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The kids were down for naps and I had just hung up and put away all the laundry which meant everything I own was accessible.  I started looking around my closet with that really proud feeling that you get when you have NO DIRTY LAUNDRY.  You need to relish it because of course it won’t last long.  Anyway, I suddenly got the urge to try on outfits and see what I could come up with out of my wardrobe.  So, I thought I’d take pics so I can remember the ones I like.  So heres my little fashion show!  🙂  If you’d like to know my TOP 10 THRIFTING TIPS go here.

So what do you think of my dyed skirt, spray painted shoes, and thrifted threads?  🙂  I love my happy little closet.

P.S.  To see the black bib necklace tutorial go here.

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OK!!  This is it for jewelry for a while I promise….well, actually I’d better not make that promise, but its the rest of what I’ve done lately so far.  🙂

First there are these rust color earrings I made for fall.

Then, there are these cute little clay rose earrings.  Heres the tutorial…

I also made these vintage inspired rockabilly-ish cherry drop earrings.

I made these ones below to go with my new diy’d maxi dress.

These ones were inspired by these that I found on Pinterest:

I loved the colors and that inspired me to make mine below:

I also wanted to whip out my feathers and make myself another pair of long feather earrings.   I made these out of mustard colored leather and wooden beads and various feathers.

Since I had my feathers out already, I decided to make myself so long feather hair clips as well.  The one below is super eclectic and bohemian for big beachy long hair and a tan.  (Two things I don’t have…oh well.)

This one I made as an alternative to dying a streak of my hair hot pink.  🙂

Now here are a slew of rings I made as well.

Phew!! Are you sick of my jewelry yet?  Haha!  Anyway, if there is anything in particular that you’ve seen that you’d like me to A. Make for you (I can take some orders I spose), or B.  Teach you how to make (if I haven’t already done a tutorial on it), let me know!  Hope you enjoyed all this crafting craziness!  More fun projects to come.

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My poor dining room table has been attacked.  Beads, findings, feathers, fabric...you can’t even see the table top anymore.  Honestly, I wish I could leave it like this all the time.  I’m so much more productive when all my gear is just stroon (is stroon a word?) about, standing at ready for me to dive in and make something whenever I get a spare minute or two.  We barely ever use the dining room and its got the perfect amount of table room and great window light for me to work on all my little jewelry bits.  My hubby complains though.  I have a craft room for crafts he says.  Hes right I guess, although really there isn’t enough light or table space in my craft room to get stuff done.  Its like I need a room to store all of my craft stuff, and another to make it all.  Actually, if I’m being honest, the perfect house for me would consist of like 6 “work” rooms.  An office for blogging, a jewelry making room with a giant table and rows of beads and findings, an art room, an interior design studio, a photography studio, and a recording studio (that ones just a bonus, my hubby always wants me to record my songs and stuff for him and I never do).  Maybe someday… maybe someday I’ll pair down on my hobbies!  Yeah right! 🙂  Anyway, in the meantime, the dining table will do, as long as I get her cleaned up every once and a while to please Mr. HunnyBuns.

Anyway, unfortunately for my hubby and our table, I’ve been up to quite a lot this past week or so.  I’ve been having a blast making jewelry nonstop whenever the kids go down or while they’re playing by themselves.

Here are all the things I’ve made:

The necklace below was inspired by this design that I saw on Pinterest:

And heres mine, made out of an old t-shirt and wooden beads:

And heres a great tutorial on knotted fabric beading if you want to make your own.

I also saw this necklace on Anthropologie and was inspired to make my green and gray knot necklace below.

And here is my necklace using a similar technique.  I used prestrung seed beads from Walmart’s craft section so it made it super quick and easy to loop them together and attach the chain to the ends.  The little jewel is just a clip on earring I move around from necklace to necklace when I wanna glam it up.

I saw this on Urban Outfitters and was inspired to make my teal feather necklace below.

Heres mine.  I made mine a bit different but I LIKE MINE BETTER. 😉

I also saw this tutorial on Pinterest and made a jersey necklace like it from an old shirt and wooden beads.

Heres mine:

Thats all I have time to show you right now!  But come back soon!  I have TONS more! 🙂

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I’ve suddenly become obsessed with making clothes.  I blame it on Pinterest and all the adorable ideas I’ve been exposed to.  In one of my lives (lets pretend we get lots) I would love to be a fashion designer.  *Sigh*  Instead though, I have been breaking out my sewing machine and pretending I’m one.

Don’t get me wrong though.  I seriously am NOT a seamstress.  I know very little about sewing actually and I never follow patterns.  I don’t know if I even know how to read patterns.  I just sketch ideas out as they come or try to figure out how to make things based on other items I’m inspired by.  This is why my little sewing tutorials are relatively easy.  Because I don’t think I could pull of anything much harder.

When I do get the itch to sew something, I usually turn to jersey fabric or a stretchy knit.  This stuff is so easy to work with and doesn’t fray so hemming edges isn’t necessary unless you want it to be.  I went to the fabric store the other day in search of a fun print in a knit to make a maxi dress after becoming obsessed with the kimono style maxi dresses I’d seen on Pinterest and Etsy lately.  I took both my boys, and quickly perused the options in between shoving cookies into my screaming 14 month old and reprimanding my 4 year old for unrolling bolts of fabric down the aisle.  Ugh.  Can I just say how much I HATE shopping with my kids.  By the way, any tips on that matter would be appreciated!  Anyway, I found this colorful, kind of native american-esqu, ikat-ish print that I loved and lucky for me was 40% off.  I got 3 yards for $23.  Enough to make my maxi dress and a little whatever-else-I-feel-like-making later.  Anyway, this is a really easy dress and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!  Hope you like it and have fun making your own!

Cost:  About $23 or so depending on the fabric

Supplies:

  • 2 and a half yards or so of stretchy knit fabric
  • Coordinating thread.
  • Elastic for waistline.
  • Pins.
  • Sewing machine.
  • Scizzors.

1.  Refer to my little sloppy sketches below that kind of walk you through it.

2.  The sketches pretty much lay it out for you but I’ll give you some extra tips.

  • TIP 1:  Try this on a lot as you go to make sure its fitting you well.  OR, take a maxi or long dress you already own and find the proper length for your new dress from that.
  • TIP 2:  Leave at least 12 inches open at the armholes when you sew up the sides, if you want less of an opening, you can always sew up more of the armhole after you try it on.  P.S.  When sewing, sew right sides together and use a knit stitch (or zigzag stitch) on your machine to allow the fabric to continue to stretch.  Careful not to pull the fabric as you are sewing to avoid rippling.
  • TIP 3:  Cut the neckline by folding the dress in half and cutting a half V on the fold.  This way the neckline will be symmetrical.  Also, cut the neckline pretty conservatively at first.  Since the fabric has stretch it will widen/deepen when you put it on.  You can always cut more from the neckline after you try it on and gauge how deep/wide you’d like it to be.
  • TIP 4:  You can omit the pleating if you’d like along the shoulder area at the neckline.  I just through that on mine for solely decorative reasons.  If you don’t know how to make a pleat, google it.  Its super easy and quickly adds a little “fancy” to any design.
  • TIP 5:  Cut a strip of elastic long enough to wrap around your waistline.  Make it slightly longer than you think you’ll need.  You can always cut the excess off when you’ve sewn it into your dress.  Refer to this post for more tips on sewing in elastic waistlines.

3.  Throw it on when you’re done and accessorize in an oh-so-bohemian-chic kind of way and be proud of your work!

GO DO IT!!  🙂

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I really LOVE feathers.  This obsession started about 3 years ago while google-ing “pin up hair and makeup” pics.  In a lot of the pin up sites I noticed the models wearing these amazing feathered fascinators and cocktail hats and brooches and…I fell in LOVE with the glamour that they instantly brought to a look.  Little did I realize at the time that the fashion and decorating world were on my same page and soon I began to see everyone and everything sprouting “wings”.  I started making feathered hair clips, brooches, earrings, headbands, cocktail hats, necklaces, etc. and haven’t stopped.  Sadly, I wear less feathers these days due to toting around my curious cargo (my 8 month old is constantly trying to pluck me) but I still enjoy making feathered things for friends and family and the occasional craft fair.

There is something about feathers that is always fun and always fashionable.  Even if all you can do is throw on a t-shirt and jeans and put your hair in a ponytail (this is my daily outfit lately) if you slap on a feathered headband or dangly feathered earrings you suddenly feel and look fashionable and glamorous.  They can be vintage inspired (like old hollywood and pin ups), modern and edgey (like Project Runway), or bohemian chic (like Anthropologie).  Here are some of my favorite feathered accessories:

This is a GORGEOUS feather fascinator in a classic fan shape that looks absolutely stunning on this old Hollywood-esque model.

This couture feathered bib necklace is FANTASTIC.  Imagine throwing that on with a plain white tee and jeans?  Scrumptious.

For a bohemian touch, I think this long single feather earring would do the trick.  Loverly.  Just loverly.

Here are a few examples of how feathers have been used in the interior decorating world recently.

This feathered lampshade would be a fun way to add texture and interest to a little corner.

 

I love this plum colored peacock feather rug.

I ADORE this ostrich feather light.  How fun is that!  Maybe for my new kitchen lighting…hmmm.  Maybe in colored feathers….

 

Anyway, this proves my point.  Feathers are awesome.  Wear them.  Put them in your home.  And just to get you started with your new found feather crush here is a tutorial on how to make simple feather earrings that look great…even with plain tees and jeans.

Cost: $ Maybe $2 per pair but you will get a lot of pairs out of the amount of supplies.  All supplies will cost probably around $9 or so.

Supplies:

  • Feathers. Whatever floats your boat.  Your local craft store will have them in packs.
  • Cord ends aka crimp beads with loop ends. These are in the jewelry section of the craft store in come in packs with different shapes, colors, sizes, etc.
  • Earring hooks. Same as the cord ends (different shapes, colors, styles, sizes, come in packs.)
  • Jewelry making tools. You will need round nose plyers and flat nose plyers.  I bought my jewelry tools at Walmart in a pack for about $9 I think.  Its worth it to pick up some and I use them for plenty of projects outside of jewelry making.
  • Strong quick drying glue. I use Quick Grip glue I bought at Walmart in the craft section.

Okay folks, lets get feathered.

1.  First pull out your feathers and clump about 10 or so (more or less depending on the kind of feathers you’re using) together with all there ends lining up together tightly.

2.  Next, take your glue and just dip the end of your feather clump into it.  Don’t get too much, this is simply to hold the feathers together so you can put the crimp end on.

3.  Hold the feather clump in one hand while the glue gets tacky and take the crimp end in the other hand.  Carefully place the feather clump end into the center of the open crimp end.  Loop side up!  You’ll need that loop to attach the earring.  The tacky glue will help hold the ends in place on the crimp end while you take your flat nose plyers and pinch the sides of the crimp ends down into the center to securely lock in the feathers.

4.  Repeat these steps for the other earring.

5.  Now its time to attach the earring itself to the feather clump.   Open the loop at the end of the earring by twisting it with your pliers.  Do not try to PULL the loop open as this will make it difficult to completely close once you have the feathers on.  TWIST.  DON’T PULL.  Once it is open enough, slide the crimp end loop onto the earring loop and twist the earring loop closed again.  Easy breezy and you’re done!

Now make a ton more with the leftover supplies because all your friends will want a pair! 🙂  Happy crafting everyone!

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So sorry about the long break from the blogging world!  My computer crashed a few weeks ago (*whimper*) and we just recently got a hold of a loaner from my father-in-law to tide us over until we can either fix the old one or afford a new one.  This computer works fine although it is S-L-O-W which is incredibly annoying and demotivates me somewhat to do much blogging.  On top of our computer issues, I have been decorating our friends house, doing March of Dimes fundraising (please donate by clicking on the button on the sidebar!), and taking pictures for people.  Plus, my hubby recently went out of town on business and brought himself home with some kind of bug which he so kindly has passed on to me and the kids (*sniffle*).

I have TONS of projects coming, I promise, so hang in here with me while I get all me stuff together.  As for now, heres a peak at what I’ve been working on:

Ricky’s Bachelor House Idea Board

Entry

Living Room/Media Room

Dining/Kitchen

McTier Family Photos

Jenny and Mike’s Maternity Photos

These last ones are my favs!

Phew!  See what I mean?!  I’ve been busy right?!  Anyway, come on back in a bit to see how to make a driftwood starburst mirror, create sketchy “wallpaper”, and make feathered earrings!  See you soon!

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I needed a light over by the daybed in my office/guest room and I really didn’t want to spend a lot so I took a paper round paper lantern that was hanging without a purpose in my son’s room and decided it would do the job.  The only problem is it looked so boring, just this white glowing orb against a white wall.  I didn’t want to do a lot to it, just a little something to make it more fun.  I decided to make a few flowers and attach them to it kind of cascading down one side.  I’m pretty pleased with it now.  I think it gives just the right amount of pizazz.

This tutorial is really about how to make the singed flowers I used for the lantern.  Singed flowers are very easy to make and a quick project that you can create and use for several different purposes.  Here are some ideas of ways to use singed fabric flowers:

  • Decorate a lamp shade or hanging lantern like I am doing here.
  • Make some adorable shoe clips.  I found these at StyleHive.com.
  • Attach a pin back and use them as a brooch or hang them asymmetrically off a drapey necklace.  This one I found at MissPriss.com.
  • Or as a flower BIB style necklace like this one by SheersSerendipity on Etsy.
  • Make a “never-die” corsage.  This one I found at FabulouslyArtsy.com.
  • Attach them to a headband, hair clip, or bobby pin.  I found this stretchy headband here.
  • Make a ribbon belt and attach them to it.  This one is from PaperSilkMade on Etsy.
  • Attach them to napkin rings for a beautiful springtime place setting.  This would also be great at a bridal shower or luncheon and make flowered pony tail holders that are around each napkin to use as a take-home gift after the meal.
  • Attach them to a clutch or purse.  This one was found by BellaFiore2009 on Etsy.
  • Use them as tie backs for drapes to dress up windows.
  • Sew them onto pillows.  I found this cute little one at HookedonHouses.net.
  • Make white ones to attach to a wedding veil.  This gorgeous birdcage veil with flower I found at SnowWhiteStudio on Etsy.

So, as you can see, once you learn this little technique you can make countless amazing little doo-dads for you, your home, and all your friends!

So lets get started then:

Cost: $4 for the light kit.  The rest I had on hand.  The total cost of this project would probably be around $10-$15.

Supplies:

  • A paper lantern. Find these at Ikea for about $5.
  • A light kit. Also at Ikea for about $4.
  • Chiffon, organza, satin, etc. scrap fabric. I used white chiffon that I got out of the remnant bin at Joann’s Fabrics.  Basically you want a synthetic light weight fabric that will “melt” a bit under intense heat.
  • A needle and thread.
  • Something to decorate the center of your flower. I made a little fluffy center out of scrap fabric that coordinated with my room.  You can use beads, rhinestones, fabric, buttons, etc to give your flowers centers.
  • A glue gun.
  • A candle and lighter.

And thats it!

1.  Cut your fabric into circles (or petal shapes if you’d like).  Cut various sizes from large to small.

2. Light a candle.  It is best to use one that is not inside a canister or glass cup.  Just so its easy to get close to the flame.

3.  Hold an edge of one of the fabric circles several inches from the flame and move in closer (slowly, you don’t want to catch it on fire!) until you see the edge begin to melt a bit and curl.

4.  Turn your “petal” to singe all along the edge of the fabric to create a complete “bowl-like” petal.

5.  Continue to singe all the fabric circles to create petals in varying sizes.

6.  Layer your petals to create a flower.  You can layer more or less depending on the size and fullness you’d like.  Play around with the petal layout to create different looks or layer them all the same to create uniform looking flowers like the ones I attached to my lantern.

7.   Using your needle and thread, attach all the petals together through the center.

8.  Depending on what you’re using as a center piece, attach that with the needle and thread.  I used a small round piece of blue-green fabric that i frayed and pinched to create a little “tassle” in the center of my flower.

9.  Create the rest of your flowers the same way.  I made 5 for my paper lantern.

10.  Arrange them on your lantern in a way that you’d like and use straight pins to temporarily maintain that layout as you glue them down one by one with a dot of hot glue.

11.  Enjoy your fancy new paper lantern!

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