Monday, May 22, 2017

"Peekaboo" by Ana Jecmenica


Happy Monday all!
Let start the week with beautiful things I say. Something to dictate the course of the week. 
Today I have the pleasure to introduce Ana Jecmenica, a young and talented designer who makes exquisite, OOAK jewelry.
Please introduce yourself in a couple of words.
It took me a long time to admit to myself that I am an artist and that I should refer to myself as such, considering that I design jewelry and lamps, do photography, draw and paint. So yes, I am an artist. Since I am quite shy I let my work speak of myself.

Peekaboo implies a hiding game. How does it relate to your shop? Can you tell us the story behind your brand / shop name?

The name was born some 10 years ago, when Internet showed up, when I was in a search for a catchy nickname for various forums. It came quite spontaneously  from a make-up catalog and it stuck with me as a trait. I liked it because it made people smile and it made them remember their childhood. It was a logical step to name my brand the same, because I always imagine someone wearing my jewelry breaks into a smile and says "Peekaboo!" : )


With your eye-catching designs featuring bold and expressive backgrounds and extraordinary use of clockwork material you bring steampunk to another level. How long have you been in jewelry design and how did it all start?
Even as a child I loved taking things apart to see what they are made of. Because everything in itself - just like people - contains so much invisible beauty that wants to be shown and expressed. I have been working on Steampunk for ages and it  always fascinated me how something so small and tiny can grow into something so beautiful and detailed. I simply adore details. The minute I learned about epoxy resin I wanted to try my hand at it. Seeing other people's steampunk work, I noticed they more or less use the same colors for their jewelry so I wanted to differ. At first, it wasn't my intention to stand out. I just wanted to add a little color into that world and I think I am successful at that for the last 5 years : )

What part of the process is the most enjoyable? Is there a particular place where you like to work?
I get old clocks from the clockmakers and antique shops, so my job is to take them apart and I can honestly say that is the most interesting part because I never know what waits for me inside. There were cases when out of 200 -300 clocks I would find a single gear different from the others and I always keep those for special inspiration. I am a perfectionist at work, and I always try to keep the balance and make everything centered while designing, hoping my buyers will notice that I had invested lots of effort, love and time making a particular piece. I work on a work bench in my flat and have never really thought if I loved that or not, but because now I started working with wooden jewelry, I will have to look up for a workshop. The whole creative process is immensely long and strenuous. Dismantling clocks, cleaning parts, choosing backgrounds, matching and gluing the parts, to be topped with applying resin that has to be dried for 24 hours. There mustn't be a mistake because there is no turning back. I cannot fix a thing once it is done. All this takes a couple of days, but when I see the final result and the reaction of people, I am truly happy.


Lately you started working with wooden jewelry. What triggered the transition from steampunk?
I am in love with trees, because the designs and the beauty nature offers cannot be replaced. I have worked with steampunk for quite a long time and I do not feel the challenge any more; I also think I have achieved an enviable level in quality and design so I sought new challenges. I have been working with wooden jewelry for a couple of months now and I am still researching all the possibilities it offers. For the time being I find it entertaining to match shapes and colors and my next plans include matching wood with steampunk.

What other materials you like to work with or would like to try in the future?
I keep to wood and gears for now, but my plans include introducing leather into my designs. Let's see where wood takes me first : )


Where does inspiration come from?
When steampunk is in questions, I find inspiration in myself. I sit and watch the parts until I have a picture in my head how to join them. If I lack ideas, I try another day. I never force myself because it always reflects on the final result.
As for the wooden jewelry  - inspiration is everywhere because colors and geometry are everywhere around us. 

How do you fill your free time?
I never make a difference between free time and working at home : )
Since I  have a full time job, when I get home I use my free time to make jewelry or make photographs for the shutterstock.
However, there are the long walks, hanging out with people, trips, my friends, sketching... I try to be out in nature  as much as I can because it fills my batteries and it is a great source of inspiration for me : )
I hope you enjoyed meeting Ana. Visit her shop and Facebook page.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Tribal Mix - Crochet Tube Necklaces

Happy Friday all!
I have some exciting news to share today - we are preparing tribal mix kits that will include amazing variegated and solid colored cotton yarn and our tube necklaces pattern.  Tribal mix is the working title for the time being, because when I posted the tubes for the first time back in 2011 I said the inspiration came from the tribal necklaces African women wear.
I am immensely satisfied the way the color work goes and gets this look using a simple stitch. Ant the cotton is also perfect for this project, so this is a match made in heaven.
What do you think? What is your experience with variegated yarn? Also, what kind of projects use it for?
If you are new to the blog here's how the tubes progressed here, here and here.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

11 Delightful Pom Pom Projects

Pom - Pom Blanket Pillow

Pom Pom Blanket                                    Pom Pom Pillow
Boy, do I love pom-pom projects! There is something magical in those attractive little fluffy balls that suddenly make everything brighter and joyful and full of life! I have made quite a lot of projects using them - actually this post features four of my DIYs, but I am always on the lookout for new, exciting projects I can make myself.
So, I am sure you'll agree they are an instant beautifier added to plain blankets and pillows. An excellent choice if you need appealing decoration is to turn to pom-pom garlands, buntings or wall hangings for permanent display. 
Pom - Pom Decor
Pom-Pom Garland                                                  Wall Hanging
Pom - Pom Garland
Giant Pom-Pom Garland

             Pom-Pom Bouquet                                                   Pom-Pom Flowers        
Pom - Pom Bouquet
Pom - Pom Earrings
 Pom-Pom Earrings                                             Pom-Pom Necklace.
They also make unique statement jewelry and old sweater refreshers.

Pom - Pom Sweater
Have you got your next project lined up?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trending: Embroidered Shoes


The embroidery trend that started with the clothes, more specifically with the shirts and jeans, moved on or rather down to the shoes. And it couldn't be more beautiful. At least for me.
I love this trend and hope to find the right pair to spice up my summer. Embroidered footwear has a vintage vibe and it gives a strong statement  as such, yet is often meshed up with fashionable, modern shoe styles. For this post I chose mostly high heels, but you can find vivid, vintage and romantic embroidery on clogs, flats, sandals, pumps...
In case you missed it, the embroidered jeans post.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Anne-Julie's Nebulous Kingdom


Welcome to another inspiring Monday!
The artist I am going to feature today is an illustrator extraordinaire, whose world is an incredible, colorful and captivating tale I am sure you are going to enjoy. I first came upon her art journals and have immediately fallen in love with her illustrations and jewelry designs.

A small introduction of the artist in question: 
Anne-Julie was born in 1980 in a small town in Eastern France. While still very young, she developed a passion for art and crafts. She kept on creating throughout her teenage years to maintain her creative desires.
In 2001, this passion is embodied by her graduation of l'École de l'Image, Fine Arts school (Beaux-Arts) of Épinal, with a specialty in illustration.
In 2005, and after a few years to find her way, Anne-Julie became a freelance illustrator. She worked on commissioned orders for various publishers and her work appeared in various catalogs, books and magazines for children in France and all over the world. At this time, her style was exclusively colorful and dedicated to toddlers.
In 2006, she developed a world that has both a dark side, inspired by the adult she became, and one side bright and colorful, which is a kind of reminiscence of her childhood. Her inspiration comes from her everyday life, people she meets, but also from fairytales, nature, music and movies, and her dreams.
I first came upon her art journals and have immediately fallen in love with her illustrations and jewelry designs.
Explore her world further through her blog, Shop and Facebook.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

9 Free Crochet Dress Patterns

Happy Friday guys!
To tell you the truth, this wasn't such an exhausting week, but I couldn't wait for the weekend to come. And if you were wondering by any chance how to fill yours - don't worry, because I've got you covered.
Behold, your weekend project(s)!
Aren't the dresses gorgeous? Most of these are accompanied by charts and some with a written pattern too. However, if you are not in the mood to crochet a dress, just feast your eyes! I know I will :)
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DIY Gifts: Crafter's Garland

Crafter's Garland
Hello! This is a fine day to do some light crafting, don't you agree?

A picture I picked up on the internet stuck with me and I just had to try it for myself. It was of a garland with sewing supplies and I thought it is the perfect gift one can make for a crafter friend. And I rolled my sleeves up...

For this garland I used metallic thread spools and colorful wooden beads. It could also be made with buttons, embroidery floss (note the tiny skeins I made above), sewing thread accompanied with some whimsical pendants like a sewing machine or scissors. I believe every crafter would enjoy this kind of a gift.

Garland for crafters


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dreamer Princesses by Sofija Filigranska

One of the TLT designers, Aleksandra, has an exciting new project we were completely charmed by, so we invited her over for a chat.
Can you tell us about the idea behind the wooden princess pendants?
SF: I love illustration. I have kept to MDF with painted board surface as a material cut into various shapes for so long because it is an incredible foundation for my illustrations, while the same MDF board jewelry radiates a direct communication and exchange.
I have imagined the characters of the princesses for a long time… unspeakably long time. The idea may have had its origin at the time I created the collection called “Our People”. I wanted them to be real persons, each a tale of her own so that I could narrate those tales more directly. And maybe this is that original idea.

Who are the princesses?
The characters represent girls with which I have made a personal contact, socialized with them and they exist in real time. But during this process, other dimensions opened up. Some characters showed other traits which led to the idea of making princes so I have gradually come up with several stories about the interactions between them and I cannot possibly tell or know where all this would end. They are all going to be included into my new project – Coloring Jewelry Book, where people can color the jewelry they buy with their desired colors.

What materials do you use in creating this unique wooden necklace pendants?
SF: The princesses are drawn onto a MDF board, after which they are cut out by hand. I paint the princesses with different thickness of markers, colorful inks, watercolors and they are varnished with acrylic matte polish.
For more beautiful and OOAK jewelry, visit Aleksandra's shop and read more about her here.


Monday, May 8, 2017

InstaCrochet for Inspiration


Welcome to another inspiring week and today it's InstaCrochet on the table.
I've chosen an account I visit quite often for inspiration. necimeerciger has a wonderful eye for color and I love the combinations she comes up with. I also admire the patterns she employs to create her blankets, pillows and doilies.
Visit her on instagram for more eye-candies.