Thursday, April 26, 2012

Button, Button...

Who's got the button?

Lovin' all the button bracelets on pinterest. One in particular credited to hopestudios (although I couldn't find the post from the pinterest link, hmmmmm!)....inspired my newest bracelet.
I started with buttons from my button jar. I gathered all earth tones, brown in my new black.  And some braided cord from Walmart.
I started with a loop end, and then knotted it.  I began feeding the buttons on leaving a little space between.  Then, I alternated my style, one time a straight feed, the next a crossed feed.  
After I had the bracelet long enough, I just knotted then end in back.
It felt pretty secure, but I touched the back of each button/cord with a a spot of glue just to be sure.
Love wearing it with a group stacked on my wrist.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Leather Wrap Bracelet

I am loving the stacked and wrapped bracelets.  This leather wrap bracelet was easy, and inspired by these found at Wear Love, and then another found at Natzbutterfly found via Pinterest.

When I saw them, I knew I had just the supplies: the rings were left over from a belt I had converted into bracelets (belt to bracelet), and I had tons of leather scraps shared with me from Hunn Leather. I also had some braiding cord from Walmart left over from another project.
I folded the leather over the ring, and using a silk wrap technique I learned from a youtube video here.

I repeated the process with the other end, then trimmed all the ends.  I cut the leather in the middle and used jump rings and a clasp.

Stacked with a group.

Rhinestone and chain can be found here.
Tutorials coming soon for the braided leather, and the button bracelet.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

You've got mail!

         One of my all time favorite planters is my vintage mailbox attached to the front of my garage.   For the photo opp I just used cut flowers from my yard.  My tried and true best summer annual for the hot Kansas summer in this planter is ivy geraniums.  Don't forget to put in about a teaspoon full of soil moist and use a light weight quality potting soil like fertilome.

For shade love the color of these salmon impatiens!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Honeysuckle Wreath

Honeysuckle, and therefore butterflies, are prolific at my house this time of year.  When I was walking the trashcan down to the curb the other day I was inspired to create a wreath with the smelling honeysuckle that lines my drive.  I had made one years ago, but unfortunately hadn't tackled it recently, I broke out with intense poison ivy after that experience.  My husband made the form out of wire and zip ties. My son and I trimmed some branches with some clippers, and I had a knotted up spool of thin wire in the junk drawer.

I wired my first branch to the base, then continued adding branches. I overlapped my branches as I added them, only focusing on wiring the base of each branch as I went.
When I had made a complete circle with my additions, I took the wire and just wrapped it around the wreath to contain all the wild off shoots. 

Here is my finished project!  What do you think? 
I don't remember how it looks as it dries, but I will take a couple shots in a couple weeks and post back.  Keep your fingers crossed that I don't break out with poison ivy, haha.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Appreciate you

A couple of years ago, my librarian friend, and a student proctor came up with these cute Hershey covers.  We thought they would be a great thank you in the building for anything and everything.  I have also given them as awards to students, they love them.  Lately, I have had a couple coworkers ask for the template.  So always willing to share with anyone and everyone, thought it would be a great addition to our blog, and pinterest.  Then came the challenge of attaching a editable word document to blogger.  Google docs didn't work because it changed the format.  Hopefully this works! don't hesitate to let me know if there are any kinks! Enjoy. Download and personalize for your next event--weddings, birthdays.....

Appreciate you


Saturday, April 14, 2012

DIY Zipper Embellished Wedges

A friend of mine from school was telling me about these cute sandals she saw at Cato's with zipper embellishments. Just the perfect way to jazz up my old tired sketcher wedges.  I used my deconstructed good will hunting
zipper t shirt and a little E6000!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sheer Skirt with color block hem

My Sheer Skirt, it was a long and frustrating challenge.  One I wasn't willing to give up on!  I started with about 4 or 5 yards from a curtain I bought at the thrift store.
My inspiration was tons of maxi skirts and sheer skirts all over pinterest.  With the sheer skirt from Made by Lex being my initial inspiration as well as my tutorial.
The skirt was frustrating, and I remade it several times.  Good thing I had tons of fabric and a stubborn streak.  I finally slowed down and was very thorough with my pinning and pressing, thanks to the inspiring statement "Paying attention to detail is what makes a good project GREAT! from the blog Crafty Cupboard.  Although I wouldn't categorize my skirt as "great" it finally came together, and was at least of the quality to wear in public.  
Couple notes, I tried the french seams, uuggghhh! not for me, and I decided to attach my slip. As I become more confident in my process, as well as, my finished product I hope to have actual tutorials.

The lace t-shirt can be found here, and the braided belt can be found here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lace Shirt

Lace is everywhere

I was first inspired by the layered lace skirt below.  I had the perfect skirt to add the lace to, but then started thinking about the price of lace per yard.  

Back-up.  I am all about thrifty, so after a Sunday brainstorm with my mom and sister, off to the thrift store I went for old lace curtains.

I found several other inspirational ways to use my curtain.  Hmmmm, what to do now?

I settled for the lace t-shirt, thought it would look great with a skirt I was thinking of.  Sorry no tutorial from me, I was not confident enough in my ability to take pictures as I went.  Click here for the link to the t-shirt tutorial from above.  I followed this tutorial, but did not do french seams used my serger instead, and used ribbon I had for the sleeves and neck.  Click on any of the other pictures above for the links to their tutorials.  Here is my finished product, what do you think?

With jeans and a black tank, or with pearls and skirt and an off white tank.

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