Goodbye 2017, you weren’t perfect but I was able to reach my goal of going to Japan! I visited Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.
I was often times overwhelmed and overstimulated but I can’t wait to go back. People keep asking me what my next travel adventure will be (To be honest, I’m just trying to save money this year) but I can’t stop thinking about Japan! Maybe I’ll go again!
I took this picture of my boyfriend awhile back, and always had this running idea to make him into a Van Gogh. His beard was perfect for the curvey texture of Portrait of a Postman. I did this in Adobe Illustrator. I wish I had more time to work on it and add even more layers of brush work, but alas I just have too many projects on my list! I’m really happy with how well this turned out though, considering I spent about 4 hours on it.
When I was in middle school, I downloaded a cracked file of photoshop and got really into making “vector” portraits. It was a thing I did because I joined a lot of message boards online (this sounds so nerdy) but it really reminded me of doing a lot of those back then. I still follow a ton of people that had online websites and did graphics and vectors. Some are incredible designers/artists now, (though I don’t think they remember me).
I saw these gorgeous Vanessa Mooney Tassel earrings on Nasty Gal and decided to make my own. The original cost $45, versus $3 for floss and earring hooks I had on hand.
I’ve been making a bunch of patches as I’ve been inspired by a lot of bomber jackets with embroidery and sassy logos, they are really fun to make, and the possibilities are endless.
Long time no see, blog! It is summer time though, so that means I should get to crafting. Summer tends to lead me to DIYs and designing! I’ve had a long slump, but I went on a europe trip for 2 weeks! It was inspiring! I stepped into this amazing leather bag store in Rome called Il Gancio. They had an array of handmade leather bags. I deeply regret not buying one at the time… but I was packing light! Ahh!
Working on a bag! Live in action!
What is cooler then seeing how it is made? Design school allowed me to take tours of injection molding, vaccuform, and cnc factories. It always makes me question the manufacturing processes behind objects. Recently, I decided to create a visual database of the bag making process. (I cannot take credit for the images, I just sorted them together) I absolutely adore all of the details in the process, it is amazing to see flat objects become shaped into interesting three-dimensional forms. You can view it at bagprocess.tumblr.com
By no means am I a watch person. I hate wearing bracelets and watches because I have large wrists so they look too small on me, or don’t fit me at all. So surprisingly I have been looking at a lot of cool watches online, namely Cold Picnic watches. I loved the natural veg tan leather. I personally love the way veg tan looks before it gets worn out. I like the new look, but I love that it transforms in color as you use it. I love the feeling of worn in leather, it is one of those materials that ages well, it has the same experience of a soft vintage t-shirt.
I wanted a small dainty watch, and found a vintage timex off of etsy. It arrived in great condition , only needing a new battery and a cleaning. I decided to take a few pictures of my DIY to help you walk through it. Another DIY watch strap idea is available on design*sponge if my directions are terrible
For this DIY you will need:
A watch face, and old straps (or strap hardware and a strap pattern)
Mini Binder clips
Exacto Knife with extra blades
Glue (E-6000 is my preference, super glue did not hold up)
Leather of your choice. Make sure it is thin enough to go through the watch face.
My watch was vintage and so I had to clean the watch face. Pro Tip: Use toothpaste. It can be used to clean rusty jewelry or any other spot things off of metal.
After that, take apart the old watch straps and created my own pattern. Measure the width and cut a strap for that length. Because my wrist was so big, I knew I was going to add a few inches to the straps. Trace the pattern of the old straps to match how you want the watch to fit. (If the length of your strap is longer, trace the end of the strap at the end, so that it tapers properly)
Essentially, just follow the pattern of the old watch strap. I made a slot for the buckle, and clamped down two tiny straps. You will have to “skieve” bits of leather to make sure everything fits. You can youtube how to skieve leather, but the idea is to thin the leather. I did this by taking an exacto knife blade and running it through the leather. You will make a mess! I did.
After skieving the leather on the parts I wanted to glue, I put a bit of glue down. I took an extra piece of leather and clamped the binder clips in the middle of the strap. The scrap of leather (or anything you have) just helps the binder clip from imprinting on the top of your strap. To make the holes for the buckle, I used a size 18 machine needle and pushed it through a few times to make a few holes. I also put the buckle through the holes just to make sure they would work out.
After that, your watch is ready! Mine is almost ready, I just need a battery! (I hope I can get one at walmart tomorrow!) Now I have no excuse to be late.
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