I have said this over and over again… Walking into an Anthropologie store is like walking into a unique Wonderland, except YOU are Alice and instead of having tea with a door mouse and crazy ol’ hatter you are encouraged to buy simply chic over priced items. Now… I love Anthropologie- but if we are honest, most of you would have to admit that the reason you are tempted to buy all of their items is because the atmosphere of “Anthro-land” is intoxicating!! What mostly draws me in, are all the things that are not for sale. I always want to buy their teacup installation, or mason jar light fixtures… The beautiful setting of the store leaves you feeling like if you buy this $298 light fixture of basic light bulbs dangling off it’s brass base- then you will have a home just as divine as Anthroplogie.
for the DIY Home & a DIY Wedding
What I love about DIY projects [Do It Yourself] is that you can create a similar gorgeous item without paying for the Anrtho-land prices. This projects is WONDERFUL for a DIY wedding, hanging in front of a window, out on the porch next to the garden, ect… The ideas are limitless when it comes to this inspirational GREEN do it yourself craft!
The DIY Hanging Light Bulb Vase
Step One: First you need to remove the little silver layer on the bottom of the light bulb. Work the pliers under the layer to create a little lip, and then you should be able to peel it right off with the pliers.
Step Two: Now you have to remove the black cap from the bottom of the light bulb. This was the most difficult part for me – you DEFINITELY want to wear safety goggles and be extremely careful, as it is glass. Some sites suggest using a hammer to crack the black glass but this didn’t work for me – with some time, I was able to work the pliers into the hole left after you remove the silver cap, and snap the glass. I used the pliers to tap the rest of the black glass off the bulb. Do this outdoors or over a hard surface so you can sweep up the bits of glass.
So this is a really simple craft to do that gives an Anthropologie-unique feel to any room in a house, any back yard setting, or any gorgeous DIY wedding :] This would look especially sweet hanging off chairs that go down the aisle or a row of these vases hanging in different lengths over or behind the cake/dessert table! Be creative with it, and take pride in the fact that you are making life beautiful!!
Inventing a Wardrobe versus Reinventing One!!
There are certainly times in life where I can go INTO my closet [yes in our teeny-tiny 600 square foot flat we do have the luxury of a walk-in….], and feel as if I am looking at a bunch of rags… Feeling like my colourful rags don’t inspire me at all… We also have the wonderfully-cursed luxury of being newly weds!! Which means we are rich in passion and broke in finances… So, it is either time to become a nudist and leave the closet door shut for a while; only entering back into it once I have forgotten about all of the lovely pieces hanging in there, which will no longer be called “rags” in my mind, but “splendid garments”… OR it is time to get creative!!
Pregnant in Heels- When you still want sexy, just minus the pain….
My girlfriend watches Bravo all the time, and Pregnant in Heels with Rosie Pope happens to be a favourite show of hers. Now- reinventing clothes is one thing… you can cut, stich, pin, dye, add on, take off, ect… But Pregnant in Heels got me thinking about… well, HIGH HEELS!! When you get knocked up [or for the more PC crowd… “given the gift of life”] your body expands from every angle, or so I’ve observed… Never actually going through the process myself. But this means going out and buying all new clothes [obviously], AND shoes because your feet get HUGE!! And I may not know about “the gift of life”… but I do know about life’s other gifts- SHOES AND ACCESSORIES!! And Jimmy Choo’s don’t look so cute in a size 11…. Plus, you’re already forking out so much money on your new baby [the kid, not the shoes] that you wouldn’t be able to afford Choo’s anyways!! Which makes us come full circle to most women being linked by the longing for better/newer high heels, but with no means of purchasing them…
Step 1: First you will need to cut the ribbon. You will need the following:
• Two strips: 8 inches, Two strips: 7 inches, Two strips: 4 ¼ inches, Two strips: 2 ½ inches
Step 2: Put the 4 ¼ inch and 2 ½ inch strip to the side for now.
Step 3: Hot glue the two ends of each 8 inch and 7 inch strip together, so that you have four hoops. Stand each hoop up, so you can look through it. Put a dot of hot glue on the inside middle of each hoop, and push the top and bottom together so it makes a symmetrical eight shape.
Step 4: Take the 4 ¼ inch strips and cut small triangles out of all four ends.
Step 5: Make two stacks. Each stack should have the 4 ¼ inch flat ribbon at the bottom, with a larger hoop in the middle and the smaller hoop on top. Put a small glue dot in the middle of the ribbons to keep them together.
Step 7: Cut two nickel sized circles out of felt, and hot glue the felt circles onto the flat tops of the shoe clips. Apply glue to the bottom of the bow and glue your bow to the felt on the shoe clip.
Tada! Now you are done, and you can clip your shoe clip to the front, side or heel of any flats or heel!
Or perhaps you are a women who prefers the trills and frills of a “petally” flower, giving your heels some cute dimension!!
Step 1: Print the template provided and trace the outline of the template on your fabric until you have 20 traced flowers. Cut out your flowers.
Step 2: Divide the 20 petals into two stacks of 10. Intentionally stagger each flower on top of one another in it’s stack.
Step 3: Thread your needle and stitch an ‘X’ in the center of one of your stacks of flowers.
Step 4: Fold your stack in half from top to bottom, and put in a few stitches around the fold so the fold will hold. Fold your stack again, so that it is now ¼ of it’s original size. Stitch 4-6 stitches along the open fold, so it securely remains folded. Once your done with this step you can kind of manipulate the way the petals lay and fold out by hand. Repeat these instructions for the second flower.
Step 5: Cut two nickel sized circles out of felt, and hot glue the felt circles onto the flat tops of the shoe clips. Apply glue to the bottom of the fabric flower and glue your flower to the felt on the shoe clip. Your flower probably has a pretty pointy corner from where you’ve folded it twice, so you’ll want to push the flower down very hard on the felt. This will help it open up, look more full and lay flatter.
You are done and can clip your shoe clip to the front, side or heel of any flats or high heels!
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Have fun reinventing your shoe collection ladies- and this is a good trick to keep in mind for brides as well!! If you are looking for some places to cut costs, designing your own heels is not only more meaningful and spot on for what you would want your heels [or flats] to look like, but you can go to Ross or Marshals and pick out a cute cut, but more or less pain-jane heel and dress it up all for under $30!! Most brides spend over $100 on heels, so and extra $70 in another part of the budget would look pretty nice!!
P.S. And for all of you who say the DIY Rope Words post, here is my sweet little welcome sign in our front door way underneath our chalkboard :] sweet and simple- just what I wanted!!
Hello everyone- I hope you all had a safe and fun All Hallows Eve :]
It is late [for me anyways…] and I have to be up early tomorrow for my workout!! Buuut, I saw this cute DIY post on Green Wedding Shoes, and I just had to pass it along!! They show it working with weddings- which is wonderful!!! However, all you non-bride-to-be’s…. This is STILL a wonderful DIY craft for you as well!! I intend to go out and get corn starch tomorrow!!!
So, instead of writing “Mr & Mrs” or “Just Hitched” here are some house-hold alternative ideas:
-Welcome [on your front door as a year round greeting]
-EAT [hang in the kitchen over the stove]
-live, laugh, love [across the wall, behind a couch]
-monogram [in the bathroom or kitchen]
-love & be loved [in a hall of picture frames]
The list goes on and on… I still have yet to decide what I am going to create… HOWEVER!! Here is what to do WHEN you’ve decided what you will CREATE:
First thing you want to do is lay down wax paper, and then mix together in a mixing bowl your glue, cornstarch, and warm water! Do this until your mixture is no longer clumpy.
The last step is laying out the word you are creating. **TIP** For the areas where the rope will overlap- press down HARD on these areas to make sure the rope will hold. Perhaps even adding on more of the glue mixture will help with the drying process. ONCE your word is created to perfection :] let it sit out and dry for twelve hours!!