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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll give you a free pillow cover in exchange for furniture modeling!
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
16-inch necklace chain with large links
4-inch-long fringe trim, 7 inches wide
Thread that matches the fringe
Measuring tape or ruler
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.
2. Measure your chain to find the center, and center the fringe on the chain.
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.
5. Continue sewing, being careful not to twist the chain or the fringe.
6. Continue until you’ve sewn all 7 inches of the fringe to the chain, then tie off the thread.
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
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!
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.
Matching embroidery thread
Chandelier earring form in a diamond shape
Clear nail polish
1. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Add earring hooks using pliers.
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!
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.