DIY: Wrap Bracelet

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Wrap and stacking bracelets are very popular right now, and once I found this post, I HAD to try it. This was one of my more time consuming projects I have ever done. The site didn’t have very many details written out about supplies or how to properly make the bracelet beyond their pictures. I purchased the larger seed beads in a multi-color pack, cotton thread, some gold beads, fishing wire, and an old button. I am unsure if I wrapped them right or not.

I started the bracelet by wrapping the fishing wire around one side, putting on a bead, then wrapping around the other side and then looping it back through. I realized looping it back through made the bracelet start to curl and bend funny, so I stopped that. I just attempted to follow their pictures, but not sure if I did it right. So Best of luck on that! It turned out pretty well, except after a few hours of attempting to make it wrap 3 times like the pinterest one, I gave up and let it wrap only twice.

I am thinking to look other posts up similar to find the right instructions. Also, probably best to use a clipboard to clip down the top part while your hands work on the bracelet. I am trying that next time!

Shorts From Old Jeans

DIY Jean Shorts with Lace or Studs


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For DIY shorts-I returned from studying abroad in Italy this past May (2012) and was in need of new shorts because I had a little too much pasta and not enough exercise over 4 months! I was pretty broke after Italy took all my money, so I resorted to making my own! (made two pair for under $20 total ) I didn’t have any old pants at home, so I went to my local goodwill and found a pair of Joe’s Jeans (for $5!) and Ralph Lauren Jeans (for $4). I bought the jeans in a size 27 which is one size above my normal jean/shorts size. Definitely recommend buying 1-2 sizes above or it will look terrible being skin tight. I used the steps found on Pinterest and cut my jeans with fabric scissors. I followed the high low approach also so I could wear them high waisted. I also measured the length much longer than I wanted just in case so when I cut the fabric, if I made a mistake, I still could correct it by cutting more later (which is what I did). By following all the steps provided, I got two pairs of amazing shorts. (Once I was done, I decided to add detail with lace and studs…described below)

For Studs/Lace application- I ordered my studs off of Ebay for under $10 with shipping. I ordered 50 studs in silver, and wish I would have just got more for making more! I followed the instructions off of Pinterest and my shorts turned out awesome. The only thing is applying the studs takes much longer than expected. I started with a small triangle on the butt and fixed it another day. I also would have added more studs to the back pocket if I had more studs. As far as the lace pocket on the other jeans, I bought a roll of lace ribbon from Michael’s for a few bucks and hand sewed it on the butt. I wish I would have bought bigger lace though, probably will go back and fix it more. Overall, I LOVE both of these!

Fashion-Pairing a Cardigan with a Blouse

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I just so happened to have all of these items in my closet already, so I attempted the look on my own. My version may be a little cheaper than the pinterest photo. I paired my snakeskin blouse from United Colors of Bennetton (bought in Italy for $15 USD), Urban Outfitters cardigan ($20 on sale a few years ago), jeans from boutique in Rome, Italy (around $25 USD), Betsey Johnson Black Belt from TJ Maxx ($10), designer flats (forgot who, originally $250, bought for $50 from a local boutique).

I got lucky having these items in my closet already, don’t rush out to the store to find items you want just for one outfit. I can guarantee you can find something in your closet to make similar to this look, but in your own style =)