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Hello everyone!  Hope everyone is well. Let’s see where should I begin…..over the last couple of weeks I have been working hard on opening my newly founded etsy shop, Qute Connections! Pronounced like cute..you get it. To start I have designed and handmade 7 gorgeous statement necklaces available for purchase. Click Shop at the top of the page to be whisked away to my site. Or you can just click the link here  Qute Connections. I’m starting off small but will slowly grow my inventory. So pop on over and check out my shop! Tell me your thoughts, I would love to hear them!

DIY: Pearl and Spike Earrings

DSCN5069Happy Friday Guys! Weekend is finally here and am I glad to see it. The weather here is off again on again. One day its warm then the next day freezing!! This type of weather if very rare, especially this time of year, in Texas. I’m usually basking in sunlight packing up my boots and getting out my sandals! Well cheers to the weekend and this super quick DIY to add some pizzazz to a pair of pearl earrings!

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Things you need:
◾Pearl earrings
◾Push-on backs
◾Pliers
◾2 spikes
◾2 Meduim jump rings
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Step 1. Open up your jump ring with your pliers
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Step 2. Take your earring back and slide your jump ring through both loops.  Don’t they remind you of Mickey Mouse Ears!
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Step 3. Slide on your spike. Close jump ring with your pliers.
DSCN5054Step 4. Repeat steps on 2nd earring back

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DIY: Heart Bouquet

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Valentines day is here and love is all around us! So lets whip up one of these edible heart bouquets, to give to your loved one. Check out the tutorial below:

Things you need:

  • Rice crispy cereal
  • Bag of marshmallows
  • Paper straws
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Jar or vase
  • Valentines stickers in assorted shapes
  • Candy
  • Wooden skewer
  • Construction paper in white, red, or pink
  • Heart cooker cutter (small and large

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To get started follow the original recipe for making rice crispy treats, you can find it here. When the directions call for you to pour you contents into a pan let cool for about 5 minutes and start cutting your heart shapes with your cookie cutters. Set to aside on a plate. Don’t stack because they will stick together.

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Take some of your lollipop sticks and cut them in half. We are going to use these to make arrows to stick through our heart rice crispy’s. Start by taking a sticker and sticking it to both ends of the cut sticks. I used a bigger heart for the top and a smaller heart for the bottom.
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Now it’s time to assemble them all together. Use your paper straws and slide it through the bottom of your heart. Take you heart arrows and place one through the top side of the heart and the other diagonal from the first to give the effect of an arrow going through each heart. Put these to the side once you have them all assembled and let them cool completely. If you start moving them before they are set the sticks will start coming out!
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While your hearts are cooling get your construction paper and sketch out the word LOVE. Cut out with scissors and use either double stick tape or a small amount of super glue to attach them to the wooden dowels.
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Put some candy in the bottom of your vase and start arranging your bouquet. You can add as many hearts as you want.
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I had some stickers left over and stuck them to my vase. I also wrote love all around with a black sharpie.

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Now go and deliver your love bouquet! Happy Love Day Everyone!

 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. — Corinthians 13:7-8 -

DIY: Valentines Day Shirt

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Valentines Day wouldn’t be complete without a festive shirt for what I like to call, Love Day! And there is nothing more lovely than sporting big red heart on your chest. Check out the tutorial below!

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Things you need:

  • Shirt/sweatshirt
  • Red felt
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Stick pins

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Fold felt in half and sketch out a half heart with a pencil.

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Keeping your felt folded cut out your heart. Open it up and you will have a full heart.
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Center and pin to your shirt.
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Sew into place with a needle and thread or on your sewing machine.
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The perfect shirt to wear this coming up Friday,Valentines Day!

DIY: Crystal Collar Necklace

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Valentines day is right around the corner and I needed well..wanted a sparkly necklace to wear with my V-day outfit. I stumbled upon these slider beads while bead shopping and thought, hey this would make for a great necklace. The rest is kinda history. Check out the steps below:

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Things you need:

    • Slider beads  I used these but they have more here
    • Large/Medium jump ring
    • 2 lengths of chain
    • Lobster clasp

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When you flip over your bead you will notice there are small holes at each corner. We will use these to connect the necklace together.

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Using your pliers, slide a jump ring through one of the holes on your bead and close. Slide another jump ring through your second bead then connect to jump ring from your first piece.

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Continue to connect all your pieces together.
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Attach your clasp and a jump ring to the ends of your chain.
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Viola! Happy Crafting!

Best of 2013

Hey Guys! I know I’ve been MIA (missing in action) for the last month or so. But I’m back! This year I have decided to get back to doing things that make me happy like, creating!  I have some great projects lined up for you so stay tuned. But until then here are a couple of my favorite DIY’s from last year!

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Twister bracelet

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Cow print sweater

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Hardware necklace

Tribal painted Denim

Tribal painted Denim

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Button necklace

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Ribbon wrapped bracelets

DIY: Graphic Sweater

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It finally feels like winter in Texas! The weather has dropped so I have officially packed up all my summer clothing and un packed my sweaters. We usually have very mild winters so I don’t find myself buying sweaters often. The sweaters I own have been around for many years with very little use. I’ve been seeing these graphic sweaters and really wanted one but didn’t want to spend the money buying one. Here it may be cold one day and in the 70’s the next day. It makes it very confusing on what to buy so if I never pay full price for sweaters or just make the best out of my old ones. Or DIY one! So I thrifted a sweater for $2 bucks and bought some felt for $1 and crafted me a cow print sweater for $3 bucks! Check out the tutorial below:

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Things you need:

  • Plain sweater
  • Fabric glue
  • 2 sheets of cow poke felt, you can buy here.
  • Scissors

DSCN4740First, cut all the shapes out of the felt. I used two sheets of felt but I only covered the front of my sweater. Use more if you want to add to the back and sleeves. This particular felt I found at Hobby Lobby, so if you have one in your town try there first. If not and you can’t find it at your local craft store try googling cow print and print it out. Then use that to trace out your shapes on plain black felt.

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Next, place all your cut out pieces on your sweater in a design you like.

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Add glue to the back of each piece and glue into place.

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Press each piece down for a couple of seconds. When your finished gluing go back and double-check each piece to see if additional glue will be needed. Let dry for 24hrs.

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DSCN4704Not bad for $3 dollars. It was actually pretty cold when I took this picture. It was drizzling and very cold. I was shivering in between shots. Thanks Blanc for getting a good shot!

DIY: Phillip Lim Inspired Jeans

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Phillip Lim showcased these patchwork jeans in his winter 2013-14 collection and I must say he became my hero. Who would think that putting patches on your denim could look every so chic. I have had this on my, MUST DIY, list since February when he debuted his collection in NYFW. Check out how to DIY your own below!

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Things you need:

  • Denim skinnies
  • Patches
  • Stick pins
  • Needle and thread (not pictured)

DSCN4633When shopping for your patches you might want to try your army surplus store. I found some of patches there and the others are flea market finds and iron on’s I bought at a craft store. Either kind will work too. Iron on or sew on it’s completely up to you. First,  lay your patches out on your jeans in a pattern you like.

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Using your stick pins, pin all your patches into place. Then take your needle and thread and start sewing them into place. If you purchased any that iron on follow the direction on the package to iron the patch in place.

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Tadah! It’s really that simple. You can customize your jeans however you want by adding more or just a couple patches.
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DIY: Sequins Sweat Suit

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Hello everyone!  I Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Did you eat a lot of Turkey? I know I did! So today is re-fashion Monday, my DIY collab with Mo Mccray, where we bring you two great ways to spruce up and old article of clothing. This DIY is all about glitz, glam and sequins.  Shopping  for the perfect gift brings out the crazy shopper in us all but who can shop while wearing 3 inch hills. I am all for the coziness of a good old fashion sweat suit but I have to say they are not the most fashionable thing, until now! Check out how to glam up your sweat suit with sequins and then pop on over to see what Mo came up with! See the steps below!

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Things you need:

  • Sweatshirt
  • Target sweatpants
  • 1 yard of sequins fabric
  • Sequin trim
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors

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Lay your pant flat with your pants side seam facing up. Just like if you were going to iron a crease in them. Starting at the waistband measure your trim all the way down to the ankle. Cut trim to fit.

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Add fabric glue to the back and glue your trim center over the side seam. Do both pants legs.

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Lay your sweat shirt flat.

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Spread your material over the area that will be covered.

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Use your sweatshirt as a guide and cut material to fit selected section. If you have some old newspaper around you can make an outline of the section that will be sequins, then use it has a pattern to cut your material. DSCN4661

Spread Fabric glue on the area your sequins piece will go and glue down. Make sure to go back around all the edges and use more glue if necessary.

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Now the seamstress in me went back over all the trim with a needle and thread and sewed the trim into place.

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DIY: Studded Army Jacket

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Hey guys! Long time no see! Work is crazy as usually but I was able to  put together this quick DIY for you guys to check out. I thrifted this army jacket about a month ago and have been wanting to jazz it up a bit. Since the punk rock look so in right now I decided to stud it and give it a chic/punk upgrade! Check out the tutorial below!

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Things you need:

  • Army jacket
  • Pliers
  • Pyramid studs
  • Cone studs

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Lets begin by add some studs to your collar. Starting at the corner of your collar take a cone stud and push the prongs through the fabric. The prongs should poke out of the back side of the fabric.

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Holding the stud tightly against the fabric bend the prongs inward with your pliers to secure the stud.

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Above your army patch add a row of your pyramid studs.

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Now on either side add a row of pyramid studs starting at the collar neckline all the way down to the arm seam.  Keep adding lines of studs but decreasing by one creating a big to small effect.

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