Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer-Makers

7.30.2014

Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer MakersI was recently sent a copy of the new book The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer-Makers by Josephine Perry to review for my blog. It’s a super-cute, handmade take on the DIY movement, chock-full of neat techniques and profiles of 20 makers.

The projects range from a handmade pincushion to a gathered waist skirt to an adorable stuffed monster plushie to a piece of embroidered jewelry.

Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer Makers

Many of the projects use only a small amount of fabric, upcycled materials, or ecologically-sourced items. Textile arts (including textile printing, patchwork, applique, embroidery, screen printing, cross stitch, and hand-sewing) feature heavily in this book, so most of the projects are time- and labor-intensive.Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer MakersThe book truly focuses on the labor of love that is crafting, and features in-depth profiles of many designers and makers in the homemade movement. It’s fascinating to read everyone’s story, and one gains a greater respect for all of these artisans and their work.Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer Makers Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer MakersThere is a quaint charm to the projects, which harken back to your grandmother’s time, updated for today.Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer MakersThe book also includes a CD-ROM with patterns and templates for all the projects, which is extremely helpful since no tracing from awkward book pages is required and you can just dive in and start making!Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer Makers

My only minor quibble with the book is that on the project step-by-step pages there is dearth of visual interest. One would think with these artisan studios full of inspirational items, it would not have been that much more difficult to include more images of their work on the tutorial pages, or at least some illustrations of stitchery, DIY supplies, or other layout extras that could have livened up these areas. However this is only a minor note; the rich introductions to each artist serve as an excellent backdrop to their painstaking projects.

Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer Makers

Overall: Book Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer Makers

If you’re into trying out a range of different projects and techniques and enjoy handmade crafts, textile arts, and homespun charm, this book is definitely for you! The Sewists will be released on September 16, 2014, available on Amazon.com and major booksellers.

Preorder The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer-Makers HereBook Review: The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer Makers

xo
Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the above book from Laurence King Publishing for review purposes. I have not been compensated for this post. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.


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Outfit 7.29.14: Stripes Stripes Up and Down

7.29.2014

Outfit 7.29.14: Stripes Stripes Up and Down

Multicolor Crystal Ear Cuff: from Japan, similar hereOutfit 7.29.14: Stripes Stripes Up and Down. Striped Short Sleeve Top: JOA. Striped Skirt: JOA. Mixed Media Bib Necklace: DIY (tutorial here), similar for sale here. Skinny Railroad Spike Bangle: Giles & Brother. Hard-Sided Blue Clutch: ASOS, similar here. Silver Sequin Wrap Sandals: Old Navy (old, similar here and get free shipping with JUSTBECAUSE)

Outfit 7.29.14: Stripes Stripes Up and DownI just couldn’t stop thinking about stripes for Summer after posting my first Chic for the Week installment 2 weeks ago, especially when rendered in that gorgeous ballroom-length full skirt. So of course I snapped up a low-cost steal to fuel my stripe-lust: this JOA skirt from Shopbop. (more…)


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Chic For the Week – 2

7.28.2014

Chic For the Week   2

Welcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that have been on my mind lately.

Did everyone have a good weekend?

I had a blast at the Portland Bloggers’ Annual Picnic, and then took Lil Tot to a screening of Despicable Me 2 out on the Commons after dusk, eating buttery popcorn are laughing at Steve Carrell’s accent. It was a surprisingly fun movie!

And can you believe July is almost over??! This Summer is just flying by! Here are a couple items on my wishlist for the week:

1. Lately it’s all been about the juxtaposition between ladylike and edgy. These shark tooth-shaped ear cuffsChic For the Week   2 from Nasty Gal are just what the surfer babe in you ordered.

2. These Lola Coral Patent Ankle Strap Sandals would be a fab pop of color at the feet. (Wouldn’t they just sing paired with some trousers in a neutral color like black or tan?)

3. This Choies flowered sheath dress is so prim and proper – and I think it would look just as lovely paired with some flat and casual sandals.

4. I can’t stop thinking about this ASOS Leather BagChic For the Week   2; the shape is so fashion-forward, I love the handles…and it’s the perfect size for my laptop when traveling. GORGE!

Hope everyone’s having a great start to the week!

xo
Carly


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DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep

7.27.2014

DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep Hello friends! Here’s an ombre nail art idea for you today to try out the next time you’re painting your nails.

DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepI was wanting to update my pedi with something reminiscent of warm, starry night skies – which are so much more gorgeous in Summer. While everyone else is doing pastels or neons this season, I went dark and spangled, just like late July evenings with the sky dotted with fireflies and stars.DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepAfter prepping my feet according to this DIY Pedicure Guide (and using my favorite Spongeables Ped-Scrub Foot Buffer to scrub away any rough patches), I painted a clear base coat, and then:

  • Painted one coat of a dark cobalt blue that had a small amount of micro glitter in it, and let dry. (The polish I used I bought like 10+ years ago, so if you’re looking for something similar now, this one is a close match.)
  • Then I painted half of my nails close to the cuticle with the blue
  • While the polish was still wet, I painted the ends with Estelle (black multi-glitter), mixing the polish where it met the blue. I let dry.
  • Finally I applied another coat of Estelle at the tips to darken into black. One topcoat to smooth the surface and it was all done!

DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepDIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepI love the dark and mysterious look to this pedi, and how it sparkles in the sunlight (and against my favorite silver sandals).DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep

What other colors do you think it would be fun to mix into an ombre mani? DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep(I tried sorbet blue and lavender in this DIY Ombre Sherbet Nail Art last year!)

DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepHappy Summer DIY pedis!

xo
Carly


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15 DIY Ideas for a Do-It-Yourself Summer Wedding

7.25.2014

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer Wedding Summer is wedding season – and there’s no better way to save some $$$ than by DIY’ing certain aspects of your ceremony (plus it adds an oh-so-important personal touch to everything!) Here are some great ideas for some DIY Summer nuptials (many of which can be used instead for any fancy party or get-together on your calendar!):

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingBeautiful wedding invitations can be yours just by customizing this Kraft Paper printable from TheKnot.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingMake your own gorgeous flowery wedding program with this free downloadable template from TheKnot.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingA bouquet to hold (and eventually toss!) can be completely non-traditional, as evidenced by this beautiful succulent version featured on The DIY Network.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingPersonalized dcorations are a must, and this pretty DIY Tassel Bunting from Rae Ann Kelly can be customized with a special saying, your names, or your own newlywed monogram.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingMake a custom banner with Martha Stewart‘s template that is the perfect backdrop to the reception, ceremony, or even on-the-fly candid shots.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingSpeaking of candid shots, it’s always great to set aside an area for beautiful couple photos to commemorate the occasion. This DIY Cloud Backdrop from A Practical Wedding is both unique and gorgeous.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingTable numbers can be chic, sophisticated, cute, pretty, rustic, or just about anything else your heart desires. Here’s a gilded hand-painted version from Wedding Chicks.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingA blooming monogram for the table adds a personal note of pretty. From Urbanic Paper Parcel Post‘s blog.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingFor napkin rings, these DIY Origami Diamond Napkin Rings from Brooklyn Bride add a touch of whimsy to your table.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingPersonalize the seats where the bride and groom will sit with these printable banners from Lia Griffith.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingAnother must-have decoration for a wedding: BALLOONS. This LOVE balloon backdrop is super-easy and totally gorgeous. By Jenny Van Summers, found here.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingCreate a DIY Aisle Runner with a special message to your beloved, found on Bridal Musings via Belle Amour.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer Wedding2 large wooden puzzle pieces can be painted and used as your special bride and groom cake topper. Photo from Lover.ly by Captured Photography by Jenny.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingMake your own Edible Photo Lollipops with a photo of the bride and groom as wedding favors. Tutorial from PhotoJojo.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingFor the final send-off for the new couple, Style Me Pretty has some great DIY Push Pop Confetti.

Hope your event is special, lovely, memorable, and DIY!

xo
Carly

Want some more DIY wedding ideas? Try some of my DIY tutorials, like DIY Bra Strap Headband, DIY Gold Leaf Head Chain, DIY Flower Miniaudiere, or DIY Feathered Cape.15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer Wedding

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Portland Bloggers Annual Picnic This Saturday!

7.24.2014

Portland Bloggers Annual Picnic This Saturday!Calling all Portland-area bloggers and Portland Bloggers members!

This Saturday we are having our Annual Friends & Family Picnic that is guaranteed to be a fun time for all! Come one, come all, bring the kids, bring the fam, and enjoy your picnic lunch, games, networking, and chatting about all things blogging!Portland Bloggers Annual Picnic This Saturday!Date: Saturday, July 26

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: a park in SE Portland (cannot be advertised due to Portland Park Association rules; register to go and you’ll receive the location info)

Bring: your own picnic lunch. If you like, bring a dish to share, or games to play (optional).

Get Your Free Ticket Here
(we ask that you get a ticket just so we can estimate the number of people to expect)

Hosted by the Portland Bloggers Organizers:

Jenni of A Well Crafted Party
Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking
Bee of The Spicy Bee
Macey of Motormouth Studios
Carly of Chic Steals
Rachel of Tossing the Script

If you’re in the area, we’d love to meet up with you!

See you there!

xo

Carly


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Quote: Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never Falling

7.23.2014

Quote: Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never FallingHello friends! Long time no see! I’ve had a ton going on, and am dealing with some really difficult personal things. Perhaps I’ll be sharing soon – but not quite yet. I’m still soldiering through, though I still see no light at the end of this very long, immeasurably dark tunnel.

For now though, I’m back here on this blog again, sharing ideas and inspiration for affordable fashion and DIY.

Here’s a little quote for everyone out there who has ever had to deal with something that threatens to destroy everything, pull down the walls around them, and change life as you knew it forever:

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

-Confucious

Photo by Fré Sonneveld. Layout by me.

xo

Carly

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Giveaway for 3 TRENDiY Kits Closes TOMORROW! Enter Now!

7.18.2014

Giveaway for 3 TRENDiY Kits Closes TOMORROW! Enter Now!Hello friends – just to remind you guys, the giveaway for 3 TRENDiY kits closes TOMORROW at midnight…and there’s only been a handful of entries, so your odds are pretty good!!

Get your entry in today!!

Enter NOW!

Good luck-

xo

Carly

P.S. I’ve had to take the week off from blogging about fashion and DIY due to a looming deadline with my other business, and an ongoing family crisis. I’ll be resuming regular posting soon!


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