Here are some of the things that where keeping me away from my blog. I am proud to say that my jewelry shop is getting better and better each day, people started to buy my creations and it makes me happy. :)Some of the pictures are personal orders and some are made for the shop. And here is the kitten!!! (she's a girl, but it's too late now to change her name,so she goes by Kitten or Tiny) And as you can see,Tiny loves shoes... And last but not least here is Mr.Móric helping Joci in the kitchen. :) I am way behind on blogging, so the posts are going to be full of pictures so I can catch up and show you all the new stuff. I'll make a more personal post tomorrow, I myself have made some changes in my life too. Also, I would like to post a tutorial so if there is something you would like to see please tell me in a comment or send it to me on violettarakic at gmail dot com.
I snapped some quick pictures of baby Carlos so I could show you his cute little face. I know I'm not supposed to name him,since when he's old enough I have to find him a new loving home,but I kind of hope this won't happen after all. Look at these tiny claws! Back to mommy. Tiny Carlos needs a lot of attention,since Lilly gave birth to 3 babies first,but two of them didn't survive the first night...They where too weak,and Lilly has no experience since she these are her first babies. But I am keeping an eye on them,making sure both of them are happy and healthy.
Although my birthday didn't turn out the way I planned,I got some beautiful treasures that are now close to my heart. We went to a fair the other day where I spotted this unique handmade bag.A lady was selling them with some other hand weaved items. I know (and made) bags like this before,but the fabric and the buttons where so perfect that Joci got it for me. Yes,he is awesome. I also got the tiny white elephant there too. The bangle is from my very good friend from childhood. I think the colors are perfect. The crochet earrings are from my best friend Anna. I am in love with it and wore them almost every day since she gave them to me. Some more pictures of the details I love. The strap of the bag is amazing! It is three strips of fabric weaved together and sewed over with a machine so it would stay flat. I'm sure I will use this on my future bag projects,because it's simply brilliant. The last picture is of the white elephant who joined the others. There is a guy who makes pottery and showes up at almost every fair that I go. He makes these little elephants and paints them in many colors. I made a little tradition,that every time I see him selling somewhere,I get an elephant in different color. And now something completly different! My Tiny Lilly had her babies yesterday!!!! She is now the proud mommy of two little one day old kittens. :) I can't show you pictures yet,I don't want to disturb the little family. Tomorrow Mr.Móric is going to see the little ones for the first time. I hope they wsill get along well,we are keeping them seperated for safety for now. The babies are perfect! One of them is light grey with white parts and the other one is dark grey and black. Kind of like a wild cat. Off I go,I have lots of things planned for today. I want to sew two skirts and upcycle a dress,so wish me luck!
I miss my blog. But that's what I get when I plan too much for one summer. The chaos started when we left for a festival in the mountains (Joci's band had a gig there) We had a great time as always.It is a great place to go back to every year. Nature itself is worth the long ride. When we got home I started work the next day. Exhausting,hard work on the fields. Since I need the money for camp and all the other trips I planned I worked a lot and didn't have any free time left. After working for two weeks I had a 4 day long vacation that ended by me getting even more tired. We made 3O pairs of wet felted earrings with Anna and attempted to sell them at the Exit Festival for those 4 days. Well lets just say it didn't go as well as we suspected. Festival people where more in to buying beer, hamburgers and plastic crap then handmade jewelry. We made some money, but I need a few more craft fairs until all the earrings are gone to a new home. I'll get a better picture of the earrings. After that I had my birthday party wich was fine except that my borther got hit by a car (luckily he's doing just fine,not even a scratch) So that ruined the day,but when my friends came over and we had a few drinks the day got better. :) (especially after I opened one of my presents and saw my new elephant) After my birthday party I started working on the fields again,I got such a nice tan,it's really weird on me. :) Today we are having a barbeque with some friends,since we missed out on a festival because of work. Then I have one more week of work wich will be totally worth it,since next weekend felting camp is starting!! :) I'm teaching the kids felting again,only this year we added one afternoon of basic crocheting and a few embroidery lessons too. This way the kids can crochet the straps for their felted bags and they can embroider the designs on there own. I can't wait. :) I leave you with a picture of the 3 cuties at Joci's place. (We are expecting Tiny Lilly's babies any day now) So,this was the story of my chaotic summer so far. And this was only one month!
The other day I broke one of my favorite large hoop earrings and just because I hate throwing stuff out I figured a way to turn them in to a pair of new and even better earrings. And I took pictures so I can show you! :) Things you will need: -a pair of hoop earring or two wire bangles (if you don't have these at hand,you can always use some thick wire) -wire cutters -thin wire in colors of choice -earring hooks Let's get started! Step1 Bend the earrings (or wire) to the shape you want. I used a parfume bottle to get the shape.You can leave it the way it is too. :) Step2 Get your thin jewelry wire and wrap the earrings with it. You don't want to leave this step out,this will keep the thin wire from slipping around on your earrings. Step3 Make a loop for the earring hooks. Step4 Start wrapping the colored wire on the earrings. Step5 When you are done with one color,be sure to wrap the wire many times to secure it. Step6 Add colors as you go. I used light purple,purple and dark blue wire. Step7 Add the earring hooks to the loop you made on the beggining and you are done! :) You made something awesome from something plain and boring.Enjoy!
The other day we did some wool dying with Anna. We are going to make some wet felted earrings to sell on this years Exit Festival and since I only have natural sheep wool at home,we needed some colors. We used simple fabric dye for coloring the wool. The trick is,you need to add a table spoon of salt to the water before adding the wool. We cooked every color for about 25 minutes and left the wool soaking in the jars for a whole night. This is what the colors looked like after cooking. Now,here is another trick I am going to tell you. After we left the wool soaking the hole night,we washed every color in cold water in wich we added a cup of vinegar. The vinegar helps preserve the bright colors and they won't wash or fade out from our future projects. After washing the wool with clear,cold water again I left them out to dry on the sun. You always need your freshly dyed wool to dry completly before using it for any project. We used up some older dyed wool to make a few tiny balls wich we will turn in to earrings later. Here is a before and after picture of the wool. I did some wet felting the other weekend,the result is two bags,a wallet and a cell phone pouch. These will also be on sale at the Exit Festival. I promise to show more detailed pictures in my next post.I'm going to work on my crochet bag now.