28 August 2017

A Jewelry Dish

Hi and thanks for stopping by! A few weeks ago, I experimented with polymer clay. I had some clay left over to make a new craft.

I first kneaded the polymer clay and rolled it out. Some kitchen tools I used were a flexible cutting mat, a rolling pin, a round biscuit cutter, an offset spatula, and a sharp-edged tool (this triangle one is for fondant work) for detail.

 I cut out a circle with the biscuit cutter.

Then I embossed some ferns using a rubber stamp.

I let the clay sit on a cup of a muffin tin so that it bakes like a bowl instead of a flat plate.

I baked it for 25 minutes in a 275 degree Fahrenheit oven. The baking time varies depending on the clay's thickness. The clay has to be hard (not dough-like) when you take it out of the oven.

Here's what it looks like after baking. I like that the edges have a slight ruffle.

I painted on some blue watercolor with a brush but dabbed the clay with a paper towel which resulted to this marbled effect.

Then I added a layer of green paint in the center using the same technique.

And a final layer of yellow paint. Let the paint dry for an hour. 

And here it is, my adorable little jewelry dish. TADA!

21 August 2017

Pretty Packaging Design

Last July, family visited and they came bearing gifts! One of those gifts is this artisinal chocolate bar:

It's carefully made in the Philippines by a small company called Tigre Y Oliva

This bean to bar chocolate is full-bodied, flavorful, and has a good snap. It was gone in one sitting!

And can we talk about the packaging?

The paper is from Italy and this particular one reminds me of colorful tiles on a wall or floor of a villa. Wrapping like this must not be thrown away.

Here's what I did to preserve this pretty package:

With this pack of self-laminating tags, I'm making my own luggage tag!

I carefully took off the sticker labels.

Then stretched out the paper.

Using the information card as a guide, I cut out a piece of the wrapper. 

I glued this onto the back side of the card.

Then I sandwiched the card in between the plastic (after filling out the information with a pen). 

Here's what it looks like.

My DIY luggage tag...TADA!

As an alternative, you can use a laminating machine or ID tags

I'm ready for my next adventure with this luggage tag that's sure to stand out.

14 August 2017

Updating Clothes with Embroidery

Over the past couple of months, I've been seeing this trend on clothing and shoes. Have you observed them as well?

It's adding a touch of embroidery, instantly turning plain wardrobe essentials like blouses and jeans from blah to TADA! 

I think it's a cool way to update old clothes.

Today, I'll try the look with this shirt.

Because hand embroidery is a bit of a commitment, I'm using this iron-on patch instead.

The heat of an iron allows the patch to adhere to the fabric and can withstand many washes.

It's a cute and easy revamp. And yes, sometimes, I like to wear my heart on my sleeve. TADA!

07 August 2017

A Beautiful Bag Charm

Hello and thank you for visiting today.

We can find inspiration everywhere! I was leafing through old Anthropologie catalogs and I saw this:

It's a bag charm. Wouldn't it be a fun afternoon project?

I found all the elements in my jewelry-making box: a hook and chain (from an old bag), a plastic round pendant, beads strung together with pin head pins/eye pins with the help of pliers.

I first made the initial on the pendant. This can be done in many different ways like marker calligraphy or a computer print out using a favorite font. I cut out a letter from a magazine and glued it on the pendant. Then I added a layer of this dimensional glue for a glossy, glassy dome finish.

I attached the beads on the chain. It has a good mixture of faux pearls, diamonds, and crystals.

I added some pink beads because I thought it needed more color. 

I added the initial pendant to personalize my bag charm. TADA!

Make one for yourself and another for your best friend.