We all go through stressful times in our lives. Usually, exams are a blast for me (‘study’ periods, time off school, waking up late and having to focus for only a few hours :’) ), however this time around, that hasn’t been the case. I can’t quite describe why, but I’ve been swaying back and forth across the border between “life is great” and “what’s the point in anything” for a while now. I guess it’s mix of everything, newly frequent dance classes, real exams that mean [very little but still] something, a quest to constantly be constructive and productive, and a very foggy, hormonal, not-yet-developed teenage brain.
I wouldn’t describe this situation as feeling like chaos, or a cliché whirlwind. Instead, it feels more like a wasteland. Like piles of faded-brown scraps and debris littered across a desert, as far as the eye can see; and your job is to pick up each piece of rusted metal, every last sundried magazine clipping. It feels like life is one big task that seems so impossible, filled with thousands and thousands of little things we must do… Yeah, the teenage heart ain’t fond of responsibility.
Despite it all (oh, this difficult first world teenage life we live), we push through; and here are somethings that have been keeping sane/happy/alive: Continue reading
To defend my lack of studying, I’ve been coming up with some jewellery designs over the weekend to make me feel more ‘productive’. Though I didn’t come up with an abundance of designs, it gave me an awesome opportunity to continue practicing shooting in manual mode on my camera.
Summer is here for the southern hemisphere, meaning we can ditch the beanies for some floppy hats and head chains.
Simple & easily made and styled
You will need:
- Faux feather(s)
- Leather clamps
- Chain (I stole some of mine off old necklaces)
- Jump rings (big + small)
- Wire cutters
- Mod Podge + foam brush
- Eyelet setter/punch + eyelets (available at most craft stores) [optional]
- Clear nail polish [optional]
- Bowl of water + acrylic paint [optional]
- Start by attaching a leather clamp to the end of your faux feather
- Bend the spine of your feather with your fingers (so it sits nicely on your head) and smooth out the barbs of yo feather
- If you want to colour your feather, fill a bowl with water and drip acrylic paint into it. Dip your feather in the paint and play around with colouring the feather. NOTE: scraping the bottom of the bowl with the feather will add more paint, while swirling it around or simply dipping it in the water will remove paint; + your feather will shrink in size a bit after this step.
Leave to dry.
- Cover your feather with a thin coat of Mod Podge. This will make it water-proof and pliable.
Leave to dry.
- Using an eyelet punch, pierce a hole near the top of your feather (not too close to the tip, or you risk ripping your feather). Insert an eyelet + set. Alternatively, you can simply snip a hole with a pair of scissors (be cautious here!) and seal the hole with some clear polish.
- Take some chain and measure it around your head, then cut to size.
- Create a loop by joining to two lengths of chain together with a jump ring.
- Place the loop of chain on your head (+ adjust if it doesn’t sit right) and use string to measure how long the centre part of your headchain will be. Cut to size.
- Tape both ends of the piece of string to a flat surface and use it to measure + cut the piece of chain to go in the centre of your headchain. Remember that the feather is going in the centre aswell, therefore the length of the piece of string = length of feather + centre piece of chain. (This is better explained in the video -.- comment if theres anything you don’t understand!)
- Use a large jump ring (or stud!) to join the tip of the feather to your centre chain piece.
- Use jump rings to attach the feather and chain ends of your centre chain piece to your loop of chain.
Quirky, rustic and easily individualised
You will need:
- Any three things to braid together. I used:
- Wire (I used 26 gauge)
- Needle [optional]
- Start by cutting a length of one of the elements you’re going to braid; I started with the leather cord. This should be slightly longer than you want the final braid to go across your head.
- Cut your other elements to the same length. I cut a piece of chain and embroidery thread that had been folded a few times.
- I wanted the chain to be more interesting, so I threaded a piece of embroidery thread (that was twice the length of the chain) through the chain using a needle.
(Watch the video if you want to see how to do this, it’s super easy!)
- To bind the three element together, cut a piece of wire roughly 20cm long
- Grip the wire in pliers about 5cm from one end of the wire. Fold the wire over one of the prongs so that both ends of the wire are facing the same direction. Hold the wire firmly and begin twisting the wire using the pliers.
- Remove the pliers and align the wire with the three elements you’re braiding. Wrap the remaining wire around the elements (remember, this can be as messy as you like, or tight and neat 🙂 ). Before you have wrapped the wire completely, use the pliers to create a loop at the end of the wire so it won’t poke you, then wrap it completely.
- Braid errythang together
- Repeat steps 4,5 and 6 for the other end of the braid.
- Using a jump ring, attach a length of chain to one end of the braid (loop it through the uh… loop in the wire)
- Measure the braid + chain combo around your head to see how long the chain needs to be
- Cut the chain to size then cut it in half. Attach the other half to the other end of the braid using a jump ring.
- Use a large jump ring to join the feather to one of the elements in your braid and a small jump right to join both halves of the headband to the centre chain.
Inspired by the headdresses of the Red Indians
You will need:
- Embroidery thread of various colours (I used orange, yellow, purple, turquoise and white)
- Clear polish
- Using different coloured embroidery thread, knot up a friendship bracelet. Friendship bracelets use up a lot of thread, so I would recommend using more thread than you think you’ll need (better to be safe then sorry)
I created my own random pattern using 14 strands of thread. If you don’t know how to make a friendship bracelet, here are the basics, or check this tutorial out.
- Instead of tying your ‘bracelet’ off, use leather clamps.
- Trim excess thread and prevent fraying/strands coming loose from the clamp by sealing the strands with clear polish (be careful not to stick the thread to the clamp in the process, you need the hole in the clamp to attach the chain!)
- Create the rest of your head chain like in the braided version above.
For details on outfits and jewelry, check out the description box of the video a la YouTube.
Today I’ll be showing you how to make rustic wooden signs, inspired by vintage pallet signs. What’s great about this DIY is that it’s an easy task no matter what your artistic skill level is! Your sign could be plain white with ‘paradise’ on it, or just ‘hi’ or baby pink with a flower in the center, or just a circle.
No matter what you want to paint, I’m here to give you some tips that’ll make creating a vintage masterpiece much easier!