Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Trend: What's Your Tropical Motif?

Via Dolce & Gabbana

The tropics with their balmy weather, lush vegetation and explosion of colors have been influencing the modern design world for quite some time now. The colorful and eye-catching tropical motifs include palm leaves and exotic flowers, flamingoes and toucans, pineapples and watermelons, just to name a few.
From modern furniture to accessories they add a sublime and highly attractive feel and tend to bring fresh tropical air and pop of color to our concrete jungles. At least for while.

I wrote last week about the flamingo influencing the crochet world, but one can note that the same has been going on for the pineapple and cacti.
What's your favourite tropical motif? Or maybe you didn't succumb to their charm ? :)

Via Primark & Shopstyle

 Via Uterque & Zara
For us crocheters, I selected these free patterns:
Watermelon crochet patterns
Pineapple Crochet Patterns
Cacti Crochet Patterns
Enjoy them all!
This post was originally created for my site The Little Treasures and additionally adapted to fit the content of my blog. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

Vanessa Montoro - Handmade Silk Crochet


When I first encountered one of Brazilian crochet designer Vanessa Montoro's dresses I was earnestly in awe at the beauty of it. One might say it was love at first sight.
Her creations are most recognized and high demanded for several reasons. The most common one being that her creations are handmade from beginning to end, with hand spun and hand died silk which adds a special quality to her original and timeless creations.
The brand uses the purest and smoothest silk.
Dyeing is completely handmade, with natural pigments such as yerba mate, annatto, spinach, onion skin, coffee powder, eucalyptus and blackberry leaves, which ensure a singular tone the pieces and make it an unparalleled product. See their interesting how it's made

In their introduction to the public they emphasize the following:
"To make the production of such quality pieces possible, Vanessa Montoro doesn’t work with mass-production nor uses any industrial method. Each piece has its own particularity, charm and sophistication. They are luxurious pieces, yet versatile, timeless and do not follow any fashion trend.
Among the products created, there are blouses, coats, dresses, pelerines and whatever else might come to Vanessa Montoro’s mind, where the process begins. Once the template piece is developed and approved, very few units of the same model will be made, and still with color and some detail changes.

Vanessa Montoro pieces concept come from the marriage between knitting and crochet to manual spinning and dyeing with natural pigments show. She brought this kind of art from history roots, right into the middle of 21st century, among paraphernalia of industrialization and information technology. The process is raw and beautiful, qualities that make a difference and stand out at current environment."

I am sure you are as enchanted with her creations as I am. If I could, I'd pick one in every single color they have to wear for the rest of my life.  Enjoy more of Vanessa Montoro here.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What I have Pinned Lately #3

Welcome to another love sharing Sunday!
I have been pretty busy pinning here and loving there, and the amount of gorgeous project I've come across on both pinterest and bloglovin' is overwhelming to say the least.
On pinterest I pinned this lovely, colorful and charming gypsy top (above) and this amazing mystical lanterns shawl (below) that are just to sweet for words.
And I also liked this sunglasses case which I am itching to make but for Eva's phone, because it has been caseless for quite a while and I am afraid scratches are just lurking around the corner.

Bloglovin' has been most inspirational too. I fell in love with the Mosaic Blanket the minute I saw it. It is an extraordinary one.

On the topic of blankets I also loved this stripey one which appears to be  a no brainer in regard to its pattern and these attractive slip stitch dishtowels.  

Please note that you can find all the respective links for these patterns on my pinterest and bloglovin' accounts. What is most exciting is that they are all free!
Thank you for following. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

DIY Lace Boho Cuff

I am terribly late with my posts this week but you'll just have to bear with me! There is too much to see in Corfu and so little time left when we actually get back at night, so right now I am juggling with my posts:)

This is a sweet weekend project for a lace boho cuff I've prepared that can be finished in no time - I just love these kinds of projects where you can whip something in a matter of minutes and head out of the door wearing it.

So what you need is:
1. A wide piece of lace (length: to fit your wrist)
2. Decorative coins and beads
3. 2 clasps
4. A metal chain and jump rings
5. Sewing needle and thread (sewing machine)

Cut a piece of lace that would be as long to go around your wrist but not cover it completely. Mind to add a little seam allowance because we are going to sew the edges.  For this project I repurposed lace from one of the blouses I had lying around, so an oldie can be a goldie.

Fold the ends, pin and sew to secure. Lace can fray like crazy sometimes. I used my sewing machine for this because the lace has a lot of hollows and it was easier than doing it by hand.

After sewing the edges, add the clasps. I noticed afterwards that they mine are not properly lined up. Mind that please.
Add jump rings on the respective sides and attach the chain.
My lace with its circle-designed edges is just perfect to add coins between them.
And because I went with the black and metallic (silver) look, I chose round metal beads to add to the middle of the lace and fill those spaces up.

And it is done! I am very satisfied how it turned out and even more at how it looks when styled.
This is the blouse I used it from - this particular piece was taken from the sleeve.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We are in Corfu!

We are on the enchanting island of Corfu and we are having the time of our lives! Days are filled with adventures exploring and discovering it. Photos are being taken laboriously so I'll fill you in a bit later during the week.
Follow our stay here on my instagram.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Irena Ivovich - Mommy's Imaginary Friends

Happy Monday all!

If you believed that only little kiddies have imaginary friends, well... you couldn't be more wrong. Because mommies can have them too and this mommy in particular has a stunning collection of them!

Let me introduce Irena Ivovich - the mommy behind Mommy's Imaginary Friends.
1. Who is the Mommy behind Mommy's Imaginary Friends (MIF)?
Who's the Mommy? The Mommy in this story is Yanya and Dzuradz' mom and her name is Irena. ;)

She's a grown woman that plays with dollies, an architect, a housewife, a teacher in school, a mother and a wife, an evil feminist and many other things.
Although insisting on being a mom can sometimes be boring, there's that essential change in a woman that follows her when she becomes a mother. Along with the changes that followed in my case, as well as other life circumstances made me question my professional goals; becoming a mom reminded me that when you slow down with everything you do, the creative process can become a game. And in the end, it is a game.

I am still into the interior design business (in the past I worked for a furniture production company that was a supplier for a big chain of stores), but under my conditions. The job in the school is the one that makes me go outside and maintain the continuity of going to work, which is also important to me. I go everywhere on my bike. It is stored away only when its icy outside. I've organized my obligations in such a way that I am able to spend maximum time near my children, but I also try very hard to involve them in  as many of my activities as I can. They are my closest expert associates when it comes to designing MIF characters. I am in a life phase when I feel the happiness is tangible and possible to achieve and that it is possible to have so much in this life only if one is aware of everything beautiful happening around.

2. How did you start making fabric toys and what was the first one you made?
I started making fabric toys at a time I wasn't able to realize some ideas of a small production of wooden toys. I always conceptualize as a designer first and as an architect I started from furniture, but since that idea got stuck in time, I started to sew toys little by little, first as gifts for the neighbouring kids and small relatives, but when people saw my photos of them on social media and started asking about prices, then I started selling them.

At the beginning everything was poorly done, mostly because I didn't know at all how to use a sewing machine. (I find tailoring more logical, probably due to all the descriptive geometry knowledge I acquired.). I learned how to use it and worked to a commendable routine one step at a time.

I just recently remembered that I had sewn my first toy at the age of 14 to give as a gift to a boyfriend of mine at that time. It was a turtle and I believe it was sewn very poorly. Seventeen years later, I sewed a kitty for my Yanya, completely by hand and with the whiskers sewn backwards. :)

3. What kind of fabric do you use for your toys?

I use different fabrics . I try to find ones of great quality, natural and interesting. I buy in small quantities - usually a piece of fabric and I do recycle a lot. I also buy leftovers from tailoring shops and they can be a real treasure. Some of the motifs are recurring, such as red fabric with white polka dots. I cannot live without them. :)

4. What is the easiest / fastest toy to make?

 The easiest toy? Definitely the mouse. But when it becomes  easy it somehow loses its magic and that's why I always love to change something, try out new designs.

5. Can you tell us a bit about the toy creating process? How long does it take from a sketch to the final product?
The creative process, as I was taught in school, is all about sketches. A huge pile of sketches which I replace by ruining at least 10 sample pieces, which I distribute to the neighbouring kids to play with, then there is a lot of Maths and it keeps going.
I worked on my first doll for about a year - I have been experimenting with it for the past 6 years. The penguin was a lot of pain, but now I think I have the perfect cut and I am quite satisfied with it and with the other birds. I literally play with the chicks and parrots 'designs and for them I don't have a cut, just a sketch which I literally draw onto the fabric. Currently, I am playing with sea creatures. I try not to fall into a routine.
6. How many different toys do you have in your offer?
In my offer there are lizards and monsters made for babies, which I must say inspire me the most, then there are dolls, cats, bears, fish, whales, mice and there's always something new.  I try my best not to repeat myself and I do not show the least interest in serial production.
Well, stepping into this mom's world felt wondrously - I hope you enjoyed it too.
Find more about MIF in her online shop and Facebook page.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Crochet Bunting Necklace - free pattern

Hey guys!
I thought I would surprise you with a cute pattern for a crocheted bunting necklace! Eva wore it yesterday for the first time and it looked so good on her, I will certainly be making it in other color combos :)
The easy-peasy pattern goes like this:
{Mind that the size of yarn determines the size of the actual piece - I made it with sport yarn and 1.9mm hook, so it looks fragile and delicate and not bulky and sturdy}
Chain 7. Starting from 2nd ch from hk, sc 4 and then sc2tog (the last 2 st).Turn work. Sc3 across and sc2tog. Repeat the pattern decreasing at the end until there is only one stitch on the hook. The first triangle is made.

Next, chain 8. Seven for the next bunting piece and 1 as a border between. Repeat the triangle pattern as above. Make 4 such triangles.
Work the pattern in other colors (two three or more).

When all the desired buntings are made, join all three with jump rings at the sides. Do not join the middle ones. Just attach the jump rings and add beads or coins as we did.

Apart from coins, we also added beaded pins to make it more playful.
You can get this as a free download from ravelry