July 27, 2010

Birds Of A Feather, Fringe Made From Leather

If it's crocheted, fringed, and feathered, chances are I'll like it. My eye seems drawn to 70's style lately, possibly because I've been listening to a lot of Crosby, Stills and Nash. I'm also liking Southwestern print and turquoise jewelry too. Honestly though, I'm already thinking of winter and all the layers I can pile on. This heat is no joke and combined with my super hormonal pregnancy, I don't even want to be around me right now. Four months left to go; the only silver lining is that after much anticipation, we finally get to find out what we're having tomorrow.

On a separate matter, I got a lot of positive feedback for my DIY shoes from the last post. Really, I kinda just slapped them together as I went. But people seemed to like them and have requested a more extensive tutorial, so I'm going to scrounge around and see what I can do. I also have a few more DIY's up my sleeve, so as soon as I get the time and patience, I'll try to get those up as well.

Now I'm off to chug some root beer.

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July 24, 2010

Give Me The Simple Life

This is one of my cheapest outfits. The shirt is an old tshirt I cut up, the shorts are from Marshall's and were on sale for $6 (and even though they have an elastic waistband, they are NOT maternity shorts)and my shoes were made by me for free from shoes and material I already owned. The most expensive thing I'm wearing is my necklace from Target, at a whopping $15. Even though I made my own shoes, I somehow managed to make them a tad too small, and the left one is smaller than the other. But hey, who am I to complain since they didn't cost me anything? I can sacrifice a few toes for that.

I tried to do a tutorial and take pics as I made the shoes. But my attention span only lasts so long, so I managed to only take pics of the first half. But I'll try to explain, for those wondering.

1. What you'll need is an old pair of wedges or heels you want to makeover.
2. A knife, scissors, anything sharp that you can squeeze between the sole and heel of the shoe.
3. Material to make the straps and ties. I used leftover scrap material which was a mix of cotton, polyester, and rayon. But jersey material or mesh or even chiffon would work fine.
4. Carefully pry the edges of the sole loose with your knife, scissors or whatever. Once you get it worked loose, you can probably just rip the rest of the sole off easily.
5. Cut off any remaining straps or loose material.
6. This is where I forgot to take pics: cut a strip of material for the toes; put your foot on the sole and wrap the material around the toes to measure. Hold in place and glue the back of the material to the bottom of the sole. I just used my glue gun, but you can use whatever adhesive you want that will stay.
7. Take a long strip of material (I measured it up to my shoulder) and place under the sole so that the ties on either side are even. Then glue in place on the bottom.
8. Place the sole on the wedge or heel remaining so that everything lines up again, then carefully and slowly glue the sole in place.
9. Repeat with other shoe, then put on feet and wrap the ties around your feet and tie in knot, either in front or back.

Sorry I don't have pics to go with the rest. It was late and I was just trying to get them done. Hope you can figure this out okay, I'd love to see if any of you make your own DIY shoes!

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July 22, 2010

Along The Dusty Highway

Although I don't say it often, there are some advantages to being "vertically challenged" as I call it. I'm able to wear a lot of tops as dresses, whereas taller girls can't. Like this floral, ruffly top for instance. To me it wouldn't look the same paired with jeans. I did pair it with my combat boots though, to keep it from looking too "country". Since I don't like roller coasters, I don't feel I'm missing out on much being short...except maybe being able to reach into my kitchen cupboards. And that's where Mike comes in. Speaking of, he and his dad have decided that they want a boy instead of a girl. We find out next week. Keep your fingers crossed it's a girl. Mike got his boy last time, it's my turn for a girl. We'll just have to see what the Fates have decided. They never have liked me though.

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July 20, 2010

Watercolored Dreamscapes

During one sleep deprived nocturnal browsing journey, I came across these stunning pictures of model Anna Sinkovsk√° from a photo shoot for Harper's Bazaar. The combination of the stormy background with the vibrant, watercolored dresses immediately took my breath away. The flowing garments have an underwater billowing effect which adds to the dramatics of the photos. Such a stunning, ethereal editorial. And I love the tights and shoes.

source: http://www.annasinkovska.com/

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July 17, 2010

Fringe Benefits

Yesterday Mike and I decided to go get some new tattoos. I was super stoked to get a new one on my forearm, and since it's really hard to get Mike going, I was even more excited that he so readily agreed since it was already almost 7 o'clock. Well, imagine my disappointment after getting to the place and being told that you can't get tattooed when pregnant. How come I didn't know this? Apparently Mike did and forgot to mention it. So now that's one more thing that I can't do for another four months. But in the meantime, I'm getting immortalized on Mike's arm, along with portraits of our pit bulls. I wonder if I should be offended that my picture is being included with the dogs? But seriously, it's looking awesome so far.

Since I can't do much else, I've been in a crafty, DIY mood. So I started this morning with shredding one of Mike's beloved Harley t shirts. He was not amused, but hey, it was in the name of fashion. And it didn't fit anymore. My outfit ended up looking like Pocahontas met Mad Max. Then I spent the next two or so hours in Michael's craft store. After deliberating for quite some time, I ended up leaving with nothing I had come for, and made several simple pieces I had no intention of making, ie. these feather earrings. But then again, I never do what I plan, which is why I usually never plan to begin with.

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July 15, 2010

Easy Come, Easy Go

Aden wants to be my new photographer

I damn near ate the whole thing- but I'm eating for two, so cut me some slack, lol

that's my sister, not me....I know someone will ask that

My sister and her son came to visit me yesterday. I love it when she visits, although as usual we ended up doing the same routine thing we always do when she visits, namely shop and eat. This time we hit the local thrift stores, where after inhaling the mustiness of clothing past, we left unsuccessful in our attempts. Funny, because I recently hit the Goodwill and consignment store the day previous and found several items. It seems I can only score finds when no one is around.

Today we had the idiotic notion of taking the kids to the park with Peanut. I don't know what we were thinking, what with the 102 degree weather and all. Thirty minutes later we left, thoroughly drenched in sweat with two cranky kids and a worn out puppy. Now they've gone home and I'm about to strip off my clothes, lie in bed and let the air conditioning work its magic.

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