Recycling Old Book Pages. “Learn how to create a piece of stunning, inspirational wall art using simple art supplies,” Potter Barn.

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Video Tutorial | Use a stamp, ink, an old book page, artist’s tape, and a frame to create an organic-looking wall art piece, with a deliberate salvaged, industrial-vintage look

(Source: potterybarn.com)

British cottage charm. A place to relax with a cup of tea
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Source: King John’s Hunting Lodge Tea Room by tonyg5003 on Flickr.

British cottage charm. A place to relax with a cup of tea

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Source: King John’s Hunting Lodge Tea Room by tonyg5003 on Flickr.

(via vintagerosegarden)

Shabby chic: Crafts & decor for spring

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.

Source: etsy.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

Matchboxes and tins can get a shabby, imperfect update. These lovely designs (above & below) are by: tinkeredtreasures on Etsy.

Source: etsy.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

This is a cute mason jar update idea by theglitzypear.blogspot.com: Upcycling vintage music sheets, a mason jar, and paper & fabric scraps.

(Source: karboojeh.wordpress.com)

Inspiration: 21 DIY Mason Jar Crafts

21 DIY Mason Jar Ideas

Mason jars can be upcycled into so many things… including this lovely Mason Jar Sewing Kit from Anthropologie:

" DETAILS:

A handmade pincushion lid tops off everything you need to stitch and mend. Includes two spools of thread, thimble, safety pins, needle threader, straight pins, measuring tape, four sewing needles and scissors.
  • Glass, metal, wood, cotton, polyfill, felt”

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Mason Jars are so versatile.

Jewelry Charms: Lobster clasp takes the lead

Source: anthropologie.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

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!

Bohemian Surrender: When romantic shabby-chic wins over

Romantic bird cage

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.

Romantic 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.

Source: stipje.blogspot.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

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Romantic-vintage is also very hard to get over. Who can resist tags like these? Not me!

Source: Uploaded by user via Karboojeh on Pinterest

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And of course, all of this can snowball into a romantic kind of packaging, like this one here.

Source: google.co.uk via Karboojeh on Pinterest

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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…

Floral tags

(Via Eat Drink Chic)

Nostalgia

(Nostalgia Organics on etsy. Pics above & below via the the Dieline - via Eat Drink Chic)

Nostalgia

Nostalgia

(via Nostalgia on Etsy)

NOSTALGIA - Lavender Flowers Hand Crème

(via Nostalgia’s website)

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Guft Tag

(via Kenzo Crafts)

Gift Tags

( via Folksy)

Vintage Necklace from the Levant: When global vintage meets my heritage

Vintage Levant: Karboojeh Vintage Necklace with handmade Crochet and vintage beads - By Karboojeh Jewelry

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.

Vintage Levant: Karboojeh Vintage Necklace with handmade Crochet and vintage beads - By Karboojeh Jewelry

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.

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Original work and photo by Karboojeh Jewelry

(Source: karboojeh)


Handmade clutch with a vintage key as clasp. I just came across this beautiful clutch, handmade by Urban Heirlooms.

I can’t but admire the genius idea of reusing, re-purposing, and bringing back to life a collection of vintage keys that they use in all their accessories (bags, key-chains, necklaces).

Urban Heirlooms

Handmade clutch with a vintage key as clasp. I just came across this beautiful clutch, handmade by Urban Heirlooms.

Urban Heirlooms

I can’t but admire the genius idea of reusing, re-purposing, and bringing back to life a collection of vintage keys that they use in all their accessories (bags, key-chains, necklaces).

Urban Heirlooms

Urban Heirlooms

Vintage DIY: Rustic bottles wrapped in chicken wire

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).

Ingredients:

~ Chicken wire

~ Burlap

~ Rope

~ Pliers

~ 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)

Method:

  • 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.

(via Maize Hutton)
I recently started an inspiration board on craftgawker.  It is very relaxing to spend hours sifting through really nice pictures  and adding them to my ‘favorites’. This vintage keys pic is from a  lovely blog with lots of cool ideas, called Maize Hutton.
Visit my inspiration collection here.

(via Maize Hutton)

I recently started an inspiration board on craftgawker. It is very relaxing to spend hours sifting through really nice pictures and adding them to my ‘favorites’. This vintage keys pic is from a lovely blog with lots of cool ideas, called Maize Hutton.

Visit my inspiration collection here.

Maximum inspiration: ‘Once Upon a Tea Time’

Once Upon a Tea Time

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.

Once Upon a Tea Time's office

(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.

Marie Claire Maison Italia

(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.

West Elm Jute Rug on OUATT

(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.

Elle Interior Sweden

(via ‘ouatt’ via Elle Interior Sweden via Style Files)

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.

Rachana Saurabh art

(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.

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Ciao

Karboojeh

By Way of The Belt

Belt from Friend in Fashion Blog

What a neat and fashionable way to tuck in a belt!

'Ruche' via Once Upon a Tea Time blog

A nice double-take on belt-plus-scarf ‘belting’.

via Modern Hepburn

Nice way of handling a thick leather belt. And why not have the buckle sideways?

via I heart It

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.

Via Pinterest

I’m really lovin’ the braided belt.

Via Pinterest

Tucking it from the right (her right).

Pictures in order of appearance are via:

  1. Friend in Fashion
  2. 'Vintage + Boho-Chic = Ruche' via Once Upon a Tea Time blog
  3. Via Modern Hepburn
  4. Via I Heart It
  5. Via Pinterest
  6. Via Pinterest 2
Vintage silk scarves into bed cover. What a great DIY idea! The pattern combination of the scarves makes them look a bit tribal, leaning on being bohemian, and most importantly, stylish. This is a great idea for people who appreciate Anthroplogie bedroom designs.
I reblogged this from craft-a-noon.
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Update: I just found out this scarf bed cover is made by Lindsay Brown and Sarah Gee at Ouno Design.

Vintage silk scarves into bed cover. What a great DIY idea! The pattern combination of the scarves makes them look a bit tribal, leaning on being bohemian, and most importantly, stylish. This is a great idea for people who appreciate Anthroplogie bedroom designs.

I reblogged this from craft-a-noon.

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Update: I just found out this scarf bed cover is made by Lindsay Brown and Sarah Gee at Ouno Design.