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How to make a walk-through Pinterest Board

March 5, 2014

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I love Pinterest, not only for all the ideas and information but also to help clearly see what your personal style is. However, I have been frustrated that when you make a board, you can’t move the actual pins around to group things, like you can move boards around in your profile area. Where there is a will there is away.

I decided to experiment with a board – My Dream Home and environment. The idea was to have a virtual walk through – from the approach,  through the front door (it was hard to choose from all the magnificent doors in my door’s board), through the house into the garden and eventually to my garden cottage studio – dream away!

How?

Simple Really …

First I created to boards and kept them secret rather than public. The first one I used as a gash board to collect all the elements I want for my dream house – a source board from which I could pin in the order I want. When I completed that, I started to pin what I wanted to be my last pin on the board and worked my way back to what I wanted to be the first pin.

When finally I was happy with the board, I went to edit the board and changed it from secret to public and pinned what I planneed to be the first pin while it was visible as an invitation.

Have a look at my Dream House

Now that’s what I call a proper dream board, rather than trying to find pictures to cut out.  You can use it for many other applications too, I will love to hear what your ideas about it are.

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Hip Bags to Compliment your style

February 14, 2014

Hip bags can be so much more than pure utility hands-free bags. They lend themselves especially to creative interpretation and as an accessory to compliment a particular look.

Here’s some inspirations spark your creativity.

Hip Bags to Compliment your style

Image from Imgend.com

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From JungleTribe

Here’s some great ideas for recycling old denims into hip pouches.

denim hippouch

From KayLim

hipbag denimpockets

Great idea for embellishing old denim pockets in whatever style you want by dying, adding lace for a romantic look, as the bag from Gypsecouture below.

hipbag denim lace 2

Or, add patches images, studs for a steampunk look. The CrustPunk from CivilianDisarm  can serve as an inspiration.

hipbag crustpunk

denim trim hip pouch

Love these  Hip Pouches with Attachable Mini skirts from AHni Radvanyi  on Etsy for a Steampunk look.

miniskirt hip pouch

brown miniskirt hip pouch

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From LunaDesign

The idea of combining an overskirt and utility bag  works especially well.

hipbag skirts

Adorable Pixie Felt Hip Bag from Frixigirl Etsy

pixi hip belt

Boho Hip bags

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This ethnic style hip bag is from  AvesofJiJi Etsy

Traditional Ethic Design is a great source for inspiration.

hipbag african

Love this Renaissance style festival pocket in rich fabrics from Sandalamoon Etsy

hipbag renaissance

And this beautiful  pocket belt in tapestry from Bluemoonkatherine – see her shop for lots more gorgeous  pocket belts.

hipbag tapestry

More sassy ideas from Gypsecouture

hipbag sassy

hipbag crochet

Great idea for making Crochet Hip bags from HorizonsEd3e Etsy

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You can also attach a crochet bag to strips of lace edging, add fringes etc as in the inspiration from Etsy 

hipbag fringe

Gorgeous Fringed Hip bag from Emma Pintado

Military Style

hipbags military

Convert Utility Belt and Leggings from Crisiswear

hipbag milsteampunk

Great  Steampunk harness belt From Ethiscrea

Vintage Military Utility belt

Vintage Military Utility belt

multicol hipbag

From Melting Pot World Emporium

Fynbos Floral Inspirations

January 28, 2014

I live in the heart of the Fynbos floral kingdom. The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the six Floral Kingdoms in the world, and is the only one contained in its entirety within a single country.  The Cape Floral Kingdom compares with some of the richest floras worldwide, surpassing many tropical forest regions in its floral diversity.

No wonder their beauty are an inspiration to so many artists Here are some of my favourites

This beautiful graphic Pincushion (Leucospermum) design is from Skinny Laminx based in Cape Town

Pincushion Design by Skinny Laminx

Lasercut card – Table Mountain

Little Garden

These lovely cards are from bookhou

Romantic Braids

January 26, 2014

Best of Romantic hair braids and tutorials

My eyes opened to incredible beauty and versatility of  braids after watching the White Queen. The Queen’s mother’s hair styles – Jacquetta (Elizabeth Woodville’s mom) were especially impressive.

Janet McTeer and Rebecca Ferguson in The White Queen from IMBd

Janet McTeer and Rebecca Ferguson in The White Queen from IMBd

Then of course there are the fabulous plaits from Game of Thrones.

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Game of Thrones – Daenerys

Braids or plaits have been making a big comeback on and off the red carpet for the last few years. Braids have of course been around across centuries, continents, and genders; from side braids to milkmaid braids, French, waterfall, fishtails, coils, buns and chignons. Their versatility allows incredible complex styles with endless possibilities. They can also work on most lengths of hair. They’re also functional, keeping us cool and unencumbered.

As my hair is below waist length, I started having fun playing with braids.

Here are some of my favourites; some are beautiful yet easy, while others serves as elaborate inspirations.

Godey's Lady's Book, May 1866

Godey’s Lady’s Book, May 1866

Greek Coiffure – 1866

The coiffure requires no frisettes, and is both simple and elegant.  The back hair is tied rather high, and as tightly as possible; it is then divided into two equal portions, which are both plaited.  The first is arranged into two loops: the second forms the third loop, and is then twisted round the chignon and fastened underneath.  The front hair is disposed in waved bandeaux; if the hair is not sufficiently long and thick to form the plaited coronet with the end of the bandeaux, a false plaite is added and fastened under the chignon. (Image and text from Koshka-the-cat.)

Online access to Godey’s Lady’s Book

Nina Headdress, 1863, from Godey's Ladies Book.

Nina Headdress, 1863, from Godey’s Ladies Book.

Image from A Polar Bear’s Tale

Multiple braid plait.

Multiple braid plait.

Braid with flowers

Easy braid tutorial

Easy braid tutorial

Tutorial from IMGFAVE

rainbow room

Hair by Gordon Richie, Photographer McInnes

Image from Rainbow Room

Kate Middleton

Tutorial from Fashion Diva Design

More elaborate Renaissance Style

More elaborate Renaissance Style

Image from Renmoon

super easy updo

From Fashionsy Also click for lots more super easy styles.

Empress Isabel - 1548

Empress Isabel – 1548

From Superior Platform

50 braids

Image from Trendhunter

Fun idea based on a detail of the Allegory of Spring, 1482, from Sandro Botticelli – hair braid as a choker. Attach a broach to your braid.

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jenny twoshoes

Melanie-Laurent

Melanie-Laurent

game of thrones hair styles

From Howtohairgirl

double crown braid

From Meiliwall

noir braid

From Arwendë Luhtiénë Emeldir Peredhel

Beautiful multiple strand style

Beautiful multiple strand style

From Jenny Twoshoes

Wonderful inspiration from this Doll's Hair styling

Wonderful inspiration from this Doll’s Hair styling

From Amadiz

You can of course weave into the braids pearls, ribbons or whatever takes your fancy.

pearl braid

From Boulevard Pinki

The series Vikings also brought Viking braids back into the spotlight.

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Travis Fimmel's braided hairstyle

Travis Fimmel’s braided hairstyle

Images from IMDb

Viking Braid

Viking Braid

If you want to recreate this Viking hairstyle you have to start by making a regular pigtail with the hair from the top of the head. At the hairline on the back of the neck you braid the rest of the hair into the braid which is then divided into seven parts. You braid these together two, two and three. At the end the pigtail is divided into two twisted pigtails. You can read more about it from the Tollund Man.

An elegant hairstyle with a braided headband; the style mimics the hair seen in portraits and modern film depictions of Regency Era ladies.

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The intricate hairstyles of the caryatids on the Erechtheion temple in Athens were recreated. From an article by ArtNews.

Roman Hair Styles

Roman Hair Styles

Janet Stephen’s tutorials on Roman hair styles is a must-see for anyone interested in elaborate braiding styles or just for the sake of interest. They are full of tips and ideas. It is actually not as difficult as it looks, though an extra pair of hands is necessary for most of the styles.

heart plait

Image from DR Redlocks

Here’s how to do the heart braid

long braid

Image via pinterest. From bobbyglam.com

Enjoy !

Beautiful plaits in a Da Vinci drawing

Beautiful plaits in a Da Vinci drawing

Also See:

10 Best Braid How to Videos on YouTube

How to tie a Bow Tie in a Mirror

February 23, 2013

how to tie a bow tie in a mirror

One of my favourite pieces from my collection of fashion history is a bow tie from AK & CO still in its packaging. What’s really great about it is that it has instructions on how to tie a bow tie in a mirror.

How to Tie a bow tie in a mirror

AK & CO Logo

Don’t you just love the logo design?

how to tie a bow tie in a mirror

how to tie a bow tie in a mirror

HOW TO TIE A BOW TIE AS REFLECTED IN YOUR MIRROR

Isn’t it just great!

 

 

Cycles of Fashion – The Bow Tie

February 23, 2013
“To its devotees the bow tie suggests iconoclasm of an Old World sort, a fusty adherence to a contrarian point of view. The bow tie hints at intellectualism, real or feigned, and sometimes suggests technical acumen, perhaps because it is so hard to tie. Bow ties are worn by magicians, country doctors, lawyers and professors and by people hoping to look like the above. But perhaps most of all, wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.”
—Warren St John, The New York Times[1]

Prince Charles joked that he had become a fashion icon simply by dressing the same as he always had. That’s how trends work: they come around in long cycles that make the old new again every other generation.
But where did bow ties actually come from? Here’s a great video giving a history of bow ties.

Bow ties are cool again and no doubt Dr Who is largely responsible for this. For others like me who are curious as to why Dr Who wears a bow tie here’s a great clip from an interview on SFX’s, where Matt Smith, costume designer Ray Holman and producer Piers Wenger talk to Nick Setchfield about the evolution and  design of Doctor Eleven’s sartorial style. And yes, the bow tie was Matt’s idea…

The Doctor

Ray Holman: “We had to go through tons and tons of clothes. I think I took hundreds of photographs of Matt with different ideas, and in the end it all came down to a day when we were all in the room together. We had certain elements of the costume – we knew we wanted boots, we had the trousers, the shirt, there were a couple of different coats and jackets. The tweed jacket went on him and we thought, ‘That’s it!’ And then we didn’t know if it was going to be a T-shirt, if it was going to be open-necked or if it was going to be a tie. Matt said, ‘Can I try a bow tie?’ And we all went, ‘Ugh, no, not sure!’ We got a bow tie. I actually put it on Matt’s neck and said, ‘I’m sorry about this, but let’s have a go.’ I put it on him, stepped back, and we just went, ‘Wow!’ It was a really tingly moment when we  knew we had it.”

Types of Bow ties – From I Waste So Much Time

bow tie types

 

 

Image from The Art of Manliness

Before Matt Smith, bow ties weren’t just a statement of taste. They also spoke to a conservative rebellion against vulgarian culture: a refusal to be blandly egalitarian. They’re jolly difficult to tie, which means that the effort to put one on adds a degree of philosophy to the dressing process. There’s a Taoism to bow tie wearing: one has to be in the right mind to put one on and carry it off. That requires a close shave, a clean shirt, well managed hair, shiny shoes and a jacket carefully chosen to give prominence to the tie. Throw one on haphazardly and you’ll look like an urbane tramp. – By Tim Stanley for The Telegraph

http://houseofdara.blogspot.com/2012/11/bow-ties-in-all-its-glory.html

From House of Dara

cool bow tie look

From The simple solution to expert witness credibility

But not just men can wear bow ties with style …

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/bow-ties-women

1943

http://www.forbes.com/2008/08/19/style-fashion-gender-forbeslife-cx_jp_0819style.html

Karl Lagerfeld

Image from Sophie Mae Style

http://houseofdara.blogspot.com/2012/11/bow-ties-in-all-its-glory.html

Image from House of Dara

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Love this idea for an alternative way of wearing a bow tie

Love this idea for an alternative way of wearing a bow tie (Click on image for source)

I am sure most of you heard the saying; A gentleman is a man who uses a butter knife even when he is alone.

Just so, you can’t call your yourself a true DIY -er if you opt for a clip on instead of doing it yourself. Here’s how to tie a bow tie from Devoureth Also see how to tie a bow tie in a mirror

Learning How to Crochet

February 13, 2013

After finding that wonderful crochet book, my head was spinning with ideas and possibilities, but then a little voice inside me said, ” Not to rain on your parade, but you can’t uhm … actually crochet.”  I have been so busy over the years making stuff that  I have “forgotten” that I haven’t taken the time to learn to crochet.  But since I now have all these ideas it was a good time to start.

Ah, the wonders of the internet and bless Donna from Naztazia. She has two wonderful videos to teach you all you need to know to start crochet.

Part 2

After watching the two videos, I was hooked. Luckily I already have a full set of crochet hooks, inherited from my granny and mum and yarn from my other projects so, there was nothing to stop me.  I started by just freestyle crochet, choosing I yarn I liked and then see where it took me. Focusing on patterns, counting stitches and figuring out the abbreviations was just too much while I was getting into the swing of holding the yarn and mastering the basic stitches.

My first piece a heart bracelet, made from cotton twine. Ok, it did not start as a bracelet and the happy mistake became a button hole but it was fun. I learnt all about crochet in a straight line, the turning chain and how to hold a crochet hook.

crochet bracelet with flowers

crochet bracelet stripes

The only extra I learnt was  how to crochet a simple heart from my Valentine’s Post

So, now I was ready to tackle a pattern and my first choice were these great Mary Jane slippers from Goodknits.

Mary Jane Slipper tutorial from Goodknits

But I was so enjoying the project and curious to see what will happen if I just continued the edging that instead of Mary Jane slippers I made slipper booties. I also added a felt sole and an extra edging because I know the edges always wear out.

crochet slipper boots

The Zen of Making has a great tutorial on adding felt soles.

Felt soles tutorial from the Zen of Making

But the tricky part still lies ahead, reading a pattern. In my next post I will share my adventures and lessons learnt.

If you have been putting off learning to crochet do it now, it is such fun.

crochet bracelet heart

crochet heart

Thread it …

February 12, 2013
http://crochetadventures.tumblr.com/post/15194341948/nuff-said#

That’a how I feel somedays

I could not resist!

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2013

Your Name I wrote your name in the sky, but the wind blew it away. I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away. I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay. – Jason Graham

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

When you think of Valentine’s Day, the first thing that comes to mind is hearts. After all, it is all about matters of the heart. For the few weeks, I trolled the web to find the most innovative and simply wonderful hearts crafts, whether crochet, sewing, knitting, paper, cooking or whatever hand crafted ideas for hearts. Eventually I was dreaming hearts. You will be certain to find a heart among amongst these hearts that speaks to your heart.

So, here my top picks –

Click on the images for tutorials, recipes or original source

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Oldest Valentine card Dating back to 1790, the intricately designed Valentine filled with heartfelt messaging is currently housed at the British Postal Museum and Archive

What would Valentine’s Day without the Valentine’s Day Card? 

If you want to make a card that resembles this antique Valentine card, Martha Steward has a great tutorial on how to make it. The text, embellished with stamped and painted designs, is revealed in stages as the card is opened.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Tutorial Martha Steward

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

or this simpler version and about 40 more great ideas for cards from Martha Steward

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

At InTec InSights you can type in your own words and produce this heart on the spot using fonts, colour, shape, and backgrounds of your choice.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Love these Craft envelopes Tutorial by Sweet Tidings

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Decorate the outside of the card with hearts and inside: Pop-up origami kissing lips card. Full instructions and video tutorial

If you are at loss for words but feeling a lot of love this pocket of hearts is a cute idea.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Pocket of hearts from Nellies Nest

heart stamp

Clever idea for a quick hear stamp – Neuer Stoff

Make your own heart-shaped plantable tags – tutorial from Hill City Bride

You Colour my World

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Crayon Heart Valentine’s – full tutorial from Whipperberry

Tug My Heart Strings

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Cute idea and tutorial for a heart installation from Oh Happy Day

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Lovely idea using wax crayon shaving on wax paper – Martha Steward

http://cfabbridesigns.com/most-popular-projects/yarn-hearts/#.URTYCR1QFqs

Hearts made from rustic floral wire are wrapped with yarn and hung in the window, or you could also tuck a note inside and give it as a valentine. Click for tutorial

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Gorgeous hanging ornaments from Betsy Veldman

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Valentine’s Garland (and cookies) from Glorious Treats

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

This woven heart is made from a tissue box! Tutorial – Michele Made Me

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Love these newspaper hearts – Photo by Rebecka Ryberg

Visit Rebecka Ryberg’s lovely blog is Vintage Fairy Tales for more inspirations.

A Token of  my Love …

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

A love token made and given in World War I to loved ones to remind them that they are never out of the heart

Make your own love tokens. Here some delightful embroidered hearts – they are quick and easy to make depending on how elaborate your decoration and skill. They are also great to fill with scented herbs or just a few drops of essential oil or your favourite perfume to remind him of you. Scents can linger on fabrics and paper for a long time.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Beautiful beaded, embroidered Velvet brooch heart by The7thMagpie

Felt heart for gift wrapping By Lisa Jordan Lilfishstudios

Felt heart for gift wrapping By Lisa Jordan Lilfishstudios

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

By Deborah Mellifer Moore

Denim heart by LolliePatchouli

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

This lovely Vintage Button Heart is from Kandy Newton

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Felt heart By Sandhra Lee

You can also make these felt hearts into little pouches for candy or small gifts using the tutorial from Purl Bee

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Candy Heart Tutorial from Purl Bee

So cute!

So cute!

From Yarnspirations, Pattern Ravelry

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Beaded and Embroidered Heart Brooch or Lapel Pin, or Pincushion

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

From Evi’s Country Snippets

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Make this Felt heart bag from Martha Steward

You can even romantisize your shoe like these BHLDN

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Fabric Heart Bookmark from Sew Many Ways – tutorial

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Valentine Wreath From Mine for Making

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Such a lovely idea using dry rosebuds

I am Hooked on You

Crochet hearts can be used in so many ways – decorate your clothes or bags; make hair accessories, jewelry and broches; use it in scrapbooking and cards – hang it up …

Heartstrings Illustration Laura Taylor Mark

Heartstrings Illustration Laura Taylor Mark

Chrochet heart from Inpigiama

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Chrochet heart from Inpigiama

I just love these Heart pockets from Paper, Yarn and Flour, Tutorial in PDF

over 50 heart crafts

Tutorial from Paper Yarn & Flour

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Crochet Heart Tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

You can crochet these hearts in cotton twine and dye them. Tutorial at Jenny Doh’s blog

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Jenny Doh also has a great tutorial to use these for making a baker’s twine bracelet

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Tutorial from Easy makes me Happy

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Tutorial from I heart Handicrafts

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Jute Hearts by Sosorosy on Etsy. Love the simplicity. Great to accessorize gift packaging, or to hang strings of them, or for place settings.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Freeform embroided from Luci Florey

Unzip my Heart

How to Make Zipper Hearts

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Zipper heart from zippinning

by Create With Bogate

by Create With Bogate

zipper hearts lots

These gorgeous felt and zipper brooches are from IPUBLICATE. 

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. – Song of Songs

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Make a rosemary heart – Image from Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments – How to from Katy Elliot

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

DIY Lavender & Chamomile Bath Melt – Tutorial from Be Beautiful

You can also make these Bath Melts in different scents by for example using rose petals and rose rose oil.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Click image for the recipe from African Aromatics

Make up the tea and put them into little bags like these from Bright Bride as a gift or just indulge in a romantic bath.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Image from Bright Bride

Or these teabags from Her Imajination

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Heart Tabag tutorial from Her Imajination

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Great Bathbombs tutorial

Wine cork heart from past romantic evenings?

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Wine cork Heart tutorial – from The Corner Apartment

Heart Delights – Love is Sweet

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Matchbox sweet treat Valentines by Inchmark

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Full tutorial from 52Souluo

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Sweet heart Cherry Pies – Recipe from Cake student

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Marshmallow Heart Pops – Tutorial from Pink Little Cake

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

No heart cake pan – no problem. Use a square and a round to get a heart shape.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Marbled Red Velvet Cheese Cake Brownies – Recipe Novice Chef

Full Recipe and Tutorial for the red Velvet Cheese Cake at Share our Harvest 

Freeze whipped cream on a cookie sheet, use cookie cutter to cut out hearts and serve with hot cocoa

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Image PS by Dila

Full Tutorial for Heart sugar cubes from Ruffles and Stuff 

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Red Velvet Crepe Recipe from Duhlicious

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Chocolate Chip Beet Cookies – Recipe from Road not Processed

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Recipe by Photo

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Heart Ravioli Recipe

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Easy Valentine Day Food ideas

Heart Wraps

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Two really great ideas for gift wrapping from the Houses that Lars Built

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

This lovely idea for gift tags is from Sugar Sugar

How to DIY mini Valentines mailbox! Sooo cute! by Hello Monday

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Peg your Heart to a Gift box from Hello Naomi

Lastly Heart Inspirations

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Beautiful heart rose wreath By Sarah Kaye

Garden Gate Heart Locket…design by Christi Anderson

Garden Gate Heart Locket…design by Christi Anderson

Heart-corset necklace by wickedgems

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Steampunk Heart by Steelhip Design

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Gothic Heart by Ukapala

By Jacquline Hurlbert

By Jacquline Hurlbert

By Jacquline Hurlbert

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Love Grows by Minerva Mosiacs

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

The Key to My heart by Mark Orr

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Heart braided hair

Here’s how to do a heart braid

CHILD & CHILD 1880-1915 Winged Heart Pendant / Brooch in the Pre-Raphaelite style

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

January 16, 2013

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

I really enjoy taking something that would normally end up in the trash and make it into a something beautiful, into something that is desirable. Upcycling is for me one of the best of human achievements -using our innate creativity to uplift and improve ourselves and our environment.  Imagine applying it to all aspects of live.

This once was one of favourite silk shirt but eventually the collar and cuffs  became worn through and frayed, and the fabric just started to tear. I so loved the shirt that shared many enjoyable moments with me that I was determined to recycle all of it. ( I have already been using some of the fabric to start mending my piano shawl – more about that “long-mend” in an upcoming post.)

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

The raw material

I did not take a pic to show the state of the collar was in before I began, as my initial idea was to cut off the collar leaf and to just make choker from the collar stand with the lace and pearl beading, as in my sketch.  My daughter really wanted a full collar so it was back to the drawing board.  I decided to a reversible Baroque collar that could be worn folded up or down.

You may want to use this  idea to make a Baroque choker as it is an easy way of fastening a choker necklace with the button at the back.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Make a choker collar necklace from a n old collar

The  pic  below of the cuff will give you an idea what the collar looked like. (I have ideas for the cuffs too!)

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

This is basically the state the collar was in

What do you need to do this project?

For this project I decided not to buy anything but only use what I already had. I am sure if you are already sewing you will have the materials needed:

  • An old shirt
  • Sewing thread matching the shirt colour
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beading and Embroidery Needles
  • Pearls and Beads
  • Lace to trim the collar (optional) – I used a piece of left over lace from another project

Step One: Cut off the collar, or if you want to do it properly unpick the stitches to separate the collar from the shirt and resew. I just hate unpicking .

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Cut off collar and lace

Step 2: Before I could get onto the decorative elements I had to mend the frayed edges and to patch the place where the collar was worn through. I used blanket stitch to edge the collar.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

In this pic you can see some of the patching and edging finish with frayed bottom edge still to be cleaned up.

Step 3: Once I have mended the collar, I sewed vintage glass seed beads all around the edges of the collar that I salvaged from an old dress. (How to embroider with beads)

Step 4:  For the embroidery I used only two stitches running stitch and lazy daisy stitch. I worked out the design freehand – first to hide the mending and then I filled in the gaps to make it pretty. Still really simple so that even a beginner can do it.  Freehand embroidery is for me like Zentangle – you start at one place and the design develops. The best way to understand the process is to have a look at the basics of Zentangle.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Seed beads on the edges and running stitch outlines

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

I developed the embroidery design on the go firstly to cover the patching

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Back of the collar embrodery

Step 5: After I finished the basic embroidery with beading, I sewed on the lace on the front parts of the collar.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Step 7: To link the lace with the rest of the design I continued the embroidery and beading so that it formed a cohesive design as you can see in the pictures.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

collar hanger post

Finished! This will give you an idea how to transform what is basically a piece of scrap into a treasure. 

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar up back view

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Finished collar

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar down back

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar leaf worn down

collar full

 

 

DIY Baroque Collar - click for tutorial

Chanel – cream Baroque inspiration