Archive | May 2013

Glitter Dipped Mason Jars

Nothing better than a “fancy” mason jar : )
Get your glitter and glue out girls because we’re making fancy jars again!

Aren’t these perfect for an engagement party? Wedding? New Years!?

Love!

I think the black one is my favorite!

Here they are in action : )

Glitter Dipped Mason Jars

What you need:

Spray Paint

Mod Podge

Paint Brush

Glitter

Directions

1. Turn your jar upside down on a piece of cardboard and spray your jar.

2. Let dry for 1 hour.

3. Using a paint brush, brush some Mod Podge on the bottom portion of your jar. Then sprinkle with glitter. It’s best to do this in sections so your glue doesn’t dry. If you want to seal your glitter you can put another coat of Mod Podge over the glitter.

Notes: Be careful with these jars. Spray paint will chip if scratched and you should not get the outside of the jar wet. These are decorative jars.

15 Easy Ways to turn T-Shirts into Jewelry

You know I’ve got a weakness for repurposing just about anything. Today’s foray into style hackery comes in the form of t-shirts! With help from a bit of copper tubing, a few brass rings, and our trusty needle nose pliers, see how we turned 3 t-shirts into 15 pieces of jewelry, perfect for everything from summer festivals to fancy springtime soirees.

Materials:
– copper tubing
– t-shirts (the soft ones work best)
– brass rings of various sizes
– copper chain
– gold chain
– gold key rings
– cord ends
– gold clasps + jump rings

Tools:
– tubing cutter
– hand saw
– needle nose pliers
– fabric scissors
– fine sand paper

For materials, I hit up the hardware store to stock up on copper tubing and these cool brass rings. I recommend taking a picture of these things to your hardware store if you want to get the same goodies. The rest of our materials are pretty standard issue in the jewelry department.

Old worn out t-shirts work best for jewelry-making as they aren’t as stiff as brand new ones. I went with navy, gray, and black.

1. Flirty Fringe Necklace

To get your t-shirt fabric to curl, cut it into 1/2 inch strips and pull to stretch. When you let go, your t-shirt material should curl into a cord-like shape. You’ll use this method in just about every piece on this list. For this necklace, simply fold a piece of material in half, loop around the chain, and pull through. This type of knot is technically called a Lark’s Head but we always refer to it as topsy tail.

This would be a great finishing touch to a maxi dress.

2. Tiered Copper Necklace

First, I’ll show you how to properly cut your copper tubing. Place a piece of tubing in your tubing cutter to score your copper. Then use a handsaw to cut. Sand the edges smooth and you’re done.

To create the necklace, I stretched out 5 pieces of material, varying in length by about an inch. String the copper pieces on like beads and center them on each strand of fabric. Use a cord end to secure both ends of the fabric, then attach a jump ring and keychain as a clasp.

I love the linear look of this piece.

3. Deco Dangly Earrings

For these little beauties, I cut two pieces of material and a chain about 6 inches in length. Loop them together and pull them onto two brass rings, topsy tail style. Use needle nose pliers to attach earrings hooks and you’re good to go.

These have such a great simple silhouette.

4. Fringed Pipe Pendant

Loop short pieces of fringe onto a piece of copper tubing, string chain through the tubing, and you’re done!

I love the long pendant style for a smaller piece like this.

5. Brass Ring Statement Necklace

I used all three t-shirts for this one. The method of putting the rings on is just like my washer bracelets. You loop one ring through, then the second one. Then you pull your fabric over the second ring and weave it through the first one. Pull it all the way through, then weave back through your second ring. Pull tight and repeat until you get a pattern that looks like ours. Braid the excess material and clasp at the end using cord ends and a clasp.

How awesome is this piece?

I have to admit, it might be my favorite one of the bunch!

6. Triangular Dangly Earrings

These kind of look like a triangle instrument with pigtails! Pull a piece of fabric through a small piece of tubing (a little less than an inch). Use a small cord end to create a triangle shape and snip of excess material. Use pliers to attach earrings hooks and pull a bit of chain through the tubing to finish the look. I recommend squeeze a little bit of glue into the tube to keep the chain in place.

These would look great with a high sock bun and simple black strapless dress.

7. T-Shirt Friendship Bracelet

I’ve always gotta return to the friendship bracelet. For this one group a bunch of skinny t-shirt strands with one braided piece, secure with cord ends and wear!

This is definitely a classier take on the friendship bracelet.

8. Braided Chain Necklace

Taking a cue from a chunky braided necklace, this slightly tiered number is a breeze to make. Make five braids using chain and two colors tf t-shirt material. Clasp them on both ends using cord ends. Attach jump rings to the ends of each braid and attach to gold key rings. Add another length of chain and that’s it!

Okay so maybe this one’s my favorite?

Looks pretty darn cute with those feather earrings, right? I’ll show you how to make this right now!

9. Fabric Feather Earrings

Cut two pieces of t-shirt material into the shape of feathers. Use scissors to snip along the edges to give a more feathery vibe. Attach cord ends to the top and use pliers to attach to earrings.

It might be cool to try making a layered pair with all three colors of t-shirt fabric.

10. Chunky Brass Ring Bracelet

The method for this is the same as our Brass Ring Statement Necklace (#5 on this list). Loop rings through and then secure with cord ends and a clasp.

The rock seems to like it, don’t you think? 😉

11. Minimal Copper Strand Necklace

For this one, take two pieces of gray t-shirt fabric and one piece of copper chain. Braid all three and secure at each end with cord ends. String a piece of copper onto the necklace and that’s all!

This one is definitely on the more subtle side, and would look great layered with a pendant necklace or two.

12. Gold Cuff

I used one of our trusty brass rings for this one! Simply loop two pieces of fabric through the ring, secure at the ends with cord ends, and clasp.

13. Chunky Braided Necklace

Similar to the braided chain necklace, this one is made of three black fabric braids. Secure with cord ends and use a jump ring to pull them together. String a few brass rings over all three braids and add chain to finish it off.

This looks like a piece straight from H&M and cost less than $1 to make!

14. Flouncy Jersey Necklace

This flirty number is bouncy, flouncy, and such a fun piece to wear. Cut 10-20 strands of t-shirt material to the same length. Secure with as many cord ends as you need and use a jump ring to attach each cord end to a key ring. Add enough chain so that it fits over your head, and you’re done.

15. Mega Fringe!

Last up, mega fringe! This is just like the first necklace but with much longer pieces of fringe. I Love It!

Have you turned old t-shirts into new things? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Initial Impression

You all know that I love letters. Mostly because I think typeface is beautiful, but the fact that they’re also quick and easy doesn’t hurt either.

(Hobby Lobby magnet, tied on to a plain white box.)

You can make initials out of whatever you’ve got laying around.

Fabric.

Pennies.

You could even get all hoity toity and use bedazzled ornaments like Martha does.

When I saw this idea I was inspired to go even bigger…..without getting too big…..that “R” is kinda creeping me out.

I printed up my letter on the computer, then cut it out using the fanciest cardboard I could find.

You could skip the cardboard, but I wanted it sturdy enough that it wouldn’t rip. I grabbed a book from my stash, otherwise known as “Things Our Dog Chewed Up That I Can Still Use”, glued it to the cardboard, then cut it out.*

* If your paper isn’t as transparent as mine, you could glue onto the printed side of the box, which would give you a plain white back. I just did both sides.

Add some ink to the edges if you want, punch a hole on top, and tie it on.

5 Tips for keeping your feet comfortable in High Heels

heels

If you normally wear high heels then you know just how tired and achy your feet and back can be at the end of the day. April gives some great insights here into what to do to make your day more comfortable. Some women actually avoid wearing great looking heels because they are so uncomfortable. If this is you, you can start wearing those great shoes again and still be able to walk when you get home.

The video gives you loads of great information about everything from insoles and heel liners to heel cushions, cushions for the ball of your feet and corn relief.

If you want sexy stilettos to be a part of your life again, this is a great video to watch. You will learn everything that you need to know about why your shoes are hurting your feet and exactly what you can do to make them more comfortable.