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bubble baubles

17 May 2011

I don’t have chains. I’ve always used nylon string for the accessories I make, and the only metal I use are the clasps and jump rings. I do have a supply of wire, but based on my previous experiment, I’ve concluded I need a thicker gauge. So for me to make this bubbly bracelet I saw a tutorial of, I had to make one by connecting these short chains meant for adjustable clasp things. Anyway, after a full morning of twisting and wrestling with various pliers, I eventually ended up with these:

 

1. Bubble bauble — pearly, shimmery, bronze-y plastic beads attached to a makeshift chain bracelet.

PhP 100 (Bird and branch not included)

 

2. Cluster pendants — Leftover beads from the bracelet ended up as pendants because I love the color combination so much 🙂 Suspended on coated wire thingies (Yeah I don’t know what they’re called). The second one is smaller, but has a small metal flower accompanying it.

PhP 80 each

 

 

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Back it up, Back it up

16 May 2011

These are just a bunch of modifications of my clothes that I find too poofy. I pin these every time I wear them so I figured I might as well make them permanent. I’m not much of a belt person and I didn’t want to change the front of these blouses so I tucked them at the back.

Candidate #1 is an orange blouse from Apple & Eve. One of the most expensive articles of clothing I’ve bought! I got a medium because the chub on my arms prevented me from buying the smaller size. So I have nice fitting sleeves but it was extra-poofy around the waist. The front wasn’t very different in the before and after, though. But it feels better now.

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Heima: It’s not just furniture, it’s a lifestyle

16 May 2011

Last Thursday I had the singular chance (thanks to Karen) to attend a pre-launch of some new products by a furniture and interior design store I’ve been eyeing for quite a while: Heima.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m actually a Philippine-licensed Architect (hence, “Arkitek Sara”) and Interior Design student. I have a love for bright, clean, contemporary yet homey design which–top of my head–can be best exemplified by Scandinavian and mid-century modern American styles (i.e. my favorites). I’ve always wished there would be a store in the Philippines that would have the look and feel and design sensibilities of the (numerous) blogs and shops I’ve been following online and Heima perfectly fit the bill.

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sheer

14 May 2011

Dainty – made with sheer fabric, wood beads and buttons.

 

PhP 130

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The beginning of something wonderful

13 May 2011

A lot of my time online has been devoured by two websites: Pinterest and Craftgawker. When I saw these incredibly awesome pendants, I knew I just HAD to try my hand at making one (or some), especially when I learned that it was priced at 50USD each. Grah.

After a bit of research, here’s my first attempt using some paper ripped from an old photocopied handout I was using as scratch paper. Since it was tiny, I made holes with a needle and used normal sewing thread to bind the signatures.

Isn’t it awesome? It was nighttime (which explains the grainy, blurry photos) and I didn’t have leather sheets on hand so I’ll have to save that part for another day.

Here’s the 2-part video tutorial I followed:

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Surprise Craft Attack

13 May 2011

Who watched Art Attack on Disney Channel? Wasn’t that guy (I can’t recall his name) really awesome? I love his accent and how he says “PVA Glue” all the time. Anyway, this isn’t about that.

I was supposed to just do some stuff on my laptop this afternoon but when I realized there was still some daylight, I figured I could make a quick craft. I’ve been seeing a lot of fabric-covered bead necklaces around so I started making that. When I turned the fabric I sewed inside-out, I forced it a bit and popped some of the seams. My craft momentum slowed to a halt so I just sat back in front of my laptop and tied the thingy I made around my neck.

After a few hours, the look kinda grew on me. I like it.

 

See my bandaged finger. I cut myself while ripping out thread on another craft this morning. <sarcastic YAY>

oh, and that’s a safety pin hanging from one end.

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The Cheapskate Experiments

11 May 2011

I’m always on the lookout for cheap alternatives to the usually expensive or unavailable-in-the-Philippines art and craft supplies. I once scoured the innarnets for an alternative to Mod Podge, and this thread was the best one I’ve found so far. Anyway, I found this nice tutorial and with me being the perennial packrat, I actually keep the circles from my hole punchers. But… “Structure Gel”…? I have no idea where to get that.

After poking around the internet a bit, I figured out that Structure gel is like a thick kind of Acrylic Medium. Of course my cheapskate instincts kick in and I started looking for an alternative. Besides, I didn’t have acrylic medium on hand and I wanted to try this project asap. A friend suggested I use white glue and that’s what I did.

So far so good, I guess. I’d still have to finish this with some kind of sealant or varnish because it will disintegrate if it gets wet. I’ll save that for another day.

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Wire, Pins and Other Things

10 May 2011

Today I tried a bunch of experiments with wire. I should get thicker gauge wire someday.

inspirations/sources: [1] [2] [3]

Also, I saw these lovely pincushions and realized how pitiful my makeshift pincushion was. So I pulled out an old sponge and wrapped it with cloth.

Finally, a necklace from a bracelet and a pinecone-ish pendant made of ribbon. Yes, I am wearing a restaurant shirt.

I’m planning to do this next, similar to the yellow-and-green triangle things up top. Let’s see how far my patience takes me.

 

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Oh, Momma!

8 May 2011

This past week I had intended to lay off the crafts and not look at pinterest or any DIY blog I had on my bookmarks because I was trying (operative word: TRYING) to reorganize my stuff/stash/treasure trove and throw out anything that is not useful, only gathering dust, becoming home for insects, or basically decomposing due to neglect. I actually found a colony of tiny ants living underneath a cardboard box that held tubes of tracing paper I used in college. But with Mothers’ Day nearing, I took a little break from “cleaning” and pulled out some materials to make…. Headbands.

A while back I remember my mom was looking for these elastic headbands at the mall but she didn’t find any that she liked so I figured it’d be a nice gift for her. It was also timely that I came across this tutorial of a really simple headband. In the end I made five headbands (only one was made following the tutorial exactly) and I made my mom choose what she liked. She got two, and a bonus necklace which can be seen at the end of the post. I’ll keep one for myself, but the two others are UP FOR SALE! Here’s what they look like:

1. Knit-Sew — this is actually crocheted, not knitted, but “crothet-sew” doesn’t have a catchy ring like the other title. Anyway, all the materials I already had on hand: the tie is a white cord I had lying around, the circles were previous experiments on granny squares, while the band was actually the start of a table runner. It came from way back in the ’90s when I was beginning to like crochet. If you can’t tell yet, I quickly got lazy and stopped at the first inch. It’s amazing that it’s still white. Crocheted band = 40 cm; total lenth (with cord) = 76 cm

PhP 200

2. AquaNautics — (have you guessed by now that I just make those names up as I write?) I learned this beautiful knotted headband from this tutorial. But because my cord was too short, it didn’t go all the way to the back so I had to attach it to a coordinating fabric. The cord was bought a very long time ago (I used it to make a small drawstring bag before, I just kept the remaining material), the fabric is a nice patterned cotton I used in one of the skirt pockets I made, while the elastic inside was the one I took out from the sleeves of the pink blouse/dress here. The seams are done on a machine but the connection between the cord and fabric is hand stitched. Circumference = 53 cm (unstretched) 58 cm (stretched)

PhP 250

Orders can be coursed through email, for now. arkitek [dot] sara [at] gmail [dot] com

 

As for the last one, I’ll keep that one for myself because, despite the prettiness, I don’t think the quality is good enough for selling. I’ll make a better version someday, don’t worry! Here’s a quick (yet oddly lengthy) tutorial on how I made it!

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Ready for the Tea Party

29 April 2011

I have a bunch of sewn stuff that I’m actually willing to sell. I’ve been hesitant to sell some of the stuff I’ve made because I’m still trying to improve my sewing machine skills. But these pass my high standards so now I allow myself to share these with you. Besides, though I love what I made, they aren’t really my style so I probably wouldn’t use them myself. It’d be better if somebody else does 🙂

They’re sort of in a similar theme, I imagine wearing these to a picnic or a tea party (hence the title). We don’t do tea parties here where I come from :p

1. Granny Cardi(gan) – The cardigan is an extremely rarely used piece (I have a blue one and I use that). I think I’ve only used it twice. It was bought many, many years ago at Cinderella; cream colored with a golden sheen; is fastened only by a hook at the collar; size: small (my beautiful measurements here). I added the ruffles and the hem which are repurposed elastic lace and stretchy beige fabric.

PhP 300

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