January passed quickly on watching the sunset sky and admiring golden light of chilly evenings. It was a slow month. Good month I dare to say. And I’m happy that I managed to see so much even though I didn’t travel further than few miles from where I lived. I spent it in the country and now, back in the city I miss those open spaces. I guess my goal for this month should be to find some counterpart. Look for the sunset colors even though there is less sky. Or maybe I haven’t found yet the right spot to watch it…
Learn how to create charming jewelry thanks to this Spring Fairy Earrings Tutorial
I like to create simple tutorials as well as those more intricate. With this easy DIY project you will make your earrings in less than 20 minutes. All you need is some wire, pliers and cute beads. You can see in this tutorial that I’ve created two pairs with two different sets of beads, but the design is always the same. These earrings are romantic, a bit delicate and quite light in style.
I’m still not really sure how to post my free wire wrapping tutorials. For now, I’m considering blog posts and zero dollar listings in my shop. I wonder which one is better for you? Feel free to let me know in a comment section. I’m quite enjoying creating those freebie DIY patterns so prepare for some more in the near future!
I hope you enjoyed this Spring Fairy Earrings Tutorial and that you had fun creating jewelry with it. If you have any questions or suggestions for this tutorial or generally about wire wrapping, feel free to contact me via contact form. If you are searching for ready-made earrings, there are plenty in my shop section. Thank you so much for stopping by on my page and creating with me!
“I am no bird and no net ensnares me…” – I’ve created this little Jane Eyre quote graphic for my Literary Box. So I guess I have to admit that I have vast plans for that particular listing but for now I’m focusing on making more “Bronte theme” related items.
I truly love this quote as it shows a real spirit of the heroine. I read this book few times but still couldn’t remember exact moment when Jane said these words. So it was lovely to place them after all as a response to Mr. Rochester while fighting just before his proposal:
“Jane, be still; don’t struggle so, like a wild frantic bird that is rending its own plumage in its desperation.”
“I am no bird and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.”
I wander if you have your own favorites quotes from this book?
Ta niewielka grafika z cytatem Jane Eyre została stworzona do mojego Mystery Boxa o tematyce książkowej. Mam wiele planów I pomysłów, które jeszcze czekają na zreazlizowanie. Nowe cytaty i grafiki, może książki, ale nie będę wsztstiego zdradzała tak od razu…
Bardzo lubię ten cytat, ale przyznam że chociaż książkę przeczytałam parę razy, to trudno było mi go umiejscowić w powieści. Po krótkich poszukiwaniach okazało się, że Jane wypowiada te słowa podczas kłótni z panem Rochesterem, tuż przed jego oświadczynami. Ciekawa jestem czy macie swoje ulubione cytaty z Jane Eyre?
Is Sanditon by Jane Austen worth reading? Answer is quite simple if you are a fan. Definitely Yes. But then, what if you are not a big admirer?
There are 3 pieces in my copy of the book so I guess the questions itself isn’t accurate. You can read Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon. First one, is a short epistpolary novel and my favorite by the way. There are also those two unfinished stories. I’m a big fun of Jane Austen so I read all her novels. It took me some time since by the time I was in my Jane Austen faze not all of them were popular or even available in polish. I never had a possibility to read “the rest”. But it happened lately that I finally laid my hands on the Sanditon
So Is Sandtion by Jane Austen worth reading if you are not JA Fan?
I would say no. I’m and will be a great admirer of her works. But reading unfinished novels leaves you with a strange feeling on incompleteness. I though: the beginning is nice. Maybe not perfect, but still nice. It starts looking like Jane Austen story. Her style and atmosphere. Her type of heroines (maybe except from Lady Susan who is quite different) and her type of humor. And then it all stops before it can take a whole polished shape. If you are a fan, you will enjoy those little things in her writing. But however you would look at it, it still stays unfinished and you have only the beginning.
There is and will be the issue of publishing works of famous authors who weren’t meant to be. It’s a tricky case nevertheless I’m happy to have a bit more insight into the world of Jane Austen. I know also that I won’t go back to these pieces. But, I’m highly curious about the tv show based on Sanditon which was released lately. I wander what they made from the Jane Austen idea.
Czy warto jest sięgnąć po Sanditon napisane przez Jane Austen? Odpowiedź jest całkiem prosta. Tak, jeżeli jesteś jej fanem. Jest jednak jedno ale…
W mojej kopii książki mam tak naprawdę trzy prace. Lady Susan, mój faworyt przy okazji, Watsonowie i oczywiscie Sanditon. Pierwsza praca to powieść epistolarna z początków działaności autorki, nigdy nie opublikowana. Watsonowie i Sanditon to dwie nieukończone powieści. Jestem wielką fanką jane Austen, czego nie da się ukryć. Przeczytałam wszystkie jej powieści chociaż zajeło mi to trochę czasu. Jednak na Sanditon natrafiłam dopiero w wersji angielskiej i to całkiem nie dawno.
A więc, czy warto jest przeczytać te prace jeżeli nie jest się fanem pisarki?
Powiedziałabym, że niekoniecznie. Czytanie nieukończonych powieści zazwyczaj nie jest dobrym pomyslem. Uwielbiam prozę Jane Austen więc z ciekawością przeczytałam to co napisała. Żeby ponownie zanurzyć się w jej stylu, w atmosferze którą tworzy. Żeby spotakać ponownie jej humor i ten typowy austenowski typ bohaterki. Nie zmienia to jednak sytuacji. Sanditon i Watsonowie to tylko poczatki powieści. Zaczątki fabuły. Wręcz boleśnie brak jest dalszej części. Dlatego też jest to lektura obowiązkowa tylko i wyłącznie dla fanów Jane Austen.
Are you ready to use some winter and Christmas tutorials and start decorating your homes (and yourselves;)? Winter is coming (well, practically she already came) so I decided to feature here some nice tutorials and DIY projects. Obviously all in winter mood. Since there are thousands of those on the net I decided to limit myself to those created by me in wire wrapping technique.
I created those tutorials mainly thinking about Christmas jewelry but beware! In fact some of them you can try to transformed to holidays adornments. Wire industrial style is still quite popular. So here they are:
Additionally there is also this lovely (and absolutely free) snowflake tutorial which I recently made and you can get it right away! I wish I could see your creations made with those DIY projects so feel free to send me some pics or tag me on Instragram of Facebook!
So I hope you are ready to use those winter and christmas tutorials! Make your home looks elegant and festive in the same time. Create handmade jewelry for you or as present for someone special. And have a lots of fun in the process!
WERSJA PL 🙂
Mam nadzieję, że jesteście gotowi na trochę świątecznych i zimowych tutoriali! Postanowiłam zebrać w jednym poście część wykonanych przeze mnie DIY projektów o tematyce świątecznej. Początkowo myślałam o jakiejś bardziej rozszerzonej wersji ale jest tego w necie zbyt dużo żebym mogła z łatwością (mniejszą lub większą) wybrać tylko parę aby je tutaj przedstawić
Tak więc 4 tutoriale (patrz do góry:) plus jeden darmowy tutorial ze śnieżynką wykonany całkiem nie dawno. Fakt, tutki są po angielsku jednak opatrzone dużą ilością fotek a te przecież są najważniejsze. W razie pytań/wątpliwości co do tych zimowych tutoriali, dawajcie znać:)
So here are few things about Kafka and The Metamorphosis. To be honest I was a bit afraid of his works. There is this gloomy dark aura around his writings and what’s more, around Kafka himself. But as I’m living now in his city and his country I thought I would just give it a try.
So, I’ve started with some of his short stories. The book I got was a compilation of all his works published when he was alive. The stories were the ones which the author really wanted to show to the world. As you know or not, his most famous books were published postmortem, by his friend, who was asked by Kafka to burn all unpublished stories.
But back to the topic, reading slowly through my book, I was heading slowly but surely to the Metamorphosis. I was curious. In a bad way. It’s not normal being curious about the story of the man who turns into a big insect. And yet, I think it provokes such strange uneasiness and well, curiosity in each and every person that it becomes normal in some way. Because we are human. We are curious by nature about wired things. So after all, Kafka got a plus from me. Just by reminding me that I’m like everyone. In every way.
And then the story came. And again I think it is about us. Humans. About our nature. But not the idealized one, or the demonized one. The true nature of human which is mixture of goodness and badness, selfishness and empathy. Cowardliness and bravery. And all what is between. And I have to admit, that Kafka presented it in unique beautiful and a bit creepy way. By telling a story about a big bug…
Even though Kafka and The Metamorphosis will make you sad, it is definitely worth reading. I still feel sad when I think about it, yet I want to read it again. Just to take deep dive in, into all the facets of the human nature. Maybe I will understand it better next time…
In fact, I could tell you all about wire wrapping tools I use in one sentence but where is fun in that? To start the topic I will tell you few things about the time when I discovered this technique. It was so long time ago to be true! I remember when I first bought some wires and I honestly tried to create something just with my own hands and copper. No tools. Imagine wire wrapping like that. Well, I knew after few minutes that I need something more than my sheer enthusiasm. It’s honestly not possible to create jewelry without pliers (yes this is the key word here!).
I tried to be clever and bought 3 in 1 super tool. You can see in the photo my first and ever pliers which I still use! But the essential part of them are round nose pliers. This kind of thing is what you really need when it comes to wire wrapping. And beside them, I guess, you need some precise wire cutters. Technically you can cut with scissors but I don’t recommend that (you can ruin them and even your jewelry in extreme cases). The one which I have in mine weren’t sufficient so wire cutter was the second tool I really got for myself. And that’s it!
That was the beginning but I need to confess that it didn’t much change. I bought some more tools, less or more advanced, but after all, my first pliers are always the most used. So if you want to play with wire wrapping technique, only wires and round nose pliers are really and truly necessary (and something to cut the wires, but there are honestly some counterparts which you can find in your home.
I’m usually quite hesitant when it comes to the books about animals. They are generally sad stories and without happy ending. Or even with happy ending! But the way to it is usually so dramatic that it’s just not for my nerves;) Hovever Born Free by Joy Adamson was a gift. And it was a real story about the tame lioness so I couldn’t resist.
Technically, the story is about tame lioness who was successfully released into the wild. Easy and simply. But only techically. I would warn you that this is something quite different than it appears. I guess it is above all, a story about friendship. Passionate and a bit intrusive from the human part and graceful but strong from the lioness part.
There was an undeniable bond between the author and Elsa. And because of it, because of this love they were always close to each other. Joy Adamson tried to be there for the lioness and she, the lioness came to her always. Well, almost always. And when she didn’t, the heroine was sure to go looking for the lioness. I’m sure that it was all for the good reasons but still… The love she was showing to Elsa was, it seems, something which wouldn’t let the lioness go completely free and wild…
If you are an animal lover, activist or vegetarian, Born Free by Joy Adamson is definitely the book not for you. I was a bit horrified how many goats were sacrificed for the purpose of feeding the “already released to the wild“ Elsa. As I don’t want to say too much about the plot I will stop here with only one more comment. There are a lot of doubtful and controversial moments in this book but nevertheless, there was undeniable link between two main actresses of the book. And that is beautiful. That is the reason why this book is worth reading.
I think that everyone loves presents and surprises. I know that I do. And I guess that what I love the most is not even the gift itself but the atmosphere around it. Packing and unwrapping the gift is kind of a great fun too. I guess that was the beginning of my mystery boxes. I thought, why not creating a mystery gift boxes with my jewelry! Easy-peasy;) but then the idea of creating a mystery jewelry gift took a whole different shape.
It was when I started exchanging hand written letters with my two lovely pen pals. Imagine my surprise when with the letter I got bunch of lovely little gifts lovely wrapped. It was a pure pleasure to unpack them and I enjoy every little piece! Creating similar little gifts for my friends was as much enjoyable as receiving them. There was an easy path from there to the creation of my mystery boxes which took more peculiar path than I anticipated.
I decided to create for the time being three types of the mystery parcels which you can find in my shop, but I want to create more! I guess it can be addicting. So you can have the exclusive box, the literary one and a jewelry package with cute studs. I try to add always a something extra beside what is indicated in the listing (you can find them HERE btw). It is really fun adding extra stuff since at least I know, I enjoy getting freebies a lot. In the picture you can see an assembly for one the mystery boxes. I definitely try to take more pics of those little presents and surprises I put into my mystery parcels. And I do hope that is only the beginning! I wonder what type of mystery boxes you would like to see in my shop:)
You know I love to read, and as an obvious result of it, creating bookmarks was something quite natural for me. Firstly, I’ve created some strictly wire bookmarks but after some time I wanted to make them a little more colorful. A bit thematic maybe. Definitely more colorful. I guess I wanted also to create something new. From time to time I have this feeling that I want to make something out of my comfort zone. Not much out of it. But at least a bit;) and so this series of bookmarks was created.
So generally speaking I take some beautiful paper, often recycled one, from old notebooks or scraps from packing paper and I wrapped it with wire. I guess I like this idea because in the end, it’s like a little picture framed with wire.
I always thought that a nice bookmark is a great addition to a perfect reading experience. This doesn’t prevent me from using a metro ticket or a receipt as a bookmark if the situation demands it. But if you want to plunge into reading, after a long tiring day at work. With a cup of hot tea and some cookies. If you chose your book carefully and then light some candles to make the room more cozy. I guess in this kind of situation a beautiful unique bookmark is a must.