These colorful windows have something mysterious to them. They make you want to believe in all the good in the world, and to happily sing Imagine along with John Lennon.
Like cathedrals, Traditional Islamic architecture used to be full of these peaceful rainbow windows. It was not just about mosques. If you visit some old houses in Iran from Qajar and Abbasi era, you’ll see they’ve used this architecture, too. It’s a shame people can’t live in those anymore! I just adore them! I always thought if we all could eat, laugh and live with colors showering on our faces, life would finally have some harmony and peace.
As I told you, I always loved to live in a house with stained glass windows. So one day I figured, well, why not!? If I can’t have colorful windows, at least I can have a colorful wall hanging!
I’m so excited to show you the result! (I just don’t want to spoil that exciting feeling of “wow, I wonder what that is gonna become”. But I guess you can just scroll down and find out. But come on. Really, don’t you wanna feel curious just for a couple of minutes?)
Winter has come, and other than the fact that Game of Thrones season is near (Don’t tell me you didn’t think about that when I mentioned winter!) it is also time to organize the closets and put away all the old stuff. But if you’re anything like me, there are probably one or two t-shirts in your wardrobe that you love so much, but they’re either torn, old, or have permanent stains on them. We can’t let them go, and we can’t have them back. We bury them deep in our closets, hopelessly wishing for the day when the scientists finally come up with a product that magically cleans away all stains, or when a prophet rises that can miraculously repair old clothes. We just sit, hug our dear clothes, and wait.
But it doesn’t have to be like that.
It’s too soon to give up hope.
And I have an idea.
Do you like kittens?
How would you feel if those ugly stains on your clothes suddenly disappeared, and a cute kitty replaced them?
I am gonna teach you how to repair old clothes, and hide the ugly parts with a cute kitty!
Metal boxes, gorgeous tins, jewelry boxes, they are everywhere. You see lots of them with flower designs these days. “Shabby chic” is in, and with it comes the love for light blue, pink, and flowery boxes. Flowers have been present in Persian paintings and designs for a very, very long time. And these gorgeous boxes remind me of them.
You know, they are actually not that hard to make. In fact, I am going to teach you how to build one. It’s so simple, a piece of cake, and the result looks just adorable!! And guess what, this is a green & eco-friendly DIY, you can recycle that old wooden box you’ve had around for ages, or the one with ugly paintings, or the nostalgic one that belonged to your grandma!! Yay to recycling!
I’m so excited to share this with you! So enough from me, go down and check out the tutorial for this eco-friendly DIY yourself!
If you know about enameling, then you know about Minakari. Minakari or as some call it, “the Miniature on Fire”, is the art of decorating and coloring precious metalware like gold, silver and sometimes copper. Minakari is enamelwork, but with certain differences from the sort of enamel craft you have in mind. Enamelwork is practiced all over the world: from China and India to Europe and Russia. However, each country has found a different way to do it, not to mention the different styles each of them have managed to create! Minakari is the enamel work of Iran.
This mixture of art, chemistry and craftsmanship has been around for a quite long time. A Minakari artwork will look like a sort of painting, but it is more than that. The colors are not your simple oil and water based colors we know; they are actually powdered metal oxides mixed with glass material. So as you see, the process of “coloring” is a little bit different. I’m gonna take you step by step through all you need to know about this gorgeous art!
Hey there! It’s Valentine’s Day again, and most of us have got our presents ready and wrapped! But if you’ve end up here one day before Valentine’s Day, then you probably couldn’t find the time to go get something, or maybe you still have no idea what to get, and now you’re just looking hopelessly for an easy last minute gift with the last-minute characteristic not being that obvious. Well, I am here to rescue you from the deep dungeons of despair!
Relax now. Who says gifts have to be so pricey every single year!? In fact, nothing beats a gift uniquely built in your own hands, with your own time, effort, and love. And in this DIY’s case, you’ll be recycling too! You will give a useless jar a new life! So, remind yourself of these wise words from Eminem, and create something of your own this time!
“Why be a king, when I can be god?”
Come along with me, and let me teach you how to be a god.
Hey there! We’re here today to share a lovely idea we came up with! If you read our last post, you are probably familiar with Khatam & Khatamkari. We now want to make a DIY Khatam book cover! For those of you who haven’t read the last post (which btw you should! Isn’t there a rule about reading all posts of a blog when it’s this AWESOME?), I’m gonna explain a bit about Khatam art.
Khatam is an Iranian woodworking craft; It is made from the tiniest bits of wood and bone, assembled and glued together. These small pieces are primarily shaped as triangles, which form larger triangles, hexagons and stars when glued together. The whole work is then used to ornament decor pieces, rooms, doors and more. Here is a Khatam artwork:
Making a Khatamkari piece is quite hard, and it takes a really, really long time. Not the best entertainment if you have only a couple of hours. But who says you can’t make those gorgeous designs on Khatam with something OTHER than bones and wood?!
You can make them with the one material that is always there, cheapest one on the market, and the easiest to use. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: The good ol’ paper!
We want to make a book cover with Khatam design! You remember that ugly book you never read because its cover doesn’t make you feel like reading? Yeah, that’s the one we want to cover today! And yes, this is a drawing DIY. But a fun, easy, and practical one. Cause it’s the means to a greater goal: beautifying ugly things in the world. Think about it this way: You’ll be giving a poor, ugly book a reason to feel good about itself!
Did you feel bad about the book? Should I keep going about all that dust on the poor thing? Or how the only use it ever had was to be your clipboard when you write the shopping list? I hope you’re starting to feel guilty now! That’s the spirit! Let’s get started then!
Weaving a carpet is hard. Everyone knows that. Not many people (including me) happen to just “try it out”. But who says you can’t use the process to do some other creative thing? (And an easy peasy on, preferably!) So Fatemeh has just come up with the idea of making a DIY necklaceout of carpet knots! Isn’t that just brilliant?
If you’ve ever woven friendship bracelet, you might find this a bit similar. If you haven’t, don’t be afraid! It’s not that hard! I’ll try to explain as much as I can, but you might have to check each picture twice until you get it straight. No pain, no gain, huh?
Let’s do it!
What You’ll Need
DMC cotton embroidery floss. we used black, green and brown. Feel free to use any colors you like! Luckily, embroidery floss come with a wiiiiide range of colors! Just watching them in the market makes me feel in peace.
Paisley patterns rock! Back in 18th century when neither you nor me were alive (except maybe if you’re the overly passionate-craft maniac grand grandma who broke the Guinness record by being 150), these cute designs ruled the fashion world. They’re originated from Iran and India – found their way to the west world back when India got important for Britain. These lovely droplet shapes are called all sorts of stuff over the time! Teardrops, Persian “Pickles”, Welsh “pears” (Seriously, I need to check what pears look like in England). Nowadays, they’re back in the game in fashion shows and stores. (Yesss!) I even saw some cute swimsuits with these printed on. Adorable!
Anyway, I figured as we all love Paisley so much, why not make some jewelry out of it? So, I played with clay a little, tried this and that, And this is what happened:
As this is fairly easy, you’ll see, and fun! Here is how it goes: