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Even before I started Vylette, I loved blogs. There are so many interesting individuals who love crafting/fashion/diy/baking as much as I do, and reading their blogs was like having being able to enjoy my morning coffee with a friend. Vylette celebrated it’s two year blogoversary a couple months ago, and I read more blogs now than I ever have. I am constantly looking for inspiration and the creative give and take that forces you to expand your limits and try new things. One of my all time favorite blogs is Honestly…WTF. Lauren and Erica kick major blogging ass. They have new posts everyday, some times multiple times a day, and it’s a little of everything. I’ve shared a number of their DIY’s here on Vylette because they take it to a whole other level. Yes they do have some Holly Hobby-esqe tutorials, but most of their DIY’s are (to quote my husband) slick. It isn’t melting plactic tray with a hair dryer to “make” those earring that sort of look like the ones on the runway, they show you how to actually make the runway earrings.
Today I have links to two of their most recent tutorials on making some seriously sexy shoes. When I read these post I had the immediate “I have to make that” followed by an incredibly geeky and jealous ” I wanna be cool like that!” I could almost hate them if they weren’t so awesome!
I have a fondness for things that sparkle. It doesn’t have to be diamonds or gemstones, I am just as happy with glass, crystal or rhinestones. When I saw the most recent Jewelry DIY by the ladies at Honestly…WTF, I felt like they had made this tutorial just for me.
Start by hammering the hallow gold tube flat. Use the flatnose pliers to flatten and even out the texture.
Pull the working surface off the edge of a table. Pierce a hole and push the earring post through the working surface. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 onto a disposable spoon.
Use a toothpick and apply a generous amount of glue onto the flat post. Glue on the flattened curved piece. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes before applying more glue and attaching the shorter rhinestones to the post. Use the pliers and toothpick to help maneuver the rhinestones. Allow to dry.
Add more glue along the curved piece and add the longer rhinestones, one piece at time and in an alternating pattern.
Use the toothpick to add glue along the sides of the rhinestones each time for extra hold. Dry overnight.
Use wire cutters to trim away the excess metal. Check for any potentially loose pieces and add more glue.
Allow to dry for at least another day before wearing.
And be sure to back it with a stabilizer clutch to help keep the ear cuff from drooping!
I haven’t tried it out yet, I am hunting down grey/clear black crystals and sliver/gunmetal settings, but I most definitely want to make it before the holiday season. I think it would be a great piece to wear to parties.
Images and tutorial by HonestlyWTF
Here I sit, on the up side of a truly horrendous tax season. I made it, everything that needed to happen happened, and the phone has finally stopped ringing, and oh my goodness am I looking forward to going home on time today. I have the Walk Off the Earth song Summer Vibe going on repeat and I am mentally making these glasses to take on our yearly beach trip at the end of the summer.
Start by drawing out a pattern – feel free to copy mine! Each cross stitch has four holes, forming a square, so the pattern will look like a grid. Color coding the stitches helps develop the pattern. After the pattern is drawn out on piece of paper, copy the pattern with a felt tip marker on the sunglasses. Nail polish remover will remove any mistakes.
Use the hand held drill or Dremel to drill the holes. To prevent skidding or scratching, place the tip of the drill bit on top of the marked area before turning on the drill. Place a good amount of pressure for a clean drill. Once all the holes are drilled, clean off any leftover marks with a paper towel and nail polish remover.
Thread the needle with embroidery floss – make sure the head of the needle is small enough to fit through the holes. Tie a double knot at the end of the floss and snip off any excess. Thread the floss through the holes, following the pattern. Start from the upper left corner down to the lower right corner and then from the upper left corner down to the lower right corner, forming an X. Start the next stitch so it uses two of the same holes as the previous.
Finish off the color with a double knot on the backside.
Continue cross stitching with the second color and then the third color.
Repeat on the other side.
Voila, embroidered sunnies complete!
Images and tutorial by HonestlyWTF
- pure coconut oil
- brown sugar
- a teaspoon
- a tablespoon
- a mixing bowl
- an empty jar or 2.5 oz baby food jar
Make sure that the coconut oil is solid enough to scoop up but soft enough for a spoon to dig in. If the coconut oil is too oily, stick it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. If the coconut oil is too hard, place it into a sink ﬁlled with hot water for 5-10 minutes or until soft. Combine one well-rounded tablespoon of coconut oil with one tablespoon of honey into the bowl. Besides smelling and tasting incredible, coconut oil is actually an amazing natural ingredient for skin and body products. The oil contains fatty acids and antioxidants that moisturize and nourish the skin while honey contains cleansing and healing properties and is a natural binder.
Mix the coconut oil and honey until they bind together. The consistency should look like thick honey-comb honey. Make sure to mash up all of the coconut lumps so that the mixture is clump-free. This will serve as the base of the scrub.
Add two hand packed teaspoons of brown sugar and fold it into the base. Brown sugar not only tastes fantastic, it is also a great natural exfoliant because it’s not too harsh and leaves skin soft to the touch. All of the brown sugar should be coated in the coconut oil and honey base.
Add one teaspoon of just the oil from coconut oil jar into the bowl. This will help smooth out the mixture and make the scrub extra moisturizing. Transfer the scrub from the bowl into a small jar or container.
The scrub will last up to 2 weeks if refrigerated. Before using, allow the scrub to stand at room temperature for a good 10 minutes so that the formula softens a bit. Apply scrub to lips in small, circular motions for 1-2 minutes and rinse off with a warm washcloth. Congratulations – you are now armed with a soft, moisturized, and plump pout. Pucker up! xx, Sarah.
One of the best things about blogging is being able to share things with people that they may not have experienced otherwise. When I was doing research into starting my own blog I read through dozens of other blogs, at first, to get an idea of what I wanted to do, and later just for my own enjoyment. It is incredible how diverse, yet interconnected some of my favorite blogs can be. I have fallowed the proverbial white rabbit down the rabbit hole so many times and been delighted when find yet another treasure trove of inspiration.
I have featured DIY’s from the blog Honestly…WTF several times, they are on my daily blog feed and at least once a week they post something that truly delights me. This week it was a post about The Smithsonian Library Galaxy of Images and a feature on Parisian costume illustrations from 1912-1914. It was like being in my history of clothing class (which I loved) all over again.
I know most of you aren’t bloggers, but my challenge to you is to take some time this week and click through some new blogs, you never know what you might find.
Images from here.