Archive | December 2011

Christmas Crafting :)



I’ve been super crafty this Christmas holiday 🙂 Took some pics, enjoy:












DIY Caroline Channing’s Chunky Crystal Bracelet

Someone once suggested that I should make a DIY version of the bracelet Caroline often wears in 2 Broke Girls. I decided that today is asgood a day as any and went to get supplies. And since I got my hands on a decent camera I was able to take some pictures and write a tutorial 🙂

Things you’ll need:

Round nose pliers

Wire cutter

Different sized chain (I chose only gold colored chain)

Necklace closing thingie (beats me what it’s actually called…hehee)

Gold wire

Tear drop shaped glass beads


How to:

1) Start by measuring a short length of thinner chain, it should go half way around your wrist. I decided to cut the piece in half and attach the closing thingie 🙂 and a jump ring.

2) Start attaching the chains. I made them all different length so that they would look a bit layered.

3) I used gold wire to attach the two crystal like beads that I found at a cool shop called Karnalux.

4) Voilaa, your bracelet is ready for wearing….it matches Caroline’s Chunky Pearl Necklace 😀

When life gives you lemons, Sirley goes to Helsinki

Recently something shocking happened in my life that changed my perspective on many things. I had to re-evaluate my future plans and set things in motion.

People say change is good. I say that change is difficult. Yes, of course it’s good to finally get the push to do what you wanted to do in the first place but some things and people are hard to let go of.

I’m the kind of person who tends to think with her heart instead of her head and I get hurt a lot because of that. However, today I’m going to use that pain and treat it as a learning curve for the future. No mor jumping in blindly for me.

Plan Thailand is back in motion and I’m actually going to meet with a potential employer tomorrow morning in Helsinki 🙂 Fingers crossed that I get the job so I can start saving for next year.

XOXO – Ley

DIY Olympia Le-Tan’s book clutch

Hey ya’ll, so for a very long time I’ve been obsessed with Olympia Le-Tan‘s clutch designs.

Needless to say that I can’t afford the original. I believ that the cheapest ones are around
900 €. I’ve been hunting around for the perfect box to use for a dupe which proved to be
a difficult task. I’m not at home with wood work so I didn’t even attempt to make a box
myself. Last week I was browsing around at a fair and my little sister won a perfect box at

Things you’ll need:

Gold spray paint
Green felt
Black and stitching yarn
A glue gun
Box hinge
A tiny drill

How to:

1) Pick out the perfect box to use.
2) Spray paint the sides gold
3) Measure and cut out a perfect piece from the felt
4) Draw on the desired design
5) Embroider
6) Use a tiny drill to drill holes in the box. Measure carefully where you want to put the
7) Use a screwdriver to screw the hinge on the box.
8) Once you have finished emproydering the cover glue it on the box with your glue gun.
9) Voila, your book clutch is ready for a night out 🙂

This entry was posted on December 10, 2011, in DIY. 1 Comment

I’m gonna get to know you this Christmas

I’ve been at my mom’s place for the past four days. Recharging my batteries so to speak 🙂 It’s always nice to come back home. I try to do it at least once a month. It’s quiet here and I can just lay about doing nothing, I love it. This time last year Estonia was experiencing some serious snowstorms, this year, however, we have rain and occasionally sleet. It’s quite depressing.

I promised to update you guys on my battle with Paypal. Lately my sales on Etsy went through the roof. People wire money to my Paypal account regularly and I found myself making more necklaces than ever. Then, out of the blue, Paypal limited my account and started demanding random proof of my home address and identity and they wanted my utilities bill etc. It was ridiculous.

Since my account was limited I couldn’t withdraw funds to my bank account which meant that I culdn’t actually ship out any of the orders since I didn’t actually have the payment. So, I emailed all my buyers asking them to start a dispute against my account so that they would get a refund. In addition, I changed my Etsy store policy. I now only accept Western Union, Skrill or money orders. So far it has worked out just fine. My buyers still want to get their necklaces and loads of people are considering buying as well. Thankfully it’s Christmas time 🙂

I took some new close ups of the necklace to show my buyers what the necklace looks like:

For the past year I’ve been obsessing over Olympia Le-Tan’s book clutches which sadly cost around 2000 €. A couple of days ago I randomly won a perfect box at a lucky draw. Now I just need to find a box hinge for it and I’m pretty much done. Pictures will follow soon.

Another project this weekend was making earrings for my little sister who’s going to sell them at the annual Christmas Market. Most of them aren’t particularly Christmassy 🙂 however, I did make these adorable snowmen. Love them, considering making a pair for myself as well.

As I was browsing on Etsy yesterday I came accross this magnificent pair of earrings. I’ve always loved Swans, they are such regal birds and these earrings are absolutely gorgeous. I’m thinking of ordering myself a pair once Christmas is over 🙂

Lastly, I wanted to show you this month’s manicure. I was going to go for a Christmas theme but the girl who does my nails didn’t have the right shade of red, so instead I asked her to go for a winter theme. Aren’t they gorgeous with the icy tips and snowflakes.

Hope you guys aren’t too busy with Christmas shopping and have managed to enjoy the festive time a bit. I’m planning on kicking back with some mulled wine and a good movie tonight.

XOXO – Ley

On the agenda…for tomorrow

Tomorrow I shall share my “awesome” experience with paypal. Give you an update on the Caroline’s pearl necklace situation and I will share a very special new project 🙂 A bedazzled checkered shirt….it’s really cool 🙂