DIY, Interiors, Sewing, Yarn and Fibers

DIY Rustic Rope Knotted Coasters

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Hello all! Like the new look? It’s still sort of a work in progress, but I think it’s much more hipster-tastic professional than my old layout.

But today we’re talking coasters. When you’re a kid, coasters seem like such a stupid thing, but then you grow up and plop $200 on a nice table, and suddenly thousands of tiny beads of water are encroaching upon your hard earned cash. Not cute.

We started by making some pallet coasters awhile back, but they came out kinda crummy and fell apart quite quickly. After seeing this knot DIY, however, I figured it was the perfect thing for some rustic coasters. Easy to make and totally gorgeous, you could almost sell these babies at Restoration Hardware. Read on to see how to make them yourself!!

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DIY, Fashion, Goodwill to Glam, Sewing

DIY: T-Shirt Palooza!!!!!!

T-Shirt Palooza!

So it’s summer time here in the great city of New York, and that means it gets HOT. Like boiling lava sticky yucko hot. It’s hard to look cute when you’re sweating the entire Hudson river out your armpits, but wearing light fabrics like cotton make a HUGE difference.

Enter the lowly t-shirt

The t-shirt is probably the best summer apparel you can find: it’s comfy, it’s light, and it can have anything you want on it. No other clothing item allows you to proclaim your love or hate for stuff so easily. Unfortunately for the fashion forward, it’s often tricky to find t-shirts that work well with the rest of your wardrobe and fit the feminine figure without making you look like a robot or box. Thus, I present to you the ULTIMATE pretty decent guide to t-shirt altering. What I’m showing may be simple, but I can guarantee that it’ll make your t-shirts look like cool Brandy Mellville apparel and not weird torn festival wear. I wanna be comfy in my t-shirt, but classy too! If you agree, read on for tips on cropping, dyeing, designing, and even how to make your favorite comfy sleep T into a cute summer dress!

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Cross-stitch, DIY, Fashion, Sewing

DIY: Embroidered Eye Mask

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Hello! I promised more DIY and I am delivering! Part of the reason I’ve been so slow making new posts is that I had to move into a new room in my building. The room is super awesome and has a balcony and everything, but it gets literally the worst morning light known to man. I’ve been woken up at 8am or so every morning as a result, and I’m sick of it on days when I can sleep in. As a result, a face mask was in order.

All the face masks I’ve been able to find commercially are extremely fugly not really my style, so I decided it would be a good project to try out myself. While I’m not the best at sewing, I do kinda rock at embroidery, so I figured I could make a cool mask using basic embroidery techniques. Read on for instructions and patterns, both for the mask and the embroidery!

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DIY: Heart Shaped Warm Rice Bag

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY ERRYONE! I know it’s a bit late to be presenting a present (geez bad wording self) to you all, but I think this one works because it is in many ways more of a present for yourself!

If you guys read my posts regularly you’ll know that I’m an idiot and almost destroyed my super stupid expensive computer with soda. Thankfully after a professional cleaning she’s totally fine save for a couple sticky keys, so yay! As a result of that disaster, however, I found myself with an excess of rice I was using to draw out the moisture in my laptop, and I don’t cook so . . . didn’t need rice. Also I’m not sure I’d want to eat sprite extracting rice anyway. . .

So! I decided to make a Rice Warming Bag since I like cozy things and it’s that heart timey time of year. Not only is this a great present for your sweetheart, but if you’re super lonely this Valentines day you can snuggle up to a warm cozy bag heart. Yeah!

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DIY: Vintage Choker

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When my grandmother moved into a nursing home many years ago I came into possession of a multitude of vintage buttons, sewing supplies, crewel work, and other various supplies. Out of all this, however, a box full of vintage ribbon was the most enticing. Mostly velvet, the box also contained lace and fancy embroidered ribbon. It took me awhile to figure out what to do with these since they were all comparatively short and too nice to use all at once. I wore them as waist belts for awhile before coming up with the idea of making 90s grunge style chokers. Somehow reminiscent of my morbid childhood and a specific story related to a young girls’ head being held on only by a ribbon, the chokers can be vintage, goth, or grunge depending on color and how you wear them. Plus they make your neck look super skinny.

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