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Don't Buy Him Ties For Father's Day...TIE His Ties!

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(also known as the "Cape Knot")

                   












                   











                   












                   













                   















Arm Knitting Tutorials (with videos)

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)








So, have you ever heard of "Arm Knitting"?  Me neither. But all of the sudden, I see it poppin' up on Pinterest... then I see it everywhere!  (Does that ever happen to you?)  Anyway, I have NEVER knitted or crocheted, unless you count finger crocheting, which my mom taught me as a kid.  (Picture me at 14 saying: "Omg!... I could sooo make that!I  So I remember making a scarf for my  teacher.  Now in hindsight, I realize she lived in Florida, too but, hopefully she travels?)



So I clicked on a few tutorials and was blown away.  I live in sunny, south Florida where it's only cold aboooouut 2 days out of the year, so I really don't have much of a need for one of these things but I would love to try it.

Here are a few videos I came across that may inspire you to make your own.  And I would love to know if you tried it and how it came out.





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I love the texture in this one below.  It's real dense and soft looking.  I'm sure that can all depend on the quality and texture of the yarn you're using.



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What do you think? Would you ever give this a go?





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Fashion Illustrations by Katie Rodgers

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I came across this amazing set of illustrations and really felt the need to share them with you. 




They are by fashion illustrator, Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion.  She has amazing work on her website and has an interesting technique with her watercolors where she adds jewels and it really brings the finished pieces to life!


This one below is my favorite.  It's from a series called "Far Far Away"  It looks like such a dream world...Isn't it just mesmerizing?







Below is a sample of some more of her art.  (If you notice, the one below/right with the star pants has subtle animation too.)



            


As you can see below, she's not like any other fahion illustrator.  She sets herself apart by her signature touches like animations, real embellishments like glitter and sequins, and the signature "doodle circles" and scroll work around key areas in the body and face. 


         

 








And if this bottom image looks familiar, you may remember it from the "Gatsby Inspired" post I did a few months back.





Head on over to her site to check out what she has. And you can purchased her prints in her shop.






paper fashion  /  trendhunter  /  sherona  /  my modern met  /  trinket spotter

bell'dora fashions  /  the raw book  /  glitter guide  /  shu84



DIY Monogram Belt Cuff

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)






I purchased the letter charm from a Party City in my local town for about $2.50, but I did search for these on Party City's website and was unsuccessful (although that may be just the website and is still sold in your local Party City, but if you are unsuccessful, the same style is also available here for full alphabet, for around $16.00 or you can get just the single letters for $ .64.  Below is an example of each letter.






















































By the way, ALL of these belts were purchased at a thrift store for under $2. bucks a piece!


Gatsby Inspired...

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)




Despite the fact that the film, The Great Gatsby is as timeless as it is, I only recently watched it, rather than catch it in the theater, and I must say I REALLY enjoyed it!  More than anything I loved the style.  I never realized how beautiful the 20's style could be.  (I guess Baz Luhrmann knew what he was doing).  I loved the soundtrack just as much.  Anyway, I was extremely inspired to list some fashion and decor finds that were inspired by this film.





Enjoy More Gatsby Inspired Fashion Ensembles like this in my Gallery and more will be uploaded  soon.  (Links under construction)






1. a shroud of thoughts  2. 500px  3. wedding bells 4. artists within 5. beauty by lee  6.  miss usa  7. etsy  8. clara bella faire  9. wedding wire  10. victoria chainey makeup







1. stella and dot  2. kitsy lane (unavailable) 3. deliver me diamonds  4. zappo's  5. pinterest  6. plan your perfect wedding  7. in pink 8. jewels du jour 









1. tidbits  2. zappo's  3. miss z accessories 4. be-you-tiful  5. lyst  6. etsy 7. weddingdress bee  8. oliver bonas  9. cavan





1. era interiors 2. restoration hardware  3. food paradise (with DIY instructions) 4. pinterest  5. baker furniture 6. creative sphere  7.  glamour drops 8. casa sugar  9. rona 10. houzz   11. laura ashley









1. paper fashion  (bonus: the original image animates diamonds!)  2. the fox is black  3. tumblr  4. deviantart 5. tumblr 6. pinterest  7. byu college of fine arts 8. nan lawson  9. greg moore 10. pinterest (amc)





And in closing...



{Compose} Yourself for Composition Style!

Posted on August 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)







1. DIY iPad Cover Tutorial From a Composition Book Lil Blue Boo}

2. Composition Book iPad Case zazzle}

3. Composition Birthday Card Curiosity Shoppe}

4. Composition Book Hair Clip Bow Anykind via Etsy}

5. Composition Duffle Bag {Source Unknown}

6. Ashi Dashi Composition Midcalf Sock Dreams}

7. Composition Tote Bag Blackmarket}

8. Composition Book Dress Effortless Anthropology}

9. Bookmarc by Marc Jacobs School Supply Box Nylon Mag}

10. Mighty Wallets for back-to-school shopping The Lettered Set}

11. Composition Book iphone 4 Cover zazzle}

12. SPRAYGROUND Composition Book Backpack Tilly's}

Site I'm Soooo Lovin' Right Now...{Edie's Fashion Factory}

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:52 AM Comments comments (1)


The site I'm sooo lovin' right now is:

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In this unique site, you'll be "dying" to meet Edie, {I couldn't resist the pun} who has proclaimed herself the
"Junior Ambassador to Rit Dye".
She's very creative and her site is so colorful.
She doesn't limit dying to just shirts and pants.  She thinks beyond the borders and carries it on to sandals, bags, scarves, bangles, jewelry, accessories, and she even has a post on dying a bridesmaid's dress! 
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Here she is in all her vivid glory.
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{Orange Twisted Rope Scarf}
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{Denim Dip-dyed Fedora}
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{Here's her tutorial  for these jeans}
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{Batik Bangles}
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I've never seen someone so ambitious and fearless when it comes to dying fabrics.  I have to confess, I've never dyed fabrics in my life, but she makes me want to buy Rit Dye in every color with her witty videos and her endless blog of inspiration and tips to keep your fingers rainbow tinted for days.
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{Edie's Weapon of Choice}
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Here is a video from her Youtube page to give you an idea:
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Here she is on Flikr.com

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I'm Just Sayin'...{Attitude}

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Secrets From a "Design Star"

Posted on August 28, 2010 at 7:29 PM Comments comments (0)
Congratulations to Emily Henderson for
winning season 5 of "Design Star"
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I've been a HUGE fan of "Design Star" on HGTV ever since the first season.  Season 5 just had their finale and

I watched {biting my nails} to see who would win: 

Emily or Michael?

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You won't believe me but I was rooting for Emily the whole time... ...well, when Courtland went home on the final four episode.  {I thought he had it in the bag untill they sent him home}



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In the week following her victorious moment,
she premiered her new show:
"Secrets From a Stylist" on August 29th.
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She totally made me proud when they aired the first episode. She made-over the home of co-creator of "Glee", Ian Brennan.
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Check out her new show here:
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This is Emily hard at work... planning her layout
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{all photos via HGTV}
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If you missed the premiere,
Watch her new show's encore episode:

Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 8:00 PM on HGTV

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Are you a fan of Emily? Tell me what you think.



Bead Bracelet Tutorial

Posted on July 11, 2010 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (2)
Some motivation sparked up last night to make a tutorial for a
Polymer Clay Bead Bracelet
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That's how it happens!  ... Don't have a clue where it comes from but pretty ecstatic when it shows up.  I've actually been wanting to make one of these for a long time. 

This project took longer to do than I thought because there was a step I didn't anticipate and... well... let's just say I experienced one of my "FAIL" moments.... you know the rest. The important thing is that I finished it.
I made a collage instead of individual pics with reference steps below. 
Hopefully, it puts everything more into perspective. Have fun!

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You'll need:
Polymer Clay {about 1/2 block of any color
will make 2 bracelets}
 Sharp Tool {I used thick floral wire,
but you can use a skewer, toothpick or anything
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hole to make a bead.
Stretch Cord {I got mine at Dollar Tree}
Color Ribbon {about 1"x12" long: Dollar Tree}
& Scissors
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Step One:
First I take white polymer clay  {or any color you'd like} and roll it up in your hand until it's the desired size. 
I used a marble size sphere for mine.
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Step Two:
Stick the tool you choose and poke a hole all the way through to the other side.  This will turn it into a bead.
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Step Three:
While the bead is on the tool, roll it in the palm of your hand so it widens the hole.  This step makes it easier for you to slip in the stretch cord later.  As your widening it, try to keep rounding it out with your fingers to keep it's shape.  Also watch so that your holes don't stick out. If this happens... and yes, it will...just smooth it down with your fingers.  This is also easier if you form your "marbles", then put in fridge for a bit to harden.  It makes it more malleable.
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Step Four:
Do this until you have about 25 or so. {enough for 2 bracelets}
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Step Five:
Ok... this is the part I was talking about when I said:  "FAIL" earlier.  When I baked the white clay beads, they turned tan and had burn marks all over them because I either left them in too long or I had the temperature too high.  They got what looked like sun damage or something!  So, of course, I was like: "OMG" but not for the reason I usually am!  So, at this point I was forced to go to plan B.  I quickly grabbed my white acrylic paint and went to town... ONE BY ONE!!  ugh!
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Step Six {and Seven}:
Grab your stretch cord and about 12-15 beads.
{depending on how large your wrist is.  I have little wrists and used 13 beads.}
You will do this twice the exact same way.
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Step Eight:
String the beads and knot the ends together.  On this step you can also use a crimp tube to finish it off to assure it's not going to come apart.  {I don't have these so I left it out for the tutorial}
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Step Nine:
Cut your lengths of ribbon.  Again, I chose red but you can grab any color or width of ribbon you want.  I like the look of the larger ribbon grabbing the attention of the bracelet.
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Step Ten:
Tie the ribbon onto the area you knotted/crimped.  The beauty of this step is that you can personalize the ribbon to the outfit you choose to wear.  Snip the ends like a "W" at the end.  Never have a blunt flat cut at the end... It just looks unfinished.  
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Step Eleven {& Twelve}
On this step I displayed two different ways to finish it off.  You can either do a ribbon on both bracelets {Pic 11 above} 
or only on one and the other just beads. {Pic 12 above}
{That is what I chose to do.}

Here is a link to a tutorial on Better Homes & Gardens
website for another variation to this project.
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{image via bhg.com}

Oh yeah, you can also spray some kind of glossy clear coat or glitter spray to give them a little sparkle... the world needs a little sparkle!!



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.And that's it!  Don't forget to send pics!  I don't have to remind you do I???

PiPe CLeaNeR DReaMS

Posted on June 20, 2010 at 6:49 PM Comments comments (0)
So, today I'm going to show you how to make a cute flower ring out of pipe cleaners.  I saw this project {of course} on Martha and was like OMG!... {well, you know the rest!}
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When I tried it myself, I couldnt believe how easy it was.  It's definitely a project that anyone can do.  And a project you can do with your children. It's virtually fool-proof.
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Oh, and the best part... each ring, if you break it down, only cost pennies to make.  All I did was buy a pack of chenille pipe cleaners at Dollar Tree.
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All you need is...{drumroll please} 
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PIPE CLEANERS!
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Just grab 6 of any solid color that you want the petals to be. 
And one green one. {for the leaves.} As you can see, I chose pink... {my favorite color} If you choose to do a rainbow flower, that's fine too!  BE CREATIVE!
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Here's how you can sooooooo make this ring.

Step One:
First, take all the pipe cleaners {not the green one, we'll talk about that later}and twist them in the middle around about 2-3 times. So the end result is something like whiskers. {meow}
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Step Two:
Wrap them around whatever finger you will fit them onto.
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Step Three:
Twist again a few more times. Then remove finger.
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Step Four:
Holding the "ring" part, spread all the "stems" apart evenly so they begin to look like an asterick*
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Step Five:
Starting with whatever "stem" you want, start coiling
vertically to the center of the asterick.
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Step Six:
Continue doing this step until you have done all coils. 
{oh yeah,  this will ache your hands a bit... but you'll live}
Then move and position them around to make them more realistic looking.  While doing this, also place your thumb in the center of each petal, so they almost "cup" like petals would.  Sometimes this step takes a few minutes...
depending upon how OCD you are!

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Step Seven:
Grab the green pipe cleaner {see? told ya!}  And wrap the center of it around the base of the flower all the way around to the other side and twist {tightly}. 
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Step Eight:
Once they are in 10:00 and 2:00 position under your petals, begin wrapping them toward the base, just like you did with the petals.  Except this time, coil horizontally.
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Step Nine:
Pinch the leaves on the sides to create more of a "leaf" formation. Once they are done, position them as you wish.
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There you have it! 
...Soooo trendy!
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{Note:  On the Martha video tutorial, {and in the pic below} you'll notice that she put a metallic coil in the center. I chose not to do this because I just like the simple look better.}

{image via: Martha Stewart}

Project Cost:
Pipe Cleaners: $1.00/pk {Dollar Tree}

Project Total: $1.00
{and you can make many, many, many rings with that!}
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Other ideas include:
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Pen Toppers
Key Chains
Brooches
Magnets
Hat Pins

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flower accordingly if not making a ring.



Momma's got a brand new BAG!

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 3:38 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok, so... I don't think I have ever been so excited to try a project than now.

Don't you just love how you turn on the TV and your timing is perfect?  Like it was meant for your viewing pleasure... it was sent to only YOUR television?

Well, that happened to me Wednesday... no, really! 

I turned it to Martha Stewart show and they were just coming back from a commercial.

And who do you think I saw? 

JODI KAHN!



I knew who she was because her name had been thrown around in a few blogs here and there.  But hadn't really seen anything demonstrated, or read her book for that matter.  I couldnt believe my eyes, when I saw what she made with Martha.

Check out these preview pages...  I can't wait to get my copy!

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This is Jodi demostrating a tutorial on how to

make a tote bag out of a t-shirt:

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Here is her book that feature the projects above.

You can purchase it at amazon.com

 


Here is her tutorial on Martha Stewart Show



Show off your work!

Let me know if you make a tote so I can post it in the "projects" section.



Project Cost:

Fabric: $2.00/yd {& you don't need any more than that! - Wal-mart}

Duct tape: $3.27 {Wal-mart, comes in awesome colors}

Vinyl Shower Curtain Liner: $1.00 Dollar Tree}

Canvas Strap: $1.00 {I got one from a bag at Dollar Tree}

Scissors & Stapler: {on hand}

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Project Total: $7.27






 


 

 













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