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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Watercolor Petal Necklace <3 on: February 21, 2011 02:09:30 PM
Hi lovelies! Here's my latest project...

Watercolor petal necklace, inspired by this designer necklace by Lanvin below. It's $450!

Picture via nordstrom.com

Supplies! Faux white flower, watercolor paints, paintbrush, chain, jump rings and connector gems...

I took apart the petals from the flower; I ended up using 9.

Then I painted them, deeper blues on top with hints of green on the bottom.

Pierced holes in them using the blunt end of a needle.

Added the gems then connected the petals to the chain.

Done! I'm so ready for spring, if you couldn't tell.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 Necklaces inspired by a $168 Anthropologie Necklace <3 on: February 14, 2011 10:41:51 PM
Hi ladies! I made these two paperclip necklaces, inspired by a necklace I saw on Anthropologie...the $168 Acrobatics Necklace, link here - http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=19593169&navAction=jump&navCount=

For the first one - I opted out of the "fringe" around the necklace and used silk ribbon instead of vinyl. I used hot glue to secure the ribbon and small jump rings to connect the paperclips.

The second one was much simpler. I used leather scraps, and added a pendant. A pretty simple idea, but I did a tutorial for dollarstorecrafts.com at http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/01/anthropologie-necklace-tutorial/ if you'd like more detail.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crewneck Sweatshirt -> Blazer ! on: February 14, 2011 10:35:26 PM
Hi lovelies! I made this plain, crewneck sweater into a cute blazer/cardigan. Secured it with a vintage brooch. I love how it turned out!

And then with the leftovers...of course I couldn't throw them out  Grin With the collar I made a necklace, and with the bottom strip I made a warm headband.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pin + beads + nailpolish = ring :) on: February 01, 2011 11:43:42 PM
Hi lovelies. I recently made this ring using a pin (like...those pinback buttons), clear nailpolish, beads and a ring blank. I originally made it for my diy blog but I'm posting the general tutorial here! It's super simple and a great way to use up leftover beads. And nailpolish, actually!


After you take out the pinback part of the button, place the beads into the pin and when you're happy with the way it looks, carefully pour clear nailpolish over the beads.

Let dry, then glue it to a ring blank. I made a whole bunch Smiley

<3! Enjoy. If you make one, definitely post it here!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bullet shell + crystal necklaces <3 on: February 01, 2011 08:22:53 PM
I loooove how these came out! Made with Swarovski crystals and small empty bullet shells...along with some pretty little charms and things.

The vintage cameo is sooo tiny - and really cute!

My personal favorite, but I'm partial to turquoise and anything with feathers Smiley

Accented with some random chains.

6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Fringe Accented Heels ! on: January 06, 2011 08:43:42 PM

Just a quick and simple DIY. Nice way to spice up a plain pair of shoes!

Supplies: heels, suede cord, a piece of black leather

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Drawer Pull + Eyeglass Case = .... Clutch? on: December 23, 2010 10:05:58 PM

Just a few pictures, pretty self explanatory :]

Supplies: Huge eyeglass case, brass drawer pull, e6000 glue!
I bought the brass drawer pull for about $3.99 at a hardware store.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skull Clutch: Inspired by a $1,500 accessory. on: December 18, 2010 08:38:06 AM
I'm really happy with how this DIY came out! Here is the clutch I made:

And here is one of the (many) inspiration pieces...Alexander McQueen's awesome skull clutches.

About $1595 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Picture is from Zappos.com

The supplies. I made this clutch using a simple, solid black eyeglass case...but of course there are tons of eyeglasse cases out there. You can get really creative with the shade/print/texture, depending on what eyeglass case you find.

I decided to make mine into a purse. But I can easily make it back into a clutch if I had used jump rings to connect the chain to the elastic loops. That can always be easily done if I decide to do that, though.

If you have any questions, just ask !
Enjoy. <3
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My version of a $62 designer bracelet cuff ! on: December 05, 2010 12:11:58 PM
Here's another one of my designer DIY's! This one is inspired by a cuff I found on www.couturecandy.com ... it's $62.

This is the cuff I made :


And here's a picture of the original:

Carly Cuff, $62

- Leather/pleather of your choice
- Sewing thread, needle, scissors, and / or Xacto knife
- Shank buttons

1) Cut a piece of pleather, depending on how wide you want your cuff to be. Then trim it down to the length of your wrist, and add a little extra room (and then some) to allow space for the button.

2) Sew the buttons on.

3) On the opposite side, cut slits for the buttons to go through.

4) Fold the fabric width wise, and cut slits horizontally. These will guide you when you cut across the cuff.

Close up!

5) Cut along the length of the cuff. I would recommend using an Xacto knife for cleaner, straighter cuts. Using scissors was a bit awkward, since my pleather was fairly thin. Xacto knife and thick leather would probably work best!

6) Done! It's super easy to make Smiley


If you have any questions, just ask away <3
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Headdress Rings * ... feathers, vintage earring parts, rings. on: December 02, 2010 10:11:53 PM
I made these recently; I call them "Headdress Rings" because they totally remind me of Native American headdresses. Except, for your fingers! I made them using multicolored feathers, vintage earring components/buttons/charms, and brass ring blanks. I'm really happy with how they turned out Smiley

Love the colors of the feathers on this one.

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