Revisiting A Couple DIY Projects

25 Sep 2013 Permalink

When I take the time to do a diy project, I want the outcome to be something that I’ll actually get use out of!  A while back I added some detailing to these tops…now I’m putting them to work again.

studded shirt diy

studded shirt diy

I added gold studs around the shoulder and back area of this blouse.  Last time I wore it to a party (see pic with leather skirt, or this post), but this time I actually wore it to school.  (Casual Friday, baby!)

studded shirt diy, leather skirt, party outfit

beaded sweater diy

beaded sweater diy

This diy is something that I’d love to recreate again!  I used the beads from an old necklace to update a basic sweater vest.  Here I wore it casual, but like the next picture shows, it can easily be a little more dressed up!  For details on the diy, click here.

beaded sweater diy

I’m working on a few more new diys…ones that are leather related!  I’ll be sharing soon!!

Linked with I Feel Pretty and WIWW.

Sweatshirt DIY

23 Sep 2013 Permalink

sweatshirt, diy, printed wrap skirt, adidas gym shoes, phillip lim for target, knocked up fabulous

sweatshirt, diy, printed wrap skirt, adidas gym shoes, phillip lim for target, knocked up fabulous

sweatshirt, diy, printed wrap skirt, adidas gym shoes, phillip lim for target, knocked up fabulous

sweatshirt, diy, printed wrap skirt, adidas gym shoes, phillip lim for target, knocked up fabulous

I sure have gotten use out of this old Hanes sweatshirt.  In the beginning of the summer I cut the sleeves off, and now I took an x-acto knife to it.  The cutting was super simple to do!  I just placed a cutting board in between the front and back of the shirt.  And I do have to say, this piece looks moderately similar to it’s inspiration.

Gotta love it when a diy turns out!

sweatshirt (diy) - Hanes // skirt – thrifted // shoes – Adidas // bag – Phillip Lim for Target // necklace – Accessory Mercado

Linked with Monday Mingle.

Giving A Coach Bag A Facelift – A DIY Project

03 Jul 2013 Permalink

Whenever I see a vintage Coach bag at the thrift store, I always feel like I need to give it a home.  A Coach deserves a little more than hanging around the purse racks at Savers.

As far as diys go, this one is pretty simple! In fact, my 4-year-old was even helping with the paint part.  I’ll let the pictures here do the talking (who even reads blog posts anyway?!), but notice how the paint helps update the bag from the granny level.

Giving A Coach Bag A Facelift - A DIY Project

Giving A Coach Bag A Facelift - A DIY Project

Giving A Coach Bag A Facelift - A DIY Project

Giving A Coach Bag A Facelift - A DIY Project

Giving A Coach Bag A Facelift - A DIY Project

Giving A Coach Bag A Facelift - A DIY Project

Giving A Coach Bag A Facelift - A DIY Project

During the drying process, I carefully bent and moved the painted part.  From what I read online about painting leather, the moving is supposed to help potential cracking of the paint from happening.  Once the paint was dry, I sprayed a sealer.  Twice.

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So, what do you think?  Is paint a good way to save those old Coach bags?

Linked with IFB Project #103

Long Shorts And A DIY Preview

02 Jul 2013 Permalink

summer plaid, diy project, coach bag, black long shorts, nude wedges - Knocked Up Fabulous

coach bag diy, splatter paint

summer plaid, diy project, coach bag, black long shorts, nude wedges - Knocked Up Fabulous

I’m usually not a fan of longer shorts (on me anyway!),  but Shana over at Ain’t No Mom’s Jeans does this little monthly series called How We Wear It…I decided to give them another round.

I like to wear my long short with nude shoes (bonus points for wedges!), that way my legs don’t look too stumpy!

Are you a fan of the long short?  How do you wear ‘em?

shirt (diy), bag (Coach and diy…I’ll share the steps tomorrow!) – thrifted // shorts – Target // shoes – Jeffery Campbell

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Starting the New Year with a DIY

02 Jan 2013 Permalink

Hey friends!  I hope you had a fabulous holiday.  It’s been pretty hard to get back into the swing of things around here, but I thought starting the year with an easy do-it-yourself statement piece would be a great way to keep things moving!

Over on Pinterest world, I’ve spotted a few bib necklaces that have really tickled my fancy…like this Noetic Snowfall one from Anthropologie or this Tortoise and Crystal one from ShopBop.  After staring at them a half-dozen times or so, I realized that they aren’t that difficult to recreate…

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First, I gathered the necessary supplies: a yellow scrap of leather for the base, an autoshape printed from Microsoft Word (You don’t see this step, but I traced the autoshape onto the back of the leather, then cut it out), old jewelry that hasn’t been worn in a while, and some jump rings.

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Next, I deconstructed the jewelry.  You would think that having a carpenter for a husband would mean that I would have the proper tools available…not so much.  I just use kitchen shears and my super-woman strength.  Deconstructing was actually quite the stress reliever!

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Then I played around with the leather scrap and decided which jewelry pieces I wanted to use.  I have tiny rhinestones pictured here, but they didn’t end up in the final cut.

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I used a sharp kitchen knife to poke a hole into each top corner.  Then I inserted one jump ring into each hole.  The chain was separated in two and connected to the jump rings.  I used my trusty hot glue gun to attach the jewelry pieces to the leather base.

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Not too bad, huh?  For the pieces of jewelry that I was willing to part with, I like how it turned out!  But you can bet that the next time I go to the thrift store, I’ll be looking for other necklaces and babbles to recycle into other bib necklaces.

Top 5 DIYs

31 Dec 2012 Permalink

PicMonkey Collage

I know that it’s been a while since my last DIY, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the year (before the year officially ends!):

1. Making earrings from a rhinestone bracelet

2. Denim jacket with black-waxed sleeves

3.  High-low floral shirt refashion

4. Studded leather clutch

5.  Pink-trim sun hat

I already have some more do-it-yourself projects in the works for 2013…so stay tuned!

And if you’re going out tonight, have a fun and safe time!  We’re all coming down with a little something here…looks like it’s going to be a gourmet meal at home with some On-Demand movies!

Making a Statement {Necklace}

29 Oct 2012 Permalink

I’ve been seeing soooo many gorgeous looking statement necklaces on Pinterest.  So in efforts to keep the credit card bills down before the holiday shopping begins, I started mixing and matching my jewelry to create one fun piece.  One rhinestone necklace, a pair of clip-on earrings, and a brooch later…I’ve got a statement necklace that no one else has.

dress (worn backwards) - thrifted // jacket – DIY // jewelry – vintage

Linked with Harper’s Happenings, Real Girl Glam and Monday Mingle!

6 Fabulous Embellishment DIYs

31 Aug 2012 Permalink

Embellishments are going to be seen lots in these up coming months.  And this trend makes for a perfect diy…you probably have something just hanging in your closet already, waiting for a little update.

Check out these cute and easy diys!

I Spy Diy used beaded appliques to fancy up a basic blouse.

Love Maegan made a pair of Brian Atwood inspired heels.

Honestly WTF embellished a denim shirt using vintage buttons.

Laura from On the Racks also embellished denim…but she used a cute pair of jeans!

And I had my hand at studding a shirt

…and a leather clutch.

Are you looking forward to doing or wearing a little embellishment this fall?

Linked with Fashion Friday!

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!

Linked with WIWW and Rolled Up Pretty!

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