Saturday, June 26, 2010

Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes

DIY Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes
I am such a sucker for animals on clothes-- and over the past few months I've been loving Miu Miu's collection of cats, sparrows, and fat ladies. I've had these shoes since high school and I've been saving them for the perfect project.

Miu Miu
photo via net-a-porter

DIY Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes

DIY Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes

Before: Dirty and white
DIY Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes

DIY Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes

DIY Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes

DIY Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes

DIY Miu Miu Sparrow Shoes

Plane from Camp Atterbury
This plane flew right over my head when I was taking pictures. Looks a little like the birdies to me!

Tutorial on Cut+Keep as soon as I write it! :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Wonder Wheel Polaroid

Stacie Grissom 1040 EZ Return 2009067

A Polaroid from NY... on 4-18-10. I pretty much love any picture of Coney Island. I have looked through Flickr many times just looking at photos of it. It is so whimsical and disgusting and fascinating to me. :)

So my computer crashed, but now I have a new Macbook! So far Mac>Dell. But some of my blog post pictures are on my Dell hard drive so I am getting them soon.

Also-- the random winner of the fork bracelet is Freck! I'll be shooting you an email. :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bead Your Cowboy Boots

"If only them boots could talk
about life on the range ..."
--Clark Crouch

DIY-- Bead your cowboy boots
I have been looking for cowboy boots for years. I had these red cowboy boots when I was really little that I wore to death (still have them too! I'll have to find a good picture of me in them and put it up.) Anyways-- I finally found the perfect used pair in NY and I spent 3 rainy days watching Meryl Streep movies that I borrowed from CBS and stitching beads into the stitching that already existed on the boots.

Not gonna lie, it was painful and tedious but these are definitely my favorite shoes now. And the fact that I worked so hard for them makes me believe that I will be wearing them when I am an old lady.

DIY-- Bead your cowboy boots

DIY-- Bead your cowboy boots

DIY-- Bead your cowboy boots

DIY-- Bead your cowboy boots


DIY-- Bead your cowboy boots

DIY-- Bead your cowboy boots

DIY-- Bead your cowboy boots
I think these colors-- especially together-- are so beautiful.

Whenever I wear this necklace, I always get some sort of comment. I got it on Ebay for 10$! That is including the shipping. I love Ebay so much-- I am 97% sure the necklace is fake-- but it feels SO real. And I am pretty good at recognizing turquoise. I have told people that my necklace is fake and they don't believe me.

Just type in "turquoise necklace" in Ebay and sort through. :)


DIY Beaded Cowboy Boots

Friday, June 11, 2010

American Tune

And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea

-Simon and Garfunkel
Statue of Liberty

This is one of my favorite Polaroids. I took it on a freezing, windy day while riding the Staten Island Ferry. The light, clouds, and contrast couldn't be more perfect. And I really dig the crazy white spots. I think my camera does this to pictures because it has happened in my color film as well. It's like little Tommy Polaroid's little artist signature. :)

Also-- I have the coolest uncle who gave me a bunch of cameras to add to my camera family. I am working on a huge post for it. :)

Oh-- Happy Friday!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Vinyl Record Purse

Make it: Record Purse

Whenever I go to thrift shops, I always browse through all of the old records they have for sale. The designs, the colors, the album art-- they're so fun to study the designs in pop culture a few decades ago.

Make it: Record Purse

Make it: Record Purse

There are many ways to use old records, but one of my favorites has always been a purse. Whenever I see a vinyl record purse in a boutique or online, they're always SO expensive. So I decided to make one of my own.

Make it: Record Purse
To make a record purse, you need:
-3 Vinyl Records
-An old purse strap
-A split ring to attach the strap to on the record purse
-An old black t-shirt and some fabric for the lining
-A drill
-A piece of wood to put underneath the record when you're drilling
-Embroidery thread/ribbon

Make it: Record Purse
First I cut off the bottoms of the 2 records that make the outside of the purse. I put the oven on Broil and then put the record on a cookie sheet. As soon as the record flattened a tiny bit in the oven and was obviously softer, I took scissors and cut across the record until it got hard again. I repeated this until the record was cut straight across. Then for the bottom of the purse, I cut across the record so that the label still shows, also so that it was at the widest point of the record. Do not try cutting or sawing the record without the oven, they break. I figured this out the hard way. :)

After the records were cut, I used a drill to make holes all around the border of the records. I put a piece of wood under the record and it went quickly. It was also pretty fun.

Then I stitched the bottom of the small piece to the larger record pieces with ribbon. I made my ribbon by hand by burning fabric because I like the rougher edges, but any black ribbon should work. After that I put ribbon all around the tops of the records.

Then I stitched t-shirt material to the sides of the purse (through the holds I already drilled) so that it will open and close properly. I used thin cording for this, and I just made sure it was stitched into place really well on the sides and bottom.

Before you add the lining, be sure to drill holes for the snap that goes on the top. (both sides of the bag)

Here I stitched a little leather strip to one side and then stitched a snap on the top of the leather strip and the receiving end of the snap into the bag on the other side where I drilled the holes.

Then I drilled 2 more holes on opposing sides of the bag to add hooks for the purse straps. I also colored the gold hook things black to match. :)

For the lining, this tutorial is helpful for sewing a little lining. I also used the same thin cording that I used to stitch the t-shirt material to the sides of the record and I think it turned out really well.

Another shot of the inside.

Make it: Record Purse

Make it: Record Purse

Make it: Record Purse
West Side Story Bottom.

Make it: Record Purse
Inside. Remember those laundry bags I got in NYC? Oh yeah, they make a great lining.

Make it: Record Purse
It fits lots of stuff. Chapstick from this fiber arts festival I went to. Duck change purse. Sunnies. Polaroid Camera ( I was taking photos by the road so I could get a Polaroid of 2 birds on a wire... Regina Spektor song, anyone? ... I did not succeed in that.)

Make it: Record Purse

Birds nest. :)

Make it: Record Purse


Make it: Record Purse]
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