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Holy crap guys, I haven’t posted anything this entire semester! Second year is busy!

I’m going to recap it once the semester ends and I get a bit of time. I have stuff to share! Mostly machine knitting swatches and stuff from the beautiful paper folding class we have, which I’m completely in love with. I promise to come back and share everything. If you feel like it you can catch up with me on the 365 blog, which I still upload photos to daily (well, almost daily..), it’s mostly homework and school photos I end up taking at 23:59 at home these days.

Also, the Etsy shop is doing well!

I’ve had quite a few sales already in the past few months since I opened. I love it, it makes me happy to share geeky love. I just hope I don’t get too swamped with schoolwork to be able to maintain it, I might have to take a break for a few weeks soon. And I plan to restock during break and possibly add some designs. If you have any geeky quote ideas to embroider gimme a shout :)

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Picture Heavy Weekend: Skirt Sewing and yummy food making!

A short time after she got back from her honeymoon, Daphna and I got together for a well-planned-ahead weekend of crafting and fooding. She’s recently received an awesome gift for her wedding – a shiny new sewing machine, and ever since I got her hooked on Pinterest we’ve both been drooling over glorious recipes we want to try. And so I drove up to her boyfriend husband’s and hers lovely apartment in Jerusalem for 3 packed days.

On the menu:

Four onions quiche (In Hebrew, sorry. Google Translate is your somewhat illiterate friend)

– Amazing Tabouli salad (Daphna’s family’s recipe. Gotta ask her for that one)

Giant chocolate chip cookie baked in a skillet for dessert

Lemon Ricotta pancakes with black currant sauce for saturday morning breakfast (We couldn’t find blueberries, so – black currants.)

We started Friday morning with fabric shopping downtown and brunch in this cafe:

Jerusalem brunch Tmol Shilshom

Then we went to the market to buy groceries for all the upcoming cooking. It’s crazy busy on Fridays but I got a few good shots (Not around any of the veggies or greens we bought because then we were busy trying to purchase, but of market noms that were everywhere):

Jerusalem market food

When we got home we rested a bit and then started preparing dinner.

Four onions quiche Bazek Alim

The quiche was awesome and the salad was just so so good. I cannot explain to you how good the salad was for me, who usually doesn’t like too much green stuff. It was just light and lemony and yum, and it offset the heaviness of everything else and made us feel less guilty about all the butter.

Tabouli Salad

We’ve been fantasizing about the giant chocolate chip cookie all week, and it was amazing. We “accidentally” used too much chocolate and it was melty and crazy and so good with ice cream. We broke down after about a third of it.

Chocolate chip chunks cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

After all this we just had to crash on the sofa for a while, look at beautiful wedding photos (ahem) and watch my favorite brothers living Tuesday over and over:

Supernatural Winchesters

(isn’t Daphna’s apartment lovely? look! mini succulents!)

On Saturday morning we made this, and it was as yummy as it looks:

Ricotta lemon black currant pancakes

And then after all the food it was time to get to work!

Sewing machine

We made skirts! We used this tutorial from iCandy Handmade, which adapts MADE‘s tutorial for jersey fabric. Still, the fabric was sort of medium weight and we ended up with a larger opening than we wanted because of its weight, so we shaved off a few inches more from the waistband and gathered the skirt. I really like how it turned out!

Jersey circle skirts sewing

The new sewing machine was lovely and I’m sure Daphna’s going to make beautiful things with it. It was so different from mine – my grandma’s old Singer from the 70’s. The weekend got me itching to go back to sewing so I pulled it out and started working on a blouse using the awesome fabric I got in Jerusalem. It will be ready soon and I’ll be able to show it off here :)

So that was that, it was amazing and fun and a bit tiring. Many thanks to Daphna and Yuval for hosting and keeping me around for so long and putting up with the mess :D It was a great way to celebrate the end of summer break! and we’ll definitely have to do this again, there are many more outrageously fattening recipes on Pinterest.

Daphna’s Wedding Shawl

knitting wedding shawl

I promised photos and here they are! The beautiful bride (I feel like a proud momma) and the white shawl I knit for her wedding day. One of my favorite knitting projects ever, probably. The knitting was fun by itself (I love lace!) but gifting it for Daphna’s special occasion was the best part.

knitting wedding shawl

The pattern is the Swallowtail Lace Shawl (it’s free!), knit in fingering with 4mm needles.

DIY pearl bobby pins

Pearl Bobby Pins DIY ~ Upon The Waves

I love this Chanel inspired DIY! I’ve seen this done around the web, with pearl beads and wires, and I believe I’ve found an even faster and easier way. Seriously, this takes 30 seconds to make. A minute and 30 seconds, if you count the time it takes the glue gun to warm up.

You just need flatback half pearl embellishments, found in every craft store, bobby pins and a hot glue gun.

pearl bobby pins DIY ~ Upon The Waves

I discovered there’s an age-old debate on the internet regarding which side of the bobby pin faces down – the wavy one or the flat. I had the glue gun in hand when I paused, “wait a minute, which side faces outward?”. I tested both options on myself and came to the conclusion I wear them with the flat side facing down, and so I glued the pearl on the wavy side. I don’t want to tell you how to wear your bobby pins, that’s between you and your head (ha!), and apparently there are pros and cons for each method (I know, right?) so it’s up to you. Just grab your half pearl, and glue it to the edge of the pin with a drop of hot glue at its base. Let it dry and that’s it! So simple yet so beautiful and elegant.

DIY Pearl Bobby Pins ~ Upon The Waves

I also made some golden ones! I bought a gold nail polish and got a bit excited so I used it to color a few pearls, once I was done with this nails experiment with gold and mint:

Mint and Gold nail polish ~ Upon The Waves

Now that the shop stuff is all done and ready, I’m beginning to get my crafting groove back. I hope to accomplish a few more ideas before the new school year begins and I’ll only be posting about classes again. Watch this space and feel free to follow me on Pinterest or sign up for blog updates via email! All the links are down here at the bottom of the page.

Have a lovely day!

Summer crafting

A quick recap of July-August for you: fresh off the exams and final projects at the end of my first year at school, I finished the last exam mid July and drove straight to work at my summer job. Around that time I also moved out of my apartment and back to my parents home. For a while I was just working during the day and couch-potato-ing in the evenings, feeling exhausted and weary of the mess that was my room (having filled it with boxes and bags of apartment things after the move).

The change was abrupt and suddenly I wasn’t making anything, homework or otherwise, and it really got me down. So I started clearing out my room, bit by bit, and set up a proper work area. And now I’m back at it, crafting, for fun and not for school even! Atleast till the new school year begins and I go back to being a full time design student.

The first project of the summer was one I’m most proud of. I made a wedding shawl for my friend Daphna, and got to see her walk down the aisle and stand under the chuppah wearing it. Not only was it fun to make, it was meaningful and personal and I can’t wait to see the professional photographer’s photos so I can show off my beautiful friend and the knitted creation. It’s a triangular white lace shawl and it’s lovely, if I may say so myself. Quality pics to come, but in the meanwhile, here’s the one I took with my phone, you can barely see some lace peeking there.

The second thing is also exciting news. I picked up embroidery again and I’m planning on opening an Etsy shop soon. It’s going to be an embroidery hoops wall art sort of thing of a shop and I’ve already started making them. It’s great fun, I can’t wait to get it up and open and share it with you. I have a few things to get done first and then I’ll announce the grand opening.

See you soon, with pictures of stuff next time, and hopefully shop news!

What I did on break

A few weeks back, before the new Oh-My-God-Hectic semester began, I had a week and a bit to rest, completely free and with no chores, and I did a bit of crafting just for fun. You already saw the nightstand makeover, but I didn’t get half a breath to show you I also picked up cross stitching!

rose cross stitch

I never tried it before, but I figured it must be pretty easy to learn and I stumbled upon this chart which is lovely. It was easy but it took *forever*, just this small hoop. I measured it in Supernatural episodes, at that time I also discovered Supernatural and watched marathons of the show all night and day. So I know it took long because it took me a full season to finish the rose.

And then boredom led me to polka-dot my nails with the head of a pin:

polkadot nails

Fun times were had!

Nightstand Makeover: Fabric Decoupage

I’ve got a full week of total freedom, since the last exam finished and till the new semester begins. It took me a few days of staring at the wall, watching Doctor Who and eating cookies to get back into crafty DIY mode. The apartment has seen no improvements since school began so now it’s time to prettify it a little.

First stop: this piece of salvaged furniture a neighbor threw out, which I’ve been using as a nightstand.

nightstand makeover before_1

There wasn’t much to do with the sunken top, but a few drops of carpenters glue helped strengthen the corners.

And then – the make over. All it took was paint (left over from a school assignment – yay for fully exploiting existing resources!), Mod Podge (Gloss-Lustre) and cotton fabric for the drawers.

nightstand make over after_1

This was the first time I did decoupage with fabric and I used many tips from this tutorial from Lolie’s Abode.

The steps for decoupage were as follows:

1. I traced around the drawer tops and cut the fabric with a few cm extra on every side. I made sure the placement was alright for the three drawers.

2. I found it especially helpful to spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the cut fabric and letting it dry before gluing it to the drawers. The Mod Podge stiffens the fabric and makes it easier to work with. I also made sure I chose a thick non-transparent fabric to begin with so I wouldn’t have issues with the wood showing beneath it. It didn’t bubble at all which was a relief. On the contrary, the Mod Podge made all the creases and lines disappear and I didn’t have to feel guilty about not ironing the fabric first.

3. I used Mod Podge to glue the fabric onto the top of the drawer first and let it dry, then cut around the excess fabric to leave only a thin border, just enough to go over the edges.

4. I glued around the corners and the back one side after the other, folding the corners as neatly as possible. As a first project, I would recommend you don’t do as I did, and pick a rectangular surface with straight lines. The curved part of the drawer was tricky. I let go of any hope of the fabric looking nice and neat on the inside. I clipped the fabric so it would stretch better, and used my fingers a lot to pull and stretch it over the curve. I think all in all I did nicely but it was the trickiest part of an otherwise easy project.

5. I spread another layer of Mod Podge over the fabric front and edges (over the corner folds especially) to seal it. As I said my fabric didn’t bubble at all so I didn’t need any extra layers to smooth it out and once was enough. I also didn’t sand it afterwards. I’m very pleased with the finish. I think the fabric choice is crucial here so if you use a sturdy cotton fabric you’d be okay.

I only wish I’d dealt with the sunken top but otherwise I’m very happy. It was a poorly built little piece of furniture to begin with, one of those things people throw out and you just collect for your student apartment, but now it’s brighter and happier and it’s something I made, so I’m very fond of it.

I hope to get some more DIY done before the end of the week. And next week – new semester, new classes! I’m excited. Mostly because we’re going to have an embroidery class and I’m very much into embroidery and already have all the materials and tools. So watch this space for more school madness. Remember to sign up for updates via email or RSS down here at the bottom of the page or follow me on Pinterest!

2012

2012 was awesome and some big stuff happened in it. Mainly getting accepted and starting Textile Design studies, plus moving to a new apartment. But also this:

2012 sum up collage

I managed to do quite a lot! I baked loads, mainly for my co-workers (I think I made at least 5 different kinds of cupcakes from Martha Stewart’s Cupcake book this year, which they bought me), I knit only a little bit, and I got into a general crafting spirit: I finally got the sewing machine out and learnt how to sew, and I dabbled in quilling, jewelry making, embroidery, various home DIY’s, drawing, painting and shoes-glitterifying.

It was all really really fun. Daring to try new things when I  had a random idea or saw something cool on the internet brought more and more ideas, and gave me courage and confidence in applying for school and thinking I can actually do it and fit in. These days I’ve got almost zero time to craft as a hobby, but new crafts and ideas arise from homework which is just as exciting.

Here’s hoping 2013 will be just as filled with creation joy, with hopefully a bit of time to do it just for fun.

Have a great 2013 and thank you for reading!

Noga

P.S – I’ve decided to do the 365 Project this year. I’ll be posting my daily photos on a separate blog – 365 Waves, do come over and check it out! If you’re doing the project this year or have done it in the past, I’d love to see your photos and hear your tips! I’m worried about forgetting or skipping days and will do better knowing it’s a group effort :)

Embellishing Ikea: DIY with Washi Tape

My mom and I made two trips to Ikea within a week a while back, working quickly to fill gaps in my new apartment before school began. While I love Ikea’s prices and that crisp clean minimalist look of their basics, my head was already full of ideas (and pin-board full of pins) for making the furniture we buy my own. I started reading up on how to paint laminate furniture but it’s a bit of a fuss and I’ve never done furniture painting in my life, so that’s a job for another day when life isn’t so hectic.

And then I came across a box of washi tape in my local art supplies store.

It was addiction love at first sight.

I decided to give my brand new Lack table a facelift. I used four washi tape rolls, two of every kind. Actually, I first bought only one of every kind, as photographed, but then I ran out towards the end… Don’t be me, buy more than you think you’ll need!

I taped long strips in alternating color, and used that long black strip of paper you see there as a guide for the spaces.

Clear tape at the underside keeps the ends from unsticking (the glue on the lighter tape is pretty weak).

I was thinking of coating the table, but I like the fact that I can change my mind and just take the strips off and replace them if I want to. So far it’s holding up very well. Believe it or not, I removed a few wine stains with a wet washcloth and they left not one mark.

That’s it! super easy, mega fun. I really recommend taping random things with washi and If you do, please show me. I need more washi ideas. And more washi tape!

So that’s the craft I’ve been working on, it took time with the beginning of school interrupting there in the middle. I have a few more Ikea ideas so if you’re into that sort of thing feel free to sign up via email or follow me on Pinterest to keep tabs, the links are here at the bottom of the page. It might take me a bit more time between posts now but I promise to keep it up, I’m loving this blog thing way too much to quit it.

Have a great week!

Mission Accomplished

It’s taken me a while to post again since I’m moving (yay!). I haven’t had much time for doing anything, but I hope to get some home-crafting/room-prettifying done before school begins. I don’t have a lot of time, but I have a lot of ideas and an abundance of pins on my Pinterest inspiration board..

what I have achieved, though, is this:

Ta-Da!

Let me remind you how it looked before:

This is what I did instead of packing, while telling myself it is sort of like a form of packing, and that I want everything to be beautifully organized like this in the new place.

I wound all 300~ skeins (is it still skeins when it’s not yarn?) of floss by hand onto these bobbins, while marking color numbers both on the bobbins and on a printed DMC catalog. I used this chart to match Anchor floss with DMC shades.

It’s beautiful. I could just sit and look at it for hours on end. I’m oh so very grateful to Heather for sending me this joy.

I think you can expect a lot of embroidery in the future. But for now.. back to packing.