Thursday, November 13, 2014

BEE Inspired Swarovski Bracelet for the BEE-day Girl

Just 3 hours before the BEE party, I realized that my little girl has no jewelry that will match her bee-outfit.

Digging into my stock of Swarovski crystals, I made her a bracelet, of black star and yellow flower shaped crystals and strung it using a thicker 14k gold-filled wire, making it durable just in case she will pull it out.

After just a few minutes, this tiny bracelet was done and ready for the BEE-girl.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FOLDED FLOWERS Hairclips for the BEE-Girl

I spotted a set of Kanzashi flower hair accessories from an online shop. I was so tempted to get a set for my little girl to pair her BEE-theme outfit, but opted not. Instead, I bought yards gross grain ribbons from Michelle’s and made the flowers myself.

I was intrigued why the flowers were called Kanzashi, and how these intricate flowers are done. The way I understand based on the written information in the internet, Kanzashi are hair decorations used on traditional Japanese hairstyle which go back 3000 years ago. The stick pins were believed could ward off evil spirits. Tsumami Kanzashi on the other hand, is a type of kanzashi that means folded hair flowers or ornaments that are made of fabric. Originally, tsumami kanzashi are made of silk fabric, folded and formed into flower petals. I’m still in the process of intensive researching and reading to understand the term more.

Meanwhile, I made a tsumami kanzashi based on the tutorial I’ve seen in the YouTube. Difficult it may seem but in the end, I was able to follow and made my first ever pair tsumami kansazhi hair clips for my birthday girl using lemon yellow and black grosgrain ribbons. I used a sew-on button rhinestone that I bought in a local store as centerpieces.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Unfinished Crochet BEE Dress

From the time I have decided what theme we are going to have for our baby girl’s 1st birthday party, I already thought of making her a crochet bee dress, a Do-It-Yourself BEE costume that she is going to wear to her party.

I did able to start the project like two months before the birthday using a mercerized cotton crochet thread, the only cotton material that I can find locally in the city and making one round at a time during my free time. But later on, a lot of reasons and excuses came in that I wasn’t able to finish, and instead decided to buy a black tutu skirt to pair her yellow romper.

A few days before the big day, I was already shifting my attention to other things that I needed to do for the party and set aside the already in the 75% completion crochet BEE-dress. (I did a lot of DIYs for the party which you can find in my other blog)

Though, she wasn’t able to wear this dress on her big day, I’m still very satisfied because I was able to make her a pair of BEE-colored hair clips and bracelet instead. I won’t promise anything this time, but I’ll find time to complete this dress before the year ends. x-crossfinger-x 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Make It Yourself!

Why spend more when you can do those little things with your bare hands? That is what I’m planning to do for my little girl’s 1st birthday.


I’m thinking of doing the decorations, layouts, party hats, etc. by myself. And as early as know I need to search the net for ideas. I’m keeping myself calm and getting ready to do it myself!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Pair of Helping Hands

After many years of convincing my husband to learn the art of handcrafting jewelries, I finally was able to teach him and make him do it.

At first,  I taught him how to make simple charms/danglings, then later on connecting wires and eventually created bracelets. In fact, the bracelets above that are also made of Swarovski crystals and 14k gold-filled components were his finished products. As a beginner, I must say he's good, though he always chose the easier job and left the complicated ones to me. Still, I am happy I already have a pair of helping hands. 

I’m looking forward for more handmade jewelry creations with my partner in life. Hmmm, I’m thinking of teaching him to crochet as well, will he agree? I wonder…

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Nail Art: Paw Prints Gone Bad

The last time I had red nail polish on my fingernails was in December 2012. I do not know what came into my mind that I picked a red polish (Revlon Fire) from the box and painted them on my nails last night. I missed nail arts and haven't done them on my nails for quite some time now, thus, I decided to paint some on my nails. A very simple one that I can think of, using the only dotting tool.

I was aiming for a simple paw print, but sadly my hands had forgotten how to do nail arts after months of hiatus instead it ended up into just ordinary "4 dots of different sizes". Paw prints that had gone bad!.

Looking at my nails today, I realized that my nails aren't that bad at all.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Let's Make Handmade!

 We are blessed enough with a pair of hands, so let's make the most out of it. Let's make handmade!


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