Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SOS Decoration: Tape your Christmas Tree

All images from this pinterest board
In need of a Christmas tree but no space to bring a real tree inside? Jap, that's also my problem. The solution is quite simple - scout pinterest for a while and tape a tree with washi tape. You may find washi tape here or here to purchase online. 

images from here and here

Love, Lela

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Leather Diamonds: Awesome Tutorial by Anmagritt.no

This is awesome! And I bet it's pretty simple to make aswell. To find out how to craft one of these fine leather diamond necklaces yourself, head over to anmagritt.no to find the how-to. I will definitely try this and make some earrings with her tutorial.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Ferm Living: New Collection

all products by Ferm Living

Ferm Living has its new collection out in the stores. And they picked up the marble trend beautifully! Marble bedding, marble napkins, marble pillows, marble everything... Seems like the copper-hype-days are coming to an end. 


Monday, October 21, 2013

Go with the Trend: Midi Skirts

via C&C

Midi skirts are all the range right now. I don't have one yet but I guess I'll give the one above a try. Beautiful right?
Head over to Cotton&Curls to find out how to make this stunning midi skirt yourself.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Project: a DIY Key Chain Tassle

The DIY this week is a big key chain that makes finding your key in your bag so much easier. Because of the specific feel of the leather tassles you'll find your key easily by just rummaging around in your bag until it falls into your hand. Tried and tested by me, really works perfectly. I've supplied various friends with the tassle key chain now and they all say the same.

What you'll need:
  • Piece of leather (fake or real)
  • little golden nails
  • a glue gun or any other strong glue
  • golden spray paint (optional)
  • nailpolish (optional)

First, cut your piece of leather into a 10 cm by 30 cm rectangle.

 Since my fake leather didn't have a nice back, I spraypainted it first white, then golden to make it prettier. You can skip this step if you wish or use any other color (neon would also work great).

After your spraypaint has dried, mark your rectangle with a line at 3 cm (see picture above). The cut your tassles in evenly strips until you have a 3 cm wide strip to role it up an 7 cm long tassles. 

 Cut a pice of leather thats 1 cm wide and 9 cm long. Fold it in half and glue together the  tip of the strip (the bottom 3 cm that will be hidden inside your tassle). Place the strip on your leather rectangle and glue it to the very edge like in the picture above.

The next thing you do is glueing your 3 cm wide section of your rectangle and start rolling it up until you reach the end of your rectangle. Place a rubber band around your tassle and let dry for a few hours. 

 To embellish your tassle, push four golden nails in along the seam.

If your wish, finish the edge on top with some nailpolish as shown in the picture above.

Let dry and enjoy your brand new key chain tassle!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quick Fix: Neon Star Sweatshirt

Today I'd like to show you how I turned a plain grey sweatshirt into a trendy piece with just a little sewing.

What you need:
  • Sweatshirt (similiar to this)
  • Neon thread ( I used this one)
  • Thick cotton fabric
  • Paper and pen

Draw a star on a piece of paper and cut it out. Place it on your piece of cotton and trace it with your pen. Cut out the star and leave about 1 cm around the edges for seam allowance. Hem the edges of the star if you wish with a zigzag stitch.

Place your cotton star on the left (inside) of your sweatshirt and secure it with a couple of pins. Thread your neon thread into your sewing machine. Then trace the star which your marked with your pen on the cotton in a zigzag stitch. 

To make the neon a little more prominent, I also traced the outline of the collar with the neon thread.

Now you try it! Only takes about half an hour and instantly makes your sweater a lot more fun. It would of course also work with a heart, lightning, diamond shape or anything you wish that has easy lines to trace with your sewing machine.

Happy DIYing!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Buy or DIY: Bead and Floss Bracelet by Vivien Frank

Jewelry is a great thing. It changes your outfit from blah to wow and is one of my favorite things to buy. But sometimes you see something, or at least I do, and I think, I could totally make this myself. This so happened with the Vivien Frank bracelet I spotted at Blissany. The bracelet is a delicate combination of tiny golden beads and blue thread. And it only took me about 10 minutes to make it myself. Here is the how to....

What you need:
  • Blue sewing thread (the Vivien Frank bracelet is silk thread, but any other works just as fine)
  • Crimp beads
  • Needle
I used 1.10 metres of thread. Double the string and thread it throuch your needle. Thread as many crimp beads as you wish and crimp two beads at either end of the thread and the two beads at either end of your row of beads. Knot your bracelet like you see in the picture below, knotting only one piece of the thread around the other piece, giving you the opportunity to move your knot to open or close the bracelet. 

Aaaaaaand done....


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Finds of the Week: Anthro Tablewear

One of my favorite pastimes is browsing through what's new at Anthropologie. Right now they have this colorful tablewear that would give my kitchen an instant mediterranean feel. But since I'm going for a more black and white style now, I'm suggesting one of you has to adopt these and give them a loving home.


My kind of DIY: Trivet by Weekday Carnival

image by Weekday Carnival
Found this awesome, awesome DIY on the blog Weekday Carnival yesterday. This one's for all those fellow copper obsessed design maniacs out there. Head over to her post to find out how to do it yourself.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Tick tock: Kitchen clock

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To complete the little make over of my kitchen I'm looking for a new clock to hang on the wall. Here is a selection with possible options. Not quite sure yet if I wanna hang a more classical one or a clock with a special twist.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Logo Study: Finding the Right One

Companies without a logo are no real companies, right?! My company is tiny mini small consisting only of my Etsy Shop and this blog but I've been nevertheless trying to find a logo to print on business cards or to use in headers for invoices or my shop. Since my head was all emptied out of any ideas I asked my dad while we were on vacation if he could sketch around a bit with the initials of Lela Schön and try to find a logo. He came up with the ideas you see above and I quite like it, love it even. Now I just gotta try to reproduce one of them with Adobe Illustrator and I got a logo, yeay!


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Washi in Your Kitchen: Fancy Up Your Cupboard

I had a strong focus on making my kitchen more inviting and cozy so I came up with a couple of DIYs. The one I’d like to show you today is super simple and only takes a couple of minutes and two supplies: washi tape and scissors. I was in luck that the width of my shelves was just the same as the width of the tape. Therefore all I did was taping the edges of all shelves inside my kitchen cupboards with the dotted washi tape. It’s a very simple DIY that you only discover once you open the cupboards. 

Now, go tape your shelves!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Easy DIY: Update dressers with colorful knobs

An easy way to update dressers or make fancy jewelry racks are colorful and fun shaped furniture knobs. Here in Berlin you may find a great selection on fleamarkets or home decoration stores such as Zara Home. I've updated two dressers already with colorful knobs I found for 2€ piece on the fleamarket. Just keep your eyes open and collect all sorts of knobs to create projects like the ones below. 
Also the internet is always a great source for all kinds of odds you might be looking for- therefore it comes to no suprise that I found a beautiful collection of knobs in the ArtAndMore onlineshop (as shown in the image above).

image via Home edit

Top image via LoveThisPic, bottom image via Home Edit

Friday, July 12, 2013

Next Project: Copper Pipe Lamps

Isn't it awesome? I came across this lamp on Pinterest and instantly fell in love with it. It's made by Claire from the blog camillastyles.com. It adds a bit of industrial style to a room and features the trend color of this season: copper. I'm working on another home project right now but as soon as it's finished, this will be next.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Change of Color: Polish Your Jewelry

An easy and cheap way to update jewelry is using nailpolish. I have an almost embarrassing amount of nailpolishes in my bathroom (in my defense, I share the collection with my roommate) and therefore it's not hard to find the right color if I want my earrings mint instead of silver. 

If you got any kind of necklace, earring or cocktail ring you like the shape of but not so much the color anymore, voila, nailpolish will be your best friend and helper. Above and beyond I've included a couple of pictures of three up my most recent nailpolish updates. 

And now: Happy color changing!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Human Empire: An Online Shop You Gotta See!


Just popping in to present you an awesome onlineshop I've stumpled upon today. The Human Empire Shop carries clothes, stationary and living accessories of the greatest sort. I'm especially in love will all the awesome city posters and their stationary selection. Go check it out here.

all images via Human Empire


Saturday, June 8, 2013

And Now We All Say: Welllllllllcome, Summer!

all images via Welsey Bird
What better way to welcome warmer days than with a few colorful palm tree prints like these by Wesley Bird. Alright, ain't got palm trees in Germany but that doesn't mean we can't put some up on our walls, right?

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