Shabby chic: My un-boho half. The video (above) on Studio 5 is about creating your own shabby nest for home spring decor. Aqua hues & shabby colors all come together to turn items like chicken wire and ribbon into the cutest of table accessories.
Matchboxes and tins can get a shabby, imperfect update. These lovely designs (above & below) are by: tinkeredtreasures on Etsy.
This is a cute mason jar update idea by theglitzypear.blogspot.com: Upcycling vintage music sheets, a mason jar, and paper & fabric scraps.
Mason jars can be upcycled into so many things… including this lovely Mason Jar Sewing Kit from Anthropologie:
- Glass, metal, wood, cotton, polyfill, felt”
I’m back from an Anthropologie adventure. I just visited their genuinely genius “lobster clasp” charms collection, which they are offering as stand-alone jewelry items to please the DIY crowd.
I’m in the middle of finishing a few pieces for a local bazaar, and I couldn’t be more pleased with such a pleasing jewelry idea (I know, pleasing redundancy, hehe).
So basically, you can turn anything into a charm!
Nothing can defeat a boho soul like a dash of shabby chic. I love bohemian, colorful, and sometimes earth-toned decor. I love busy Moroccan, Saharan, folk, ethnic, and nomadic motifs. But nothing can defeat my boho soul like a shabby-chic, white, tired, rustic, and worn-out piece of decor, like this birdie cage.
I’ve been looking up ways to upgrade my jewelry packaging and branding ways, and although most of my jewelry is boho, the labels I am working out for them are so-going the romantic, shabby-chic way. Until I saw this picture, I was all composed and ready to modify my ways, but I am all done now. Shabby-chic wins over boho - for tags and packaging.
I will need a long time to get over these and regain my boho ways. SIGH.
Romantic-vintage is also very hard to get over. Who can resist tags like these? Not me!
And of course, all of this can snowball into a romantic kind of packaging, like this one here.
I learnt to follow my heart in everything I do. If my jewelery turned out boho, it’s because I followed my heart - after many attempts to be someone else with my designs. My mom saw my first batch of handmade jewelry and told me: “don’t try to please anyone, make jewelery that you like.” And I did. Thanks mom!
If those tags want to be shabby, then I’m all for it :-)
I leave you with more shabby-chic, romantic-chic, vintage-chic, & retro packaging ideas…
(Via Eat Drink Chic)
(via Nostalgia on Etsy)
(via Nostalgia’s website)
(via Kenzo Crafts)
( via Folksy)
Handmade, vintage, boho, necklace from the Levant. The center glass piece spells: Allah. It sits on a handmade crochet flower, with vintage beads that used to be part of an old pair of earrings. A golden vintage clip-on earring, snuggles nicely below the blue glass focal piece.
In Ottoman times, wearing the name ‘Allah’ was for protection and remembrance of the love of God. This necklace has something holy about it, it needs to be treated with utmost respect.
Original work and photo by Karboojeh Jewelry
Vintage meets Rustic basket. Beautiful baskets make a difference. Storing bottles, makeup, and even boho jewelry and accessories, can become less messy if they are put in the right container. And not any container; a see-through basket made of lovely chicken-wire.
I made this chicken-wire basket using easy steps (but gotta admit the wire did poke me a couple of times - so gotta be careful).
~ Chicken wire
~ Wire-cutter, or strong scissors
~ Cardboard (to be tucked underneath the burlap bottom for more security.
(Both photos of bottles-in-chicken-wire-basket are originally by Karboojeh Jewelry)
- Cut the chicken-wire sheet into, say, 30x50cm (or whatever can become a tube shape, wide enough or narrow enough for your needs).
- Run a twine thread through the two flaps of the tube to secure it, use pliers to tweak loose wire endings onto themselves (which is a bit pokey, so wear garden gloves). You can later on cover up the area where the flap meet with burlap-over-cardboard so the wire thongs won’t poke you every time you’re around the basket :)
- For the bottom, fold the tube onto itself to create a closed bottom; use free-soul common-sense to secure the bottom by applying some wire-and-plier action.
- Cut a piece of cardboard and another one of burlap to be placed at the bottom of the basket, by tracing the bottom from the outside. Tuck them in one after the other.
- Rope is more of decorative than anything else if you’re going to use thise basket for heavy things. But if you want to ‘hang’ it, it can very snugly carry your ribbons, head-bands, combs, and feathers.
You’re done. I’m not into step-by-step tutorials because I think each one of us has a different skill-level (and patience), so I guess you need to go boho on this one and experiment a bit to make your own design.
P.S. You can add flowers, decorations, or whatever you like, to
the exterior part of the basket to make it your own.
A few blogs have really tripled my blogging-experience lately, providing me with a lot of inspiration, and filling my days with a great sense of enjoyment.
In this post, I will start with my latest find on the blogosphere: Once Upon a Tea Time.
(This is where the blogger behind Once Upon a Tea Time writes her posts. Pic via)
The lady behind this blog (as I have understood) is of Indian roots. I believe her exposure to many cultures (having lived in different spots on the map), as well as her cultivated personal taste (and talent), are reason why her blog is truly one-of-a-kind.
(via Once Upon a Tea Time/’ouatt’, via Marie Claire Maison Italia)
Her appreciation - and connection - with the infinitely-rich Indian heritage can also be another reason why her blog stands out both aesthetically, as well as in terms of penmanship.
(This West Elm Jute Rug is via ‘ouatt’ - via West Elm)
Once Upon a Tea Time is a pleasant experience, and a great resource for beautiful homes, brands, and visual stories. In there, there is a story and an album full of really inspiring pictures, which makes it the best blog I’ve ever been to since I started my beautiful-things surfing journey.
My ‘beautiful-things journey’ started almost a year ago after I had decided to end a 14-year career in media and communication. I started experimenting with jewelry instead. And, I’ve never been happier. On the blogosphere, I was part of another realm, a realm of analytical, serious, stressful news. Today I swim in a new current, in a new part of my life, surroundings, as well as the blogosphere - where beauty reigns supreme, and I am grateful for that.
(via ‘ouatt’ via artist Rachana Saurabh blog)
I am grateful for getting a second chance at life, where I can look for, discover, experience, and enjoy new things, and build a new aesthetic and life-concept around me based on the appreciation of beauty, inside-out.
What a neat and fashionable way to tuck in a belt!
A nice double-take on belt-plus-scarf ‘belting’.
Nice way of handling a thick leather belt. And why not have the buckle sideways?
I think this one and the one below are the same. But it’s nice to see it on two different belt types. Gives a better visual.
I’m really lovin’ the braided belt.
Tucking it from the right (her right).
Pictures in order of appearance are via: