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Lace Rocks part 2 :)

In my previous post I talked about the role of lace in Spring/Summer collections this year. I have now managed to get a few pictures of my previous DIY project.

In addition to making a a lace t-shirt (inspired by the shirt Aria wears in Pretty Little Liars) I also designed a low cut top with a lace butterfly on the back.

Here are some photos I took 🙂

The easiest part was cutting out the main parts of the top.

 

I drew the butterfly free-hand and ironed it onto the back part of the top, I then traced it and cut it out. I used the same stencil to cut out the lace counterpart of the butterfly. While doing that, keep in mind that the lace butterfly needs to be a bit bigger than the stencil.

 

 

 

Once I cut out the butterfly I placed the lace one on the striped material and attached it with needles so I could use zig-zag to trace it.

 

 

Since I’m such a shitty planner I managed to NOT take a photo of the finished product….lol. Sorry about that. I can tell you that the top looks amazing, I’m very pleased with it.

To make up for it I have added a photo of my new clutch that was made by…. me of course 😀

 

 

Now to the important stuff. I finally quit my job at the cinema and I couldn’t be happier. I do miss my co-workers and going to the cinema when ever I wanted to but I will not miss the stressful customers and crazy days. I’m currently working at a place called Drink Baar and Grill and at Karl Friedrich.

These two places couldn’t be more different from each other but I like them both a lot. Drink gets awesome customers and Karl Friedrich challenges me in other ways, such as, etiquette etc. I’m happy to have two jobs again as I love being super busy all the time 🙂  It stops me from wondering why I have no personal life and why my life seems to be at a complete stand still at the moment.

I better get back to work 🙂 Blog soon!

 

                                                                                                                 XOXO – Ley 

When life gives you lemons make brownies…

Hey you guys,
as you might have noticed, I haven’t exactly been posting for the past two months. I don’t really have a solid excuse…I’ve been just really lazy. Winter in Estonia can get really depressing and during the short daylight hours I just don’t feel like doing anything that involves writing. However, fear not, I’ve still been DIY’ing a lot. Let me just get you up to date with my life so far.

I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned that I’m on the board of a fairly sized charity organisation called the Grandparents’ Fund. Basically we name the Grandma and Grandpa of the Year in Estonia. Due to that, my Grandma and I were invited to participate in the Independence Day ball held by the major. It was good fun, especially since I got to dress up in formal wear 🙂

I actually had to borrow the dress since I was super broke and the time was too limited for me to make my own dress. I got this gorgeous dark green frock from a friend and I love her for it. I got so inspired by the dress (as it reminds me of some of the dresses the women in Spartacus, the TV show, wear) that I decided to braid my hair up in Greek style. The overall image was awesome.

Here are some pictures from that night. I also made my own vintage-looking earrings.

Another thing I was doing in the past month was baking…a lot. There’s a local bar called Drink Bar, I’ve mentioned it in this blog before, and the owner, James, had a great idea. He decided that for the next year each month a customer could bake him cakes or pastries and he would sell them  at the bar. The bakers could turn a small profit and have fun at the same time. I was instantly interested since I love baking but I’m not that keen on eating what I bake as I’m not into sweet stuff very much.

I decided to bake brownies. They were very popular. People even bought them to go :). And James was constantly emailing me to order more. All in all I made around 50 euros of profit, which is a lot, considering that it was my first try.
I’ve also been toying around with the idea of making clutches, for sale that is. I love purses and I love making stuff, and I’m very good at it, so why not profit from it a little bit. I tried working fake leather and it turned out really well. I made myself a simple oversized clutch with hot pink lining. All I need now is some designs and capital and a brand name 🙂 Any ideas?

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

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

One fourth of the way to a 100

So on Friday the 25th of November I had my 25th birthday. A big one for me 😀 Though, let’s be honest, I’m not too worried about getting older….I did get ID’d at the store while buying vodka on that very morning.

I spent 7 hours cooking for 15 people….sadly only 8 turned up, but oh well. It was still loads of fun. We played a few party games, drank a lot and made a mess in my apartment. Gosh that was fun to clean up this morning :S

A friend of mine gave me a vibrator as a gift for a gag 😀 GUess she knew how lonely I was going to feel during those upcoming long winter nights 😛

I’m glad everyone liked my cooking, I did work hard on it. I discovered cream cheese frosting which is heavenly. Highly recommended for cupcakes. And as a tradition I served my super good, moist, awesome chocolate cake. I have the recipe ever since I worked at this cute restaurant in Tallinn this past summer. I’m willing to share the recipe with you guys but I must warn you: This cake is severely addictive.

 

Enjoy the awesome cake tutorial:

The Best Cake EVER

Chocolate 0.350 grams

Butter 0.060 grams

Sugar 0.150 grams

Baking powder 0.0075 grams

Vanilla 0.0075 grams

Flour 0.050 grams

White chocolate 0.180 grams

Eggs 4

Almonds 0.050 grams

Black plums 0.050 grams

1) Melt the chocolate with the butter

2) Mix the flour with the baking powder.

3) Whisk the eggs with the sugar, vanilla and chopped up almonds and plums

4)  Add the flour and baking powder to the eggs, stir well. Add the melted chocolate and butter, stir well.

5) Bake in 160 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes

6) Melt the white chocolate and pour it on the cake

 

Note! You are going to need a proper kitchen scale for this recipe but it’s so worth the effort. Enjoy!

 

XOXO – Ley