Saturday, April 19, 2014

Outfit Details

It's been so nice to have a bit of free time to do some blogging this week. I've been so incredibly busy, and it seems like things won't be winding down any time soon. I'm very ready for the summer, but not so much for the heat. 
I wore this outfit the other day while photographing for the agate necklace tutorial, and thought I would do a quick post about it. I wore a floral vintage dress, a vintage crochet vest, my agate necklace, knee high socks from Urban Outfitters, and my cut off boots from Target. It was a little colder than it has been that day, so I covered up a little more. On days where it has been warm enough, I've been wearing mostly skater dresses, a cardigan, and flats. It's a little boring, but it's nice to just not be in heavy coats all the time. 

Lately I've just been throwing my hair up into a ponytail or bun almost everyday, and pinning or braiding my bangs over to the side. I'm trying to grow them out. 

Are you ready for warmer months and spring clothes? What will you be wearing?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Agate Pendant Necklace

I love agate slices. I really love gemstones of all kinds, and the healing properties they boast. I don't really buy into all of the lore of gemstones, but the stories and feeling they give off add a nice something to wearing them. I mostly love them for the effortless earthy beauty they add to any look. This necklace is incredibly easy to make, so if you're just starting out with jewelry making, this is one for you. 

You need: Scissors, a chain, various sizes of jump rings, a lobster claw, pliers, and mini agate slices. I purchased mine from amazon here, and they already had the little holes drilled in the top. You can also buy all of the other necessary supplies in any craft store, or on amazon.

First choose your agate slice. I chose this pretty purple one, and I also made a lovely blue one for my friend for her birthday. :)

Add one or two jump rings to the hole. If your slice doesn't already have a hole, you can drill one in.

Cut your chain to an appropriate length. Add a jump ring to the end of the chain, and a lobster claw. Slide your new pendant onto the chain. 

Add one more jump ring to the other end of the chain, and your necklace is finished!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fishtail Updo

I had a chance to try out some pretty braids on my lovely friend Kyra, and I thought I would show you guys what I did. This hair style is really easy, but easier with a friend. If you can french braid and fishtail braid, you will be able to do this easily. It just takes a little patience and a lot of bobbypins. 

I used some bobby pins, small hair elastics, and Organix Sea Mineral Moisture shimmering spray. This stuff smells seriously good, and adds a little body and shine to your hair. 

It's best to start out on some textured, dirty hair. Spray your roots with dry shampoo if they're oily. If your hair is clean, spray some beach spray and scrunch it in, then blowdry the product into it. 

Part your hair into two sections, and pin one side away.

Begin french braiding a pigtail along the side of your head, and all the way to the neck. 

Once you get to the neck, add a hair elastic, and then finish the rest of the braid off with a fishtail braid. Remove your hair elastic and add one to the end. Separate your braids a bit to make them a little messier. Undo the other side of hair and do the same with it.

Place your tails around the back of your head, or if your hair is super long, you can twist them around or wrap them around the top of your head. Pin where it looks best, and you're all done!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Artist Crush // Jiha Moon

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting an art exhibit entitled "Foreign Love", by the artist Jiha Moon. I fell completely in love with her use of folk art and pop art iconography, as well as her use of mixed media in her art, such as fake hair, fabric patches, embroidery, beads, and other awesome stuff. This exhibit was totally my style. Moon was born in Korea, and uses visual icons and symbols from all sorts of cultures, making them bigger and bolder (more American?) and blending the boundaries between advertisements and art. Check out her stuff and I'm sure you will fall in love as well :)

These weavings made out of fake hair really had me excited. Apparently they are part of a traditional Chinese dress, worn on belts, but Moon made them bigger and better and added pops of neon and funky beads. They are so neat to look at!

The rest of my photos are of little details in her massive and jumbled bodies of work that really caught my eye. 

Is this a Liger?

I love that fortune. :)

Check out the rest of Jiha Moon's work on her website.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Easy DIY Sewing Projects

Since I made that DIY clutch the other day, I've had simple sewing projects on the brain. Especially ones that incorporate leather in some way. Because I'm still as busy as ever, I thought I would share another little roundup until I can post again. Hopefully this will put you in the mood to create as well! Have you seen any good sewing projects lately? Feel free to share in the comments! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

DIY Leather & Vintage Upholstery Clutch

As many of you know from my DIY bag roundup a few days ago, I've had bag making on the brain. I really love working with leather, so I thought I would make a smaller leather clutch with some pretty 70's upholstery fabric that I found while thrifting. The leather can be found in scraps or in fuller pieces at hobby lobby and other craft stores.  If you check around, you might have a leather store in your town, or you can order larger amounts of leather online. 

Materials: Leather, Vintage upholstery or other sturdy fabric, fabric marker, sewing machine (or you could sew by hand if you like), scissors, tape measure, large button, needle & thread. 

Step 1. Measure out your material, and mark off with a fabric marker. You will have 1 piece of leather and two pieces of upholstery. My leather ended up being 9x6 1/2 inches, the front piece of upholstery 9x2, and the larger back piece of upholstery 9x6. Feel free to size up or down these pieces as needed.
Step 2. Fold you leather piece in half and inside out. Sew the two sides together. All the sewing in this project will be done inside out. 
Step 3. Sew the front and back pieces of upholstery to the edges of the leather, and then stitch up the sides in line with the stitches on the leather. 

Step 4. Create a hem along the edges of the upholstery by folding them over a tiny bit and sewing along the edges. 
Step 5. Add a button hole by creating a slit down the middle of the large piece of upholstery. Reinforce with your sewing machine if needed. 
Step 6. Flip the bag right-side out, and had sew a large button on to the smaller front piece of upholstery. 

I really like the way this clutch came out! The upholstery fabric is a little worn, because it is older and the material is very soft, but I think it gives it a cool vintage feel. I'm going to keep working on these clutches, and hopefully have a few to put in my Etsy shop soon! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bags Roundup

This week and last have been so busy! I got a new job, and along with it, school, and band practices, I've been so tired! Any free time I've had has been spent watching Netflix and napping, so I haven't had any time to take pictures or write blog posts. Alas, I'll be back on my game soon. Until then, here is a little roundup of some beautiful DIY bags and purses to make!