Organization isn’t my strong point. There, I said it! It’s not that I don’t crave the look of a well-kept house but all the pencils, yarn pieces and never-ending crafting supplies it becomes hard to keep it all straight. Plus, I very much an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ type of individual. That’s why it when ever the ‘cleaning process’ starts I end up starting and then abandoning a half-dozen projects from the treasures long-lost.
My sort of solution? Lots of fun vintage mugs and containers to hold everything neatly but in plain sight. Sorted in some degree. All colored pencils in one, all little annoying sewing pieces in another. It’s not a sound science but it has been working.
Canvas totes have also become a go to of mine. I stuff them full of all the materials, inspiration and started projects then hang them in the closet for easy access. This also allows for making on the go- either it be a friends space or simply my sofa.
Hello all – I would like you to meet Pyper America from Next Management. She was certainly an energetic little sprite in the studio with photographer Kim Genevieve and I. Taking every opportunity to work whatever prop she was handed. She was a treat to style.
Model: Pyper America
Photographer: Kim Genevieve
Hair: Jenny Calderon
Makeup: Tanya Bures
Stylist: Rebecca Buenik
There is no work of macrame, fiber art or weaving that hasn’t had me swooning recently. Maybe its knowing the amount of time and love that goes into every knot or maybe I am really a hippie at heart. Be it vintage or contemporary; I want it all. The only problem is finding the right piece for the space before it’s on someone else’s wall. Well, as I do, I took to my own devices and made a fiber art wall hanging for myself. The inspiration came from a prized piece of Disregarden‘s rental collection. No amount of begging to my dear friend Jessica could persuade her to sell. What you will need:
- 1/2 inch nylon rope cut into 6 x 25″ pieces
- 3 colors of bright yarn with a metallic color of choice
- Plastic grid cut 2.5″ tall and 3.75″ long
- Needle with a big eye
- Fabric glue (not necessary but helps keeps yarn in place while wrapping)
- Start by cutting your nylon rope into 7 x 25″ pieces
- Thread your needle with the first color yarn, about 10″ from one end and thread through. This will leave you with one short strand on one side and the rest of the spool on the other
- Start wrapping yarn around towards the middle part of the rope for 5 inches.
- When you have wrapped 5 inches fold the rope over at the center and continue to wrap the thread around the both pieces of rope
- Add different colors of yarn as you wrap down the rope. Starting the same way, by threading the yarn through the rope, wrapping it for a few inches
- End each color by knotting of the yarn around the rope and snipping the ends
- Leave 4 inches of rope unwrapped at the bottom
- Repeat on all pieces of rope keeping the color blocking the same on each piece
- When all the rope is wrapped, stitch pieces onto plastic canvas at the top and bottom
- Tie a piece of yarn across the back of the plastic canvas so you can hang it on the wall!
What do you think? I really love how vibrant the colors are, they really pop in the space of mainly wood and neutrals. The plastic canvas reminds me of the old ladies at my childhood church who would make tissue box covers out of it. Have you ever seen that? Maybe the next DIY? Hmmm… ha.
DIY and styling by: Rebecca Buenik
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To me, it adds a touch of ‘old design’ to a modern space. Really giving texture and warmth. How clever is this hanging open closet to display your favorite pieces by Wide Eyed Legless? I could see this in a kitchen space for tea towels and other such things.
This DIY from Claire, via Camille Styles inspired me to buy a rod of copper and cutter and make something for myself (hope to share my DIY creation soon!)! The ‘clink’ of the freshly cup copper piece hitting the cement was ever so satisfying. What do you think of this trend? Will it go into extinction like chevron or hold true like classic black and white?
Being a creative freelance is hard. Not ground-breaking news, I know. But recently the idea of creating in my studio solo sends me in a lonely spiral that is hard to break. I want to be inspired, to talk out ideas, to grab a slice of $2 pizza if the mood strikes; generally be around people I feel comfortable with to share my creative thoughts and get the collaboration train rolling. I mean, who doesn’t? Thankfully, I’ve started making dinners every monday with an amazing, diverse group of ladies hosted in an ever inspirational loft/warehouse downtown LA. There is no pressure. No specific time to show up. No frill. What I find really fascinating is the lack of social media that surrounds these gatherings. I am usually the only one that pulls out my phone to get the perfect shot of the vegan biscuit dessert accompanied with coconut whipped cream (SOOO good!!).
Honestly, this post isn’t to boast but to simply encourage comradery and respect for fellow creatives/makers/humans. To let your walls down, have an open invite and to let the magic happen naturally.
Oh… and I am super pumped about a shoot that we are cooking up. Stay tuned!!
photo above of the adorable pup that comes along with the dinners.
You know those days that start off just as any other but then through a slow trickle of not-so-pleasant events makes you want to sit in your bedroom, alone, without even a kitten to cuddle you? Yes, it has been one of those days. Nothing crazy tragic happened: my iphone shattered and my cat poop in my shoe (you can see why I don’t want to cuddle her) but I did get to relive a shoot I did earlier this month. The concept was simple my friend Claire has amazing style, a beautiful home and is beyond photogenic so how could one pass up this perfect storm design storm?
The photographer, Andrew Roque really turned out some magic. This was the first time collaborating with him and I loved it. He is so very charming and really thinks about my suggestions while putting his own spin on things.
Recently, person whom I admire a great deal encouraged me to be more of a content provider. To get my hands dirty either with other creatives or by myself doing mini shoots. The more you do it the better you will become. I really want to do at least one shoot per month. To get my creative muscles moving again and to stop thinking so much about it. Just make it happen.
Check out more from this shoot on my portfolio: rebeccabuenik.com
Then head over to VIA: an art, music, culture publication where Claire is the Creative Director.
Further more go see more of Andrews stunning portraits.
I am like a proud mama bursting at the seams over my friend’s wooden & cork wood-turned goodness sale on One Kings Lane. May I introduce the bubbly, ever fun Melanie Abrantes. She never ceases to have a smile on her face, a new colorful vintage dress or lack of energy. So happy to have a genuine creative woman in my life making high quality goods that are simply beautiful!