Sunday, December 26, 2010

Unusual Brand Item #5

This edition's silly brand item comes from BTSSB! It may be just me, but these little earrings remind me of magical unicorn droppings. We've all seen silicone used to simulate icing or whipped cream, but in my opinion this just looks a little lazy and out of place. The earrings are available in two different styles, one for pierced and pierced ears. I don't think a small icing squirt matches any of Baby's designs.

If you are interested in Baby unicorn poop, they can be found here on Baby's website.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Chirstmas!

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of my wonderful followers! Thank you for all of your support!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Last Minute Gift Wrapping

Are you a last-minute wrapper? Wrapping presents has always been almost more fun than opening presents for me. Here are a few quick ideas for presents so cute, no one will want to open them!

Wrapping Materials
  • 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

Tying Materials
  • 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
  • Stamps
  • 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

Ikura x Misako Crafting Videos

If you haven't already spotted these on EGL, check them out! They're pretty cute :)

Snowflake Crafts

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
  • Maps
  • Newspaper
Try displaying them with...
  • 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

Snow Flakes and Earmuffs

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
Finished earmuffs!

Lil' panda

 Here are a few other things I picked up 

Cards with little strawberries
A Victorian Christmas-themed tin
Detail shot

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Craft Post: Deer Accessories

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)

A work in progress stage of the small collar, which as the jacket's original collar
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?

Happy Belated ILD

Sooo, I know I seemed to have missed International Lolita day (December 4th). Though I regret this, I would love to see or hear what you did to celebrate! I should start making plans for the next Lolita Day...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Lifestyle Ideas

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~