Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DIY: Metallic Lace Collar Necklace Tutorial

Inspiration: Polli Stainless Steel Woven Collar 219.95 AUD

What I used:
lace trimming from JoAnn's (it came with a ribbon inside) - about 12"
black ribbon - about 33"
Krylon Metallic Spray Paint from Walmart - silver (or gold)

First, I pulled the ribbon out and cut the lace to form two 5" pieces as shown below (you can round the ends for the peter pan collar look). 

Next, I spray-painted the lace using Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Silver:

After this step the collar will smell like paint, but the smell will wear off in a few hours.  Also,  after the painted collar dried, it was still flexible and somewhat soft (to my surprise).
Finally, thread the ribbon through. This can be done in two ways depending on where you want to tie the ribbon (front or back).

can be tied in the back
...or tie a bow in the front

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Georgia Monday: Spinach Dip Recipe

Do you like spinach dip served in many American restaurants?  If so, you might also like an easier and healthier version with yogurt (instead of mayo and sour cream or cheese).  This recipe is based on Darra Goldstein's Spinach with Yogurt recipe from her cookbook The Georgian Feast.  In Georgia, we serve this as a side item, but I thought it would make a healthy spinach dip as well.

1 lb spinach
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove
pinch of salt
1 cup plain yogurt (I highly recommend Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt)

Wash the spinach and cook it, covered, for 5 min.  Drain thoroughly.  With your hands, squeeze out any excess moisture, then mince.

In a small food processor, mix cilantro leaves, garlic, and salt.  Add yogurt and mix well.

And finally, stir in the spinach. Best if served at room temperature or chilled.  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Another Prada-inspired Purchase: Blue Striped Skirt

blue top - SteinMart (old)
blue striped skirt - thrifted from Goodwill
black espadrilles - Target (old)
banana earrings - check them out on my Etsy

 cat-eye sunglasses from HotTopic (old) with DIY metallic tips

snakeskin print bag - Express (old)
black bracelet - ??  (it broke on me, I wonder what I shall DIY with the beads??)

 my cloud print tote - it's DIY but you can check it on Etsy too
platform flip-flops - DIY

 how could I not buy this skirt?  it even has subtle sparkles in it; can you see?

inspiration: Prada Spring 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

DIY: Stella McCartney Cloud Print Canvas Tote/Shopper

Stella McCartney cloud-print canvas shopper, out of stock
This tote (above) is from Stella McCartney's 2009 line, but somehow I just now spotted it and thought I had to make it myself.  The cloud design is by Sir Peter Blake

DIY cloud tote

What I used:
a blank canvas tote from Hobby Lobby
blue and white acrylic paints
textile medium (or, you can just purchase fabric paints and not use textile medium)
Stained by Sharpie black fabric marker
large brush
masking tape (optional)

Here is a photo tutorial step by step...
paint the background using white and light blue acrylic paints mixed with textile medium

leaving a few spots where canvas is showing through adds a bit more charm

let the paint dry for several hours
draw clouds where desired with black Sharpie fabric marker
hmm, brick wall and white clouds...  that sounds like something Magritte would paint

add a crazy red lips charm (borrowed from my daughter) to make it more surreal looking ;)
The Hobby Lobby canvas tote I used actually is a memory bag that has four clear pockets for displaying treasured photos.  I think clear pockets come very handy for organizing as well, don't you?!

clear pockets on the back side
Paint it yourself or buy it on my Etsy.

DIY: Hand-drawn Canvas Tote Bag or Canvas Pouch

There are so many ways to customize a canvas bag.  Presently, I'm loving simple hand-drawn designs or even cheesy sayings written on them.  For this DIY I highly recommend new Stained by Sharpie fabric markers (I tried some other fabric marker and did not like it).  Stained by Sharpie has a brush tip and is easy to use on a rough canvas.  I look forward to using these more for some other DIY projects.  I bought mine at Walmart.
All you need for this project is a canvas tote/bag/pouch and a black Stained by Sharpie fabric marker.  My canvas pouch came from Hobby Lobby $1.99.

My vintage Clinique cosmetic bag served as an inspiration for this design.  First, I drew with a pencil (optional), then traced with a black fabric Sharpie.

You could also draw your favorite designer bag such as Chanel or Hermes Kelly Bag.  Or write something cheesy like: "my other bags are Prada"  or "I'm Not a Self-Important Canvas Tote".

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Or design an image and do a silhouette:

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For more tote bag customization ideas check Chic-Steals and P.S. I Made This.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

DIY: Fanny Pack Inspired by I Spy DIY

When I read Jenny's post on how to DIY a DVF-inspired waist bag, I immediately knew I had a perfect pouch I could DIY into a fanny pack!  It's a thrifted red Clinique cosmetic pouch and the design on it looks like hand-drawn lines.  My thrifted pouch already had two strong loops (one on each side), so all I needed to purchase was a linky belt (or plastic white chain like this would've worked as well) and two carabiners.

supplies: a pouch with side loops, linky belt, two carabiners
Link it all up...

and wear it as a funky shoulder bag...

...or as a handy fanny pack ;)

If your pouch does not already have loops make your own loops by following Jenni's instructions here.  Do it yourself and improvise!
Here's an interesting WSJ article With Fanny Packs on the Runway, Can Mom Jeans Be Far Behind?


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