Friday, September 27, 2013

DIY Friday: Shorts makeover with brocade selfmade stencil

 What you need:
To make the stencil:
- paper
- pencil / sharpie, ...
- paper tape
- Plastic paper
- paper cutter / knife
- a stencil image you want to use. No idea? Pinterest is your friend or google, google too!
To use the stencil: 
- Spray glue / adhesive
- fabric paint
- sponge
- piece of cardboard

How to do it:
Tape the plastic to the stencil
Trace the stencil onto the plastic with a sharpie or pencil
Start cutting the plastic
After the stencil is fully cut out of the plastic, insert the cardboard into your item and lay the stencil upon your Tshirt or shorts or something to find the good spot. Once you've decided where you want to put it, apply a coat of spray glue and put it back.

Take your sponge with fabric paint and carefully dip it onto the stencil. Do NOT make strokes. By stroking it is easier for the paint to sip through under the stencil and smodge.
Let the paint dry for a bit. Not to long or your stencil will stay stuck onto your item.
Take of the stencil and admire your nice piece of art!
Repeat the steps until satisfied!

My result!

I know Autumn and Winter are coming so this probably won't be used on shorts but be creative! Attack a plain sweater or shirt or perhaps even your wall with stencils! And don't forget to show me the result!

Friday, August 23, 2013

DIY Friday: Easy Hairpiece organizer

Do you also always lose your bobbypins? I really needed to have something to organize them because I don't want to buy a new pack every month.
When I was looking at this piece of wood (the back of a large broken pictureframe), I immediately knew what to make with it! A hairpiece organizer! And it will be super easy!

What you need:
- a piece of wood with the size to your liking. You can use also the back of an old pictureframe like I did.
  (if it is rough wood, you'll need sanding paper as well)
- paint / spraypaint / ...
- ribbon
- hot glue gun / regular glue
- a pencil and a ruler
- a hammer and a nail

What you do:
This is what I started with. A nice clean piece of wood. It already has holes on the side which made it easier for me! (plus gave me the idea ^^)

First I removed the metal piece that were still in the holes.
Lay it out flat on the ground and start to paint it in the colour you like. I used a can of white spray paint because it is just quicker than using a brush!
After it dries, take your ruler and pencil and mark where you want your holes.
It's best to stay 2-3 cm from the edge. My piece of wood already had 6 holes but I made 2 more between the first and third row to get more storage space.
Take out dremel and start drilling the holes. Make sure you make them as wide as the ribbon you're going to use. You can also make them smaller but not bigger as it won't look as good.
Make an extra holes in the middle of the top to hang it later.

After the drilling, take your ribbon (mine is a silver glitter one) put it through the holes and cut it so you keep minimum 2-3 cm's of ribbon at the back. Take your glue and glue them down. Repeat on the other holes.
Wait for it to dry and you're finished!
This is my result.

And the back
Take your hammer and nail and mount it on the wall.
Now go and find all those lost bobby pins, hair flowers and other hair pieces and add them to your brand new organizer!
 This is it's place in my room. Below the earrings organizer I made earlier (tutorial!)
My room is getting a make-over so expect more organizing tutorials!
Just this week my mum and I build two clothingcabinets from the IKEA in two afternoons. Now I finally have a warderobecloset, just for me!

Friday, August 16, 2013

DIY Friday - Organize your rings!

Today it's an organizing tutorial!
Do you also have a pile of rings cluttering the top of your cabinet?
Here is one way to organize them reusing a thing where jewellery arrives in.

What you need:
x A sharp knife
x a necklace box, bracelet box, ... Basically a box with a piece of foam in!
x Your rings!

What you do:
First you need to decide how you want to organize your rings in the box.
I decided I want to place them in two rows, perpendicular on the long side.
Take your knife and cut little slices, as wide as your rings. 
If you have lots of thin rings, you can make the slices closer to each other. If you have thicker rings, you'll need to make them wider from each other. 
This is my result

And voila!

Nice and easy tutorial to organize your rings!
Let me know if you've tried it!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

You know you're a craftster when ...

On craftster there's a really big topic where craftsters posts things they do which make them a craftster.
I selected the things that suit for me. Here's my You know you're a craftster when- list :

- you can't sit still through a movie without your hands going 
- you're watching people at college and you look at every girl's purse you see and wonder if they made it, or where they bought it, or where they bought the fabric.
- you're ALWAYS expecting something in the mail. (whether it be from a swap or penpal)
- When you go to a clothing store and buy the biggest shirt you can find in their cheap clothing range, simply because you'd never get that much fabric for 2 € at the fabric shop.
- you take pictures of things in shops on your phone that you really wanna know how to make!
- You randomly think of joining things together by ironing them so that one part melts...
- When in every shop you ever enter (being a supermarket, shoestore, bookshop, etc.) you look around for cheap materials that you can use for crafting (even if they were meant to serve a totally different purpose)...
- You see something in a store and say/think...why buy it when you can make it! I can make that! But then you never do
- You see things in a store or just about anywhere and think about what you can make with it.
- you go to bed and can't sleep cause you have so many new ideas in your head that you can't wait to try out.
- you go to the post office and yours is the only package made out of a paperbag and duct tape- you tell - - - yourself " ok, no more new projects, you have to finish the things you already have" but somehow you always manage to rationalize getting new stuff. inner dialog goes something like this "I know I told myself I shouldn't get anything new but what if they don't have this *insert random craft here* when I actually would have time for it..."
- you look for fabric with an odd bit left over on the bolt after you're going to purchase your yard or two, because you know the lady at the counter will give you a discount on the leftover when you act like you don't want it.
- you are a complete wimp about trying new crafts "because what if I suck?", but fearlessly and without hesitation take on ambitious projects in crafts you have never tried before because you had the perfect idea for a swap item, and the vision in your head will surely carry you through!
- you take "You didn't make that! You bought it!" as a compliment.
- you appreciate handmade gifts (no matter how flawed they are) more than store bought gifts, because you know it means someone cares.
- You get random bits and bobs as your birthday present with a big box to organize your craft supplies. You can never have too many boxes!

So, how about you?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pintastic Tuesday

Have you ever heard of the Pintester?
Sonja Foust tests pins from Pinterest, a place where you can 'pin' your favourite items and tutorials from the internet. I highly recommend you checking it out if you haven't before. It's ideal to organize all the tutorials you find, in categories or pinboards as they call them. Also really good to make a wishlist for those moments you're asked what you want for your birthday and you can't come up with something. (I know I'm not alone in that!)

Back to the Pintester. She tries out those tutorials and writes about them in her humorist way. (If you love penis jokes you will love her!) Mostly she fails awesomely.
On Pintastic Tuesday I will try out a tutorial/recipe/... from Pinterest as well. I have thousands of things pinned but hardly get to them. If you want to have a look at my board, here's the link.

For today I'm trying out a pin from my Household Wisdom pinboard:

~ no source ~ 

So I pinned this picture with the explanation and that's what I'm going to try!
I came across it quite a few times on different blogs and decided to finally get to the cleaning!
This is the victim which I started with

It's not that bad, is it? *cough* This is our microwave after a couple of family parties...
Okay, so I grabbed a cup, filled it half with vinegar and half with warm water. Put in a wooden spoon. I read somewhere it's good to prevent an exploding vinegar/water mixture. And put it in the microwave for 5 minutes.
After 3 minutes I heard a blast and checked, just in case we needed to evacuate the kitchen.
The wooden spoon got blown out and with that I decided it spent enough time in the microwave!
The pin states you can just wipe the stains with a wet cloth.
Here is the result after wiping (and scrubbing)

Now... can you tell me if you see a difference? Because I don't. I really don't. Okay perhaps just a little bit less but not a significant difference.
Then I stuck it in again, thinking those 3 minutes weren't enough.
No use. The stains didn't come of. 
Because I'm usually not a quitter, I googled for other ways to try and clean a microwave which included water with a dash of dishing soap and another one with lemon and water. None worked. I gave up...
So the verdict? The pinterest method with vinegar and water doesn't work on heavy duty stains. It might work for light stains from like a week but our microwave is long gone...  

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: Vampire Requiem DOL replica, Fox Cherry, ...

This review had been written quite a while ago but I never shared it ^^'. When I was browsing my posts I found it again and decided to share it anyways :)

I finally gave in and decided to order through Taobao.
After comparing taobao agents fee's, particularly Dolly Poodle and Loli Loli Paradise, I went for loli loli Paradise. They turned out to be cheaper for these 4 items. If you ordering more, Dolly Poodle would be cheaper.

About Loli Loli Paradise:
3rd Oct : started asking questions
7th Oct : Ordered the VRjsk and the headdress & Payed
                     (30 days to prepare, 15days for delivery)
15th Oct : ordered two pairs of gloves
In the meantime, I didn't receive an invoice for the gloves so I messaged her again
26th Oct: requested a new invoice for the gloves and paid
14th Nov: Asked her if she had already shipped and she did two days before. Gave me tracking number
17th Nov: Dress and headdress arrived
29th Nov: Gloves arrived (apparently these were examined by our customs, that's what caused the delay)

Communication: 4/5
The communication went very well. They answered my crazy amount of  questions very quick and they were quite helpfull. I wished she had let me know when she shipped out the items though, without me asking after it. But overall, communication was very good!

Shipping: 5/5
She first shipped the dress and the headdress, and than the two pairs of gloves.
The dress arrived quite some time before the gloves. Can you believe customs ... they let through the dress but had to check what was in the package with the gloves, which was twice as small. No complaining from me though!
About the packages, both were packed in a brown paper envelope with bubblewrap inside.
There was even a small present inside the glove packages which were rub on tattoos!

Overall I rate Loli-loli paradise a 4.5/5.

Onto the items now!
Together with the Vampire Requiem, I ordered this gorgeous headdress.

Headdress made by Fox Cherry, link to loli, link to taobaoshop
Rating 5/5

It's really gorgeous, no glue stains/threads anywhere (which you often see in this kind of headdresses)
The lace in the back is a really soft cotton one. The ribbon is velour and the flowers are fabric.

Vampire Requiem replica by DOL, link to loli, link to taobao
Rating: 3.5/5
Dream of Lolita picture
My picture

As you can see, there's a big difference in the shape. On DOLs picture you can see it going inward from the top to the the ribbon under the bust. However, on my dress, is doesn't go inward, it gets wider to the ribbon under bust. You can however change this with the corset lacing in the back.

Here's the top of the dress, the height of the fabric above the ribbon (especially under the armpits) is smaller than on their picture.
The straps are a bit to wide for my liking but that's okay.

The zipper works quite well and I'm very happy about this ^^
The print looks gorgeous! Very well done.

The fabric is also on the heavy side, which being told by a friend resembles the one from the Real VR from Alice & the Pirates.
The print on the side-seam almost matches!

Overall, I'm happy with the dress, because of the print, the fabric used but the fit is a bit off. I does look great with a vest over it to give it some shape.

Next up, two pairs of gloves from YOMA
I ran into this shop while browsing taobao and only could find 1 review on this shop on egl.
Hope this helps for other people who would like to purchase from YOMA.

Here are links to other reviews I found when researching the dress before I bought it:
Review 1
Review 2: comparing DOL with Aatp's VR

Purple pair with purple bow, link
Rating: 5/5
These are a gorgeous pair of gloves!! Warm but if you're in a country where it snows all the time, I wouldn't recommend these. They were great for our Belgium winter this year though (min. -2°C)
And! They fit like a glove! (you didn't see that one coming, now did you?!) I have small - medium hands and they fit perfect.  The little purple bow is super cute but too bad you can't see it because of the long sleeves.

Black velvet pair, link
Rating 5/5
I opened these and squeeled. Such a gorgeous pair of gloves!!! They feel very elegant
and are great of a finishing touch on an gothic outfit.
For the readers from Belgium/The Netherlands, my brother said they were "Zwarte Piet" gloves. And indeed, they seem like that too XD only these are finished of with lace!

I'm very happy with the gloves. The dress is a bit of a downer but when I can wear it with a vest it's decent!