Bow Hair Pin DIY

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I recently bought this art print from an etsy shop, Lucy Art Decor. The print is beautiful and so was the packaging. It came in delicate gray organza bag with a matching satin ribbon. I kept the wrapping. Yesterday I was organizing my room and found the ribbon and decided to use it for the hair bow. I saw this image on Pinterest (My hair board is here) and made a mental note to imitate it. This narrow width satin ribbon was perfect for the project.

I’m not sure if I can call this a “DIY” since this is so easy. I just made a bow with the ribbon and attached to the black bobby pin. I used a thread and needle but I think you can use a glue gun if you don’t feel like sewing.

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To attach the bow pin, I curled my hair with hair iron first. Then 1. do a half up with small elastic tie, 2. pull some hair on top to create a volumn, 3. attach the bow pin to hide the elastic. how to wear the bow hair pin steps vivat veritas

It’s so easy! Would you try this?
My other hair tutorials here, here and here.

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In Process | Three-Way Lace Wedding Dress

lace up back wedding dressvivat veritasHere are some pictures of the dress I had been working on. It is always a pleasant surprise when your taste matches exactly with customer requests. I love dresses with a more bohemian feel, delicate lace, open back and skirt design that shows off your figure.

I recently suggested a three-way wedding dress for a customer who has both ceremony and wedding party at different times. She wanted to enjoy two completely different styles, so I made a lace mini dress as a base and she can switch two over-skirts depending on where she goes. One style is made of lace and chiffon skirt, perfect for a beach wedding. It comes with many chiffon streamers which looks pretty strolling on the beach. The other style is princess-line skirt. With a petticoat underneath, it gives a great volume! I ended up using 50 meters of chiffon while making this.

I blogged about other wedding dresses I made in the past here, here and here.

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Sketching is my least favorite part of the process. I simply suck at it.




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Time Saving Tips for Blogging and Social Media Posts

It is hard to balance the time you spend on blogging and keeping up with social media while keeping a small business going. Since opening my Etsy shop in 2008, I’ve tried, failed and revised the ways to be productive so as not to drive myself insane with multiple tasks. Although I enjoy writing blog posts, it is my goal to get it done in a minimal amount of time. This way I can focus on designing, sewing, improving my skills and marketing the shop.
Through out the revising process, I have learnt some more efficient ways to handle things and wanted to share them with you. I am always refining the these process so I can be more efficient. If you have any tips, please comment below!

Do One Thing at a Time
This might sound obvious, but you will be surprised how often you are trying to multi-task (in an inefficient manner). For instance, I try not to touch my phone while I am doing something on my computer, whether it is responding to emails from customers, editing photos or writing an invoice. I try my best to focus on one thing and get it done quickly rather than trying to do more than one thing at a time.

Use a Timer
I’ve have learned over time that I get more things done if I know I have the limited time, as opposed to having a lot of time. So I keep a timer at hand and do things within a set time. You will be surprised how much you can do in 10 minutes.
Schedule Social Media Posts ahead of Time
I schedule a weeks worth of instagram posts using Latergram, and do the same for Facebook Page. Latergram will allow you to schedule up to 25 posts per month. You can upgrade your account to schedule more. I like Latergram since it lets you post from your computer. I hate sending myself photos I took with DSLR, open and save in my phone and finally to post on instagram. It adds so many more steps to the posting process. Using Latergram, you can schedule posts at the same time you write a blog post instead of going on your instagram app on the phone later on. It also helps you have a consistent posts. You don’t want to see a person or company posts 10 pictures at the same time to spam your feed or on the other hand, see no updates at all. You will need to download the Latergram app, since Instagram does not allow you to post automatically. Latergram will send you a reminder when your scheduled time comes to post it. I actually think this is good since it forces you to review your posts for any spelling mistakes or add hash tags before publishing the post.
Write a Blog Post While You are Still Motivated
In the past, I would often take pictures of my creation or behind-the-scene of photoshoot, never to post them to the blog. I spent time on styling the photos, taking pictures and editing them but by the time I sit down and write about those pictures, I’ve lost interest. It is such a waist! I should have rather not spent taking pictures at all if I am not going to see it through to the finish.
I find the best time for writing a blog post is when I am motivated. Whenever some ideas strike or I am excited to have made a new piece of clothes, I jot down my thoughts quickly and send it to myself, so later I can edit it and schedule a post. chie sig2
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