The Hallway Closet and Apartment Updates

Well, hello there. It’s been a while. I’m quite busy at the moment. I’m studying again and trying to get by on a minimal income, it’s a challenge, but also kind of interesting.

Anyway, thought I could pop in and show you my entry. I never posted anything on my finished closet!

Basically, I turned half of the room into a closet with track shelving running all the way up to the ceiling. One wall is shelves and then the other has two hanging racks. I’ve never had this much closet space!

track shelving for closet 1

Additional storage under the shelves where I also keep my laundry basket.

storage laundry basket

The closet has curtain doors that I will have to replace. The fabric is from IKEA, and I’m sorry, but IKEA’s fabric is shit. First of all the thread count is like 2 and it feels really rough. Second, it shrinks when you wash it. A LOT. It also loses its color easily. The only good thing is that it is fairly cheap (but when you you think about it, actually too expensive for the quality). The curtains I made for my closet used to be down to the floor.

drapes

The rest of the apartment is coming along nicely. I even put up some shelves on the walls last week.

ap m1

The art deco chair I bought is almost done. The white cotton fabric I’m currently trying to fit around the seat will be a protective layer under the outer fabric.

ap m2

I bought another Billy bookcase. I would rather have one big sturdy bookcase, though. The Billy’s are a bit too flimsy to hold my heavy art/history/design books. This is about as much I can put in my bookcases without them collapsing :/

ap m3

During my two months away from the blog I’ve actually made a lot of new stuff for my closet. This is a blouse I’m working on. I based it off of the dress Kirsten Dunst wears in Bachelorette. The fabric is from an old dress.

ap m4

Wired Glass Bead Lantern

wired glass bead lantern diy

You guys, this lantern was SO much fun to make! Easy too! I’d say the hardest part was to make holes in the bottom metal plate, but that’s just because my hole puncher sucks. And now it’s ruined because you’re probably not supposed to use it on metal, so be warned. Probably better to drill holes, but who has time for that. Not me.

Anyway, I had all these vintage glass beads that were way too heavy to make into a necklace so I decided to make a lantern of them instead.

Besides the glass beads I also used a aluminium sheet and steel wire. I made sure to use wire that was easy to work with but at the same time could hold up the heavy glass beads. There was be some sharp wire ends to deal with, so a plier was good to have as well.

supplies

I decided to make the lantern big enough to hold these glass cups that I later DIY:ed into candles. I cut out a round metal shape with a scissor.

cut out bottom

Punched holes around the edge.

holes around edge

Secured my first wire in two holes.

first wire

Added glass beads to the wire.

first beads

And started weaving.

more weaving

After the first “layer” was done I didn’t have the bottom plate’s holes to give me directions on where I should add more beads. So, from the second layer I just freestyled everything.

first layer

I really like projects where you can do stuff randomly.

still weaving

No need to follow any directions here.

finishing it

I really like how it turned out!

close up of finished lantern

upside

lantern at night

Knitted Seat Cushion

diy knitted seat cushion

My first DIY for the year is this seat cushion that I made for the stool I have in my entry room. Pretty easy design, think knitted stockinette stitch scarf made into a tube, stuffed with a inner cushion and then rolled into a round shape and sewed together.

To the left is the inner cushion, to the right, the knitted outer layer.

inner cushion knitted outer

I fastened the cushion to the seat by adding these braided ties to the cushion.

braided ties

Will be back in some days with a proper DIY!

Berry Explosion Polymer Clay Necklace

polymer clay berry tutorial

raspberry cloudberry blackberry necklace

I feel like I’ve mentioned this a million times already, but some years ago I ran a Etsy shop where I sold polymer clay jewelry. I got bored with it after a while and when sales declined I decided to quit. But now I am slowly getting back to making things with clay. It’s so much more fun when you can do things because you WANT to, not just because you HAVE to.

clay colors for necklace

My absolute favourite thing to make with clay are all sorts of berries and fruit. For his necklace I decided to go with raspberries, cloudberries and blackberries.

This is how I make berries.

For the raspberries I used a fuchsia pink, some red, white and translucent (not necessary) fimo clay.

fimo clay

The raspberry consists of a sort of cone shaped base and lots of smaller clay balls. Don’t make them all the same size, and it’s not necessary for them to be even either. When I made food miniatures with clay I found that making stuff just a little wonky and uneven made things look more natural!

polymer clay raspberry tutorial 1

I always start to build the raspberry from the bottom and then circling the base, adding the balls all the way to the top.

polymer clay raspberry tutorial 2

The leaves can be a little tricky to add, but by using a needle and taking things slow it works!

For one raspberry I make five little leaf shapes. Then I add them to the top of my raspberry. Using a needle I add details to make them look more real.

polymer clay raspberry leaves tutorial

I also add a small stem to the top.

stem raspberry

Next to the stem I push down a small eyepin to make a charm. The eyepin will not hold if you just push it in a leave it like that. There are two options to make sure it doesn’t fall out:

Take it out after you’ve baked the charm and glue it back on.

Or, like I do with mine, take some clay on a needle and smear it on in the centre of the eyepin (the area the arrow points to in the photo below). This technique holds up REALLY well.

clay on pin

When the charms have all been baked I like to put on some varnish. Note that varnish made for polymer clay is a must! Nail polish and regular varnish will react weird with the clay!

varnish

polymer clay necklace diy

diy fimo clay necklace tutorial