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RECIPE | Sugar Free – Banana Bread

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana BreadBread that tastes like cake and is also sugar free? Yes please! This banana bread recipe will be the perfect solution to those quick mornings when there is no time for breakfast or late afternoon cravings when the cookie jar is starting to look way too tempting!

I am not a fan of cooking, which means that eating healthy has always been a problem for me. So I am slowly trying to come up with alternatives to at least eat healthy during the day.
My mornings usually start with a homemade smoothie or a quick and easy banana pancake. But what about those cravings during the day? Or the mornings where there simply is no time to make a smoothie or pancake?

Solution: Banana Bread!

I still don’t get why I haven’t thought of this before, because it is:
– ‘healthy’: there are mixed nuts in this bread and it is sugar-free, etc. (I guess eating an apple would be considered more healthy, but to me this is already a great improvement!:)
– Perfect for eating breakfast on the go.
– Adjustable for vegans: substitute the eggs for soy yoghurt and the honey for agave syrup.
– Budget friendly, use trail mix instead of expensive fancy nuts.
– Time friendly, I usually slice the bread and store it in the freezer. This way I only have to make a bread about once every 2/3 weeks.

Did I get you excited yet?! Read the full recipe and instructions below:


RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Medium sized ripe bananas
  • 100 grams Oats
  • 100 grams Flour
  • 3 Eggs (or 3/4 tbsp of soy yoghurt for vegans)
  • 3 tbsp Coconutoil
  • 3 tbsp Honey (or agave syrup for vegans)
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Handfuls of mixed nuts

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana BreadSTEP 1

– Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.
– In a bowl, mash the three bananas with a fork.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 2

– Add three tablespoons of coconut oil to the mashed bananas.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 3

– Add three tablespoons of honey to the mashed bananas.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 4

– In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients: 100 grams of flour, 100 grams of oats, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 5

– With a sharp knife, chop the 2/3 of the nuts.
– Add the chopped nuts to the bowl with the dry ingredients.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 6

– Add the wet ingredients to the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix them with a spoon.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 7

– Add the 3 eggs to the  mixture and stir the batter with a spoon.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 8

– Line the loaf pan with baking paper.
– Evenly divide the batter into the pan.

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

STEP 9

– Decorate the top of the bread with the leftover, un-chopped nuts.
– Place the bread in the oven for 45 to 65 minutes (depending on your oven)

RECIPE | Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread

Let the bread cool down after baking or have a tasty warm slice!

* Extra tip:
Cut the bread in snack-sized slices and store them in the freezer. Take them with you to work and they will defrost before it is your pre-lunch snack time!

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SEWING DIY | Cut and Sew Wrap Dress

SEWING DIY | Cut and Sew Wrap Dress

Sometimes there are these projects where I just can’t believe that I get to do this as a part of my work, this is one of them!

Upcycling is my friend, but creating things from scratch also has a magical feeling to it. The first sewing project where I designed not only the sewing pattern but also the fabric pattern was my Robe Coat project. And today I am going to take it to the next level (yes, that is possible!) with a ‘Cut and Sew’ sewing project!

 


What is ‘Cut and Sew’ you ask?

This means that you design and outline a piece of clothing during the design process. For instance, you design a life size back and front of a t-shirt, paste a photo inside this lay-out and print both pieces on fabric. All you have to do once the fabric is printed, is ‘cut out and sew’ the t-shirt together.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap DressFor this DIY project, I created a simple wrap dress pattern. It only has 5 pattern pieces (excluding the ribbons) so once it has been printed on fabric, you will only need to sew the 5 pieces together like a fun kimono puzzle.

Besides it being extremely easy and practical to have the pattern pieces printed in life size instead of having to use tracing paper and chalk on fabric. It is the design which makes this way of sewing so unique. – When you buy a piece of fabric on the market or in a store, you work with a design or repeating pattern that someone else has created. But what if you want to have a fabric that you can design based on your body type and taste? If you have wider hips like I do, you can darken the sides of the dress a bit, or you can place the focus on the bottom of the dress with a landscape. Because the outline of a wrap dress is so clear, you can really design a dress on and for your body.

 

About the design

For this project, I went to my favourite source of visual inspiration: the Rijksmuseum website. This is a website by one of the biggest Dutch museums and they have a large amount of their artwork online, encouraging everyone to download and use them for projects like this. All of the images are high ress. and rights free.
I collected ten different artworks from around the world and used photoshop to combine them into this design. The artworks range from paintings made in Japan, to embroidery pieces from France.
I used pictures of fabric to create the illusion of a velvet trim and embroidered sleeves, while in fact every piece of the dress is made out of the same material, it looks like it is a combination of different textures.

 

There are many options to do this DIY project:
– Follow my full detailed tutorial (below) and order my cut and sew – wrap dress design from Spoonflower
Request the outlines of the wrap dress, design your own fabric and order it online. (this does involve a bit of designing knowledge, the files are very big, so your computer needs to be able to handle this)
– Design another cut & sew pattern, like a T-shirt and use this tutorial as your guide for your very own project! (just make sure that the t-shirt is designed in a ‘life size’ file, we don’t want to end up with t-shirts for our barbies;)

 

Technical information:
– The wrap dress pattern is designed for sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
– Because everybody has different body types, you can cut the pattern pieces wider, by including pieces of the red parts (see images below) to make sure that the dress won’t be too small. I actually did this at the shoulders to show you how easy it is to alter the patterns.
– The size of the first printed piece including the: back of the dress and the two ribbons is: 52″ x 72″ (2 yards centered) at 150 dpi.
– The size of the second printed piece including the: left and right side of the front of the dress and the left and right sleeve is: 52″ x 108″ (3 yards centered) at 150dpi.
– The fabric of the dress is: poly crepe de chine and it is machine washable and very flowy and soft.

 


DIY

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SUPPLIES

– Custom Cut & Sew Fabric – Order my design or design your own with the template.(Interested in the outline Photoshop files? Shoot me an email and I will send them to you!)
– Sewing Machine
– Scissors
– Pins
– Needle & Thread
– Iron

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 1

– Design your own cut & sew fabric and order it online, or order mine.
– Place the fabric with your ‘cut and sew’ design on a flat surface and cut around the pattern shapes.
– If you are not sure about the sizing, you can cut wider around the edges, pin the garment together and see how it fits ( I did this with the shoulders)

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 2

-Flatten or iron the fabric to prepare for the next steps.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 3

– Pin and sew the shoulder pieces* (wrong sides) together.
– Use your iron to flatten the sewn seams.

*As you can see in the picture above, I added 3 cm to the top of the shoulder when cutting the original cut-and-sew shape. I wanted to make sure that it would fit and figured I could always remove it later. 

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STEP 4

– Place the side parts above the waist with the right sides together on top of each other on a flat surface.
– Pin and sew the sides from the arm opening to the top of the waist line.
– Repeat this on the other side.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 5

– Fold the sleeve horizontally double with the right sides inward.
– Pin and sew the side of the sleeve together.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 6

– Starting at the armpit, pin the sleeve inside the armhole.
– Leave about 5 cm open at the top of the shoulder.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 7

– Thread you needle and run it through the excess fabric at the top of the sleeve to create a ruffled line.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 8

– Spread the ruffles out over the length of the shoulder opening and attach it to the shoulder with a few pins.
– Sew the pinned sleeve.
– Repeat this for the other sleeve.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 9

– Fold the edge of the sleeve twice and pin it, to keep it in place. Iron and sew the edge of the sleeve.
– Repeat this for the other sleeve.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 10

– Sew the sides of the dress from the waist to the bottom.
– Iron the seams of the dress open.

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STEP 11

-Use a small pair of scissors to open the seam at the left*  waistline of the dress.
– Sew along each openend line.

* You can also create the opening at the right side of the dress, whichever you prefer.

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STEP 12

– Fold the fabric of the neckline double and pin it in place. Do this for the entire inside seam.
– Sew the pinned seams.
– Repeat this for the bottom of the dress.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 13

– Take one of the longer ribbon pieces and fold it horizontally double with the right side turned in.
– Sew the edges together.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 14

– Slightly move the ribbon, to get the seam to the middle of the ribbon.
– Use your iron to open up the seam and flatten it.
– Sew one end of the ribbon.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 15

– Fold the ribbon inside out.
– With the seam in the middle, iron it flat.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 16

– Fold the edge of the ribbon to the inside.
– Pin and sew the edge with a straight stitch.
– Repeat step 13 to 16 for the other ribbon.

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 17

– Attach one of the ribbons to the inside of the dress, at the waistline with two pins. (with the right side of the ribbon to the wrong side of the dress).

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

STEP 18

– Attach the ribbon by sewing two lines, following the corner line of the outer seam and the corner line of the dress pattern.
– Repeat this to the other opening of the dress.

And that is it! You will now have your very own custom wrap dress!

DIY | Cut & Sew Wrap Dress

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CREDITS

– Fabric by Spoonflower
– Shoes by Maguba
– Project by Lana Red Studio

Because this cut and sew project has a lot of information, please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below or shoot me an email. I would love to help and guide you with your design!


 

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket – 3D Embroidery

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

After my recent collaboration with Mollie Makes involving an embroidered denim jacket, I just couldn’t get out of the ’embroidery vibes’ and decided to embrace it when this beautiful vegan leather jacket arrived in my mailbox!

Now don’t get me wrong, this jacket (and most jackets) don’t need to be ‘upcycled’ because they look great as they are, but I wouldn’t be much of a DIY person if I didn’t feel the need to restyle everything I own in a tiny way.
To keep the look of the jacket intact, I came up with the idea to add a quote to the back, like I did with the denim jacket project, but this time use a different embroidery technique: a 3d embroidery design!
With the use of rope, you can trace outlined designes and cover the rope with thread for a finished look, yes it really is that easy!

For the 3d embroidery quote a went a little bit political, a tiny bit girly and very nostalgic: Girl Power!! My generation will recognise this from the fabulous Spice Girls, who used this phrase a lot, but it has more history and meaning than just the Spice Girls (you can read about it on Wikipedia)
To me, this was the perfect cool and straight forward message that fit the style of the black jacket. And speaking of the jacket, I have never owned a black leather jacket and I cannot even describe the feeling that I get when wearing it (especially after adding the quote on the back) Let’s just say that when I walked by a parked motorcycle the other day, it felt like I could have done a spontaneous photoshoot on that bike, looking fierce and oh so cool, yet girly ‘me’ at the same time;)
But the thing that I love the most about it, is that it goes with all of my other clothes. A good leather jacket is just one of those pieces that is ‘allowed’ to go with anything. From a minimal pair of skinny jeans for a ‘model look’ to boho clothing for a ‘vintage 70’s look’.

This project is perfect to put on the back of a jacket, but you can use this technique on any piece of clothing that you like, just as long as the fabric is sturdy enough to be embroidered.
Are your ready to restyle and embroider your entire wardrobe?

DIY:


SUPPLIES

  • Vegan Leather Jacket
  • Template (or blank piece of paper and marker)
  • Clear Baking Paper of Tracing Paper
  • Textile Chalk/Pencil
  • Rope
  • Textile Glue
  • Embroidery Thread & Needle

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 1

– Take a piece of A4 sized paper and hold it over the back of the jacket.
– Decide the correct placement and size for your embroidery quote.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 2

– Download and print the “Girl Power” template that I created here in the correct size from step 1.
– Or design your own outlined quote*.

** Because we will be transferring the quote onto the jacket in steps 3 to 5, the template should be made mirrored.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 3

Making any design template transferrable onto fabric.

– Place a piece of baking paper/tracing paper over the template design. (make sure that the design is mirrored!!)
– Trace the quote/design with your chalk pencil onto the baking paper.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 4

– Decide the final placement for your design and temporarily attach*  the paper (chalk side down) onto the back of the jacket.

** Since washi- or painters- tape didn’t stick to the faux leather, I attached the paper to the jacket with pins, but only using the existing seam-lines to avoid damaging the jacket.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 5

– With the back of a pencil or your fingernail, ‘rub’ the traced chalk design onto the jacket.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 6

– Once you have transferred the entire design onto the jacket, remove the paper.
– Use your chalk pencil to complete the design in case some parts didn’t transfer well.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 7

Creating the 3d effect.

– Apply a small amount of textile glue to one side of the rope and attach the rope to the beginning of the design on the jacket.
– Using small pieces of rope, cover all of the chalk outlines on the jacket.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 8

– Once you have covered the entire design with your rope, let the glue dry overnight.

DIY | (faux) Leather Jacket - 3D Embroidery

STEP 9

Finalising the design with embroidery thread

– Thread your needle with the embroidery thread.
– Insert your needle from the inside of the jacket* and pull it out at the outside of the jacket tightly against the rope. Insert your needle again tightly on the other side of the rope, ‘covering’ the rope with the embroidery thread.
– Repeat embroidering across the entire length of the rope until you have covered the entire design.

** When embroidering the design, be careful not to move the lining of the jacket too much.

 

And that’s it! You have now created your own restyled embroidered jacket with a special 3d effect!!
Scroll down for a few extra design tips!

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What I personally love the most about embroidery projects is how adjustable they are to everyones taste. This project is also very suitable to restyle in your own way:

  • Instead of 1 color embroidery thread, create a rainbow effect and change the color of the thread as you embroider along the words.
  • Not a fan of a big statement on your back? Make a small minimal 3d embroidery version on the (inside) of the collar.
  • GRL PWR, Boss, Fancy, Love – these are only a few of the many things that you can use as a quote or text to embroider on your jacket! I am all for Girl Power and feel free to use my template design, but it is also pretty easy to use your own favourite quote for this project!!

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CREDITS

– Vegan Leather Jacket by Harper + Lange
– Skirt & Blouse by Lana Red Studio in collaboration with Spoonflower
– Hair extensions by Lana Red Studio in collaboration with Cliphair

 


 

HAIR DIY VIDEO | Braided Scarf Hairstyle

HAIR DIY VIDEO | Braided Scarf Hairstyle

Today I have a special treat for you guys: the first LRS hair DIY video project!!
This one is pretty special (and nerve-wrecking) for me, because it is the first video where you can actually here me talk (in English!).

I am a big fan of girly hair tutorials, and I have posted many of them on this blog, but now that video tutorials have become so popular, I noticed that I am also guilty of not searching for photo-hair-tutorials anymore, but would go straight to youtube instead to find a quick how-to.

For this special video I choose to do a hairstyle that is one of my favourite updos for the warmer summer days: a ‘Dutch’ braided crown, but with a headscarf detail!
It is very easy and quick to do and since I often wear my clip-in hairextensions, it is perfectly suitable to integrate them into this hairstyle, like I did. Making it also possible for people with shorter hair to achieve this look!

Changing the style of the scarf, wearing it with bangs or without, you can adjust this hairstyle to your own taste and look! (which would also be very stylish at all of the upcoming festivals!)

Are you ready for the full video tutorial? Check it out here:

 

** Disclaimer of a new-to-speaking-in-youtube-videos blogger. This is so incredibly new to me, that it took me a while to get the confidence to make an English speaking video like this. So any advice or requests that you might have after watching the tutorial are more than welcome! I truly appreciate every comment and message (positive and other alike:)).

 


VIDEO DIY


Thank you for watching! And if you have a request for my next (hair) video tutorial, let me know in the comment section or shoot me an email!

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FEATURE | Mollie Makes Button Projects

FEATURE | Mollie Makes Button Projects

This month I had a very special collaboration with Mollie Makes magazine! Instead of creating a project for the inside of the magazine, I designed 2 projects with the special gift that comes with this months magazine: buttons!

Attached to the 79th issue, is a very special button gift. These buttons are so cute, and I had the honour of making 2 projects that included the pretty and colourfully styled buttons! Along with my projects, you can find a total of 8 bonus projects in a handy booklet attached to the magazine to inspire you and show you how to use the buttons in your future projects.

Are you ready to upcycle, restyle and try many different ways to incorporate these stylish buttons into fun new projects? It’s easy! Get yourself the latest Mollie Makes Issue and start crafting away with the tutorials.

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BLOGGING | 6 Sources to get Inspiration for your next Blog Post

BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

Are you in a creative rut, ran out of ideas for your next blogpost or simply crave something new? Well, you have come to the right place! Because I have collected and wrote down my 6 favourite sources to get inspiration!

The question that I get asked the most is ‘where do I get my inspiration from?’ And my answer would always be that I don’t now, it just happens. But after the last time that somebody asked me this, I started to think about it and I realised that I had been untrue with my previous answers. It doesn’t ‘just happen’, I do have a few inspirational sources, I just didn’t realise that I did.

Looking back on my blog projects most have them have a hidden inspirational source and today I would like to share those with you, so that you can see that all of the inspiration that you need is probably already inside of you!

There really is no need for extreme measures to get an ‘original’ article or one-of-a-kind project, my main sources of inspiration are so simple that it probably won’t take long before you have written a whole new set of articles for your blog!

In the six categories below you will find tips on how to use certain mediums for your own work in combination with examples of my inspirations and results combined to show you how easy it can be!

Scroll down for the list of sources to get inspiration for your next blogpost.

Or jump to a favourite topic within this post:
– Art
– Movies
– Other Creatives / Pinterest
– Nostalgia
– Music
– Daily Life / Travel

 


ART

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Art too artsy for the DIY and fashion blog community? No way! Art has been making it’s way unto the runway for years now (think Iris van Herpen) and the DIY community is also starting to embrace the traditional idea of art and combining it with approachable projects.
Visiting museums, flipping through photography books, or making art yourself. These are all things that can help you to get inspired for your next blogpost. They can be abstract watercolours for that new desktop wallpaper, still-life paintings for you next bouquet arranging course, sculptures to help you think of 3d DIY projects, you name it!

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I have been using the Rijksmuseum ( a Dutch museum) website a lot for my DIY projects. On their website you can view and download high ress. images of their art collection. They even encourage you to use them for projects! I have been inspired by all of the floral paintings and drawings and after using it for a Temporary Tattoo DIY, and a Shoe Transfer Project, it was time to take it to the next level and combine my favourite works into two fabric prints and turn them into a purse project.

This shows that the art scene has an unlimited amount of visual beauty to inspire you for just about anything!


MOVIES

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Movies (and tv-shows) can be oh so inspiring. There are many things that you are probably already unconsciously ‘borrowing’ from your favourite movies. But you can also be inspired by a movie and use that in a practical way : think of the colour-schemes and how rooms are decorated in the movie; why not sew a similar cushion cover or re-think the placement of your furniture.

Special tip: My all-time favourite movie inspiration sources are the movies by Wes Anderson. The sets, the costumes, they are just moving moodboards on my screen!

Not only decorating ideas can be used from your favourite film, costumes and fashion statements are also a big part of the movie experience. Annie Hall’s tomboyish suit, Audrey Hepburn’s classic outfit in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, Kate Hudsons retro coat in “Almost Famous” and my favourite: all of the over-the-top colourful outfits Fran Drescher wore in “The Nanny”.
These can all be used as examples and inspiration for your next outfit post, whether you dedicate the blogpost to your favourite character or simply get inspiration from a small detail in a movie scene.

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Unconsciously, I think that we all ‘borrow’ things from each other when it comes to thinking of where an idea came from. Being inspired by something and trying to recreate it is one thing, but looking back at your own work and realising that it has so many similarities to something else that you just can’t imagine that you didn’t notice it before, happens to me a lot!

This outfit-post that I did for instance, (left photo above) is as retro as one of my favourite movies: The Royal Tenenbaums. The character ‘Margot’ that Gwyneth Paltrow portrays is such a great personality to capture on camera.
Whenever I do an outfit post I like to experiment and for this one I wanted to go retro and a bit ‘moody’. I guess I must have watched that movie in the same month, because the colours and my choice of ‘mood’ really match Margot’s style.

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Are you really struggling for fashion photography shoot inspiration? Go Disney! I think that all of the girly girl fashion bloggers have done at least one Disney character-pose without even realising it! I am also guilty of that fact in my Bright & Bold outfitpost. Opening a window, rosy cheeks, a slight smile on your face and red lips to match.. All that is missing is a singing bird helping you get dressed:)


OTHER CREATIVES / PINTEREST

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Maybe not one of the most ‘unexpected’ sources on this list, but definitely one that can’t be missed: other creatives aka friends/blogs/Tumblr/Pinterest, etc.

“Everything has already been made and done, but… not by you!”, this is one of the first things that they taught me at art school and it has been a helpful reminder whenever I felt insecure about an idea.

For me the quote means that you can get inspiration from others, (I actually insist on it!) and use that inspiration to transform an idea into your own style, taste and uniqueness.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

When looking for inspiration for a new Do It Yourself project, I usually go to Pinterest and see what has been made in the last few years. While browsing and collecting, my brain is already coming up with ideas about what I am missing in my lists or ideas about how to transform existing projects into new and improved ones.

My clock project for instance: I had these pieces to make my own clock, but I needed a surface or platform to transform the pieces into an actual clock. I found that people had made clocks out of stuffed animals, mirrors, wall paint, you name it! It was so much fun to see the endless possibilities and it truly inspired me.

The same goes for my concrete planter. Concrete has been a very popular DIY material in the last 2/3 years and I have been so excited to see all of these amazing projects that are made out of this raw material. The only thing that I wanted to do different, was to make it as accessible as possible to make something out of concrete. No special and/or expensive molds, just basic supplies. And it worked!

What would you do differently when it comes to DIY trends?


NOSTALGIA

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Did you hear? The 90’s are back! What a better way to get new inspiration than browsing through your old family albums! (no matter which decade;)

For me that means a lot of pictures of me and my sisters wearing bright colours that didn’t match at all. I am not sure how my sisters feel about this, but I am actually thankful that my mom would dress us up like that, because I think that it is the main reason why I love prints and colours so much!

Oilily, the brand that you can see in the picture above, was the brand that my mom loved to dress us up in. (I think that we actually had that yellow dress in the middle) and the prints and mixed styles is something that still puts a smile on my face when I look at the picture.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

To use your childhood wardrobe for your next blogpost, you don’t have to wear or copy your style. But it might help to look at a few older pictures of yourself or look the clothing brands up that you used to wear and see if there are parts of it that you still like.

For example, I am especially still inspired by the colour combinations that Oilily dares to use and applied them to my Granny Square Sweater DIY (on the left).


MUSIC

BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST
BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

From song lyrics, to videoclips and album art. Music can easily be used as a visual inspirational source! Growing up with MTV, music videos had a great impact on me and gave me a lot of ideas on what type of things I wanted to make when I got older.
But even these days, music is one of the most important inspirational sources to me. I never craft without music in the background and biking without music in my ears is very unheard of.

One of my most recent music-inspired blogposts was my Canvas Cutout Star Light DIY. The black and white star was inspired by my hero: David Bowie. His last album before he passed away is called “Black Star” and I loved the simplicity of his albumcover and merchandise.


DAILY LIFE / TRAVEL

  BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

There are a lot of people that say that they get most of their inspiration from ‘daily life’, but I never really understood what that means before writing this post. To me it was always a very vague term, that says that even brushing your teeth can be inspiring. But scrolling through old photos, I did recognise a lot of things that I used for this blog and started to realise what ‘daily life inspiration’ truly means.

The subway tile photo above for instance was taken here in Berlin and matches the timeline when I started to use the blue/white/black color-combo a lot in my styling photography.

Finding that subway photo helped me to understand how we can use everyday visuals into new projects and work, without taking it to literall. Tile colours, typography on posters, wallpapers in restaurant bathrooms, these are all things that we could try to notice more and use for our own memory moodboards.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

Speaking of “daily life” and travel, growing up in The Netherlands, it is unimaginable not to have a project that is inspired by a Dutch windmill like my DIY painted mugs.
And I am sure that you have also seen a few landmarks or suddenly realise that you can use a certain iconic image from your childhood or travels and portray them in your new post project!


Are you inspired yet?! Hopefully these tips and my stories have helped you to get out of your creative rut.
Do you have other inspirational sources? Let me know in the comment section!

I can’t wait to read all of your new inspirational blogposts!

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Frame Purse

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

Are your ready for the most handmade DIY project ever? Because not only can you make your own frame purse, you can also design the inner and outer fabric yourself! Which means that (apart from the frame) everything about this purse will be designed and made by you!

I am all for upcycling DIY projects and restyling and remaking things (I have about 3 vintage dresses at home, waiting to become my next project) but every once in a while it just feels amazing to make something from scratch. And not only make it, but also design it, wear it, use it and show it off!!

A few weeks ago I collaborated with the wonderful Spoonflower and I designed my own fabrics and turned them into a robe coat which I shared on this blog, yes you can make your own robe coat with this tutorial! I loved the project and the people at the Berlin Spoonflower offices were so nice and helpful and it was an incredible experience to make a design on your computer and a little while later, hold it in your hands, printed on their beautiful fabrics:

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You can read more about the process and inspiration for my designs in the DIY Robe Coat project blogpost.

After finishing the coat and wearing it as often as I could, I still had a small amount of fabric left over. And since it was getting warmer outside I couldn’t sport my handmade prints anymore. Solution: a purse that is suitable for anything and is also a good project to share with you!
I decided to turn the faux suede fabric into a clip purse, because I always wanted to try making one, and opening a clip frame purse, is the perfect fancy way of showing off the lining fabric.

Make it your own
And because I am a big supporter of following your own style – this DIY project is adjustable to your taste in so many ways:
– Use the fabric print designs that I made and use in this tutorial.
Design your own fabric and make the ultimate handmade project.
– Use your favourite store-bought fabric.
– Add an embroidery detail for an even more crafty project.
– Get the purse frame of your choosing: gold, silver, round, square, vintage, etc. (you can actually thrift an old clip frame purse, and remove the frame to re-use it!)
– Go tiny and make a coin purse, or go big and make a practical bag.

Are you ready? Here’s how:


DIY

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

SUPPLIES

– Faux Suede Fabric (I designed my own at Spoonflower. You can get my design or make your own!)
– Lining Fabric (I also designed the fabric for the inside at Spoonflower. You can get my design or make your own)
– Purse clip frame and Chain
– Interfacing (I used neoprene fabric – not pictured- to add thickness to the purse)
– Pins
– Scissors
– Glue (you can use textile glue, but my all-time favourite glue is jewelry glue, it works on anything!)
– Sewing Machine

Optional:
– Embroidery thread & Needle
– Embroidery hoop

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 1

– Place your faux suede fabric, right side up, on a flat surface.
– Take your clip frame and place it on top at the top of the fabric.
– Cut the fabric 2 cm on top of the frame as shown above.
– Mark the end-point of the clip frame with a pin in the fabric. Measure 3 cm to the outside and pin another pin. Cut a line from the previously cut fabric to the outside pin. Repeat this on both sides of the fabric.
– Decide the length of your purse and add 3 cm to the length size (for the bottom of the purse).
– Starting at the outer pin, cut the fabric downward in your chosen length. repeat this on the other side.
– Cut the fabric in a straight horizontal line at the bottom.
– Trace your cut fabric onto another piece and cut that piece out. You will now have the front and back outer pieces of your purse.

STEP 2

Want to add a special detail? Embroider your fabric!

– Place your fabric in an embroidery hoop.
– Tie a knot in your embroidery thread and thread the needle.
– Starting from the back of the fabric, move your needle in and out of the fabric, following the print.
– Repeat this until you have made a few embroidered details.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 3

– Double your lining fabric with the right sides together.
– Place the outer suede piece from step 1 on top of the double lining fabric. Trace the shape onto the lining and cut it out.
– Pin and sew the two lining pieces together at the sides and the bottom.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 4

– Double your interfacing fabric ( I used neoprene instead of regular interfacing fabric) and place the outer piece of the purse from step 1 on top of the doubled interfacing.
– Cut the shape from the outer fabric out of the two interfacing layers.
– Place the two interfacing pieces on top of each other, and sandwich the suede pieces (right sides facing each other) in between.
– Pin and sew the four pieces of fabric together at the sides and the bottom.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 5

– Fold the suede and interfacing part inside-out.
– Take one bottom corner and flatten it (as shown above). Use a pin to keep it in place.
– Sew the bottom corner with your sewing machine in a straight line.
– Repeat this for the other corner.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 6

– Cut the excess fabric from the two bottom corners with your scissors as shown above.
– Repeat step 5 & 6 for the lining fabric.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 7

– Fold the suede and interfacing part right-side-out.
– Fold the lining piece right-side-in.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 8

– Place the suede and interfacing piece inside the lining fabric.
– Make sure that all of the sewn lines are lined up.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 9

– Pin and sew one side of the top of the lining, interfacing and suede fabric together, repeat this by going all around the top of the purse, finishing by leaving approx. 4 cm left open.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 10

– Pull the entire sewn purse through the 4 cm opening at the top.
– Make sure that everything is aligned and pin and sew along the top of the purse, closing the opening and creating a crisp edge for the next step.

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

STEP 11

– Apply dots of glue inside the purse frame (you can use all kinds of glue, but I always prefer to use jewelry glue, since it doesn’t stain and is made to attach different types of materials)
– Starting at one side press the top of the purse inside the groove of the purse frame. Repeat this on the other side, until you have pressed the entire top of the purse into the groove.

And that’s it! You now have your very own handmade clip frame purse!

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Do you have even more fabric left over, but not enough for an entire purse? No worries! I also made an easy sewing DIY project for a zipper pouch, using left-over fabrics and textile: zipper pouch tutorial.


Credits

– Fabrics designed by me thanks to Spoonflower
– Photography by Lana Red Studio
– Robe Coat photography by www.der-gottwald.de

 

FEATURE | EMBROIDERED DENIM JACKET DIY

Not one, not two, but three of my embroidered projects can be found in the special Mollie Makes edition: Mollie Makes Embroidery!!!

As you probably already know, I have collaborated with the always creative Mollie Makes on a lot of fun projects. And even though we have worked on an embroidery project before, (which can also be found in this special edition!) this time we embraced the colourful embroidery theme and went all out with an Embroidered Denim Jacket DIY.
The project was so much fun to do and even though embroidery projects are always time consuming, this one was so much fun, time just flew by!

Are you ready to be a ‘Boss’ and rock this special denim jacket? It’s easy! Get yourself the amazing Mollie Makes Embroidery Issue and start crafting away with 149 inspiring ideas and tutorials.

DIY | Clay Initial Bracelet

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

What do you get when it’s too cold outside, cats that want to cuddle 24-7 and you are in between projects? Yes: many new creative adventures!

These adventures include:
– A new jewelry collection
– A Lana Red Studio webshop!!!
– A tutorial of one of the jewelry pieces, because you can DIY-it or BUY-it ;)
– A brand new stop-motion DIY video of said bracelet (because why not!)

That is right, I just finished making a whole bunch of jewelry pieces and besides offering them in my Etsy shop you can also purchase them in my own webshop!
shop.lanaredstudio.com is officially live and I am offering items that you might recognise from the blog.

I encourage everyone to be creative, so you can also find the tutorials to make the pieces yourself on the LRS blog, but for those of you lacking the supplies or energy can buy the handmade items online today.

DIY-it or BUY-it is a concept that I just love. A unique style is in all of us and I am a big believer of having options and doing what feels right. Choose your way to go:

Scroll down to learn how to make your own Initial Bracelet

or

Visit the LRS Shop to order your own Initial Bracelet today


INITIAL BRACELET PROJECT

And now onto the bracelet project (since that is the reason for your visit to this page). Ever since I made my concrete jewelry and opened up my Etsy shop, I really enjoyed making jewelry. And while experimenting with new materials and textures I started to use polymer clay for the first time since I was 8.
Polymer clay comes in so many pretty colours and tones, that I instantly fell in love with the idea of turning something that is known to be a ‘kids crafting supply’ into fancy looking jewelry.

The results are great and after making earrings (which I combined with gold leaf) I used my left-over clay to make this initial bracelet, knowing that it is just one of those pieces that can go with anything and anyone, would be the perfect personal gift and is easy to make!

After giving one to my sister for her birthday (with a rose-gold chain) and making one for myself, it was time to share it with you!

This clay project is really easy, inexpensive and the fun part is that you can also adjust it to your own taste: use a different color chain, different color clay or even change the circle shape into something else (like a heart or star shape); the possibilities are endless.

Polymer Clay Bracelet DIY:


STOP-MOTION
VIDEO TUTORIAL


STEP-BY-STEP
PHOTO TUTORIAL

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

SUPPLIES

– Polymer Clay (I used Cernit with a granite look, but any kind will work for this project)
– Circle Mold (I used the lid of a marker. Anything will work, just as long as you can reach the circle from both sides to be able to remove the clay)
– Silver Chain
– 4 Hoop Rings
– Jewelry Clasp
– Toothpick ( or something similar to engrave the letter)

– Oven

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 1

– Take a piece of your clay and roll it around in your hand* until you have made a small ball.

* Depending on the brand that you use, the clay can be a bit too hard to knead and mold. If this is the case, you can use a hairdryer to slightly warm the clap up and make it more flexible – Use the lowest setting on your hairdryer and check the clay every few seconds.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 2

– Use a rolling pin, glass or something similar and press it on top of the clay ball.
– Press and roll until you have reached your desired thickness.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 3

– Place the mold of your choosing into the clay.
– Twist the mold around to separate the excess clay from your disc.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 4

– Remove the clay from your mold, revealing a small disc shaped piece of clay.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 5

– Use your toothpick to make two small holes* in your clay disc.

* Depending on the size of your disc and hoop rings, you can make the holes as big or as small as you like.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 6

– Choose your letter and start carving it into the clay. Start at the top and first mark the letter with small dots into the clay.
– Once you have ‘dotted’ the entire letter, follow the dotted line by pressing the toothpick into the clay and combining the dots into a line until you have carved the entire letter.

BAKING

– Once you are satisfied with the look of your charm, it is time to bake it.
– Bake the clay according to the instructions on the packaging in a preheated oven.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 7

While the clay is in the oven, let’s start working on the bracelet!

– Place the chain on you wrist and measure the length.
– Once you have decided the length of your bracelet, measure the clay charm and jewelry clasp.
– Subtract these measurements from you bracelet length and cut the chain bracelet in the correct size with your pliers.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 8

– Cut the bracelet chain in half with your pliers and place them on a flat surface as shown above.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 9

– Place the baked charm in between the two chain pieces.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 10

– Use a hoop ring to attach the right chain to the right hole in the clay.
– Repeat this for the left side.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 11

– Use a hoop ring to attach the clasp to the end of the right chain.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 12

– Attach the last hoop ring to the left side of the bracelet.

All done! Your personalised clay bracelet is finished and ready to be worn!


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FEATURE | Ruffle Socks

FEATURE | Ruffle Socks

To quote the headline that appears next to my project in this months Mollie Makes magazine feature: “Channel your inner Sandra Dee with these gingham-trimmed socks!”

This month I collaborated with the always festive Mollie Makes on this fun sewing hack DIY project: ruffle socks.
It’s one of those projects that works in so many ways: it’s easy (even beginner sewers can do this!) it’s quick, and not to mention that you can make your own sock collection in different colours and styles for every day of the week!

Rock the ruffles above the edge of a booth or dare to go bold and wear them in a cute pair of clogs or heels.

Are you getting the sewing vibes and can’t wait to make your own pair of ruffle socks? It’s easy! Get yourself the latest Mollie Makes Issue and start crafting away with the tutorial.

FEATURE | Ruffle Socks