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

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  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!

DIY Scarf Organizer

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I know winter is almost over, but I love scarves! As the weather gets warmer, I start wearing my scarves on my head. But my issue is that all of my scarves are jumbled up in my closet. So, today’s tutorial is for an organizer to hold all of your scarves. I already had all of the materials needed for this project. Yay! But you can buy a pack of hangers and shower rings from the Dollar Tree for $2.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a clothes hanger
  • shower curtain rings
  • tape

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  1. Tape one ring to the bottom of the hanger.
  2. Tape a second ring to the hanger. Be sure to tape the two rings together as well.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have as many rings as you need.
  4. Hang/tie your scarves to the hanger.

Happy Crafting!

It’s time to get crafty – Friday Feature

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I absolutely love crafting and creating new things. More importantly, I love showing off what I’ve created. So, now it’s your turn to show off your crafts! Every Friday, I will be featuring crafters and their crafts in my new section – Friday Features. If you are interested in showcasing your crafts (or whatever it is that you do…bake, design clothes, create art, etc.), email me at thecraftcomplex@gmail.com.

Peace, Love, and Crafts!

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!

Milk Mustache Baby Shower

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I threw this Milk Mustache baby shower for my best fried back in August. There were two showers that I couldn’t decide between: got milk and mustache. I decided to combine them together. The color scheme was black, white, and of course blue!

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Peace, Love, and Parties!

Happy Crafting!

Up Inspired Birthday Party

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Last year for my son’s 2nd birthday, I chose to do an “UP” birthday party because I wanted color. Plus, all 2 year olds love balloons and UP is super awesome movie.

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I made the invitations by printing off images of the movie onto the envelope and the invitation.

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A chalkboard sign welcomed the party guests.

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I tied balloons to golf tees and placed them all over the yard. Also, I had a cardboard house for the kids to play in and to color.

I think the rest of the pictures speak for themselves!

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Peace. Love, and Parties!

Happy Crafting!

My granola bar OBSESSION!

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I’m in love…with a granola bar! My name is Porsha and I have an obsession. One that just can’t be helped. These granola bars are so YUMMY! You won’t even realize that they are healthy. I try to eat as healthy as I can. The key word is try. I’m a vegetarian which makes eating healthy much easier, right? So, my eating a bunch of meatless chocolate is perfectly acceptable.

Seriously, with all natural ingredients and great flavor combinations, 18 Rabbits (Isn’t that the cutest name? There’s a whole story behind the name. Check out their website for more info and products) is staying on my pantry shelf. My favorite flavor is date, pecan, and coconut. I don’t have a picture of that particular flavor. I finished eating them before I decided to write this post. I got my granola bars from Costco in a 15 pack with five bars of each flavor (date, pecan, coconut/apricot, walnut, coconut/fig, cranberry, hazelnut). You’ll have to ask hubby for the price but I’m pretty sure they are pricey – the one downfall.

Have any of you tried these granola bars? if so, what’s your favorite flavor?

Peace, love, and granola bars!