Catch of the month: August

Catch of the month: August

I’m starting a new category, “Catch of the month”. Since a lot of my friends (ok, most of my friends) tell me I have a natural luck when it comes to sales and I find items at a crazy low prices, I thought – why not present the catch that made me most happy in the past month at my blog. πŸ™‚

I found this absolutely adorable bag at a textile house in my city and bought it just for 5 kunas! (5 kn = 0.88 USD and 0.66 EURO)

I really, really like the indie touch and plus, the inside of a bag is black polyester like any inside of a bag in the store…

I love it. :mrgreen:

DIY: Kitty bed

DIY: Kitty bed

Finally I made some extra time to do another Did It Myself post. I have lots of things I made in the past year but then I didn’t have in mind that I’ll be needing a lots of pictures for a blog… So, luckily I did took pictures at all πŸ™‚

Anyway, for anything I do from now on I know I will do step-by-step photos.

Alrighty then. πŸ˜€
I have made a bed for my cat, yes, the cutie from my avatar a while ago, and now I’m gonna show you how. Since the past post was about cats, I thought I should continue in the same note. πŸ˜‰ You will be needing:

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First, I saw a leftover fabric that I had on the back of a sweater, doesn’t matter which fabric it is. My idea was to make the later cleaning easier, now I just brush off dust. (Which would be much harder to do on a wool sweater.)

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Then I saw the sleeves to the front of a sweater with sewing machine.

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I calculated how much of the fabric from old sheets I need for the sleeves and I cut the amount. At this point my cat knew very well that this was something for her – she has a way to always be around me when I’m doing something for her or cleaning her bowls. Anyway, she went from sleeping to crazy playful. πŸ˜€

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The last step was to put the cut out sheet inside the sweater. i left the upper part open because that way I can wash it separately in the washing machine and it is really easy to maintain. πŸ™‚

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And she loves it. πŸ™‚

What do you think? Feel free to comment. πŸ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)

Theme of the week is…. FOCUS. Yaaaay, photography… :mrgreen:

I couldn’t wait for better weather to try to take some pictures. I have a lot, and I mean a loooot of photos I took as a hobby, but I wanted to do something new for my first participation on Weekly Challenges ever. πŸ™‚

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I went to the beautiful area near my home and ended up on a meadow surroundedΒ with woods. I had an amazing view…well I don’t need to explain everything, just watch the photos. πŸ˜‰

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I want to make clear that I DID NOT USE ANY KIND OF PHOTOSHOPING, not even filters, blur tools, anything at all. Any modification that I made in the photos is inserting the name of my blog and cropping one photo.

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I wanted to show focus contrast on these two photos in the same scenery:

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So, what do you think, do you like it?

The Strangers Project

The Strangers Project

Hey everyone! I wanted to share this absolutely amazing project with you! I had in plan to write about it, but not today. Seems that YES today. πŸ˜€ Because of a very specific reason…

I have been following this project called The Strangers Projects for months but I haven’t been on the page for quite long, just to find out two days ago that they succeeded in funding the first ever International Strangers Day and it is – tomorrow, August, 24. πŸ™‚

What is The Strangers Project you ask me? πŸ™‚

It’s cool idea of collecting strangers stories on the street. Everyone who wants to participate gets a paper and a pen and can write whatever they want., resulting in so many life intimate stories and even secrets shared with anyone who is willing to read them. And the founder of The Strangers Project, Brandon Doman, sure is. He’s been stacking stories and after tomorrow he’ll have a lot more to read. πŸ™‚ Link to the website – HERE, link to the Facebook page – HERE.

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Brandon in New York City, collecting stories.

Although unfortunately Croatia isn’t registered in International Day this year, I’m hoping it will be the case next year because the idea itself inspires me. And if it won’t, well I’ll just have to do something about it. πŸ˜‰ You can see registered places here: http://internationalstoryday.com/

One of the stories…

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Disclaimer: I don’t own the images that don’t have mark of my blog on them, I found them through Google search and kept their names.

DIY bracelet with rivets

DIY bracelet with rivets

Increasing popularity of rivets in jewlery and clothing not necessarily connected to the metal/rock culture was the reason I started to look at rivets differently. I admit it. πŸ™‚ I’m not fashion addict and most certainly do not follow fashion rules for seasons, but I confess that fashion puts things in more appealing perspective to me which I wouldn’t think of otherwise.
But trends irritate me, it’s no fun to wear exactly the same thing as every other girl on the street, plus some of the trends are really ridiculous. So i guess my point of view on fashion and trends is – take what you like and make the most of it. Pretty much like with anything else in life. πŸ™‚
Inspiration for this bracelet came to me from desire to do something with rivets and need. I needed a thin bracelet. But an idea for realisation was set in my mind when I saw on Facebook beautiful, most elegant and extraordinary bracelets and jewerly from Zara Bijoux. Make sure to check them out. πŸ™‚ I will feature creative little hands at my blog in future (especialy jewelry makers), and you can bet Zara Bijoux will be among them. πŸ˜‰

I had a leftover piece of thin leather strings bought for making another necklace year ago and I ordered rivets from e-Bay for cheap. I’m not sure how much did I pay for them but there’s a link of something like that.

You can see every step in the pictures. To be honest, I had no idea that this would turn out to be such pain in the *** πŸ˜€ It tested my patience because strings keep falling out and rivets were not in straight line. I re-did probably half of them ’till I got it the way i wanted.

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Awesome fact: I didn’t know how will the bracelet end, how will I button it up. Yeah, now the word reveals it, but only in english. πŸ˜‰ I have a stash of buttons, not as much as I used to have, but I still save them when I buy something new. So, the small green one was my button of choice :D, and I kinda figured out in minutes how I’m gonna do the ends of a bracelet.

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And here it is. First, but not the last bracelet with rivets. πŸ™‚

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Sweet taste of salt on my skin

My mind is at peace. Well, mostly. πŸ™‚ I got to be at and swimm in Adriatic sea… 😎

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I hoped and it came true. May the odds ever be in your favor. πŸ˜‰

Enjoy…

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(Photos have been taken with mobile phone, non-filtered or in any way corected in Photoshop or similar tool. I didn’t feel the need to put my name or copyright sign, but I would appreciate if you would give me credit if you decide to use them. Thank you.)

p.s. What do you think of my new living room color combination? πŸ™‚

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Perseids Meteor Shower *make a wish…*

Perseids Meteor Shower *make a wish...*

Hello! What’s up? I’ve been painting indoor walls for the past three days and I’m knocked down. Tired…. But! I did find time to go watching my favorite meteor shower of the year – Perseids! πŸ˜€ As you will soon find out I am a freak for every kind of nature thing, or change of weather, or anything really. I am fascinated by shooting stars (which are Perseids, kinda πŸ™‚ ), stars in general, moon, sky, sun, sunsets, clouds… Sea… Trees… Yap. Anything. Something more, something less. The good thing is that I have awesome Canon camera to take thousands of pictures. πŸ˜€ Prepare yourself for a lot of photos on this blog, don’t say I didn’t warn you. πŸ˜‰ And I think I’m actually good at it, so I have my camera and my confidence, awesome combo.

If you want to know what exactly Perseids are – click, click. You can see them every year in the middle of August. This year they are visible until August 24, but this past weekend was the best view. Also, they are visible only on Northern hemisphere.

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Aaaaany way, people living in city know how frustrating is trying to focus on the stars, the city lights are to bright and create light area over the sky known as light pollution. So I have to find some kind of dark spot every year, which is not as easy as it sounds because every dark area is covered by street light, and if you go to parks or woods the trees are blocking the view. I was so lucky to absolutely accidentally find awesome place – like a hill with woods around. The view was breath-taking, I brought blanket with me, lay down on grass and just relax. πŸ™‚

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I have to brag, I saw 10 (in letters TEN) shooting stars, of which four were magnificent. Past years I was lucky if I saw one or two of them. I’m definitely coming back on that hill next year.

View from above:

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What are you waiting for, grab a blankie and your significant other and go watch some Perseids. πŸ˜‰

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images in this post, I found them through Google search and kept their names.

Dress up!

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This dress was one of my latest DIYs and most definitely one of my hardest… From the beginning ’till the very end it took me….about…15 hours… Yap. I know… I gave myself a difficult task and I was working with materials terrible for a sewing machine… uh. But the result is here and I must say I’m proud of it, because I really, really wanted to succeed. πŸ˜€

It took me forever to make this dress, so I’m not going to write a lot about it, you can see everything in the pictures…

This was my inspiration:

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I had pink top with lace in front for years and I haven’t worn it once. The ends were forming a triangle and it looked more like a corset so I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it… πŸ™‚ But it was ideal for this project. I cut the ugly edge and made it straight. Also, I had pink underskirt from a long skirt I trow away few months ago. With having both, the top and the bottom, I “only” needed to sew. And un-sew. And sew. And un-sew. 😦 The top is partially made from thick lace and the pin in the sewing machine will sometimes not manage to grab it together with underskirt. But I wasn’t frustrated…..YET. πŸ˜€

This is how the dress looked after first sewing:

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I forgot to mention the skirt. It is made from existing but old one which I wore several years in the summer months because of material which is sooooo light and comfy. Anyway, I had to remove the rubber on top, same as for underskirt and then the torture began…

I think I will never ever sew this kind of materials together. Ever. Just imagine sewing together something like thin polyester fill with million ruffles and thick lace. -.-‘

After five or six more hours I admitted defeat for the night, and went to bed. My hands were so sore that I had to wait few days to sew again. Finally I had to un-sew it again for the gazziliont time, and made just the front with rubber thread. I couldn’t look at it anymore (hahaha), so I gave it to someone else to finish the back. And this is how it came out:

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What do you think? Do you like it?

Magical combination

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About two years ago (two and a half) I went professionally on a book fair that holds its place every year in my town – Zagreb. It is called Interliber and it’s awesome. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t there as a regular shopper but I noticed this beautiful poster from Laurent Pinsard. I just fell in love with it and immediately had a vision of something I wanted to do in my living space. So, I came back the next day and bought the poster. I paidΒ about 20 kunas for it, that’s about 4$ and a little less than 3€, a real cheap deal. πŸ™‚

Then I needed the background for my future paintings, something that I could hang on the wall. I went to OffertissimaΒ and found bunch of paintings with the pictures of roses I think, nothing special. They were canvas, wooden on the back, all set for hanging on wall AND the right size. I was thrilled, because that was exactly what I wanted. And to make the things all better, they were cheaper than the new, non-painted canvas in the local store. Next day, when I measured the poster at home I came to buy them and to my big surprise, they were on sale 50% πŸ˜€ In one day! Crazy… So I ended up paying I think 60 kunas for three of them total.

This is how a canvas looks like, I don’t know if I’m translating it right, so you guys know what it is. πŸ™‚ :

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The next step was to cut the poster (which was divided in three sections) to match the canvas as proportional as possible, and to glue the poster on canvas. I was (and still am) very happy with the result, two and a half years and this little combination still lifts the space up. πŸ™‚ The photos I took are few days old.

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Also, if you want to check out more of Laurent Pinsard photography just click on his name. πŸ™‚

Love ya :*