Ready for another round of DO IT 


I like this one - because it's  pretty close to what I want this series to be: Taking an idea and giving it my own twist, combining it with the supplies I have and other ideas I had before. Not just copying it. And eventually starting a project I had been planning for a long time. (I guess the professional term for this process is called inspiration...)


As always in the DO IT series, the starting point was a pin. This time it's from a really nice blogpost by Ana from fluxi on tour about the shop Rare Device in San Francisco. I liked the way they displayed their jewelry: in frames. I pinned it to my ideas board because I thought it was a great idea for the shop I'm secretely dreaming to own one day (aren't you, too?) or just as a styling idea for a photo.

Then two other construction sites (professional term: works in progress) of mine entered the scene. My gallery wall in the kitchen which I'm constantly changing and rearranging (professional term: editing) and a very special piece of jewelry. It's actually rather a piece of art: an interpretation of the New York skyline as a gigantic brooch. My aunt - a goldsmith, jewelry designer and true artist - made it and gave it to me more than 10 years ago because I had lived in New York City with my family for a while when I was in my teens. The pin is too big to actually wear it and I've always looked for a way to display it nicely. Ping! 


The idea is so simple, but I never thought of it before: Frame it!



I tried to clean the brooch a little. (I think it used to be silver once...) As you can see it didn't really work - but I actually like it that way, rough and dirty. I'm not sure yet if it will be part of the gallery wall or just by itself - still trying out different options!



I'm beginning to ask myself what I've gotten myself into here by promising to do and post one project a week. It looks so easy, but these posts are taking me so long! And a week is a lot shorter than I thought...

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Comments: 13
  • #1

    owls house london. (Thursday, 11 April 2013 20:59)

    super idea! what a stunning piece, and so unusual. i'd definitely have it on display. and in terms of framing things, i even like frames just hanging, being frames, without anything in..

  • #2

    mette (Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:33)

    Shut the front door, I want to display all my brooches:-) So lovely idea, and such a great way to display your aunts work of art. I love the skylines it's so wonderful and I love the vintage look of the aged silver. I love frames too, all kinds of frames, and it's a really nice way to catch the eyes and to display. I know DIY post is really time consuming, but as long as it's fun and merry... Thank you for your lovely inspiration Lena, and have a happy weekend!

  • #3

    minamoka (Thursday, 11 April 2013 22:05)

    @owls house london: Two days ago there was still an empty frame in my gallery wall, I liked it, too! My husband is not really getting the idea behind it, though ;)
    @Mette: Right, I'm having fun with it, and it's part of the game to challenge myself a little. I was actually wondering already how you're managing so many DIY posts!

  • #4

    Ana (Friday, 12 April 2013 00:16)

    This is a really unique piece! And the idea to frame it is perfect. Works good with your other wall art. And thanks for mentioning, Lena! Glad that my post inspired you! :)

  • #5

    minamoka (Friday, 12 April 2013 10:13)

    You're welcome, Ana! Thanks for inspiring me! Funny you had Nina's guest post about NYC on your blog the same day!

  • #6

    Eva @FoodVegetarisch (Saturday, 13 April 2013 11:09)

    Was für eine großartige Idee, die Brosche zu rahmen. Und dass solche DIY Posts ihre Zeit brauchen, das glaub ich dir direkt! Ich find deine neue Reihe übrigens so klasse, dass ich auch bereit wäre, zwei Wochen auf den nächsten Post zu warten. Dann wäre halt die Vorfreude etwas länger :) Ganz liebe Grüße und hab ein schönes Wochenende, Eva

  • #7

    minamoka (Saturday, 13 April 2013 14:55)

    Liebe Eva, ja, das wird sicher auch einmal passieren, dass 2 Wochen vergehen... Aber wahrscheinlich ist es als Ansporn ganz gut, offiziell bei der 1 Wochen-Taktung zu bleiben! Dir auch ein schönes Wochenende!

  • #8

    Gudy Herder (Monday, 15 April 2013 17:12)

    Das ist wirklich ein grosse Brosche! Und ich mag die verschiedenen Themen an Deiner Wand!
    Wenn Du mal eine Woche kein DIY Thema schaffst, ist das doch auch mehr als ok. Bloggen soll uns ja noch Spass machen, oder? xx

  • #9

    Nina (Tuesday, 16 April 2013 02:57)

    Love it! Sometimes the easiest things have the biggest impact. Great brooch and it looks super cool framed.

  • #10

    Hema (Tuesday, 16 April 2013 13:33)

    I just love this brooch....What a piece of art! Great idea to frame it, your gallery wall looks great!

  • #11

    minamoka (Tuesday, 16 April 2013 15:18)

    @ Gudy: Auf jeden Fall soll's Spaß machen und ich werde mich auch nicht quälen! Aber ein bisschen mich selbst herausfordern ist auch nicht schlecht...
    @Nina + Hema: Thank you! Glad two ladies with excellent taste like it!

  • #12

    Chi @ 106 (Tuesday, 16 April 2013 17:16)

    Be still my beating heart - what a stunning piece!

    It totally deserved to be framed and given pride of place in your home.
    One project a week, eh? If this one is anything to go by, I'll certainly tune in for more! :D

  • #13

    minamoka (Wednesday, 17 April 2013 19:20)

    Thank you, Chi! And you could absolutely wear that brooch!




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