DIY, Fashion

DIY Multi Glitter Sunglasses

My favorite accessory is hands down, sunglasses!  My eyes are sensitive to wind, the cold, sunlight…everything it seems, and I use sunglasses year round to keep my eyes from watering.  I love matching them to my outfits, and I’ve grown quite the collection! I store them on this pretty acrylic shelf, which you can find on my previous post.  Despite the array of fun options for sunglasses out there, sometimes I cant find the exact pair I’m looking for.  Though glitter cat eye sunglasses are out there, I hadn’t found a pair with multi-colored glitter, so I decided to make them myself!

I was going for a brighter color palette, but this hue has a “unicorn” vibe to them that I love.  Being handmade (and using a tricky/messy substance like glitter) means they aren’t perfect, so try not to get frustrated like I with minuscule imperfections.  Check out instructions below on how to make your own multi- glitter sunglasses!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Mod Podge
  • Container of Extra Fine Multi-color glitter OR packet of multiple glitters to mix together
  • Triple Thick Glaze
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Sunglasses (I purchased mine here)
  • Exacto Blade
  • Tape
  • Disposable Paper Plate
  • Small bowl (if mixing glitters together)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. It’s ideal to be able to pop the lenses out of the glasses, but if you are afraid of breaking them, or are incapable of taking them out like I was, start by covering the lenses with tape.  Press tightly into the crevices where the lenses meet the frames.IMG_2258
  2. CAREFULLY cut the excess tape at the edges of the lenses with your exacto blade.  Exactos can easily make nicks on the lenses, so take it slow.IMG_2259
  3. If you are mixing your glitter together like I did, empty all the colors into a small bowl and mix with the end of your paint brush.IMG_2260IMG_2261
  4. **I got over excited on finishing these glasses and forgot to continue with photos, whoops!**   In small sections (so the glue doesn’t try before you apply the glitter) apply mod podge in a thin layer with your paint brush.
  5. With the glasses hovering over paper plate, sprinkle glitter onto the glasses where you applied glue.  Tap the glasses with your finer to remove excess glitter.
  6. Continue covering the glasses with thin layers of glue and sprinkle glitter.  I started with the “face” of the glasses so I could hold onto the “stems” while applying the glue.  When it came to the sides of the face, I waited to apply glitter to the bottom sides until the other sides dried, so I had a clean side to place on the plate while the layers of glitter/glue dried.  I left the interior of the face to be bare from glitter for comfort on the face.
  7. Once the face of the glasses is covered and has dried for about five minutes (or until not tacky) I applied a thin layer of triple thick glaze over the glitter.  This helps to keep the glitter from shedding all over you and your clothes!
  8. I let the glaze dry for about 30 minutes, and then applied a second layer of mod podge and glitter to fill any gaps where I could see the black of my sunglasses.  Let this layer dry for about 5 minutes.
  9. Apply a second layer of glaze to the glittered face.  Let dry for another 30 minutes.
  10. Once the face of the glasses are dry, repeat the steps of glue/glitter and then glaze to the stems of the glasses and the remaining bottom side of the face.  You can allow the stems and bottom side of the face to dry without smudging by placing the glasses face down (and stems folded out).  Allow to dry for an hour.
  11. Carefully remove the tape from the lenses.  You will have alot of loose glitter stuck to the glasses.  To remove the excess glitter, I used the handheld nozzle of my vacuum to suck away the glitter (funny I know, but it worked!).  You now have pair of fabulous multi-glitter sunglasses!

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Decor, DIY

I LOVE DONUTS Valentine’s Day Banner

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Sometimes the hype and expectations of Valentine’s Day is just too much!  I don’t take Valentine’s Day too seriously, for a long time I just celebrated Galentine’s Day with my friends, and when I met Ryan, we kept things simple.  No need for a fancy restaurant, or expensive gift, we just made sure we spent a little extra time together, because life gets so busy.  That’s why I wanted to have some fun with my Valentine’s decor this year, and profess my love…for donuts!  They’re a rare luxury for me, but oh so good when I indulge!

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I used some glitter cardstock for the letters, brown paper for the donuts, and some fun rainbow/gold flecked paper for the icing (all from Michael’s).  Taped them to string and voila!  Donut banner!  I bought the gold flecked rainbow paper for the icing because it looked like sprinkles, but any colorful paper with swirls, stripes or dots would be equally as cute!  Screenshot the graphics below for the letters, donut and icing, which could be printed and cut with scissors, or used in a Silhouette or Cricut machine.

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Decor, Fashion

Ways to Organize Your Vanity Area

You’d think by the look of my vanity its more for glamorous show than practicality, but it’s something I use everyday and cuts out alot of time looking for my hair and makeup products (it also doesn’t look quite so clean on a daily basis…)  Our bathroom is TINY and inconvenient for getting ready.  Luckily, we have a spare bedroom that acts as my husband’s home office, my crafting space, and my vanity area.  With some handy organization products, I’ve been able to store my hair accessories, jewelry, and makeup all in one area; which is a feat since I own so much!  For this blog post, I’m sharing my organization products that has kept my vanity tidy AND stylish!

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French Provincial Desk (Antique)  /  Ghost Chair /  Gold Mirror (Antique)

My vanity is actually a desk from the 1960s (Henry Link French Provincial Desk) that my dad found at a yard sale.  It’s a common style to find around the antique circuit, and many DIYers have given them great makeovers.  Originally this piece was a light color veneer wood with antiqued gold trim, so I modernized it a few times through the years, finally landing on this ultra white look that blends old with new.  Though there are furniture pieces specifically designed as vanities, I find that desks have more storage.  I used organizing trays within the drawers to separate my makeup and jewelry, and keep things tidier.

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Acrylic Shelf  /  Sunglasses Art Print

This 6 tier acrylic shelf is actually meant for nail polish, but I wanted a way to display my sunglasses while also keeping them organized and scratch free.  My collection of glasses has been building fast, so the extra space on the shelves will be no more soon!  I like the clear acrylic so it doesn’t compete with the color of the sunglasses, but finding a shelf with some color or pattern could be great too depending on your space.

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Wall Mount Earring Holder Wall Mount “Curly Q” Jewelry Organizer

The “curly q” wall mount is actually purchased as a set of two, which I used to have mounted together.  Since I don’t have a ton of necklaces, I moved the second to my closet to hang my wristlet purses.  I spray painted them gold to match my antique mirror, and I love the looping design with plenty of hooks.  My earring collection is quite large (all my stud earrings are actually stored within my vanity), so I added this earring wall mount.  I actually intended to order ‘clear’ to match my other clear acrylic pieces, but accidentally ordered white…not liking the look of the white, I sprayed it teal with some spare paint.  It’s a bit splotchy, and I’m not sure if I love it, so it may be replaced in the future with a clear one (pretty inexpensive, so easy to switch out).  Organization wise, I love it though!  It holds alot of earrings, and the shape of the holes allows you to hang both post and loop earrings easily.

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Acrylic Bracelet Stand   /   Acrylic Makeup Organizer

I used to have a small decorative tray that I stored my bracelets in, however, you had to dig around to find a bracelet and sometimes I would forget I had certain pieces because I couldn’t see them.  This tiered bar is perfect for keeping them in view and not clustered together.  The same goes for my lipsticks; I prefer to have them on display so I can easily find which shade I’m looking for.  There are some lipstick holders that are flat instead of tiered (perfect for when they are stored inside drawers) but I preferred the tiered so I could easily see each shade atop my vanity.  I recently threw out a bunch of old lipsticks, so I’m excited to find new shades to fill my organizer! Lipsticks are my pop of retro color with my otherwise neutral makeup routine.

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Kate Spade Lacquer Stacking Box  /  Glass Candy Dish (Antique)

I was gifted this beautiful lacquer stacking box from my favorite brand, and it stores my brooches perfectly!  It’s lined with faux suede, which is helpful for delicate/vintage jewelry.  Here is a link for additional stacking jewelry boxes I found on Amazon.  For additional jewelry storage, I use this pretty antique candy dish.  Antique candy dishes come in a variety of colors and shapes, and are a fun way to add both decor and storage to your vanity.

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Antique Silver Perfume Tray (similar here)  /  Initial Mug (similar here)  /  Mini Eiffel Tower  /  Ring Dish (similar here)

The silver tray is more for decoration, but I actually find it useful for keeping a designated spot for my perfume.  When you have a designated spot for certain items, it helps cut on time getting ready/finding items, and keeps things better organized.  The gold initial mug is an older version of the current initial Anthropologie mug, and it’s a quirkier way for me to store my makeup brushes than a regular cup, that adds personality to my vanity.

The mini Eiffel Tower was a cheap trinket from my time in France, but turned into a great ring stand!  Many ring dishes have a figurine like this in the middle, but I prefer using a trinket that reminds me of my travels.  My actual ring dish I use instead for random bobby pins, safety pins, or anything hanging out on my vanity that I need out of the way.  It’s a great store-all dish for small items.

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Hat Boxes (similar undecorated boxes here)

I’ve used hat boxes for an assortment of objects throughout the years, because I love that I can decorate them how I like (or find unique vintage ones) while also keeping knick knacks stored around my rooms.  These particular boxes I decorated with dotted wrapping paper, gold paint and glitter.  They currently store all my hair flowers, which I have a surprising number of!  I’m considering something with drawers for my flowers in the future (for easier access since I’m in the boxes frequently), but hat boxes are great for storing objects you don’t use on a daily basis, especially in your closet.

I hope you enjoyed this post and find some useful products for your vanity organization.  Feel free to share your own vanity areas with me, I’d love to see your style and space!

DIY, Fashion

DIY Retro Jet Setter Tee

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V-Neck  /  Pants  /  Heels  /  Purse

My love of travel is pretty much equal to my love of vintage, so making a shirt that combines both was a no brainer!  I don’t wear many tees with lettering, but I couldn’t resist when I found this font.  There are so many great free retro fonts (and all other types of fonts) on Dafont.com, so I recommend taking a look for your next project.

For this project, I shopped at Michael’s for a v-neck tee in their craft clothing section and heat transfer vinyl, all for under $15.  I love the pink with the glitter, but if you are looking for a combo with more clarity of the text, I’d recommend a darker vinyl with a light colored shirt or vice versa.  Mine is super glam, but a little hard to see.  Screenshot this graphic to make your own with any Silhouette or Cricut machine!

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Decor, DIY

DIY Cat Shelves

Randomly, at the beginning of this week, my husband mused about the idea of adding padded shelves to our living room wall for the cats to scale…so I said, why not!

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He did most of the work, I just upholstered and helped hang them; I’m always appreciative of the teamwork with him since it gets done faster!  Even if my #craftingfrustrations get the better of me during it.  I didn’t document every step of the process, but listed below are some rough directions on how we made them.

SUPPLIES:

  •  1 in x 10 in x 6 ft Wood Plank
  • Circular Saw
  • Saw Horse
  • Measuring Tape
  • Level
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Drill bit for pre-drilling (#8 or #10 are standard sizes)
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Upholstery Foam
  • 2-3 Yards of Fabric
  • Fabric Scissors
  • 3 Sets of Bookshelf L-Brackets
  • 18 nails or screws (We needed a certain length because of our old plaster walls)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Measure the length you want your 3 planks to be on the wall.  They will be zigzagged on the wall, so you want them appropriately spaced apart so the cats can jump, but also long enough for them to lounge on.  We made ours 20″ in length with a triangle cut off at one end (for aesthetically “soft” transitions and ideally makes it easier for the cats to jump from plank to plank).

2. Cut the 3 planks from your piece of lumber (with or without the cut off angles).

3. Once planks are cut, measure and cut foam to fit atop each plank.

4. Staple foam to planks around perimeter and in middle if need be (my husband was staple happy with securing the foam).

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5. Place first plank, foam side down, on end of fabric, which is righ side down.  Wrap fabric around one of the long sides, and staple in the center to initially secure the fabric the plank.

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6. Continue to staple the fabric on the one side, making sure the fabric is even.  If the staples are not flush with the plank, hammer them down.

7.  Next wrap fabric around short side of plank without angle.  Pull taut and staple.

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8.  When you get to the corner, pull fabric very tight so there is little wrinkle as possible (but there will be some wrinkle) and staple.

9. Wrap fabric from opposite long side all the way around plank and cut with a couple inches of slack.  You’ll want this slack so that you can fold the rough cut edge in when stapled.

10. Tuck in edges of fabric to meet end of plank, pull taught, and staple along edge.  Staple along long side and short side without angle.

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11. The angled side is tricky and hard to explain.  I folded the extra fabric hanging because of the angle inward and then pulled the fabric taut in at an angle.  Staple along edge.

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12. Tuck remaining fabric in on short side and staple.

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13.  Repeat steps 5-12 on two other planks.

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14.  Next is the brackets.  Measure where they should be placed, we placed them 3″ in on each side and drill in screws to secure brackets.

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15.  Once all the brackets are secured on planks, measure where planks should be placed on wall. We had each plank spaced 18″ apart.

16. Place highest plank against wall, ensure its straight with level, and mark screw/nail holes with pen mark.  (It will probably be a two person job)

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17.  Pre-drill holes.

18.  Place plank against wall once again and match up brackets with pre-drilled holes.  Nail brackets to wall.

19. Repeat steps 16-18 on other 2 planks.

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Your cat shelves are complete!

 

 

 

DIY, Fashion

Bowling Shirt DIY

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What’s more retro than bowling?!  If only every bowling experience was like the super cheesy but fun bowling scene from Grease 2, dancing in bright bowling shirts and getting a strike every time…the reality for me is gutter ball central.  But it’s fun all the same!  I was gifted my own bowling ball and shoes a few years back by my husband, along with his mother’s old bowling bag.  Matching accessories, he knows me so well! Haha.  It’s been awhile since I broke them out, but once I found out we were having a sushi and bowling outing with friends, I knew I needed to dust them off and give them a spin (or a roll)!

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This was also the perfect time for my bowling shirt DIY, the perfect retro addition to my bowling ensemble.  Combining my dorky love of cats and retro, I designed this graphic for the back of my bowling shirt, thanks to some free vectors from The Noun Project (Bowling Pin, Cat 1, Cat 2).  I used heat transfer vinyl and my handy Silhouette cutting machine, and voila, custom bowling shirt!  I purchased this red bowling shirt for $33.19, but using a regular collared button up would be just as cute.  Download this graphic to make your own Alley Cat shirt, or create a custom bowling shirt with your own design!

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DIY, Fashion

3 Ways to Upcycle A Damaged Blouse

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One of my favorite things to do is score great finds at thrift shops, and I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I found this great, funky plaid silk blouse.  Though a little “loud,” I though it’d be a great Christmas season top.  However, when I got home from the shop, I discovered a rip along the button line.  It wasn’t a fixable problem, but there are plenty of alternative uses for great fabric!  Here are 3 ways I up-cycled this plaid blouse.

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FAUX COLLAR TOP/DICKIE

I wanted to still wear this as a blouse under cardigans, so my first project was to make a Dickie.  Most people have super dorky connotations of the Dickie (aka Christmas Vacation) but they are definitely back in style, in a much more chic way.  It gives you that button up look without the bulkiness of layering it under a sweater.  Here is an easy tutorial on how to make one.  Mine is definitelt not perfect, and it’s a bit uneven, but you don’t notice the imperfections once it’s under my cardigan.

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BOW TIE HEADBAND

Using some of the sleeve fabric I made a retro bow headband.  I’ve made them before, so I just winged it, but for a detailed tutorial, click here.

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FLOWER BROOCH

Since there were ruffles on the sleeve, I was able to make a super easy flower brooch by cutting off the ruffle, twisting it around and securing with thread.  I added a white covered button from my button box and a brooch pin on the back (secured with super glue).  For a similar concept, this link is a great option for a variety of different fabric flower brooches.

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Grab a little helper like mine, put some Netflix on, and you have yourself a great winter project!

Decor, DIY

Chalk Spray Paint for Furniture

When when my husband and I moved into our home last year, we discovered our dining table, perfect for our small apartment, was swallowed by our new, large dining room.    I had been waiting for a good replacement, when a family member was kind enough to give us their beautiful inlayed wood dining table! The table was vintage and the perfect size, but now we needed more chairs to fill the space.

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Luckily, they also gave us two chairs, which had great bones, just needed a makeover.

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Though mismatched, our existing chairs are dark grey and black and go together well.  The new additions needed to add to the eclectic vibe while still being color cohesive.  I decided on black for the wood, and to reupholster the seats in a similar dark grey to the existing chairs.  However, I’m the first to admit I hate a lot of prep work when it comes to furniture upcycling.

Chalk Paint is the answer to my furniture prepping woes! It doesn’t require sanding, usually doesn’t require multiple coats, and is durable.  However, for a small project like two dining chairs, a quart of paint and sealer for $30+ wasn’t ideal, so I looked for alternatives.

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I discovered Krylon Chalky Paint and it was sooooo easy to use! It dried super fast, had great coverage, and only took 1.5 cans ($4 each on sale with a 40% off coupon at Michael’s).  It’s smooth to the touch, so it didn’t require a sealant and I had the chairs painted and reupholstered in less than a day.  If you are looking for a more detailed review of Krylon Chalky Spray Paint spray paint, I recommend this post.

Here are the results! They are a great addition to our eclectic dining room.

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DIY

DIY: Felt Flower Clutch

Inspired by the beautiful, rich colors of fall fashion, I wanted a new colorful purse to add to my wardrobe without breaking the bank.  I found this mustard yellow clutch for $8.99 on Amazon and an idea was born! This flower clutch was fairly easy to make and just took a couple hours to make. I chose felt because it’s super cheap (mine were $0.39 a piece), comes in lots of colors and the edges don’t fray when you cut the fabric.  With a little glue, thread, and felt, you can make your own felt flower clutch too!image

SUPPLIES

* Clutch purse

* 3 different colors of felt for flowers

* 1 piece of green felt

* small gold beads

* super glue

* sharpie

* Large needle

* thread in similar to color to each flower

* fabric scissors (or scissors sharp enough to cut felt)

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DIRECTIONS

1. Trace out a rough outline of each petal and leaf with sharpie. I did between 10-14 for each flower depending on their size    (I did 5 for each layer of the rounded flower, orange and blue, and 7 for each layer of the pink flower). I did two leaves for each flower.  If you aren’t comfortable drawing out your own petals, you can download this file with some great flowers you can print, cut and outline.

 

 

2. Cut out each petal.  Like me, you will probably have some sharpie showing, so make sure the petals are flipped to the “clean” side when they are eventually sewn together.

 

 

3. Roughly arrange the petals and leaves on the clutch to get an idea of how they will look together.  Each flower is two layers of petals for depth.

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4. Prep needle and thread with color of first flower, with a knotted end. Make sure the thread is approx long enough to go through all petals.  Take two petals of one flower and slightly overlap ends at the center of the flower.

 

 

5. Thread needle through petals twice to secure petals together.

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6. Add another petal, slightly overlapped, and repeat step 5 to secure.

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7. Thread the remaining two petals to complete the first layer of the flower.

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8. Layer the remaining petals on top in between the first layer of petals to fill the gaps and add depth to the look of the flower.  Thread and secure these petals on to the first layer to complete the flower. Knot off end of thread and prep needle with new thread with knotted end.

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9. Thread needle through middle of flower, add gold bead, and secure by looping through to back of petals.  Thread needle through front of flower again, as close to previous bead, and form a rough circle of beads to mimic the center of a flower.

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10. Fill in center of gold bead circle to complete flower center and knot off thread.

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11. Repeat steps 4-10 for other two flowers. Once complete, arrange on clutch with two leaves on each flower.  Carefully super glue each flower and its leaves to clutch.  Voila! Super colorful felt flower clutch!

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DIY

Tropical Inspired Glassware Now on Etsy

Inspired by my love of tiki culture, I decided to make a few sets of tropical glassware!  Made with waterproof grade gold vinyl and sturdy glasses, these would be a great addition to your bar collection! (Still recommend to hand wash because of delicate designs) Each is a set of four.

 

 

 

All sets are currently listed on etsy, including these two cute trays!

 

 

I curently have several sets of aqua wine glasses that I can make similar pineapple glasses if the first set is sold.