Thursday, February 4, 2016

Look of the Day: Ikat Wrap Skirt & Fuzzy Sweater

I just listed this skirt in my Etsy store. I've had it for a while, and even though I love it, my closets are bursting at the seams! It fits a small to medium frame and the design is woven as opposed to printed. So nice!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Look of the Day: Black Jumpsuit & Vintage Coach

Holy shit. Two weeks in and I'm just now writing my first blog post of the year. Shameful! I guess my only resolution is to get back on the ball when it comes to blogging. I miss it. I've got a few other posts plan. Some outfits, etc, so stay tuned!

How's your 2016 so far?

 This faded burgundy bag is one of my newest Coach bags. It's from the 1970s and is one of the famed "New York City bags", meaning it was made in the Coach factory in NYC before they expanded in the 1980s. If you're interested, it's for sale in my Etsy shop.

Madewell Jumpsuit - H&M Scarf - Vintage Coach Purse - thrifted Nine West Heels

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Links a la Mode: December 17

 A huge thank you to Independent Fashion Bloggers for featuring my star ornaments in their weekly round up! Below, you'll find some excellent last-minute holiday ideas and great blog posts!

Links à la Mode, December 17
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

DIY: Tasseled Star Ornaments

Man, I am so crazy about the holidays. Just ask my husband, poor guy. We've been listening to Christmas music since like early November. For the most part, Etsy is to blame. I have to get my Christmas items started early or they never get listed! I've finally finished with the stuff to sell and now I get to simply focus on making pretty things for my own tree and for gifts.

This week, I had the idea to make ornaments for my friends. I have way too much Sculpey and embroidery floss left over from other projects, and a lifetime supply of glitter. These supplies all combined perfectly into these fresh and festive little star ornaments!

Here's what you'll need:

Sculpey or Femo Polymer Clay
A small cookie cutter
Embroidery Floss
Fine metallic thread
Small Jumprings
Jewelry Pliers
Jingle Bells
Glue & Glitter or Gold Enamel
Another type of thread for stringing

Step 1: Cut & Bake
Set your oven to 275° (or whatever degree the polymer clay packaging says). While it's heating up, roll out your clay. I rolled mine slightly less than a 1/4" thick. Cut out your shapes with the cookie cutter. Use a toothpick or other pointy tool to make a hole for hanging. Carefully peel them off your work surface and place on a baking sheet. When your oven is ready, follow the directions on the clay package. I baked mine for 15 minutes, which seemed to be perfect.

Step 2: Tie your tassels!
While your shapes are baking, you can make some tassels. They're pretty quick and easy. I got my method from the DIY blog, Maggie Holmes Design. I made my tassels a little smaller than hers by wrapping them 5 or 6 times around a piece of 4bar cardstock.

Step 3: Add some sparkle 
The glitter in the photo above was $1 at Target.
My favorite, though, is Diamond Dust. It's basically crushed glass. Mine is in a vintage paper canister and weighs a pound, but if you want a smaller amount, you can still buy it at JoAnn Fabrics.

I also used gold enamel (mine is called Liquid Leaf) to add dots to a few of the stars. Gold acrylic paint should work just as well and isn't has toxic.

Step 4: Assemble
When everything is dry, string a bit of thread or embroidery floss through the hole you made and tie. Use the jewelry pliers to open your jumpring just enough to add the bell and then close it around the string you just tied onto the star. You're all done!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

DIY: European Village Advent Calendar

I've been busy, busy, busy getting my Etsy shop ready for the holidays. I've had so much fun making cards and ornaments, that even if they don't sell, I won't care. The process alone is worth it! 

I just uploaded my very first digital download to the store. It's this adorable European Village Advent Calendar. It was inspired by buildings in Amsterdam and various other European architecture, like this Greek Revival country house somewhere in England or France. The "rough draft" was an advent calendar I hand-drew for my niece. I even made all the envelopes by hand. It went together in about a day, so I thought, why not draw some to reproduce!

 The final product (thanks in large part to my step-mom who's a graphic designer) is a printable PDF file that features envelope templates with 6 different hand-drawn buildings. As a special treat for my readers, I made a coupon for 20% off your purchase of the file! Use coupon code "DIY20" at check out.

 P.S. A little secret: that code will work on anything in my shop over $5 ;)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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