Tuesday, August 26, 2014

a dash of inspiration: Valentino, Rosantica, Kenneth Jay Lane, Aurélie Bidermann


left: Valentino Moto Fringe Leather Biker Ankle Boots, $1495
 (Saks Fifth Avenue)

right: Rosantica Palladium-plated Freshwater Pearl Necklace, $625 (Net-a-Porter)


left: Add long leather fringe to the top edge of your favorite ankle boots. I'd recommend using a strong industrial glue such as E6000.

right: Create a multi-strand pearl necklace, adding a couple gray or black crystal beads every now and again. 


left: Kenneth Jay Lane Silver-plated Faux Pearl Cubic Zirconia Earrings, $75

right: Aurélie Bidermann Copacabana Gold-Plated and Cotton Cuff, $120 (Net-a-Porter)


left: If you can find the right kind of single square rhinestones, you can easily glue them to the bottom of simple pearl stud earrings for a similar vibe. 

right: Braid a trio of embroidery thread strands and glue to a skinny metal bangle. A new and different way to wear embroidery thread bracelets!

Monday, August 25, 2014

diy: Lace Trim Cardigan (from a Thrifted Dress)

Autumn is right around the corner, so I thought I'd wrap up August with one last summer project. This DIY involves a dress that I found at the thrift store - it only cost $4! With the same method, you can use pretty much any button down dress, making the possibilities practically endless. It also goes to show that it all comes down to how you look at something.

Looking at it, you would never think that it was once a long frumpy dress with shoulder pads. Keep reading to see what the original dress looked like, and how you can use a few simple steps to transform it:

Friday, August 22, 2014

crafty with a cause: Fruit Themed Greeting Cards for the Elderly Nutrition Program

Whenever I get the chance, I make a few cards for the Elderly Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels program. The organization includes handmade greeting card donations with meal deliveries, and also keeps the cards on hand at the office for elders who want to pick some up and gift to friends and family.

Once I reach 25-30 cards (usually in about a month), I send over the batch to the program. I love doing this because it's a great way to volunteer even if you're a super busy lady like myself. I do take part in on-site volunteering around the New York area - but this is a fun, creative way to continuously volunteer even when you have a few minutes of free time each day. As they say...if you want to do it, you'll find a way!

And of course, I love meshing my craftiness with my nutrition grad background. These cards were an ode to the ending of summer; time to brainstorm some fun autumn ideas!

To donate some cards, send as many as you'd like to:

Elderly Nutrition Program
40 N. East St., Suite C
Woodland, CA 95776

Want to check out my past "crafty with a cause" posts? Click here!

...Speaking of California, I'm actually in San Francisco right now. Next up is Colorado on Sunday. As much as I love New York, it's really nice to be out on the West Coast for a change of pace.

Xo, Kirsten

Thursday, August 21, 2014

diy to do list: 7 DIY Cross Body Purse Projects at Studs & Pearls

After looking at this list, I think it's safe to say that I prefer cross body purses over anything. I love the hands free aspect, and they're so much easier to carry around (as opposed to a bulky tote or hand bag). Furthermore, I always feel safer carrying a cross body. No grabbing things out of my hands, thankyouverymuch! If you're another cross body purse fan - or any kind of purse fan, really - check out 7 DIY projects that I've shared over the years at Studs & Pearls:

1. I've taken on the Marbled Purse twice - once on this blog, and once with Verily Magazine. That's just how much I adore this project.

2. Liquid gilding is one of my favorite materials to work with. I mean, what is more awesome than liquid metal? After making this Metallic Brushed Purse DIY for eHow, I want to cover everything with it. Nothing is safe now.

3. Last year, I took some inspiration from Chanel's SS 2014 show. Bring out your artsy side with this Paint Palette Purse DIY.

4. More than a year later and this is still one of my most used projects to date, the Lace Panel Purse. Great way to upcycle a thrifted bag.

5. This Fringe Strap Purse was actually one of the original 30 projects for the book, but didn't make the final cut. Still love it, though!

6. Here's a major throwback from November 2012: Shattered Metal Purse, made with spray painted broken CD shards. The ultimate recycling project.

7. If you've been following me for a while, you're very familiar with my adoration for this technique. The Painted Floral Purse takes inspiration from brush embroidery (a cake/cookie decorating technique), using the method with paint. Food can totally be inspiration, too. 

Xo, Kirsten

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#intel2in1 diy: Watermelon Print Intel 2 in 1 Laptop (Sponsored by Intel)

While it may be nearing the end of summer, I’ve been obsessed with all things watermelon…(Watermelon Shorts, anyone?)

A few weeks ago, I came up with the concept of spicing up my HP Pavilion x360 2 in 1 laptop using a simple technique. The vibrant red shade of the sturdy shell laptop-tablet hybrid is what sparked the idea; I have a feeling I might not be able to look at red items the same way again. My Intel 2 in 1 is ideal for the gal on the go, thanks to the lightweight nature and easy transition between laptop/tablet configuration. I am doing quite a bit of traveling these next few months, so I thought – might as well make doing work while traveling fun, no? 

What I Used:

HP Pavilion x360 2 in 1 laptop 
- Black Faux Leather Contact Paper (purchased at Home Depot)
- Craft Scissors
- Cardboard, Pen (optional)
- Green Masking or Painter's Tape, such as Frog Tape (optional)

For ease and efficiency, you can draw and cut out a tear drop on a piece of scrap cardboard. This piece can then act as your stencil, making it much easier to replicate the tear drops.

On the reverse side of the faux leather contact paper, trace the tear drop at least 12 times.

Cut each tear drop out. When randomly placed against the Intel 2 in 1’s unique shade of red, the tear drops can instantly double as “seeds”. Contact paper isn’t permanent and can be peeled off the tough case of the device, so don’t worry about ruining it!

Optional: For good measure, add a strip of green painter's tape or masking tape to really emphasize the watermelon look. You'll most likely have more luck finding green painter's tape as oppose to masking tape; Frog Tape comes in a bright shade of green, and can be found at hardware stores. This was the perfect finishing touch for the project!

Since the “seeds” aren’t permanent, you can always remove them if you change your mind.

Stay tuned for a roundup of innovative DIY cases to make for your Intel 2 in 1 Convertible PC! I’ll also be sharing tips & tricks to stay creative, and will be including how I use my Intel device to do just that.

Xo, Kirsten

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