Friday, 14 September 2012

DIY: Galaxy Print Shoes

Am I the only one obsessed with galaxy prints right now?? I thought not, so when I gave these shoes a makeover the other day I took it as a fine opportunity to blog about them in all their glory! The shoes themselves were ridic cheap- $4.74 at Big W if I remember correctly?- and I bought a pair specifically for DIY purposes, so you know, creative love right here! Anyhow, they took me less than half an hour to make, and I think they look pretty rad, so why not have a go yourself? Australian Summer is calling, and what finer wear could your feet be seen in on the lovely beaches?

Friday, 31 August 2012

DIY: Driftwood Necklace Pendants

Today's DIY: turn a piece of driftwood into one of these cute pendants! I love the whole hippy/ boho beachy look, and this is the kind of piece that fits in perfectly with that scheme. I've been seeing quite a few of these in magazines lately, although theirs come from an elite fashion house and cost upwards of $200. Seriously, where has the DIY spirit gotten to? Driftwood comes in abundance and is wonderfully free from your nearest beach, plus when you wear it you can boast about how you made it yourself! So let's go; get your DIY on!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Show & Tell: My Handmade Maroon Collared Blouse

Here are some photos of a top I made the other day. I cut it off an identical shirt I got for my birthday (which I love), and I think this is probably the best piece of clothing I've made yet! It was surprisingly simple- collar included- and I'll definately be making more soon. Enjoy!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

DIY: Cassette Tape Purse

This is a DIY I've been meaning to post about for awhile, and I'm so glad I've finally gotten around to it! These purses are a great way to recycle your old cassette tapes, and are really cute aswell! Come on, have a go- I promise it's not super hard!

Friday, 17 August 2012

DIY: Hair Chalking

I'm a definate fan of the ombre/ candy coloured hair trends, but I've never dyed mine before, and a little scared to make the commitment to such a colourful mop! This is why hair chalking is such a great idea- done on dry hair, it should come out in a wash or two (unless your hair is very dry/ light)!

All you'll need for this DIY is a set of soft pastels (available in art/ craft stores) and 5 minutes of spare time. So come on- have a go!

Friday, 10 August 2012

DIY: Steampunk "Slave" Bracelets

Well, this has definately been a busy two weeks for me! I'm sorry I haven't posted in so long, but I promise this is the busiest part of my year, and my creative presence is now here to stay.

Here's a cool little steampunk- esque bracelet I whipped up today- I've seen quite a few on Etsy lately, and so finally made one for myself! They're actually surprisingly easy to make, once you've made the few necessary measurements.

So come on, have a go- I promise you'll have an awesome bracelet to show for it at the end!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Show & Tell: Completed Fineliner Drawimg...

Hi there! Yet another Show & Tell today.. but I promise it's a good one! I don't know who remembers, but a while ago I did a post on some of my end- of- semester schoolbook doodles (here). Anyhow, one of them actually inspired my to produce this fineliner drawing- I went home that night after school and the drawing just flowed!

I've been doing it on and off for about a month now, adding a new element as each one occured to me. But last night I finished it, and I'm really excited! The only thing I'm a little dissappointed about is the faint crinkles and a slight rip in the top left corner, courtesy of my lovely cat. Thanks Justine! Anyway, what do you think??

(PS- Happy 3 month anniversary, Kooky Quirky Cute!)

Friday, 27 July 2012

Show & Tell: Hayley...

Hi guys! I'd like to share some photos I took of my sister the other day. I think they're rad for a few reasons; for one, they were completely spontaneous (they were literally taken in excess of 10 minutes!), and also they're so natural, so her. The whole time she was pulling faces at me and asking when I was done, and her personality really comes across in these photos. She's also very photogenic, so if I need a model all I need to do is yell out for her (plus a bit of convincing!) Here are some of my favourites...

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

DIY: Sock to Donut Bun Shaper

Hey there! Yet another fab DIY- turning an old sock into a bun shaping donut!

I personally think these are a great idea- they've been this year's new hair initiative, which allows you to create the perfect bun in minutes. They're around $15 in a chemist/ other hair- accessory- stocking- shop, but I kind of thought, why buy what you can easily make??

So that was kind of my inspiration for this DIY. Also, Katie from Gold Dust recently posted a similar DIY using a sock, but with a different method. Thanks for the great idea! Well, here goes..

Saturday, 21 July 2012

DIY: Sliding Knot Charm Bracelets

Hi there! Here's my latest li'l DIY: how to make your own slide knot charm bracelets. The bracelets I made for this tutorial have quite a beachy feel to them (I actually made them not long before a long beachcombing trip!), but depending on the charms and string you use to make them, this totally doesn't have to be the case!

I've actually used this method as a necklace in a previous DIY to show off a pendant I made (here!), but I thought it'd probably be worth giving it it's own time in the spotlight. So, here goes- DIY after the jump!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

DIY: Coloured Bobby Pins

Well hi! Here's another simple- but- fab DIY for you- coloured bobby pins, transformed into a cute hair statement with a bit of nail polish! The main key to this one is patience- you really need to wait for the polish to dry, or you'll end up with some nice rock- hard streaks in your hair (Tip: save that one for the bottle of hair dye.) Other than that, it's pretty much foolproof!

Well, what are you waiting for? Instructions after the jump!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

DIY: Chain Peter Pan Collar Necklace

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't posted in a while- it's been a pretty hectic week for me. Anyhow, here's my latesy DIY- a peter pan collar necklace! These bib- style collars have been "in" for a while now, which is why I like these kind of chain necklaces- same trend, new twist.

Another great thing about them is that they're quite versatile, and can look quite sophisticated along with the right clothes. And you don't necessarily have to wear it with a high- necked top- trust me, this will save you alot of rifling through your wardrobe!

Well, here's the DIY- I hope you enjoy it! Click through to have a peek.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

DIY: Painted Doll Accessory Charm Bracelet

Well well well- what do you think?? One of my procrastination projects has finally come to life! I raided our old toy box the other day and picked out all these little doll accessories- hair- driers, shovels, brushes, bottles.. I even managed to find a pointe shoe! And the result is actually quite fashionable- I've seen quite a few high- end bracelets and necklaces for sale with practically identical pendants (minus the expensive metal part), and the only difference is that they cost upwards of $90.

This is  a really simple project, and a great way to recycle some of your old toy bits and bobs, so why not give it a go? Instructions after the break!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

DIY: Coloured Pencil Nub Pendant

How do you like these pencil nub pendants? It's something I've been wanting to try out for a while now, and I'm so glad I finally did it! They're quite easy to make too, which is a bonus. Want to make some youself? Instrucitons after the jump!

Saturday, 30 June 2012

DIY: Driftwood Jewelry Display Branch

Lately, I've been making alot of necklace pendants, and I've been trying to think of a use for this piece of beautiful driftwood I've had sitting in the corner of my room for ages- this is what I came up with!

Driftwood is such a nice thing to have around your house- it's beautiful, and smells like the beach, which in the middle of Winter is a comforting thing! Also, this jewelry hanger is so easy to make, it literally took me 10 minutes- so why not have a go yourself?? Instructions after the jump, chums!

Friday, 29 June 2012

Show & Tell: When I Should Be Doing My Schoolwork...

Hey guys! It's officially school holidays- YAAAY!
Since it's the end of the semester, I brought all my school books home. I've been looking through them, and I've come to a conclusion: I'm a serial doodler. Seriously, almost every single page has some sort of decoration or design down the margin. I knew it was a habit, but I've only just realised how much of my book it takes up! Anyway, in this 'Show & Tell' I thought I'd show some of my better procrastination creations- because that's what all normal people do, right?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

DIY: Wrapped Gemstone/Seaglass/Seashell Pendants

Hi guys! Sorry I haven't posted in a while; it's been one busy end- of- term rush for me, I tell you! But the holidays are within reach, and with them will come some sweet new DIY's- promise!

Anyhow, here are some wrapped pendants I made a few days ago. I had some fine copper wire left over from playing with soldering irons, so I decided to use it up by making myself some indie bling! It's surprisingly easy- kind of like wrapping ribbon around a gift, really. Instructions after the jump, kids!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Show & Tell: 70's Inspired Magenta Halter Top

Hey guys! I thought I'd share a Show & Tell post with you all today. This is a halter top I made about 3 months ago, but I'd never completely finished  it... till now, that is! It's cut off a pattern I found in our pattern box- it's a true retro one too, because the print date is 1976! I used three hooks- and- eyes to close up the front, which I think worked pretty well. Here are some photos I took:- enjoy!

Friday, 15 June 2012

DIY: Circle/ Skater Skirts

You like?? I've been wanting to make one of these skirts for AGES, and I've finally got around to it! I had a bit of a thrifting rampage the other day, and I picked up this fabric for a dollar. ONE DOLLAR. I even measured it- I got 4 and a half metres! FOR A DOLLAR! Yeah, I think you get it. It's this crepe-y kind of material, and works really well as a drapy circle skirt.

I've written a pretty comprehensive tutorial too, so you can all have a go in your spare time if you like! It's really easy, I promise! If you're game, continue reading- instructions after the jump!