August 28, 2014

DIY: Jeweled Cuff

I almost always see jewelry online that I would like to buy, except they aren't in colors that I love. That's why most of the time I DIY (except for maybe stud earrings which I'm amassing these days). I've been meaning to make this bracelet for the longest time (I've bought supplies for it months ago) but didn't really have the push to do it until I saw a similar one from Anthropologie. It's mostly easy to make - so why not take the jump?


Supplies:
  • Brass cuff - mine was 1/2" thick
  • Jewel rhinestones on settings
  • E6000 glue
  • Drill
  • Jewelry chain
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jewelry pliers


Let's talk rhinestones. I got these at Michaels on clearance way way back. I always have difficulty finding ones I like - but I recently discovered a variety of them on AC Moore (so check them out if you have one near you). You can also always find them online - but I love being able to use a coupon :)


Drill a hole on each end of your cuff. This part was what hindered my progress the first time I attempted this project - drilling holes on brass is a bit difficult (specially for an unexperienced brass-driller like me). What helped was indenting where I wanted the hole with a sharp, tiny nail and a hammer, as well as lots of patience. I guess as long as you don't accidentally drill right on the edge it's all fine and dandy, right?


Anyway, after drilling those holes attach your jewels using E6000 glue. I always squirt out a bunch on a piece of paper or card (in this case an old and expired metrocard). Apply it using a cotton bud or skewer stick.


Add as many jewels as you want! I love odd numbers more than even though so I stopped after 5 (it would also look odd if I had an even number of jewels considering I have a center stone on mine). Wait for them to dry. 




Use a jump ring to attach a length of chain on one side of your cuff. Attach a lobster clasp on the other end of the chain. 


Attach a bigger piece of jump ring on the other hole of the cuff and you are done!


What I love about this project is the fact that you have the option to choose which color, shape, size of rhinestones you're going to put. Basically everybody ends up with different designs according to their preferences!


I love my color combination though. What rhinestone color and shape do you love?

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August 25, 2014

DIY: Easy Trapeze Earrings

These past few weeks have been really busy for me and I just feel like it's going to get busier. I really do love my blog and though I have a ton more commitments now more than ever, I'll try my best to post more than once a week. :) Today's easy DIY will be in the form of these gorgeous trapeze earrings, which I've been meaning to make for a long time now. They come together in no time at all - just make sure to have the materials in hand!


Supplies:
  • Small round beads
  • Jewelry wire
  • Curved tube beads
  • Jump rings
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers

Loop one end of the wire and thread your beads as shown in the photo above. Usually odd numbers work best, but I put 6 on mine and they looked great too.


Loop the other end tightly and cut the excess wire. You can achieve the curve by pressing your strung up beads against the pad of your thumb. 


Attach your curved beads by stringing them up the same way you've done with the beads. Do it for the other side as well.


Attach both loops with a jump ring - make sure to position your curved tube beads either facing in or out. I loved the look of the curves facing out more, so I made sure to adjust my tube beads.



Attach the earring wire to the jump ring and you are done! I love how simple these things look- they're pretty light too!


What type of earrings do you guys love wearing? 

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August 19, 2014

Custom Notepad at Craftaholics Anonymous

I love customizing everything - and recently I had another chance to customize a notepad for my Bunny. Do you want to know how to customize one? I swear it is the easiest thing ever. Check out the tutorial over at Craftaholics Anonymous!


Yep friends - that's a dollar store notepad prettified. Isn't it awesome? Plus you can decorate it anyway you like - you can use the technique I used for this notebook or the technique I shared in the tutorial.


I can't get over how awesome it is! I need to make more notepads from different scrapbook papers. Anyway, don't forget to check out the tutorial by clicking any of the photos above or the handy link below:

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August 11, 2014

DIY: Funny Tampon/Pad Pouch and Sweepstakes!

Let me tell you something. When I was younger (and still in school), I never really took note of when it would come, let alone be prepared for it. Soooo... I'd almost always get caught off guard, and I wouldn't have anything in my bag for it. Plus I felt lugging pads/tampons around is kind of embarrassing, specially since there was always a chance boys may be snooping inside my bag (oh, grade school / high school days). 




Now I don't really care about other people seeing it, after all, it's a part of life isn't it? I always make sure to have some on hand for emergencies - since without it, I wouldn't be able to move comfortably wouldn't I? (like this time I ran out of it.....) I figured it's high time I make a special pouch for it. And of course, it had to be funny (I am easily amused though, so forgive me if it's not funny or if it's disgusting). 

Supplies:
Ready-made pouch or sew one yourself
Template - my graphic is downloadable at the end of this post
HTV or Printable Heat Transfer Paper
Iron
Parchment paper

If you're doing your design using HTV, cut and weed out excess material. If you're using printable heat transfer material, just print and cut around your design. 

 

Prepare your pouch by ironing the creases out. I sewed my own - and actually felt pro enough to do some top stitching (which didn't turn out well, I might add).


Position your design - I always do this before ironing because it kills me to have a design that isn't centered (yes, I'm somewhat a perfectionist).


Use parchment paper to protect the surface of your HTV/printable heat transfer from the iron and iron your design, making sure to follow the right instructions for your chosen material.

Peel off your plastic backing if you're using HTV material. At this point I actually liked it the way it is - it looks like a monster pouch! And I dig that VERY MUCH. Unfortunately, my fiance commented that it looked like a vampire with buckteeth.... so, I had to add the wording. 


And here's the final result! I love how it looks - don't you? But I'm planning to make some more without the wording and less buckteeth.



I craft funny stuff when I'm on my period, it's just what makes me feel better. I hope I inspired you to try your hand at making your own tampon/pad pouch!

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