Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Little Treasures & A Request


My dearest bloglovlies,

Some of you might know, others might not know that we've been running our online gallery / concept store for almost a year now. It was a big step, something we have dreamt and wished to do for a long time.

Running it is definitely like having a roller-coaster ride, while we grow and learn along the way, and it is certainly a unique experience we are thankful to have and we wouldn't change that for anything in the world.

Aside for the products you can find from our indie designers, we would like to point your attention to the site's blog
Fashion trends, sustainable fashion, interior design, presentation of emerging designers, DIYs are the main topics being covered there.  The reason I am writing this and  reaching out to you is a request for collaboration. If you have an idea for a blog post that fits our niche, we would love to have you with a guest post.
The blog posts are also shared on my personal profile on Bloglovin' so you can follow us there too.
Also, we would love and appreciate it very much, if you could give us a "like" on the Facebook page for our community here.

In order to further promote the amazing offer of  the site, we  recently added a new section to this blog called Curated Selection to show you the best from the best.

If you know of a designer that is looking to exhibit and sell his/her products online, we'd appreciate if you refer him/her to us or vice versa. We've got insane conditions.

For all questions, collaboration ideas and the operating conditions you can contact us at:

Thank you for your support!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Crochet Flower Warmers


It all began with a skein of the ugliest beige / camel color I somehow managed to buy due to a bad lighting in my yarn shop. There was I in the yarn shop, scratching my head over the limited supply of yarn colors I needed to buy for my projects, when I happened upon this camel / dirty sand cotton yarn and knowing from experience that one could never have enough of beige (read: neutral) colors in one's stash, I decided to buy not one but 4 of these hideous skeins as I discovered the next morning under natural light.
And they spent their last 3 years waiting for their destined project. As I am not the person who gets rid of stuff easily, especially crochet yarn, I decided to use the unfortunate yarn for a project where it might get disguised and when I finished these warmers I knew this was the right project for it.
I have loved this idea of making warmers where the surface would be covered with flowers - saw that in a Japanese crochet magazine and fell in love with it. The design is mine - of both the warmers and the flowers. The thing is that when I had the first one ready - it was covered with 8 flowers - and it was ugly. So fast frogging ahead, ditching half of the flowers I reworked the design and arranged the flowers in the most pleasing (at least to my eyes) and attractive way. They are still kind of bulky when I put them on, but in a good way and I am sure they will be head turners. People will be either pleasantly amazed or wonder what the heck I was thinking about.
While working on them I got an idea for a new pair of warmers I am itching to try. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Free Fall Crochet Projects

We are slowly transitioning into fall.
Although it seemingly looks like nothing is changed during the day, the first signs appear at night. As a matter of fact, fall will be here in exactly 10 days. So, like it or not, we will have to get ready for it.
In line with this I've compiled a selection of amazing fall crochet projects - accessories and home décor mostly and I am sure you'll find a project to please your soul.
These adorable warmers
Pumpkins. Crocheted ones.
Couldn't decide which ones I liked better.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Instagram love: Embroidery Artist marnalunt

An inspiring, eye-candy IG account that takes embroidery to an otherworldly level is the one of the embroidery artist marnalunt.
Who is marnalunt? She is hand and embroidery artist, a snow globe collector, hoarder, tea drinker, colour lover, art history geek, mum to Arthur & Phoebe, blogger, wife, murder mystery reader, carer, bird watcher and dyslexic.
Marna is an award winning artist and has exhibited across the country, sold work across the world, worked closely with the BBC, Liberty of London, Mollie Makes magazine to name a few and continues to teach at sold out venues throughout Britain. Originally trained at the Manchester School of Art in Fine Art, she still considers herself a painter but has moved mediums from oils to threads.
"My main objective when working is to experiment with surface texture and colour, whether it be portrait or landscape. I work with thread exactly how I would paint with oil paint, building layers and injecting tiny spots of colour to create an image from the simple to the complex, with hidden details to draw you into the finished subject.
I like to use appliqué and beautiful fabric finds often to create interesting depth but am now tending to use more embroidery only in much of my pieces, which normally creates a more painterly appearance. Because my work has a lengthy process and involves a contemporary embroidery practice, each piece is a labour of love and you become very committed and attached to each piece, only letting go when you know you have given every inch of yourself to finished artwork."

For more inspiration follow Marna on instagram & her blog

Friday, September 8, 2017

Oya Crochet Necklaces: a sneak peak

Another glimpse at what kept me busy in August. I love every single piece I made. Working on these was exciting and fulfilling.
It is a national holiday here (again) and we are off for the prolonged weekend. Talk to you guys back on Monday. Happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DIY: Wire Wrap a Pendant

Wire wrapped pendants were extremely popular lately and could be found at a wide range of prices.
I made my daughter a couple of the such without braking the budget, so here's what we did.
1. Beach stones
2. Memory wire
Pliers, cutters and clamps.

Make a spiral for the bottom
Bring the wire upwards and make a spiral for the top

Now bend the wire downwards (1) and wrap it around the bottom spiral and take it up again from a different side (2), wrap once around the top spiral and bring down again (3) and up for the last time (behind stone) (4).  Cut wire leaving enough to make a loop for the chain.

Take the wire and slide it through the top spiral. Cut again leaving just a small portion for the loop.

Make a loop and with that - you are done.

I hope you enjoyed this!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Romantic Crochet Earrings Roundup - free patterns


I feel fantastic when I can create something easy with tremendously pleasant effect. Such being my dangling crochet earrings.

Fast and easy to make, these babies are the cutest crochet gift you can imagine. Scroll down for the free patterns and step by step tutorials.




Monday, September 4, 2017

Inspiration Monday - Textile Art


Happy Monday!
Fueling up inspiration for the projects that await to be born.
All relevant links here.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Crochet Necklace with Lace Accents

Well, we blinked and there you go. It's the first of September. No August has passed so fast as this one. This August managed to slip through my fingers, unnoticeably. Maybe because we were on the road constantly, being away every weekend creates this funny feeling. How was it for you?

Many of the things we planned are half way done, but that's why we have September which is kind of an official start of the year - at least for us the teachers - so happy beginning we wish you all.

Today, before I sign off for the weekend, I want to show you my latest necklace. It all started with a small piece of white lace which I successfully ruined with a pink tempera and couldn't be saved by washing it multiple times. And since I am emotionally attached to this particular vintage lace piece, I try to preserve it  for as long as I can and use it projects that will be treasured for years to come. So I decided to sew it on one of my sample tubes. I added some fabric buttons which I turned into flowers using crochet flowers too, a tassel and different lace as accents to it.

As I have many plain tees, I am sure I'll wear this a lot.

Happy weekend!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

DIY School Gift Cone (Schultüte)

I have always admired the German tradition of giving children a Schultüte as a gift on their first day of school.
As it happens, my niece is starting school, and instead bringing her a boxed present where I also include school supplies, this time I decided to make a paper cone and add up a little bit to the overall excitement.
For the paper cone (and its content), I used the following:
1. A cardboard (50 x 60 cm)
2. Gift wrapping paper.
3. Crepe paper
4. Glue (white Elmer's) and sellotape
Minnie being her favourite we didn't overdo it, but added some highlighting this character and things we thought would be useful because one cannot have enough of school supplies, right? Right! We also added some adorable mini picture books (my kids have like a ton of these we collected during the years) and there is one with a paper cone and a story for the first day of school.
I glued both sides of the cardboard paper and holding the bottom I rolled the upper part to the point where it met the other side, then stapled the upper part and sellotaped it  centerwise.
Applied glue 4 cm / 1.6' on the inner upper part and glued the crepe. After it dried, we added everything inside. I glued shredded paper on the brim of it (to hide the staple) and for effect of course.
Tied the upper part of the crepe with a silk ribbon and that was it. The cone may look small but in fact it is 90 cm (almost 3 feet) top to bottom. It will be almost as big as her. Cannot wait to see her expression when she gets it!