Saturday, March 21, 2015

//Water Color Perfumes//

I have been painting water color perfumes these days. To me, this activity is very addictive - especially my health condition is not allowing me to do any strenuous activity right now and I must keep my heart rate does not go above 140/150. This is not good because even when I do an activity around the house like doing laundry, make up the bed, going up and down the steps in the house - the defibrillator can go off easily which happened to me a couple of times in the last couple of months or so. For you whom are not familiar with this device which the Dr. planted on my chest - when it goes off it was like you were electrocuted with a high voltage electric in your chest for a second. It is not fun. As a result of this I had a small procedure done a few days a go called 'ablation'. It was a simple procedure but now I must rest for about two weeks. And this water color painting activity is perfect for my health condition right now.

I don't know why but I really love painting using water color medium - especially on a pretty perfume images. I am imagining the water color perfume will be perfect on a vanity a long with other pretty make up items for a display. Also they are pretty to hang on a wall as a group. 

As you can see I have painted a few of Shalimars, Chanels, Chloes and I am in the middle of a commission work for a Dior "Diorissimo. "Thank you for the order Ine - I think you will like it!" Ine is one of my good friend from back when we were living in Jakarta, Indonesia. But now she lives all over the globe; Italy, Bali and Australia. I know she is a very lucky girl.

The vanity I picked up and bought from Craiglists. Although it looks beat up and old I see there is a huge  potential on this vanity when I am done  repaint them this spring/summer. I can't wait to get my hands dirty on this vanity real quick to make it pretty. So far it does the job greatly as it has two deep drawers in the bottom where I can put bigger cosmetic stuff. And  above it - it has two smaller drawers. So it is practical and functional.

So let's take a look the water color perfume images I created so far. Let me warn you that there will be tons of images as I can not decide which goes on the post as they are all pretty.

From the bottom of my heart thank you for looking!

Once again - thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

//Baby Matthew//

Baby Matthew was only 11 days when I photographed him.  And he is looking so adorable, don't you think!

I always enjoy photograph a newborn. I found photograph a newborn a little challenging. There are  many aspects required when photograph a newborn. The baby must be very comfortable in his or her new environment. And this comes with many requirements. If you start embarking on a journey of taking picture of a newborn, please arm yourself by searching the 'how tos' on the internet or youtube. There are tons of lessons over there. Taking picture of a newborn is not like taking picture of children, teenagers, seniors, couple or family. There are many rules and tricks you need to know. And props are as important. 

 This is the third time I photographed a newborn. Although I have little experiences and facing some challenges I am eager to learn more. And I am still looking for the perfect poses. All and all I am very happy with the session with baby Matthew.

Each session boost my confidence more and each session I learned a great lesson. So I am very hopeful the next newborn photo session will be the perfect one.

I am very happy with the baby outfit props all DIY by me. Tutorial, here.

Thank you so much for looking!

Newborn Props //Pants & Beanie - DIY//

These newborn photo props are so easy to make. Here I created out of my own old sweaters. You can buy them inexpensively at a thrift store. Just be sure that they are clean and soft. They are so adorable and cute for a new born to wear for a photo session. Let me remind you that this is addictive - you will want to create these again and again. And oh, when you are done just hand stitch a velvet heart shape on to the front side of the beanie. If it is for a newborn girl then you might want to put a flower on the beanie.

For the beanie.

For the pants.

Happy sewing Everyone!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Casual Boho Look //Ripped Denim Shorts + A Make Over White Shirt//

I am not usually put a fashion post on my blog. Well, occasionally I do. Although in my heart I very much love fashion my taste in fashion somewhat changed after I hospitalized for 2 months almost 10 years a go this coming June 2015.  Since then my life took a turn on me. I was lucky to be alive. And I am very grateful for it. My number one priority now is to taking care of my health.

Eating healthy and to stay slim as I am getting older is very important to me. Beside taking care of myself, to keep busy and creative are as important. Only recently I feel confidence to be photographed like these again.

Hence my husband told me that I should blog about my DIY fashion since I love to re -create a  pair of blue jeans or a shirt I bought from a thrift stores.Or anything I create related to fashion. This has becoming a hobby.  And he told me that I should be honest about of who I am that I am not trying to be a young girl who look effortless pretty in anything. I am doing it because I need to celebrate and share of how I overcome a deadly disease and 10 years later I still look the same as if nothing had happened to me.

I must be honest that this takes a lot of work. I eat moderately and most of the time when at home I eat healthy food. I exercise at home everyday for the past 5 years. Since I can not do a hard exercise I am only doing a soft exercise. Except when I am traveling. I make sure that I get 8 to 9 hours  sleep everynight. And as mentioned earlier I feel the need to be creative; to create something or to challenge myself in doing something that makes happy somehow makes me healthier. I am a curious person so I always like to challenge myself to do something I never done before. My everyday life is pretty constant. It is almost the same everyday but it always been the happy one. Thanks to my husband Steven who is very kind and understand of who I am and what I need. I truly realize I am very lucky to have him as my husband.

What I like about this look is that very casual and  feminine.  In my mind it related to nature like the Gypsy people who practically lives out door most of the time. May be that is why it has the 'free' feel to it that associated with the saying  'free spirit'. To wear this look you can start with a stack of colorful beaded or strand of bracelets. Also similar style for the necklace. The current style to wear this look is to wear with denim short or jeans, or a white cotton mini shift dress. Wearing it with a floppy hat or a flower crown creates a modern edgy bohemian feminine look. I also love to wear this look to go on a vacation to an island or a beach. A white dress or a long dress are always soothing to wear in the tropical climate and by the beach. But it is much more fun to wear some colorful accessories too, like beaded bracelets or a flower crown. Now each time Steven and I go for a vacation to an exotic island or a beach I always look at my pinterest board just to get an inspiration on what to wear. (here and here).

So here I am wearing a ripped denim short and a make over white cotton shirt bought from Goodwill {tutorial below} and a colorful mix and match bracelets with my DIY beaded tassel bracelets and a DIY necklace, here. (I did not have a step by step on how to do these bracelets and necklace because I did not take any picture when created them.) To finish the look I added by wearing a crochet lace boot socks (tutorial below) under the vintage boots. The crochet trimming on the top part of the socks complete the bohemian look with a modern twist to it.


Cotton white shirt make over.

Goodwill is a good place to find a shirt if you are going to do a make over. The cost is only USD 3.99 each so if you made a mistake it wont be so bad. Get the one that 2 size larger than your size because to get the look you need a loose type of shirt then you can embellish it with a diy belt from the same material or you can make a dress from one large shirt. It is entirely up to you. Here I found the perfect shirt and it is an XL size while I am wearing medium and sometime Small. What I did was I cut the sleeves off along the stitching line. So it became a sleeveless summer white shirt. Then I cut the trimming at the end of both sleeves. I used it to tie the top part of the shoulder just to add a style of playful and youthful looking.

Crochet lace boot socks (DIY)

I am using a pants socks bought from Wallmart. They are USD 2.99 per pair. The crochet lace trimmings bought from Jo Ann fabrics. It is USd 3.99 per yard. You only need 1 yard. And get the widest width  you can get. Mine is 3" to 3-1/2" width

You need an elastic thread to sew this by hand. Start stitch a basting stitch attaching the trimming just an inch below the top of the socks. Remember the sock has to be stretched when wearing it so you have to gather the trimmings while stitching it.You can use your left thumb while stitching to move extra trimmings before stitching it each time. Other wise the socks will not pull  all the way up and stop around the ankle. Note; my boots just between the knee and ankle so these socks are perfect for it. Depend on the type of boots you then need to determine the type of size of socks you need for your boots. You can use any type of socks for this project.

~A straw hat from Nordstrom Rack~
~Ripped denim short from Goodwill~
~Hobo bag from TJ Maxx, old~
~Vintage western boots, old~


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Beaded Tassel Necklace and Bracelets {All DIY}

I created these necklaces and bracelets a while a go. But the more I own them the more I like them. It was inspired by Anthropologie. It started out with the tassel necklace on the right. The white vintage  beaded strand necklace bought from Ebay. I just added the tassels on the necklace. I recently wore them in Puerto Rico and I got so many compliments on the necklace. Then I created the bracelets. 

The embroidery thread strand necklaces are also fun. You can create them here. These necklaces and bracelets are so much fun to wear during summer and around the beach area.

Thank you so much for looking!


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Various Ways to Arrange & Decorate Cut Fresh Flowers

Not only that cut fresh flowers creates a pretty room but it also can send a signal of  a happy feeling to a person that happened to be in that room. I always love a fresh flowers in any room in our home. The more is the better.

So when my husband Steven brought me some fresh cut roses on  Valentine day I was very happy to have received it. At first I put them all in one vase. Since roses can last a long time after a few days it started to open up a little. They became very beautiful and big. But I got bored with the same spot being decorated by the roses. So I took out the vintage gold rim goblet and glasses that I bought from a thrift stores and decided to create a small group of roses decorating. I always love scouring a thrift store looking for an interesting stuff to collect like glasses or goblets to use for something in the future. So these gold rim glasses and goblets came in handy.

I took and cut the roses' stems to fit in the glasses and goblet. Then I grouped them together with the DIY sculptured pear that I spray painted with gold (here) with a vintage gold frame with the decorative pieces that I created a long time a go (here). One thing one must remember is that when decorating with group of fresh flowers try to group decorative pieces with the same theme like color or material. If you are going to use a white ceramic vases as a group of flowers then it is best to put together with a black or white frame art works. 

Grouping flowers in a small vases also can be pretty to decorate a coffee table as center piece. Here I combined the group with the gold sculptured pear and the golden star fish. Grouping different pieces and shape became a conversation elements all together. Again look for the same element within each piece that will tie them together. 

I then took some of the flowers from the original bouquet to decorate another room. Here a single stem can be pretty to decorate more than one small vases grouped together on the coffee table.

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