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DIY Roundup 9

In DIY Roundup on December 31, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Project in progress.

Whew!  The holidays are going by FAST and it’s time for another DIY Roundup!  I was hoping I’d have a project to share with you, but alas…hopefully it’ll be done by tomorrow.  (There’s a little teaser for you above.:-)  After Christmas = Procrastination for me!  How about you?  Have you made anything you’d like to share in the past weeks?  If so, please add it to DIY Roundup 9!

So now you get to share your own DIY’s!  If you have a DIY project or tutorial that you’d like to share, please feel free to link below!  (However you can only link YOUR OWN PROJECT.  Please do not link others’ projects!)

If you’ve linked up your project to the Roundup, feel free to grab the button below.

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Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects!
xoxox
Carly

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DIY Roundup 8 Favorites

In Announcements,DIY Roundup on December 30, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Thanks so much for submitting your projects into my last DIY Roundup!  I had a great time visiting all your blogs and checking out your pieces.  You’re all so creative!  Here are the top 3 projects:

#3: DIY Rope Necklace
 
From Samantha over at Dollar Store Crafts, this woven rope necklace looks so high fashion!  (And it’s made from two jumpropes – can you believe it???)  I’m dying to make one of my own!!

#2: Tshirt to Cowl Scarf
Sarah from Simply Step Back made a beautiful stretchy jersey scarf (from her mom’s old tee) with a pretty fabric corsage as a bonus.  Just in time for the cold winter months – and I love the stripes!
#1: DIY Leather Boots

Stacie from Stars for Streetlights gave a pair of boots a new life by gluing scrap leather circles over them.  You’d never know that she didn’t buy them like that – so boho chic!

Thank you so much for sharing everyone!

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Carly

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DIY Roundup 8 (and DIY Marabou Feather Clutch)

In Accessories,DIY,DIY Roundup on December 10, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Feathered things are experiencing a revival lately – and I’ve been hankering after a maribou feather clutch for awhile.  But I’m not going to buy when I can DIY for much cheaper!  It’s sooooo easy too…

DIY Marabou Feather Clutch
Difficulty: (Easy/Beginner)

You Need:

*old clutch-style purse

*tacky glue
*marabou boa
*scissors


How-To:
1. Lay your clutch flat and visually estimate how far apart the pieces of your boa need to be to get the kind of coverage you want.

2. Spread the tacky glue in vertical lines down the front of your clutch, and across the top below the clasp.

3. Starting from one side, lay one end of the boa onto the glue at the bottom of the clutch.

4. Fold the boa piece over at the top of the clutch, and then loop it down towards the bottom.  Snip at the bottom of the clutch.

5. Repeat for all the lines of glue until the front of your clutch is completely covered.  Allow to dry and then trim the ends so they’re all one length.

Pretty easy, right?  To cover both the front AND the back using this method, you’ll probably need two boas.  And you could use any type of feathers that suit your fancy…they don’t have to be marabou, and they don’t have to be in boa-form, either.


Did You Know?  
“Marabou” is a term for fluffy feathers – and most “marabou” feathers available for crafting, fishing lures, garment trims, or millinery supply are actually turkey or chicken feathers, not feathers from the Marabou Stork (which are extremely expensive).  Feather supply companies may obtain their feathers from birds that are killed by the meat industry, or the down may be plucked from the bird as the seasons transition and it has no need of it anymore (termed “live-plucking”).  Feathers also may be collected as they naturally molt (like peacock feathers), or from birds’ nests (like eider down).

So finally, welcome to DIY Roundup 8! If you’re unsure how to link up your tutorial (or finished project), here’s how:


Just click the light blue “Add Your Link” button that appears to the bottom left below.  Follow the instructions in the Inlinkz window, pasting in the URL of your project or tutorial (from your own blog, Facebook page, Flickr account, Craftster.org, CutOutandKeep.net, etc).  Don’t forget to write the NAME/DESCRIPTION of your project – like “Bow T-Shirt” or “DIY Lanvin Necklace” – not your own name or your blog’s name!!! You can link up any piece you’ve made or tutorial you’ve written from any time, not just in the last two weeks (though it would be nice if it’s a recent project, just to keep the content fresh).  It’s all about sharing and bringing in more like-minded visitors to your site!


So now you get to share your own DIY’s!  If you have a DIY project or tutorial that you’d like to share, please feel free to link below!  (However you can only link YOUR OWN PROJECT.  Please do not link others’ projects!)

If you’ve linked up your project to the Roundup, feel free to grab the button below.

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Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects!
xoxox
Carly

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DIY Roundup 7 Favorites

In Announcements,DIY Roundup on November 5, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Eeek!  I meant to post this awhile ago, and it ended up slipping through the cracks.  I’m so sorry!

Nonetheless, I had a great time visiting all your blogs and checking out your pieces.  You’re all so creative!  Here are the top 3 projects:

#3: Flower Bobby Pins

Sara from Simply Step Back shared her rolled-fabric flower bobby pins.  They are adorable!  (And so easy to make:-)  Thanks Sara!

#2: DIY Shirt Redo

Did someone say “shirt“???! 😉  Buildeth Her House With love added beads and a ribbon to the neckline of an old shirt to jazz it up.  I love how subtle and feminine it is!

#1: Gathered Skirt Tutorial

From Bandy Candyon comes this colorful, adjustable skirt tutorial in 2 parts.  The stripes are so summery and fun! 

Thank you so much for sharing everyone!

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DIY Roundup 7

In DIY,DIY Roundup on October 21, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Since right now I am enjoying all the fruits of Paris…and probably some macarons too…I thought to share with all of you some accessories I made a little while ago: tiny macarons with Swarovski crystals!

These are super-fiddly to make but I love how they look…just delectable, and just how I always imagined macarons should look!  I also made some whipped cream blobs with fruits and crystals embedded in them.  These will probably become rings soon.

I shall probably make the macarons into necklaces and eventually list in my Etsy shop, though I may have to refine some of them a little first… The whipped cream looks a little sloppy.  The pastel colors make me so hungry to look at!;-)

So welcome to DIY Roundup 7! If you’re unsure how to link up your tutorial (or finished project), here’s how:


Just click the light blue “Ad Your Link” button that appears to the bottom left below.  Follow the instructions in the Inlinkz window, pasting in the URL of your project or tutorial (from your own blog, Facebook page, Flickr account, Craftster.org, CutOutandKeep.net, etc).  Don’t forget to write the NAME/DESCRIPTION of your project – like “Bow T-Shirt” or “DIY Lanvin Necklace” – not your own name or your blog’s name!!! You can link up any piece you’ve made or tutorial you’ve written from any time, not just in the last two weeks (though it would be nice if it’s a recent project, just to keep the content fresh).  It’s all about sharing and bringing in more like-minded visitors to your site!


So now you get to share your own DIY’s!  If you have a DIY project or tutorial that you’d like to share, please feel free to link below!  (However you can only link YOUR OWN PROJECT.  Please do not link others’ projects!)

If you’ve linked up your project to the Roundup, feel free to grab the button below.

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Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects!
xoxox
Carly

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DIY Roundup 6 Favorites

In Announcements,DIY Roundup on October 14, 2010 by Naoko Takano

This week has felt like it’s crept by for me…which is strange because I’ve been super-busy every day!  And Paris tomorrow….oh, I’m so excited!!

Nonetheless, I had a great time visiting all your blogs and checking out your pieces.  You’re all so creative!  Here are the top 3 projects:

#3: Christopher Kane Resort 2011 DIY Galaxy Tee

Silence Sweetheart made this fabulous “Galaxy”-style t-shirt – with some bleach and acrylic paints.  Talk about a PERFECT rendition!

#2: Floating Studs Ring DIY

And it’s Katarina from She sells Seashells ranked in the top 3 again…this time with a beautiful floating stud ring reminiscent of those “connector rings” sold at Forever 21 lately.  Using plaster to fill the negative space of the stud backs is ingenious!

#1: Chanel Wedges DIY

By my favorite gal Stacie at Stars for Streetlights…just painting the toes of these wedges gives them a distinct Chanel-esque feel.  Sweet and simple:-)

Thank you so much for sharing, and please enter any other projects you have in my next DIY roundup (starting Thursday Oct. 21 – I’ll be skipping a week while I’m away;-)!

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DIY Roundup 6

In DIY,DIY Roundup on October 7, 2010 by Naoko Takano

DIY rose hoop-and-chain earrings.

Thanks so much for everyone’s recent feedback regarding my DIY Roundups.  I’m glad to know that many of you enjoy them!  But every week does seem a bit much, so I’m going to take Bromeliad’s suggestion (thanks, btw!) and try these Roundups every 2 weeks so that people can link up more of their projects.  Sometimes we just can’t get enough done in a week (as I’ve definitely experienced lately!;-)

Since I haven’t finished photographing everything this week, I’ll share with you a pair of DIY earrings I made awhile ago.  I just bought a pair of cheap gold hoops from Claire’s and some tiny silk roses from Michael’s.  I removed the stems from the roses but kept the petals bunched together, and threaded two roses onto each hoop.  I then added some dangling pieces of chain in the center for a pair of sexy, feminine rose-and-chain hoop earrings.  (You may have seen some similar types of earrings for sale in retail stores lately, utilizing silk orchids, daisies, or other flowers, and chain, beads, and other dangles.  I was also wearing these earrings in one of the photos from the Tigard/Tualatin/Beaverton Valley Times’ shoot🙂

photo by Jaime Valdez

So welcome to DIY Roundup 6! If you’re unsure how to link up your tutorial (or finished project), here’s how:


Just click the light blue “Ad Your Link” button that appears to the bottom left below.  Follow the instructions in the Inlinkz window, pasting in the URL of your project or tutorial (from your own blog, Facebook page, Flickr account, Craftster.org, CutOutandKeep.net, etc).  Don’t forget to write the NAME/DESCRIPTION of your project – like “Bow T-Shirt” or “DIY Lanvin Necklace” – not your own name or your blog’s name!!! You can link up any piece you’ve made or tutorial you’ve written from any time, not just in the last two weeks (though it would be nice if it’s a recent project, just to keep the content fresh).  It’s all about sharing and bringing in more like-minded visitors to your site!


So now you get to share your own DIY’s!  If you have a DIY project or tutorial that you’d like to share, please feel free to link below!  (However you can only link YOUR OWN PROJECT.  Please do not link others’ projects!)

If you’ve linked up your project to the Roundup, feel free to grab the button below.

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Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects!
xoxox
Carly

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