DIY Flower Accessories: 5 More Before I Go

DIY Flower Accessories: 5 More Before I Go

Before I hop on to that airplane, I’m going to share the DIY Projects results I did for the past 2 weeks for Fafafoom’s 300th post. I have continued to be smitten by flower shapes and I was partly thinking of giving some of these flower accessories to my nieces if they think it’s pretty enough. So yeah, why not have the 300th post be a “tribute” to what I (apparently) like to do as DIY Projects? So without further ado, here are the five DIY flower accessories results! The first is a flower hair comb. I basically glued silk flower petals, leaves, and one of those ivory “twig” fillers to a plastic comb. At the back, I glued a small ribbon trim strip to make the back look more finished (not shown). Honestly, I’m not too thrilled about how those twig fillers shot out at the corner like that, so I probably going to curl them in to make them look prettier. 20-Sep-2013 17:57View at Picasa   These next two are straight forward and relatively easier and faster to make. The purple flower is a brooch; the button I used has rose shape in the middle (so romantic). The smaller one is hair pin with three small petal clusters glued on it. (Update 10/20: I’m happy to say that one of my nieces get the small hair pin!! Yay, I hope she likes it :) 22-Sep-2013 21:48View at Picasa   Now, I admit that the forth one is not the prettiest of the bunch. But it’s a fun process making this flower brooch (thank you Wedding Chicks for...
DIY Project Agnes Headband

DIY Project Agnes Headband

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 black ribbon from end to end. Make sure to note what’s the safe distance between the edges of the headband and where the leaves should start. 2. Super glue. Simply your best friend for sticking stuff. Be careful not to glue your fingers. 3. A piece of thick paper, (about twice as thick as regular copy paper) for the leaves’ base. 4. Shredded Cotton pads for added paddings between the paper and plastic leaves. Make sure they’re invisible. 5. Individual plastic sparkly, silver leaves from the Christmas decoration. I divided them into 3 sizes; used the biggest ones as the base, surrounding all edges, then the middle sized ones on top of it for “cushion”, and then the smallest ones forming a nice line in the headband’s “spine”. And voila! Here it is: output21.jpgView at Picasa   output22.jpgView at Picasa   After having Agnes Headband for a spin at Union St....
DIY Project Convertible Fabric Clutch

DIY Project Convertible Fabric Clutch

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 minds. This was one of my very first sewing projects ever, and I’m particularly pleased on how it turned out. I now use this clutch to store my feather accessories (belts, necklaces). Do you DIY?...
Versatile Sleeveless Blazer

Versatile Sleeveless Blazer

Let me just quickly share how versatile a piece of sleeveless blazer can be. I certainly did not expect it, but now I have three long sleeveless blazers that work in heavy-duty rotation every so often since late August. Of course, this item’s hike to popularity has been in public’s eye since late spring / early summer this year, but I personally tend to skip the wear-it-as-a-dress route and personalize it more towards late summer / early fall, this awkward in-between season we currently live in :) I wear variations of all three looks since late August. The first one on the left is from ISDA and Co.. A double-breasted item with a fastener at the back for optional adjustment, this was the first sleeveless blazer that I welcomed into my wardrobe. I stumbled into ISDA and Co.’s unassuming store at South Park on accident; but I am so glad I did. Lovely, straight-forward pieces that are comfortable and stylish, it’s very easy to find garment pieces that will definitely complete your outfit ideas. For this one, I like wearing it with colorful skirts to give that drop-waist effect. On that occasion, I wore a Urban Outfitter top, Target skirt, and Dolce Vita for Target shoes. The cute bag is a giveaway from one of Japanese fashion magazines I bought at Japantown’s Kinokuniya. When I want to be a bit more “edgy” :), this vintage piece from Moon Zoom came out (pictured center). The black furry texture and gold buttons project that “partying fashionista” feeling, and since I’m a fan of gothic style, it’s pretty easy to go there with...
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