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


Approximately 10-15 minutes







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.


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.


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!


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–



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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



– Lampshade

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

– Hot glue gun + glue refills

– Scissors

– Optional: Paint + paint brush


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).


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.



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.



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!




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–



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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



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

-Fray Check

-Fabric scissors

-Hand sewing needle and thread


-Measuring tape




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.



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.


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! :)



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.



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.



All done!  Super easy, yes?



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–



tying times.

Happy Memorial Day!

It’s pretty much felt like monsoon season for the past week and a half in Iowa.  This has led to much boredom and being cooped up indoors–which is convenient, because then I’m forced to do some crafting.  Lucky for you, it rained this morning, so I did another t-shirt DIY.  This one gives a playful update to an old or over-sized t-shirt.  I picked my all-too-large Trend t-shirt that I rarely wear since it’s practically a dress on me.  Let’s get started.

All you need is a pair of fabric scissorsa t-shirt, measuring tape, and a few pins.

Optional:  a cute kitty to shed on your t-shirt.



Okay, let’s do this thing.



I did updates to my tee to make it more me.  First, I tied up the sleeves.  Second, I turned it into a tie-waist crop top.  You don’t have to do both, so I’ll split up the steps.


Start by laying out your first sleeve so the shoulder seam is laying flat in the middle.  Then, measure an inch down from the sleeve attachment seam and place a pin there.  Do this on both sleeves.



Now, measure across the bottom of the sleeve and mark the middle with a pin.  I pinned slightly to the left of the middle, since I’ll need to cut up the middle next.



Cut up the middle of the sleeve (only the top layer) stopping just short of the first pin you placed.  Do this on both sleeves.



Remove the pins and make a small double-knot with the edges you just cut.  Pull very tightly so it holds.



Tie Waist Crop Top

Start by putting your t-shirt on and finding your natural waistline.  If you’re unsure of where that is, tilt to one side, and where your side creases in is generally where your waistline lies.  Tie the measuring tape around your waist.  Then, place a pin on one side about an inch below your waistline (where the tape is).



Lay the shirt flat again.  Measure along the side how far up you placed the pin, then place a pin on the opposite side the same distance up.



Now, cut up the side seam up to the pin on each side.



Fold up the front half to get it out of the way.  Use the line it creates as a guide to cut the back bottom half off, going from pin to pin.



Here is where I evidently stopped taking pictures, so I’ll try to be extra descriptive!  Kind of dropped the ball on that one–but you’re almost done anyway!

Lay the front of the shirt flat again.  Measure across the bottom to find the middle of the shirt.  Cut up the middle in a straight line going slightly past the point where the back has been cut.  Then, you’re going to continue the cut you made on the back across the front, but angling downward toward the middle.

I found a similar picture online.  I did curved angles more than straight lines–but either will do!

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Then tie up the waist, double-knot it, and rock your new tied crop top tee!









Super cute, right?  And it’s super easy.  It’s a little shorter than I anticipated, so I’ll likely be wearing it with high waisted skirts at all times.

I have at least one more DIY planned for this week before I head off to Madison!

Until next time–