If you’ve been following my blog or Youtube Channel for a while, you might have seen my first zip-tie corset, which, alas, due to lack of sewing experience and pattern fitting, turned out more like a straight tube.
I’ve learned a lot about garment construction since then, including the strategic use of curves, so a corset holds it’s shape automatically, without heavy boning. The victorians were masters at this art, and thus, most period corsets were only lightly boned with whalebone, or even cording, relying on the pattern to give shape to the corset.
I decided to try again, and this time (hopefully) construct a proper corset. Due to budget, I ended up using zip-ties again, since the texture is nearly the same a synthetic whalebone, and MUCH cheaper. I also, for the first time, bought a proper busk, though not a spoon busk, which again, was too expensive.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted anything here, but today, I’m back with a brand-new Christmas tutorial: how to make these cute patchwork star ornaments. They’re very easy and quick to make, and can be used for so many things such as tree ornaments, gifts, or even festive pincushions!
Mit wenig Aufwand großen Eindruck machen: diese 3D Blumen-Pou-Up Karte ist ein perfektes selbergebasteltes Muttertagsgeschenk. Der Zeitaufwand liegt bei 10-15 Minuten, was es zu einem tollen last-minute Geschenk macht.
Flower embroidery can seem quite daunting, especially if you’re a beginner. In today’s video, you’ll learn three easy and beautiful flowers to embroider. The great thing about these is that they take so little time, so you’ll not get tired of them easily, and lets you break down your project into small portions.
Scroll down further, to find each tutorial. All you will need for each of these is one, or sometimes two, sheets of Origami paper.
Origami Easter Egg Basket
Perfect for Easter egg-hunting, or as a decorative centre-piece. You will need two squares of Origami paper, best in different colors. One color will be used for the basket, the other will create the decorative elements.
These can be made in multiple different sizes and colors, to create a beautiful effect.
Origami Easter Bunny
Very cute, and perfect to go with the first idea, the Origami basket, to create an Origami Easter landscape.
And these are all ideas for today, hopefully there was something in them for you.To view all of my Easter tutorials (not just Origami) check out my Easter playlist
The second Origami bookmark tutorial I had in the making is now live: the butterfly version!
All you need is some rectangular Origami paper (or any colored paper), I cut mine to 15x10cm (6x4in). When you’re done, don’t forget to share the finished bookmark with me, either on Facebook or on Instagram using the hashtag #aroundtheyear! I’d love to see your versions.
After my book review last week, we have a DIY bookmark tutorial live! When I found this Origami bookmark, I loved it right away, so here is how to fold your own. (Don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks!)
With all the lock-downs and event cancellations we’ve had, it’s easy to get VERY bored staying at home. Today I’ll be sharing my 3 favorite book series, all of them vintage classics as it happens. Lets jump right into it!
The story is set in the 1860, civil war America. It tells of the lives of 4 girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who are left at home with their mother, while their father is an army chaplain in the Union troops. The family is quite poor, but they still do their best to help people still poorer then them, by giving up their Christmas breakfast, for example. Throughout the book, each girl faces her own challenges in trying to overcome the little flaws in character everyone has, which makes this book very relatable, even now, 160 years after it’s written.
Good Wives continues the story, with the girls now grown up, and finding husbands. New challenges! This is my favourite book from the series.
The 2 last books, Little Men and Jo’s Boys deal primarily with Jo and her family, who opened a school for boys. Jo had always been fonder of boys than of girls, being a tomboy herself, so this school was the perfect opportunity to take care of as many little boys as she could take in. Of course, with so many boys around, trouble is sure to come in all shapes and sizes!
In the little house series, Laura Ingalls Wilder tells of her own childhood in a pioneer family (1870s-80s), and how she and her two, later three sisters, moved all over America, to find a new home in the west. The family starts out in Wisconsin, moves into Kansas (which is described in the most famous book in this series, Little House on the Prairie), then on to Plum Creek, Minnesota. But due to the grasshopper plague, things don’t work out there, so the family finally moves to De Smet, South Dakota, where they finally settle.
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prarie
On the Banks of Plum Creek
On the Shores of Silver Lake
The Long Winter
Little Town on the Prairie
These Happy Golden Years
The First Four Years
Then there’s also Farmer Boy, which tells of the childhood of Almanzo Wilder, Laura’s future husband, who is first mentioned in On The Shores of Silver Lake.
By mistake, an orphan girl, Anne, is sent to live with Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert, on Prince Edward Island. Marilla and Mathew are middle-aged siblings, who originally wnated to adopt a boy, but then decide to keep Anne instead. Anne is overjoyed to finally have a home to stay, where people will be good to her. Marilla is very strict with Anne, tryig to “bring her up” after the old principals, which don’t always agree with imaginative Anne. Yet she is very happy there, and as time goes on, Marilla and Anne begin to understand each other.
Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to go a little crazy with sparkly pink nails. If you don’t have any glitter nail polish at home, you can easily create your own using a clear nail polish and some craft glitter.
I used a natural/vegan nail polish, as there are less toxic ingredients in it than in regular nail varnish. Check it out here: Happy Nails Clear Nail Polish.