It’s finally the weekend! When you had to go to Court every single day in this particular week, you can’t help but feel relieved at the end of Friday! I have been so busy lately at work that finding my own time to design or even materialise them is an effort…however I don’t stop because this other (non-legal) challenge gives me such satisfaction, provides me another purpose (in life) and DIY-ing is surprisingly therapeutic for me.
A few days ago I revamped a bare gold chunky bracelet into a bejewelled one. No glueing, all you need is some wire! Try it with anything you wish to revamp using my same method:What you need:
- Gold wire (thin enough to fit the holes)
- bare bracelet with openings
- scissors (to cut the wire)Steps:
1. First, lay out the rhinestones on the bracelet accordingly as a plan. Then place the rhinestones on the side of the bracelet so you don’t forget the sequence.
2. Cut some wire. Start by looping through one of the holes to get a grip. Then thread the wire through the rhinestone’s right holes and make another loop to secure. Switch the wire to the other side like a zig-zag and thread through the rhinestone’s left holes.
3. Repeat step 2 for the rest of the rhinestones! At the end, make more loops to secure. You’re done! Rock out in your revamped bejewelled piece! x
Sometimes, I sell some of my own designs as it’s mostly to fund more of my own DIY projects!
My first collection, the LIGHTLUXE collection which I designed for jewellery to have a ‘luxe’ look without the heavy weight of it. I started off with earrings first, and made a collection with 6 pieces. Each piece was named after some of my favourite characters from my younger days: Phoenix, Faerie, Misty, Silky, Elven & Pixie. The collection which started off in the colours of “Hues of Blue” and “Radiant Orchid” (inspired by the Pantone Colour Of The year 2014) sold out completely, especially as it was launched before the Christmas season.
LIGHTLUXE collection earrings in “Hues of Blue” and “Radiant Orchid”. (Sold out in the above colours, but open to customisation in other colours)
After that, I launched a next LIGHTLUXE collection and this time I was inspired by Birds of Paradise, beautiful birds with vibrant coloured feathers and elaborate mating dances:
Lightluxe: Birds of Paradise retailed at RM35 a pair
After such encouraging response from my family, friends (old and new), I have decided to include necklaces to the LIGHTLUXE repertoire. So here’s a teaser of my next collection:
Kindly email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more enquiries or any customisation.
Happy New Year 2014! As Valentine’s Day is one of those things people start being creative for (handmade cards, homemade truffles, etc.), I decided to make a body scrub for the event. Haha! Very unromantic maybe, but makes a great gift to loved ones! As I like things smelling fresh and citrus-y, lemon was one of my go-to ingredients. Lemongrass (also known as serai in the Malay language) has also been growing on me especially since my facial moisturiser from Bobbi Brown is lemongrass based and working well on my skin.
Want this DIY lemongrass + lemon body scrub recipe? Look no further! Read below for more:
What you need:
- Glass jar (I bought mine from Daiso at only RM5 for 2 jars)
- Brown sugar (you can also use salt)
- Olive oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
Step #1: Pour out brown sugar into a bowl
Step #2: Slowly add the olive oil into the brown sugar. Do not add too much lest you get a really oily texture.
Step #3: Grate the lemon to get lemon zest to get a citrus-y smell.
Step #4: Add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to your liking!
Step #5: Spoon your easily made DIY lemongrass + lemon body scrub into the glass jar.
Now enjoy giving these body scrubs to your loved ones!
It has been a while since I last posted a ‘Project Revamp’ post, as most things I now make from scratch! However, revamping things was what really got me started in DIY-ing. I love looking out for old pieces of trinkets, and figuring out ways to update its look to suit my taste.
I was at the Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival (KLVF) a few weeks ago and scored some cheap accessories – though I only bought them because I had ideas of adding my DIY touch to it!
This revamp I’ll be showing you is simple – all you need is a little patience and steady hands! I wanted to add a little more depth and texture to a plain triangular necklace – the idea was to give a rougher look to it and one of the ways to achieve that was to add spiky stuff! It’s true…I am still loving my studs!
Let’s start!What you need:
1. A plain necklace with a flat surface pendant, alternatively you can make your own too!
2. Small pine cone studs
3. Small teardrop rhinestones
4. Medium-sized oval rhinestones
5. Industrial strength glueSteps:
Before you start attaching the studs & rhinestones on, do a trial first and take a picture of it. Once you are satisfied with the look, start glueing the pieces on!
Place the glue on the flat surface of the pendant(s) and then attach the stud/rhinestones. I decided to attach a stud in the middle first before working my way inwards.TIP: To create a textural/rough look, attach the teardrop rhinestones in alternating directions.Now let the glue set for a good 24 hours before wearing it out!
After it’s set, wear out your DIY revamped necklace and enjoy! x
A very blessed Christmas! I hope you had a great one! Christmas is really a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth into this world. Jesus taught many about love, forgiveness and peace. When Jesus truly came into my life, my life changed. I had more joy, more peace…of course not without my own challenges. My burdens were no longer mine alone, but borne by Jesus also, thus making the load lighter.
Christmas is always a time to reflect, and I thank God for the blessings he’s showered upon me this year. I also want to thank you for reading this blog, if you have been following me!
I was clearing up photos in my phone today and chanced upon a number of DIYs. So here’s one reallllly simple one I made a few months back. There’s very little that you need to make pyramid stud earrings and they are super easy to make once you have the necessary things! Let’s start!
P.S: I am trying this Tiny Desk app from my phone so if the wording/format comes out wonky…let me know!What you need:
1. Pyramid studs
2. Flat earring studs
3. Flat-nose pliers (or your fingers will do)Steps:
1. Place pyramid stud over the flat bit of the earring stud.
2. Using the pliers, clamp down the pyramid stud’s ‘claws’!3. Once clamped down, the earrings will look like the above!You now have pyramid stud earrings hurray! How simple was that?! Enjoy!
I know, I know. A few good months has passed since my last post but really, I am trying my best to discipline myself to write! I do admire those who are so busy yet have some time jot a few things down.
A lot has been going on in my life, but just last Friday I was Called to the West Malaysian Bar thus completing my route to be a practicing lawyer (yay!). It was just one year ago that I was called to the Bar of England and Wales, then 9 months of pupillage in a Malaysian law firm…time sure passes by very quickly!
Anyway, I have been doing all sorts of DIY during my time off blogging and here is a super easy one I did for my firm’s annual trip to Bangkok, Thailand a few weeks ago. The theme was ‘Roaring 1920s’ and what immediately came into my mind was Audrey Hepburn with that cigarette holder:
Basically 1920s style is more of this:
A lot of sparkles, pearls and red lipstick. As I really did not want to buy/rent my 1920s costume, I decided to go cheap. Accessories does make the outfit so I decided to go ahead and make a costume cigarette holder (p.s: I’m not a smoker).
- White A4 paper
- Thin wooden stick, an arms length is fine
- Black satin ribbon
- Strong glue
- Newspaper (it gets a little messy)
- Rubber bands
- Cut the stick into size (not too long but not too short)
- Time to start glueing! Dab the glue along the stick, and start wrapping the black ribbon around it. Do this slowly as the glue does not set that quickly. To avoid the ribbon from unfurling, tie a rubber band at the end before continuing wrapping the stick.
- Glue the black ribbon until the end of the stick. Cut the ribbon.
- Cut a strip from your A4 paper with a width of around 3 inches.
- Dab glue on one end of the stick, and start wrapping the white piece of paper on that glued end.
- Wrap, wrap, wrap! To avoid the paper undoing itself, tie a rubber band on that end too.
- Leave overnight for the glue to set.
- Undo the rubber bands and ta-da! You now have a costume cigarette holder!
Dress from Primark, Feather boa bought on the streets in Thailand, DIY studded pearl necklace (tutorial coming soon), DIY costume 1920s cigarette holder
Roaring 1920s in Bangkok, Thailand
A super easy DIY, I love how a prop instantly upgrades an outfit!
I hope to update here more often, otherwise you can follow me on instagram (@vorlotwen) where I update more frequently! xx
Tassel earrings have been on and off the runways for years now, and as I was exploring Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur recently I came upon pre-made beautiful tassels to my delight! If you are like me (aka. lazy) then making your own tassels requires some amount of effort. So when I chanced upon some…tassel earrings were one of those DIYs that I thought of making.
So here’s my simple tutorial on making boho-chic tassel earrings!
Let’s get started!
What you need:
- Small brightly coloured beads (here I used neon pink, blue & gold)
- Tassels (or you can make your own)
- 2 earring hooks
- Eye pins (6 in total)
Take one eye pin and stack the beads. Here I went with pink-gold-blue.
Use a round-nose plier and close the end by making a loop.
Do Step #1 two more times to make a triangle.
Connect the ends – make sure you do not make your loop too small.
Attach a jumpring through the top bun of the tassel.
Attach this to both ends of the triangle.
Then at the peak of the triangle, take a jumpring and attach it to an earring hook.
DIY tassel earrings; DIY embellished sunglasses
And there you have it…big boho tassel earrings! Definitely an eye-catcher Have fun!