Fashion and style

DIY Braided t-shirt necklace and headband

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Here’s another tutorial using an old t-shirt.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • an old t-shirt
  • scissors
  • glue gun

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The steps to create this braided necklace/headband is very similar to my last post on the t-shirt necklace.

  1. Cut off the top and the bottom of the shirt.Cut the sirt into 9 strips.
  2. Pull on the strips to make them curl.
  3. Now here is where the necklaces differ…each strip has 2 seams. Cut them off. Take 3 strips and braid them. Continue to braid 3 strips until you have 5 braids.
  4. Take 3 braids and braid them together.
  5. Glue the ends of the large braid to the 2 smaller braids. Take an extra piece of cloth to wrap around the piece that you glued together. Glue it. Repeat this step on the other side.

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Looking back, I would have only cut the strips on one side so that my necklace would be longer. But I have many more old t-shirts. I will try it like that one day.

Happy Crafting!

DIY T-shirt necklace, scarf, and headband

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Spring is almost here and  I’ve already started my spring cleaning! I found a bunch of old t-shirts in a box. I’m a hoarder  crafter and it just wouldn’t be right to throw those shirts away. I

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • a t-shirt (old and wrinkled is just fine) – just not a cotton shirt. See that black shirt? Yeah, it didn’t work. lol
  • scissors

tutorial

  1. Cut off the top and bottom of the t-shirt.
  2. Cut the shirt into strips. It’s okay if your strips are not perfect.
  3. Pull the strips so that they curl.
  4. Take an extra piece of the shirt and tie it around the strips. This will create your necklace.
  5. To create the scarf, tie one end of the necklace into a knot.
  6. To create the headband, using the scraf, place it on your head and tie it snuggly.

Making this necklace/scarf/headband was so easy. It took less than 10 minutes. What an inexpensive way to add some accessories to your wardrobe. I spent $0 to make this!

Happy Crafting!

Week 4 – February Fashion Challenge

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This week was the last week of my fashion challenge and by far my favorite week. I loved all of my outfits, except Sunday when  I seriously just threw anything on to go to Costco. I was definitely feeling retro this week. So my favorite outfit had to be:IMG_20140224_185350 feb 26

I couldn’t choose between these two outfits. The outfit from Feb. 24 was awesome! I truly felt like I just stepped out of the 50s. The outfit from Feb. 26 made me feel so stylish. Who knew that you could rock a turtle neck and long skirt while looking so great. I think the necklace and ankle boots brought it all together.

As I look back over my outfits from February, I realize that I really don’t have a “style”. One day I’m preppy and the next day I’m vintage. I love the fact that I wear so many different styles. But you thing that you can clearly see is that I love skirts and dresses! But I could have told you that from the beginning 🙂

So, now that February is officially over, I need your input! I selected 5 of my favorite outfits from February. Which was your favorite? Vote below!

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DIY Statement Collar Necklace

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I have been obsessed with making jewelry for the past 2 months. I love to switch up the necklaces and earrings that I wear. It’s nice to make my own versus spending a lot of money on accessories that I cannot afford. I’ve had my eye on a few Peter Pan collar necklaces. Here’s my version of a statement collar necklace.

I don’t have a step by step visual tutorial to make this necklace. Let me know if you’re interested in a tutorial. Unlike the other necklaces that I’ve made with regular felt, I used stiff felt to help this necklace maintain its shape. I bought all of the materials (felt, chain, jewels, buttons, and pearls) from Joann’s.

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For this necklace you’ll need:

  • Stiff felt
  • Glue gun
  • Chain
  • Jewels, gems, buttons, pearls, or any other embellishments
  1. Trace a semi-circle shape on to regular paper. Cut out shape.
  2. Repeat step 1 using the felt.
  3. Using the glue gun, glue your gems onto the felt.
  4. Glue chain to the back of the two felt pieces.

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Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

Week 3 – February Fashion Challenge

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What can I say? I was dressed like a bum two days this week. lol. But reality is that there are some days where I don’t leave my house and I don’t want to waste an outfit! Please tell me I’m not the only one…please. Anyway, I think this week was all about wearing peices that have been sitting in the back of my closet for awhile. That’s what this challenge is all about – taking what you already have and making it new. I never throw clothes away, even if they are too small. You never know how you might use them.

My favorite outfit this week was…February 20! I felt cool and sophisticated. I can’t wait to wear this one again!

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I have one more week left and then it’s March. So, I’m asking you all for some help. What challenge should I have for March? It can be fashion, crafts, hair, I don’t care. But help me out!

Peace, Love, and No more bummy days!

February Fashion Challenge – Week 2

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My goal this week was to add a little more color to my wardrobe. I think that I accomplished this goal. Since Valentine’s Day was this week, I threw in a little red for good luck. My favorite out was February 12. I got this dress from Ross for $16. It came with the pearl chain belt (I love belts!). I paired it with some black ankle boots. I kind of felt like a sophisticated rocker. lol. Which outfit was your favorite?

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Yesterday was my birthday! I’m finally 31 and over the mini hill. lol. I hope everyone had an awesome Valentine’s Day filled with love, chocolate, roses, and a lot of kisses!

Peace, Love, and Crafts!

Ombre Heart Nails – Day 8

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These nails  are great way of showing off your Valentine spirit! I love the fact that they’re subtle and not too Valentiney (is that even a word?).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 nail polishes – 2 shades of pink and one red
  • paper reinforcements

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Directions:

  1. Paint your nails with the lightest color pink. Let nails fully dry.
  2. Take 2 reinforcements and place them side by side (overlapping slighty to create a heart shape) towards the bottom of your nail. Paint your nails with a darker pink. Let nails fully dry.
  3. Repeat step 2. paint your nails with the red color.

Tips:

  • Find shades that aren’t too similar. The next time I try these nails, I will find a lighter base color.
  • Put the reinforcements on all of your nails (both hands) first. Trust me. It’s so hard to try to put the reinforcments on when you have wet nails.
  • Be patient and let your nails dry completely. I’m so impatient and one of my nails smudged when I was taking off the reinforcments 😦

Happy Crafting!

Diy Felt Hair Bow – Day 6

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Add a little color to your Valentine’s outfit with this super easy (and super cute) felt hair bow.

Now my girls wanted to make their own hair bows (theirs are the ones to the left). So, you can see it’s easy enough for a 5 and 7 year old to do.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • hair clip
  • jewels

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Step 1 – Cut the felt into two strips (one about 2 inches thick and the other about 1/2 inch).

Step 2 – Fold and glue the bigger strip to form a loop.

Step 3 – Scrunch the loop.

Step 4 – While holding the scrunched loop, wrap the smaller strip tightly around the bow and glue.

Step 5 – Glue on any embellishments to your bow.

Step 6 – Glue your bow to the hair clip.

Happy Crafting!

DIY Heart Button Ring – Day 5

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I am so behind on my Valentine’s Day crafts :(. I’ve had the flu. Now I’m playing catch up to post all of my crafts.

Anyway, I have had this diamond heart button for a while now. I am so happy that I finally decided to make ths ring. First of all, it is FABULOUS! lol. Second of all, it took all of 2 seconds to make (which I like because nowadays, time is limited!).

Here’s what you’ll need:

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I bought the button and ring post from Joann’s. Now the button was a bit expensive for my taste ($7), but I had a 40% off coupon.

Step 1 – Remove the shank (the part on the back of the button that sticks out) with some pliers.

Step 2 – Remove the oval shape on the ring post. I couldn’t remove all of the shank. If you are able to remove the shank completely, then skip this step.

Step 3 – Hot glue the button to the ring.

Happy Crafting!

February Fashion Challenge – Week 1

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So, week 1 of the February Fashion Challenge is done! I’ve had so much fun playing around with different outfits. Looking back at this week, I noticed that I’ve been wearing a lot of dark colors. So, my goal for next week is to brighten it up just a little. My favorite outfit was on Feb. 5. I just felt so elegant and beautiful that day! What a wonderful feeling of knowing that you look good! lol. Which outfit was your favorite? Don’t forget to post your pictures on instagram – #februaryfashionchallenge.

Oh, and my favorite hairstyle was definitely Feb. 1!

Happy Crafting Outfits!