Sunday, October 30, 2011
My Halloween costume for this year: Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Mrs. Fox: You know, you really are... fantastic.
Mr. Fox: I try.
Happy (almost) Halloween! In celebration of (in my opinion) the most fun holiday of the year, I've rounded up all the photos of Halloween costumes I could find from recent years. #EmbarrassingPicturesAhead
2010 Costume #1: Bob Dylan from Subterranean Homesick Blues.
2010 Costume #2: Unicorn. (When Halloween falls on a weekend in college, you dress up twice.)
Surprisingly, dancing unicorns in furry onesies don't get the kindest attention at frat parties. Who could've guessed?
2009 Costume #1: Fidel and Raul Castro.
(This was for a Spanish class presentation on Cuba that happened to fall on Halloween.)
2009 Costume #2: Owls.
Perhaps my favorite costume of all time. We found these little guys in a Value Village in Canada. Because owls are a symbol of our sorority, the owls were quite a hit. **And owl costumes always are great for things like Greek Week festivities... and Harry Potter premieres.
Also one of my best face paint jobs. Give this type of face paint job a few hours in a sweaty fraternity basement dance party and you graduate from weird-looking owl to serious frat boy repellant.
2008 Costume: Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. Note the bleeding red marker-drawn lines around our necks.
2007 Costume: Bug
Definitely my lamest costume in recent years, but I did wear this costume to class all day. (I was a freshman, obviously.) This was a day when I realized that college is very different from high school and people don't wear their Halloween costumes to class. Lesson learned.
Circa 2005: Clown. Yes I did spend 100% more time on my costume than my friends. And yes I have seen the movie "It." The resemblance is only now striking me.
Early Years: Minnie Mouse.
I've always taken Halloween seriously. :)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Life lesson: whenever you get to make a craft for work, it's a good day. When you are me and you make any excuse to break out the superglue, thread, needle, and grommet puncher-- it's like the greatest day ever. I saw these flats on Anthropologie's site about a month ago and since I work for a scarves store, I knew I had to make some sort of DIY project out of the idea. ;)
Anthropologie, I love you. I mean I really, really love you. But there's no way I am paying $148 for a pair of flats. (Oh, they're on sale for $78 now?) Still, *splutter, cough, choke* no.
Step 1: For these shoes, you need a pair of flats. My glitter flats are from Payless and I highly, highly recommend them. I think I might go back and get a scarf-less pair for backup. Hehe. (You never know when life is going to call for a good pair of glitter flats!) Whip out some thread, a needle, scissors, and a scarf of course. I used a vintage scarf that my mom had used in a previous DIY project. I just thought it was too pretty to be stuck lying around.
Step 2: Next you need to cut up your scarf into four strips. You need to cut the strips wide enough so that you can fold them in half, stitch them up, and then flip them inside out. (In the end you will have a little scarf tube to sew to your flats.)
Step 3: Now you need to sew the little strips into tubes. I stitched the tubes by hand, (because I crafted at work) but I recommend stitching the tubes up with a machine.
Step 4: After you’ve stitched the little scarf tubes, you just start stitching the fabric to your flats. This is where a thimble comes in handy because as I am typing this, my fingers are in a little bit more pain than usual because I stabbed myself with the needle a few times. Don’t be stupid like me. Use a thimble.
Step 5: After you have both of the sides of your bow stitched to your shoe, all you have to do is tie it up. If your scarf tube is too long, just cut it to size and stitch the edges under so they do not fray.
And voila! After I got home, I fixed the bows up a little bit and stitched them down so that they do not flop around. :)
Oh, and you want to see how Maggie made her awesome flats with one of the Scarves Dot Net scarves? Pop on over to the blog and check it out. :)
Monday, October 24, 2011
One of my favorite DIY's yet-- it was about time little Pidwidgeon got a lampshade. I've had him since last October and he's been beloved but naked all this time. I know I have a lot of prized possessions, but I truly love this lamp. This rabbit might compete-- but the rabbit does not have a twin (Errol) that belongs to my dear friend Kelsey. (Also, the fact that the pair of owls cost $2.50 each at the Berry Street Flea Market in Greencastle, IN definitely adds to their charm.)
I feel I have to note that those are not my hands, they are my little brother's. Although I did grow up raising sheep... and my nickname in basketball used to be "Bulldozer"... and I can bend a fork with my bare hands... the manly hands in that GIF are not mine. :)
What you need: (Not much.) Glitter, Mod Podge, a brush of sorts, little dish for Mod Podge, newspaper, and a lampshade. I got mine at Goodwill for $4.
Directions: All you have to do is pour about 1/4 cup of Mod Podge into a little dish. I used a butter dish. Then pour a LOT of glitter into the Mod Podge. I mean like an ounce. The Mod Podge should still stir like glue. Then take your brush and paint on the lamp shade. I had to do about 3 coats, you don't want to put too much on to block all the light, but you do want to cover all the huge holes. Then let it dry, and you're done!
See what I mean by the prized possessions? I'm like a regular old Indiana crow over here. Shiny stuff. Yeah. Go make your own. :)
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Check out what my mom made! My mom has been pinning on Pinterest like crazy and she has come up with some pretty cool projects and recipes lately. She made a necklace for herself like this and decided to make another to try her luck with Etsy. Perhaps she's seen me plugging away at my little store for the entirety of 2011 and thought that she could do better because:
a) She taught me everything I know. (Except for computers. I would have to say I taught her 70% of what she knows.) It's an equal trade-off, right?
Mom: "Here Stacie, I'll give you life and all the survival and crafty skills you need."
Me: "Thanks Mom. Now here's how you use Pinterest."
Mom: "Ooh, I like this Pin-Interest thing."
Me: "No mom, PINterest. Not pin-in. No, Mom, no, scroll with two fingers, not your palm. No! Mom, you sign into Facebook in the corner. NO! That's the delete button!"
and b) My mom is much better at project execution. Again. Except for computers. And electronics. Like remotes and Xbox controllers. Which surprisingly have to be turned on in order for them to work? Who knew.
To make this necklace:
1. You need to cut thin strips of jersey knit and tug on them so they curl up. You can cut as many strips as you want, this will just determine the thickness of your necklace. You can either cut circles of jersey knit or you can stitch the ends of the strips together to make the necklace loop.
2. Take your necklace chains and put them in the mix with the t-shirt loops.
3.. Take two or three strips and wrap them around specific spots on the necklace where you think they look good. Then stitch the ends of the strips into place. Voila! That's it. :)
You can buy the necklace in my Etsy store here.
Monday, October 17, 2011
This weekend I went to one of my favorite places in the world (Rockville, IN) to the greatest of Indiana celebrations: the Covered Bridge Festival. The festival that celebrates covered bridges. Seriously. Why are covered bridges worth celebrating you ask? Because the uncovered bridges would rot and collapse, throwing people and animals into the creek below. If I ever fell in Big Walnut creek I'd celebrate covered bridges too.
The festival has grown into a hybrid of a fall festival mixed with a county fair sprinkled with a bunch of random yard sales with crap. And when I say crap, I actually mean a much harsher expletive. (ie: As Seen on TV knockoffs, Justin Bieber snuggies, an occasional crossbow, and the ever-present wolves howling at the moon t-shirts.. although those are kind of cool.) Each year over 2 million people come to the festival. Don't believe me? Google it. Or better yet, check out one blurb here. Keep in mind that 3 million people visit Yellowstone each year.
I took this Polaroid outside one of the coolest bars I've been to in my short 2 years since being 21. It has the largest collection of taxidermied animals that I've ever seen including a bear, a cougar, a wolverine, all of the regular taxidermied animals, and even some made up animals like a "Jackalope." (Where they put antlers on a rabbit.)
I took this photo with my trusty brown SX-70 and I used the Impossible Project's first flush of the color film-- which isn't available anymore. I've had a lot of hits and misses with their film, but I really like this photo. The uncontrollable nature of this film, and Polaroid in general is what makes it so fascinating to me.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
There have been a few times when I realize how irrational my shoe collection is when I look in my closet and all I see are sequins, glitter, fringe, and purple suede... but I love a whimsical shoe. And I really love a good shoe DIY like some of these beauties.
1. DIY Saddle Shoes
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
(I made the rosette using the tutorial made by the incredible Jessica of Cherry Street Cottage.)
What's that you say? You don't think my glass head looks anything like me? Where's the crazy hair, Stacie? Where's the dangly earrings? Glasses?