meow: cat ears DIY

Good morning friends!  It’s Wednesday– that means Halloween is in just two days!  So if you were a procrastinator with your costume until now as I was, have no fear! I have a last minute, super easy and fast DIY for an incredibly simple costume!  After much contemplation, I decided to go as Catwoman (Anne Hathaway’s adaptation to be specific).  Essentially, I’m just wearing an extremely tight black outfit, black leather ankle boots, a cool mask I found on Etsy, and a pair of cat ears crafted by yours truly.  But enough of the chit-chat– you’re running behind, so let’s get down to it.

Cat Ears DIY

Time

Approximately 10-15 minutes

Supplies

-Headband

-Wire

-Beads

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How-To

Alright, let’s get this party started.  To start off, put the headband on to get an idea of wear you want each ear to sit.  Then, take your wire and wrap it around the headband in the first place you want the ear to hit.  I wrapped mine about 3 times to ensure it was secure. Next, determine how large you’d like the ear to be and fold it downward.

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Now, start stringing the beads onto the wire.  Make sure you stop with enough wire left to wrap around the headband on the other side.

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Now, wrap the wire around on the other side, securing the beads.  Repeat on the other side and you’ve got yourself the easiest (and cutest) pair of cat ears around!

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That simple.  I’ll be sure to post some pictures of my Halloween ensemble this weekend.  I’m not much of a Halloween person, but I am rather excited.  And with a DIY this easy, there is no excuse for you not to have a costume!  If Catwoman isn’t your style, go as a kitten who lost its mitten– or, just a regular cat.  Easy as pie.

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee

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diy: lampshade refashion

Hi friends!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had time to do a DIY, but my recent move inspired me to upcycle some of my things to better fit with my new apartment’s vibe.  I have gotten 70% of the things in my bedroom from Target, half of which are Nate Berkus.  My room is comprised of neutrals: ivory, black, brown, and pops of gold. I love it– it feels sophisticated, yet cozy.  Last summer, I had gotten an adorable floral lamp from Target for just $8, but it didn’t seem to fit with any of my stuff.  After perusing Pinterest for some inspiration, I decided to cover mine with ribbon rather than fabric.  Luckily, this DIY is extremely easy and requires very few supplies!

Ribbon Lampshade Refashion

Time // 40 minutes

Difficulty level // Easy

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Supplies:

– Lampshade

– Ribbon (I used 4 total spools; 2 ivory, 1 gold, 1 black)

– Hot glue gun + glue refills

– Scissors

– Optional: Paint + paint brush

Steps:

For starters, if you have a lampshade with some sort of pattern on it or are using a more sheer ribbon, you may want to paint the lampshade first.  I used ivory ribbon and the floral pattern showed right through, so I did two coats of white paint before starting.  In retrospect, I should have done 3-4 coats, since the floral shows through when the light is turned on.  Oh well– may you learn from my mistake!

1. Cut pieces of ribbon that are roughly 3/4″ longer than the height of your lampshade.  You want them to be long enough that you can fold the edges over the top and bottom when you glue!  Depending on the width of your ribbon and the size of your shade, you’ll need a varying amount (I used roughly 60 pieces).

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2. Now for the more time-consuming part– hot glue the top edge of your ribbon, curving it around the top of your shade as you press it down.  Then, hot glue the bottom edge, doing the same thing.  Make sure you pull it tightly as you glue the bottom edge, so the ribbon doesn’t gape out on the shade.

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3.  If you just want a solid color all the way around, then just repeat the motions for the full circumference of the shade and you’re done! I wanted to get a little stripe action in mine, so every 5th ribbon, I placed a color block of black or gold, alternating between the two.  *Note that if you have a shade that angles out from top to bottom, you’ll have to overlap the ribbons along the top rim in order for them to line up along the bottom.

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4.  At this point, you may be satisfied.  But, if you’d like to spruce it up just a hair more, tie a ribbon around the width of the shade.  I crafted a bow from a leftover scrap of black and hot glued it on.  Easy-peasy!

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AFTER

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Pretty cute, eh?  If you move pretty quickly, this could easily take just 20-25 minutes.  I was multi-tasking while watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, so it took me a little longer.  Conveniently, it doesn’t require 100% of your attention, so it’s a great DIY to squeeze into a busy to-do list.

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee

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renaissance revival

Hey folks!

I’m sorry I’m such a liar – I made a point of promising more frequent posts, but with the stress of the last weeks of school, I haven’t come through! But, on the positive side, since I’ve been working so hard, I actually can show you what I’ve been working on.  For my fashion history course, our semester final project is a student choice, where we can work with a partner and do just about anything showing our learnings from the ancient to Edwardian periods.  Mary and I decided to tag team it and like always, we came up with over the top ideas.  Honestly, we could’ve just written a 10-15 page paper and called it a day, but we apparently like to make things super complicated…

For our project, we focused on 16th century France, the time where Catherine de’ Medici ruled.  Instead of writing a paper focusing on her, we somehow decided it would be easier (hah!) to turn our paper into a magazine.  It turned out really well – better than I expected.  It helped that I had so much experience in Photoshop and Illustrator this semester in another class, but it still took a good 25+ hours for the magazine portion alone.  I’m geek-ily very proud of it and it’s a little upsetting that in the long run – and really, in the short run too – that this project doesn’t matter since I already landed a job and I graduate in 8 days.  Nevertheless, I’m still very happy with the final product and I wanted to share it with someone other than my professor.

I’m still working on my Photoshop skills, so if you happen to be an expert, please give me some feedback!  Mary and I would love to know how to do things better :)  Here are a few of my favorite pages.  I also have a link to the PDF below if you really want to see the whole thing!

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I’m so glad to be done with that.  A lot of hard work, sweat, hunger, and profanity went into each and every page.  Now I need to focus on studying for my actual exams and then Ames – I’m out of here.

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee.

patterned patches: an elbow patch DIY

Hey there followers!

Happy Saturday!  As promised earlier this week, I squeezed a bit of time into my schedule to do a fun and easy DIY.  Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’d been trying to find a simple fall-centric DIY that would ultimately be super cheap to recreate.  After perusing Pinterest for a DIY for far too long and only finding luck in elbow patched sweaters for my fall board, I decided that creating my own elbow patches had to be simple enough.  Luckily, it was.

After wandering the aisles of JoAnn’s trying to find the perfect patch, I landed on a black knit with gold animal-print sequins.  Although elbow patches are typically wovens, leather, or suede, I figured I could give the knit a whirl.  I got a 1/4 yard, figuring I might mess up a time or two and I could always have extra.  They turned out really well, and I ended up making some for my roommate and my friend’s birthday present.  It was so easy and now I’m hooked – so I’ll definitely be trying to find some good suede for more elbow-patched sweaters in the future.

Elbow Patch DIY

Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Supplies:

-Sweater/Cardigan

-1/8 yd of fabric (you’ll have leftovers!)

-Fray Check

-Fabric scissors

-Hand sewing needle and thread

-Pins

-Measuring tape

-Marker

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Directions:

1.  You’ll start off by tracing around your hand on the opposite side of the fabric that you’ve chosen for your patches.  Trace all of the way around it and cut it out.

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2.  Now, fold the patch in half to make sure edges align and are symmetrical.  If they’re not completely symmetrical, trim the excess to create a nearly perfect oval.  From here, you can use the perfected elbow patch to trace the other.

3.  Once you’ve cut out your patches, coat the edges in fray check.  Let it dry.  If you have a particularly stretchy fabric like I did, coat it twice for good measure.

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4.  Here is where it is helpful to have a buddy around.  I had my roommate put on the cardigan so I could roughly place the patches where I wanted them.  I pinned them in place and had her take it off.  I then used the measuring tape to measure the patch’s placement from the end of each sleeve and from the high point shoulder to ensure they’re in the same place.  They will likely be off since you originally just “eye-balled” them.  After measuring, pin them in the new place.  It’s probably a good idea to have your buddy try it on one more time before you start sewing! :)

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5.  Once you have the placement of the patches exactly how you want them, pin them down around the edges.

6.  Sew those suckers down!  Since they are on sleeves, it’s easiest if you put your arm in the sleeve with your hand directly under the patch to help guide the needle and to ensure it doesn’t go through both layers of the sleeve.

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7.  After you’ve sewn them down, from the inside, tack each one down in 2-3 places to make sure they don’t bubble out.

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All done!  Super easy, yes?

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Cute, eh?  And if you’re wondering how I managed to magically change the color of the sweater, I test drove the DIY on my sweater and took pictures when I made my friend’s!

How are you going to spruce up your wardrobe this fall?

Until next time–

xo,

kaylee.