Project: Preppy Pencil Case

Trend: Preppy

This is the first year I’m not going back to school as a student…weird right?  Well, for me it is, and even though I won’t be going back to school this September I can’t help but buy school supplies and get into the back to school spirit.  Thus, I bring to you, the Preppy Pencil Case!  Anyone else do any “back to school” shopping this season?  If you haven’t yet, hopefully this will get you into the swing of things.   Have a question? Don’t hesitate to ask!  Happy sewing!🙂

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Preppy Pencil Case

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Project: Tie-Dye Draw-String

Trend: Tie-Dye

I don’t know what it is about Summer, but I really can’t stop tie-dyeing things!  I actually dyed this fabric weeks ago and have been looking for just the right project and decided this was it (you can check that out here).  The juxtaposition of the gold chain handle and tie-dye fabric makes this look like one upscale hippy bag! Something I’m definitely proud to be carrying.  Anyone else a big tie-dye nerd? If you have any questions on how I made anything please let me know. Happy sewing!🙂

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Tie-Dye Draw String

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Project: Dip-Dyed Tee

Trend: Tie-dye

Hello fellow fashion lovers, it has been too long! I’m excited about bringing you the latest tutorial. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s fun, and oh so messy.  Dye has the potential to get everywhere on your clothes, on the floor, and yes on your hands.  If you have an important event coming up I do not recommend trying this project right now.  It may turn your hands purple for a couple of days.  Getting back to the good stuff though, this is a great craft to try if you have never tie-dyed anything before just because it is so simple.  Has anyone ever dip-dyed anything before? Let me know and happy crafting.🙂

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Dip-dyed t-shirt

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Project: Beauty Review

Product: Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask from Valentia

So what do I think of this Clay Mask? First of all, I should tell you that I’m a big fan of masks, and although I usually use something different, I found this one to be great! It exfoliates and cleanses all at the same time.The mask also includes all sorts of natural ingredients:

-Aloe Vera

-Vitamin C

-Green Tea

Valentia has done it once again! I’m always happy to receive their products and this clay mask was no different.  Learn more about Valentia and their products here.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed!  Have you ever tried a beauty mask?  Let me know!

Valentia Mask

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Project: Mosaic Planter

Trend: Mosaic

If mosaic tiles are not considered a trend as of now, they definitely should be soon. These tiles add great vivacity to an otherwise plain home accessory. I saw the materials in Michaels, and the project just came to me! It was perfect timing too, as Mother’s Day is right around the corner. What Mom wouldn’t enjoy a homemade tchotchke from their kid? I added these funky blue marbles to fill in the planter, but any kind of plant would also be lovely. You can’t go wrong with a home made gift, especially one as easy to make as this!  Have you ever hand made a gift before? Let me know and happy crafting!🙂

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Mosaic Planter

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Project: Beauty Review

 Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

After having the opportunity to try Valentia’s amazing hydrating serum, I couldn’t resist trying similar products.  The “Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum,” claims to moisturize, minimize fine lines, and increase elasticity.  Sounds like this was out to make skin look younger; I was intrigued.

Before I go into my review, I wanted to mention the wonderful organic ingredients in this product! These include, seaweed, gotu kala, licorice, and rose hip seed oil just to name a few.  If you don’t know what any of these are, trust me, it’s the good stuff.

The packaging is so luxurious and pretty!  I love that it comes in a glass bottle (as plastic can seep into other beauty products).  My first pump of serum surprised me with a beautiful orange scent, so refreshing!  Unfortunately, the serum made my skin a bit dry over night, but it quickly recovered after applying some moisturizer.

I’m a big fan of Valentia products, and although this was not my favorite of theirs, I think it would be great for someone with more mature or oily skin.

I sincerely recommend checking out their website and products. Take a gander:

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Rose Serum Review

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Project:Tie-Dye Fabric

Trend: Tie-Dye

I don’t know about you, but every time it starts getting warmer out, I get the need to tie-dye something.  I forgot about this tie-dye kit until it recently fell out of my closet and onto my head (it’s so easy to forget what’s up there).  Usually I like to stick to my own dyeing methods, but I thought I might try something different and actually read the directions for once.  The results are pretty great! Now all I need to do is figure out what to make with this fabric.  Hmmm..maybe a handbag? Obviously I could use another one of those😉.  What do you think I should make?  Anyone else a fan of tie-dyeing?  Let me know and happy crafting!🙂

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Tie-Dye Fabric

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Museum at FIT: Fairy Tale Fashion

If you love fairy tales as much as I do you, you should definitely check out the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum. This museum is based in NYC and is always free of charge. Naturally, I had to stop by when I saw there was an exhibit called “Fairy Tale Fashion.”  Walking into this exhibit is sort of magical and enchanting.  There are stations set up with a synopsis of your favorite fairy tales (Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and more) along with designer clothing inspired by the tales.  Below is just a few of the amazing pieces I saw.  The designers below include Dolce & Gabanna, Christian Louboutin,and  Dior just to name a few.  Can you guess which story belongs with each fashion?

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Fairy Tale Fashion

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Project: Frilled Wristlet

Trend: Frills

Can you smell that? Ahh yes, Spring is in the air along with frills, florals, and fashion; at least that’s what I’ve been noticing. Frills are super easy to make, sort of like sewing pleats to the outside of a bag.  If that doesn’t make sense, don’t worry there are pictures.  I decided to use this paisley patterned fabric, it was really easy to work with and thought it might be nice to have a darker fabric with such a girly sewing pattern.  Are you in the market for frills this season?  Has anyone sewn any similar projects?  Let me know and happy sewing!🙂

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Project: DIY Business Cards

As someone who’s once again on the job hunt, I thought I might share some DIY business card tips. These cards are a great tool to have when networking, they look professional and they give you a chance to stand out and be memorable.

What to put on the card? Personalizing your information in Microsoft Word or Photoshop should be a breeze!  I like to include my name, title, e-mail, and phone number.

Usually I’ll add a personalized logo on the computer, but this time, I stamped each card by hand with a different design.  Stamps are cheap, fun, and will make you and your cards stand out.

Anyone else on the job hunt?  Happy crafting and good luck networking!🙂

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DIY Business Cards

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