Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
- Vintage or National Geographic maps
- Brown craft paper
- Vintage tea or cookie tins
- A fancy silk scarf
- Thin ornate wallpaper
- A cute straw basket or picnic basket
- A vintage scarf
- Hand-made paper (with pressed flowers in it)!
- Gingham print
- Cath Kidson-esque floral paper
- Sheet music
- Pretty news print with lots of text
- Layers of tissue paper
- Plaid/tartan or make your own using paint or colored pencils
- Satin ribbons
- Vintage Lace
- Pop-pom strings
- Lace tape
- Deco tape
- Velvet ribbon
- Soft yarn
- Embroider a faux bow with thick yarn or ribbon
- Vintage hard candies
- Brass or vintage buttons
- Bright berry sprigs
- Evergreen sprigs
- Paper snowflakes
- Candy canes
- A giant bow!
- A fantastic brooch
- Lace doilies
- Silk Flowers
- Sea shells
- Old photographs or polaroids
- Vintage name tags (stickers or attached)
- Small pen drawings
- Little silver charms
If you are giving more than one present to someone at the same time, try coordinating all of the packages with a common color scheme or motif~
Happy holidays everyone!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
In my last post, I shared paper snowflakes that I made. Here are a few ideas to make your own snowflakes.
Use different types of paper...
- Plain white
- Old parchment
- Sheet music
- String, twine or thin rope
- Tape them to your window
- Suspend them like a mobile
- Hang them on a tree as ornaments
- Attach them to presents like gift tags
Yesterday, I was able to complete my earmuffs! Plus a little panda stuffed animal for one of my friends for Christmas. I got the pattern from a cute Japanese book called "Palm-Sized Softies". I most likely post a few scans at a later post. I also managed to do something I had wanted to do for weeks, but couldn't find the time for... paper snowflakes!
|Aren't they cute?|
|On my mirror|
Here are a few other things I picked up
|Cards with little strawberries|
|A Victorian Christmas-themed tin|
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
For several months, I have been on a quest for faux deer fur to make a collar, similar to one Innocent World made. It surprised me how many different types of mythical tiger furs I could find, but no simple spotted deer fur! I wanted the piece not only for myself, but for a student-produced fashion show that I will be designing for at the end of the school year. After scouring the internet to no avail, I came upon this little treasure! A toddler's Bambi jacket! for $8.50 shipped! My heart leaped with joy! When it arrived, I promptly cut it up and made a large and small collar. I also plan to make ear muffs, boot toppers and maybe a muffler if I have enough fabric...probably not ;)
|Innocent World's lovely original|
|The original jacket (Sharpie for size comparison)|
|Work in progress stage of the large collar|
|finished (hemmed over) small collar|
|finished large collar <3|
|Plans for earmuffs. The headband looks like chocolate icing, doesn't it?|
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Winter is officially upon us, so why not warm up with these fun lifestyle ideas?
- Take a trip to watch the nutcracker and dress in your prettiest winter outfit
- Check out vintage crafts, like Victorian craft books. Try your hand at making cute holiday card collages and maybe even little gifts
- Cut out paper snow flakes to decorate your room, windows or office with - try stringing them or taping them individually
- Host or participate in a a holiday charity event or drive (books, coats, food etc) to aid those less fortunate this season and give Lolitas a good name!
- Paint your nails like snowflakes with a white base coat and a glittery silver top coat
- Experiment with different holdiay tea blends and brands - don't forget to use a pretty cup for your tea! If you don't own one, possible hint at a set as a gift?
- Concoct new & unique winder drinks - experiment with cocoa, peppermint, candy canes, cinnamon and more!
- Make and send out old-fashioned holiday cars to your family and friends, dont forget to use pretty envelopes, penmanship and seals~