Spring Decoden Moisturiser Case Project

May 19, 2014 by

Today is just a little decoden project! I did my moisturiser case :D

New iPhone 5 Decoden Mirrors and Bling Design

Nov 15, 2013 by

Yet another new case for my iPhone after the last one cracked >_< On the plus side, new phone case means new deco yay!


This design was the end result of a few art deco designs that I tried out before settling on something half way between traditional and traditional bling… if that makes any sense.


Decoden Laptop Tutorial- It’s Finally Finished!

Jul 18, 2013 by

I have been trying to decoden my laptop since around 2008. How embarrassing is that! Especially because since then I’ve gone through 3 laptops and managed to finish… none of them *_*

But look, I finally did it!!!



Bunny and Pearl iPhone 5 Case Decoden

Jan 21, 2013 by

Just a quick video while I edit the rest of my backlog. A lot of people asked for a tutorial on how I did the decoden on my phone case so this time I actually filmed a video and included the basics. Spreading the glue out like this is the quickest technique but it’s a lot neater if you place a dot of glue on each jewel as you go. .

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How to make a decoden bling bunny phone case.
Today I’ll show you guys how I made my decoden iPhone case.
It’s Spring themed and uses a Bergamot Bunny charm.
First lay the main design out so you can see how it looks.
Mix equal parts of epoxy glue.
Make sure to mix it evenly.
Cover the backs of the large piece and glue down.
Draw small lines of glue down from the small flowers and add mini green jewels as stems.
Repeat with the taller flowers and larger green jewels.
You can either place lines of glue or dot each jewel with glue as you place it.
Do the largest flower with even larger jewels.
Add some small lines of mini green jewels randomly as grass.
Now flip to the other end and go all around the edges and camera hole with pearls.
Now it’s just a matter of filling everything in with more pearls.
Work from the outside into the middle.
Try to only do small sections at a time.
You can move the last few pearls around so everything fits nicely and there are no gaps.
Allow to dry and it’s done.
That’s it! Just let it dry properly overnight.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and thanks for watching!

How I Blinged My iPhone 5

Jan 21, 2013 by

The last few times I’ve posted about deco-ing my iPhone there have been a lot of requests for tutorials. I’ve done a lot of deco tutorials over the years but I’ve never been able to do a video because usually deco-ing the thing that I film with XD

This time however I was just doing a case so I filmed the whole thing on my phone. YAY!

The video is below but here are some tips and answers to questions I get quite a lot:

What glue are you using?

2 part 5 minute epoxy. You can buy it at any hardware store, this one is from Daiso.

How long does this take?

Depending on the complexity it usually only takes a few hours.

Where do you buy the parts?

Bergamot Charms are available through my Etsy store. I buy locally at junk stores, sometimes I buy from ebay, Full Moon Deco is great for parts and run by a super nice lady.

Where did you get the clear case?


How are you picking up the pearls/jewels?

I use either a cuticle stick with a tiny bit of water on the end for tiny jewels or reverse tweezers for regular ones.

How long does it last?

If you use epoxy it will last a very good while especially if you take care of it. I’ve had things (cameras mostly) which have lasted for years.

What if I make a mistake?

Don’t deco directly to an item if you are worried about making mistakes, put down a layer of clear contact first. You can easily remove contact if you don’t like the final design.

It’s kind of cool seeing all of this in fast motion! If you have any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments :D

Pink Bling Decoden iPhone 4 Case

Sep 18, 2012 by

I don’t know why I can’t seem to settle on a phone design XD This one I think will be sticking around for a long time because I really love it. It’s over the top and completely impractical which I think is a little bit me!

And this one has my initial on it which is very much me :D


New Decoden iPhone 4 Case

May 8, 2012 by

My iphone case was getting a bit beaten up and dirty so it was time to change it up for something new and fun!

The end result!


New Camera Decoden Panasonic Lumix GF3

Dec 1, 2011 by

So if you follow me on Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/whatever you probably saw I got my Christmas present early this year. What was it? A new camera! :D A Micro 4/3rd Panasonic GF3 which I’ve been pining over since it was first announced around 8 months ago. I’ll be doing a full review on it later (in which I test whether it can do all of the things they show in the cute Japanese/Taiwanese ads by re-enacting them!) and I’ve got two snapshots posts scheduled for the weekend of the first night I took it for a spin but in the mean time this is how I deco’d it  with a mixture of Swarovski and pearls ^_^


Rainbow Decoden Thread Cutter

Aug 31, 2011 by

Another deco project where the pictures speak for themselves! I knit and crochet a fair bit and even though we must have at least 10+ pairs of scissors in our house I can never find them at the right moment so I usually resort to trying to break the yarn to avoid having to get up XD Bad Violet! Last week my Mum saw me doing this and came home with a thread cutter hahaha!


Of course I had the same problem with not being able to find it when I needed it. So I decided to deco it in the most obnoxiously bright way I could think of: rainbow and cake. The end result doesn’t remotely go together well but I couldn’t care less as long as I can find the damn thing! the cake was added as it’s a piece I’ll probably never use and here it provides function as a grippy thing.

See deco can be functional sometimes too!

So onwards to the pictures…


Polly Pocket Necklace Decoden

Aug 22, 2011 by

This post is devoted entirely to Sirena Sparklestar, without whom I wouldn’t have rediscovered my love of my old toys or combined it with my love of sparkles. Do check out her blog, it’s full of very pretty crafts and beauty things!

Polly Pocket Deco

The story behind this tutorial is that I was desperately searching through my box of old toys for something and I came across my old Polly Pockets, I used to have a massive collection of them as a kid but over the years they all gradually disappeared other than the first one I ever got: a little star locket and a rose locket. I still love it after all of these years and as a fitting way to make it a little more my current style I decided to deco it.

Polly Pocket Deco



Cute Decoden Glasses Fun

Jul 27, 2011 by

I have a bit of a soft spot for glasses, in fact I’ve worn them since I was around 9 years old and while my sight is a lot better now so I don’t need them for reading or distance (unless its for a long period of time) I still love the way they look! I’ve been wanting to deco a pair properly for the longest of times, mostly as just for a fun photography prop and when I realised the potential of the gold sunglasses I got from Fashion Addict I decided to take the leap.

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Decoden iPad Stylus Project

Jun 9, 2011 by

Deco project time :D For my birthday my Dad bought me a stylus for my iPad so I could use it for illustration work. You’ve already seen some of the drawings I’ve done with it but here’s the project I did with the stylus itself.

Deco iPad Stylus Tutorial

The stylus looks like a really fat, blunt, aluminium pencil which is pretty cute but I wanted to personalise it a bit more. I settled on adding charms to the top, a dangle and some diamantes fading from that.

Deco iPad Stylus Tutorial

Deco iPad Stylus Tutorial

I then used epoxy to glue it in place to the very top of the stylus. It’s a little pink lucky poop I got somewhere in Japan. It had an irritating bell inside which I glued in place too.

Deco iPad Stylus Tutorial

Once that was completely dry I made 3 rows of diamantes underneath it.

Deco iPad Stylus Tutorial

Then to create a fading pattern I continued down in rows leaving a gap every now and then. The further I went the more gaps I left. This is a nice alternative to a straight finish.

Deco iPad Stylus Tutorial

Last I added some dangly charm to the hook at the top and it was finished! Very simple project but it makes a big difference to the end product. And with poop guarding it, no one will ever steal my damn pens again!!! Hahaha!

Deco iPad Stylus Tutorial

Now if only I could work out a way to make it self heating >_< Because it’s aluminium to work with the screen it’s freezing to use in Winter *_* At the moment I have been heating it up on the back of my laptop before using hahaha!

Blinged Diamante Decoden Lipstick Palette

Mar 26, 2011 by

Long time no post huh? Things have been a bit quiet here lately, it’s been one of those weeks where everything seems to be piling on >_< I’ve had the flu so feeling fairly un-energetic during a week that was very high paced for work. All of that means no energy left over for blogging which really sucks :( I should be back up to posting every day next week again though and I’ve almost finished setting up my gallery and some other things which I’ve been planning for a long time so please look forward to that!

Back to it, one thing I did manage to do this week was deco my purse lip colour pack. I bought the container from Daiso several weeks ago and filled it up with lip colours that I use regularly.

Deco Lip Stick Holder

New iPhone 4 Decoden Knitting Queen

Feb 28, 2011 by

I’ve been waiting for my phone contract to end for ages so I could upgrade and when I finally got my new phone the first thing I did was of course try to plan out some deco for it!

Iphone Deco

Cute Custom Decoden Baseball Cap

Jan 28, 2011 by

Firstly! As a lot of you probably know Queensland was recently flooded quite badly. That’s where I used to live before I moved down here to Melbourne. Nuffnang put together a charity auction to raise money for the victims and my donation was 4 sets of my nails. Currently the bidding is up to $20 for the package so please do go have a look because it’s a good cause and a huge bargain right now!!

Click here to visit the auction!

When I was a kid I pretty much lived in baseball caps and after looking through waaay too many gyaru photo dumps on Tumblr they started to grow on me again. Very practical for both Summer and covering dark roots ;) After spying this one at a tourist store for $6 I set about making it much more “me”. Now it’s become know as my “I’m-busy-working-and-if-you-interrupt-me-right-now-and-I-lose-my-train-of-thought-I-will-beat-you-to-death-with-this-hat”… hatwork hat because I wear it when I’m writing important emails XD

Decorated Cap Tutorial

I wanted to make it match the shoes I decorated way back here so I pulled out all my supplies again ^_^

Decoden Pink Heart Shaped Calculator

Jan 19, 2011 by

So my Mum bought me this cute little calculator for Christmas as something to deco, how could I say no to a challenge like that XD

Calculator Deco

First thing I did was put together a basic design by laying out the main pieces on the calculator…

Calculator Deco

I transfered the flowers to the side while keeping the design in tact so I could see what needed to go where. Then one by one I glued them in place.

Calculator Deco

Now let’s talk about glue. Again another question I get at least once a week is about the glue that I use. Glue which can be used for deco:

  • 99% of the time I use epoxy glue. It comes in 2 parts which are mixed together. This stuff is hard as nails and once you glue things with it they aren’t coming off so make sure you’re sure before you glue.
  • E9000. I haven’t used this but many other people recommend it.
  • Clear nail polish/super glue. Only useful on false nail. They don’t hold very well so if you use them on a phone or whatever it’s not going to last.
  • Hot glue. No. This is not good for deco. Not only is it not durable enough but you will probably burn yourself and also it doesn’t stick well to flat smooth surfaces.
  • Jewels that come with sticky backs. Meh they are ok but eventually the sticky loses it’s stick and they either peel off or you will lose the jewel. Generally I peel the sticky off first then epoxy them down or just use them on things that won’t get knocked around like this calculator.

Calculator Deco

So after gluing down the flowers I started adding larger jewels around the edges of the buttons…

Calculator Deco

Then smaller jewels, stars etc…

Calculator Deco

And I just really kept going until I felt there was enough. Done!

Calculator Deco

This is the kind of deco that only takes a few minutes especially if you’re using sticky back jewels ^_^

Calculator Deco

Of course you probably shouldn’t let your boyfriend take the before/after shots -_-‘

Calculator Deco

I haven’t decided if this is finished yet, I might continue the deco around the other other side but I’m more focused on my next big project… my laptop. I’ve finally settled on a new design for it so I just need to get off my butt and get some parts now :D

Nail art and Decoden

Nov 14, 2010 by

Just a quick post to show you some nails and deco that I did a little while ago.

Nail Art


Panasonic TZ10 Camera Decoden!

Aug 26, 2010 by

All I seem to do lately is workworkworkworkwork but it’s all going to pay off soon and I’m hoping it will be worth it! So today as a little break I decided I would show off what I did to the camera that let you look into my brain the other day :D

Started off all black and boring and ended up like this:

My Camera Deco

Decoden Bling USB Stick Tutorial

Jul 27, 2010 by

I thought I’d show you how to make a deco USB stick with your initial today.

I’m still going through all the entries to my give away tonight so please be patient for another day while I pick the top 3 for you to vote on. There are so many awesome entries and I’m having a tough time picking ^_^

Deco USB Tutorial

In the mean time I’m thinking about deco a lot lately! I just did my new camera today and I can’t wait to show you all photos of it :D

Firstly pick a USB stick in a cute colour.

Deco USB Tutorial

Decoden ahoy! Review- The Sticker Monster Review/Mini Decoden Tutorial

Jun 4, 2010 by

Almost 3 weeks ago Jolene at The Sticker Monster sent me a package of fun things to review for your guys and seeing as I have such a sweet spot for deco I just couldn’t say no to making a decoden tutorial :D

This is a super long post but stay with me because I’m going to show you how to make a whole bunch of really cool things!

Now onwards to the review!

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This was the package that arrived on my doorstep… I couldn’t believe how much was packed into it! The delicate items were very well protected and nothing was damaged at all. It took around 1 week to arrive from Malaysia. Shipping- 5/5I had to giggle at the adorable business card!

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So what was inside?

Well I was a little overwhelmed with all the design ideas so it took me a while to decide what to do first XD

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First thing I did was decorate my make up brushes!

So you need:

  • Make up brushes
  • Preglued jewel stripes
  • Scissors

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It’s really easy to do… just measure how many rows of jewels you need while they are still on the plastic, remove the plastic, stick them down and press down for a minute to make sure the glue sticks. DSC_0734 copy

I chose to add the jewels at the top of the metal band because it won’t interfere when I need to wash them.

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I had some jewels left over so I added a stripe to each of the ends ^_^

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Very easy to do and very pretty no? Over the last 3 weeks I’ve used my brushes every day and washed them as per usual with no damage at all. The only tip I have is don’t submerge the pre-stuck jewels in water, if you do by accident just pat it dry with a paper towel.

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I liked it so much that I did my Magical Pick deco tool as well! My lovely friend Jinsent this to me and as soon as I can get the proper internet back I’m going to tell you all about it!

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Now onto some real nail art :D

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Have you guys ever used fimo canes? They are so much fun! I’ve actually got pretty much a lifetime supply of them now because the delightful Jacie sent me a bunch of them which are going to be featured in another tutorial too ^_^

So I’ll cover the basics here… they are made of fimo or sculpy and they come in sticks with pretty much any design you can think of.

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Using a *very* sharp knife you cut them into small slices. This can be really tricky because they like to roll around. I got around this by taping the cane to the cutting board so I could have more control with my hands.

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You want the slices to be *really* thin because it makes them more flexible to shape around your nails when you stick them on.

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Apparently you can get over 100 slices from one cane sometimes! I got sore hands after cutting for a while so I made James finish them off XD I cut them all up at once so I never have to do it again!

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Keeping on the topic of nailart… these are the nails that I’ve been wearing for the last two weeks. Over two weeks I managed to move house with these babies on so they were super durable!

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I used the little silver boullions to fill in spaces between the diamantes, it gives it lots of extra punch!

Heehee typically I managed to lose my first nail like 20min before James was ready to take the photos yesterday *_* You can spot one of the little fimo cane bows from Jacie in there too ^_^

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I decided to experiment by using a big fabric bow this time too. It was very durable and went well and by using hand sanitiser a lot I was able to keep it nice and hygienic. Cute but I probably wouldn’t do it again because I fiddled with it too much! You can see the nails survived the move by my skin didn’t, time for a hand treatment!

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Next it’s sticker time!

I’ve been looking at ways to deco my laptop for a while, I deco’d the entire front section twice but didn’t like either design. The second I saw these little heart shaped stickers I knew I wanted to stick them to my keyboard!

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It’s fairly self explanatory… I just stuck them on randomly ^_^

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I also used some matching yummy macaron/sweets stickers that the lovely Trashtastikagave me and went crazy with them!

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LOVE the finished product and it’s a great starting point to inspire the rest of my laptop’s design. I’m going to use the deco protection sheets on the back of my laptop and start again with an even better design!

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This next project was probably my biggest overall… I was very inspired by the leopard print fabric and the pre-glued deco sheets to finally decorate my little handy camera and it’s case :D

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First thing I did was add some of the little black rose stickers to all of the buttons on the back of the camera. They were the perfect size! The flash from the camera makes them look kind of shiny but in natural light you can’t see the sticker part you only see the black roses with silver outlines.

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Nice and classy unlike the rest of my design which pretty much slaps you in the face with the pink ;)

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I used the prestuck jewels and the sticky leopard print for the case. DSC_1233 copy

Again this was one of the easiest project I’ve ever done… I stuck the sheet of jewels on the front of the case, it fit perfectly!

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And I stuck leopard print on the rest of the case. I added a stripe of lace to cover the line… and that’s it!

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I keep it in my purse all the time and it’s been really great, none of the jewels have come off the sheet which surprised me as I’ve always assumed they aren’t very durable. Very happily surprised!

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Now on to the actual camera! I wanted this to be sweets themed but I didn’t want it to be completely crazy. It also needed to fit back in the case which was a bit of a tight fit to begin with *_*

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I played around with the design a bit and decided that this would be perfect to try out using Swarovski‘s for the first time! DSC_1244 copy

I used a lot of the cabachons, the prestuck pearls (which I removed the stick backs from and glued down) and several colours of crystals. This is what I ended up with after around an hour!

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Totally cute but not too crazy!

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I got a request a little while ago from a reader asking for cute ideas to store nail art supplies and nails there is another tutorial coming on this as well but here’s a quick and easy idea for you!

This is one of the boxes I keep my supplies in…

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It took me about 2 minutes to cut out the sticky backed felt and cover the box! SUPER EASY.

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It needed a little something extra so I added some of the other cute stickers in the pack ^_^

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This is completely random but this is the rest of the sheet the stickers came on… all the cutest ones like the little bears weren’t actually cut out as stickers XD I just cut them out and stuck them on anyway!

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Last but not least I used some of the other Swarovskicrystals to jazz up a little heart photo thingy that I got aaaages ago. I put in some purikura of James, Susie and I and deco’d around the edges.

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Sorry Susie parts of you got covered in jewels ;_;

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I really loved using the Swarovski‘s, they certainly do shine a hell of a lot more than acrylics! They are much heavier but I think they are going to be so much more durable too. Love durability!

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So now you’ve seen all the fun things I got to make here’s my final review on The Sticker Monster!


Every email I sent was replied to very very promptly, in fact I don’t think I ever waited more than about 12hrs for a response about anything. If you live in Malaysia Jolene also has her mobile number online for inquiries and even arranged meet ups if you want to buy a certain number of products. To top that off she is super polite, very friendly and really knows a whole lot about her products. She actually collects and uses them herself so if you have questions about anything she has proper first hand knowledge.


All of the prices are in Malaysian currency (RM). When converting to Australia Dollars the prices are really cheap! Things like the sticky fabric sheets and pre-stuck jewel sheets were around half the price of what I’ve seen them for in shops here in Aus. Even when you factor in shipping it’s still much more cost effective.


I didn’t find one single piece in the selection I got that I wasn’t happy with the quality. A lot of the things like the jewel sheets and the Swarovski‘s far exceeded my expectations. Even little things like comparing the silver/gold boullions to ones that I had previously ordered from a nailart site in bulk, the Sticker Monster boullions were slightly larger, shinier and more uniform in size than the bulk ones. Couldn’t be more pleased with everything.


Considering the prices, exchange rate, ridiculous number of products actually available on the site and the super friendly service… I’m already putting together a mental order list :D DO WANT!!!

Let me know if you have suggestions for another decoden tutorial!

Decoden Hairbrush!

Jun 1, 2010 by

Today I thought I would show you a few of my latest decoden pieces ^_^

We don’t have the internet at our place yet so I’m keeping everything as updated as I can between free wifi at McDonalds and 3G on my phone. Please don’t stop commenting, I promise every single comment email etc will be answered when I have ADSL again! <3

This was my hair brush which was quite boring but I love it to death.

Hair Brush Deco

I started with the bigger pieces, and played with them until I had an order I liked. I wanted it to have a line down the center of feature pieces.

How a Fake Prada Wallet Stole Several Hours of My Life

Apr 14, 2010 by

This story is a long Prada Wallet related saga.

It’s about a wallet that took over my life for two whole days. It’s a story about greed, a story about recycling, an epic drama about craft… and one Prada wallet.

This silly little thing was the cause of many many hours of my life being wasted:

Prada Wallet Deco

So I decided to venture back… and if it was still unsold I would take that as a sign from fate that it was meant to be.

And it was. And I bought it.

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And thus started an obsession that lasted several hours.

I used Twitter to find out more about Prada and how to discern a fake. In the process I had a hilarious conversation with Cheesie and Audand was given lots of advice from others!

Prada Wallet Deco

I googled and googled, finding number after number of “Signs to tell it’s real” websites. I’m sure an aficionado of high end brands would have spotted in a moment what I was searching for but as someone who has never handled anything of a high end brand it was an adventure for me. Had I stumbled onto the holy grail of thrift store finds?

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  • Quality of the stitching…Check.
  • Quality of the lining…Check.
  • Leather stamp inside and out…Check

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  • Correct establishment date… Check
  • Correct curve of the “R”… Check

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  • Prada branded zip and closure… FAIL.

Ok so it failed the final test… I have to admit I was slightly disappointed. The day dreams of selling it to pay for a trip to Japan or a puppy suddenly plummeted just like the bank balance of someone who had just bought a real Prada wallet.

But then I thought for a little while… even if it wasn’t going to be buying me a pony it was still quite a nice wallet. I liked the leather even it was a bit dirty, I liked the colour, I liked the size and I liked the idea of having a new cute wallet.

So out came the leather cleaner, glue gun, ribbon and lace… and my new wallet was born!

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I scrubbed the leather clean with a combination of leather cleaner and a moisture sealant to make it nice and tough again.

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I hot glued lace all around the edges on both inside and out to strengthen and disguise the cracked edges.

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I found some matching pink polka dot ribbon in my stash and added accents to cover damage and add strength. I think it accents the card holder spots beautifully.

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And finished off with a bow.

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Even though it turned out to be a fake this pre-loved $5 wallet was worth every penny. It entertained me for two days, it gave me great conversations with my friends online and offline, it brought out my creativity and thriftiness, it sharpened my google-fu skills and it’s now holding all of my money, cards and old receipts. 1 month on, it’s in better condition than when I found it. Now it is the ultimate hime style wallet!

Very pleased!

And my idea is catching on, when I was in Melbourne, Super Kawaii Mamathought the idea was so cool, she re-vamped her old wallet too!

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The verdict= $5 for several days of entertainment and a fantastic wallet is a great deal ^_^

Real Prada wallet or not, I can’t say I really care!

Decoden Bling iPhone Case and Latest Projects!

Feb 10, 2010 by

I’m writing this in between frantically packing things for Melbourne so do excuse me if I seem a little rushed but I couldn’t wait to show you my latest deco things!

There are a LOT of photos because I’m really proud of this one!

I bought a new leather phone case for my iphone Ruri and it’s taken me a while to settle on a design but here it is in all it’s glory :D

Le Deco Front:

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Close up of the front:

Last view of the back:

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One of the other projects I’ve done lately is my glasses! That’s right all the hours I spent in front of the screen writing tutorials means I need glasses >_<

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But how damn cute did they turn out?

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Lastly if you were following me on Twitter you would have heard that I lost my absolute favorite scarf ever on the weekend :( I keep it tied to my hand bag and it fell off somewhere in a shopping centre, I didn’t even realize until we got home :(

But the good part of that is that I got to go scarf shopping again :D

What I bought:

Cute red scarf to match my bag- $3 from Footprints Op shop

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Hand Painted silk scarf from the Salvos- $2

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Yay for new things! I also got a very interesting wallet at the same shop but that’s reserved for another post ^_^ I love op shops!

Hope you enjoyed my deco spam, I promise I’ll reply to all of your lovely comments as soon as I get a second to relax and ‘ll update again once we’re in Melbourne <3

Grand Opening Of Violet’s Nailart Store

Jan 7, 2010 by

Well this week has been all about nail art hasn’t it?

Today I’m happy to announce the grand opening of my nail art for sale section ^_^

Scroll down to see some of the false nails I’ve got for sale or scroll to the bottom to see how to order!

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Set 1. Princess Pink Nail Art

Competition! Win Decoden Headphones :D

Dec 13, 2009 by

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Well I promised you all a competition and here it is, win yourself some deco headphones!

To celebrate relocating my blog to my own domain I’m offering you all a chance to win the headphones I deco’d for today’s tutorial, all you need to do is spread the word about my new blog!

Decoden Headphones Tutorial – Day 7

Dec 13, 2009 by

Hello, today I have a tutorial on deco headphones!

Wow I can’t believe it’s already the last day of my super awesome week of tutorials! It feels like I’ve been at my new address for much longer and I’m loving it!

I’ve been promising a deco tutorial for ages, it was going to be my laptop but I decided to go with a smaller design to start off some of you guys that are beginners :)

The fun part about this tutorial is that you can win the end product of deco headphones, but more on that later!

So first you need some headphones! I bought these ones to do, they are just fairly standard ear buds, the only thing special about them is that the coloured outside bit clips on and you can change colour… cool idea but they only included one of each colour so you can’t have a matching set >_< I didn’t even notice until I got home!

Apologies that these photos are a little dark, James was out when I did it so I didn’t have his lighting/camera expertise!

The deco technique I’ll be showing you today is called paving.

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I decided to make one headphone pink and one blue so I attached the corresponding colour clip.

So squeeze out an even amount of glue from each tube onto a piece of plastic. I just used the packet that some of my diamantes came in.

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Using an orange stick mix the two bubbles of glue together. Make sure the consistency is even and it’s mixed well.

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I’m going to put a bow on my pink headphone first so using the orange stick I apply a little glue to the back of the bow and also to the headphone where it’s going.

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Hold it in place until the glue becomes tacky then allow it to dry completely.

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Repeat the process on the other side. I decided to use a bead shaped like a heart on this one. Apply the glue…

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Hold the jewel in place.

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For paving you need a lot of jewels in different sizes. Rather than buying 1000 of each size if you are doing a small project like this check the scrapbooking section of your local craft store for pre-stuck designs like the photo below. It has many different sizes.

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Because they already have a sticky backing on them, they’re fairly useless to glue, you’ll find that if you use the provided sticky back they will eventually slide off your item or if you glue them with the backing on they will still fall off because the glue isn’t touching the actual jewel. So you need to gently pull the sticky backing off… I stick it to my finger and use my nail to pry them free.

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And you should be left with this:

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Now for this project you need some larger coloured diamantes too..

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To pick up the diamantes one by one I find the easiest way is using a match stick with a piece of blutac on the end. New blutac is too sticky so roll it on carpet or fabric first so it picks up some dust and isn’t as sticky ^_^ Other people I know use tweezers but I find that awkward.

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Starting with the pink bud add glue to a small strip down the back.

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Starting with the largest jewels again place a line of 3mm pink diamantes straight down the back.

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While the glue around it is still wet fill in around the edges with tiny clear diamantes. The key to this looking good is to try to fill in every single little gap as much as you can. Wait for it to dry before continuing.

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Once the back is dry continue on the side,place a row of large pink diamantes and fill in around it with clear. It’s kind of like making a mosaic, trying to find the right gems to fit the right spot.

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When that side is dry continue around to the other side until the jewels meet in the middle, the entire thing should be covered. When you’re done it should look a little like this:

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Now let’s start on the other side! The principle is the same, but this time use blue jewels instead of pink ^_^

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Do the sides first and then keep going until the jewels meet in the middle.

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Once everything is completely dry it’s time to tackle that last little white bit where the cord comes from…

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Holding it by the ear piece cover that in clear diamantes.

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So then leave it to dry! If you think it needs it, you can give the entire jeweled area a clear top coat. I don’t generally do it because if you are using acrylic jewels it can melt the top layer and make the facets of the jewel less obvious. If you decide to top coat then go with a quick dry clear nail polish. This is what you end up with when you’re done…

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Haha you can tell that James can home and took these pictures because they’re so arty!

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I think pastel blue and pink look so cute together ^_^

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You can see the paving a little more clearly here…

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I hope you enjoyed this and it helped! If you have any questions feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer :)

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Now if you love the ones I made and can’t be bothered making your own you have a chance to win them! Click here to see for yourself how you can get your pretty hands on the deco headphones ^_^

How to Travel in Style with Violet

Nov 4, 2009 by

I’ve done quite a bit of traveling in my time and I love exploring new and interesting places but I always try to travel in style.

I try to make my everyday life as beautiful as possible and traveling is no different. You won’t find me in sweat pants and thongs (or flip flops for my American readers), I want to feel as pretty leaving a 7 hour flight as I do going out to dinner!

So with my recent trip to Singapore I thought it was the perfect time to show you all how I travel in style. This is a compilation of tips I’ve picked up on my travels and my “must have” items for along the way.

First thing’s first…

Take something lucky

I’m not a superstitious person by nature but there’s a story behind this one! The day before we went to Singapore James and I were doing some last minute shopping in the city. I was feeling a little light headed so we stopped at McDonalds for some fries. As I was walking away I checked my change and what should be there but a Singaporean 10 cent piece!!


I was so surprised, normally if I get anything foreign in my change it’s New Zealand currency. This seemed so random and fateful that I kept it in a special compartment in my bag the whole trip!

Exciting news and decoden!

Oct 18, 2009 by


That’s right everyone! We both won tickets to the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blogger Awards with our Pringles competition entries! OMG SO EXCITING!

Thanks so much to Nuffnang for paying for our tickets and accommodation! We are so grateful for everything and can’t wait to meet all the other bloggers going!

Brisbane Snapshots – The Week That Was

Oct 5, 2009 by

Today’s post is a big mixture of random fun awesome things and a couple of bleh things. There are a bunch of mismatched photos that I’ve been meaning to use!

Ok firstly, I may be the only one to find this hilarious but I’ve had Ayumi Hamasaki’s song “Bold and Delicious” stuck in my head for about a week now. It’s come to the point where when ever James says something is delicious I start start singing the chorus! Anyway I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this poster in the 3 shop the other day!

Bold and delicious= boldalicious which is now my new favorite word :D

I’ve been meaning to post this for ages, this is my deco business card holder! And my half finished laptop. I was going to do the deco tutorial on my laptop but I decided I didn’t like the design half way through so now I’m thinking of another one.

My Hime Gyaru Inspirations…

Jul 15, 2009 by

Well I’ve had quite a few questions about what inspires me to do the things I do and clothes I wear. I’ve been asked what blogs I read too so I thought I’d use today’s post to give a bit of a shout out to people I admire and my favorite things! This is going to be a pretty long post because I have a lot of wonderful people to talk about, at the end there are random facts about me you didn’t know so keep reading!

BLONDE Hair and new nails :D

Jul 13, 2009 by

Yes that’s right I’m blonde now… I finally took the plunge!

All I’ve got at the moment are crappy cell phone pics because I was sick all weekend *again*

I was aiming for Ageha caramel blonde. It looks a lot lighter than this in the light…

Unfortunately after bleaching for an hour and a half the black tips were so strong that they are still dark brown, it looks like cool gradation though… so hmm… I totally cant decide whether
I like it or if I want to just dye it back to red again. So I’ve created a poll for you to vote on in my left side bar :D

Decoden Mask- How to look stylish while being terribly ill…

Jun 24, 2009 by

So as I’m sure you all know by now I’ve been sick with the icky flu for the last week or so… Well I’m not one to sit around and do nothing while I’m feeling gross. When I’m feeling my worst I cheer myself up by trying to look my best!

Now as you’ve probably seen everyone is freaking out about the H1N1 Swine Flu. Personally I think that people are over reacting, I mean last year the normal flu killed 3,000 people in Australia, so far Swine Flu has only killed 2 and they were both very sick with other things beforehand.

Either way I don’t think it demands that people wear flu masks everywhere and cancel large events but people are panicking so in the event of being forced to wear these I decided to make mine pretty!

Well I’ve had my fun I have to get back to work. I give lots of virtual tea and chicken soup to everyone reading this who has the flu, get some rest and rug up nice and tight!

Feel better :D

Strapya World Review (and feature news)

May 6, 2009 by

Japanese export site Strapya World Review.

Hello everyone and welcome to my first shop review! Be warned this is a big post with LOTS of pictures. I thought long and hard about which shop to review first but all the online spending that my K-Rudd Stimulus Money let me do gave me an idea! Everyone is always asking where I get my deco supplies from so here is a review on…

Strapya World!

Now a little background info:

Shop- Strapya-World Url- https://www.strapya-world.com/index.html Location- Japan

Products- Decoden supplies, little fake foods, cell phone straps, Disney and Hello Kitty accessories, random Japanese kitschy junk.

Prices- Well it’s a bit hard to compare as it depends on the exchange rate. Prices are in Japanese Yen. You’re paying more than you’d actually pay in Japan but most of the prices are still quite reasonable as long as your exchange rate doesn’t suck as hard as the Australian Dollar.

Meet Ruri the decoden iphone 3g case…

Mar 25, 2009 by

Yay for deco iphone  3g case!

Heehee I finally got an iPhone! Yay lots of fun, the most fun part is deco-ing it!

What do you think? I ran out of jewels :( I’ll order more soon to finish her. Her name is Ruri btw :D Props if you get the reference!


Do you have a deco iphone?

Super Glue- Ok but tends to warp the surface of whatever you’re adding your jewels to. Again good for a quick fix but I wouldn’t bother if you want them to stay on permanently.

Self Stick jewels/sticking sheets- These tend to be ok but you should expect them to come off eventually when the jewel gets bumped around and wriggles off the sticky paper. This is the best option if you would like to change your jewels often.

Epoxy Glue- THE BEST GLUE EVER. Ok there seems to be some kind of confusion over exactly what epoxy glue is… basically it comes in two seperate tubes and you add equal parts of it together and then it hardens at varying speeds depending on what type you buy. This guy is awesome. It doesn’t damage your items, it dries clear, there are varieties with different drying times depending on how confident you are with your deco skills and I have NEVER lost a jewel after I’ve glued it. It is available from hardware stores but I get mine at the $2 store near my house.

So the winner is- Epoxy glue! Hurrah!

*Update* Readers have suggested that E600 glue might be even better than epoxy, I don’t have any but when I test it out I’ll let you all know! */Update*

Uninformative Hime Gyaru Style Acrylic Nail Tutorial…

Mar 16, 2009 by

This is a very uninformative acrylic nail tutorial.

I apologize in advance for my crappy camera work on this, it’s hard to hold a cell phone camera in one hand while doing acrylic nails with the other *_*

I am really not very good at writing tutorials but people are always asking about how I do my nails so I thought I’d give it another go. Please note that this really is just a rough guide, it’s not comprehensive, it’s just what I do!

Onwards to the acrylic nail tutorial.

Firstly you should get all of your materials together. I get all of my things together on a tray table so I can do it on the couch and be nice and comfy.

About Decoden…

Mar 2, 2009 by

A little about decoden

I freaking love deco! It’s one of my favorite pass times right now. Here are some of my creations and tips, at the bottom are some decoden designs that I love, want or want to make myself!

Latest nail art style!

Feb 23, 2009 by

Here’s this month’s nail art style. It’s quite girly and blingy.

I love these nails, they’re my favorites so far! They have a pink base with black tips. The large jewels were put on first then the multi-coloured jewels and little balls to fill in the gaps. The last stage was the gold argyle pattern on the pink bits. Very sparkly and very attention grabbing!

I love this kind of nail art, super bling for the win!

I take thee hammer: adventures in diy

Feb 16, 2009 by

My introduction to fixing things and diy.

Today I bought a little pink portable nail polish dryer. It’s quite adorable but as it only cost $10 it’s not the most well make piece of craftsmanship in the universe. It wasn’t exactly made in the alps by blind virgin monks in solid gold castles.

So after taking it out of the box I noticed an annoying knocking sound when the fan turned.

Decoden Pill Box

Jan 29, 2009 by

As part of James’ Christmas present to me he placed an order to Strapya World for decoden supplies.

It arrived the day before Christmas Eve and I was ecstatic! The biggest part of the order was the 2008 Pink Girly Lucky Pack and sweet bajebus was it full of awesome!

So after spending a while just enjoying opening and sorting all the tiny packets of decoden jewels (the best part I think!) I decided to put my new toys to use!

This originally was my boring old pill box, now it’s much prettier!