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Links & Spring Cleaning

March 23, 2012

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m doing some major work on the blog right now, so I apologize if anything is screwy or inaccessible. I’m hoping to get everything fixed (and better than ever!) in the next couple of days. In the meantime, how about some links?

Love this shirt DIY.

Adding this sweet dress to my wishlist.

Someday I want to store my shoes and clothes in pretty display cases like this. A girl can dream, right?

Want to make some adorable polka-dotted tights? Check out this tutorial.

These painted plastic toys
got an awesome makeover!

This string art
is a great way to show your love for your state.

Pillars of Creation Pillows

March 21, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my Etsy shop, Pillars of Creation, but I’m happy to announce that in addition to galaxy-print silk scarves, I’m also now selling nebula-print throw pillow covers. I currently have these three listed:

I’ll be making them in three more designs, too, which correspond to this, this, and this scarf.

You might notice that right now I have no pictures of the pillows on furniture, and this is something that I want to remedy as soon as possible! Unfortunately, right now my couch is in storage, and these pillows just wouldn’t look right on my parents’ overstuffed leather furniture. So if you are in the Portland area and have a stylish living room where I could take photos of my pillows, email me at transientexpression@gmail.com. I’ll give you a free pillow cover in exchange for furniture modeling!

Tutorial Tuesday: Fringe Necklace

March 20, 2012

Since I saw photos of Missoni’s Spring 2012 collection a few months ago, I have been meaning to make a fringe necklace. I finally made one today, and I’m happy to report that it’s quite easy and customizable. For mine I used shorter fringe in a different color than the designer version, and I’m not a fan of gold chain so instead I used silver. But you can easily alter these details to make your own version of this necklace. Read on for the instructions!

Left, Vogue.com, Right, Net-a-porter.com

Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY

Materials:
16-inch necklace chain with large links
4-inch-long fringe trim, 7 inches wide
Thread that matches the fringe
Needle
Scissors
Measuring tape or ruler

Methods:

Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
1. Cut a piece of fringe to 7 inches long. You can very carefully melt the ends with a flame to keep them from unraveling, but be careful not to set it on fire.
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
2. Measure your chain to find the center, and center the fringe on the chain.
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
3. Thread a needle, knot the end of the thread, and beginning from the left, start sewing the top of the fringe to the bottom of the chain.
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
5. Continue sewing, being careful not to twist the chain or the fringe.
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
6. Continue until you’ve sewn all 7 inches of the fringe to the chain, then tie off the thread.
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY
Missoni inspired fringe necklace tutorial DIY

Sunday Street Style

March 18, 2012

As I went through my favorite street style blogs this week, a theme began to emerge from the images I was drawn to. I decided that a hat was required to make the cut. I’m not even sure what kinds of hats some of these are, but they cover the head and complete the outfit, and that’s enough for me.

Top row: The Locals, The Sartorialist
Middle row: Fashionistable, Stockholm Streetstyle
Bottom row: The Sartorialist, Vanessa Jackman

3 Inspiring DIY Ideas

March 15, 2012

Tonight I thought I’d share some DIY ideas I’ve been pinning this week.
1. Bleach-dipping: Dip a dress, denim jacket, or shirt in bleach and splatter it around a bit.
Left, right

2. More studs: I know I’ve tackled studs before, but I especially love them on these bright Converse.
Left, right, Burberry studded trench

3. Head wraps: Nothing says spring like florals, and a cute flower-print wrap or flower headband might be just the thing to get you in the mood for warmer weather.
Center, left, right

Earlier this evening I heard a report on NPR that warmer and drier weather than usual is expected this spring…”except in the Northwest.” I guess I won’t be wearing my spring DIY projects anytime soon, but I hope the rest of you will!

Tutorial Tuesday: Pom-Pom Earrings

March 13, 2012

When I was looking for good examples of rope necklaces for my last tutorial, I came across these earrings from Mara Hoffman’s Spring 2012 collection, and I knew what my next DIY project would be. Not quite as big as the originals, these are still dramatic and fun, and they seem like they’ll be the perfect earrings to wear this spring and summer.

pom pom earrings DIY


Materials:

Pom-pom trim

Matching embroidery thread

Needle

Chandelier earring form in a diamond shape

Earring hooks

Scissors

Clear nail polish

Pliers

Wire cutters

Methods:

pom pom earrings DIY1. If the earring shapes you are using have loops on them, carefully cut those off. (You should wear eye projection so a stray piece of wire doesn’t hit you in the eye!)

If you can’t find pre-formed diamond shapes, you could bend your own out of thick wire.

pom pom earrings DIY

pom pom earrings DIY
2. Cut a piece of embroidery thread about 16 inches long and tie it through the loop at the top and around one side of the diamond to secure it. Begin knotting the thread around the wire, pulling the knots tight, until you’ve completely covered one side of the diamond. Leave the thread attached.
pom pom earrings DIY
3. Cut a piece of pom-pom trim with three balls. My trim came with a little piece of tape on the end, and as soon as I removed it the trim started to unravel. In this case you want to cut a piece three balls long and unravel it until you have three balls on a string. You might have to do a bit of tugging and snipping, but don’t cut the string the balls are on. Repeat this step so you have two sets of three balls on a string.
pom pom earrings DIY

pom pom earrings DIY
4. For the rest of the pom-pom trim, you don’t want to it to unravel, so coat the cut end in clear nail polish, and coat the region between balls three and four with nail polish and let it dry before cutting a strip of the trim. Repeat so you have two pieces of intact trim with three balls each.
pom pom earrings DIY
5. Take one of the sets of balls on a string and slide two of the balls around until they hang from two strings about twice as long as the balls attached to the trim. Cut them to that length.  Repeat until you have four balls on longer pieces of string.

Thread a needle with embroidery thread and sew those balls to the intact trim.

This is a bit hard to explain in words, but if you check out the pictures below it should be clear.
pom pom earrings DIY
6. Place the earring form centered on top of the trim and sew it to the trim with a few stitches, then wrap the trim around the bottom of the diamond and sew the trim so it encases the bottom point of the diamond. Repeat for both earrings.
pom pom earrings DIY
7. Now you’re going to tidy everything up by wrapping it in thread. Take the free thread you left in step 3, and wrap it around the trim you sewed on, leave the pom-poms dangling free. When you get to the end, knot the thread, use a needle to slip the end under the wrapped thread, and cut it.
pom pom earrings DIY
8. Knot around the other side of the earring form, and hide the end of thread like you did in the last step. Repeat for both earrings.
pom pom earrings DIY
9. Add earring hooks using pliers.
pom pom earrings DIY

pom pom earrings DIY

More DIY projects and tutorials

Pi Day

March 12, 2012

Did you know that Pi(e) Day is coming up on March 14 (3/14)? If you’re not familiar with that very nerdy holiday, it’s the celebration of the mathematical constant, π, or the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which comes out to be 3.14 (plus a lot of other numbers). Given the name and the involvement of circles, it seems only appropriate to celebrate the day by eating pie. Oh, what’s what? It’s just an excuse to eat more pie? How could you possibly suggest such a thing!


1. The creator of Pi Day, Larry Shaw 2. Flickr 3. The Pioneer Woman’s tips for perfect pie crusts 4. Martha Stewart’s Lemon Cream Pie 5. Pinterest 6. Irish Car Bomb Pie

Since I don’t want to mess around with a pie crust, and I’m in the mood for something on the lighter side, I think I’m going to make this Lemon Cream Pie to celebrate.