diy :: wrap bracelets

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

Whenever I go over to my gram’s house, more times than not she has a new pile of fun costume jewelry for me that she had found while going through some drawer or box in her house. It’s always fun to see what she used to wear before she was my gram. It usually provokes a story, too, which I cherish more and more as I get older.

diy bangles before :: stuff steph does

She gave me these plastic bangles a while ago. They didn’t come with a story, and I don’t think they’re really that vintage, so I decided to add a little more color to them. Plus I’ve been seeing wrapped plastic bracelets all over the place and I decided to jump on the trend bandwagon.

The process is really simple. All you need are bracelet(s), embroidery floss, and a hot glue gun.

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

This project was even easier than I thought it was going to be. I was nervous about getting the transition from color to color neat, but it was cake. I ended up making four of these pups.

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

Check out all that arm candy! The middle one is a bit of an anomaly because it already had a black and white pattern on it. I just added a pop of pink for a little extra umph.

The orange and yellow bracelet was made by holding two colors at once simultaneously wrapping them around. Again, not as hard or tedious as you’d think.

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

diy wrap bracelet :: stuff steph does

You can see here, that the glue may not look the greatest on the inside, but you can’t tell at all when it’s on. Best to be sure the floss will stay put rather than worry about a little extra glue.

Happy bracelet making!

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diy: personalize your hat

personalize your fedora

I’m completely in love with this fedora craze that’s been going on lately. I’ve always loved wearing hats and now its even more trendy to fashion your noggin with cute toppers. The problem with trends, however, is that there is a good chance of seeing yourself walk down the street since there’s only so many hats to choose from. I’ve decided to lower my chances of seeing double by giving my plain, Old-Navy-purchased fedora some custom modifications.

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Broomstick Lace Crochet Cuff

Broomstick lace crochet cuff

I’m embarking on new yarn territory.  Broomstick to be exact. I normally knit cold weather accessories with heavy, chunkier yarns, but it’s been so nice here lately (I think I’ve said that for the last 3 or 4 posts now?) that I don’t want to think about making a heavy wool anything. I found this post on Cult of Crochet a few months ago and bookmarked it because I knew I wanted to try it out.

Welp, I did. And that’s what I made as a little birthday trinket for a friend.  I’m not going to do a whole tutorial because she does a pretty good job of it (and for lefties, too!). These are the instructions I used for learning how to make the actual stitch. I used a giant crochet hook as my “broomstick.” Those instructions say to use a giant knitting needle which I think would be easier so you don’t have to go around the hook, but you gotta use whatcha got, you know?

I’m sort of on a broomstick lace kick now, and I’m currently working on a headband for myself. I’m growing out my bangs and they’re at that horrible inbetween stage of too short to pull back but too long to not look like a shaggy dog. I’m doing the same thing as the cuff, just making it long enough to go around my head.

broomstick lace crochet cuff

I started perusing the web for more broomstick lace ideas and came across a ton! (surprise, surprise, name one thing you can google and not get a ton of results…) Here’s some fun ones:

broomstick lace crochet inspiration//  1. another donkey design  //  2. stitch diva studios  //  3. yarn pearl  //
4. Polyvore.com  //  5. 4474.blogspot.com  //

Inspired yet? Go get broomstickin’!

Fab Finds

I was introduced to a new website a couple days ago. It is fabulous, and appropriately titled, fab.com.

Heard of it? No? Ohhh man, you’re in for a treat!

For those of you familiar with shopping sites like Rue La La or Gilt Groupe, its basically the same thing where different companies have sales on it for just a couple days, except on fab.com the products are all super cool, well designed products (as opposed to clothes). They sell everything from jewelry to furniture to books to lighting to art to hair styling tools and everything is just, well, fab. A lot of the sales are from etsy shops, which I love. There’s so much energy behind handcrafted work and entrepreneurial businesses right now, and I’m totally all for it. They also sell vintage items and have a pinterest-type board for inspiration. Not that we need another pinterest….but in case you needed another pinning outlet…

Before you scurry off and look at it, let me show you some fun things I’ve seen over there the past couple days and am restraining myself from buying.

bamboo sunglasses

via proof eyeware

How awesome are wood sunglasses?

Lexon watches

via lexon design

there’s something really cool about a simple, single-colored watch.

hexagon necklace

via Mani & Lou
(this is her etsy shop, this necklace isn’t there, you have to go fab.com for it!)

light bulb chandelier

via Urban Chandy

 This could be a fun project to try. Not much for wiring? Stop by Cassidy Brush’s etsy shop!

cityfabric Chicago tote

via CityFabric

CityFabric has totes, tees and prints of different U.S. cities. I’m putting this up here even though they don’t have Columbus…They need to get on that!

colander light

via Flea Market Rx

A colander turned light, um, cool!

Get the gist? Fab stuff at fab.com, you should check ’em out!