Boho Home Series: Unisex Leather bracelets- beaded / braided / cuffed

Learn to make different types of bracelets in the bohemian style using leather (or cord if you wish).

Braided Bracelet:  Braiding is the easiest way to make unique bracelets.

You will need: A pack of 3, 1mm leather cord from Michaels (they have different color choices), Hot glue, cord closures (this is the one I got but in rhodium instead of silver; Michaels Closures), Round nose pliers for jewelry

What you do: 

  • Wrap the cords from all colors around your wrist twice to get the right measurement. Cut the cords.
  • Leaving an inch from one end, bunch all cords together to create a knot.                                  IMG_3151
  • Place this end between your ties and start braiding (for those who do not know to braid, please follow the simple video below; I found it on a random google video search but it helps simplify and explain braiding).                                                                        IMG_3155
  • Once your cord is braided till about an inch is left on the other end, pick up your closure set. Add a drop of hot glue inside the closures and place the ends in. Press firmly till the glue hardens.                                                                                                                 IMG_3153
  • Use the pliers to gently squeeze in the hook on the closure so the other end doesn’t slip out.

Feel free to embellish with beads or sequins in the middle of your braids 🙂

TUTORIAL FOR BRAIDING

 

Beaded Bracelet: This takes a little more work and patience. You will need leather cording (1mm thickness) and wooden beads with big openings (the cord should fit twice inside the bead, I got mine with a 10mm thickness).

What you do:

  • Measure the cord twice around your wrist and cut out the length (you will need 2 cords).  Form a knot on one end of both cords.
  • Attach one bead through one of the cords (the gold one in my image) and push it all the way to the knot.IMG_3185
  • Pass the free end of the white cord through the bead gently pulling the 2 cords so the bead is taut against the knot.
  • Put both ends through the 2nd bead and push it up against the first.
  • Attach the third bead through the free end of the white (alternating from the previous step with the gold). Push the free gold end through the bead and pull the cord so the bead lines up against the previous one.
  • Repeat the above steps with 15-20 more beads until you have about 5 inches left on your ends.IMG_3192
  • Make a loop by knotting the one of the cords and cut off the excess from both (make sure your loop is big enough to slide over the first bead but not too big for to it slip out).

 

Leather Cuffs: They look great, especially with shirts and boots on and you can ad your own flair to them.

All you need is some leather – from old belts, sections from old jackets / pants or just buy a bag of leather scraps from the craft store, hot glue, snap on fastener kit from Michaels (you will find it in the thread / knitting section. This is what I purchased; it’s a kit and shows you how to attach the fasteners: Snap Fastener Kit),

What you do:

  • Dig out your old, worn bracelets or scraps of leather you have and wrap them around your wrist for accurate measurement. Cut out your leather making sure to leave on an extra 2-3 inches. You can cut them in whatever shape you like – rectangle, diamond, oval etc.
  • You can cut a few slits within the cuff with a blade to add some dimension or just leave it plain. (I made some slits with an X-Acto knife starting from one end till an inch before the other end).                                                                                                                       IMG_3181
  • Follow the instructions on the fastener kit and attach them. Make sure to accurately mark the spots on both ends for the fasteners prior to adding. (You will attach the sharp pronged circle on the inner side of your cuff, put the bigger corresponding circle with the protrusion on the outer side and use the tool to press the 2 together. Do the same on the other end with the smaller snap closing smaller circle. The instructions on the kit are detailed and have images to help).

    I made one more brown one with the fasteners and added 2 rows of snap openings to make it tighter if I need to.                                                                                                                   FullSizeRender (1)

  • I made 2 black ones with some spare black leather but this time I used fabric adhesive (available at any craft store) instead of the fasteners just to try something different. This doesn’t work as well but it is easier to stick on and attach to your wrist (perfect for temporary cuffs).
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Something about tea

This prompt could not have come at a better time – right after my first tea tasting experience a few days ago 🙂                                                                                                                             Tea-Tasting1-563x331

Tea, this most wonderful concoction, is the 2nd most consumed beverage in the world after water. I will share a few random facts about tea that I learnt of in addition to tasting different teas.

  1. All the different teas – Black, green, oolong and white tea all come from the same plant: Camellia Sinensis; a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea.
  2. It takes around 2000 leaves to make just one pound of finished tea. The best teas are hand picked at very high elevations.
  3. The different tea types are only created due to different degrees of oxidation of the leaves. For example, black tea is highly oxidized whereas white tea is minimally oxidized and is usually dried under the sun.
  4. The less processed the tea leaf, the greater antioxidants. This makes green tea the best in terms of high antioxidants than black.
  5. Tea tasting is quite similar to wine tasting. Hours go into pairing the right tea with the right meal. A basic outline of how tasting is done:
    • You look at the leaves – some would be curled, some feathery and some spiky.
    • Smell the brew – it could be bitter, neutral, have a sweet undertone.
    • Gently mix the brew and smell again – you will most likely smell something different than the first time.
    • Take your first sip. It might be bitter, raw, sweet, spicy, or nutty.
    • Wait for the residual flavor on your tongue after sipping the tea. You might get a bitter first taste followed by a sweet after taste or a spice.

A fun fact that I learnt during my tasting…

In the Victorian era, a ‘Mustache Cup’ was invented which had a small ledge across the cup. The ledge had one semicircular opening against the side of the cup for the mustache to remain dry during drinking.images

This is kinda what it looks like. I wonder if they have any on ebay or amazon… Would make a great gift 😀

via Daily Prompt: Tea

DIY Harry Potter Series – Weasley Wands

We can all agree that we love the Weasleys. From Molly’s motherly nature, to the havoc the twins cause, to Arthur’s strange muggle fascination and to brothers Bill and Charlie whom we don’t hear much about, everything about them is wonderful and magical. And their home… Oh I just love the location clock in the kitchen and the self-washing dishes.

Today’s post is dedicated to the Weasleys; a collection of their wands that you can give out at HP themed parties in case someone forgets theirs, or just keep for yourself and wear different Halloween costumes to match 🙂

weasley wands

What you need:

  1. 8 chopsticks
  2. A few sheets of A4 paper
  3. Acrylic Paints – Black, Barn Red, Golden Brown, Espresso,
    • Metallics: Bronze, Silver Grey, Brass, Dark Gold
  4. Hot Glue
  5. Toothpicks

What you do:

Firstly, look up images of all 9 wands for each member of the family – Arthur, Molly, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred & George, Ron and Ginny (9 in all). The basics of wand making can be learnt in one of my earlier posts which I used for some of the wands (Link: DIY Wand)

  1. I started off with Arthur, Molly, Percy and Ginny wands because they are the easiest and quickest. You will need 4 chopsticks and 4 sheets of paper. Wrap the sheets around the sticks as in the DIY mentioned above.
  2. Once that is ready, use the hot glue to create the same swirls for Arthur / Percy and lines for Molly and Ginny (use the template as a reference).If you make a mistake, you can always peel off the glue once it dries and start again. The Ginny one was a little more intricate; see image below for a clearer idea.
  3. Paint Arthur, Molly and Percy wands gold. Use the Bronze to accent the lines lightly for a more shaded look.
  4. Paint the Ginny wand black and use silver grey for the accents.                                           ginny1
  5. I used chopsticks without the paper for the remaining coz I ran out of paper 😦 For Bill’s wand, paint the stick espresso and dry. Use the glue to make a dome shaped structure with swirls and indents on the top of the wand, as per the template and dry. Paint it espresso, dry and add a light coat of silver grey.bill1
  6. For Charlie’s wand (which is basically Ron’s 1st wand that broke), paint the stick golden brown and let dry. Add one thin line on top and 2 thin lines 2.5 inches from the top and dry. Paint the lines with the espresso.charlie
  7. Fred’s is a little trickier. His wand has rows of  notches and protrusions. Use the hot glue to create a dot and use the toothpick to spread out the dot to create thin lines. After the line dries, cut the swirl near the tip and bend it upward (like a rose thorn). Do this for 9-10 rows and let dry.fred
  8. Add 3 more little thorns below the last row in a staggered fashion (see image for further clarification). Paint everything espresso and dry.fred1
  9. For George’s, cover the top 4 inches of the stick with paper and glue to together to form a dome shaped cover. Use hot glue to add thick swirls right below the paper, as in the template, and let dry. Add thinner swirls below the thick ones and dry. Paint the entire wand gold. Paint the thick swirls with the red and the thin ones black. Let dry.george
  10. Use a thin brush to paint zigzag lines in red on the paper covered section and let dry.george1
  11. Ron’s wand, his new one, is similar to Bill’s. Use the glue gun to create the design as in the template and paint the entire thing espresso. Cover the top dome shape in a light coat of silver grey.ron

I painted the names of the wand holders on the side at the bottom, so I wouldn’t get confused. Place the wands in a jar to hand out. You can do the same for Death-eaters, Dumbledore’s Army, Triwizard contestants etc. Have fun 🙂

Liebster Award

blogGot another nomination for the Liebster award by beautybyalibra. Thank you so much. Do check her out…. She does makeup and other kinds of reviews as well as other fun stuff 🙂

Rules for this award:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

My 11 nominations:

I am going to nominate a few of the newer bloggers that have followed me to get to know them a little better 🙂

  1. winterfellcrypts
  2. Amal
  3. hopelessblogweb
  4. theartteacher
  5. thechallenge2017
  6. tomatotalks
  7. sleeplongdreamdeep
  8. baddadcartoons101
  9. thoughtsofacuriousgirlblog
  10. silversiren4blog
  11. lifeofwildhumans

My 11 questions to them:

  • What inspired you to start blogging?
  • The one thing you have learnt from blogging.
  • Share something silly and different you did growing up, compared to other children.
  • The one memory that you remember from your childhood.
  • What is your favorite season and why?
  • If you received money to start your own business, what type of business would it be and why?
  • Name one interestingly new / unique food you’ve eaten.
  • If you had to start your career from scratch, would you choose your current path or something different?
  • What type of exotic animal would you consider adopting, if you could?
  • Share 2-3 funny quirks of yours.
  • Some of your favorite hobbies.

My questions were:

  1. If you could describe yourself as a color, what color would it be and why? I want to say blue: has a very calming, serene feel to it but I’m mostly a mix of reds and oranges: bright, spontaneous and def the opposite of calm 😛
  2. What’s your favorite song at the moment? Game of Thrones theme song. It just sticks in my head and I keep humming it all day.
  3. What’s your biggest tip for new bloggers? Participate actively in daily prompts, community pool and first friday forums. Helps increase traffic to your blog.
  4. Favorite flavor of ice cream? – Always chocolate
  5. Favorite book at the moment? – Archie comics. I need something light hearted and silly after a long work day.
  6. What’s your dream job and why? – Some thing involving DIY crafting but I have no idea what exactly.
  7. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose? – Can’t really think of anyone :/
  8. What do you like most about blogging? – The freedom to express myself, share my ideas and the fact that I feel light hearted after doing so.
  9. What is your spirit animal? – Hmm… Maybe chinchilla or some type of rodent.
  10. Three things that make you happy? –  Sleep, chocolate and dancing
  11. Current favorite TV show? – Right now it’s a toss up between Game of Thrones and Big Bang Theory.

 

Minion Pop Up Birthday Box

With the recent release of Despicable Me 3 and a friend who loves the minions (not gonna lie… I love them too… they’re so cute :D), I decided to make a pop up minion card for my friend’s birthday. I got several ideas from Pinterest that I sort of adapted, adjusted and changed a bit.

Materials:

  • Cardstock – Dark blue, light blue, yellow, grey, white, black ( I got these at Michaels for 29 cents each)
  • Pencil / ruler / Scissors
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Double sided tape
  • Black Sharpie

Procedure:

  1. Use the dark blue cardstock to measure out 10cm squares on the entire paper. It should look something like this (cut out the excess paper).                                                     IMG_3088.JPG
  2. Cut out the center square and the ones touching it all around to form a plus sign.          IMG_3089
  3. Fold the squares inward along the lines to form the base of the box.
  4. Use the yellow cardstock to make the lid of the box. Measure a 16cm square and cut it out. Make a mark on each side of the square at the 2cm mark and 12 cm mark and join all the lines together.
  5. Cut along the red lines (shown in the second image above).
  6. Fold along the pencil lines on all 4 sides. Glue the cut strip over the rest of the fold with glue.IMG_3122
  7. Do this on all 4 sides till you get a box shape. Make sure the lid fits well on top of the base. Your box is now ready.
  8. Next we create the insides of the box. You will need to cut out 3 yellow squares of 8cm each.
  9. Use the light blue cardstock to draw the minion’s clothes ( I used this image as reference; link Minion).IMG_3094
  10. Cut out one big grey circle (roughly the size of a quarter) and one slightly smaller white circle to make the eye. Glue the white over the grey circle.
  11. Cut out two 1cm strips from the black paper. Stick one strip to the center of one of the yellow squares using tape or glue. Attach the eye to the center of the strip. Use a sharpie to draw an eyeball and a mouth. IMG_3095 copy
  12. Glue the blue outfit to the base of the square. Add the extra details to the outfit from the same image as in step 9.IMG_3095
  13. Attach the other black strip to your 2nd yellow square, closer to the top edge. Cut out 2 more eyes as in step 10 and draw 2 eyeballs facing the left side. Attach the eyes to the center of the black strip. Use the sharpie to draw a sideways smile.IMG_3098
  14. Cut out 3 more yellow squares, about 7-8 cm. Add a black strip to each of them, close to the top end as in step 13. You will need to make 5 more eyes as in step 10.
  15. To 2 of the squares, attach 2 eyeballs each. Stick the last eye to the third square.
  16. On one of the squares with 2 eyes, use the sharpie to draw a round, filled-in circle, for the mouth forming an O (I made my eye balls look up but you can always have them looking straight ahead).IMG_3106
  17. On the remaining 2 squares, draw a curve for a smiling mouth.
  18. Stick the minion squares from steps 11-13 on the top and right inner flap of your box.
  19. Cut out some balloons and stars on white, yellow and blue paper. Stick the stars on the base of your box ( on the inside). Bend the base of the balloon (0.5 inch) and stick that with the rest of the balloon sticking up.                                                                       IMG_3134
  20. I printed some minions from google and cut them out. Cut out a few strips of the dark blue paper and bend the ends slightly. Stick the strips of the dark blue paper on the base. Stick the minions to the strips.
  21. Stick the 3 smaller yellow squares from steps 16-17 on the inner left flap.
  22. I cut out another yellow square (10cm) and wrote out ‘happy birthday’ on a white circular piece. This, I stuck to the inner bottom flap.                             IMG_3156
  23. I printed out a few minion images from google and cut them out for the outside of the box. I stuck one image on each side and a pair of minion eyes to the top of the box.

Crops in Space

NASA recently released details on the fifth crop, cabbage, grown in the international space station.

After spending nearly a month tending to the International Space Station’s first crop of Chinese cabbage, astronaut Peggy Whitson harvested the leafy greens on Feb. 17, 2017. While the space station crew will get to eat some of the cabbage, the rest is being saved for study back at Kennedy Space Center.

This is the fifth crop grown aboard the station, and the first Chinese cabbage. Exciting news indeed 😀

via Daily Prompt: Edible