Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wedding Season is Here!

Some of my work colleagues and I got together to do a photo shoot.

Major shallah to David, an Electrical Engineer and lover of the arts who produced these beautiful photos (IG: @ernedave), to Ifeyinwa another Electrical Engineer and under-gee make up artist (IG: @ifynwaoyo) who got us dolled up for the photos and modeled a few pieces herself, and to Deji Fawole, also an Electrical Engineer and a Fashion Enthusiast who served as our Creative Director (IG: @theindulgence @deji_fawole).  I had fun working with my apprentice to prepare the pieces.

We're looking forward to your orders!

Ankara and Tulle

Crinoline with Ankara S

Asooke and Coral beads; call it a #TraditionalFascinator
Pearls and Pageantry for the Bold Bride

Ify is wearing a piece made from Argyle-esque crinoline on a straw base.

These Appliques are very popular now. You need one of these; available in any color.
Purple Kente and peacock feathers for the win! Peacock feathers are versatile; these can work with other colors of fabric like Yellow, Red, Green, Blue and even Red

Crinoline Fascinators - Crinoline is beautiful, stretchy material that comes in different sizes (Widths) and is very obedient. Although it can't be dyed, it holds spray very well (like the gold piece on the right). It's a fantastic millinery material.

This feather fascinator is subtle but stunning. It can be fitted with pearls and crystals and done in any color.
Asake wearing a Sinamay piece.

With a base, or without a base; Red or Gold, or Blue or Magenta. The choice is yours!
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Re-Purposed Jewelry

If you’re like me, you have a lot broken jewelry – one missing earring, broken clasps, tarnished pieces, etc., and you’ve been keeping them hoping for a miracle. It’s about to happen.  Slip on your craft gloves and enjoy this fun DIY project!

Items Needed:
·         Broken jewelry
·         Pliers
·         Glue
·         Marker/Pen
·         Picture Frame
·         (Cloth to protect the work surface)
·         Paper for background


If you do not have a craft table, spread a piece of cloth or old newspapers on the surface you will use, to avoid glue damage and other stains or scratches

Step 1:
Cut the paper to a size that will fit the picture frame that you have chosen. The paper doesn’t have to be white; I actually used the back of the photo that came with the frame. That way I didn’t have to worry about getting the size right.

Step 2:
Trace out the shape you’d like to use for your ornament. Could be a rose, a human form, map of the world or your country or state, anything really. I did  this heart shape in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. To make my heart shape as accurate as possible, I made folded the paper in half and drew one half of the heart, then used this half to trace the other side.


The lines don’t have to be perfect. I used the marker over the pen because I wanted a bold outline and I was sure that my jewelry pieces would cover up the lines.

Step 3:
Assemble your ornament! It’s best to start with the outline to that all the rough edges are properly covered up before, and the limits are defined when you add the other pieces in.

Use the pliers to break off stubs at the back of earrings so that you have a flat surface to glue onto the paper. Keep gluing till you’ve covered all the white spaces. Use small beads or pearls to close out the stubborn spaces. You may not be able to cover every single spot; just do as much as you can.

Step back and admire your work.

Finish off your ornament by putting it in the photo frame you have chosen. You may not be able to use the glass cover that comes with the frame because of the bulging pieces of jewelry. That’s not a problem; just clean your ornament regularly.

Find somewhere nice to stand your frame or hang it on the wall. It also makes a great gift for someone special. Don’t throw away any more jewelry!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Year Message!

This income-generating hobby has become so expensive! I feel bad when I tell customers what their requests will cost. Nevertheless, we will not skimp on the quality of work that I am committed to providing for customers. We have a wide range of designs that will suit almost any budget or desires. Thank you for your patronage. We promise to continue to serve you well.

I think I need to find another host for my site. Posting on blogger has become so complicated.

Please keep in touch via Instagram - @bymide. I always upload new designs there.

Thank you!