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Friday, November 20, 2009

Crafty Christmas Trees

Oh the joys of a hot glue gun, ribbon, and spray paint! I am loving all the many ways you can take any type of cone and make it into totally unique Christmas tree decor.

For this tree I took a brown floral department wood tree/cone and spray painted it gold and just hot glued leopard ribbon around it.

This Victorian style tree was made from a styrofoam cone that was spray painted silver, wrapped and hot glued with lace and pearl garland.

This one is my favorite! Again I spray painted a styrofoam cone silver, then pinned on ruffled fabric and tulle. I ruffled with my sewing machine, but you can total do it by hand too. The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to make more!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

DIY Feather Christmas Trees

Oh my goodness! These were too fun to put together and the possibilities are endless! All that is required is a styrofoam cone (any height), feather boas, sewing pins or hot glue for adherence (whichever you prefer), tulle, and ribbon. How cute are they?! Ruffled fabric trees are still a work in progress, but I will post them as soon as they are done.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Seamstress for the little "Fashionista"

My sewing machine had been getting quite the workout lately! I have started making skirts for Olivia again and am truly enjoying it. Here are a couple of her twirly skirts. She LOVES to spin around and around in them. I've gotten such a huge response from friends about them that I am making them for their girls as well. Maybe I do need a boutique after all.....

This one has a super cute gathered detail so you can see the underskirt, but Olivia has her hand over it in the picture.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

DIY Splurge vs. Steal: $365 top for $22

I totally fell in love with this shirt by Valentino that was covered in a variety of black lace, while flipping through the November issue of Marie Claire. I nearly went into shock after reading that it was $365!!! I turned to Chris and said: "I can make that for $20." So, $22 later (yes, I was slightly over) I did, and it turned out darn cute. All you need is a gray short sleeve t-shirt, a variety of lace, some tulle, and a sewing machine. Super cute, super sassy, and super steal!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Fall and Winter are the only two seasons when all textures and various fabrics can come together and mix with each other. Bring the chiffons, florals, satins, and ruffles into your fall/winter wardrobe to add romance or extra girliness to the manly suiting of the season, or to just make a cardigan not look so June Cleaverish. Here are some fabrics to fall in love with this season:

*faux fur

Rule of Fun (via Heidi Klum): A fashionable woman wears the clothes; a fashion victim lets the clothes wear her.