Archive of ‘Announcements’ category

Happy New Year!

happynewyear_chicstealsHello, lovely readers – it is now January 1 of the New Year. Somehow I thought 2015 was going to be a bit more…futuristic. Like with hoverboards and time displacement vortexes. I’m a little disappointed.

As you may have noticed, there’s a bit of construction going on around here. I’m sprucing things up, starting with a new website theme for Chic Steals and new functionality. Plus new content is on the way! Still working and tweaking, though (you may have noticed my DIY Galleries are down right now as I have to rebuild the whole gallery from scratch)…so it will be a little bit of time until everything is sorted out and running smoothly.

2014 was an absolutely awful year for me, personally – not going to lie – and 2015 is not looking very promising either…can I just skip over it and arrive in 2016?? ;-) There’s been something going on in my life that I am still unable to share on the blog because everything is still completely unresolved and things are in flux. When I know more, and it is finally in the aftermath…then I can share, but right now I cannot because I could impact my legal position. Seriously, it’s THAT bad.

Onto lighter topics. In any case, I’d like to share with you a round-up of the DIY’s I shared on this blog in 2014…like I do every year around New Year’s. Perhaps you missed one or two? Check them out below!

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I was working as a Guest Contributor for WeHeartThis for awhile, until I got too overwhelmed with the personal stuff. Above are my DIY Alphabet Earrings. Made from pasta.

DIY Windowpane Shirt

I noticed that Windowpane-print was trending…so I created a boldly graphic Windowpane Sweatshirt using black trim.

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My DIY Free People Wrapped Quartz Bangle was a huge hit and was probably my most-shared DIY of 2014. Easy and full of impact – what’s not to love?diyamorirsunglasses_done3

I went a little crazy and decked out a pair of sunglasses with Sunglass Warehouse A-Morir style with rhinestones and beads.diyclaymacaron_done3

Finally delving into my love for Deko Sweets, I shared how to create these cute and realistic Pastel Clay French Macarons.diymacaronstand_done2

You can use those clay macarons to make cute crafts – for example, these Stacked Macaron Card Holder Stands.0.diyevileyering_introphoto

Another post for WeHeartThis: my DIY Evil Eye Ring made with clay, paint, and rhinestone trim.diyneonstingrayclutch_done2

Partnering with Tulip Neon and I Love to Create, I made a Faux Stingray Clutch using dimensional fabric paint.z.diysweatshirtsleeveskirt_done2

I refashioned a sweatshirt into a Tied-Sleeves Skirt a la Chloe.diychocolatechipcookiepurse_done1

I shared a tutorial for making a cute Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin Purse – which people loved. I have to make some more of those!!diyeastereggnails_done1

With Easter coming up, I made some DIY Gold Speckled Easter Egg Nails.diy-kit-wander-and-hunt-1-(3)

I designed some DIY kits for Wander & Hunt, namely this Anthropologie-style Rhinestone Ribbon Beltwander-and-hunt-projects-50

…And this Dannijo-style Rhinestone Pendant. (The kits both sold out!)diystenciledphotoframe_done1

For Father’s Day, I made a Patterned Mod Podge Silver Leaf Photo Frame.ChicSteals_agatebox2

I worked with Darby Smart to create this high-end-looking Agate Keepsake Box – and the kits are still available here for purchase!diydaisyapplique_done2

Noting that Daisy-print was trending, I made an Iron-On Daisy Applique Sweatshirt. Very Mary Quant!diyicecreamnecklace_done1

For Summer I crafted up another Deko Sweets piece: this Ice Cream Cone Necklace with Polyform Souffle Clay.stayfree_pillowdone2_chicsteals

I felt my home needed a bit of decoration, so I created a knockoff Handwriting Quote Pillow for my bedroom…diytypographypillows_done1

…And a couple of outdoor Ombre Typography Pillows with Tulip Tie Dye and I Love to Create.diyanthrotasselnecklace_done4

I loved making this Anthropologie dupe of a Colorful Tassel Necklace for Summer!diymexicanbracelets_done2

Making these Thread-Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TrenDIY and their kits was super-fun.julepnightskypedi5

I made an Ombre Night Sky Pedicure featuring Julep.diygalaxyskirt4

I also finally finished my Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt, made from the Blue Star Field Galaxy Fabric I designed and sell on Spoonflower.bathroom_after5

It took me a couple months to redo my downstairs bathroom into a modern Geometric Makeover – but it was totally worth it!alteration101dress_done5

For those who need to add some fabric to a simple T-shirt dress, I shared the Alteration 101: Making a Dress Bigger how-to here.diytombinnsneoncameo_done2

Inspired by Tom Binns, I created a Rhinestone Neon Cameo Necklace. Would Marie Antoinette approve?diyglowskulltshirt_done5

Partnering again with Tulip and I Love to Create, I made a Glow-in-the-Dark Skull T-Shirt for Halloween.diy-quartz-paperweight-done3

I had my eye on quartz paperweights and objets for awhile…so I just made a Faux Quartz Paperweight out of quartz pieces and beach glass vase filler…that looks so much like a real chunk of semiprecious stone that you’d be surprised!diy-woodland-ornaments-done4

I made some stuffed Illustrated Woodland Ornaments for my mini Christmas tree.diy-illustrated-giftwrap2

I then took the illustrations I made and designed some Printable Illustrated Wrapping Paper for wrapping small presents.

Well, that’s it! Not as many as 2013…but hopefully this coming year will be better and filled with more fun, creativity, and above all, DIY’ing!

May 2015 bring many wonderful things your way!!

xo

Carly

Merry Christmas!

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Dearest readers,

Hope you and yours had a wonderful, fabulous holiday this year.

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the best, joyfulness, and a year of fun-filled DIY’ing,

xoxoxo

Carly

On Temporary Overwhelm…

xmas_wrappingsHello dear readers!

As many of you may have noticed, I’ve ramped down my posting schedule as of late. Not because I actually want to post less about holiday magic, fun DIY’s for the season, gift ideas, or how-to’s…not at all.

I’m just going through something absolutely awful, I don’t even know how to put it into words or share it yet. And this whole year of unbelievable insanity is culminating this very week in multiple collisions of awfulness.

I don’t even know how I’ll be able to make it through. Even one day at a time feels impossible with me reduced to tears every day, multiple times a day. I know, it’s not very cheery and happy and holiday-ish, but it’s the truth and I can’t do anything about it. Not very chic. :-/

I hope you all will understand if I’m not feeling up to making or sharing many projects right now. I will of course continue to share for sponsored posts or agreements I’ve entered into because I don’t renege on my word…but other stuff may be a little sparse right now because I mentally and emotionally don’t have the capacity for it.

Not because I value any of you any less.

Once I get through this week, things might seem a little less bleak, but not anywhere near to normal for awhile.

I’m sorry and hope you understand.

Thanks :-)

xo

Carly

I’m Selling Designer Denim and Finds From My Closet! Check it Out…

 

Yes, folks, I have been cleaning out my closet like a madwoman. (And no, it’s not that Spring Cleaning time of year yet! ;-)

I’ve experienced an unexpected and significant change in my family’s circumstances – which has thrown my son Lil Tot and I into dire financial straits. (I have not been able to share exact details yet, but I will when the time is right.)

I’ve been selling off what I can to make ends meet. Above are some items from my closet I currently have listed on Ebay…more to come soon. If you’re interested, please check them out! (Under Ebay seller name seashellcarly)

Thanks for looking!

xo
Carly

CK Underwear 25% Off at Shopbop.com!

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All CK Underwear is 25% off at Shopbop from now until October 13. Stock up now while you can!

Calvin Klein Underwear on Sale Here

xo

Carly

Introducing ReadyAimBlog!

readyaimblog_logotrademarkedHello wonderful readers! I am so excited to announce the top-secret project I’ve been working on since August: my new blog consulting, troubleshooting, and design company:

ReadyAimBlog

It’s been awhile in the making, and I’ve just launched the website at the Portland Bloggers Back to School: Blog Design event. I have three sections of offerings right now:

readyaimmedic_bannerReadyAimMedic: where I offer technical troubleshooting for even the smallest issues for your blog. Have a problem? A nagging functionality quirk? Need it fixed ASAP? Get in touch using the contact form for a quote for fixing, starting at $20.

readyaimcoach_bannerBlog Consultations: where I offer a 30-minute Blog Consultation, to define your blogging goals, audience, and strategy; and a 1-hour Design Consultation, where I advise on optimizing the design of your blog, pulling together disparate elements, and converting your visitors into repeat customers. Reach out using either of the contact forms on the page to book your Consultation. (Booking form coming soon!)

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ReadyAimStyle: here I plan to add downloadable blog logos, customize-able social media icons, and blog graphics packages, as well as fully custom blog designs. I’ve been working on the content for this section, so stay tuned!

I also plan to add a blog (of course!) and tons of resources, tips, and help for any and all bloggers. Right now you can snag a free downloadable Style Guide template for your blog’s style!

Download the Free Blog Style Guide Template Here

For technical help, I specialize in blogs on either self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org), self-hosted Blogger, or Blogspot.com blogs. Other blogs or inquiries please drop me a line!

I am so excited to be able to put my 7 years of blogging and online marketing to good use, and help others who are on their way. Thanks so much for reading and may this be the start of a wonderful blog journey for all!

Check Out ReadyAimBlog Here

xo
Carly

 

Get More Bang for Your Buck with the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event Bonus Buys – Happening Now!

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you! For my Official Disclosure Policy, see here.

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It’s the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration, and many of your favorite items and DIY supplies are being offered in larger sizes (still for the low, low price of just $1)!!

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Reminder: Back to School with Portland BloggersEvent – TOMORROW!

back-to-schoolThis week has indeed been a crazy one while I’ve been prepping for my talk tomorrow at the Back to School with Portland Bloggers Blog Design event. I’ve been putting the final touches on my slides and my speech, and I’ll be talking about

How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog

In addition, we have another designer (the talented Sze Wa Chung!) coming in to talk about blog design – and this is something you won’t want to miss!

We still have a few tickets left – get yours below while there’s still time!

Buy Tickets: Back to School with Portland Bloggers Event

Hope to see you guys and gals there!
xo
Carly

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