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DIY clay bee pin

DIY clay bee pin | Kittenhood

This childish project is a remake of something I made when I first discovered polymer clay, back in 2009. I didn’t realize the powers of the internet back then, so I would just make what I thought would be nice. In a way, it was more “pure” that way, because I wasn’t influenced or inspired by any other people who worked with clay. For a spring fair back then, I made a few of these bees,  and I still remember them dearly. So I decided to give it another shot and show you the how-to, especially since spring is (hopefully) on its way:

DIY clay bee pin | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • small piece of yellow and black clay
  • see-through ribbon, lace or tulle
  • brooch base
  • strong glue
  • cutter
  • toothpick
  • scissors

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How to:

Roll your yellow and black clay in two tubes of the same thickness. Slice each one with the cutter. Combine the slices black + yellow + black + yellow and so on, until you reach the desired length. Roll it a bit, so that the different colored slices stick together. Make a round slice atone end, for the head.

Next, pass a toothpick through the body of the bee, towards the upper side. Bake it according to the instructions on the package.

When the clay is baked and cooled, take out the toothpick and use it to insert the fabric wings. Trim the excess.

Finally, glue the brooch base on the back of your bird, and wear it to welcome spring!

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Just a little crush: Monling Lee

Monling Lee | Kittenhood

As soon as I first saw this Instagram account, at literally first glance, I clicked follow. It’s so unique and well put together, it has concept and it’s a visual treat. Monling Lee’s staples are color block and layers, but not the regular kind. Her #colorindex series on Instagram started out with her exploring her own wardrobe in terms of color, using a color-reference book called Color Index. She reproduced combinations from the book with clothes she owned. Right now, her outfits are in perfect tune with the backgrounds where she photographs them, which makes for a really exciting series. Read more about her journey in this Refinery29 interview.

Monling Lee Color Index | Kittenhood

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Weekend marvels: 6/2014

Weekend marvels | Kittenhood

Play: Ever now and then, I remember  I Blame Coco.

Watch: Are you guys watching Shameless? I’m so excited about this fourth season and I love Emmy Rossum.

Wear: Would you wear this watermelon tank? You can decide if my design stays or goes on Threadless.

Eat: I made this banana French toast this week, and it turned out pretty good. That is, if you’re into greasy comfort food, and I know you are.

Make: KraftMade is a very interesting project put together by a handful of creatives and artisans, meant to integrate Romanian heritage into everyday life. The objects they make are pure beauty.

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Put some color on: Sylvie Vartan, 1960s

Sylvie Vartan is a French ye-ye singer of Bulgarian origin, famous in the 1960s. Her style from that age is everything I like to wear now, including peter pan collars, sailor dresses, cropped pants and low heels. I admit I haven’t listened to her music yet, but all the fun pics I found online make me really want to.

Put some color on: Sylvie Vartan, 1960s | Kittenhood

Photo source | Pants – Madewell | Top – Vanessa Bruno | Shoes – Roger Vivier

 

 

 

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Shop handmade: the birds and the bees

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1. Bee ukulele by The Ukulele Workshop. The prettiest ukulele in the world is yellow and painted with bees.

2. Bird pin by Dinabiju Shop. A plain, black brooch like this would look so pretty at the collar of a shirt!

3. Stacking ring by Spiffing Jewelry. A lovely mix of metals, this ring was made for being stacked. With bird rings, perhaps?

4. Bee bracelet by Frosted Willow. A thin bee bangle like this one makes you think of spring over and over.

5. Bird hair day print by Monica Gifford. If you’re having a bird hair day, just glance at this print on your wall. Case solved.

6. Honeycomb ring by Silver Blueberry. This is so chic, I don’t even know what to say.

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My outfit: the red dress

 Red + gray winter outfit | Kittenhood

Dress – c/o Front Row Shop | Cardigan – United Colors of Benetton (thrifted) | Shoes – BBup

Sometime between Christmas and New Year, I realized I don’t have enough red in my wardrobe. I don’t know why – I love this color, and always found red accents to be flattering on everyone. But the truth is, I find it a little hard to pair. I can’t wear all red, because it’s too much; with black it looks too contrasting and not my kind of sexy; with green it’s too Christmas-y. But then this dress came, and I remembered by trusted friend: gray. To me, red and gray are the perfect combination of gloomy and cheerful, muted and bold. And so I wore it from head to toe. P.S. Pockets!

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Dress me in: Kelly Love, AW13

Kelly Love, AW13 Lookbook | Kittenhood

“A wooden door in Paris. Painted duck egg blue with a fine brass knocker. It used to be grand. Used to be the house on the street that wanderers would marvel at and bohemian folk would flock to for tea and parties. Now it is faded with a nostalgic air of tragedy and loss. But the air of beauty has never left…..” The Kelly Love fall-winter 2013 collection revolves around calla lilies, orchids, sweet peas and poppies, and it’s called Flowers & Grandeur. It combines the delicacy of silk dresses with the rough coziness of wool fabrics. The colors are rich and beautiful, and just look at those low heel loafers (upper right picture)!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Card

Valentine's Day Card | Kittenhood

I think we can agree spooning is one of the nicest and most intimate things a couple can do. So when the folks from BuzzFeed asked me to do a Valentine’s Day card, I decided spooning was the way to go. Also, puns were in order, cause they seem to never be out of style. This is how the easy spoon Valentine was born and btw, check out the whole post on BuzzFeed, cause there are 39 other cool ideas you can try.

Supplies for V-Day Card | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • free printable (download here and here)
  • small plastic spoon
  • pink/red nail polish
  • glue
  • scissors

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How to:

Start by painting the front of your spoon with a coat of nail polish. Once that’s completely dry, apply another coat and let that one dry too.

In the meantime, print out your favorite template (each one makes two cards). Fold it in half. Glue the spoon in place and you’re done! Fill out the card with even more sweet messages for your loved one.

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Just a little crush: Xu a

Just a little crush: Xu a

As expected from a website in Chinese, I don’t know much about this stylish girl, Xu a. I found her profile on Ibaifang, and decided she was just my type of dresser. Feminine, cute, retro, with a sleek bob and cat tights. Add different hats, collars and layers, and you’ve got a real crush! The language barrier is a bit of a disappointment – sometimes not even Google Translate can help – as I wish I knew more about her. But hey, it’s the outfits that matter in this case, right?

 Just a little crush: Xu a

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Weekend marvels: 5/2014

Weekend marvels | Kittenhood

Play: I’d be surprised if you didn’t find a topic you love on QuizUp! My favorites right now are Twin Peaks, Spelling and Name the Celebrity (sorry about the last one).

Wear: This cool girl I know, Aitch, managed to get her design produced on Threadless! And it’s awesome.

Watch: You should see American Hustle, even if only for the unrecognizable actors.

Eat: Anything homemade, really. This video might convince you why you should do so.

Make: Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, so how about a sweet plush to go with it? It even has a shadow that works as a blanket!