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Precious Sister is the result of two sisters journey of nonstop creative explorations. We have a love for graphic design, photography, flowers, DIY’s, flea-market finds and “simply beautiful things”.

On these pages you’ll find inspiration and you can follow our creative projects. Our photographs illustrate objects which vi have collected and found during the years, like flea-marked finds to more nostalgic objects that has been passed on from grandparents. You’ll also find tips and ideas on how to create beautiful things for the home. It’s all about being inspired.

DIY: create your own designer Apple Watch band

Designer Apple watch bands come in a variety of features, however, they are pricy. It is hard to keep up your style by purchasing different types of designer Apple watch bands to fit every outfit. For this reason, you can use some DIY tips to make your own designer apple watch band to still remain stylish and unique. Here’s how to customize your designer Apple Watchband:

Tip one

 

• The Apple Watch comes with either a 38 mm/40mm/41mm or 42mm/44mm/45mm aluminum case.

• If you don’t like the look of the metal band, you can remove it and replace it with a leather band.

• You can remove the metal band by simply pushing one side away from you, while at the same time pulling the band upwards.

• Now, you have your Apple Watch without its original band. The next step is to install an aftermarket Apple Watch strap in its place. The Apple website gives instructions for installing the watch strap.

• Finally, with a little bit of creativity and/or inspiration from pictures you find online, you can purchase a different watch band to create your own unique Apple Watch design.

designer apple watch band

Tip two

Step 1

 

You can use fabric chalk or else a water-soluble pen to draw a design on a piece of leather, vinyl, or satin. It’s up to you how you want your Apple Watch band to look like! You can even use markers or high-quality pens for your designer Apple Watch band if you’re feeling lucky.

Once your drawing is done, let it dry. We suggest that you use a hairdryer to speed up this process. Once it’s completely dry, put the leather band in the oven for about 15 minutes at 60 degrees Celsius or until your drawing is burned into the material. You can also try ironing it under a piece of cloth if you don’t have an oven available.

When you’re done, you have a customized Apple Watch band!

Step 2: Cleaning Up Your Leather Band

 

If you need to clean up your leather band, and give it a shinier look, use some shoe polish cream. Put the cream on the rag and gently rub it into the leather. Then wipe off all of the excess creams and use a clean piece of cloth to buff the leather until it shines.

Step 3: Fixing Up Your Leather Band Edges

 

Put some heavy-duty glue inside the stitching holes and press together with a toothpick for about 20 seconds until the stitching has been set.

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful and unique Apple Watch band that nobody else will ever have.

 

Tip 3

 

  • A few tools and supplies: You will need a cutting board (wood or plastic), an X-acto knife, super glue, and a ruler.• Design your own Apple Watch band: The base is 20mm wide, and there are 8 different profiles you can choose from to get the look that best suits your style.
  • Measure twice, cut once: Take the Apple Watch band that you’re taking apart and hold it up to your wrist; then measure the exact length (in millimeters) from end-to-end.
  • Time to get to work: Using your ruler, mark where you’ll make each cut with a pencil. Cut along the lines with your X-acto knife.
  • Leave the best for last: Cut just enough of the Apple Watch band to remove the different layers. Because you’ll be gluing them back together, we recommend leaving a few millimeters of material on both end and cutting down the middle (for each side).
  • Use your ruler: To make sure you’re gluing the Apple Watch band back together properly, measure down both sides of each cut to make sure they’re the same length.
  • Glue it back together: Apply super glue to either end of one side, then hold it in place until its set. Do the same for the other side.
  • Get comfortable: Take your new custom-made Apple Watch band for a test drive. You can use your cut-up Apple watch band as a template to create more bands.

 

Tip 4

 

Get a strand of rubber bands. These can be found at your local dollar store or you can buy them online. Pick the color(s) you would like to use for your Apple Watch band, and wrap it around your wrist until it is as tight as you would want. Cut off the excess rubber band using scissors, measure this against your wrist, and cut the rubber band to this size for your Apple Watch band.

You’ve got a base material for your Apple Watch band. Now get some of your favorite beads or charms and place them on one end of the rubber band strand. If you’re having trouble getting any kind of grip with these items we recommend using a hot glue gun to attach them onto the rubber band strand. Make sure you use a large enough bead or charm so that it will not fit through the opening on your Apple Watch’s metal adapters.

You can now begin to wrap this rubber band strand around your wrist to measure how long you want it to be for your Apple Watch and cut the excess rubber band off. Now take your Apple Watch and attach it to one end of this rubber band strand by placing the metal adapters through the holes and attaching them to your watch’s side buttons. You can now slide on or your preferred beads or charms that you’ve attached using a hot glue gun, which will cover up the ends of the rubber band strand and keep them in place.

You can now slide your watch up and down this rubber band strand depending on how tight or lose you want to wear it. If need be, you may use a second rubber band strand to secure the ends together so that they don’t split apart when slid up or down the first rubber band strand.

You can now customize this rubber band strand further by adding more beads or charms from an online source to personalize your Apple Watch band even more. If you’re looking for a more professional look, consider getting a leather bracelet and cutting it down to the right size so that it will fit your wrist perfectly. This way you will have a designer Apple Watch band that no one else will have.

The Most Popular Bathroom Design Style

Bathrooms are the place where we spend a lot of time. They should be comfortable, relaxing, and functional. The best way to achieve this is by choosing an appropriate bathroom design style that suits your needs and preferences. There are many styles available in the market today, but you need to select one which will suit your home’s décor as well as its function. Here are some of the most common designs:

 

1) Traditional bathroom design style

 

This type of bathroom has been around for centuries. It was initially designed with a bathtub or shower stall at the center of the room. This area would have had a sink on either side of it. In modern times, however, there are now more options than ever before when designing bathrooms. You can still find traditional-style baths, but they come in different shapes and sizes. Some even include a separate bathroom shower faucet set that allows you to control both water flow and temperature separately.

 

2) Contemporary bathroom design style

 

Contemporary bathrooms tend to feature clean lines and simple colors. These rooms often incorporate glass walls so that natural light floods into them from all sides. Modern bathrooms also usually have large windows and skylights to let in plenty of sunlight. A few features such as underfloor heating and rain showers are becoming increasingly popular. For those who like their homes bright and airy, these types of bathrooms are perfect.

 

Bathroom Design Style

 

3) Victorian bathroom design style

 

Victorian bathrooms are very ornate and lavish. Today, Victorian bathrooms are making a comeback thanks to designers who love retro chic. Their primary focus is on creating luxurious spaces using beautiful materials. One example of this is marble tiling. Marble is known for being extremely durable and easy to maintain. Another thing that makes Victorian bathrooms unique is the use of cast-iron fixtures. Cast iron is sturdy and long-lasting while remaining stylishly rustic.

4) Transitional bathroom design

 

Transitional bathrooms combine elements from both traditional and contemporary styles. They typically have a mix of antique furniture and sleek modern fittings. Most transitional bathrooms have white cabinets and floors along with dark wood accents. To create a warm atmosphere, try adding lots of soft lighting. They feature a variety of sinks, tubs, and toilets. These bathrooms are ideal for anyone wanting to update their existing space without having to redecorate completely.

 

5) Tropical bathroom design

 

Tropical bathrooms are inspired by tropical climates where humidity levels are high. The best way to achieve this effect is through the use of plants. Plants add moisture which helps keep your home cool. There are many ways to make your tropical paradise. Try hanging palm fronds over the window frames to give an exotic feel. Or place potted palms near the doorways. Add some colorful flowers too. Your bathroom will instantly become one of the coolest places in your house.

6) Shabby-chic bathrooms

 

Shabby chic bathrooms are characterized by distressed finishes and vintage pieces. Nowadays, shabby chic bathrooms can be found everywhere, from trendy urban apartments to country cottages. If you want to recreate this look yourself, then start by cleaning up your old items. Then find new ones that match your décor theme. You could even buy second-hand furniture or salvage things from flea markets. Once you’ve got everything together, get rid of anything that doesn’t fit in with your overall aesthetic. Finally, apply a coat of paint to bring back the original finish.

7) Modernist Bathrooms

 

Modernist bathrooms are all about clean lines and minimalism. It’s no surprise that these bathrooms became so popular after World War II as they reflected the simplicity of life post-war. Modernists believe that less is more. So if you’re looking to renovate your bathroom, consider removing unnecessary clutter such as mirrors and other accessories. Instead, opt for simple shapes like rectangular tiles and straight edges. For added interest, choose colors that contrast well against each other. Also, don’t forget to include plenty of natural light in your bathroom. Natural sunlight creates a bright feeling and also improves air quality.

 

8) Moroccan Bathroom design

 

Moroccan bathrooms are traditionally decorated with geometric patterns and vibrant hues. There are several different variations of Moroccan bathroom design. Some include elaborate mosaics, carved wooden doors and arches, and brightly colored rugs. Others focus on simpler details, including tiled walls and flooring. Remember to stick to neutral tones regardless of what kind of Moroccan bathroom you decide to go for. Darker shades may clash with the rest of your decor. And avoid using any strong scents because they might overpower the delicate aromas of Morocco itself.

 

Bathroom Design Style

 

9) Beach style bathroom design

 

If you live close enough to the beach, why not create a beach-themed bathroom? A great idea would be to hang seashells above the showerhead and fill them with sand. Another option is to have a large mirror placed behind the sink area. Hang lots of towels and washcloths nearby. Use shells and driftwood to adorn the countertops. To complete the look, put out a few cushions and throw blankets. Of course, you’ll need to ensure that your bathroom isn’t located directly next to the ocean. Otherwise, you risk getting wet!

 

10) Craftsman bathroom style

 

Craftsman bathrooms were initially designed during the late 1800s. They featured exposed beams, brickwork, and wood floors. Today, craftsmen styles still feature similar elements but now come in many forms. One example includes rustic cabinetry, which features rough-cut timber panels and decorative moldings. Other examples include traditional tile work and handcrafted sinks. The critical thing here is to keep the entire space cohesive. Otherwise, you run the risk of creating an eclectic feel rather than one consistent theme.

 

Conclusion

 

Whether you’re building a new bathroom or remodeling the existing one, you can always find inspiration from some of our ideas above. Remember always to choose a design that fits within your budget and lifestyle. If you want something unique, then it will cost you extra money. But if you want to make sure everything goes smoothly, then sticking to tried-and-tested designs should do the trick.

DIY GARDEN JOURNAL

A couple of days ago I showed you my newly built and planted balcony vegetable garden. Well, today I have something to go with that. Since it’s a very small garden, I have left over seeds in little seed bags from the vegetables I planted, and I thought I would find a way to keep these. I might just need them later this summer, if I have to plant more.

garden journal

garden journal

So I decided to make a small garden journal, where I could keep the seed bags handy and keep track of my little garden.

garden journal

You’ll need the above materials and the download below.

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garden journal

garden journal

Take your A6 carton sheets, punch holes and write the names of the vegetables on each sheet. Glue or tape the back of the seed bags to the carton.

garden journal

garden journal

Use jute string to bind the whole thing together.

garden journal

garden journal

You can use the journal to document your garden and date the process.

Have a great Monday.

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VERSATILE AND LASTING CENTERPIECE

How is everyone? This week’s ‘how to’ is a really easy and cute project. Often when you make a centerpiece for a party or dinner, you don’t always make it thinking that it has to last a long time. But that would actually be nice, right, if it did last a long time.

herbcenterpiece

So we came up with a slightly different looking centerpiece, that will last a long time. It’s made from potted herbs and roses. A bit untraditional I guess, but it looks really pretty and it smells fantastic.

 

The whole idea is that you place your cut flowers in test-tubes, which are inserted into the herb plant. This way you can easily exchange the cut flowers when they are done, and you have a fresh centerpiece for any length of time. Another convenient thing is that you can pick and drizzle you food with fresh herbs right at the table.

herbcenterpiece

herbcenterpiece

You’ll need these materials:

Burlap
Jute-string
Test-tubes (about 10)
Tray (we used a baking tray)
10 Cut flowers
3 potted herbs of your choice

herbcenterpiece

Happy project.

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CHICKEN WIRE HERB BASKET

Today we have a perfect little weekend garden project for you. It’s a basket made from chicken wire with branch handles. You can use it to keep you favorite herbs and it would be ideal for the potting table or maybe the kitchen window.

herbasket

herbasket

herbasket

Follow the ‘how to’ to make the basket. You can save the image to keep it handy.

herbasket

Have a great Saturday!

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DIY: BIRDIE MOBILE

Happy Thursday everyone. I have a gorgeous little project for you today. Remember the beginning of the month, when I told you about those two drift wood branches I was going to use for a project? Well, this is that project 🙂 I used them for a very cute birdie mobile in pastel colors. Not many materials is needed and anyone can make one of these.

birdie_mobile

You’ll need these materials:

2 x branches (the ones I used were about 30-35 cm long)
sewing thread
sewing needle
metal wire
scissor
laminator (or use really sturdy carton, if your printer can handle it)
thick A4 paper
prints A4 (download here)

BIRDIE PRINT HERE

birdie_mobile

 

1. Print out the pattern on one side, flip and print the pattern w. birdie tracing on the other side. Make one sheet of each color. Laminate the sheets. This will make your mobile a bit more sturdy and last longer. If you don’t have a laminator, then use thick carton for the prints. Just remember that your printer needs to be able to handle the carton you use.

birdie_mobile

2. Cut out all the little birdies.

birdie_mobile

3. Use needle and thread. Create five strings of birdies by attaching the birdies to each other with thread between them. Make the distance about 10-15 cm.

birdie_mobile

4. Take your branches and place them in a X. Secure them to each by winding wire around the intersection. Make sure the branches are pretty level when you hold them up; otherwise the whole mobile will be crooked. Now make a small loop from a piece of wire and attach it to the intersection.

birdie_mobile

5. Attach all the strings of birdies to your branches, one on each arm and one in the middle. Hang your mobile and enjoy your finished project.

birdie_mobile

birdie_mobile

Happy project! See you tomorrow.

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GARDEN TIPS: HERB WAGON

Fresh herbs are probably the most delicious ingredient you can add to your food, especially if you can go out and pick them in your garden. As you might have read, I only have a small balcony herb garden, but Sussi has this gorgeous garden and she came up with this awesome idea for a herb garden.

herbwagon

She had this old broken flower wagon, which was just standing there, screaming for a purpose. So she filled it with dirt, planted all kinds of herbs, arranged some broken terracotta pots and a few branches, and made it into a beautiful and functional raised bed garden. It doesn’t only look good and decorative, but you can actually wheel it away too.

herbwagon

This is an easy idea to copy; any wagon like thing can be used for this – small or large will do – the fun part is that it doesn’t take much time to create something useful that looks great with this idea. And we just love when those two things go hand in hand 🙂

herbwagon

herbwagon

herbwagon

 

Happy gardening!

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SUPER CUTE DIY HOSTESS GIFT

Today we have this super easy and adorable DIY hostess gift for you. Every woman likes to receive flowers, but this little cutie has a slight twist. We have gorgeously wrapped a herb plant, instead of the usual flower, in hessian and added a cute tag.

hostessgift

 

The really cool idea about this is that the hessian actually works as a pretty flowerpot. You attain this by putting the herb pot into a plastic bag before you wrap it up. This way it will still hold water.

hostessgift

 

hostessgift

hostessgift

NOTE: The size of the hessian will depend on your size of herb plant. You can get an approximate size, by looking at the first ‘how to’ picture.

Save the ‘how to’ picture below, to have a quick and easy wrapping technique handy or maybe pin it to one of your craft and DIY boards.

hostessgift

Have a great weekend.

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