13 Apr 2014

DIY wire "love" arm band

A month ago I was contacted by Jewellery Maker they are a company that specialize in jewellery supplies, they sell the most gorgeous semi precious beads and have won a tonne of awards. They also have online work shops you can take to learn new jewellery skills no matter what your experience is, they cater for everyone! They got in touch with me to ask if I would like to choose a kit off their website and do you, my lovely followers, a step by step tutorial. I chose their Jewellery maker tool kit and some gold tone wire (1.25 mm in thickness). 
I decided to show you how to make a wire " love" arm bangle

 I love these tools as they are really good quality, and if you are like me, I loose everything so the handy case is great and hello the tools are pink! 

 Now take a good amount of wire, about 60 cm to be safe! and cut it using the wire cutters. Please do not try to cut wire with scissors as it will most likely just break your scissors into two pieces and you may end up cutting yourself!  

 Now start creating the "l" by bending it into shape with your fingers leaving a good few inches before the letter.

 Using the pliers slightly squash were the wire crosses, this just helps to make it feel a bit more sturdy.

Now using the pliers start to make an "O" with the wire, you will need to loop it one and a half time. You will get use to the feel of using the pliers to manipulate the wire. 

 Now start to bend the wire into the "v" the great thing is with using a wire of this thickness, if you make a mistake its easy to flatten the wire back out with the pliers.

 Once you have made the "v" start to curve the "e" a good distance away from the v a little bit at a time, as its very easy to misjudge on how much wire you need for the "e" If you start to curve it around to close to the v you will end up with a tiny "e"

 Once you have all your letters done make sure the word is tight by using the pliers to gently squeeze where any wire overlaps.

 Now I am showing you this part on my wrist, as its ridiculously hard to take a photo of the top of your own arm with a massive camera, you could make this into a wrist bangle if you like but if your doing this for your arm make sure to do it on your arm! You need to put the word to your arm and slightly press it like you are molding it, bending it to the shape of your arm. Then on the piece before the L create a little loop and cut the excess wire off, you may need to file the end so its not sharp!

 Then bend the rest of the wire around your arm until you reach the loop, then cut off an inch further along the wire to were you met the loop. Then curve the end over and this will be used to hook 
onto the loop

 You now have a wire arm band! I found that you may need to manipulate it slightly on your arm to make it more comfortable. Making your own with this type of wire is great because you get the perfect size for your arm, meaning it stays in place and the wire is flexible enough to be able to mould to your shape, yet rigid enough to not end up all crushed! Of course you could make the word love, or any other word and put it on a chain, or you could even experiment and make a shape for a wire arm band!
Let me know what you all think, and if you're going to have a go!
Much Love 
Natasha x

9 Apr 2014

Pastel Paris

I never did share the beautiful maxi dress you see in the photos, when I wore it to Paris, I love the colours and I love how it moves, I bought it from TKMAXX. Pastels are everywhere right now so I thought it would be great to share with you for my Paris colour feature,   
my very own pastel Paris with you
Much Love
Natasha x

8 Apr 2014

A night away in instagram photos

So before I start I have to apologise for all these photos being instagram photos and not on my actual camera ones, I only had my phone on me and even though the quality is a lot lower then my normal blog photos I HAD to share this amazing place with you! In january I had the pleasure of staying the night at Babbington house in Bath for my works party. Now Bath is very very far from yorkshire and took seven hours to get there on a mini bus which can I add for someone with travel sickness was probably the worst moment of my life, I was a very nice shade of green and ready to attack anyone who spoke to me. However when we arrived at the country house it was absolutely stunning. I was lucky to be staying in one of the barns, which had an upstairs and a downstairs (I know) the decor of the barn was amazing and so inspiring that I just had to share it with you all. 

Outside of the beautiful barn conversion (was like a little house) The barn had a lounge, downstairs shower/bath room, downstairs childrens bedroom, upstairs main bedroom, upstairs bathroom and shower room

 The lounge was beautifully decorated with this amazing teal sofa, dark wooden floors, white wooden walls and rustic accessories 

The bathroom was spacious, light and elegant, with a light yellow free standing bath, dressing table, armchair, shower room and double sinks

 Even the bedroom for children was filled with cute quirky rustic features

Beautiful huge bedroom with the most heavenly bed

I'm sure you will agree when I say my room was what I call "a pinterest worthy house" 
the decor was totally inspiring. If you ever get the chance to stay at babbington house I would highly recommend it, I wanted to stay in my little barn rather then join in with my works activities! 
Much Love

5 Apr 2014

Paris - Paint the town red

   Its getting to that time again, were I long to be back in Paris, so I thought I would share with you a series of photos based on colour, because, well I'm a designer so Im a colour geek. This way I get to have an excuse to go through all my Paris photos and maybe persuade some of you to visit my favourite place in the world.

Much Love 
Natasha x

31 Mar 2014

Oh my god, I feel it in the air

Hi guys, so this weekend I tried to get some shots done for my jewellery lookbook but it kinda just turned into a fashion post, because it was absolutely freezing.  I went to my local nature reserve to shoot this and was slightly nervous stood in the long grass because I could hear a lot of things rustling in the grass! The sky was grey and everything looked a bit haunting, but when I looked at the shots I loved the atmosphere it created, and thought I would work with that, and have a slight different feel to my shots this week. The dress I am wearing is my new favourite piece of clothing. A few weeks ago I asked if anyone had bought anything clothing from china on ebay, and was met with a lot of negative, no don't do its. A few said this was because sizes are smaller, which I thought for my size would be okay, and others just said they would never trust it. I found this really hard to believe as the majority of clothing you find on the high street has been purchased from places like China. So I went a head and bought this gorgeous white dress for £9! I got a size M and it fits perfectly, its chiffon, and feels really nice on, its not that kind of cheap itchy chiffon either. You can style it to look really chic or bohemian, its so versatile! I've teamed it with these beautiful H&M boots I bought last week, that make me bring out my inner cow girl! I've styled my hair with some feather hair extensions I have made, Ive been debating wether or not to add these into Native Wolf, would you wear them?

I also wore a lot of hand candy from my own jewellery rang Native Wolf, speaking of which will be launching today, so make sure to check it out!!  
Much Love
Natasha x

22 Mar 2014

My New look wishlist

I realised the other week I have never done a wish list! So I thought it was about time I did one. In the past few weeks I have been looking for some bohemian style outfits, for summer and to wear for when I shoot my hand made jewellery lookbook (which the weather keeps stopping). 
I have been really pleased to find how much bohemian style stuff New Look is rocking this spring, I go in and I'm like "oooooo" "ahhhhh"  I've picked out a few pieces that have taken my fancy! This cute playsuit is just amazing for those summer days strolling around unknown cities, and with the black kimono, it's the perfect casual outfit that will also turn heads! I love the high gladiators, anything that makes me think native american, has my vote! Throw on a tan belt, bangles, round sun glasses and some tousled hair, your boho ready!
What do you think of this outfit? I am dying to get my hands on it all!
Much Love
Natasha x

16 Mar 2014

Native Wolf Jewellery

If you follow me on twitter you would have seen me tweeting away about my new jewellery venture, Native Wolf, a bit too much, but hey I'm just tryna get a bit of attention for it! As mentioned in an earlier post, I have started making bohemian jewellery from crystals, minerals and fossils. I hand made everything myself and each piece will always be unique as every crystal used is always different. Its pretty amazing to be wearing something around your neck that took thousands of years to form in a volcano!  I have been creating many pendants and rings, I will also be venturing into some bohemian headwear and hand chains. I love the bohemian style, but always find good pieces are really expensive to buy, so I thought it was about time I brought it to us girls who need a normal price range, but still give amazing quality and style! 

  Neutral Geode crystal/rock

 Green geode crystal /rock

Orthoceras fossil

Pyrite (fools gold)

 Pink Agate Slice

 Turquoise stone hand chain (made to order) 

 Ammonite Fossil

 Green Aventurine 


 Frozen Quartz

Purple Agate Slice

Turquoise ring and turquoise head chain (made to order) 

Mixture of polished crystal rings in the making! 

There are many more crystals I have used, this is just a selection! Everything will be launching towards the end of the month and I am very excited by it, I cant believe how much interest I have had in my jewellery, people asking me when they can buy it, its overwhelming! I hope you all like it, I'd love to hear your thoughts? If you'd like to keep updated on Native Wolf make sure to follow my Twitter account!
Much Love
Natasha x