Thursday, 1 November 2012

Vitamin Kick

Do you remember a necklace I made some years ago?

Well, today a twin sister was born. Well almost a twin - it's orange - and a very juicy one!

It features crocheted and felted orange beads, one crocheted flower, vintage plastic and glass beads and sweet pumpkin organza ribbon.

So here were my ingredients:

This broken necklace from the 40s!! I found it on a local flee market for very cheap, as it was broken beyond reparing.

 And these sweet juicy beads are other finding at a local craft fair. Look how they shine with color!

The little crocheted flower is a real surprise factor in this necklace!

So that's how it looked when it was ready.

In a couple of days it will be shipped to a friend of mine, I hope she will enjoy it!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Upgrading old shoe boxes

Since we have moved in into our new apartment, I am constantly collection ideas on how to improve my work room. So far I have a simple desk (even without drawers) and good old solid shelves that cover one wall. And all my supplies are lying on those shelves. Some in cute boxes I bought, some in even cuter tin boxes I got as a present, but the majority - in shoe boxes. And it's not because I am too lazy to get new craft boxes, I just believe that those shoe boxes are very useful and good quality. They are perfect size and anyway - why throwing away, when we can reuse?

But I admit, the shoe boxes do not contribute to the room decor. And so I have decided to upgrade them a bit - wrap them in paper. However, the regular gift paper is too thin and is torn easily, so what I took leftovers of wallpaper instead.

Our craftstore Kreatima sells the leftovers of fantastic designed wallpaper for super low price. And so I bought some.

 Then I took my show box, paper glue, scissors and a tape.

The first box will have the honor of being wrapped in my favorite wallpaper.

I started with cutting the wallpaper and glueing it to the bottom of the box.

Then took care of the corners - just like wrapping a gift.

Try to be accurate - you want to use those boxes for some years :)

Do the same with the locks, but don't wrap the paper on the inside of the lock, it will be too thick to easily close on the box. Try to glue and tape the paper very tight. But sometimes, when the wallpaper is of good quality and quite thick (like the one I used), it is unavoidable that the lock will be a bit too small for the box. Well, I have the cheat solution.
Cut two corners of the lock and neatly wrap them with paper and tape. It will look very neat, and your box will have a perfectly fitting lock :)

Here you go. I have done 2 boxes so far - 5 more to go.

What do I use them for?

Mainly for storing of supplies or ready made items.

And the locks are perfect to take item pictures on! Simple faded pattern is perfect for creating an atmosphere.

And since it's not flat - it creates levels in the picture, that shows items in a more vivid and attractive way.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Nursing necklaces

Those of you, who follow me on Facebook, know that i have launched a new collection of crocheted chunky necklaces. One can call them nursoing necklaces - they are indeed a must for every breastfeeding and bottle feeding parent, but they are just a lovely exciting statement accessory.

 Latte and turquoise nursing necklace on TomBjornDesigns

These necklaces are 100% natural and ecological, they are nice to touch and a sweet to look at. Itäs completely safe for babies to touch and chew on - itäs made of ecological cotton and unfinished wooden beads. Nothing else.

I have done many of those now (preparing for the Christmas market, and I love playing with them. sometimes I take a handful of those crocheted beads and start mixing them with each other, discovering new color combinations :)

Here is the link to my new section Chunky Bubbles

Monday, 22 October 2012

New Photosession

Yesterday I decided to finally make my once favorite necklaces available in my shop again.

This design was very popular in my shop last summer, and last month I came upon small amount of similar beads - and here we are. And yes, I know, we have fall now in Sweden, but I must think about my Australian customers too :)

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Still October

It's berry time!

And I am going berry-wild!

Meet my Poisonous berries necklace!

And something less poisonous. Made of vintage beads - love giving old stuff new life :)

And something really juicy indeed - new berry pendant. also from a vintage bead.

Sunday, 7 October 2012


October. Fantastic colors of the countryside. Probably my favorite color combination

More photos - on my facebook page

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Heart buttons

Just got these gorgeous buttons in my post box. Aren't they perfect! little candy-hearts.

Now I am thinking what design I will make with them.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Paris dedicated

We have just returned from Paris. It was my first ever visit there. Of course, I was impressed and bewitched. Can one not be?

So as soon as I came back I have created a new set of necklace and earrings.

The colors are inspired by a cloudy day in the centre of Paris, while sitting in one of the cafe terraces

Water, air, the entire atmosphere

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Well, it has been two weeks since we got back from Gotland.
And I still haven't finished looking through all the photos.

Here are some.
The Island of roses indeed :)


Medieval week on Gotland 2012

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Emerald and Fuchsia

The combination of emerald and fuchsia is very brave, fresh and popular this year.
Now when fall fashion is almost here, the pastels fade away and the bolder nuances are becoming more attractive. This necklace / bracelet features dark amazing emerald colored jasper and glass beads combined with bright fuchsia beads - definitely a conversation starter!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Flowers on the bike

Today I felt like upgrading my best friend - bike.

I had an old and boring plastic plant that I didn't want to throw away, because it was intact. Well it is no longer intact :)
With the help of scissors and some metal thread I have decorated my darling. How much more fun it will be to bike now!


Sunday, 15 July 2012


Just another option of wearing my necklace / bracelet as a hairpiece.

Just pick the color matching your hair!

More pictures of this item - here

Friday, 25 May 2012

Vintage metal lace necklace

This fantastic gunmetal necklace is so stunning that I had a hard time deciding to part with it.
It's one of my best findings last year.
But here you go - I decided to sell it further. It is a real beauty and it deserves to be loved and shown off.

more picture are in my etsy shop

My necklaces as hairpieces?

YESSSS. Just use your imagination!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Easter in Wermland

Well, Swedish weather loves to surprise.

This year we thought of spending Easter with my in-laws in the western province of Sweden - just at the border with Norway. I have even dedicated some of my jewelry to Wermland.

This year it all started well,

bit of sun, birches turned purple-lavender - just before the green explosion. I was happily napping in front of the house.

Next day we woke up to a snow storm. Well, welcome to Sweden!

Despite it, we continued with out bon-fire plans and had tons of good time :)

 I hope soon it's green and springy and I will be inspired to make those green earrings again!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Monday, 2 April 2012

Bridesmaids jewelry

Planning your wedding? Bridesmaid at your friend's wedding?

Well, once I got a custom order of seven similar necklace / bracelets. The buyer was a bride, and she wanted all her bridesmaids plus two mothers to have my necklaces. But all of them will be wearing them in a different way.
I got a picture later - it was amazing. Here stand 7 beautiful ladies and all have the same item created by me, but used in a different way. One had it as a bracelet, one as a collar, one as lariat necklace, one as headband, another as belt... and even an anklet.

And this made me think - well, of course, the versatility of my items allow to be this creative!
and thus I decided to launch a new discount for brides - %15 if you buy 3 and more necklaces.
and if you send me a happy picture after the event - you will get any item of your choice for free... as a wedding present.

Isn't that cool!

So brides, talk to me and let me know which item might fit the color scheme of your important event!

Thursday, 29 March 2012


Easter is getting closer and it's about time to decorate your house.
Today I made a Swedish Easter tree - påskris - twigs with feathers.

If you want to know how I made it - follow my tutorial on OhDearTeam blog

Now it stands next to the entrance to our home and creates festive mood for us our neighbors.

Happy Easter - Glad Påsk

And here is one of my latest necklaces in Easter colors