My DIY Agate Keepsake Box was just featured in Darby Smart’s roundup of 33 DIY Ideas for Mother’s Day. If you’re looking for some DIY inspo, Darby Smart is definitely the place!
And, my DIY Agate Keepsake Box kits are still available for purchase.
It’s a super-fun project that makes a gorgeous trinket box for Mom or another special lady in your life! Shop this kit here.
But you don’t necessarily need a kit to get crafty at the last minute! For Mom, whip up something creative and unique by Sunday:
The big V-day happens to be Saturday this year, and it’s now a countdown to what to get, what to make, how to profess your undying love to the one true person in your life. Here are a couple ideas from my archives if you need something to make last-minute:
DIY Ombre Typography Pillows
DIY His and Hers Leather-Bound Book Necklace/Keychain
DIY French Macaron Stack Card Holder Memo Stand
DIY Patterned Silver Leaf Photo Frame
DIY Faux Geode Quartz Paperweight
DIY Healthy Natural Coconut Oil Stick Deodorant
And, from a previous year: 15 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone.
And, if you’d prefer not to give a THING but instead perform an action and make it a memorable experience instead: Romantic Ideas You Can Do At Home for Valentine’s Day Infographic
And, for those wanting to celebrate their singledom, here are a couple great ideas for you too!
7 Single Gals Valentine Day Ideas
Hello, 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!
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.
I noticed that Windowpane-print was trending…so I created a boldly graphic Windowpane Sweatshirt using black trim.
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?
I went a little crazy and decked out a pair of sunglasses with Sunglass Warehouse A-Morir style with rhinestones and beads.
Finally delving into my love for Deko Sweets, I shared how to create these cute and realistic Pastel Clay French Macarons.
You can use those clay macarons to make cute crafts – for example, these Stacked Macaron Card Holder Stands.
Another post for WeHeartThis: my DIY Evil Eye Ring made with clay, paint, and rhinestone trim.
Partnering with Tulip Neon and I Love to Create, I made a Faux Stingray Clutch using dimensional fabric paint.
I refashioned a sweatshirt into a Tied-Sleeves Skirt a la Chloe.
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!!
With Easter coming up, I made some DIY Gold Speckled Easter Egg Nails.
I designed some DIY kits for Wander & Hunt, namely this Anthropologie-style Rhinestone Ribbon Belt…
…And this Dannijo-style Rhinestone Pendant. (The kits both sold out!)
For Father’s Day, I made a Patterned Mod Podge Silver Leaf Photo Frame.
I worked with Darby Smart to create this high-end-looking Agate Keepsake Box – and the kits are still available here for purchase!
Noting that Daisy-print was trending, I made an Iron-On Daisy Applique Sweatshirt. Very Mary Quant!
For Summer I crafted up another Deko Sweets piece: this Ice Cream Cone Necklace with Polyform Souffle Clay.
I felt my home needed a bit of decoration, so I created a knockoff Handwriting Quote Pillow for my bedroom…
…And a couple of outdoor Ombre Typography Pillows with Tulip Tie Dye and I Love to Create.
I loved making this Anthropologie dupe of a Colorful Tassel Necklace for Summer!
Making these Thread-Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TrenDIY and their kits was super-fun.
I made an Ombre Night Sky Pedicure featuring Julep.
I also finally finished my Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt, made from the Blue Star Field Galaxy Fabric I designed and sell on Spoonflower.
It took me a couple months to redo my downstairs bathroom into a modern Geometric Makeover – but it was totally worth it!
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.
Inspired by Tom Binns, I created a Rhinestone Neon Cameo Necklace. Would Marie Antoinette approve?
Partnering again with Tulip and I Love to Create, I made a Glow-in-the-Dark Skull T-Shirt for Halloween.
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!
I made some stuffed Illustrated Woodland Ornaments for my mini Christmas tree.
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!!
Part of the wonderful anticipation that leads up the Christmas holiday is buying (or DIY’ing!) your holiday gifts, wrapping them with fun, festive paper and ribbon to conceal what’s inside, and arranging them under the tree. If you’re in a pinch and need to wrap something last minute, or want to add a little DIY touch to your wrappings as well, why not print your own gift wrap on your printer at home? (more…)
Now with the holiday season nigh, the air is filled with rich, cozy scents reminiscent of home, family, and years past. Glade has come up with a Limited Edition Winter Collection of fragrances, encapsulating all that is wonderful about the season, including one of my favorites, Sparkling Spruce. (more…)
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‘Tis the season to shop (and save!) and ModCloth has you covered with extensive Gift Guides for everyone in the fam. Which one appeals to my bargain-hunting, penny-pinching self the most? That would be their Gifts Under $20 Guide, and here are a couple of my favorite picks therein:
1. There’s a Map for That Necklace in Gold, $19.99. How unique is this beautiful necklace of the world?
2. I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, $12.99. For every cat-lover, there’s also a long-silent sufferer of feline whims. Delve into the mind of your furry companion with this cute book.
3. Grab a Bite Socks, $9.99. Kitschy, cute, and fun (love the little fins sticking out). Take the bite out of frostbite with these footwarmers.
4. Open Air Outing Circle Scarf in Black, $14.99 (25% off!). I’m in the market for a new neutral scarf, and this ribbed black one looks chic and understated enough for work.
5. All That Shimmers iPhone 5 Case, $14.99. Bring on the bling in this glitter-motif iPhone case (without leaving a train of DIY glitter behind you).
6. My Pet Octopus Hairclip, $9.99. You caught me: I have a secret thing for octopuses. (Of any genus, hence octopuses.) This hairclip would be perfect for my weird penchant, but not quite as high-maintenance as owning an actual octopus as a pet. Which some might consider cruel due to how shy and intelligent the octopus is.
7. Why You’re So Awesome Book, $11.99. Why you totally are! LOVE this fill-in-the-blank book to give to your favorite someone. Heartfelt – but not in an icky way.
8. No Conquest Ring in Silver, $12.99. I have this ring. I adore it – I get compliments every time I wear it! Very Game of Thrones meets Robert Lee Morris.
9. Galaxy You Later Night Light, $7.99. This night light is just gorgeous, and is kind of reminiscent of the Sparkle Star Galaxy Fabric I designed for Spoonflower. (Extra points for sewing up some coordinating pillows, covering a lampshade, or even making a comforter cover out of that fabric for a full-on Galaxy-themed room!)
Happy Shopping (and mega-saving)!