Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sneak peek into the studio

So, you remember how I told you about having a million ideas I wanted to make happen. Well, here's a sneak peek at one of them.

I've been missing my shop. I really loved the creative side of creating products. Designing, making, dreaming up new photo concepts, photographing, making a lookbook...well, everything really.

Which is why I've decided to release a small accessories line this year, just in time for the holidays. It will include fabric flower brooches in pretty colors made from upcycled fabric, and a selection of clutches from recycled leather and vintage fabrics. All handmade in my little studio space.
The products will be available some time at the end of November. I can only make a limited number of products due to the nature of the materials, so this is going to be a very special limited edition collection.

I'm going to be posting more updates as we get nearer to the launch date, but I'm so excited about this venture. So far, I've loved the process of designing and making these pretty things. I'm equal times inspired and scared right now, but I feel I need to get these babies out of my head and into real products.
I put off doing this for months now, arguing that I was too busy with graduation, and wedding planning, and then my job, and then moving... But, as life has taught me in the last few years, there's never really a perfect time to do things. There's only today. And so I decided that today is as good a day as any to make those little dreams a reality.

Thanks so much for stopping by and stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks!

xo. Hanna

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Felt butterfly brooch

I know some people think that butterflies are kind of cheesy. Things that pink-loving little girls have in their room, but I really can't help but love them. Maybe there's still a pink-loving little girl somewhere inside me. Anyways, when I was dreaming up a new DIY project for MOOD magazine, this butterlfy brooch flew in to my mind.
Now I'm finally able to share this sweet little project with you. These pictures where actually taken back in March which is why they have sort of a wintery feel. But, hey, it's almost winter again, so it doesn't really matter.
 Here's what you need:
  • 10 cm of thick felt in your color of choice
  • Embellishments for the wings (rhinestones, embroidery thread, etc.)
  • Craft wire and two 3mm beads
  • 2 rhinestones: one 3cm-long oval and one 2cm-wide round stone
  • Brooch pin
  • Paper and pencil
  • Scissors
  • Strong adhesive or a glue gun

 Step 1
You can see all the important measurements in the photo above.
First, draft a template for the wings onto paper using the measurements given. Cut the template out and use it to cut out 4 wings.
Second, cut out 1 oval piece of felt with the measurements given. I know the photo shows 2, but I later discovered you only need one.
 Step 2
Time to embellish those wings. As you can see, I used embroidery thread to sew some colorful lines to the outer edge of the wings, and then added some iron-on rhinestones. You can let your imagination run wild and create the butterfly of your dreams here, so get creative!
 Step 3
Cut two 10cm-long strips of craft wire. Put the wire through the small 3mm bead and fold the wire in half. Holding the wire ends in one hand start twisting the bead until you get an evenly and strongly twisted antler/antennae for the butterfly. Repeat with the other strip of wire and bead.
 Step 4
Now you can put it all together. First, glue the antlers to one end of the oval felt piece. Then, start glueing the wings to the backing. Glue the upper wings first, and then add the lower ones so that they overlap the upper wings by about 1-1.5cm.
 Step 5
Once the wings are glued, glue the big rhinestones on top. Let dry before moving on to the next step.
 Step 6
Glue the brooch pin to the back of the butterfly. If you want a completely flat brooch, then you're done. If you'd like a more 3D wings effect, check out the last step.
 Step 7
To add a 3D effect to the wings, bend them and then steam from the backside of the wings with an iron. The wings are easily molded with steam, so you can determine how much you want the wings to stay up.
I love this fun little felt insect. She's cute! I think this would make a great gift for anyone who's into brooches, or insects for that matter. Also, easily customizable with different embellishments and colors. An easy DIY gift idea right there (hmmkhmm, Christmas is really not that far off).

Happy creating!

xo. Hanna

This tutorial first appeared in the April 2014 issue of MOOD magazine. Finished project photos by Rein Saar.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The way things are

Hi, guys! How have you been? I've been absent, I know. I'm currently here in Leverkusen, Germany, cleaning and organizing, just trying to get our apartment to feel more like home. But, to be honest, that's not the only reason I haven't blogged.

You see, I've felt disconnected lately. From the blog. And I've been thinking a lot. I've always tried to be as open and honest with you as possible. I don't just blog because it's fun, I blog to connect with you. To share my thoughts, my inspiration, my creativity. And, I've always loved it. Whenever I've had to take a break and put other things first, I've missed it.

But, for the last few weeks, I've felt disconnected. My life is a constant rush, and it's exhausting. I have my job as a teacher, then my data entry job, then moving stuff, then this blog, a to-do list a mile long, and a million ideas I'd like to make happen. Some days I just feel I can't do it anymore. I've been spreading myself too thin, but for what? And, this is not just a question of my work-load and what I get in return. It's one of those hard life questions I've been faced with lately.
But, let's take a step back for a second. As you might have noticed, I've been experimenting with the idea of monetizing my blog for the last couple of months. Since I don't have a job lined up here in Germany, I've been thinking about turning my blog and Etsy shop into a part-time job. I've dreamed up new products, e-courses and blog series. It looks great... In my head.

But, the truth is, I don't know if I have it in me to make it happen. I don't know if I'm the blogger-for-business type. Or, if I'm the make-stuff-for-living type. And, it would be a huge financial risk for our family. What if I put all our money and time into it and fail?

I'm sure everyone starting out has the same fears, but for me, my past ventures in business have only confirmed these fears. So, should I really be giving this another go?

I'm not saying this to get you to reassure me, or to fish for compliments. It's one of those things that I need to figure out for myself. I just wanted to be honest and speak my mind. Because, I feel that you are a big part of this blog. At the end of the day, you are the reason I blog. As long as you keep coming back, I'll keep posting.

I'm sure I'll figure this out. And, getting this out of my mind and into words is definitely the first step.
I have a question for you as well. What types of posts to you love most on Pearls&Scissors? What would you like to see more of? I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! And, thank you for hanging around! It means so much to me.

xo. Hanna

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