Sunday, September 25, 2016

How to Clean and DIY Sea Shells Projects

My collection of shells in browns and greys
Summer officially over, days on the beach numbered or nearing the end, and if you are as fervent as collecting sea shells as me, then you've got your bags full.
We make shell colleting a  fun family activity and every summer we try to collect as many different shells as we can. The above is just a fraction of what we've harvested over the years.

How to clean sea shells
So you have your shells back at home and they might retain their natural foul odor. I clean them by washing them in warm water - I just let the water run over them for a couple of minutes, and then leave them in  the water - just enough to cover them -  and add  3-4 soupspoons of apple vinegar. Let them soak for about 15-20 minutes, wash them again and let them air dry or towel-dry them. While they soak you can use an old toothbrush and give them a nice brushing to remove any residue. The smell should be gone. If you can still detect the odor, repeat the above procedure. After drying them, polish them with coconut oil.
There are some fantastic projects you can use shells for. Personally, I love placing them in jars or scattering them on my bookshelves. What I would love trying my hand at is some shell embellishing.
These are gorgeous - you have to agree! Painted, sharpied or beaded!

Or even gold dipped.
Use them to make wall art like this
Do you  collect shells? What kind of projects do you use them for?
I hope this post inspires you to use your shells. You can find all the respective links for the images used on my board here.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Flower Garden Crochet Pattern- How to read crochet charts


Well. I had something completely different planned for the "How to read crochet charts" series, but this lovely pattern stole my heart and I decided to write about it first.

The pattern is called Flower Garden and I had it pinned on my pinterest board for quite some time only recently giving it a try. I am making warmers with this pattern and I love it!

If you find it pleasing too, sharpen your hooks and let's start.

Flower Garden Crochet Pattern
The pattern uses multiples of 11 +7.

Ch 34+1
Row1: in 10th st from hk tr1, ch5, tr1 in the same st, ch 5 (counts as the 1st tr) and (bobble st) 2tr, sk 2 st and make a 3tr bobble in the 3rd st, next ch5 and tr2 to make the 4th petal. Sk3 and bobble 3(tr) in the 4th st. Sk 2 and in the 3rd st tr1, ch5, tr1 in the same st. Repeat flower pattern. Sk 2 and in the 3rd st tr1, ch5, tr1 in the same st.Ch 1 and tr1 in the last st.

Row 2: Ch 5 + 5, sc in the "V" chain below, ch 7 then make a 3tr bobble st in the center of the flower, ch 3 and make another bobble st (I liked the looks of the  flower with 5 petals only, so I skipped 1 in this row -instead of 2 petals, I made just one). Ch 7, sc in the "V" chain, ch 7, repeat the petals pattern, ch 7, sc1 in the chain, ch 5 and end the row with 1 tr.

With this we completed one row of flowers.

Row 3: next row of flowers. Ch 5 and repeat first row of flowers.

Row 4: repeat 2nd row of flowers.

The pattern works really fast when you get the hang of it. Using DK and bulkier yarn makes the pattern really stand out.

For my warmers I used mohair yarn and had to increase the flower pattern to 5 tr instead of 3 to gain on size and texture. I would recommend you use heavier yarn for this pattern.

Also if you are more of a visual  type and understand Spanish, Esperanza has a fantastic video showing this stitch which you can see here.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DIY a Boho Tassel Necklace

Hello and welcome to a new DIY! Today we are making a long tassel necklace. It is a fast project and will take you no more than 10 minutes to make it if you have everything ready.
What you need:
1. A fabric piece / strip (rectangular - the shorter - the cuter);
2. A fabric bead (use this tutorial to make it);
3. Embroidery floss;
4. Metal jump rings, chain, 2 clasps, eye pin and a cap.  
>Fold the fabric strip and press the clasps.
>Fold the floss in half. Take a thread and tie the floss tightly. Make a strong knot.
> Insert the thread through an eye pin, and tie another knot around it, to secure it well.
>Next push the pin through the center, add the cap. You can push the thread under the cap and hide the ends on the inside.

> Using round nose pliers, cut the pin to the desired length and make an eye.
>Cut the lower part of the tassel and trim it.
> Add a jump ring to the tassel, a very short chain and attach the bead. Next add a longish chain to the bead and attach the clasped fabric piece.
> And finally add the chain. I made it quite longish - you work on the length that best suits you.
And that's it. In no time you have a perfect necklace for you and the best gift for somebody that you love!

If you make it I would certainly love to see it, so tag me!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Bohemian Inspiration on Instagram

disfunkshionmag                           ajrakcraft

Although I set the end of the Bohemian Summer Series to the actual, calendar end of the summer, somehow I don't feel inclined to stop there, so most probably it will stretch all throughout the year.

As I love starting Mondays with inspiration boosts, here's a selection of fabulous bohemian related Instagram accounts. Enjoy!

                emonkibiza                              inali_campbell

                      artphangan                                       rossioroos

Friday, September 16, 2016

Faux Tapestry Crochet Cuff


Well, I cannot tell you how tempted I was whole summer to try tapestry crochet! The internet was (and it still is!) swarming with gorgeous patterns and with my overburdened schedule I didn't dare think of undertaking a new project.

However, I thought I might twist things around and make a faux tapestry crochet. I had this cuff ready to be flowered with my crochet flowers but instead I decided to cross-stitch a rose. The closest to tapestry crochet I could allow myself to get for the time being.


I love how it turned out and I believe I will indulge in more projects like this one. Cross-stitch is close to my heart because that's how I entered the craft world - cross-stitching a bunny gobelin at the age of 7 or 8.

Have you tried tapestry crochet? Do you like it? On my pinterest page I have pinned several bag projects for future crafting if you like to check them out.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hairclip / Brooch DIY

Hello to another fantastically easy DIY.  What you look at is a  hairclip that can be used as a brooch too. At first glance, it may appear ridiculous to have them both at the back and I thought that too. I believed that the brooch pin is going to get tangled in my hair, but surprisingly, it doesn't.
Don't you think it's great having 2 in 1? If you do, gather your supplies and let's make it.
1. a crocodile hairclip
2. a brooch pin
3. tulle / satin rosettes and crochet flowers (instructions given below)
4. beads
5. a felt piece
6. glue, sewing thread
To make the tulle and satin rosettes use this tutorial
To crochet the flowers follow this pattern
1. Take a strip of felt and glue it over the top of the clip to cover it lengthwise.
2. Cut out a round piece of felt and cover the upper part of the clip. Mark where the clip ends and cut it again to make a half moon shape - in my case it was way to bigger so I cut it out to the size I thought would be best for it.
3. Remember to slid it under the lower part of the clip.
4. Pin the two sides together (or not) and prepare to sew them. 
Using a sewing thread, I sewed the felt cover with the blanket stitch. And on the lower part sew the brooch pin.

Design the look of your new hairclip / brooch. Sew or glue the crochet flowers and the rosettes.

 Add beads for extra glam.
And that's it. Hope you like it!


Thank you for visiting!

Monday, September 12, 2016

10 Inspiring Bohemian Instagrammers

the_boho_bungalow                           fleamarketfab
As it often happens on Mondays here, I love featuring Instagram content I find inspirational and fulfilling. To enrich the Bohemian Summer series I selected 10 IG accounts I believe will inspire you too.
 bohemiandecor                                      villastyling

rentpatina                                               bohoside
sadies_lovely_life                             apartmentf15

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lily Pad, Butterfly and May Blossom Necklace Pattern - Thumbelina Collection {Summer}


It took me a while to make the continuation of my Thumbelina collection, but since summer's end is not due for a couple of weeks' time, I didn't hurry to publish this pattern.

This necklace pattern was inspired by the summer of the story. It takes as a focal point Thumbelina's escape from the obnoxious toad on a lily pad, pulled away by a butterfly and I also added a May blossom flower which is actually the name Thumbelina is given when she meets the fairy prince.

For those of you who have missed the idea behind this project, here's the summary: The Thumbelina Collection is composed of 12 crochet pendant patterns - 3 for each season and each featuring a different design and carrying its own part of the story.

Check out the first three patterns here.

Buy the lily pad necklace pattern here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Oya Inspired Necklace


Starting from yesterday the weather suddenly changed. It has been raining constantly ever since, fluttering  away all my fantasies of the Indian summer lingering for many days ahead and us going on trips and having picnics. And let me tell you, I wasn't prepared for the gloomy, sad scenery greeting me every time I look through the window.

But bad weather has never kept me away from my work and I have the sunshine right here on my work table.

That sunshine is my oya necklace. Not the first one to be made, but the first to be finished. I didn't stick to using the traditional oya needle or method to make it and I don't think I ever will. I used embroidery floss for the flowers instead of my beloved cotton yarn to make them smaller in size and I think they turned out nicely. The necklace foundation was first envisioned to be a lariat, a nice and skinny thing to have wrapped around the neck, but I couldn't find the right size of yarn / thread so I changed the design and turned it into a necklace.  

If you missed my oya inspiration and story you can read it here.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Adding a Bohemian Touch to Your Home - DIY Tutorials & Ideas

Adding a bohemian touch to your home doesn't have to cost you a fortune. On the contrary, you can add that inviting, free - spirited feel with several frugal and easy to do  / find projects and things. For this post I focused on the major elements that will turn your place a bohemian haven in no time.


Pillows immediately transform the looks of your place. They add warmth and coziness to the space and create pleasant and attractive visual appearance.
You can sew some interesting ones like these two from the Sewing Rabbit. Or add trims and edgings to existing ones to freshen up their looks.

Use vintage linen / tea towels for a quick wrap up of old throw pillows or bolsters. Another great idea is to find vintage rugs or kilims and turn them into pillowcases.

Use these throw and bolster pillow tutorials if you want to make them from scratch.
Rugs and Kilims
Vintage and shabby kilims give a true character to your room. They do not have to match the pillows but having something in common with them will make a unified and polished composition.
Instead of buying them which could be pricey, you can always thrift them or make some yourself.
Sara Plath shares how to make this eye-catching woven, pom pom rug here.
Old t-shirts can serve well as the rug making material.
Margaret worked magic by stitching two kilims together.
Turn a straw mat into a kilim following these instructions.
Coffee tables
Made out of wood slices, pallets or drift wood, coffee tables can give an original and unique touch to your bohemian home.
A trunk into a table


 Additionally to these I wanted to include several boho tutorials I find very interesting like this Beaded Boho Mirror

This amazing Boho Fringe Chandelier

These recycled jars, puff paint and gems to make beautiful boho lanterns for your home.
I hope you enjoyed this post. There would be other boho - related posts soon.