Back home from a trip to Vasa, and Strömsö!

Sometimes when you start something, you have no idea where it will lead. Just that what you’re doing is something that’s fun for you, that you enjoy and that somehow makes the world a little bit of a better place.

I started making my own jewelry some years ago, just because I wanted to create something I could wear despite my allergy to all kinds of metals. And then it sort of bloomed, turned into portraits of my daughter, this whole fantasy world called Pargasia, some newspaper articles and now yesterday my daughter and I were interviewed on a TV-show called Strömsö!

It was so much fun and I got to sit and make two bracelets out of pieces of lace, buttons, sequins and beads, but I didn’t talk as much about the specifics of the process. More about the philosophy around creating and creating with your children. I think I have lots more to say on the subject, but today I’m just so fatigued so I’ll leave that for another day!

I’ll post more photos of my jewelry and my creative process here on this blog, so stay tuned if you want a closer look! The necklace in the picture above is the one I wore on the TV-show yesterday. For me, sewing beads is so relaxing, and I love to create something out of nothing, or even something out of other people’s throw away knick-knacks! Upcycling and creating – my favorite pastimes combined!

A few years back I dyed some lace pink. It also got featured on the TV-show, but by now it’s finished and embellished with so many beads and flowers!

It was a bit of a challenge to create something on demand, so to speak! Usually I get to take everything at my own leisure. I lay out pieces of lace, beads and assorted decorations and then I sort of get a feel for what I want to create.

It will be nerve-wracking watching myself on TV, if I can work up the nerve to do it! But I’ll definitely post more articles here about my jewelry, just in case someone else wants to turn trash into treasures. Wearable upcycling, that is so fulfilling to create!

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

DIY Heart-shaped wreath

This flowery wreath adds a bit of springtime to the Valentine’s celebration.

I started with a heart-shaped foundation made out of metallic wire(you can buy ready-made, or make your own just by twisting together wires).

Then I added lots of flowers and leaves from old candle rings and bits of odd flowers I’ve picked up here and there.

A pink bird topped it all off.

Flowery and springtime:y, and heart-shaped. And so easy and fun to do!

 

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

DIY Winter wreath with felt flowers

I wanted a new wreath for our door, so I made one out of branches from the garden. I just cut off branches of some bush or other (don’t remember the name!), formed them into a wreath and wrapped some metal string around them.

I made flowers out of felt. I cut out the petals one by one from an old piece of felt that I saved (some old piece of clothing). I glued them onto each other, wrapped around the ”bud” just like a real flower. Then I glued them all to the wreath using a glue-gun.

Felt sort of feels appropriate for this time of year. We have no snow in sight, so this wreath is actually perfect for this season, bare branches and all!

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

DIY Glittery wreath with lots of tinsel

…yeah, I know, I kind of went overboard with this wreath-making business!

This one is a lovely silver one, with lots of tinsel and luscious red berries and leaves.

I’m going all in with wreath making this year! It’s just so much fun, and so easy – just take a styrofoam wreath, wrap it with something and add decorations. In this case, I finally got to use some of my really old berries and leaves, plus some silvery branches that I’ve collected during the years (left overs from some project or decoration or other).

 

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

DIY Wintery jar with red strings

This was a fun and fast DIY!

I took some air drying clay, rolled it quite thin with a rolling pin.

I used some tulle netting when I rolled the clay the last time, to get some structure.

I lay the sheet of clay around an empty washed jar.

I made sure the edges overlapped.

Then I stamped some ”holes” using a straw. I trimmed the edge on the top of the jar.

When the clay had dried, I glued some red string to the ”holes” and made a bow at the top.

The structure looks really nice in person.

The little bullfinch likes his view! He can gaze out over all the Christmas loveliness that spreads out in our home these days.

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

DIY Wreath with old baubles

I kind of got hung up on making wreaths, so I made this one too – it has already found a new home, which is so much fun!

This one is made up of old baubles that were obsolete or broken. Now they are a new festive decoration on someone’s door!

Making wreaths is so much fun! and so easy! Just wrap a styrofoam wreath in either tinsel or greens, and add decorations using a glue gun or some thread (metallic or other – the main thing is to get the decorations to stick to the wreath).

Happy Monday to you all!

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

DIY Colorful Wreath

This was a very fun wreath to make! I used up all the baubles that I didn’t know how to use anymore (some of them chipped, some of them just not fitting anywhere).

I wrapped a styrofoam wreath in a lot of pink tinsel. Then I glued on the baubles and Christmas ornaments. It’s the perfect Christmas ornament for our Very Pink Hallway!

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

DIY Advent Candles

I seem to collect old things that are still pretty, but aren’t in use any more. I’ve had these cookie molds for years, and I only just recently realized what I wanted to do with them. They were too rusty to use for cookies, but they are just perfect for our advent candles!

I glued a candle holder into each of the cookie molds.

Then I filled the molds with whatever I wanted – mushrooms, fake lingonberry leaves, pinecones.

I also did a version with just sugar and spices. It looks rustic and smells lovely!

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

DIY Holiday Animals

Here’s a fun way to recycle the kids’ old animal figurines – turn them into brand new fun and colorful decorations!

I placed all my materials and animals on the table and figured out what I wanted to do. This horse needed some tinsel, that deer needed a bell around its neck.

We made little packages from wrapping some folded newspaper in gift paper. Then I added some ribbons and glued the packages to the animals’ backs. 

As a last touch I glued fake snow all over the animals.

They look so cute! and are a really fun ornament as a sort of memento of the kids when they were little – they do grow up fast, and none of them even plays with toys any longer! (or almost)

I also got to use some of my most precious old ornaments, that I haven’t got the heart to throw out, but are too broken to use for anything else. This is the perfect opportunity to turn old scraps into something brand new and fancy!

…christmas-time is soon upon us! (and I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping – I can’t stand shopping in December…)

 

RSS | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook