DIY: Peter Pan Collar Chain Necklace

Hello everyone! Here’s another easy DIY for you to try out ๐Ÿ˜€ This time, I was inspired by Hong Kong-based Geneva of the amazing DIY blog A Pair & A Spare in her book (big thank you to the significant other for the present!):

DIY: Peter Pan Collar Chain Necklace

Geneva’s book has 40 stylish DIY projects and I’d do every, single one! It’s amazing! I’d definitely recommend getting it ๐Ÿ˜€ As peter pan collars still look like they’re staying in trend (it comes and goes), I find it wiser to make detachable ones just like my studded leather detachable collar. I’ve tweaked the measurements (originally 30cm in the book) on making this peter pan collar chain necklace due to the chain being slightly bigger than Geneva’s. The bigger the chain, the smaller the measurements! I made one in gold for my friend’s birthday, and another in blue as one of the Christmas presents for my sister-in-law ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s what you need:

  • Delicate chain (I used 26cm) – Note: The thicker the chain is, the smaller the measurements!
  • Jumprings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Pliers
  • Measurement board or ruler

DIY: Peter Pan Collar Chain Necklace

That whole length of chain will be divided into 3 chains. Use the measurement board to make accurate measurements but if you don’t have one, a ruler will do just fine!

  • Measure the 1st chain into 18cm.
  • Use the pliers to separate the chain from the rest.
  • Then for the 2nd & 3rd chain, 8cm each.

The longer chain will be the ‘necklace’ whereas the two shorter chains will be the ‘collars’!

DIY: Peter Pan Collar Chain Necklace

Get to the middle of the 1st chain (18cm) and add a jumpring. Then add the 2nd chain to the left of the same jumpring, and then the 3rd chain to the right of the same jumpring.

Tip: Do not overlap the chains when attaching to the jumpring – this is to avoid a ‘crinkled’ effect!

DIY: Peter Pan Collar Chain Necklace

Use pliers to add a jumpring to each end of the 18cm chain. Then add a lobster clasp to one of the jumprings!

DIY: Peter Pan Collar Chain Necklace

By now you will already have a necklace – with dangling chains from the jumpring in the middle! Look in the mirror and test where you’d like the shorter chain to droop from. Once you are satisfied, use pliers to attach the end of each 8cm chain to the 18cm chain.

Tip: Avoid attaching the shorter chain too high up on the 18cm chain/too high up on the neck as it would reduce the ‘Peter Pan’ effect and also give a ‘crinkle’ effect! Once you are quite happy, the result should be this:

DIY Peterpan Chain Collar-001

Voila! Easy peasy Peter Pan collar chain necklace! With this neon blue, it contrasts well with a dark background like this black top. Instant chic! Enjoy this easy inspired-DIY ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

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Nail Art: Inspired By Primark Aztec Top

If you run out of ideas to paint your nails, why not take inspiration from what you’re wearing? I was inspired to do my nails like the print on this Primark aztec top! It’s a win-win situation because I love this top, and I love aztec nail art!

The next step is choosing my base colours. I decided on going for a white, sky blue & pink base, with black to draw. You can easily find nail art pens now, I am using a Korean brand called TheFaceShop.

Then, I applied the 3 colours like so:

This is the finished look! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tip: All you need to know how to draw are lines! Draw straight lines, triangles and then fill in some of the blanks with ink! It really isn’t as difficult as it looks ๐Ÿ˜€ Well what are you waiting for, why not pick something from your closet and get your nails to match them? ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great weekend everyone! xx

Project Revamp: Transforming Boring Into FUN!

As you all know, I am back in Malaysia (pretty much for good) after 4 years in the UK and am currently having more time on my hands before I start working. I am missing Europe a lot, but being home is pretty great as well. For one, I am able to step in and out of the shower without a towel – and not be in uncontrollable shakes (due to the cold) ๐Ÿ˜€ I am however not liking the extreme heat and humidity here though but it does need getting used to…

Therefore ever since I’ve had more time on my hands, I’ve been able to indulge in more crafty things! So I decided to start a new project called “Project Revamp”!

Project Revamp” definition: Transforming BORING into FUN!

Basically it involves DIY (Do-It-Yourself) work, but you reuse old things such as old jewellery, old clothing, etc. Things that one would not use or like and give away. However, one those things have been transformed it magically makes you want it… ๐Ÿ˜€

I love walking into charity shops, vintage shops and finding lovely knick knacks at a fraction of a price! Therefore some of the things I have made were from such shops/my own which I later worked on to update its look.

So here are some of the works from my Project Revamp, my current obsession…SPIKES!

I had a necklace with only the leaf charms and it didn’t really suit my taste, so I added yellow suede & bronze spikes! This lovely necklace has gone to a new home now, yay!

If the necklace is not suiting you…why not turn it into a pretty bracelet? This has also gone to a new home now ๐Ÿ˜€

I deconstructed a chain belt which I was not loving anymore, and turned a part of it into a bracelet! This has gone off to a new home now, yay! ๐Ÿ˜€

A friend ‘commissioned’ a set of 4 pink bracelets for her and her 3 sisters after liking the yellow bracelet above! Luckily for them, there was some belt left over ๐Ÿ˜€

I wasn’t a fan of the pendant at all so I made a new look for the chain!

This was the piece that started it all…a vintage chain from my exploring of Edinburgh, Scotland. I wrote a post on it here.

From plain to zing! I added suede and spikes ๐Ÿ˜€

Another plain chain turned into an edgy necklace. This has gone to a new home ๐Ÿ˜€

I had excess neon blue party chain and hey, neon is in now so why not make it into a wearable necklace?

The response to “Project Revamp” has been pretty encouraging during my mum’s garage sale, who said Borneoans aren’t fashionable and love the earth? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you all who came, supported “Project Revamp” and my DIY goodies! Also, thank you for willing to have your nails painted by me too – it was really fun!

Lastly dear readers, I’d like to know your “Project Revamp” stories if you have any! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great mid-week everyone! xx

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: The Blanks, Morgan & West, The Boy With Tape On His Face & Andrew Bird

Here’s another round up of the shows I have been watching at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is the largest arts festival in the world! I reviewed a few shows in my previous post here. Visit the official Fringe Festival site here.

I don’t want to add stars/ratings to any of the shows because views are very subjective and if the comedian/act happens to drop by this blog I don’t want to be responsible for any sadness/unstoppable crying that may arise… Not thatย  I’m saying any of them are bad though! In fact I have been pleasantly surprised that all the shows that I’ve been to at this Fringe Festival have been fantastic! I think I have good taste ๐Ÿ˜‰

My latest highlight so far is watching THE BLANKS!!

The Blanks’ Big Break

My signed CD!

If you’re a fan of tv sitcom ‘Scrubs’ you’d remember Ted and his Band! Ted, the sad-looking Attorney at Sacred Heart Hospital? Well, did you know his band is an ACTUAL band in real life? Well, more like an A Capella group churning out comedic hits.

I expected them to just be singing famous hits from the show, but the main theme of the show is about their ‘big break’ and it was well executed with a lot of comedy acts in between. Spoilers would spoil (duh!) the show so I highly recommend watcing this if you are in Edinburgh! Also, their shows are a daily sell-out so you will be missing out if you didn’t go!

The quartet are a hilarious bunch on AND off-stage. Did I mention off-stage? Well, one FANTASTIC part of The Blanks is that after their show they had a booth to take pictures with fans and to sign autographs (it doesn’t matter whether you buy a CD or not). Apparently they do it after every show and you gotta hand it to them – they love their fans!!

When Phillip (the one with a a grey beanie on) knew I came from Malaysia he immediately expressed his love for Malaysia and murtabak (an Indian Muslim dish served in Malaysia) ๐Ÿ˜€ Everyone was extremely happy to meet their fans one by one, and posing with them. I couldn’t stop blabbering to Ted saying how much I love his show to which he replied: “You’ve got good taste!” I mean, how can you NOT love them??

A definite MUST-GO show to see!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 9.30pm daily until the 27th of August 2012
  • Pricing: ยฃ9.50 or ยฃ12.00
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Morgan & West at their Clockwork Miracle show (unfortunately I came late and sat right at the back but it was just fine)

Magicians and time travellers!

An absolute delight to watch these 2 magicians (dressed in vintage which I think men should wear ;)) perform their time travelling magic! The people I went with were so engrossed on HOW they managed to deceive the audience. I simply enjoyed it as great magic because I’m not cynical like that! Haha! Mentioning any of their magic here would spoil the show, so DO go and watch it!

They also have another show at midnight called Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels where you can have an intimate evening with the time-travelling magicians at the card table! My friends and I have booked tickets for next Friday (24th August 2012) already because seats are limited and sell out quickly.

Morgan & West are both in touch with their fans on Twitter so it was really nice to get replies from them regarding the show! Another way of roping in fans is by engaging with them through social media (just like Jeff Leach), so good job guys ๐Ÿ˜€

Details:

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 4.30pm daily until the 27th of August 2012
  • Pricing: ยฃ8.50 or ยฃ9.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 11.59pm daily until the 26th of August 2012
  • Pricing: ยฃ14.00 or ยฃ16.00
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets! (Limited seats each night so book early to avoid disappointment)

The Boy With Tape On His Face – More Tape

Imagine being a comedian WITHOUT speaking. This is what he is! That’s him with tape on his face while watching everyone get into the venue. Apparently he does this to see who he’d like to bring in his act. This show is a lot of fun if you are open to the possibility of participating on stage and doing all sorts of hilarious acts along with him.

It’s refreshing to watch this type of silent comedy with only background music, props and the audience to assist him. Again, mentioning any of the hilarious acts would spoil the show so DO watch him!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 9.40 pm daily until the 26th of August 2012
  • Pricing: ยฃ10.00 or ยฃ12.50
  • Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Andrew Bird’s Global Village Fete

Okay, so nobody really likes sitting on the first row at a stand-up comedian’s show because one is afraid of being picked on. Well, the thing about being the only Asians (I mean chinese by race kinda asians, as am not from China) in the crowd that day (and sitting front row), it didn’t stop Andrew Bird from making references to our heritage. It was hilarious because any remarks he mentioned that related in some way to chinese people were filtered through us: “They’re laughing it’s okay guys!!”

That aside, Andrew Bird’s main theme to his show is his mission to provide comedy to every village in the UK. A lot of hilarious stories, and that the mission was pretty much impossible.

This was a show that we didn’t plan to go but due to the lovely and informative flyer bearers outside the venues, we made the right decision to watch this show!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 6.50 pm daily until the 25th of August 2012
  • Pricing: ยฃ8.00 or ยฃ9.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

That’s it so far! If you are feeling rather skint to watch these shows or want a taster of what to expect, why not head to the Royal Mile and see what shows are on preview on the streets? Here’s what to expect (and it differs everyday!):

They wanted me to kick this guy on stage but I decided to give him a hug & pat on the head:

So have a walk along the Royal Mile and have a taste of the festival in Edinburgh happening at the moment until the end of the month! Also…don’t forget to check out the Missoni hotel along one of the roads branching out of the Royal Mile. Their staff wearing Missoni-print kilts? Niceeee.

That’s all for my reviews at the moment, I will update more on the next ones I go to! ๐Ÿ˜€

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: Fascinating Aรฏda, Jeff Leach & Shanghai Jinshan Student Art Troupe

The UK is famous at this time of the year because of not just the Olympics, but because the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is happening! It is the LARGEST arts festival in the world and is going on between 3rd August – 27th August 2012. Either it being comedy, theatre or music shows for free or for a fee – there’s something for everyone of all ages!

Tickets are easy to purchase online and then just pick them up at the Fringe Festival Box Office on the Royal Mile! Visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival official website for the shows & prices HERE! The festival has venues in different areas (but all in the centre of Edinburgh) so it’s not just one big overcrowded tent. In fact, this happens to be one of the venues and it’s called the…UDDERBELLY ๐Ÿ˜€ You’ll see why:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Venue: Udderbelly (outside the University of Edinburgh’s Student Union)

Hahaha! How can you NOT laugh at a purple cow with its udder facing the sky?? Perfect venue for a comedy festival! It’s just hilarious when you have the volunteers telling you that the show will be at the “Udderbelly” in a perfectly straight face. I’d be laughing the whole time! ๐Ÿ˜€

Of all my years in the UK, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Fringe Festival but I am now very happy to have been able to! So far I have been thoroughly entertained with the 3 shows I managed to catch (2 last weekend).

Fascinating Aรฏda

Thoughts:

  • I LOVED them! I remember watching them on Youtube years ago because of their famous musical comedy hit “Cheap Flights”. If you’ve not watched it, watch it here! You’ll understand the pains of the consequences of getting cheap flights.
  • The 3 singers were a hilarious bunch, playing with the crowd and have fantastic voices!
  • If you like comedy in the form of singing, do watch!
  • It was a full crowd which wasn’t surprising, and the moment when the ladies were starting their “Cheap Flights” song, the lady behind me couldn’t stop snorting in laughter the whole time! It was hilarious!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: Either ยฃ13.50 or ยฃ14.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • They are performing until the 26th of August 2012
  • Click here for tickets!

Jeff Leach: Boyfriend Experience


After Fascinating Aรฏda we wandered around the Udderbelly (haha!) to look for more shows and don’t worry – lots of volunteers come up to you giving flyers for shows and a little summary of what to expect. Jeff Leach was one of them, and we decided to go for his show. My significant other googled his show on his phone and found that the ratings were low but were they…?

Thoughts:

  • I enjoyed his show! (and so did the other) ๐Ÿ˜€
  • He was unabashed about his previous ‘very active’ sex life (had sex with more than 300 people – and no, not just women) and him being diagnosed as a sex addict (eg. Tiger Woods, Usher, etc.). His honesty and openness was very refreshing and it made the intimate crowd engage with him on a more personal level (haha).
  • I was hoping he’d be coming out in a chastity belt but he didn’t disappoint with tight pants, sleeveless tight unbuttoned shirt and lots of fierce ‘ring party’ (can I have some please?). Topped with a great smile and non-stop hilarious chatter, Jeff Leach had everyone in stitches most of the time.
  • His show circles around whether he is ‘boyfriend’ material with such a promiscuous background. And yes, he has finally settled down with a lovely lady but he didn’t tell us in detail how he managed to get to that point of committal. The reason for the lack of detail must be because he was easily distracted by the crowd to banter with (not saying this is a bad thing)! For example: For the guy who said that “cookies are not bright” in regard to Jeff Leach’s “not the brightest cookie in the jar” saying – it just wasted a few good minutes to think of a better saying! However Jeff Leach was very gracious in receiving comments, so all was good ๐Ÿ™‚

There were a lot of hilarious moments and I am very sure it changes in every show, so go check Jeff Leach out at the festival!

Details:

  • Price: ยฃ8 or ยฃ9.50
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • He is performing until the 27th of August 2012
  • Click here for tickets!

Shanghai Jinshan Student Art Troupe

I watched this last night, as the lovely waiter at a coffee place gave me free tickets to watch this show (the show is free). Why not watch, right? This is their last show in Edinburgh after a week ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Thoughts:

  • The students from the performing arts troupe were so multi-talented, showcasing their skills in dance, music and opera. There was also calligraphy and paper-cutting which was very interesting!
  • I felt more knowledgeable about Shanghai (and China) from their 1-hour performance, and they had such great costumes!
  • There was this particular ‘Romeo & Juliet’ dance which was quite breathtaking and it gave me goosebumps… ๐Ÿ™‚

So all in all, I’m having a great experience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012! I am eyeing a few acts to watch which include:

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is definitely a go-to if you are here, and if you aren’t – it’s always on every summer ๐Ÿ˜€

August’s ‘Art To Inspiration’ Project

This is my first attempt at the ‘Art to Inspiration’ Project which was started by Supal. How did I know about this project? From a fantastic photographer who goes by the name of Smita!

A little introduction on the project:

Art to Inspiration is a collaborative project organized to bring exposure to the art community around the world. We feature any medium of art from young artists and design posts to share how we have been inspired by the piece.

How it works is:

Each blogger will publish a post of their inspiration on his or her own blog the first Wednesday of each month. The good news is, you don’t have to be a blogger to participate, just email Supal (supal@chevronsandeclairs.com) with your inspiration! To introduce the month’s artwork and artist, she will send an email two weeks before the scheduled post. Within 48 hours of posting, she will organize all the inspiration boards into an album on Facebook for everyone to view and share!

You can read more about the project here ๐Ÿ˜€

The piece of Art for this August is:

  • Title: …now imagine all the strange birdsong thick as the Forest
  • Name of Artist: Lara Harwood
  • URL: click here!

Here’s my ‘Art to Inspiration’ piece:

My Inspiration:

When I saw the beautiful sketch by Lara Harwood with all its tropical colours it reminded me of my home in Borneo. After a few seconds another image popped into my mind: my DIY braided bracelets (including the daisy bracelet) on a summer’s day a while back. The colours match the beautiful sketch of nature.

The story is that I started DIY-ing persistently in the past year to mainly cope with stress and it has been helpful in easing my poor, fried brains. My DIY work has also brought in quite a few fans (thanks guys!), and even buyers which has been quite unexpected! Even if I am not in the line of work I’d love to be in currently, I am constantly being inspired and hopefully one day that creative inspiration will become reality! ๐Ÿ˜€

Would you like to join September’s Art to Inspiration? Subscribe below:

Chan Luu Inspired Bracelet!

As I’m no longer in Bar school, I have more time on my hands. Ever since I knew about these beautiful Chan Luu wrap bracelets, I have been lusting for them but they are wayy out of my budget sadly ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So I decided to make my own Chan Luu-inspired bracelets!

Over the weekend I bought some leather cords from this amazing leather stall which is manned by this (in his own words) ‘hilarious and incredibly wise man who served an astonishingly beautiful lawyer‘ who goes by the name of David Nash and writes a blog! Haha! Do check him out if you visit the Sunday Market on Newcastle’s Quayside! So I decided to try my hand at the coveted Chan Luu wrap bracelets and I am so pleased it turned out well! ๐Ÿ˜€ Here’s how it turned out:

When I finished this bracelet and realised that it was quite pretty AND wearable – I began to feel really, really happy for some weird reason. I think it’s the fact that I managed to make something I have been dying to get – and it feels sooo good! I do like feeling accomplished, even if it’s for my own use ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a Chan Luu bracelet, when I can just make my own personalised onesย  ๐Ÿ˜€

Have you ever made something that made you feel extremely satisfied and proud with yourself? Tell me, I’d love to know!

โ™ฅ Much love! โ™ฅ