{Show & Tell} Salvaged wood… to handmade office push pins

Organic driftwood turned to office pushpins, by YaansoonI created these tree-branch push pins with my husband a while back, using salvaged wood found in the alleyways.

My husband takes long walks around town to look for materials for Yaansoon. He once told me that a lot of people are pruning their trees and throwing long tree branches at the sides of the tiny roads connecting our area, where our atelier and craft room are located.

I asked him to bring back with him some of those tree branches to see if we can do something with them. And in deed we did!

We washed the tree branches and placed them in a sunny area to air dry. My husband then used a saw to cut them to pieces, we then found a way to turn them into push pins. We experimented with many kinds of wood before finally finding the one kind that really worked as a push pin.

These push pins, aka thumb tacks, look great on a cork board. Absolutely rustic and quirky and we love them.

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{Show & Tell} Handmade copper bookmarks

Handmade copper bookmarks | By YaansoonA while back, I finished working on a number of copper bookmarks. They have all sold out now, but I thought of sharing a picture.

Working with copper is so gratifying, and I prefer the earthy hues of this beautiful metal to other shinier versions, like silver and gold (not a big fan of gold).

Using a copper bookmark to keep track of the last page you were reading is so nice. I think it makes for a nice gift to a loved one.

For more inspiration, you can always visit our website: yaansoon.moonfruit.com

{Show & Tell} Upcycled coin push pins

Coin push pins by Yaansoon I love handmade office trinkets, they bring so much character and warmth to one’s office or craft room. A while back, we finished working on nicely-packaged coin push pins (thumb tacks).

A lot of people loved them. And so decided to make tiny coin brooches and other accessories with coins.

Coin push pins by Yaansoon. Made in JordanThanks for stopping by!

{Show & Tell} New hand-painted 100% cotton pouches & pillow cases

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pouches. bags. purses - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, JordanWhat happens when 100% cotton meets pom-pom trim and fabric paint? These beautiful pouches, purses, and canvas bags is what happens!

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pouches. bags. purses - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, JordanI have always loved minimalist bags that are made from natural fabrics. After planning, sourcing materials, and designing fabric bags in my head for a long time, I finally got to make them. And this collection is the first batch!

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pouches. bags. purses - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, JordanHand-painted, hand-printed, and hand-stenciled, these mini bags, pouches and purses can work as clutches, or as cosmetic bags to hide your little stash of makeup and trinkets.

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pouches. bags. purses - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, JordanThey’re made from 100% cotton and come in a variety of sizes and colors that bring back an organic feel and an immediate connection to nature.

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pouches. bags. purses - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, Jordan No one bag is like the other and it is truly the one and only design on the face of the earth!

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pouches. bags. purses - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, JordanFor a minimalist look, I made two paisley pouches… here is one…

Paisley pouch | Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pouches. bags. purses - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, JordanIn addition to purses, pencil cases and pouches, there are also hand-painted pillow cases like this one, with a quirky question: “Teshrab Chai?” (i.e: Would you like some tea?”)

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pillow cases - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, JordanThis one has beads and mother of pearl buttons…

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pillow cases - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, JordanWhile this one is also hand-stenciled and the wording and image come in a nice violet.

Yaansoon hand-painted 100% cotton pillow cases - Now available at Mlabbas, Rainbow Street, Amman, Jordan

Hope you enjoyed this post about my new quirky pouches. Have a lovely evening…

{Show & Tell} Oriental & wooden ceramic beads: My handmade Blue Ocean Collection

Yaansoon new Blue Ocean Collection | Handmade Jewelry

Hello friends… Last week I finished working on some new pieces for Yaansoon; I called them The Blue Ocean Collection (UPDATE: I changed the collection name to Oriental Blues) . Blue reminds me of the sea, of mysterious depths, and inner peace. I hope these pieces will bring this much goodness to their wearer.

Seed beads are back on my radar after months and months of abandoning them. I think my crafting mood goes into cycles, which is a good thing most of the time, since I like to the idea of diversifying Yaansoon’s handcrafted objects. Yaansoon new Blue Ocean Collection | Handmade Jewelry I made one item only of each piece for this bohemian collection, with seed beads being the champion component of most pieces. There is also a ring and a couple of bohemian earrings that have wooden beads and an oriental ceramic center bead, in addition to a Hand of Fatmia key ring.

Yaansoon new Blue Ocean Collection | Handmade JewelryWhen I first started crafting and making my own line of jewellery, I worked like a machine, producing several pieces of the same design, which was quite boring and felt like a factory. Now-a-days I make one piece only of any design to keep the creativity juices going, and to treat my handmade work like I would treat art, with the same amount of passion, uniqueness and creative power poured into each work of art.

Yaansoon new Blue Ocean Collection | Handmade JewelryAnother fantastic change in my attitude towards seed beads is about how I view their place in the art work, meaning, in the past I used to think of busy bohemian motifs, often dreaming up Indian-influenced accessories. But I have tamed my busy patterns and have come to accept simplicity as a form of creativity, something that was very difficult for me to achieve in past years.

Yaansoon new Blue Ocean Collection | Handmade JewelryI hope you enjoyed these pictures and this post.