Monday nails

Monday, November 30, 2015

This nail design by Roza is too cool! It would look great with an upcycled necklace made of a zipper! :)

Monday Motivation

 Thank you for the tip, Napoleon Hill! I think I can do that! Sometimes... :)

Ready for Christmas home decoration guide

Sunday, November 29, 2015

This Christmas collection by Anna is absolutely gorgeous! I especially love all the fir tree decorations!

Find all the featured shops in this collection as well as the featured shops from the previously published collections in our growing guide of great items for the house decor here.

Bead Day. Fashion for Peace

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jewellery masterpieces. Mario Buccellati

Friday, November 27, 2015

Jewellery photography. Ladybug necklace

Ladybug pendant, sterling silver, copper, garnets, black onyx
Oh, no! She is eating my crackers! :)
(Ladybug pendant with garnets and black onyx, sterling silver, copper)

Autumn song

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Boohoo body con dress
46 CAD -

Maryjane shoes
105 CAD -

Big Buddha bohemian purse
86 CAD -

multi gem bracelet
115 CAD -

Turquoise hair accessory
11 CAD -

Nail polish
11 CAD -

Throwback Thursday

I asked my husband to take a picture of me together with this hut of branches.
- Are you going to sit inside? You know, there are spiders there!
- No, no, I am not going to sit inside.

Well, now I am wondering... Did people use these huts? You know, there are spiders inside!

Swan Hill, Australia

DIY Cotton-wool snowmen by Tatiana Belozerova

My guest blogger Tatiana Belozerova is an artist and a craftsman who makes very cute decorative toys. She shared her DIY on how to make a snowman. Love it! We will follow her instruction and make one too! Not this year yet... I would like my son to enjoy the process and he is too young this year still for this DIY. 

Here is Tatiana's instruction:

Today I would like to show you how to make a snowman in a technique that is called cotton paper-mache. This is a traditional toy making technique that was around for centuries!
The materials you will need:
  • wet wipes;
  • flour paste or starch paste;
  • natural cotton wool;
  • toilet paper;
  • white sewing thread;
  • aluminum foil;
  • newspapers;
  • keep a wet towel or a bowl of water handy;
  • brushes.
Use your imagination or check Internet for the snowmen designs before you start.

Form a slightly damp newspaper into the lumps of the desired shapes (I used toilet paper for the smallest one), then carefully wrap them in aluminum foil forming a snowman.

I wanted a cute fat snowman, so I filled its waist line with the toilet paper first, then I wrapped it with the foil again (I did not have to make this "waist" in the first place and could form a little fat snowman body out of newspapers from the beginning).

Next wrap the whole body with the layers of the cotton wool, leaving no gaps, then tightly wrap it with the threads. Add more wool in the process if you need to improve the body shape.
Take a flat and wide bristle brush and pick up some flour paste with it (a good amount of it!), then tear the small pieces of the cotton wool, place each piece onto the body and brush it with the paste.
The next step is to make hands. I use a knitting needle for this. Rip a strip of the cotton wool and coat it with the paste on both sides, then wrap it around the needle to form a hand. Leave the ends of the hands loose for the convenience of attaching them to the body. 

Use small pieces of the cotton wool to glue the hands to the body.

The nose is made the same way. A piece of the cotton wool is wrapped around the knitting needle and attached with the small pieces of the cotton wool and flour paste.
You can make a hat or a bucket for your snowman's head. You can even crochet them if you know how. It is all up to you!

I made a scarf out of a wet wipe. I coated it with the paste, formed a scarf and wrapped it around my snowman's neck.

Leave your snowman to dry well when it is formed. Then paint it with the white acrylic paint and leave it to dry again. Then you can you color it with the acrylic paints, gouache or watercolor. Varnish your your snowman. You can use hair spray for this. Use glitter if you like!

 I'll never know how my snowman is going to look like when it is finished...

I hope my instruction is going to be helpful! I wish you good luck and great imagination!

Tatiana Belozerova (Bushmanova).

My online shop (Russian)

Jewellery lols

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Depends on jewellery though! The rings won't fit, btw :)

Beautiful nature

VanDusen botanical garden, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Top10 DIY Paper fir trees for winter home decorating

I love the idea of decorating a festive winter table with the paper fir trees. I was looking for a simple DIY for a tree and found quite a few of them! Here is my Top 10 choice of the paper Christmas and fir trees.

Fold a fir tree

Wonderful paper fir tree

Origami Christmas tree

Paper fir tree
(One more, Russian)

DIY paper fir tree

Origami Christmas tree

Origami fir tree

Christmas tree of pyramids

Origami Christmas tree 

"Tree" on! Holiday tutorial

More home decorations in my pinboard:

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