Sunday, December 30, 2012

Last minute New Year's Eve party ideas and free printables

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New Year's bunding by The pretty blog

 Are you organizing a last minute party at home for New Year's Eve? Here are the best free printables and ideas from the web to transform the house and put your guests in the right mood to celebrate. Create a dancable playlist, press play and let the fun party begin!
Happy New Year!

Invitate pure gli amici per una festa in casa per l'ultimo dell'anno. Voi pensate al cibo, tanto ci pensa il web a creare l'atmosfera giusta. Scaricate i template gratuiti e vestite la casa a festa! L'ultimo tocco sarà la giusta playlist che inviterà tutti a ballare. Buon anno a tutti voi!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!




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pic via Mini Moments

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you're having fun during the holiday break.
In this special day I just want to say thank you for reading this blog and for coming back every day. Even if this is just a web page I see it more like a  room full of people who share advices and inspiration on their passion for fashion and all things crafty. I wish a fab 2013 to each of you!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last minute DIY gifts ready in time for Christmas

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Just two days to Christmas. While I'm writing a lot of people are queueing in shops to buy Christmas gifts. Christmas seems so far away until is over us. We all all busy people and we didn't have time to shop.   All we can do now is run from a shop to another to buy last minute gifts for everyone, right?  No, we don't have to! We can rely on our DIY skills to make anyone happy for Christmas. Here's a list of DIY gift ideas you can make in time for Christmas. What about supplies? Most of these DIY projects can be done with what you have at home,  fabric scraps or recycled materials. Do you have a plastic bottle at home? You can make a beautiful Marni for H&M inspired necklace, with short trims you'll DIY macramé bracelets or you can make a bag out of a top. With two days you can make gifts for everyone, you can even beat Santa Claus factory...

Ora che siete in fila in profumeria cercando di pagare i regali di Natale state pensando a come può essere successo anche quest'anno: due giorni a Natale e nessun regalo pronto. Certo, a giudicare dalla fila, non siete la sola. Natale sembrava così lontano ed ora non c'è più tempo. Niente panico. I regali dell'ultimo minuto si possono fare in casa. Ecco una lista di regali fai-da-te che saranno pronti in tempo per Natale. Sono idee regalo veloci da realizzare anche con quello che avete in casa. Avete una bottiglia di plastica? Allora potete realizzare una bellissima collana stile Marni per H&M. Con un top potrete realizzare una borsa o una collana con dei ritagli di stoffa. Con due giorni di tempo preparerete regali per tutti!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Recycle&Reuse: old Christmas ornament refashion

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Maybe you bought new ornaments and you don't like old ones anymore but please wait before tossing them away. Your old Christmas decorations can get a new look with white glue, glitters and some beads. After the DIY  trasformation they'll look better than new ones. For the makeover I got inspiration from Fabergé eggs, the famous, unique jeweled russian eggs.


8 Free printable gift tags

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Adorable printable gift tags by Orange you Lucky. I like her illustrations, they are all so cute!

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Elfie gift tags by  All Sort

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Free printable gift tags by Lovely Design

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Feather Gift tags by Love VS Design

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Ugly sweater gift tag by Love VS Design
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Vintage Christmas cards via Hubpages
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3d balls gift tags tutorial by I heart2stamp

A creative gift wrapping will surprise your friends but don't forget to add a written note with your own greetings.
Cute, formal, vintage, pick your favorite gift tags, click on the link and print them, they're free.


Un pacchetto ben confezionato non può dirsi completo senza un biglietto con i vostri auguri. Scegliete il biglietto che preferite, cliccate sul link corrispondente e premete stampa, sono gratuiti!

Friday, December 21, 2012

7 Holiday make up ideas inspired by the runways

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Fendi fall 2012 pic via Pinterest (couln't find the original source)
Metallic has been so popular this year, match your gold nails with a gold foil make up

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Black & Gold pic via Nastya Beauty

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Dior fall 2012 pic via Fady kataya
With crystals

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Anna Sui fall 2012 pic via Style Bistro

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Grunge appeal pic via Paper blog
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Blue and Glitters vis Ashley Holmes
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Chanel fall 2012 pic via The Trend Report
Glitter eyebrows


Finish your party look with a unique make up inspired by fall runways.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Find the right gift for him, think outside the box!

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Leather gift bow bow tie

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leather bow tie

Many have said it before: men and women have different brains. Women brain is occupied by thoughts like the '101 things to do in a day' list, world peace and they still have time to think about 'what should I blog about today?' (yes most bloggers are women) and 'should I spend that much on those shoes?' and later 'I worked hard I deserve those shoes'.
What men think is a mystery. It's well-known that when a woman ask a man: -'What are you thinking?' his answer will be:-'nothing'.
Since no one has invented a brain reading phone app yet (thank goodness!) it will be difficult to guess his desires if he doesn't talk about them. With this premise, is he doomed to get a wrong gift? Even if you don't know exactly what he wants there is a second way to find the right gift for him: think outside the box and surprise him with the unexpected.
This bow tie is more about putting inside the box what usually is outside the box. 
Aren't gift bows beautiful? I made them with any material to make a gift package prettier, from recycled newspaper to haberdashery trims.  There is no reason why such a beautiful star can't be a gift on its own.
For the occasion I transformed it in a uncommon bow tie using leather so your men will be wrapped like a gift under the tree.  If he has been nice the past year keep him for another year. If he hasn't, wrapped as he is feel free to recycle him as an unwanted gift (and no it's not possible to list him on ebay yet).


Ormai è risaputo: il cervello dell'uomo e della donna sono diversi. La donna è impegnata a pensare alle 101 cose da fare, alla pace nel mondo ed ha ancora tempo di meditare 'cosa scrivo oggi sul blog?' ( la maggior parte dei blogger sono donne) e ' Vale la pena spendere così tanto per un paio di scarpe?' e dopo 'Ma si, lavoro tanto, me le merito quelle scarpe!'.
Quello che pensano gli uomini invece è un mistero; infatti quando una donna chiede ad un uomo: -'Cosa stai pensando?' lui risponde :'Niente'.
Siccome ancora non è disponibile un app per iphone che legga nel pensiero (eh meno male!) sarà difficile indovinare i suoi desideri se lui non ne parla! Sarà condannato a ricevere il regalo sbagliato?
Non necessariamente, c'è ancora una possibilità di trovare il regalo giusto per lui: stupirlo con un cadeaux inatteso.
Non sono belli i fiocchi regalo? Negli anni ho usato i materiali più diversi per realizzarli, dalla carta di giornale alle trine della merceria. Quest'anno ho trasportato questa bella stella da fuori a dentro il pacco regalo trasformandola in un papillon. Indossandolo il vostro lui sarà in tema con le feste natalizie. Se si è comportato bene con voi tenetelo per un altro anno, se invece non l'ha fatto, impacchettato così sarà pronto per essere riciclato come regalo indesiderato (no, non potete metterlo su ebay). 
 Ed ora...

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday gift ideas for crafters

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Professional sewing techniques for designers book - Hot fix rhinestones applicator wand - Cordless Glue gun - Cupcake Pin cushion - Pinking shears - measuring tape bracelet


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 Tory Burch tape - Russian doll tape - Macarons? No Customized tape with initial letter - shoe tape - Alviero Martini tape - Seamstress pattern bag


 You prepared gifts for everyone around you but what about yourself? Did you make your personal wishlist? Some of the gift ideas above can be a fancy addition to your crafter kit while others are useful diy tools that can improve your diy projects making them quicker to finish.

Even if you're not a seamstress you need a measuring tape. At some point of almost every diy project you'll have to measure something. Did you know there where so many cute tapes around? I bought a fancy one in London a few years ago in a shop called Octopus at Coven Garden, (is it still there by the way?).
I like it so much I would gladly gift one to a sister diyer. You can find customized measuring tapes at any prices, made of felt, with initials and even designer ones!
Another useful tool is the pin cushion, it becomes a nice gift if shaped like a cupcake.
If you like sewing your own clothes gift yourself the very good book Professional sewing techniques for designers. It is a sewing guide meant for fashion design students that covers all the topics to make a garment that will look professionaly made. You'll learn how to make seams, sew sleeves and collars, you can read it from top to end or look up a specific chapter to resolve a problem.
Show your passion for sewing wearing the pattern bag or the adorable measuring tape bracelet.
Improve your gear with the rhinestone applicator wand or the cordless (yes cordless!) glue gun.


Dopo aver pensato ai regali di tutti trovate il tempo per acquistare un bel regalo per voi stesse.  Ecco accessori e strumenti che vi faciliteranno la vita e che renderanno più bello il vostro laboratorio creativo. 
Anche se non siete delle sarte avrete bisogno di un metro. Non importa cosa state realizzando, ad un certo punto dovrete prendere delle misure. Potrete acquistare il vostro metro avvolto il scatolette che sembrano dolcetti o preziosi specchietti da borsetta, le più esigenti lo troveranno anche  firmato Alviero Martini.
Se non ne avete già uno regalatevi un puntaspilli a forma di cupcake e una pistola per la colla a caldo senza fili
Siete delle fanatiche del cucito? Per voi ci sono il bracciale a forma di metro da sarta e la borsa con i modelli disegnati sopra.
Se amate confezionare i vostri abiti allora non perdetevi il libro Professional sewing techniques for designers. Una guida in inglese,  pensata per gli studenti di moda, in cui troverete tutte le informazioni necessarie per confezionare abiti come delle vere professioniste.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

10 creative gift wrapping ideas

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confetti gift wrapping via Kate Spade
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 Paper doilies gift wrapping
Paper doilies could also be used as stencils with spray paint over brown paper.
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cat dog adorable gift wrapping
So adorable!
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How to recycle fat quarters and fabric scraps.
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3d appliques via Adelle

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Blackboard effect paper via Pinterest uploaded by Liz Marshall

Black paper and a permanent marker will do the job.

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Really sophisticated.
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Pom pom gift wrapping

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Glitter envelope via Etsy
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Handmade gifts are ready, now give them a fancy wrapping. Packaging makes the difference. Take inspirations from the ideas above and your gifts will be more tempting, maybe even too beautiful to be unwrapped.

I regali li avete confezionati, ora non rimane che incartarli. Inutile dire che la presentazione fa la differenza. Un regalo ben confezionato sarà più invitante. Prendete spunto dalle idee qui in alto e i vostri pacchetti saranno persino troppo belli per essere scartati.