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DIY: T-shirt necklace

I have a lot of craft items in my apartment just waiting to be crafted so this month, I decided I would refrain (as much as possible) from buying new craft things until I knocked out a lot of the freebies I had around the place. This is particularly true for my fabric collection that’s slowly growing arms and legs under my bed. However, that’s neither here nor there as this DIY was not only completely free, but it also helped me clean up a bit of clutter too!

As I was de-cluttering it up a few weeks back, I decided that I didn’t need all my sorority girl tees from college anymore. I’ve slowly been weeding them out over the past 5 years and this time I got it down to just 1 or 2, mostly to keep for the winter months since they are long sleeved. However, I did keep one brightly colored tee for a recycled craft I found many months ago from here. See how I upcycled an old tee below:

To get started, you’ll need:

  • t-shirt of choice
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • chalk to mark your lines
  • embroidery thread

1. First lay your tee out flat removing all the bumps and lumps, especially on the bottom layer.


2. Use your ruler to mark lines. About 3/4 of an inch between each line.


3. After you have enough, start cutting. Cut off the hem and discard.


4. After you’ve finished cutting, take the strips of tee and pull at each end so they curl (as shown on the right in the pic below).


5. As you pull & curl, lay them down in to a pile so all the ends are together. The original project says you can just secure them together and go from there, but my pulled tee turned out to be fairly large/long. I grabbed some embroidery thread in the same color and secured both ends.


6. I matched those ends together making sure it laid nicely as a necklace and wrapped it with an extra piece of the tee to give it a more finished look. Look in the mirror to see the back of the necklace.


And voila, an upcycled t-shirt necklace.

Usually, I never really review a DIY as it’s sort of a given that I love it if I’m posting about it. However, I feel compelled to say I was little underwhelmed by the final product here, but decided to post about it after the 150+ reblogs and comments that happened over on my Tumblr. It is nice and I’ll probably keep it for a few years and most likely wear it as a scarf as opposed to a necklace, but I don’t see it staying in my DIY collection forever. There’s just something about it that’s not totally my style. In the end it cost me zilch to craft, so if I throw it away then no big deal. At least I got my creative juices flowing for $0.


DIY: Studded clutch

I spotted a stud tutorial over on I Spy DIY awhile back and had it in my head that I could do that! My only problem was finding the right materials. I kept going to the craft stores thinking I’d find what I needed; when in truth, I should have just taken Jenni’s, from I Spy DIY, shopping advice. I finally did and scored everything I needed from M&J Trimming.

When I started this project, I had plans for something funky, but as it turns out I ordered the wrong color hotfix nailhead and decided that instead of fussing over a return, I’d find a way to use them as a test run for future projects.

Is my final product conservative and simple? Yes, absolutely. Do I still love it? Without a doubt!

It gave a renewed purpose to a worn out accessory that I bought for 2 euros at a neighborhood sale in the Netherlands back in 2007 – how could I not be pleased?

Pictured below:

  • 1 old loved envelope clutch
  • Black hotfix nailheads from M&J
  • E-6000 glue (with the tip for easy application)


I also made good use of some jewelry pliers, as I discovered I do not have nimble fingers.

To get started, I laid out my clutch (flap open) and started to apply the nailheads on the back, placing them with the jewelry pliers:


I continued all the way around the front and applied close to 100 nailheads. The project itself took me just under an hour once I found my groove. And voila, an updated studded clutch:


*Note: Jenni recommends you let your project dry overnight. Seems logical. Plus, that means it’ll be more than ready for a night out on Saturday!

khlomar on eBay

Khloe Kardashian updated her status to let the world know that she’s selling a dress she wore at the DASH Miami opening on eBay.

Things I like about this:

  1. Selling stuff on eBay makes her seem real to me. Sure, her fame was fathomed from thin air, but she’s still famous. We’re talking about her, aren’t we?
  2. A portion of all eBay proceeds go to a charity. That’s nice.
  3. It makes total sense. Celebs don’t get to wear stuff twice anyways, might as well let the rest of us enjoy it.
  4. This dress is listed as a size 8 as are most of her other listings. Why do people say she’s fat? Oh yeah, because she’s tall. Tall or not, size 8 is not fat.

For more listings, visit their eBay page. And fellas, you can even pick up some sweet styles from Lamar Odom. Of course, that’s assuming you wear a size 15 shoe!


Peek inside…

As part of my ‘Do More’ Campaign, I’ve decided to enter Jessica Quirk’s What I Wore Winter Remix Challenge. Normally, I probably would have thought it a fun idea but never actually submit anything. However, this year, I’m doing more. So as Barney Stinson would say…CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! [high five]

So I’ve entered my photos, but that’s not what I want to share with you! Rather than looking at a gratuitous photo of me, I thought I’d share my stair-step book shelf (made by dad!) and some of the fun things I’ve collected over the years.

1. Painting from Bali (2005). Lucky I even got it through Australian customs since the frame is made of wood.

2. Hand carved wood figure from Bali (2005) and paper/wooden lamp from Thailand (2006).

3. Me & BF on the left; Me and Izzy on the right when we were munchkins.

4. Card box with a big book on top. What’s that big book? Oh it’s my reading for Animal Behavior College. I’m working on my Dog Training Certification!

5. Mayan protector for health and happiness (2012), Spanish vase (2004), vase from Belize (2008?), and a photo of my grandparents.

6. Collection of scarves from at least 4 different countries (2004 til ?).

7. More pictures of me & BF but more importantly my hookah from Istanbul (2010).

8. Baby Maggie…awwwww (1984 heh)

9. Growler from Motor City Brewery (2009) full of coins.

10. Books (yeah, yeah) and Mr. Plant, the plant I got when I first moved to DC and the longest living plant I’ve ever owned (2008).

11. Voodoo wishing stick from New Orleans (2010) and a drumstick from The Killers (not visible in picture).

12. Yes, a fan, but also all the magazines I’ve acquired through previously mentioned deals!

13. Jewelry box, nothing fancy. I think I got it at TJMaxx (2004).

14. Travel books and a Spanish/English dictionary – assuming I ever actually learn Spanish.

15. That’s me, duh!


Kardashian confessions

Confession: I love the Kardashian clan. I watch their realty TV show(s). I follow their gossip (thanks US weekly). I even get into conversations based solely on the activities of their daily lives with colleagues. Stop judging me.

In truth, I’m not really big on reality TV, it’s just that I admire the empire they’ve managed to build. Yes, KimK made it big off a sex tape and the whole family is beyond high maintenance (yes, even little Mason), but they took nothing and turned it into something. And for that reason, I flock to all things Kardashian like kids flock to a piece of dirt and hair covered candy on the floor.

One of the latest Kardashian ventures has been a clothing line at Sears, even recently launching a second round of styles. For someone who loves fashion and loves the Kardashians, I was a little excited. I even went into Sears just to see the Kollection first hand. I texted friends who would share in my excitement, but after I saw the double K sign, it all faded. I admit, it was fun to see styles that represented each of the sisters and I could tell which item was “definitely Kim” or “soooo Kourtney”, but I was surprised at the lack of wearable styles that these divas had created and put on sale.

Just like every runway model doesn’t represent the average girl, the Kardashians don’t rep every Jenny from the block, but their clothing line would suggest otherwise. We may have hips, but we don’t have the ass to support it. We may love maxi dresses, but that design isn’t fooling anybody. And more importantly, we may love pirates, but that doesn’t mean we want to dress like one…

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

I wouldn’t normally point fingers at individual sisters, but Khloe we all know Exhibit B was your doing.



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