DIY Birthday Card

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DIY Birthday Card

Here we are again with another special occasion and another attempt on our side to find the perfect gift for it. It’s a first birthday for a very cute and special little girl.

Josh and I were looking for a significant and memorable card; we started looking around for about an hour, on a day with very tight deadlines, until we gave up. We decided to rely once again on our creativity.

We purchased the simple, blank card shown on the pictures down below and started our little DIY “personalize” adventure. Here’s a step-by-step with the materials we used and the finished creative card. It’s the perfect one for a cute little fashionista.

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DIY Birthday Card – Step by Step

 

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DIY Birthday Card – Step by Step

A true success! 😉 What do you think?

 

Copyright © 2014 - 2016 Sonilda Bardhoshi Mills, Joshua Joseph Mills.
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Charming Charm Bracelet

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Charming Charm Bracelet

We LOVE charm bracelets! Who doesn’t? They’re jewelry, they’re precious and they carry around your best life memories with you everywhere you go. They’re the perfect accessory to add to your occasional nights out, to a fancy gathering or to a trendy business meeting. Talking about trends, they’re definitely a trend we stand behind.

Today Josh and I decided to share my charming charm bracelet (that’s how we unanimously decided to name it :D). It all started on March 16, 2015, which marked my second year anniversary of moving to Canada to reunite with my husband Josh. His grandmother gave me a thoughtful card that day. Along with the card came a super-cute charm that had the words “Be Strong” engraved on it.

I instantly knew I’d like to turn this little charm into a beautiful piece of jewelry and bring it with me every time I feel I need to be a bit stronger. What I had in mind was very aristocratic jewelry, heavy and filled with handmade charms. I wanted it to look very hot couture-ish. I started sculpting different designs with different beads and wires and I wanted to use red, black, white and transparent when it came to colors and silver wiring.

In the end I couldn’t choose which design I liked best, so I decided to keep each of the different designs and add them all to my charming charm bracelet along with other charms I bought here and there over the years. It’s the best piece of jewelry I have because it means a lot to me. It reminds me to Be Strong and handle everything that comes along with Charm.

Do you have a special charm, a piece of jewelry, a small rock or just a simple cute memory? Don’t let it collect dust in your drawer, top shelf or jewelry box. Turn it into a fabulous jewelry piece and bring it with you to remind you of how special and precious you are.

Check out our pictures for inspiration and tips and don’t forget: Be Strong and keep charming! 🙂

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Charming Charm Bracelet – Step by step
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Charming Charm Bracelet – Step by step
Copyright © 2014 - 2016 Sonilda Bardhoshi Mills, Joshua Joseph Mills.
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Family Tree

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Family Tree

About two years ago, Josh and I came up with this plan for an exceptional gift for someone very special: Josh’s Grandma. Project after project, deadline after deadline, this lovely venture got lost in our pile and fell down the ranks of our to-do lists until we finally made up our minds to finish it before our deadline. It took a lot of dedication and long hours of work, but I was able to finish it and we were able to finally give it to Grandma as a gift on her special occasion. If you like our idea and you enjoy cross stitching as much as I do, maybe you can try to make your own family tree for someone special in your life. We can assure you that your special person will LOVE the gift. 😉

Click here to check our eight step process with pictures and a little description to help you with your project

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#1 Dad

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#1 Dad

This was a little project Josh and I did a few years ago for Josh’s Dad on Father’s Day, and since yesterday was Father’s Day we thought we’d share it with you guys. 🙂 We don’t know about your dads but Father’s Day reminds us just how very special our Dads are; first of all because they’re our Dads, which makes them special automatically. 😛 They are always there for us, they’re caring, loving, full of joy and humor, and did I mention handsome? … and they definitely love to relax on their couches with a hot cup of chocolate after a very tiring day at work. That’s why we chose a Teddy Bear drinking hot chocolate to represent our Dads. 🙂

Don’t have a Father’s Day gift yet? Then let’s get to work; choose your favorite pattern that represents your dad the best, pick a cute frame to pair with your pattern, choose the best colours for your threads, because this gift is very special and it will really impress your dad. 🙂 He’ll be happy to know that you got your talents from him (… well maybe not the cross stitching skill. That must come from your mom :P), but he’ll be proud of you anyways. He’s #1 Dad after all!

Have fun, enjoy and Happy Father’s Day!

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Birth Certificate

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Birth Certificate

This was the cutest little project and I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun cross-stitching. It was simple to make, didn’t involve endless hours of stitching and it was our Christmas gift to Brooklynn, the newest member of our extended family, who joined our family in September. It was Brooklynn’s very first Christmas so Josh and I wanted to give her a very memorable, attractive and delightful gift. That’s how we came up with the birth certificate idea.

If you want to make something like this, all you need is a simple, cute pattern, pretty colours of threads, a wooden or plastic frame and some fluffy ribbon. But don’t forget that the most important material you need is loads of love. 😀

So go on, get thinking, get creative and have fun! 🙂

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Birth Certificate – Step by step

 

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Charm Bracelet

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Charm Bracelet

Have you ever been shopping for a specific gift and not been able to find it? We feel that way sometimes, but we don’t mind because it gets our creativity juices flowing. This is how we decided to make a charm bracelet for Josh’s sister, Demaris. If you have a daughter, niece or mom that enjoys trendy jewelry or fashion, here’s what you need to do to make your own special charm bracelet:

Get a charm bracelet chain, pick your favorite charms (choose as many as you want) and start clipping them onto your charm chain. The results will definitely be CHARMING! 😉

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Charm Bracelet – Step by step
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Military Pants – Victorian Style

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Military Pants – Victorian Style

I wanted something more aggressive and modern while I was designing this pair of pants. I love Victorian-style and military-style outfits… Does that make any sense? 😛 I used a mix of two different fabric-colors that I thought would stand out and draw your eyes to the design.

I kept the top half of the pants loose and comfortable in this pair as well, then added a few small folds on the front and back, on both left and right sides equally, to create a more puffy look. This time I started the skinny, bottom part of the pants on top of the knee to give it that Victorian style of pants I was talking about.

In the Mills’ world, loads of pockets is, was and will always be an absolute must! I started by creating two functional pockets in front, on the top, followed by two more decorative ones on the back to perfect the look. 🙂 I didn’t want a cover for the side pockets this time, which makes it easier to pull things from your pockets.

For the bottom of the legs I added laces so I can change the widths of the pants the way I like them. This gives the pants a higher level of personal comfort. I also added a few more buttons to detail the design and some gold pins around the hips. Lastly, gold pins on top of the dark navy blue pockets make the two colors of the fabrics complement each other better. I definitely LOVE these pants! 🙂

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Military Pants – German Style

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Military Pants – German Style

I desperately wanted some pants with a military-looking design. Josh and I went out and about shopping together, looking EVERYWHERE for a decent pair, but we couldn’t find anything satisfying, anything I really liked, or anything I would be pleased to wear. Most of the pants we found were not the right style or design and some others were not the right type of fabric that I like. After a long week of disappointment with shopping malls, we made a final decision to buy the fabric so I could design my own pants. This is exactly what we did!

I bought two amazing denim cotton fabrics, one dark navy blue and one beige. I threw some rough sketches on paper, until I came up with a couple of perfect designs I was really happy with. For these pants I wanted something similar to the German military pants they used in WWII, but more modern. Plus they had to be warm, so I could use them in the cold winter and on snowy days that Canada is famous for.

Usually I like loose pants, so I made the top part very comfortable, with functional pockets in front and decorative pockets on the back. The best thing about the military-esque pants is the side-pockets, so I definitely wanted additional side-pockets. I am a 90’s girl after all. 😛 I designed them with skinny legs, as it makes you look taller, which is more convenient for use with long winter boots.

For my favorite part, the details, I used military-looking buttons. I put seven of them on the sides of the pants to create an interesting design. For the final touch I put a few silver pins on the edges of the front pockets. It turned out to be an amazing military-esque design and I am so pleased to wear these pants whenever the mood strikes me. Check it out 🙂

P.S. If you don’t know how to cut patterns from the get go, use a pair of pants you own and start your fashion designing adventure.

Copyright © 2014 - 2016 Sonilda Bardhoshi Mills, Joshua Joseph Mills.
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Beads Necklace

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Beads Necklace

 

We’ve had these glass beads since forever. A friend of mine had a beautiful scarf with these beads attached to it, but she didn’t like them. She removed the beads from the scarf and gave them to me.

“Here Soni,” she said as she handed them to me, “you will be able to use these beads for some of your creative projects. You will give them a better purpose.”

They have been hiding in our craft boxes full of other beads and buttons until I rediscovered them one day and I thought to myself, “Hold on a minute! I love these beads and they could be transformed into a wonderful necklace.”

The necklace matches with a lot of outfits and dresses I have, considering the colors of the beads, and I made sure I matched it to the right chain too. What do you think? 😉

Copyright © 2014 - 2016 Sonilda Bardhoshi Mills, Joshua Joseph Mills.
All rights reserved. Published in Canada by The Mills' Mill.