this is such a fun idea! our santa barbara store had a really cool event over the weekend where customers who purchased a bandeau had the opportunity to tie-dye the bandeau in-store! i love how this bandeau looks! this is such a great way to spice up a plain white bra.
some DIY inspiration… i saw this on cosmic dust and was just totally blown away by how beautiful it looks. a couple of weeks back i showed you how to make your own dreamcatcher…and here’s a great way to put one to use! use it to hang your earrings :)
by the way that’s a pretty sick earring collection.
i saw this DIY and it immediately reminded me of free people- fabric covered hangers! i have a bunch of plain old wire hangers in my closet and i think they are in need of a makeover. all you need is fabric – this would be a great way to reuse old free people bags! – and glue.
start by taping the starting point of the fabric to the hanger, and then proceed to wrap the fabric around the hanger. when you have covered the hanger, put a dab of glue on the end of the fabric and you’re done!
some DIY inspiration from wanderlust- a jar lantern chandelier! so beautiful. i did some hunting online and found some similar ideas that are so lovely…
i really love the idea of putting some sand in the bottom and dropping in a tea candle. i think that would be the perfect outdoor lighting at my family’s beach house.
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when i was at a.c. moore the other day getting supplies for my hair wrap, i saw a DIY dream catcher kit and i couldn’t resist. i never realized how easy they are to make! you don’t even need the kit- you can find whatever supplies you want to make your own personalized dream catcher at an arts and crafts store or around the house!
what you need:
– a ring of whatever size you’d like – it could be metal, plastic, wood – whatever :)
– suede lace or thin strips of fabric
– artificial sinew (the yellow thread) – this is what came in the kit, but i feel like regular string would work too.
– feathers, beads and any other little trinkets you want to add!
wind the suede lace around the metal ring.
when you get all the way around, tie the ends together in a knot:
i left a little bit of extra lace at each end so i could use that to hang it from something.
take the string and knot it at your starting point, and then start looping it around the metal ring as seen in the photo. when you get all the way around the outside, start looping it around itself, and keep going till you get to the center:
now start adding your little trinkets! the kit came with the suede piece at the top, but it’s definitely not necessary. i put a little silver feather on the inside, and used the leftover suede lace to attach beads and feathers at the bottom. i tied the feathers to the lace with the string, but there’s probably a better way to do that :)
i love the end result! it’s a very nice addition to my workspace.
and now i’m already thinking about what i want my next dream catcher to look like! i think it would look really cool to make one with thinly cut strips of fabric – maybe from old free people bags!? or an all-natural one, using a stick for the ring, hemp and decorated with leaves, feathers and dried flowers…yep, done.
so i saw these friendship necklaces on honestly…wtf last week and i’ve been thinking about them ever since. they definitely bring back memories of grade school – although i actually still wear friendship bracelets that i made back in those days. what excited me about this was the idea of making lots of extra long necklaces to layer… and then i got to thinking… what if i tried it in my hair?
all you need to do this is some string – and if you want to make necklaces like the ones above, rope or hemp cord. if you don’t know how to make these, it’s incredibly simple and you can find an excellent tutorial right here.
during my lunch break i drove over to a.c. moore to pick up some string – so many colors to choose from!
i got some hemp cord too for when i make the necklaces.
these are the colors i’m going with for the hair wrap.
i took a small section of hair, wet it and twisted it up, and then just knotted the three strings around it – warning- it might not be easy to take out :)
now use your hair as if its the rope in the tutorial, and start wrapping! use one color at a time, holding the others in with the section of hair until you want to change them up.
another cool idea- wear the necklaces as belts:
last image – fashion gone rogue.
i saw this on black eiffel and i am completely in awe. a company called front created this “three dimensional wallpaper” at the swedish venue tensta konsthall using silk and plastic flowers. i want to do this in my apartment so badly! it’s so colorful and i’ve never seen anything like it.
i think it looks really cool how they’re just taped right onto the wall.
another really neat idea- hanging flowers in bottles!
i think this would look really amazing using different sized and shaped vintage bottles and dried flowers, like these:
our producer took the above photo at dunton hot springs in colorado, when they were shooting our july catalog. they also had bottles hanging on the walls of this cabin, which i thought was really cool too although i’m not sure how they’re attached to the wall…
love this. making it happen.
when we posted photos of our new costa mesa, california, store the other day, you may have noticed these beautiful fabric-covered vases sitting on some of the shelves. i loved them so i did a little digging to find out how are display team made them…
our team used large aluminum vases cast in india – but you can pick up some large inexpensive flower pots at your local gardening shop.
next you need some pretty fabric. our team used antique turbans, bridal blouses and quilts they picked up over in india. check out vintage stores and flea markets for pretty vintage fabrics that work just as well :)
now all you need is some mod podge, which you can order online or get from an arts & crafts store. use the mod podge to coat the fabric so it stays on the vases. use the fabric however you want- i think it would look cool if you cut different fabrics into strips and collaged them onto the vase for a quilted effect!
i’ve never really been one for clothing with the american flag on it…but i would totally love to do this with my shorts and if they came out looking half as good as valerie’s from bleach black i would rock them all the time!
what you need:
a pair of denim shorts
paint pens- she recommends two white and two red
x-acto knife, pencil and ruler
one piece of hard posterboard for stencil (she used the hangtag from the shorts)
and here are her instructions:
begin by practicing with your white paint pen, on the inside of your shorts, so you can get used to how the pen works. once you are ready, prepare your stencil for your shorts. my star is 1.25″ at the widest point. cut out star with x-acto knife, and place on shorts. use stencil to draw the outline of your shorts. remove stencil, and fill in star with paint pen. place next star approx 2″ away from next star. if you end at a seam, draw a small part of the next star, to continue the pattern repeat. once you are ready with your stripes, begin on the far left seam, using the seam as a ruler. my red stripes are 1/2″ wide, and approx 3/4″ apart. continue stripes up to waistband, and on coin pocket, but not on waistband.
sweet! you’re set for the 4th of july, too.
one of the coolest things i saw at bonnaroo was the booth where you could build your own drum! i would totally love to try this- it requires a little effort but the end result makes it totally worth it!
unless you have the ability to carve your own drum shell, you’ll probably need to buy a shell and drum head to start out with. some websites sell kits with all the supplies you need – find some here and here.
once you have all the supplies, here’s a step by step tutorial on how to make your drum!
what you need:
- djembe drum shell
- djembe drum head
- metal rings
- djembe ropes
- wood glue
1. apply a 1 inch circular strip of glue along the top edge of the drum shell.
2. grasp the drum head on opposite ends and pull with your hands. pull enough to stretch the head out and be careful not to break it. this stretching allows the natural fibers to become acclimated to the tension exerted on them during use on the drum shell.
3. pull the edges of the drum head over the glued rim of the drum. the head sits taut over the drum shell, with about 2 inches of drum head hanging over each side.
4. place the metal ring over the drum head. it stations loosely over the side of the drum, with the edge of the drum head between the ring and the shell.
5. lace djembe rope between the metal ring and the drum head, creating a crisscross pattern from top to bottom of the drum shell. this rope provides additional pressure on the metal ring and drum head, securing both firmly to the drum shell.
6. hammer the metal ring into the drum shell to tighten its grip on the drum head. this ring and the glue on the drum rim insure that your drum head can take the pressure of use when your drum is complete.
you can personalize your drum with hand-painted decorations, and at bonnaroo they were even tie-dyeing the drum head, it looked really cool!
this girl was painting her drum shell wearing one of our dresses!
instructions found here.