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Frayed Denim & Lacy Textiles

What you’ll need:

1.) A lace fabric (I used an old, lacy hand me down blouse)

2.) Pair of old denim jeans

3.) Razor knife or box cutter

4.) Cardboard

5.) Sandpaper

( pins/chalk to mark and hold down the fabric in place )

Start off by cutting your old jeans into a new pair of shorts (see Easy Boyfriend Short DIY here)
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Easy Boyfriend Short DIY

If you’re like me, at one point or another, your jeans will eventually rip in the inner thigh. It doesn’t matter how expensive my jeans are, they will always do this. So when this recently happened to yet another pair of my favorite jeans, I decided to try something new and turn what was left into a wearable pair of shorts. (This DIY can also be done with a pair of jeans that haven’t ripped).

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Polaroids and Clothes Pins

I originally wanted to build this project from scratch and make my own frame out of driftwood I found on the beach. However, after realizing it takes A WHILE to find the right pieces you need, I decided to buy a low priced, pre built frame for a quick easy project.  I took out the glass and backing, and all that I used was the actual frame. I then staple gunned hemp rope to the back of the frame.  After that, I  hung the individual pictures with mini clothes pins to give it a country feel.

For the pictures I used some old polaroid film my Dad had laying around. The film expired in 2003 so I wasn’t sure how they would come out, but they ended up coming out pretty interesting. Each picture had a sepia look to it with different colors coming through. I wanted to use polaroids because they are a heavier picture and won’t curl up as easy. If you do not have a polaroid camera you can use any other standard picture type. You will want to use more clothes pins on the corners at the top, and even on the bottom, to prevent any curling (black and white photos below).

I’m really happy with the way this project turned out. My style totally came through with the laid back country feel and the neutral colors. I got all my supplies at a local Michaels and it was real quick and easy to put together! Let me know if you try it out!

x.

m

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Spring Cleaning

Today was my day off and of course, the weather has been rainy/cold all day, so I decided to get some Spring cleaning done and organize my jewelry.

Now, I would love to be able to buy something like this:

Available at Amazon.com for around $115

Or this:

Available at homedecorators.com for around $289

However, both are out of my price range at the moment, so I decided to do a bit of DIY organizing. Also, I wouldn’t mind taking a crack at this DIY from Martha Stewart (good ole Martha) for converting a vintage medicine cabinet into a jewelry cabinet, but I figure a vintage medicine cabinet may be hard to find/expensive.

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DIY Canvas Art

I recently moved into a bigger place and my bedroom walls were completely bare! I wanted to do some decorating but I couldn’t really afford to spend a fortune on any artwork and didn’t really want to coat my room with posters. So, I decided to make some DIY artwork! Sounds intimidating right? No worries it can be easy and there are endless options when it comes to making your own canvas artwork. I decided to do a paper mache, newspaper background piece with an all black, painted silhouette. Here is what I did…

1.) Create a paper mache paste using Elmer’s glue and a splash of water. You can also use Mod Podge if you don’t want to make your own. Rip strips of newspaper and completely submerge the piece in the paste then lay it on the canvas. You really have a lot of control when using this strategy, you can place the strips where ever you like to get your desired look. Each strip of newspaper I placed on the canvas I put a little extra glue around the edges to make sure it was going to stay down and in place.

2.) After the canvas was completely covered in newspaper and dry, I sketched out the tree branches with a pencil. You will want to sketch lightly in case you make a mistake and need to erase. If you do not feel comfortable sketching free hand, there are many stencils available at craft stores or even online for you to print out. Or, if you want to avoid drawing completely, use letter stencils to write out your favorite song lyric or poem. The options are endless! After you have everything sketched out, start painting! I decided to go for a silhouette look so I stuck with black, but depending on what you decide to paint you may have many colors!

3.) I did about 3 coats of paint just to make sure that everything was evenly covered and there wasn’t any text coming through. After the paint was dry and I was finished, I sealed the paint and newspaper with a clear varnish. The varnish ads an extra shine to the artwork and makes sure the newspaper won’t curl up over time.

This project was fairly easy, and I had a lot of fun doing it! The final cost of the project including the canvas, paint, paint brush and varnish all came to around $30. A little more expensive than a poster, but will last a lot longer and it’s custom made by you!

For my next DIY canvas artwork I’m thinking a paper mache postcard background, with a Palm tree silhouette and a sepia lacquer to finish it off! Will post pics soon!

Let me know what you come up with!

x.

m

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Wire Rings

I have been using wire for a while to make necklaces, however i just started using it in ring making! All you need is some silver/gold plated wire and some needle nose pliers, both of which can be found at your local craft store. I went to Michael’s and they had so many options, from different beads and jewelry to add, to an assortment of  wires to choose from.

Once you pick out the materials you would like to work with its time to get started!

The first step in creating the basic wire ring is to figure out what you want it to say. The message should be short and sweet. Below are a few examples I created for some inspiration.

initials:  b <3 m (b heart m)

cute sayings: top:  one love (one <3)

initials: bottom: b <3 m

nicknames: cler (middle finger)

cute sayings: one <3 (index finger)

Once you have an idea of what you would like to say, cut off about 3 inches of wire to start bending/twisting. The words you twist your wire into will obviously be in cursive since they will be connected. I found it helps to sketch out your word on paper first so you have an idea in your head of what the ring will end up looking like. After you have your image, take your needle nose pliers and start creating!

Once you have finished wrapping, you will need to attach a band for the ring to stay around your finger. Measure out the wire long enough to fit around whichever finger you would like to wear the ring on. You will need a little extra wire to hook the band on to your design.

It may take a few times before you get it right, but once you get it they’re fun and easy to make! Let me know if you try it out or have any questions!

x

m.

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Layered inspiration

I love any kind of layers, but an easy way to give an everyday outfit something new is to add some layers in bling!

Whether it’s jewelry or apparel, adding layers is super easy and fun to do with both new and old items.

This week I decided to layer some necklaces. The jewelry you choose depends on the look you’re going for. I went for a casual everyday look with sort of a beachy feel. I picked out the necklaces below not only because they have all different lengths, but they also have similar neutral colors that reminded me of the beach.

Whether you dress it up or decide to go casual, it’s up to you. The possibilities are endless here!

Try it out for yourself! We want to see your layered inspiration!

x

m.

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