Category Archives: handmade

Old house renovation in progress – laundry

We began renovating our old house about five months ago. The progress is slow, since my husband and I are doing all of the work by ourselves – and actually enjoy it. The place that shows major progress is the laundry, a tiny place in the oldest part of the building, about hundred years old. It was built as pigsty on a countryside farm, owned by a rich landowner from Austria. Later on it was used as a toolshed and small kitchenette. It was in a really bad shape and cried for some attention and love.

We wanted to maintain the farmhouse character of the building in structural elements and internal decor – this is where many of ideas from Pinterest came handy.

The plaster was falling apart, so we removed it completely from one wall and repointed the mortar between bricks. Long hours of work were put in, but now the exposed bricks add character to the place and look great with other walls that were re-plastered in white. We also got rid of old suspended ceiling, exposed the beams and put on the insulation. There is still some plaster work to be done, but it does already look pretty ok.

The furniture and internal decor is all made from renovated or reclaimed materials. Besides building materials we will not add anything new to the place.

A renovated credenza from 60-ties that will be used for storage in the laundry. A desk from reclaimed wood boards will cover laundry and dryer machine and will come handy for folding and ironing. The old sink is put on the simple wooden stand.

The lamp is Pinterest inspired DIY: an old piece of wood and simple fabric covered electrical cord. The main feature is lightbulbs in retro-style that are hanging on three cords of different length.

Still lots to do, I am really looking forward!


Do you have a project that gives you thrills of enthusiasm? What is it that you love about it?

 

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My sisters’ bobbin lace jewellery – part 2

I already presented my sisters’ work with bobbin laces. She is doing quite a lot of them, so it’s time to show you what she’s been doing lately. Let’s see some traditional bobbin laces that are firmly sewn to different supporting base: a bangle, earrings, a brooch…

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The lace in the picture above is made with purple cotton thread and sewn into metal circle. This piece can be used as home decoration, if you simply hang it on a wall or on the window, but it can be turned to jewellery as well. A pendant or, if done in smaller circle, a pair of earrings.

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Bobbin lace within bangle. The lace is handmade with silver metallic thread, so it adds texture and colour to shiny bangle base. Very elegant piece.

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This brooch has a base of cotton cloth. Two lace flowers, that are done with cotton thread are sewn to the cloth base of the brooch.

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The lace is put in pendant base. Some beads are sewn between the lace and the supporting metal. Gold complements beautifully to the soft pink and purple colour.

 

 

 

 

I love my sisters’ creations, she is doing really amazing things. Love you, sis!

Happy crafting to you all!

Bring kids drawings to life

Many years ago my daughters and I made a fun DIY project. My daughters like to draw and are keen on their drawings, which are on display on our fridge. At the time they also liked dolls so we had the idea to make dolls out of their own drawings. Younger daughter had 3 years and older about 7.

We took two pieces of paper and crayons. The only instruction I gave them was to make a large enough picture, so that it would be possible for me to sew the doll.

The younger drew a humanoid, which seems more like a banana, but I can guarantee you that it is actually a very beautiful princess with long hair and blue eyes. My older daughter drew her own princess, with many more details and colours.

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Next, I drew over the lines and transferred the picture onto a cloth. I put two pieces of cloth and some stuffing in between and sewed main lines of the picture with zig-zag seam on my sewing machine. Finally, we coloured the dolls with crayons and I embroidered details: eyes, mouth, crown…

My kids were so proud to have dolls made out of their own design. They played a lot with these dolls and are still keeping them as memorabilia.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

Beach stone earrings

I wanted to upgrade my beach stone jewellery with some silver plated wire. It looks so easy when others do it, but I had quite an experience with different sorts of wires. Some were too thin, others just didn’t go into shape I wanted them to. Not to talk about working with cutters and round nose pliers (yes, I had to buy those first)… But here are some final results I would like to share.

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Not exactly round, but I like them anyway…

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I even tried inlaying a smaller stone into the larger one. To make the smaller white stone pop out, I glued a piece of gold leaf in the recess prior to putting the smaller stone in.

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I guess I have some more practice to do, but first products aren’t that bad either.

Happy crafting to you all!

 

 

My sisters’ bobbin lace jewellery

My sister Alenka is doing bobbin laces for 20+ years – since her elementary school when she joined the beginners course of Idrija lace making. She is doing wonderful jewellery, using an interesting mix of traditional craft and modern elements. Here are some of her latest products.

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Above is a pair of earrings from black cotton thread. An interesting mix of dark and light elements are interacting in a circle. Thicker patterns make darker lines around the more loose and transparent nets. For final touch the beads were added.

Bobbin laces are done from thread that is wrapped around wooden profiled sticks – bobbins. The lace pattern is drawn onto piece of paper and it is pinned to a special pillow which is stuffed with sawdust. Bobbins are then handled in various ways, so that different number of threads are crossed, turned, shifted or mixed between them and around the pins to create the design.

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The Idrija bobbin lace making is registered as Slovenian intangible cultural heritage. Picture above: Idrija Municipal Museum

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Brooches in the shape of flower are done from thread in different colours and thickness. To ensure that products are stiff and maintain their shape either they are starched, the metal thread is included in the lace itself or, as in the products below, the silver platted wire is added to the outline of the lace.

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The three larger petals of the flower in the above brooch are knitted around the silver plated wire, so the brooch gains 3D form. The smaller petals are done with metal thread.

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Here are two more products made out of metal threads. Above, a very special and elegant necklace pendant and in the picture below the brooch in warm tones.

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My sister is doing an amazing job, so I will have the pleasure to share with you some more of her creations. Love you, sis!

Happy crafting to you all!