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Nov. 2012 5

Chanel Shoes

Since I missed last week’s post, I’ll (hopefully) be putting up two this week.

I have this pair of Nine West camel colored pumps that are hands down my favorite shoes. They fit perfect, they are comfy, I just love them. Maybe I loved them a little too hard because by the end of this summer they were looking down right rough. I had a plan in my head that I was going to turn these plain camel shoes into cheetah print. But painting on a pattern I could cover up just the worn spots, while not painting the whole shoe, in theory extending the life of my shoes. I have done painted shoes in the past. I loved the way they turned out. However, the first time I wore them out they cracked instantly. I was determined to come up with another way.

My Nine West Pumps

So I went ahead and painted on all these spots. It was a long processes that required first priming the surface, then adding a dark brown, then adding a black. And the result? I hated it! They were so not cute on any level. I had to come up with a plane B.

While scrolling through Pinterest one day, I found the perfect muse shoe: this pair of Chanel flats that look like they have individually laid black and white pearls. I haven’t been able to find a price on them, but average Chanel flats are between $400-$700, so either way, way out of my price range.

Chanel Inspiration Shoes

I went to the craft store and bought white pearly puffy and black shinny puffy paint. Yes, puffy paint. The stuff you used to make terrible t-shirts with back in the early 90’s. I figured that since the puffy paint was fairly plastic it would flex with the shoe as I wore it instead of cracking like normal paint. Also, I needed something that would hold its shape, at least a little, so it would look like pearls.

So I marked of my toe cap, the heel, and a stripe down the back as my black sections. Then I marked off the instep and heel as two separate ‘contour’ sections for the white. And then, I just got to work. I was done in 10 minutes!

Just kidding…it took about a week to do all the dots. It is a long process, but it is mindless enough to do in front of the TV. I have to say, I completely love my shoes. I’m actually wearing them right now as I’m writing this post on my lunch break. I can’t wait to redo another pair of shoes using this method. I think next time I might do a pattern of some sorts. The possibilities are endless!

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Feb. 2012 23

Feather Belt

I saw this adorable on Anthro’s website and thought it would be a great fast project. I’ve had this bag of feathers that have been sitting in my craft bin for ever. It’s the perfect use of left over supplies. I wish I would have had spotted feathers like in the original, but I like the mixture I used.


You’ll need:

-Elastic, enough for around your waist (I used 1″ wide)

-Scrap fabric


-Closure (hook and eye)


1. Cut 4 strips of fabric 4.5″ by 2″

2. Sew together pieces, with a 90 degree point at the end. Trim excess and turn inside out.

3. Now you’ll tuck the ends of the elastic into the open ends of the fabric tabs. You’ll want to pin each tab in place. Check the sizing. You want just the tips to touch.

4. Zigzag stitch the end closed. Top stitch around the tab. This just keeps the tab flat.

5. Sew on the closures. It’s better to do it at this stage, before you put the feathers.

6. Now all you have to do is glue on the feathers! I used ivory, brown, rust, and black feathers. I finished it off with a jade bead shaped like a bear.

Since Vlad is at work, I took the photos on my dress form.

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Feb. 2012 15

Button Belt

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a Pinterest addict. I saw this button belt and fell in love with it. The only bad thing? I forgot to pin it! So I have no idea where it came from. So if you know, tell me so I can give credit where it’s due.

Moving on…

This belt is super easy (and comfy!)


What you’ll need

-Length of 2” elastic slightly longer than your waist

-3 Hook & eye closures

-Tons of buttons!



1. Measure the length around your waist. Add ½”. Cut your elastic to that length. I like to lightly singe the edges with a match so it won’t fray

2. Fold back the ends ½” on each side. Stitch

3. Sew your three closures on the back side of the fold so that when closed, there is no gap

4. Start adding buttons! Don’t do too many with the same string. You want your belt to be able to stretch still. And that’s it. Seriously easy. I didn’t go all the way around the belt because I don’t have the attention span for it.

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Dec. 2011 7

Sweater Projects – Part 3

AKA How to make a hat with a bill


For a long time now people have been asking me to do a tutorial on how to do a hat with a bill (because of this post). So finally I got around to it. Sorry it took almost a year. This tutorial is basically the 45 minute hat, plus bill


So I’ve already cut the elbow patches and leg warmers out of my sweater (shown in white). So I had to cut around the missing sections.

1. Take a ball cap and trace the bill. This is your insert pattern.

2. Now add 0.5″ all the way around your insert pattern. You’ve now made yourself  a bill pattern.

3. Here’s my big secret. Transparency paper. You know, like you used in school for the over head projector? It makes a great bil insert. I don’t like using cardboard like some people do because it gets gross when wet. This stuff is fine. I haven’t tried to wash/dry it. But otherwise it works great. So take a sheet of transparency paper and cut a bill insert out

4. Using your bill pattern, cut 2 out of your sweater

5. Sew bill pieces together with 0.5″ seam

6. Snip around curved sections


7. Turn right side out, press

8. Insert the bill insert. pin. Top stitch 3 lines equal distance apart. I used 1/2 a presser foot width as my measurement

9. Measure around your head. This is your headband length

10. For the headband portion, I did not have enough of my sweater left to do both the inside and outside. Also, it was too short to do 1 piece, so I had to pieces together the band. To do this, I cut 2″ strips out of my sweater down the side. I sewed these together. Then cut to the length from step 9. Cut an equal strip out of scrap fabric. It’s going to be on the inside so it doesn’t matter that much

11. Sew your headband strips, both inside and out, together to make 2 loops.

12. Find the center of your outer headband. Pin to the center of you bill. Working out from this point, pin your bill to the outer headband. Repeat with inner.

13. Now sew together inner and outer headband all the way around, including bill section.

14. Cut out circle from back side of sweater. I cut mine at 8.5″ to get a good amount of fullness.

15. Pin edge of circle to raw edge of outer headband, pleating as you go. Sew

16. Finish raw edge of inner headband as you like, I surged it.

17. Turn inner headband up so it covers seam from 15.

18. On outside of hat, on the upper hat portion, stitch as close to the seam from step 15 as you can. This will hid all the unfinished edges on the inside of your hat.

Then you’re done. You have an adorable hat will a bill!





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