Sunday, January 27, 2013

DIY Sew: Butterfly Top

I'd say one of my favorite places to find inspiration is; everything is extremely cute, but also very far out of my price range. Recently I came across this trendy tie dye poncho by Quotation (retails for $85), I just knew I had to attempt a version for myself.

Here's what you'll need:
2 yards of knit fabric (I picked gray)
White thread
Sewing machine
tape measure

Step 1: wash and dry your fabric, make sure to use delicate settings
Step 2: lay out fabric and fold in half with right side up



Saturday, January 12, 2013

DIY Sew: Faux Fur Bootie Cuffs

Ever since last winter I've been thinking of a way to breathe new life into these black boots I purchased at h and m. 
Then, an idea came to me, why don't I spice them up by adding some faux fur; it should be a simple enough project right? .... well I'm happy to say to my delight this is one of the simplest sewing projects ever!


1 pair of black booties
2 pieces of 5'' by 16'' black faux fur fabric
Black thread
sewing machine
measuring tape
Step 1: Measure out 2 pieces of faux fur 5'' by 16''

Step 2: Cut
Step 3: With Faux Fur touching fold the fabric in half and pin
Step 4: Using black thread in your sewing machine, sew along the pins with a straight stitch (do this to both pieces)
Step 5: turn fabric right side out, and slip over your boots

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Paint Night

Continuing on in my crafty adventures...
I'd like to introduce you to my very first painting!

 Before the holidays a few friends and I signed up for a wine and paint night at a local bar. If interested sign up here, they host events in New York, Portland and Boston.
I had no previous experience with acrylic paint, so I was a little apprehensive, but the artist walks you through each step.

Below I'll show you exactly what we did.
First we started with a blank canvas,  and a plate with some blue, black and white paint

Mix blue and white and paint the top portion of the canvas; next using only white paint the bottom portion of the canvas

Next, add a skyline using gray paint (mix white and black to create gray), then using gray add two lines coming out from the skyline, creating prespective

From here add trees, using gray, and highlights of white

Add the second row of trees (make the trees darker by adding less white to the black), and highlight the trees with white (snow)

Add a third row of trees using pure black and white highlights

and that's it! Way easier than I ever imagined!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Resolutions

Happy New Year! I can't believe over a whole year has already gone by since I started crafting!  I have learned so much, and have been introduced to so many amazing things during this journey.  My biggest obsession of 2012 definitely had to be the website pinterest, I think I pinned a few thousand pictures for inspiration; and tried out more than a few tutorials.

.. now to 2013

My crafting journey continues; here are just a few of my goals:
1. learn how to knit
2. reformat my blog (already making some progress) and promote it
3. Post more regularly
4. Learn how to take better photos
5. learn how to use photoshop

Have a happy and healthy New Year Everyone!