DIY Gossip Girl-Inspired Crochet Beaded Necklace and How to Make Perfect Loops in Headpins for Jewelry-Making

done2*This is a project I shared in Snippets Magazine: The New York Issue on Cut Out + Keep in 2010, and am re-posting here on my blog.

inspiration1inspiration2Serena sported this beautiful vintage-style necklace in an early episode of the addictive Gossip Girl TV series. Its charm was its modern take on the beautiful art of crochet – and the delicate balance between darkness and fragility. Plus, with some appliques from the sewing store it’s a cinch to make. Here’s how:

Featured in the Associated Press!

DIYenamelspringflowernecklace_done5I was contacted by a member of the Associated Press recently to feature my DIY Enamel Spring Flower Bib with Martha Stewart Crafts. It’s a super-fun jewelry project that uses the innovative Martha Stewart crafts Enameling Paints for a beautiful, vintage-inspired look. We had a nice chat over the phone, I sent photos, and then found out that the story posted on a number of news outlets. Here are the links so far:

ReporterNewsReporter News

BrandonSunBrandon Sun

KnoxNewsKnox News

Gadsen Times

Thank you so much for featuring my bib project!



Featured on Rakuten Linkshare Blog!

rakutenblogfeatureHello all!

I just wanted to announce I’ve been featured in a little interview over on Rakuten Linkshare‘s blog. I’ve been an advertiser with Rakuten Linkshare for about 4 years now, and I always highly recommend their platform as one of the best out there in affiliate marketing. Check out the interview below and thanks so much for the team over there for the feature!

Publisher, Chic Steals, Finalist in P&G New Voices of Beauty!


DIY I Love New York Tote…from a T-Shirt

done2*This project I contributed to Snippets Magazine: The New York Issue on Cut Out + Keep back in 2010, and am re-posting here on my blog.
Declare your love for the Big Apple!  Take that shirt showing genuine NYC pride and remake it into a stylish totebag. LOVE is in the details! Here’s how to make your own:
You Need:materials
I Love NY T Shirt (mine is a unisex Large)  /  White Thread
Tools: Tape Measure  /  Chalk  / Sewing Machine Needle for knits  /  Scissors  / Pin(s)  /  Serger /overlocker (optional)
How to: (more…)

Chic Steals Featured In the Columbia News Service

ColumbiaNewsService_DIYblogfeatureSeunghee Suh did a feature on DIY blogs, including my own, for a story for the Columbia News Service.  I was really flattered to be included (and quoted so extensively!)  alongside such amazing DIYers like Grace of Stripes & Sequins, and Rosie Martin, from DIY Couture!  Check it out below…

From Runway to Kitchen Table, DIY Goes Designer

Thanks so much for the feature, Seunghee!

In other news, my in-laws have been visiting this past week and I’m still in the process of catching up now that they’ve gone.  I’ll be sharing the tutorial for the DIY Awning Wrap Skirt I featured last week on my blog super-soon, promise!