Guest Post: Inspired by Peter Combe

Lately I have been getting used to the idea of alot of changes happening soon. That's not to say that a few tears and restless nights and bad hair days haven't happened during the process. I am realizing how difficult it is to be truly courageous and leave plans to the wind. I guess I'm not as adventurous as I had hoped.
On a more exciting note, I'm turning a year older today! I woke up to a sweet 'happy birthday' song just for me and I am going to have a great day!
 Today one of my favorite bloggers is sharing a guest post using lots of color in a very creative use. Her  project reminds me of an amazing visual artist that uses the same material: paint chips. You can check out his portfolio on his site.
And now, without further adue, welcome Lauren!
Hi to all the lovely Hello Hydrangea readers out there! I'm Lauren, from The Perfect Pear and I'm so happy to be here sharing with you one of my all time favorite ways to add some prettiness to your house this spring! 
There you go! A totally cute garland that can also double as a photo backdrop! :) Happy Spring!


Inspired by Doloris Petunia

I think I woke up too early this morning. I am in a mood where I can't go back to sleep, but I don't want to fully get up. So I'm compromising with this post in bed. It makes both of my consciouses happy.
By the way - I hope you are prepared for some amazing jewelry in this post!
I know that my last post was a bracelet tutorial, but the two inspirations are on such different levels, I am going ahead and doing another. Do you see the intricate craziness above and below? These pieces are by the designer, Courtney Prince. I have been watching her work for a while and she has awed me again.
Her studio, Doloris Petunia is full of wearable statements that border on beautiful, and slightly tacky. She combines the embroidered friendship bracelets that I used to make when I was ten with Swarovski crystals, broaches and beads. For the full inspiration effect you have to visit her shop or read an interview here.
I can tell by the detailing in each of her pieces that they must take hours to make. Yet, there is too much inspiration here not to try! Good thing I have buckets of disassembled and broken jewelry lying around my house. If you want to give it a try and don't have old bobbles sitting on a shelf, check your nearest thrift store for used costume jewelry.
Also, Courtney uses a patent pending construction technique for her cuff base which molds your wrist. You will notice below that I used a simpler method. I also didn't use as much 'bling' as she did. The whole piece is actually pretty different from hers - but still inspired by her incredible skills.
1. First, lay out your chosen jewels to play around with the form and color.
2. Begin arranging the bottom layer of yarn, braids, fabric... whatever you can find, on a sheet of felt. I used stiffer felt, but any type should work because it is flexible, yet strong.
3. Jump in. You have to start somewhere and adhere the jewels around your base. One thing I've learned is that small items don't stay in place on their own for long. You have to trust yourself and start.
4. Cut the form out of the sheet of felt. 

5. Put a pretty ribbon on the back. You can discover your own closure technique... I used a ribbon.
6. Slowly and carefully bend the form into a concave shape. I didn't notice while I was working flat, but when the item is bent back, there are nooks and crannies that get opened up. Now is your time to fill them with more jewels!


Inspired by Sailor's Knots

Last night while I was trying to finish my statistics homework I found out something marvelous. The Dick Van Dyke show! I used to watch it with my best friend in fifth grade. (We didn't get out much.)
I never realized how true black and white sitcoms could be to life today. The clothing and hairstyles might be different but families have never stopped disagreeing about opening each other's mail or dyeing their hair platinum blonde. If someone doesn't stop me I am going to finish the first season by tonight!

 On another note, I have been inspired by these sailor knots for a while now. I envy boyscouts for learning pretty ways of tying rope together. When I ran across these nautical bracelets from Kiel James Patrick I finally understood how to 'tie together' my love for sailors and accessories. 
I know any knot would look great on someone's arm, so while KJP chose the reef knot, I chose to use the figure eight knot. 
It is harder to find fishing rope in a city far from the ocean, but I stopped into a local sport and pawn store and found some, along with some other great materials for future projects. 
Here's the tutorial:
The first step is to measure how wide the bracelet needs to be and tie the knot-of-choice in the center.
I used twine to wrap the two sides together. This makes it look super cool, and helps to keep it in place.
Once both sides are wrapped, add a lobster claw clasp and try it on!


New Collection in Shop

I just finished a couple of new items for the shop!
When you create something in your happiest mood, it helps you know what your personal style really is. Even though it takes time to think about each piece and squint your eyes until the shapes feel right, the result is you
I have been designing jewelry since middle school, and I am so happy to feature a few one-of-a-kind pieces in my shop. They have been in the making for a while in between schoolwork and other projects, but they are finished and ready for a new home!

I have realized a lot about my personal style through many entries on this site.  Now I know that the common materials and textures I like working with are fabric, wood, paper, paint and wire. I love the look of fabric on accessories, so many of my pieces have the feature of a patterned braid. They are all unique and hopefully I will be adding more soon so check out the shop!

Inspired by Paul Jackson

The weekend has come and I finally don't have any plans! It feels great because I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. This has been a quiet morning of photo editing and dodging foul basketballs while watching my husband's intramural team. I am so glad for this little break from work and school, at least for a little while.
I ran across some origami paper a few days ago and couldn't leave without it. This was black and white and quietly patterned in a way that i hadn't seen before. I started looking for origami artists to inspire me and ran across Paul Jackson. His work is amazing because it is geometric and colorful. Plus, his site has some great instructions for simpler pieces. 

The 'pecking bird' looks like an easy, fun piece to try! The shapes of his designs were gorgeous, but I found that I was drawn to the pattern of the paper more than the idea of folding it. So, I decided to create a project that allowed me to use and connect with the pattern as more than a paper sculpture. It was super easy and beautiful by the end!
The first step is to cut the paper into strips 1/8" wide.
Then lay them face down and paint some glue on them before lining the strips up with the sides of the pencil. 
Wow. Two steps and three ingredients later...
I tied a few together with twine for a pretty, simple package. They would be great as a gift for the beginning of school, or anytime. They stayed on surprisingly well while sharpening after they dried!