Saturday, April 30, 2011

can't have enough rope going on

Happy Sat-UR-Day :)
This is a super quicky!


Yesterday, when I made the navy blue and white rope belt, I cut off the ends, just a bit.


What a nut case crafter that never through away anything would do with a 6" piece of rope? 


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...Make into a bracelet, right?


Arm your glue gun, glue two end cups which have been previously attached to a lobster mini-clasp and a ring, and your good to go!


(Just let the glue cool off before wearing it!)



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Make as many as you can, and stack them all together! 


xox, d.


will link to these parties *<:)

Friday, April 29, 2011

DIY knot belt: 3 yr of rope

A functional knotted belt 

What could you make if you had let's say 3 yard of rope laying around?
... a belt! Right answer! 
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I made this knot, and simply glue gunned the two end tails of the rope onto two end cups with a little ball charm. the end. 





Easy, with lots of effect!


The knot could be a little intimidating, just place your rope on a table, tape it down in the middle so you'll be able to have some grip, and work slowly in front of your monitor... pausing a lot. Yes, I started over quite few times, but the whole thing took me in any case less than 30 minutes! 


...and love this navy and white twisty rope.
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I love ropes in general, you got it!


xox, d.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

wardrobe challenges

I love shoes, I mean... who doesn't?
I went shoe hunting today: result... ZERO found :( 


There is a whole lot of frustration that comes with shoes in my case.


I'm a size 4, yup: just like Cinderella...


When it's about sneakers, I don't do that bad, I simply buy a size 3 or 3 1/2 Y and usually I can even save some money (although if I particularly love a certain pair of sneakers that's not in production in the kids' version, I can forget about it).


Trouble comes when it's about high heels, wedges and stilettos...
Some designers have some 4 or 4 1/2, and are usually shoes that I don't really like.
Most of the time, shoe sizes for women start at 5 or 5 1/2: if you want to picture it, it's like when your toddlers used to wear your shoes around the house, same thing.
(and same noise of clapping heels on the floor)
I am a big customers of insoles, plantar's pads, heels' pads, not to mention cotton balls in the toes... :(


Winters are easier, two pair of socks and an insole and my boots get to fit me just right!


But when it comes to sandals or pumps...  there is always a big gap between my heel and the heel of the shoes... 
Pretty much like...
like....
like these YSL sandals? 


YSL - image from Jak & Jil Blog


oh, I'm feeling so much better now!


I'm so taking my pumpkin pulled by mice and going shopping for size 7 right now :(
Sorry, Yves, but these sandals don't look right. NO - NO.


I like when shoes fit, wrap my feet, almost tight.


What is your wardrobe challenge (if any)?


xox, d.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

bows everywhere

I made this t-shirt last summer.
This it's not a knockoff, I swear, I have several eye witnesses!!



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I simply marked my t-shirt with dots 2" apart in a polka dot pattern and sew a the silky thread cord through, while pulling a little to ruffle the fabric just a bit, and tie a bow. 
...and repeat - repeat - repeat... 

--> TIPS  for making the perfect "polka dot effect"
I initially figured to just get my ruler and start mark the shirt: between the fact that the shirt is stretchy and it is not a perfect geometric shape, this turned to be a pain in the neck.
So, what I did wast to take a piece of square grid paper, mark with a sharpie the dots at the right perfect distance, and place it inside my shirt, starting in the center of the shirt and mark the dots.
By moving the piece of paper around, match the dots that you have already marked and keep going... the dots will be always in the perfect position and will speed the process a lot!

I wanted the full effect, so yes it took quite some time; but even if it is a simple white t-shirt, the effect of the bows in motion while you walk (or dance, even better!) it's quite unique.

...and then I found that "see by Chloé" made a knockoff!!... oh, well, I'm not going to sue :)
see by Chloé $330

xox, d.


will link to these parties *<:) !

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

big pendant - quick fix

My husband brought back from one of his trips this amazing amethyst pendant. 
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Consider these facts: I looooove amethysts, I love big chunky pendants, and I love raw stones. 
He hit the spot not one but three times! 
Ever since I had this (it's being about 3 years, I believe) I'm been wearing it with some cords or leather cords necklaces... not that I didn't like the result, but I wasn't completely happy with it, either.
On Easter Sunday, (was such a pretty day here in NYC) I decided to wear a purple cotton wrap top and my big, chunky, raw amethyst... ... Tried it on with the cord... neeeeh. 
... Tried it on with the leather cord... neeeeh.
Guess what I had in my ribbon stash? 
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- some violet satin ribbon - I believe it was part of the wrap of a present :)
- some light lavender organza
- some random purple mesh ribbon
- then I remembered that for some past projects (one of the very many) I had some purple beads
- 2 split rings 
- and I can never run out of clasps... 


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I made:
- 1 strand of purple-ish tube beads
- 2 strands of purple beeds
- 2 strands of satin violet ribbon
- 3 strands of the random purple mesh ribbon
- 6 strands of light lavender organza 
Wrapped all around the split rings and sew and fray checked the tails, and...


About 15 minutes later...
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... what do you think?
Me? I love my raw amethyst even more now!


update p.s.:  to keep the "twisty" look, I  wrapped it really tight and heated with my hairdryer, and let cool down.
when I put it on, I twist it more than I would like, close the clasp on my neck and will untwist just enough !



xox, d.


will link to these parties *<:)

Monday, April 25, 2011

tulipulì tulipulà

Another t-shirt: more paint, please.


This shirt was born a while ago, (in my BBE a.k.a. before blogging era).
I was thinking to make something graphic, big, bold, very summer-ish.
I might sound really 'off' but I'm not into the "fruit-trend" that is exploding for spring/summer (oh well, I'm so yesterday, you know)...oh, but you never know, you might see me in less than a week covered in strawberries and cherries! (never say never, right?)
Anyway, I took a piece of paper, and start drawing-and-erasing: and I came up with this big tulip:
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To make into a shirt, my original idea was to use freezer paper, but then the drawing was big, and I wanted to go all the way to the back - so I decided to just transport the drawing onto the shirt with a water soluble marker and start painting.


--> tips: (If you have a glass table, stick a light under it, if you don't have a glass table, stick the shirt and the drawing on the window!)


I'm quite pleased with the result, have to say...

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And then... I saw the Versace fall 2011 collection (please note her name is also Donatella, indeed [although I'm not a big fan of the line]) and I gave myself a big pat on the shoulder!
Versace FW2011 detail

The fact that I'm not into the fruit-trend isn't because I'm so yesterday, but because I'm so tomorrow, ah!
I feel so much better now... ;)


xox, d.


will link to these parties *<:)

...and the winner is...

The lucky gal who'll receive pretty soon a necklace handmade by me (hey, it's a Donatella original!!) 
is...
... is:



#5!!



The Curvy Girl said... 5




Love the coral and rope necklace!!! LOVE IT!!!!


Congratulations to The Curvy Girl! 
send me an email at : inspirationandrealisation@gmail.com with your address, so I can go to the post office with your present!!!


Enjoy!
xox, d.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

it's not just easter...

My italian BFF is coming to New York for the holidays, he is my besty for about, oh... about 15 years now...  day more, day less.


He is like a brother. 
Even better, he is like a sister! LOL :)
It's all fine, he knows I'm saying this about him, and I'm like a brother to him, so I guess we're even!


I mean... he can tired me out shopping for a whole freaking day, and I am the one begging him to take me home!!


He keeps telling me that he better see me now rather than later, since with all the knockoffs that are now a public affair on this blog, he's believing that some of the designers will get mad at me and suit me!


Anyway, lack of posting due to this very fact.

BUT YOU SHOULD GET TO MY
AND CHECK IT OUT!

I'm busy spending quality time with my bff :) - and shopping - and snapping pictures for more inspirations!


Another funny thing about my friend: if he goes somewhere, you can be sure the weather will be awful! 
He has the weather course over his head! 

...GUESS HOW'S THE WEATHER IN NYC TODAY? 
IT'S RAINING CATS AND DOGS!
ANT IF THE FORECAST IS RIGHT...
MORE RAIN FOR US!


Lately I'm getting spoiled from all the friends coming to visit... me likey that!!

And you... don't eat too much chocolate in the meantime!


HAPPY EASTER!!

xox, d

Friday, April 22, 2011

100! giveaway

Hello there!


As I'm been advertising for the past few days, it's GIVEAWAY day!


100 FOLLOWERS CELEBRATION!!!




Your choice between: 


beach coral
and coiled rope necklace

pink and purple
crocheted nylon rope necklace


neon green nylon rope necklace


--> GIVEAWAY RULES <--
* FOLLOW ME! (duh)
* LIVE ME ONE COMMENT SAYING WICH NECKLACE YOU LIKE
* LIKE MY PAGE ON FB!
* LIVE ME (another) COMMENT SAYING THAT YOU LIKE THE FB PAGE AND WHICH NECKLACE YOU LIKE


GIVEAWAY WILL CLOSE 
SUNDAY (EASTER SUNDAY!) 
AT 8 PM EASTERN TIME 


IT'S 8:00 PM: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING MORNING
USING THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR



GIVEAWAY OPEN FOR USA ONLY - sorry


HAPPY WINNING!!
xox, d.

100% recycled & upcycled

Happy Earth day, everybody!


If you like recycled, repurposed things that are kind of minimal, keep reading!


What happened is that Tuesday is recycle night here in my street.
And, as usual, I completely forgot about it, until Wednesday morning, which was obviously too late.


My entry looked this way ...  pretty ugly. Considering also that we'll have guests over the week end. 
Put together the fact that I wanted to reduce this pile of boxes, and the fact that I love things made out of cardboard, means some craft action to me!



--> THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX :
* Grab your boxes
* and empty can 
* a stone  +/- the size of the can (gravel works too)
* some scissors
* a marker 
* glue



--> let's upcycle now :)

* cut the template of the vase (if you click on the picture should be the right size)
* with a can opener, take off the top of the can (you can wash the can too)
* place the top of the can in the middle of the vase template toward the top
* place the stone under the can
* mark a slot wide enough to fit the can and the stone



* open up the boxes until you have enough cardboard as thick as the diameter of the can (I used different kind of boxes to have a mix of colors and texture) 
* cut the template of the vase with the slots



* glue the parts together and sit a nice heavy weight on top of the stack until dry



* now, cut two template of the vase WITHOUT the slot


* glue one in the front and the other one in the back, put the dictionaries back on top and let dry
* place the stone at the bottom (this will give extra stability)
* and the can on top of the stone



... you have your... 100% RECYCLED VASE! 
place your 100% RECYCLED FLOWERS in it, or just addd water and real pretty flowers and you're good to go!

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:) I LOVE IT!!!


xox, d.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

step-by-step eyelets

At the end of the winter (oh, well, still feels kind of wintery here, I meant to say the "calendar" winter) I was browsing around to get ideas for some long sleeves shirts.
And I saw one that I really really liked, so I figured: I'll just make it.
...And I did, as a matter of fact, but I had few bumps in the road.


right pic: ssense.com - collage by moi


As you can see, it's a simple t-shirt with random eyelets (grommets), just like the one from Iro Arrison. 
To recreate this look, wear the selected shirt, and while standing next to your mirror, mark with a water soluble marker the 'dots' where you would like your eyelets (grommets).

Till here, it's all fine.
I had my eyelet pliers ready, and got to work.



The instructions mention to use two layers of light to medium fabric, reinforced with interfacing.
I didn't want my shirt to have all these bumps from the interfacing, so I thought I would outsmart the instruction.... WRONG!

I ended up throwing away my shirt (a white 1$ one, this in the picture is my second and successful attempt).

I'll show you what happened:
(on a swatch from what used to be the shirt I wanted to make)


mark with a dot
where I want the eyelets
place eyelet in hole
punch a hole in fabric
with pliers


still following the instructions: squeeze pliers firmly, and...


...SCREAM...


ok, thanks for follow this step-by-step disaster, and let's go to the happy ending now!


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--> TIPS for the successful eyelet (grommet) process:
* mark your fabric with a dot
* get tacky glue and spread some glue on your dot and around: front and back (better safe than sorry...) 
* let it dry - the fabric will get stiffer and shiny once it's dry
* fold the fabric in half and in half again right in correspondence of the 'dot'






* with the scissors, cut the little corner of the fabric, just the mark of the dot
* you'll have a tiny hole, much smaller than the eyelet
* place the eyelet (grommet) inside the hole, the t-shirt fabric stretch and with the glue will be a perfect snuggle
* squeeze the pliers








* YAY!!! perfect!
* hand wash with warm water to remove glue


I already wore and washed this shirt several times (hand washed and hanged dry)... So far, so good.


eyelet front
eyelet back


In both pictures the eyelet at the top is the first attempt, while the one at the bottom is the 'happy ending' one.
Best of all: I still ended up outsmarting the instructions! Extra points, right?


xox, d. 

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