One of my dear and old friends has gotten married recently and besides the gift I wanted to give her, I offered to create something special for the ceremony.
So the tradition is to give some sort of souvenir to all participants so that they can remember your wedding. A few months ago I talked to the future bride and after an hour, we almost decided not to make anything. We concluded that besides your family and maybe very, very close friends, nobody keeps the souvenirs they receive at someone else’s wedding.
But after years of ceremonies with souvenirs we couldn’t help but consider a wedding without them, some sort of bad luck. The brainstorm began and the final idea was to give them candy, but in a more fancy way.
So this how the Chinese boxes were born. All 186 of them. The color of the box was picked by the bride to match her dress tone and the red paper inside was chosen to match the color of the ballroom (they had a huge red chandelier). The wax seal I used was also red to complete the look of the box and the two hearts were just perfect for the event.
Yes, as I wrote in the title I used a syrup bottle from IKEA :). I think it was cranberry flavored. I really liked the bottle and I wanted to keep it, but not in a functional way but rather in a decorative one.
First, I tried removing the labels but apparently IKEA doesn’t want you to do that because after five different methods I was only able to remove the paper but not the glue. It looked awful and I had to find a solution – wrap it with string. I bought a nice dark grey string with just a bit of colored thread in it.
My vision of using curly willow branches is never ending and this project is no exception. I bought a turquoise spray so I can color more and easy. As you can see, I was so psyched about it that I even colored some sand I found (FYI, I learned this is not the way to obtain colored sand).
It seemed it was missing something, so I added some origami cherry blossoms, made from patterned paper. For filling, I used 3 types of sand (white, black and handmade turquoise).
Customize ALL the things! This seems to be the rule by which we live our life lately. Joking aside, a while ago, when it was too cold to even dare to think about leaving the house without a pair of boots or wellies, I found this awesome R29 DIY tutorial here. As I was previously drooling over the real deal Missoni for Target shoes but knew that I could never get my hands on one pair I knew I had to try this DIY project.
If you want and have the patience to make your own pair everything is explained step by step on Refinery 29’s website so there would be no use for me to waste any more words.
All that I will say is that you’ll need a pair of simple, white canvas trainers and some textile markers. I found my pair of shoes in New Look and they were a bargain. Sadly, I can’t find them on their website, maybe they are sold out. Anyway, you can find something similar in H&M, like these babies over here. I actually didn’t use textile markers as I couldn’t be bothered with going out and buying some, so I used Sharpies instead.
Now, all I have to do is put some shoelaces on them, take them out for a spin ’round town and pray that it won’t rain. If it will rain I’ll make sure to tell you all about how I ruined them.
What to do when you have a whole bunch of t-shirts that you never get to wear? Give them away? Put them all on in order to keep you warm? Nope. Transforming them is the answer.
So, I found myself with a few t-shirts with cute or funny designs, but otherwise quite plain and rather boyish. The idea of customizing them had been haunting me for quite a while but I didn’t figure out exactly what to do until one sleepless night. I grabbed my good old friends: a pair of scissors, a needle and some thread and I added a little magic in the form of ribbons and chains.
Seriously now, I cut off the sleeves, the collar and a deep V in the back and after a little measuring I sewed the ribbon and the chain and got what you see in the pictures. Geeky t-shirts with a feminine touch.
The wonderful t-shirts had been bought from threadless.com, and while we’re at it, here you can get a glimpse of how they used to look before: black one and white one.