Studded Clutch DIY

29 Aug 2012 Permalink

After Becks from Oomph created a killer pair of studded shorts using studs from an old belt, I was on a mission to find some old studs.  Over the weekend, I came across not one, but two studded belts and this leather clutch from Savers.  It was a match made in DIY heaven!

My husband, bless his heart (and hands!), helped me remove the studs.  This was not easy!  But pocket knives helped us do the trick of prying them out.  After the studs were all removed, I planned my design and pressed each stud into the leather to mark it.  Then I used a kitchen knife to cut slits into the leather where each mark was.  And one by one the studs got put into place.  (Funny story…while I was putting the studs in, I kept stopping to check out the process.  When I had about a handful in place…like the 3rd picture here, I asked my daughter if she liked it.  “No, mommy.  I don’t like it…it needs more!”  Ahh…a girl after my own heart!)

If it sounds like a long process…it was!  But I’ll tell you, I really love how it turned out!

Don’t I look excited about my clutch!  (Insert sarcasm here.)

Have you been busy embellishing?  Send me your before and after pics for this Project DIY and stop back on Friday for the showcase!

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Mommy…why are you wearing your pajamas to work?

15 May 2012 Permalink

I really don’t think preschoolers can comprehend trends or styles…but they know what it means when you say, “everyone else is doing it.”

That’s exactly how I responded to my daughter when she questioned these pants before I left the house.  “Pajama pants are ‘in’, Julia…and these aren’t mommy’s pajama pants anyway.  They’re work pants.”  And with that said, I kissed her good-bye, and departed for school.  The whole car ride I imagined her as a teenager…dressing in who knows what…giving me the same line.  “But everyone else is wearing them, mom.”

Oh, I can hardly wait.

shirt – Loft // blazer, pants, clutch, necklace – thrifted // shoes – Payless

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Knotted Florals

26 Apr 2012 Permalink

I have yet to pick up (or diy!) a high/low skirt, but putting a small knot at the bottom of this floral one seemed to add a nice little something to this springy look.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!  I tending to some sick kids…but don’t feel too sorry for me.  Summer vacation is right around the corner!

sweater – Target // skirt, clutch, sunglasses – thrifted // shoes – Payless

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Celebrations

14 Apr 2012 Permalink

Life has been so hectic and stressful these last few weeks…my husband and I have taken any excuse to celebrate, including a week-night dinner for two at his favorite German place for his birthday.

Other reasons to celebrate (or get a little giddy at least), this straw clutch has been waiting to make a debut.  For less than $3 and with a Marshall Field’s (RIP!) label, it makes me one happy lady!  I love little thrifted treasures.

shirt, pants, clutch – thrifted / shoes – Payless / necklaces – Forever 21, gift/diy, thrifted

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