There are so many DIY projects that I’d like to do, but time is so limited and I have to pick my DIY adventures. Here are the ones that move me the most, not just because they’re on-trend or cute, but because they connect with me and are so fabulous in so many levels, current trend not withstanding. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making and wearing them. Ask me for the ones you like, because I may just give them away!
If you’re into personal projects, we do fashion DIY inspired from the best fashion DIY divas on the web, as well as Koko Yamase’s Kakkoii Couture Remake book and Tomoko Nakamichi’s Pattern Magic series during our spare time. Sometimes we’re goofing around and do just-for-fun photography projects.
Last Sunday was unexpectedly a VERY productive weekend day. Obama took his second official oath, San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons (we’re going to the Superbowl!!! Still cannot fully believe it. It’s amazing.), and my friends and I got to finish three DIY Fabric Flower Accessories projects. What an enjoyable Sunday spent at a good friend’s house! It’s so much fun when you have your girlfriends helping you (they’re previously featured on Three Girls, One Camera post), good wine and cheese for light refreshments, the football games playing live on TV, and easy-to-do DIY projects that are both relaxing and rewarding. Basically, we were using the same...read more
This was one of my last DIY projects in 2012, but the zebra clutch conception began earlier this year when I pulled out a copy of Japanese magazine “Cotton Friend” Winter edition 2009 – 2010 vol. 33. There’s a how-to guide for a silk/linen purse with peacock feather embroidery on page 13 that’s really cute (and looked easy — more on that in a moment). Then I remembered a friend gave me a “leftover” faux-fur zebra blanket, which was originally bought for making stage costumes (don’t ask). So with a little adjustment in the pattern, I made this zebra clutch with that faux-fur zebra at the outside and charcoal grey mid-weight cotton/rayon...read more
So now summer’s over and flower hair accessories may seem too…uh, summer-y. You add layers to your outfit, the colors go deeper, and the thicker wool coats go out of the closet. As a navy-black-grey-white wardrobe owner, my daily fall outfits can be very drab, especially if I forget to bring a scarf. But the idea of putting feather hair accessories to complement my fall wardrobe always seems appealing; it’s romantic and a bit sexy, but not overdone. I also like versatility; that’s why the feather hair accessory featured on the left also functions as a hat adornment or a brooch (you can also attach it to your belt, if you’d like). But more on that later. The...read more
The weather’s HOT this August (even for San Francisco….sometimes) and I couldn’t help thinking that fall season is just around the corner. By bye pre-Fall catalogs, hello Fall 2012 catalogs and Back to School promotions. Too fast. But at least I can celebrate summer one more time by posting one of the most classic, timeless DIY projects: fabric flower hair accessories. Plus, living in the San Francisco Bay Area (with its generally mild weather all-year long) gives us a great backdrop to wear these anytime. It’s pretty easy to look for tutorials online, and with good reasons. They’re easy to make, versatile, and you can easily infuse your own personality into...read more
Frankly, 2012 has gone too fast and we’re apparently in store for a crazy Holiday 2012 season. Well, if you want to do a head-start for a good holiday season diy, I highly recommend doing glitter shoes DIY. Not only it’s fairly easy and fun to do, it has great rewards in store for you (I got so much compliments!). This blog post from Pixie in Pumps started it all. I followed the instructions (including the nail file and all), and I bought $10 Target shoes on clearance for the experiment. After I was done, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. “Results”? Why yes, I enjoyed this glitter shoes DIY so much, I ended up making two pairs. One is red glittered...read more
Looking from the responses I got from my San Francisco civil wedding outfit and seeing summer flower accessories posts like this, it’s clear that summer wedding spirit is in the air! But one thing that I didn’t mention was that I actually contemplated on making my own wedding headpiece. (Of course, this was before I found that polka dot fascinator headband from L.A.) At that time, I was determined to make my own tulle puff hair accessory. When I was looking around the web, I came across this french pouf DIY from love Maegan. Now, those who love DIY cannot not know LoveMaegan.com. She’s super creative and one of the main reasons I started doing DIY projects. So using...read more
I’ve never been a fan of denim on denim look, although that particular trend always finds itself back year after year after year. Call me old-fashioned if you will, but denim on denim look is best suited for a person with solid physical stamina and strength, slaving under the sun daily at a gold mine somewhere. Me? Well, let’s say I’m currently very much removed from that concept :) Therefore, I was ready to dismiss the entire thing once and for all. And one day, I saw a vintage black and white photograph of Ralph Lauren wearing denim on denim on denim. Denim jacket on top of a denim button-down shirt, with jeans. I was simply mesmerized. How could he look so stylish and...read more
It has been six months since we tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall. The practical city hall ceremony that I wanted, I got. Wish came true; thank you God. Since summer wedding is coming in full swing (and you’ll want to look great even if you’re not the bride), I’d like to share details of my San Francisco City Hall wedding outfit in which every piece was less than $100. Of course, it helped to have great friends, perfect natural afternoon light, and Arlene Coleman’s help in make-up and hair. They’re, naturally, priceless. View at Picasa One week before the ceremony, we did a little “try out” dressing session to finalize all...read more
There are times when you’re left with a lot of leftover holiday decorations that you just ended up staring at for the longest time during spring cleaning (or summer cleaning, or fall cleaning, or winter cleaning — it’s up to you). For me, it was a sparkly silver branches decoration leftover from last Christmas. So one day, I thought about making a headband from the branch’s sparkly silver leaves; a little bit Grecian and girly, but a bit more grown up. I named it Agnes Headband. Agnes headband materials consist of: 1. A simple black headband. You can use your old plastic headband, wrap it in ribbon if you want to “prettify” it. I did wrap mine with...read more
Clutches are all the rage nowadays, and it’s hard to see fashionable gals without a clutch or two in her possession. The thing is, it’s actually pretty easy and fun to make one yourself! Quite a while back, I made this convertible fabric clutch using instructions found on page 63 of Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader’s Hip Handbags book. This book is full of highly customizable projects, and the instructions are quite clear and concise. Even though the customization examples highlighted in the book tend to go towards the older crowd (the term “hip” here might result in snickers for Generation Y and below), but the basics definitely open so many doors for the creative...read more