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: Egyptian Necklace

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Today’s DIY is based on a necklace by Margot & Me .  She, the necklace, was spotted the other day while browsing on Botica. The ethnic vibe of the necklace is what initial caught my attention. It looked Egyptian, as if Cleopatra once wore is herself. Now,  I may not be royalty  and have people bow in my presence but I sure feel like a goddess when wearing my new DIY. Check out the tutorial below!

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Things you need:

  • 8mm beads( you will need twenty to be exact)
  • 12mm  beads (you will need 10)
  • Large gold flat chain
  • Large jump ring
  • 1 Extra large jump ring
  • Lobster clasp
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Eye pins (1 inch and 3 inch)
  • Leather cord or ribbon
  • Black string

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Take your 3 of your 1 inch eye pins and slide your 12mm beads onto each one.

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Trim  the eye pens down with scissors or plier cutters.  You only need to cut a little piece off at the top.

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Make a loop at the top using your pliers.

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You need to have three single beads like this.

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With your 2 inch eye pins slide on two 12mm  beads. Use the same steps you used for your single beads to create a loop at the top. You need three of these. I will call these double beads.

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Now take your chain and  attach your extra-large jump ring to one loose end and your lobster clasp to the other end.

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From the end, count down 8 chain links and knot your string.

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Pull your string up and out then add another bead. Continue wrappng until you have used all your beads.

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When your reach the last bead tie and knot.

DSCN4566Count four beads down from the end and attach a single bead using a jump ring to your chain. Then count two bead and attach a double bead.  Count two more beads and add a single two more and add a double etc…

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Starting at either end weave your leather cord or ribbon through the entire length of the chain.

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When you read the last link cut cord leaving a inch. Wrap reaming cord around link and glue or sew down.

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DIY: Eye Chart Inspired T-shirt

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My current obsession is graphic t-shirts. You can dress them up or dress them down it is an essential piece in my wardrobe right now!  Recently I came across these eye chart t-shirts, you know the kind you have to squint and look at the eye doctor.  But the only difference is that they have a hidden message in them and are not just for telling how blind you are. See what my eye chart reads below!

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Things you need:

  • White t-shirt
  • Iron on letters
  • Iron

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Lay your shirt out flat. Then brain storm on what exactly you want to put on your shirt!

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I chose BEAUTIFUL IN MY OWN SKIN.  You can use mine or come up with one on your own click here for some more examples.

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When you’ve come up with your text cut out the letters that will be used.

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Arrange you letters on your shirt. Start with the first letter of your saying followed by two more letters then three, four etc….. Read and follow the instructions for your letters.  Now a regular eye chart the letters get smaller as you go down but I didn’t want to buy 4 packs of letters so I just stuck to one package. As you see all my letters will be the same size but you can buy smaller letters to get that true eye chart effect. You will need three sizes. Large , medium and small.

DSCN4511 “There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”   Steve Maraboli

DIY: Varsity Sweater

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It’s refashion Monday!  Me and Mo are back with another great DIY for ya! Today we are going to tackle the varsity sweater. You can check out how Mo’s DIY turned out here whoisthatgirlmo.blogspot and check out mine below!

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Things you need:

  • Cardigan
  • Iron on Letter
  • Iron on Patches

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Lay your cardigan flat and position your letter in spot you like.

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Read and follow the instruction to adhere your initial to your cardigan.

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Lay your sleeve out flat with back side facing up. Mark with a stick pen your elbow position.  Try your sweater on first to find the spot your elbow

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Make a pattern , out of some scrap paper, for your elbow patch before cutting your iron on patches. You can make an oval like mine or another shape like hearts. Place on your sleeve to be sure it fits.

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Cut two patches using your pattern. Then use your iron to press into place on both arms of your cardigan.

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Tadah!  Look how great the elbow patches turned out!

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This is a great way to add a personal touch to a plain cardigan or sweater and its No sew!   Happy crafting!   And don’t forget to check out Mo’s DIY!

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DIY: Creepy Crawly Cuff Bracelet!

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One more day until Halloween! Do you have your costumes ready?  There will be no costume to for me since I’m not much for dressing up. Instead I’m choosing to be well accessorized. How you ask? With this super quick spider cuff!  Check out the tutorial below!

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Things you need:

  • Silver cuff
  • Fake spider
  • Krylon metallic spray paint
  • e-6000 glue

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1. Spray you spider gold. Give it about two coats.   Let it dry for about 30 minutes.

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2. When it’s fully dry flip it over and add a good amount of glue to the bottom. As you see you only need to paint the top of your spider you can leave the bottom un painted.

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4. Center your spider on your cuff. Hold in place for 10 seconds.

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Done! See ya tomorrow!

DIY: Charm Bracelet

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Well after a long and very deserved stay-cation in Austin I’m back in action bringing you some great new DIY’s! Let’s get back to making with this quick and easy charm bracelet. Check out the steps below!

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Things you need:

  • Charms
  • Jump rings
  • Chain (to fit wrist)
  • Lobster clasp
  • Pliers

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Lay your chain flat and arrange your charms in order before you attach them to your chain. I actually used charms that belonged to existing necklaces that had tarnished or broken.

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Leave your charms laying in order. Working left to right pick up your chain and begin to attach your charms using your jumps rings.

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When all your charms are attached add your lobster clasp to either end.

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All done. The best thing about charm bracelets is that there ever-changing. You can always add more charms you find at random or to symbolize special moments in your life. Happy Crafting everyone!

DIY: Turn your earrings into a Statement Necklace

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Isn’t it frustrating when you have the perfect project in mind but can’t find the needed supplies? It happens to me all the time. Hobby Lobby, where I get most of my craft supplies, offers a large selection of all sorts of crafting stuff but limited amounts of each. I may need a certain chain or rhinestone or charm but if I’m not ordering from online from somewhere unknown then better luck next time! Today I want to show you how you can turn cheap store bought accessories into the supplies you need. First, always shop the clearance section. You don’t want so spend a lot of money on an item you are going to cut or tare apart. Look for items that can be easily taken apart and that are not welded together. If you look at most your earrings or necklaces, the pieces are usually connected together by jumps rings. This is the second thing you want to check for. Look for items that have loops or openings that can fit a jump ring.  In this DIY I will show you how to take a inexpensive pair of earrings and turn it into to a statement necklace. Check out the tutorial below!

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Things you need:

  • 2 sets of cheap earrings
  • Jump rings in all sizes
  • Chain
  • Pliers
  • Plier cutters

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If you have earrings that have a post, like mine, cut off the stem with plier cutters on all your earrings.

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Then with your pliers take apart all your earrings. These earring where just attached with a jump ring so I all I had to do was open up the jump ring and unattach the bottom half.

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When you have all pieces apart arrange in a pattern you like. You can connect each piece to a chain or connect them all together, there are so many possibilities! First, I connected mine to the chain that was pictured in the things you need  list, but I really didn’t like the chain so I changed the chain and came up with this design. I suggest you play around a bit with your pieces until you settle on a layout. Then connect your pieces together with jump rings. I used several different sizes to get all the parts together.

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Done! My statement earrings are now a beautiful statement necklace. The earrings I purchased happened to be on sale. I paid $4 bucks total for both pairs. So when you can’t find the supplies your looking for search the  jewelry clearance section!

DIY: Embellished Sweatshirt

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Happy Monday!  Today marks the second Refashion Monday with yours truly and Mo from who is  that girl Mo?. Today we are going to refashion a sweatshirt two ways.  The sweatshirt is back better than ever. Your days of lounging around in that oversized plain sweatshirt are over. Now you can be cozy while still looking stylish.  But before you run out and buy you one let me show you how to DIY one of your own. I blinged mine out with gems while Mo studded and added zippers to hers. Check out how Mo put hers together here whoisthatgirlmo.blogspot.com  and check out my tutorial below:

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Things you need

  • Sweat shirt
  • Sew on gems
  • Needle and thread

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Lay out your gems in a design you like.

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Thread your needle then start sewing your gems in place. I glued mine into place, with fabric glue, then went back and sewed them down.

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Ta dah!  It took me about 45min to get all the gems sewn but the end results are worth it.  We had 90 degree weather when I took this picture, since its still very hot in Texas, but I can’t wait to sport it soon as the weather turns chilly.