October 28, 2014

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Carving

  Fall 2014 is the first fall that I spend in my new home in Los Angeles. And obviously, I couldn't avoid this halloween fever happening all around the place (especially, concerning fall decor on pinterest). So, I've armed with a 99c pumpkin from the neighborhood grocery store, pumpkin carving tools and brought one of my halloween pumpkin ideas into life. I actually really enjoy watching how people here take the seasonal decoration seriously - party decor supplies, halloween creepy costumes, spooky window displays are everywhere. And, DIY decor ideas are having a blast these days! With no further lyrics about "get your hands dirty and do it yourself", see the result of my pumpkin for halloween!

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  Steps for DIY halloween pumpkin carving:

1. First, I've drawn my pumpkin carving pattern with a marker. I didn't want to go for any complicated lines, as it was going to be my first time of pumpkin carving ever and I wasn't so confident in how it will go. It was more about reaching the texture I had in my head. So half-geometric, half-mandala inspired pattern was the direction I took in order to create a carving pattern.

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2. Second, I used the linoleum carving tools and it worked pretty well on the "fresh" pumpkin skin. I chose the medium size of carving knife, but for finer lines I would certainly recommend using the thinner attachment (which obviously will lead to a more time consuming process). I usually use the Speedball linoleum cutter when I do linoleum block print projects

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What are your halloween decoration ideas for this year?

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October 25, 2014

TLV Birdie x Planet blue - Tattoo visual art form in hand embroidery

  It's just the right time to share one more hand embroidery project I did for bohemian clothing company Planet Blue. While playing around with their iconic fashion lookbook images, I came up with some really creative ideas for my embroidery designs.  Honestly, I am pretty proud of this one - giving a tribute to the tattoo visual art form, when inspiration came to me naturally from traditional henna tattoo designs. Embroidered tattoo body art, ha..feels like a completely new world to explore! (see the previous fashion lookbook hand-embroidery project I did for Planet Blue - Lake in the Woods)

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Original image source : Planet Blue 

Embroidery art : Oly Shamrik of TLV Birdie

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October 24, 2014

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There's nothing like the Day of the Dead and All Hallow's Eve that gets you thinking about, well, death... but in a festive way. The all-out do everything you want to do, be everything you want to be, no matter how fantasical or insane. Then there are the people who lived the fullest, who touched our lives, made life for a lot of people better. This week as the fashion industry mourns the passing of Oscar de la Renta, we just have to stop and think for a second. How are we going to make our lives the most well-lived we can?

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October 20, 2014

Fall mood - Instagram moments #5

  It's been a while since the last post about my Instagram community. After my article where I shared tips on how to be a better instagrammer received a fabulous response from you guys,  I want to continue sharing my daily life snapshots and social media tips on the blog within the instagram moments tag. So, it's been two months since the time I've put together my 10 essential tips to make your Instagram profile more attractive for your followers (exist and future ones). While following these simple social media guidelines, I see my personal huge improvement, both in visual content (read - quality) and in subscribers number (read-quantity). Feeling like a proud parent of my own microblog kid, that I treat with a proper respect and don't try to bribe with cheap candies (you know what I metaphorically mean, don't you?). My main focus is on consistent, color-coded and natural theme-oriented original content, produced daily. As my Instagram community grows, it constantly brings me great new friends and opportunities. Being authentic pays off, that's for sure.

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