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DIY: Floral Style and Framework

22.4.14

I had been thinking about a few projects that I wanted to do before tossing out the notions and paper crafting items that I had amassed for some time. So, I wanted to revamp a few items that I had around in the home, as well as perusing my arts and crafts bin for extra inspiration.

Calendar Art:

Frame #1: by using printed kitchen liners or contact paper (this will be your background), cut them to your frame measurement (for insertion), which, of course is slightly smaller than the actual frame. Adhere the printed liners/contact paper to a piece of cardstock or cardboard of the same measurement. For this frame version, I used an engraved stone that I found on eBay.

Place the stone on top of the printed background, gluing it in place. Let dry. Insert your finished background with the stone into your frame or shadow box. I decorated my finished piece with flowers on the top of the frame.

Frame #2: I decided to reuse old picture frames for this project to create artwork from a past calendar. After cutting selected images and text from my calendar, I measured and positioned the main photo to the frame. This project works wonderfully if you have a shadow box as well. Set your photo in place, and insert inside the frame. Secure frame closed. That’s it! You can change it as you like, just by reusing your favourite calendar photos.

Frame #3: to make a more elaborate piece, I used paint chip cards which are great for design crafts, along with my calendar image. I cut my paint chip cards into various shapes, then placed them in the layout that I wanted. Next, glue all of the pieces together, then insert the image in the frame. Secure frame closed.

Floral Centrepiece
With the same theme of floral, I used more of the remnants from my printed paper. But, instead of an oval piece in the shape of my tin, I cut an asymmetrical shape of the print, because I wanted to fold it over the edge of the tin. I had a bundle of glass marbles from other projects, so I filled my tin with them for colour.

Next, I used and cut silk flowers to start the design of my floral arrangement. Lastly, to secure my floral stems, I used the printed floral paper as tape to hold a few of the stems down, since the paper had adhesive on the opposite side.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my fun and easy spring DIY.

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Happy Easter + Weekend Links

18.4.14

I am pleased to be included in this week's Links à la Mode, for my Smart Travelling post. Do check out the other links from bloggers listed below as well.

I hope you're ready for a wonderful weekend. Mine has already started. If you had a tough week, then try to savour the little things, pamper yourself, relax, or perhaps catch up on some reading.

Here's wishing you a marvellous and Happy Easter or Passover to everyone! Stay tuned next week, I have a fab spring DIY and much more coming up for your to enjoy.
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Links à la Mode: April 17th

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Style Files: Orange, Silver, and Stripes

16.4.14

At your workplace are you allowed to have casual Fridays? I had never been able to fully experience such a day until recently. For everyone, once a month there is a casual Friday where you are allowed to wear dark denim preferably, or relaxed attire that’s also suitable for the office.

Of course, there is always that one person who will try to push the envelope, but it doesn't last very long before ramifications of defiance set in. Some time ago, I was able to wear this outfit, which was great because it was a nice day out. Afterward, I added my trimmed hat and went for a stroll to do some food shopping.
The inspiration was a fusion of casual, yet modern bohemian elements and nautical grace—the only maritimesque inspired pieces that I used were the faux freshwater pearls, and the navy and white stripes. I added some jewelley from the Born Pretty store—the crown pendant was adorable. I was also impressed by the rings, and quality of the pendant. I think adding a mix of brown and silver embellishments to this look made me think of spring even more, although currently cold breezes have arrived here and there.

I know that some people steer away from blending opposing metals or colours together, but I always welcome it. Why not? Instead of pairing a traditional red with the navy I used orange as the bold embracing colour.

This somewhat unconventional style worked well with the charcoal denim combination, and most importantly, a very easy outfit for a casual work day. Meanwhile, this week I am back to adding finishing touches to a few projects

Do you have these types of work days? How is your week going so far?
The goods: Denim-Cheap Monday, Faux pearl bracelet, Silver stackable rings, and crown necklace-c/o Born Pretty, V-neck top-La Redoute, Lace tank-H&M, Studded clutch-seen here, Hat-Oasap, Striped blazer-Consignment shop, Shoes-Anthropologie. Get and extra 10% off at the BornPrettystore using code: TNT10

*I am also linking this post up with Elena of DCinStyle, view other blogger's style here.

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The Smart Tech Traveller

11.4.14

As keen traveller, over the years, I have had to adjust the way that I travel. Keeping up with the latest technologies and having the ability to pack swiftly and efficiently are just a few things that I have refined and tailored for trekking about. When it comes to trying out new things related to the travelling experience, I am always gripped by a good product, which is why I wanted to share with you a genius design by CalypsoCrystal.

CalypsoCrystal produces beautiful mobile accessories with a luxury aesthetic that are all perfect for travelling as well as everyday use. The brand offers products with exceedingly functional design. All accessories have clever capabilities alongside quality craftsmanship.

I recently tested their CalypsoTag, which is a luggage tag with a GPS chip that allows you to navigate your bag by location. By using your smartphone device, you can locate your luggage tag. Forget the busy crowds! Just relax in the airport and know that your bag is safe wherever you’ve placed your tag.

You're notified when your bags come out from the carousel. Therefore, you are aware if someone tries to claim it as their own. I’m sure you may remember a few of my airport stories. Nowadays, everyone usually has a black luggage set and, unless you have an incredibly identifiable style of bag, it’s often frustrating to have to wait for your bags to come around. Although, it only takes a single horrifying experience to have your bags lost to understand the anxiety that one goes through, this design concept entirely alleviates that!
Luxury Travelling Calypso Crystal
All you need to do is download the supporting app on your mobile device and fix your settings by following the instructions, depending on what phone you have. Some people have had mixed experiences with the app, which is by Chipolo. However, after I contacted CalypsoCrystal directly (great customer service by the way) I just made certain that my chip/battery was securely inside the tag, and everything worked perfectly for me. Make sure that you have the proper mobile capability: iOSiPhoneiPad, Android, and Samsung Galaxy. 

I was impressed by the actual tag, which has first-class, hand-crafted Italian leather. The company also has several additional products, including the CalypsoKeyamongst others. Each style of item has its own witty and intercontinental name, such as the “Auckland Jam,” the reflective hue of the “Lyon Exupery,” and the boldness of the“ Shanghai Twists.”

To view more information about CalypsoCrystal visit: www.calypsocrystal.com.

What do you think about Calypso Crystal’s design?
Technology Best 2014 Travel accessories
The goods: CalypsoTag in Barajas Gate,” Courtesy of Calypso Crystal. All opinions and views about this product are my own.

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