Sunday, April 29, 2012

Around the Web Lately...

I've been a bit of a slacker about sharing some of the things I've been working on outside of this blog for a while-- these are some projects I'm quite proud of and happy to share. ;) First up: "The Knot Library."


The Knot Library

This is an ongoing project that's been up for a while over on Scarves Dot Net and we are adding to the scarf knot library as often as we can. :) Funny thing about "The Knot Library," it actually crashed some of my company's websites for a a bit because of one powerful pin on Pinterest. (eep!) If any bloggers reading this would like a high-res version of this graphic to share on your own blog, just shoot me an email at Sgrissom@scarves.net. If you just want to say hello and give some scarfspiration, that's fine too. ;)

(The following four are from my DIY fashion column over on The Fashion Spot. :))
DIY Shoe Bow clips

Shoe Bow Clips

Give new life to an old pair of shoes with these little bows. :)

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15 DIY Hacks for Scarves

A roundup of 15 ways to wear, stitch, tie, and wrap scarves. Scarves are the multitaskers of the accessory world. ;)

DIY Neon celine clutch

DIY Neon Striped Clutch

How to add a pop of neon to your wardrobe using a little paint on a clutch!

DIY hair accessories

15 DIY Hair Accessories to Make

A roundup of 15 hair accessories that are simple to make! :)

And finally...

Vintage Guide to Indianapolis

For all of my fellow hoosiers, I wrote up a vintage guide to Indianapolis for Indy's fashion community. These are some of my favorite shops around the Circle City. :)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Project 365: Week 17



This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

Project 365
Project 365
111/365: 4-20-12 The office was all packed up and ready to move last Friday! I was feeling a bit sentimental about my first desk at a real job...

Project 365: Week 17
112/365: 4-21-12 Taking photos for my latest post on The Fashion Spot... :)

Project 365: Week 17
113/365: 4-22-12 Uhh... The back of my little brother's letter jacket. I have the least athletic genes in my family...

Project 365: Week 17
Project 365: Week 17
114/365: 4-23-12 THE NEW OFFICE!!! Building couches and playing Jamaican bobsled team with the boxes. "Ya, mon."

Project 365: Week 17
115/365: 4-24-12 Polaroids from the weekend.

Project 365: Week 17
116/365: 4-25-12 The book from my blog's namesake-- the book is called If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow and it has really cute little drawings and quotes inside. ;)

Project 365: Week 17
117/365: 4-26-12 Testing out my cameo brooch on some ribbon. :)

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! :)

For more photography tips, see this post on digital photography tips for beginners. You can also check out the rest of my photos from the year for my Project 365!

If you want, you can always join the project!











Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Holga Post: Spring Flowers

Holga Flowers
Some of the other photos on my roll when I got my film developed at Walmart. This specific photo is from last spring when all the magnolia flowers fell from the tree. :) The more I stare at these photos, the more I feel something from them and I fall even harder for this little plastic camera.
Holga Flowers
"In shining groups, each stem a pearly ray,
Weird flecks of light within the shadowed wood,
They dwell aloof, a spotless sisterhood..."
~Ghost Flowers by Mary Thacher Higginson
Holga Flowers Holga Flowers
Holga Flowers
:)

Monday, April 23, 2012

DIY Braided Scarf Statement Necklace

DIY Braided Scarf Necklace
Whenever I go to thrift stores, one of the first spots I always look is in the scarf section. In part because vintage scarf prints are so fun and colorful-- and in part you can never go wrong with a stash of scarves when you're a craftaholic. :)

One problem I've encountered over the years of my scarf collecting is that there are too many pretty scarves I just can't bring myself to cut up-- so I've just got TONS of scarves around. One solution I've found for this dilemma is to make a braided scarf necklace. The best part? The scarves stay in their original condition and I've got a great statement necklace. ;)

How to make a braided scarf statement necklace:

You need:
-3 small scarves of similar size
-Brooch (Optional, but fun.)

DIY Braided Scarf Necklace
The first thing you need to do is start a knot so that you can braid the scarves together. It helps to have one end longer than the other two so that it is easier to tie the necklace later. Once you have your knot, just braid the scarves together!

DIY Braided Scarf Necklace
You can add a brooch as a little extra accent to your necklace-- I'm always looking for new, modern ways to wear pins. ;)


DIY Braided Scarf Necklace
Tie the necklace around your neck and you're good to go! A nice simple DIY. :)

DIY Braided Scarf Necklace


Friday, April 20, 2012

Project 365: Week 16


This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

Project 365: Week 15
Project 365: Week 15
Project 365: Week 15
104/365: 4-13-12 A little summer scarf photoshoot with some of the best co-workers ever. :)

Project 365: Week 16
105/365: 4-14-12 Some Saturday antiquing with some cute little lovebugs.

Project 365: Week 16
Project 365: Week 16
106/365: 4-15-12 These little babies are just growing right up!

Project 365: Week 16
107/365: 4-16-12 Nighttime photo ponderings in my bedroom.

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108/365: 4-17-12 I swear if Pottermore came out 10 years ago, I'd have starved to death because I would not have had the ability to take my eyes off the screen. #HarryPotter4Evaaaaaaa! ;) Fortunately at the age of 23, I have grown more sane-- but still as passionate-- in my Harry Potter fandom journey.

Project 365: Week 16
Project 365: Week 16
109/365: 4-18-12 Crazy week in the scarf office-- but we are moving to a new building over the weekend! (!!!) :)

Project 365: Week 16
110/365: 4-19-12 My little town. :)

For more photography tips, see this post on digital photography tips for beginners. You can also check out the rest of my photos from the year for my Project 365!

If you want, you can always join the project!









Thursday, April 19, 2012

10 Tips for Thrifting (How to Find Vintage Treasure)

10 Tips for Thrifting
I remember the first time I walked into a thrift store with the intention of finding a dream dress or the perfect purse. I was in high school and I'd been thinking about going thrifting all day because I'd been reading all of these vintage fashion books from the library and I wanted to find a real vintage dress... for cheap. ;) When my sixteen-year-old self walked into that Goodwill for the first time, I was struck (and a bit put off) by the smell, the disorganization, and the sheer size of the place. I walked around, touched a few shirts, picked up a knickknack or two, laughed at the ridiculous Christmas table settings, and walked out with nothing. I remember thinking that my inability to find thrifted treasure was a result of my location in a small Indiana town. I figured all the neat old vintage clothes must be in hipper, more affluent towns. WRONG. Was I ever wrong.

I learned most, if not all, of my best thrifting tips when I was in college in Greencastle, Indiana. Now I'm from a small town, and I love small towns, but when I went on huge study benders where the only cure for sanity was a nice little dose of retail therapy, Greencastle didn't cut it. Shopping for clothes in Greencastle meant hopping on down to Fashion Bug or the Peebles next to China Buffet. Yup. No joking, that was it. So I started going to (incredible) Goodwill on the town square. Throughout my four years in Greencastle, I realized that thrift store clothes could be better than clothes from the mall and I picked up a few tricks and tips that helped me sift through the, I'll be frank-- total crap, that is in all thrift stores and find the thrift store treasure.

10 Tips for Thrifting
When I go thrifting, I usually have a general list of things I'm always looking for-- stripes, globes, polka dots, retro prints, silk, craft supplies, cameras-- and that really helps me sift through unorganized stores. With a general knowledge of what you want, it makes shopping easier because you can scan the store and let the things you want pop out.

10 Tips for Thrifting
I used to think that the best thrift shops must be in New York City or somewhere really cool, but that is NOT true at all. I actually HATE the thrift shops in New York. They are overpriced and rather small. (Eight bucks for a (boring) used shirt? No thank you.) There isn't much digging and scrounging around in big-city thrift shops... and isn't that most of the fun? Small towns usually have a lot of old people that donate the best stuff, (Read: vintage 1960s dresses and swoon-worthy Polaroid cameras), and shoppers in small town thrift shops are rarely hunting the same things that a vintage-grubbing hipster hunts.

10 Tips for Thrifting
This is so important because if you are serious about snatching the best thrifted stuff, you need to know when it first comes in stock. My favorite Goodwill shops usually bring in a large batch of new stock on Wednesdays, but it varies from city to city.

It never hurts to strike up a relationship with the employees, either. In my favorite shop here in town, I usually talk to the book-stocker, Stan, and one day he asked me what I was looking for. I said I was on the hunt for nice old atlases for some projects, but I can't ever seem to find any on the shelves. He looked at me with a cocked eyebrow, "You mean you want old maps from the 40s and 50s?" I couldn't say yes fast enough before Stan replied, "Well honey, I find tattered old books like that all the time! I just didn't know anyone would want them!" It never hurts to ask. :)

10 Tips for Thrifting
The things that thrift stores have in stock are always so random, so you need to have a routine to make sure you don't miss anything good. When I was in college, I went at least once a week, always. Sometimes if I was really stressed out, I'd even go two times. Needless to say, the ladies that work at the Greencastle Goodwill totally knew who I was. ;)

10 Tips for Thrifting
when you're thrifting, you always have to be prepared to lift a box, move a plate, and dig in. The best cameo necklace could be hidden under a poofy hair scrunchie from the '90s or something and you'd never know with just a glance!

Extra tip: Make sure you check the locked glass cabinet in the front of the store-- that's where I've found a lot of really cool stuff. My favorite vintage Coach "Willis" bag, for one. :)

10 Tips for Thrifting
Don't count out an extra-large shirt if you walk by the rack and the print or pattern sticks out. Flex those sewing skills and choose items for what they could be, and not what they are at the moment. Make a shirt smaller, hem a skirt-- if you like a design on a big baggy shirt, think about what it could be! And as a side note, I hardly ever buy fabric from the fabric store for my crafts and projects-- I usually buy something from the thrift store and repurpose it. Recycling, people. ;)

10 Tips for Thrifting
Sometimes when I am walking down an aisle, I just run my hands along the clothes to feel them. I'm always on the lookout for natural fibers, especially silk and wool, and feeling the materials helps me find the silk in the clothes rack. ;)

10 Tips for Thrifting
Sometimes I wear an 8 in one store and a 4 in another-- when you're thrifting, it is really important to try stuff on and make sure it doesn't fit in an odd way. Sometimes you're even surprised by how good a piece of clothing looks on you. :)

10 Tips for Thrifting
While it's good to go in with a plan and a list of what you want, it's just as important to keep an open mind for things that you stumble upon.
10 Tips for Thrifting
And be sure to consider an item's potential as well-- just think, what would this look like with a coat of paint? A nice scrubbing? Some new soles?

10 Tips for Thrifting
And only buy stuff you really love, stuff that you will wear. Buy stuff that makes you look and feel really good. The stuff your home can't live without-- and leave the rest. :)

Bonus tip: If you're really only looking for great vintage clothes and you don't want to hunt and dig around grubby old stores, head to the antique shops. They're more expensive, but they're curated more carefully. And when you look around, they're everywhere. (At least in the Midwest.) ;)
10 Tips for Thrifting

Happy hunting! :)
10 Tips for Thrifting

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