Saturday, 26 January 2013

Inspiration: Magazine Envelopes

I don't know how about you, but I love getting mail. Even though mainly my health insurance decides to send me letters, every time I discover an envelope with my name on it I get pretty excited.
And even though I was always crappy with pen pals, right now I am sending letters back and forth with a good friend, I rarely see due to my move to another city. So every time I spot another envelope in my mail box, I feel happiness rushing through my veins (yeah, I know, sounds totally cliche and in love, but I am simply in love with getting something old-fashioned like a letter in these digitalized times).
Unfortunately this friend is totally talented and draws the most amazing little sketches on the sides of my letter, so. I always feel pretty crappy when sending away my reply. It's time to get back by at least having some amazing envelopes.

The whole project is pretty easy and goes by the following principle: Everytime you see amazingly shot beauty or fashion editorials in your magazines, but the whole magazine isn't worth being added to your collection, you simply turn these pages into beautiful envelopes. All you have to do afterwards is sending letters. Real, actual letters. How vintage and hipster.

What we need:
Old magazine pages with amazing prints, DinA 4

glue + scissors

1. Fold your pages twice, so you get the height of an envelope. You might want to use an actual envelope as orientation. Eventually cut along the closure, so its smaller.
2. Fold along the side you teared your page out of the magazine as an orientation. Cut the access off to get a neat side.
3. Fold along both sides, cut away the small part at the bottom and the top.
4. And there you got your lashes for glueing your envelope together, so you get a little pocket for your letter.

That's it. Easy as that. You will probably need more time to write the actual letter than for making your envelopes. When the whole print of the magazine pages gets all to crazy you can stick some plain paper where you want your address to be, so the poor mail man does not  have to search for it.

Now I shall return to my vocabulary cards, we got exam time at university and I am supposed to study a whole lot before I am able to pass next Thursday. Thank you for staying here, see you all soon

Friday, 18 January 2013

This point

Sometimes people ask me, wether I ever considered doing something with fashion. Especially fashion design sounded quite interesting at some points of my past. But I always said no to this kind of study. And right now I know why.

Nearly a year ago Michelle and me posted for the first time on this page. We wanted to create a lifestyle blog evolving around all the things we love. It was supposed to be a platform about food, places, people, music, fashion... and DIY. By reflecting the movement over the time we got somehow into some kind of competition of trying to make the better, more creative tutorial every week. And by trying to post every week (not the worst idea when you try to interest people) it got quite stressful. Too stressful? End of June Michelle decided to leave our project behind, not only due to stress but also because we both went different ways after leaving school and had barely any contact, but here.
It could have been the time for a big cut, but it wasn't. I kept up my personal pace of posting at least once a week and in about 80% of the cases it was a DIY project. I even felt bad, when I posted something not too exciting. And I loved and love it. This blog keeps me making stuff instead of lounging or ignoring my sewing machine.
But right now, I have got the feeling, I need some rest.

As you all probably read between the lines or in my quite obvious sentences, I moved out. And with a lot of freedom comes a lot of responsibility. In addition to that I obviously decided on going to university for history and islamic studies, so I actually wanted to do something for it (I never studied freely, but did everything in night shifts). Especially learning a new language at uni, and we have to learn modern Arabic, is never easy and I am most certainly not the most talented person when it comes to remembering vocab. This means,  I have to sit down for about 10 to 15 hours per week. Apart from being at uni. No moaning here, I am really happy with the choice I made and love my subjects, but it needs time and work. 
On Fridays I have no uni and since Friday is my usual day of posting, I decided to make this my free day for creating new posts. And let's just say, the last few hours before posting something on Friday evening are quite hectic. Luckily there are only three exams I have to attend, but still: Right now I am stressed out. On Friday I want to stay in bed all day. I tend to fail at sewing. At least when I have an idea what to do.

I have come to the realization, that decision I made about studying fashion was most certainly right: My creation process hardly works under pressure. Or at least only until a certain point is reached. And I reached mine. 

So why am I telling all this? Will this be the end of mirari? 
Just to answer the second question: A certain NO from my side. Mirari is a space where I can create and write about stuff I love. But I do not want to put that much pressure on me anymore. I want to simply post an outfit I wore without feeling bad. Or write about a nice walk I made. Or simply share some love for certain things with you. This will not mean, that there are no more DIY tutorial, as long as I love DIY they will have a space at this page, no, it will mean a journey "Back to the roots". Back from freaking out about how I am supposed to use the few hours of daylight at a Friday to think about and create a whole new project. 

Mirari will go on. And it will filled with DIY. But also with the small stuff, that makes one happy. 
Thank you all for reading my blog. Hopefully I will see you all soon!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Looking backward / backward

As it is with the transition from one year to another, we tend to look backwards and some more daring do even set up new years resolution to kinda determine their actions in the next year. At least that is what the media is making me think since they are always packed with "review-" and "Best of 2012"-shows. And even though the year has already started since a few days ago, because university decided to get me back with all its stress, but also amazing people, I knew I still wanted to share my favorites of last year with you and maybe even do something like plans and projects ahead of me.

2012 was a pretty exciting year and also the first year I started of writing this blog, in the beginning with Michelle and later one alone after both of us went our ways heading towards being a fully grown adult. I finished school, lost a long term relationship, moved to another city, started uni, lost and found friendships, and, and, and... I am really happy that I started this project, even though this blog is in now way huge I still really like writing here every week and it is also one reason to keep me doing "creative" stuff. I have to admit, especially during the whole combination of university and christmas stress it wasn't always easy, but with having friday off I tried to have at least a few hours of the week solely for me in this periods. And thanks of the blog is was kind of productive in these time. Oh, and I learnt that really boring lectures can be quite amazing for inspirational brain storming. You didn't read that, mum.

But lets get started with all the stuff I gathered, even though I am pretty sure I forgot about half the things I wanted to show to you. And pleases ignore the terrible lighting, but winter in Hamburg and my camera are not the best friends.

I know, it is a huuuge pile, so I decided to divide it into different sections...

1. Clothing
1. Zara shirt from the sale in pullover print optic. Really loved it when I spotted the print in store, but it is pretty boxy and long, the latter was solved by cropping it. Looks amazing with high wasted stuff.
2. Light grey ruffle vest from the local markets. Just I nice something to throw over plain stuff.
3. Cheap Monday two color skinny jeans. Definitely one of the most worn pieces of the year. Got it in the sale for 30 Euro and love the idea of wearing "just a plain jeans" from the back or the front. Edgy but still easy to combine.
4. Grey military jacket. Got this one on a flea market and remember writing about it. But who would ignore the sparkly shoulder decor?
5. Vintage oversized button down. You also saw this bad boy several times this year, but even though the colors are normally totally not me I loved this one.
6. Plisse Zara Skirt. Normally I do not buy stuff at Zara that isn't reduced. But with loving the whole plisse idea I couldn't pass it up.
7. This hanger is a replacement for my Karl Lagerfeld blazer and skirt I dedicated a whole blog post to. But again: 20 something Euro for Vintage Karl Lagerfeld stuff? You gotta love ebay!

2. Accessoires (Not many surprises there)
1. Green children's Doc Martens. Even though I have a lot of different pairs, I love this one. I always wanted a pair of Docs, but it was pretty hard tracking down one that would fit me. They saved my toes from being smashed due to the fat French guy in front of me during a concert.
2. My favorite DIY project of this years was most certainly this pleather "plastic bag" I tend to wear folded as a clutch since I am quite paranoid about the handle breaking.
3. Turban beanie. Not the best material but the coolest beanie every!
4. Oldie but Goodie: Mondaine watch. Wore it nearly every day.
5. Greenish scarf knitted by mum. Thank you mum!
6. I believe you also saw this one, my Vintage flower ring made from a post-war silver coin. This was my grandmothers and I really love it for its story.
7. Vintage brooch, I loved brooches the whole year and this was my first and favorite. It had kinda a diamond shape and there is kinda a triangle. Hipster, eh?

3. Media
1. My Moleskine cookbook. As I already wrote: Food at home is always the best, so I made sure I took some of the recipes with me against home-sickness.
2. Couch magazine. A german magazine covering fashion and interior in a nice and modern way despite its cheap-ish cover design. Love all the DIY ideas in there.
3. Game of thrones. Any comment needed?
4. Iron Sky. 100 % Trash. Loved the idea of crowd-funding and I believe this is the perfect movie to watch with any male friend you got. 
Memories / Events:
1. The Brigitte shooting. Even though the images were never printed the whole day was an amazing experience and I am still really happy that I got the chance to be part of the project.
2. Hamburg. Overall. Until February I did not really know the city but I pretty much fell in love and did not regret a minute that I chose this city for my move. I was welcomed by great people and I am really looking forward for semester break, so I can discover many more places.
3. Rock am Ring 2012. I saw amazing bands and had amazing experience even though or maybe especially since I was emotionally upset.

This was 2012, the world did not end and therefore it is time to write some resolutions down. Or not. Resolutions tend to depress me, so I am only showing three sewing projects to you I am planning out. You rarely see them normally because I always think they are not too interesting for you, because many of the magazines are outdated or not internationally available, but cope with me for today?
1. I thrifted this fabric for a bargain price and I believe it is ideal for the pattern featured in an old burda: An original Chanel mini skirt featured in one of their specials with Karl Lagerfeld. Oh yeah.
2. Yellow pleat-front trousers. I don't know why I chose this fabric, but I kinda fell in love with it while walking through Ikea. And I love pleat-frond trousers. Don't ask me why.
3. A blazer made out of burgundy paisley velvet from the fabric store sale and black pleather. Totally hipster and Vintage looking, but why not... ?

That's it from me for this week, I promise more productivity when semester break starts, but right now I am kind of freaked out by the idea of writing my first exams for university. 
What are your resolutions and plans for 2013?

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Meow! Cat Sock DIY

You all probably sick reading about my mixed feelings about Urban Outfitters, but yeah, I did it again. I walked in there, saw something, fell in love, saw the price and decided to DIY it.
This time the project is connected to my love to cats, not that I did have one in my life yet, but for the past couple of years I have been dreaming about having one with me, so I can scare children of my front lawn as crazy cat ladies do. Just kidding. But since I am sharing a apartment and do not even know about the pet regulations in here, since it is out of question I had to find a replacement. And right now I am simply looking down at my newest project, that does not only provide me with warm feet, but also with a bit of purrfection^^


Thick socks
fabric in your eye color of choice, I suggest felt, because it is not likely to fray as my cotton fabric does, saves you work

fabric felt tip

yarn in the right color
thick thread in white (or a contrast color, depending on your sock's color)
sewing stuff
1. Cut out two identical eye shapes...
2. and in case you do use fabric that frays, line it with a zig-zag stitch
3. Use your fabric pen to draw the cat's characteristic pupil.
4. Get into your sock to decide on the right places for the eyes, pin them to the sock (be careful!)
5. Hand sew the eyes to your socks...
6. Go and stitch all the details as mouth, nose and whiskers to your sock. You maybe do want to add ears, but since I suck at hand sewing this was already enough to get my swearing... 

And now you got your very own cat, that does not anger any landlord or decides to leave any cat hair on black fabric. Okay, I have to admit: She does not "Meow" and purring is a rarely heard activity of your new pet, but look at these eyes!