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: 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: 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.

DIY: Distressed Denim Skirt

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This wonderful DIY is all thanks to rihanna and her killa style. I spotted a pic of her rocking this distressed denim skirt, denim shirt, heels, and a baseball hat. The whole outfit was hot so,I saved the pic and hunted down this high waisted denim skirt at the thrift store. After I chopped and screwed it I love how it turned out. Take a look how to shred your skirt below!

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  • Denim skirt
  • Box cutter
  • High grit sand paper
  • Seam Ripper

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Mark with a pencil where you want your rips to go. Remember less is more. Don’t go too crazy!

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Slide a piece of cardboard between your skirt before cutting. Slit you skirt where you made your marks with your box cutter. Take your seam ripper and start pulling out the white horizontal lines.

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With your sandpaper rub over your belt loops, waistband, bottom hem and pockets. It will slowly rub away the denim giving it a worn look.

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Throw it in the washer and dryer to fray all your cuts. Viola! A super Fab denim skirt.

DIY: Chain Ankle Straps

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The Normaluisa 2012 summer/spring collection is where I first spotted these chain straps. Models strutted down the runway with platform shoes and chunky chain anklets. A clever trick to give an illusion of a chain strap. This genius idea gives you chance to pair the anklets with multiple shoes! This DIY may be a year late but late is better than never! Right?
Check out the tutorial below!
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Things you need:

  • Heels
  • 1/2 yard of  large curb chain
  • 4 jump rings
  • Pliers
  • 2 lobster clasp

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1. Measure your ankles and cut chain to fit.

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2. Use your pliers, connect your lobster clasp to the end of your chain and attach a  jump ring to the opposite end. Repeat steps on the second chain.

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3. Your clasp should fasten to your jump ring at the opposite end.

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That’s it! Three easy steps!  Just one thing left to do! Grab your pumps and rock your chain straps!!