DIY Flower necklace with a secret eye

Here’s a fun necklace I made! I wanted to make something inspired by the Victorian ”Lover’s Eye” jewelry, but my ”eye” ended up having glaucoma (I used the wrong glue!) so the only one knowing the thingy on the right side is an eye…!

I used up a lot of pink star-paillettes for the flower – I kind of stocked up on paillettes when we lived in Copenhagen more than 10 years ago, and I’ve still got a large stock. It will take quite a lot of jewelry making before I run out of them!

The bronze thing at the middle of the flower is an old pretty button that I hadn’t found a good use for. The one to the right is a broken brooch that I ”mended” by gluing a homemade eye to it.

I love taking old discarded things and make new pretty things out of them! It makes me so happy to both create and use jewelry like this.

 

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Re-purposing jeans – my mom is on a roll!

My parents are definitely making the most of this social distancing/quarantine-time – my dad is baking bread and keeping busy like always, and my mom is sewing and being creative. Just look at what she made for Niklas for his birthday:

I mean, look at that apron! It’s just perfect for the barbecue season, with all those pockets and places to hang stuff. This was a team effort, with my dad inserting most of the grommets, and then they filled it with lots of kitchen:y goodness: knitted dish cloths (made by my mother, one of them made out of flax that I think my great grandmother grew and spun so many decades ago), a wash cloth for the barbecue station, brushes and pens and lots of little goodies.

And the best thing? It’s all made out of repurposed jeans!

I learned through homeschooling this spring that jeans/denims are one of the most polluting garments on the planet, so it makes sense to keep using them even though they’ve become a bit disheveled. And what better way to give two old pairs of jeans a new life than as a cool apron?

My mom’s been busy re-purposing so many jeans this spring, so she’s definitely doing an effort to keep them in circulation!

Some of them end up as runners, with just a piece of lace sewn onto each edge. Some end up as pot covers, just look at these:

That’s a whole look for that bunch of roses! I think they love the new lace belt they got!

They are accompanied by a matching tablecloth.

P.S. In my family we either donate clothes that are too small, or we compost the ones that are unusable. Which also is an argument against buying clothes containing plastics (like spandex, acrylics etc) – cotton is very easily composted, and when you mix it with compost from your kitchen compost it turns into mulch in just a few months’ time.

 

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More princess pictures

It was such a fun day, and we enjoyed it so much!

I love that despite being an amateur, I am able to give my daughter the experience to feel like a posing princess whenever she needs it.

It makes for such good memories too!

P.S. I was trying to find a blog post where I showed how I sewed this collar, but either my very tired brain isn’t working properly and I can’t see things in front of my (very likely!) or I haven’t properly done a blog post. Might do one at one point – if not, this particular collar was shown prominently on the TV-show Strömsö. This collar was so fun to make! I sewed lots of flowers and beads on it which gives it a nice weight, and you instantly feel like you’re wearing fine jewelry when you wear it!

 

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The Cherry Tree Princess

We needed a bit of magic in our everyday life, so we took a tour to our fantasy land where everything is possible and everyone can be a princess if they want to!

And what better day to do a photo shoot on than on a day when the cherry trees are blossoming? It was so beautiful and gave us all a needed spark of creativity and fun. We actually laughed a lot, even though it doesn’t show on this particular photo!

This was very much an impromptu photo shoot. I got down the pink sari we use for curtains in our daughter’s room and draped it over a pale yellow dress. The collar is a piece I made out of recycled pink lace, flowers and beads, and a vintage velvet ribbon that I had saved for years.

I made the crown a while ago out of some floral wire or whatever it’s called, and only added some flowers for this shoot. And the red hair is a wig! I somehow felt like shooting long flowing hair yesterday. Might have something to do with the fact that it was very windy! And absolutely magical!

 

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My blue snake-necklace

This necklace was so fun to make! I had already made a template for a snake-necklace, so I decided to make another one. I gathered all my turquoise beads and went to work. And it turned into a real statement necklace – you can’t help but feel pretty when you wear it, it has such a lovely weight and lots of bling!

The snake wraps around my neck a little bit more, but I needed a model so my daughter volunteered. The only drawback – now she’s in love with the necklace as well! (luckily I’ve got lots more to dangle in front of her, so I’ll get to keep this one to myself!)

 

 

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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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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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