I made my first spaghetti scarf out of an old T-shirt. I took ugliest T-shirt from my closet because I wasn´t sure how to make it, but I´m happy with the result.
I love bows in all shapes and sizes whether they are on clothes, hair accessories or bags. I found some leftover leather in my supplies box so I decided to turn them to a bunch of bows that I can wear as brooches or hair clips. I love them, can´t wait to make more.
I love to wear wrist warmers in winter so I decided to make them from a pair of old tights. It was easy - I just cut the feet off and sew some white lace to the bottom and cut the other side to the mid forearm size. I´m happy with the result - they are warm and lovely.
Few years ago I took a trip to China. From all the things there I most liked the Forbidden City. Being an Anchee Min and Lisa See fun, I could easily imagine walking thru the streets of City in some different era, admiring peonies or so. I even missed a trip to Great Wall of China the next day, only to come back to Forbidden City and admire the jewelry and watches collection again. If you like it too, you can find beautiful photos of the City here, and article about exhibition of Quing Dinasy robes here.
I live in a house built in 1980, so my basement is not really full of some gorgeous vintage stuff, but at least I found this box with my paper trinkets when I was looking for a pair of great black lace up shoes I own and would really like to wear now ( I did´t find them).
So,what I found was: letters set with Japanese flowers print, lot of napkins, some of them very good for decoupage, Sanrio tissues with Little Twin Stars and origami paper. This origami paper has a very interesting story: Eva from Hungary gave it to me when I met her in USA, and she get it from Hiroshi from Japan whom she met in London. So, this paper seemed to travel a lot before settle down with me in Croatia.
My first crafty project in 2012 was this brown paper handmade sketchbook. It´s very simple and easy so I decided to show how I made it.
First, cut brown paper to A5 size and fold it in half.
I made three signatures, each containing 8 folded papers.
Put signatures together and secure with paperclip. Mark four points. Remove paperclip, open signatures and drill the holes with sharp sewing needle (carefully).
Sew signatures together with needle and thread. Start at the bottom hole of first signature, putting the needle inside. Take it outside thru the second hole and go back inside thru third, outside thru fourth. Then, go inside top hole of the second signature, outside thru second and then go back inside to the third hole of first signature, outside thru second hole and back inside on the second signature.
Finally, connect pages with the cover. Glue peace of paper to the cover and part of first page. Repeat on the other side. Put your notebook under a heavy book overnight.