Thursday, May 31, 2012

DIY knitting with wire

Because she loves pearls. ... And bracelets, too.

E's {late} birthday present: 
bracelet: sterling silver, and fresh water pearls.

I made this wide cuff about three weeks ago, but I couldn't post it on the blog, since it's E. s-kid #2's present,  and I know she's peaking on the blog now and then.


long story short:
this happened right in the middle of my Pinterest break-down.
I've pinned this bracelet with the idea to make it, and then.... the crash.

Thankfully, I knew that the tutorial was safely stored in THE PLACE.
THE PLACE you have to land if you want to find tutorials and all kind of ideas.

Anyway: I found the tutorial  in a matter of seconds, and got to work.

For my version I used sterling silver wire in 28 gauge dead soft.
Knitting needles size 11 US or 8mm, and about 40 fresh water pearls (because I used smaller pearls, so I needed more than what the original tutorial suggested)
I casted on 9 stitches and worked all in garter stitch, knitting one pearl in random order every row.

I just followed the tutorial and the result is simply stunning, delicate, sophisticate, elegant.
Because its a knit, it's stretchy enough 
that will go over the hand and fit around the wrist.

... I believe she loved it: since she send pictures to her friends right away. It's always a good sign!

xox, d.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

I will wear it in public

Ready for another contest?


This is my entry:

I made a simple skirt with the silk I've got last year.
Super bold print, and very-easy pattern:
it's a wrap with an asymmetric hem.
that's it.

And with the leftover fabric, I made a scarf.
That can be worn as top... for a resort look ;)

I will wear it in public, that's for sure!

Garment Sewing Challenge: May 2012

...although my husband's reaction was something like...
"so you don't like black and white anymore?"
No comment!!

xox, d.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DIY quote on pillow #2 + sparkle

question to E. (s-kid #3): 

what do you want for your graduation?

Answer: let me shop on your blog!
(proud s-mom moment!!!)

...And because she learned to knit from very truly yours:
she wanted the ultimate knitter pillow (previously seen HERE)

And she {still} loves purple, even better if it sparkles.

This is the exact same pillow I made a while ago with the quote

And this second time around was even easier because...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

DIY round-up: 34 revamp t-shirt tutorials

my favorite season is... "t-shirt season"

If you enjoy t-shirts as much as I do, 
and you enjoy revamp the basic plain tee
into something more fun:
you've got 34 ideas & tutorials 
all in one place today!

Friday, May 18, 2012

DIY: extra inches with lace

refashion a basic tee with lace at the hem line

to add these few missing inches

My drawers have plenty of tops from the 90's.
...tops too short?  
(or mama too old?)
Today is the first post of the mini-series:

left: polyvore - collage by moi

Adding length with lace it's easy:
change the look of the most basic t-shirt 
to something more sophisticated.
Just like these Valentino or Miu Miu ...

(doesn't need to be a limited option for tops: 
you can use it for skirts, dresses, shorts, pants, 
and yes: tops, again: on the sleeves!)

(very un-flattering pictures to follow: sorry!!!)

 It's a 10 minutes project if you have a sewing machine,
about half hour if you have to do some hand stitching.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

DIY Sergio Rossi Feather Sandals

Sergio Rossi is never a disappointment. 

... But it comes not cheap at all.
and when I can, I'd rather DIY!

I was happy with my hot neon pink sandals 
until... I saw on Pinterest a pair of 
Sergio Rossi sandals with feathers on the straps.

left pics : - collages by moi

There is no end on happiness, I guess?

 keep reading if you want to see how I made these !

Monday, May 14, 2012

DIY shoe dyeing

why dyeable shoes don't exist in italy? 

...I have no idea, but I would be their first customer.

I had my shoes dyed before and loved the results.
Dyeable shoes often come in my mini-tiny-size 4, and I would have most of my shoes-problems taken care.

Well, fact is: I had to come up with something, 
since I desperately need a pair of hot neon pink sandals.
(I know: very much a first-world-problem.)

for 3.5  € (about 5$) and really, 
not more than 10 minutes of work....

Those Nina sandals were in the back of my closet for maybe 8 or 9 years... the color originally was a shimmery pastel peach/pink, but between scuffs and toes marks they really didn't look good anymore.
Besides, I need HOT HOT NEON PINK.

I found this acrylic color: DEKA LACK. 
Let me tell you: It's DA THING.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dear Ben, nighty night

another open letter to Ben and the Pinterest team

{and why you guys should have a help desk instead of a zen desk)

point is: I'm back and so my boards!!

Dear Ben, I'm losing my beauty sleep

an open letter to Ben and the Pinterest team

and why they will be responsible for some extra wrinkles 

pin this (yes, I said PIN) to spread the awareness, this could happen to your blog as well :(

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

DIY from marketing to fashion: baseball hats

baseball hats are coming back big time

Do you want to spend the big bucks
or you want to DIY yours
almost "free of charge"?

Here few examples of how to transform the baseball hats that once were just mere marketing materials, being left somewhere and never worn, into something much prettier, wearable, *free*, and totally in fashion!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

scarf: home décor edition DIY round up

scarves aren't made for just "around your neck"

they can dress up your home, too.
 check out some nifty ideas!

... on the window

...use it as upholstery 

... cover your pillows

...or anywhere else in your home

Thursday, May 3, 2012

DIY Burberry Prorsum geometric beaded top

Burberry Prorsum's S/S 2012 collection

is about earthy tones 

and handcrafted, earthy materials 

Because sometimes summer 
screams bright colors, 
and sometimes it's more settled.
pics on the right: - collage by moi

Oh well: I couldn't resist the DIY's itch!

Fully detailed tutorial after the jump!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

DIY D&G multi-print wedge sandals

Fully inspired by D&G S/S 2012 footwear:

printed scarves +
nautical cord +
happy feet!

top pic: polyvore - collage by moi

from an old pair of unworn wedges 
to what will most likely become 
my favorite one this summer! 

Full detailed tutorial after the jump!
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