diy: anthro bib necklace on the cheap

source: anthropologie

check out this necklace from anthroplogie. it’s beautiful, right? i really, really wanted it- at least until i saw the pricetag. $368! i immediately decided that instead of really, really wanting it, i really, really wanted to make a knock-off.

old lucketts is so amazing. go there.

so, while perusing old lucketts store, an amazing antique shop outside dc, my friends and i decided to have a craft night, which meant i had a perfect excuse to make my necklace. i didn’t have any supplies with me since i was on vacation (including a good camera, boo. apologies), so i had to buy everything. i spent about $50, but you can likely make this necklace for even less $$$ if you have some of the supplies on hand.

here’s what you’ll need:

  • 5 pendants. they can all be the same or different, just make sure they have enough holes to create an interesting effect. i found mine at michaels and joann.
  • about 6 colors of embroidery thread
  • about 8 beads, 2 sizes (2 large and 6 small)
  • three varying chains
  • a clasp and small round findings to connect everything
  • embroidery needles
  • small pliers

{step 1} using your embroidery thread and a needle, weave different colors of the thread throughout the pendants. this is pretty time-consuming and possibly the reason anthro’s original costs $368. just a warning.

{step 2} arrange the pendants and connect them with the small round findings.

{step 3} add a finding to the top of the upper pendants. string four beads together, add another finding, and attach to the pendants.

{step 4} attach the three chains to a finding, cut to size, attach to the necklace. repeat on the other side.

{step 5} add a clasp.

{step 6} enjoy the necklace and all the compliments!


sunday christmas craft…yarn wreath number two

It was a slightly snowy Sunday here in Nashville, so I took the opportunity to watch lots of movies, drink hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows (not homemade by me though, unfortunately), and make another yarn wreath. I made this one just like the other, and I think it turned out perfectly simple and Christmasy!

diy: christmas yarn wreath

It’s time for holiday crafts!! My month is filling up really quickly, and I NEED to make some time for painting, but I couldn’t resist making something new for Christmas. So, I spent the Thanksgiving holiday working on this yarn wreath with felt Christmas bows. Cute, right?

Here’s what you’ll need:

a wreath form
sheer ribbon or tulle
thick yarn (the thicker the better)
felt for bows
thumb tacks
a stapler
a hot glue gun


And here is a step by step guide. Enjoy!

1) Wrap the wreath form with the batting. Use thumb tacks on what will be the back of the wreath to secure the batting.

2) Wrap the form in tulle or a sheer ribbon. I’m not sure this step was totally necessary, but it made the wrapping of the yarn easier. Again, secure the tulle with a thumb tack.

3) Wrap the wreath form in your yarn of choice. A bit tedious, but cathartic. Tie off the end when you finish.

5) Now it’s time to decorate it! I decide to make Christmas bows out of strips of felt. I found a great tutorial on How About Orange. Cut a 9×12 sheet of felt into 9 strips, about 1/2 inch each. Luckily, straight strips weren’t necessary, as I obviously didn’t achieve them.

6) Cut one inch off three of the strips and two inches of three of the strips.

7) Twist the strips into figure-eights and staple them in the middle.

8 ) Using a hot glue gun, glue the figure-eights one on top on another. Use a scrap piece of felt to create a little loop to glue to the top of the bow. Experiment with sizes and colors. Attach the bows as you see fit onto the wreath. I used push pins to attach them  instead of glue in case I want to use the base wreath for a non-Christmas decoration. 

What are your favorite Christmas crafts?

diy: embroidery hoop wall art

Now that I’m pretty settled into my new home, I’m ready for creative projects. I’ve been seeing this fabric-filled embroidery hoop wall art on blogs for a while now, like this adorable one on etsy (which, by the way, inspired my current needs-some-work-but-i’m-learning blog header):

Isn’t she lovely? Anyway, when I recently received my beautifully restored vanity, I just knew that these hoops would complement it perfectly. So, I set out to make my own. Here’s how I did it.

First, I picked up some wooden embroidery hoops. These are super cheap, so you can make tons of wall art for every boring wall!

Then I found some cool vintage handkerchiefs from an antique store,

and added some fun non-vintage fabric. This would be a perfect use for any excess fabric you have lying around.

Note: You might also want to back the fabric with batting or felt. This was especially necessary for the vintage hankies- they were delicate and almost transparent.

Putting it all together is simple. Take the hoop apart and place a square of fabric and felt on top of the inside part of the hoop.

Replace the top hoop

and voila!

Now just turn the hoop over and adhere the fabric to the inside of the hoop, either using fabric glue or thumb tacks (the glue wouldn’t adhere to the hankies in my case).

Then, ask your dogs to help cut the excess fabric from the back after the glue has dried. I’m sure they’d be very helpful and wouldn’t be in the way at all.

So easy, quick, and fun! They’d also make great little bulletin boards- just add a cork backing and some thumb tacks.

I adore these hoops with my lovely vanity. Such an inspiring place to get ready every morning!

Mile 18: Unity. Circles and Triangles.

This marathon is getting harder! I’m definitely slowing down now that I’m near the end. The principle of design focused on in this painting is UNITY. Paintings that contain unity have common elements throughout them, whether it be colors or shapes. Pieces without unity appear a bit confusing or disjointed. Whitney pointed out that a lack of unity in life, as in art, can make us feel “stretched too thin.” As difficult as it can be to do, it is imperative to find a common thread in all the things we do in life that ties everything together and makes us feel complete. This is something I definitely should work on. If I could figure out how to incorporate ART into WORK I think I’d be a much happier person!

I’m pretty happy with this mile. The design was somewhat difficult to implement, especially because I was sketching it out right over the last mile and I couldn’t see what I was doing! Once I had the lines drawn, I basically created my own “paint by numbers” pattern. I know it’s hard to tell, but there is a pattern to the way the colors were dispersed (and if you find a mistake just don’t tell me!!). It wasn’t my intention for the colors to clump like they did and I was really frustrated when I realized that it was happening, but I actually like the finished effect. There are no colors (or shapes) that are not represented in multiple places on the canvas, so hopefully I’m doing UNITY justice!