovely little details, like these eggs that I think were used for a recent program.

My daughter had a great time, Instagramming all those little details! (btw, my friend Sandra recently taught me how to use Instagram properly – I’m such a Luddite when it comes to IG, so now I’ve been having fun posting stories! 🙂 I had no idea what stories were – true story!)

The people at Strömsö had already staged the studio with a lot of DIY materials for us to play with.

It was a bit nerve-wracking looking at this table and thinking ”Tomorrow I’ll sit here and try to DIY on demand! What if I can’t make a pretty bracelet..?!” (I could, in fact I made two! But I was so nervous beforehand)

”It looks like at home!” said my daughter, and I agreed.

We often have piles of material like this lying around on tables in my room!

I got to place my jewelry among the materials, so that they would look pretty on the show.

The snake necklace is my favorite!

I brought along a couple of the crowns I’ve made.

And a lot of my fascinators!

Everything looked quite nice and inviting.

We were set to shoot in the large room in the middle of the Strömsö-house. You can see a glimpse of their kitchen through the large doors.

My jewelry all on display! I got butterflies at seeing them presented like this!

It did feel a bit daunting to be filmed while creating – usually I have total control over all aspects of what I show here on this blog and on Instagram! But I had to relinquish all control, and just try to go with the flow, which was a pretty amazing experience.

And I love, love, love strolling around the Strömsö house and looking at all the lovely colors and details!

Such an amazing house, and such an amazing creative team behind the show.

…the show’s on on Saturday & Sunday! I’m so excited!

Part 2

 

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