DIY Corded Yarn Belt

Wow, it's already 4 months since my last blog post. How can that be??
Well, probably because nothing excited has happened since then. I was busy with my regular job, my shop stuff and simply not in the mood for blogging.
A few weeks ago I had to close my Etsy shop temporarily, but i plan to re-open it soon. I really miss making and selling things.
With the shop being on vacation mode, i don't have much to instagram about on @annkaydesign, so I created another account, where i can share totally different random stuff from my life ( e.g. my Lilly Pulitzer addiction) without being afraid of annoying or even losing my customers. You can follow my new personal account here.

But now on to my DIY belt tutorial. It's a cute little thing that matches my new summer shorts perfectly.

- yarn ( or Baker's Twine)
- scissors
- measuring tape

Total time:
5 minutes


1. Measure the circumference of your waist

2. Cut a string 4x as long as the measured length, and then depending on the thickness of your yarn, cut three or more strings in the same length

3. Twist a cord and tie a knot on one end.

4. Knot the other end

5. Trim both ends so that the tassels have the same length

And that's it!

In the mood for Pastel Spring

Today i am starting a new series called the "In the mood for..."; a collage of my favorite finds from around the web dedicated to a certain theme or color range. From fashion and beauty to home decor, food and travel. Simply anything that comes to my mind, anything i am in the mood for.

The first day of spring could not have been more beautiful, weather-wise. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and 20°C made me want to burn all my black and grey clothes, scarfs, gloves and boots immediately.
While the last two days had been all grey and rainy again, i am totally in the mood for a pastel spring outfit.

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Scarf by Accessorize, Blazer by TopShop, Umbrella by Forever21, Rain Boots by TedBaker, Belt by H&M, Bangle by H&M, Skirt by H&M, Pants by Selected Femme via Zalando, Clutch by Accessorize, Wedges by Ruche

DIY: Dip-Dye Watercolor Tissue Tassel Garland


Today i show you how to make a watercolor dip-dye tassel garland, and create a unique look in your favorite color to match any room or party theme perfectly.
The possibilites are endless, and you can either hang the garland horizontally, vertically or use it as a ballon tassel.

Happy Sunday

February was a very busy month. This is my review in pictures.

1. Another DIY print:

2. What kept me so super busy, aside from my full-time job and my Etsy shop, was this great opportunity to contribute decoration for the Hopespoken event in Dallas in March. I made 20 balloon tassels, 30 giant paperflowers, confetti, and 250 DIY business cards.

3. New glasses:

4. Tulips:

More tulips

5. And drying tulips the good old-fashioned way

6. New pillow covers for the bedroom

7. I participated in the Minimalistchallenge. One day 1, i deleted my Twitter account. After 15 days, i stopped taking photos. Read more about my motivation here

8. After almost three months, the new "thanks" tags for my shop have finally arrived.

9. February was inofficial donut month. Can you guess my favorites?

10. We had lots of ice, but no snow. Lovely frost pattern on Smarty's windshield

Cheers to March, an early spring and a happy Sunday!

DIY "Always kiss me goodnight" Print

Those of you who follow me on Pinterest already noticed my latest obsession with pretty prints. Wish i could buy them all, but i have to stay frugal, so this is a simple and easy DIY print created with Microsoft Word. The font is Segoe Script in cursive and the size is 48.
I am currently revamping our bedroom, getting rid of too much red (curtains, pictures, bedding) and replacing it by black and white. Clean, modern and simple. This print replaces the old red one, that i tossed this morning.

My Valentine’s gift for you: receive 14% off all items in my shop ( excluding custom orders and special requests). Simply enter coupon code CUPID14 during checkout. Valid until February 14th

Happy Sunday

My favorite flowers are back, and since they are only available for a short period, i purchase a new tulip bouquet every week.

I created a lot of tissue tassel garlands and took new photos for my shop.

My favorite new book

Working on a DIY rag rug. It's a neverending task, and i may or may not have it finished by christmas...

One of my Valentine's Day pins from one year ago got extremely popular with 4203 repins so far. Crazy!

We had some snow

I painted our bedroom doors white. It's hard to see in the photo, but the difference is amazing.

Hubby's gift for me on our 9th being-in-love-anniversary

Spent a day at the airport. Oh how i miss flying

And that's my January review.

Happy Sunday!