Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Woodland earrings

This spring I bought earrings in this Etsy store. They are so wonderful and I so like them that I decided to share them with you! These earrings with leaves seem almost real and fit well with my summer boho outfits:

They are still in shop so you can buy them

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

leather key fobs

Today I present you 3 new leather key fobs:



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Crochet gift bags

For those of you who are already thinking about Christmas gifts, I prepared a surprise - three crochet gift bags of various sizes.
The first is for small gift - you can put there a small box or bottle of oil essence or nail polish. The second gift is bigger - suitable for a bigger box or a jar with a cream, balm. The third is for high bottles of parfume or cream or gift boxes.

 For those of you who know how to crochet, I made a pattern for all three bags. They are not difficult to make.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Cream flower earrings

These earrings I created before from cream leather and dark red leather. But then these colors of leather finished and I can't make them again although it was popular model. 
This september one girl wrote for me asking to make this model for her from cream metallic leather with red beads. I always satisfy customers desire so I created these earrings. Bur the result was so cute that I created other pair for sell :

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Interview with Irina & Eugenie Muminova

Today I'm happy to present you talented artists Irina & Eugenie Muminova. They have shop on Etsy called Mulberry Whisper. I'm fascinated with this shop, these patterns, these fabrics carry me away! I will necessary order some tunic for next summer! 

… Who needs a bed that cannot be used for sleeping, or a tea cup you cannot drink from? Who wants a dress that does not let you walk, or sit, or get out of a car? 
I believe that design should be functional. As a designer, I strive to serve the customers before serving my own ambitions and expressing myself. Rather, I combine the two purposes, but put customers first. I do not want them to be a walking advertisement for me at the cost of their comfort. Clothing should be comfortable and flattering; normally, it should not make the wearer look weird or funny. It should underline the person’s beauty, character and individuality. And I believe that every woman has the right to be and feel beautiful; it is not necessary to have model parameters to be attractive and self-confident. Beauty is not measured in inches. 

In my view, there are three main factors that should be taken into account when designing clothing: i) who are the customers; ii) what is the purpose of this clothing – for instance, where they will wear it to; and iii) what materials will be the best choice for these people and purposes. 
Materials are important. Noble fabrics stay noble after many years. Your grandmother’s silk dress, worn out and faded, is still beautiful, unlike an old plastic bag. That is why I always prefer working with natural fibres: they are alive; they have history and are always beautiful. 

For instance, I admire traditional Uzbek silk ikat fabrics; it is a great pleasure for me to design modern clothing from them. These silks serve as a medium to bring ancient traditions and skills into the modern world. Wearing a blouse made from hand woven silk with ethnic Uzbek patterns is a sheer pleasure. It is like carrying a piece of ancient culture of Central Asia with you, close to your skin. And it is a very pleasant sensation, for Uzbek silks are lovely to the touch. Linen and cotton are noble and beautiful, too, as are wool and cashmere. 

…Where to buy? Are brands important? 
In my opinion, a woman who has a character, history and individuality, does not necessarily have to buy brand name clothing only, based on current trends and advertisement. She can build her wardrobe to express herself without help from a stylist, combining brand name, no-name and handmade pieces as she likes. She can afford being different and stand out. As a rule, teenagers are more prone to follow the trends, but this is only normal for youth. They are searching for their image, looking at role models, trying and testing, before becoming more independent. It is very interesting to work with them, too, watching them choose and learn how to dress themselves. 

…Classics or avant garde? That depends on the personal taste, of course. I usually prefer classic designs, possibly with a modern edge, but not something which is so trendy today that it will become obsolete and ridiculous tomorrow. A simple item, such as a jacket by Armani or a dress by Chanel, remains relevant for many years to come. Like Parthenon or Aphrodite, I might say, only in fashion. 

Modern fashion is very diverse and provides lots of choices. Everyone can select clothing perfectly in line with her or his individual preferences. You just need to get the feeling for what you need and what makes you feel beautiful and confident. I wish you best of luck in this very exciting endeavour. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I'm a featured artist

I'm so excited to write that I was featured on the one wonderful site : I't so nice site and has articles about many interesting artists, some of which are my friends )

This is article about Yelena Turetsky Merener - she make wonderful jewelry.
And this is article about Irina & Eugenie Muminova of Mulberry Whisper. They are living in Uzbekistan, country which I always dream to visit! They create amazing handmade clothing, pillow covers and accessories made of natural silk and cotton fabrics with ikat pattern.

Pattern for crochet shorts

Finally I found a time to make pattern for crochet shorts which all you liek so much! So sexy and comfortable! Wear them with swimsuit on the beach and you will have a lot of compliments!
It's already in my Etsy shop
Please note, you are not purchasing the actual item, it is a pdf pattern!
Pattern Skill Level: Experienced
Size 6-8 (XS-S), 10-12 (M-L)
The pattern is written in english using US crochet terms. The pattern includes schemes and explanations.


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