DIY Gemstone-Topped Jewelry Boxes

DIY Gemstone Topped Jewelry Box craft

I was beyond thrilled to be invited back to Oregon’s KATU Afternoon Live show last month – to demonstrate how to make these beautiful DIY gemstone-topped jewelry boxes (for Valentine’s Day…or any other gift-giving occasion really!)

Watch below as I demonstrate with host Tra-Renee how to make your own to rival those $45+ boxes you see at the home decor stores!

How to DIY Your Own Gemstone- (or Agate, or Geode) Topped Jewelry Box

DIY Supplies for Making Your Own Agate Jewelry Box That I Mentioned in the Video:

Boxes: unfinished wooden boxes found at Michael’s. You could also buy them online here.
Paint for Inside and Outside of Boxes: I used Martha Stewart Crafts line of acrylic paints
Sliced Agate: Ed’s House of Gems (store on Sandy Blvd. in NE Portland, OR to buy lovely rocks and sliced agate pieces)  //  Amazon.com
Silver Titanium Heart Crystal: (I mistakenly called it “hematite” in the video, oops) Etsy.com (search results for heart crystal since the exact one I featured is no longer available)
Gold Calligraphy Pen: this is the type I used for painting the raw edges of the boxes; it creates a lovely metallic finish
2-Part Epoxy: you can use any kind as long as it’s clear, I used this one and it’s never EVER coming off that box!
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (for a glossy, resin-like finish): Michael’s, Jo-Ann Crafts, or online here
Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly

Create and Craft x Kollabora How to Print a Cool Lumi Inkodye Wallhanging Video

Hi DIY-lurvers!

Who wants to learn how to do lumi photo print inkodye?? What is lumi photo print? Well, it’s a fun alternative to screenprinting that uses direct sunlight to transfer photos to fabrics – and Create and Craft has the perfect lumi photo print kit to get started. I wanted to share this neat video with all of you because although they make a wall hanging in the video, you could make anything, including photo-print bags, scarves, or even a cool graphic T-shirt sporting your favorite photography.

Who wants to get started with Lumi Photo Print? I definitely want to try it as my next project for Summer!

Check out Create and Craft’s Lumi Photo Printing Kit (on sale for limited time) here!

Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly
FTC Disclosure: I am sharing this information as part of a paid campaign with the Kollabora Network. My full disclosure policy is here.

Coveroo Promotional Video: Let’s Make Awesome

So I feel completely shamefaced to say that I neglected to share my last video project with you guys!

I founded the video and media production company Uncommon Era in April, and have been working here and there producing fashionably awesome online videos, commercials, promotional videos, corporate videos, animations, and crowdfunding videos for a variety of clients.

The latest one we produced for Coveroo: this really neat interchangeable phone/tech cases company that does custom-printing on just about any surface imaginable. (And, incidentally, good friends with Modify Watches, our very first video production client ever!)

Coveroo wanted a video that showed the versatility of the Coveroo cases and appealed to a young, fashion-oriented audience: something fun, youthful, and beautiful.

So, did we do it? What do you think of the video? (Now featured on Coveroo’s website.)

Thanks so much to the Coveroo team, who were just awesome to work with. I’m so glad we were able to make it even more awesome together!

Producers: Kevin Brown and Carly J. Cais, Uncommon Era
Director: Kevin Brown
Director of Photography: Phil Anderson
1st AC: Patrick Blevins
Grip/Electric, 2nd AC: Justen Hundley
Art Direction and Set: Clif Chandler
Styling: Carly J. Cais
Hair/Makeup: Patty Harding
Model: Natasha Ward

Shot in Portland, Oregon.

If you’re a brand or small business looking to get your fun, fashionable story out there on your website, YouTube, or any other online channel – reach out to us so we can craft your awesome together. We only need YOU to make it happen.

xo
Carly

Video: Ride Circa


Hello all!

I apologize for my absence from posting (a lot of things have been going on lately), but I wanted to share with you this video that we just produced for the Portland-based bicycle company, Circa Cycles.

Though my fledgling video and media production company, Uncommon Era, can produce fashion-oriented commercials and promotional videos, we can also make crowdfunding videos showcasing new and innovative products. Which the bikes from Circa Cycles definitely are!

Check out the video above – and then see how they’re doing with their Crowd Supply funding campaign (which still has 38 days to go). I have my fingers crossed that they will be fully funded by campaign’s close!

Live local and Ride Circa!

xo
Carly

Modify Watches Promotional Video Fashion Breakdown


Hello friends! Today I’d love to walk you through all the fashion and cool watches we featured in my recent Show Your Colors Modify Watches x Chic Steals Promotional Video. Some people have asked me: “Which Mod is she wearing?” or “Where did you get that dress?” so I’d love to do a look-by-look breakdown with links where to buy everything. This post may get a little long, but here goes!

Outfit 1: Preppy

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Straw hat: Target (old). Mossimo Women’s Sleeveless Must Have Top: Target. Rutilated Quartz Gemstone Necklace: Heather Hawkins. Merona Women’s Colorblock Longsleeve Cardigan: Target. Belt: unknown. Khaki pants: Target. Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider Leather Boat Shoes.

Modify Watch**: Rainbow Chevron face with Pool Party Glitter Strap (“Supporting the Ally Coalition”), switched to SF Orange Strap.

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Outfit 2: Blogger

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Split-Lens Sunglasses: Girlprops. Rhinestone necklaces: vintage. Wristband wrap: vintage. Double Pyramid Knuckle Ring: Forever 21. Pamela Love Arrowhead Ring: DIY (tutorial here). No More Faith Distressed T-shirt: my design, available on Zazzle. Suede jacket: unknown.

Modify Watch: Graphene Face with Black Glitter Strap (“Moonlight”)

Outfit 3: Hipster

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Modify Watch: Stripe Face with Turquoise Strap (“Modarita Mondays”).

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Black beanie: Nike. Kadie Shirt in Checked Plaid: Paige Premium Denim. Tortoiseshell glasses: Forever 21. Chanel Tanktop: DIY (tutorial here). Petite Golden Nugget Beaded Bracelets: Shashi.

Outfit 4: Business

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Rectangle glasses: Tommy Hilfiger. Deep-V blouse & black blazer: unknown.

Modify Watch: Silver face with Black Strap (“Sweet Child of Modify”)

Outfit 5: Feminine

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Prada rose cabochon rhinestone stud earrings: DIY (tutorial here). Bee motif bracelet: Target. Perfect-Fit Mixed-Tape cardigan: J. Crew, c/o Tide. Xhilaration Junior’s Textured Knit Dress in Daisy: Target. Suede belt: Old Navy. Tights & Flats: unknown.

Modify Watch: Polka Dot face with Pink Glitter Strap (“Eenie Weenie Polka Spot Bikini”)

Outfit 6: Nerdy

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Rectangle glasses: Tommy Hilfiger. The Gradient Sequins print black sweatshirt: Romwe. Grid-pattern blouse: Forever 21. New Style Three Dimensional bag: Choies.

Modify Watch: QR Code face with White Strap.

Outfit 7: Betsey Johnson-Inspired

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Striped armwarmers: Claire’s. Bejeweled necklace: Forever 21. All Over Sequin Tee: Topshop. Blush Bohemian Jewel Bracelets: Alex + Ani. Silver bangle set: Claire’s. Blue tutu: Spiral Girl.

Modify Watch: Hot Pink face with Sky Blue Strap (“Unwrapped Candy”)

Outfit 8: Date Night

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Thread-wrapped gold hoop earrings: DIY (tutorial here). “Love” necklace: c/o Accessorize. Snake-print velvet camisole: Topshop. Black + White Swarovski crystal bracelet: DIY (tutorial coming soon!). Sequin skirt: Forever 21.

Modify Watch: Gold Glitter face with Black Strap, switched to Black Glitter Strap.

**All Modify watches that we used were the “Mini” sizes!!

To let you guys in on a little secret: There were actually 10 outfits we had planned to shoot for this video. On the shoot date, we were losing light quickly and had to cut 1 (a Nautical look) in order to get some of the more important ones in before the light changed too dramatically. In the edit, we also removed another 1 (Yoga Outfit) because we felt it didn’t add anything to the piece. So we ended up with 8 outfits, all seen above.

Oh and don’t forget:

Use Code CHIC15 to Get 15% off Your Modify Watch

Plus, Modify is doing a Kickstarter right now where you can order a watch with your own custom face (above discount code not applicable). You can get EXACTLY what you want on the face – which sounds pretty cool!

Kickstarter: Make Your Own Custom Mod

Which outfit did you like the best? And which watch would you match with it?

xo

Carly

Show Your Colors – Modify Watches Promo Video is Now Live!


Hi all! I am so ecstatic to announce that our promotional video for Modify Watches is now LIVE on Chic Steals’ official Youtube channel (if you’re not a subscriber, please subscribe – I’d love to see you there and there are many more videos coming soon)! Check it out above, and let me know what you think – any feedback is welcome 🙂

Also, it took a team of talented, dedicated professionals to bring this to life. We would LOVE it and be so grateful if you could help by sharing as far and wide as possible. Click, watch, like, thumbs-up, share – anything will help get the word out and bring recognition to those who spent their time and skills working on this.

Thank you so much to Modify Watches, the awesome production team I worked with, and you, my readers, for being a part of this!

Subscribe to Chic Steals on Youtube

watchesintrayAND…as a special thank you to all my readers, you can now get 15% off any order at Modify! Which Mod (face + band combo) is totally YOU? Check them all out here:

Get 15% off at ModifyWatches.com with Code CHIC15

xo
Carly

P.S. And for those interested in all the fashion and specific Mods featured in this video, stay tuned – I’ll have a post coming soon with a complete breakdown + links. 😉