Friday, August 28, 2009

School Again

Sorry for the lack of posts! I just went back to school and it is a bit hectic.

Some shoes I decorated a while back--

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The glue on these does not look the greatest, but I was just a-learnin' and the shoes hold up quite well. I tied a simple knot to make the bump on the front of the shoe and used a hot glue gun to glue the pearl string on the shoes. Hot glue holds up surprisingly well.

I will try and post more often, posts will probably be less of what I make and more of sweet DIY I find throughout the WWW.

:)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thanks to this old dress!

A while ago I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from a fellow blogger.

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Connie makes the sweetest accessories from old t-shirts. I must say my favorite part of winning the giveaway was opening the package. She has the most adorable little note inside!

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Talk about warm and fuzzy feelings.

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Check out her blog. :)

Thanks again, Connie!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer

It's the end of the summer for me-- already nostalgic. Here are some of my favorite pictures I took. I love these photos because their expressions show who these kids really are-- whether they look ornery, confident, grouchy, guilty, happy, innocent, or kind.

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Remember on the first day of school when your teacher would ask you to write about what summer means to you? If I ever have to do that again, I'll turn this in.

. . . 'Cause my eyelashes catch my sweat

-- Regina Spektor (Folding Chair)
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base skirt: Goodwill

flowers: part of that countless supply I made earlier this summer... (previous flower dress)

Tutorial? Here.

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Slant hem.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Zippery Rose

I've really got flowers on the mind this summer.

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I love these leopard flats from Target, but I felt like they needed something vampy.

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There is a tutorial on how to make a different type of zipper rose corsage here or you can check out my very own tutorial here.

:)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Fendi Inspired Flower Dress

DIY Fendi Rose Dress

At the beginning of the summer, I saw this Fendi dress on a blog and I just had to try it.


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Since I am a camp counselor who makes $8.25 an hour, buying this dress is out of the question-- I am sure it would take up my entire summer's earnings. I found this similar, (more bland, boring, and ordinary) Fendi dress, (with very few flowers) for $1200. That's about 140 hours worth of work, (without taxes!). Eek city. So. I made my own.

DIY Fendi Rose Dress

DIY Fendi Rose Dress

I love the angled, scalloped hem.

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I made the base dress with a zip-up back out of a stretchy fabric that I got on clearance for 2$.

DIY Fendi Rose Dress

Here is a close-up of the flowers. I will have a tutorial on Cut+Keep later, so stay tuned. The flowers involved lots of textures including netting and chiffon feeling fabrics. I sewed two swirls on each flower. One of jersey-like material and one of a wispier fabric.

DIY Fendi Rose Dress

DIY Fendi Rose Dress

I love how the flowers are kind of hairy. It adds yet another texture.

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You can kind of see the cinched waist.

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I was originally planning on trying to sell this dress but it would have had to be around 200$ for me to make 5$ an hour. It took a LONG time. I could not help becoming emotionally attached to those little chunks of fabric.

Also-- I wore it to see Jersey Boys with my Mom, sister, cousin and aunt in Chicago this weekend. (Hence the late blog post, sorry!)

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(Cousin Laura on left, sister Natalie on right)

Tutorial coming soon!

:)

***UPDATE: I have the tutorial! The link to it on Cut+Keep is here.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I've been blogged!

I got an email last weekend from the company that makes ShoeGoo asking if I would want to write a tutorial on how to make my shoes for their blog. Of course I said, "Of course!"


Check it out here.

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What an honor! The nice people who contacted me said that they were going to send me some of their glues. I can't wait!

More projects to come this week, look out!
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