Christmas Crafting :)

 

 

I’ve been super crafty this Christmas holiday πŸ™‚ Took some pics, enjoy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 πŸ™‚

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

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ 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
raffle.

Things you’ll need:

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

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
hinge.
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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ A bedazzled checkered shirt….it’s really cool πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€ GUess she knew how lonely I was going to feel during those upcoming long winter nights πŸ˜›

I’m glad everyone liked my cooking, I did work hard on it. I discovered cream cheese frosting which is heavenly. HighlyΒ recommendedΒ 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) Β 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