One Necklace, Three Girls with Flutter Boutique

0.1piece3girls_flutterintrophotoWelcome to the latest installment of One Piece, Three Girls – where I feature a single article of clothing, jewelry, or an accessory from a local boutique, styled into 3 different looks for 3 different ladies. (See my feature with Portland’s Mabel & Zora boutique here!)

1piece3girls_fluttersignFor this post, I had the opportunity to work with Flutter in the North Mississippi district of Portland. If you’ve never been to Flutter, you really must go next time you’re in town – because it is a treasure trove of amazing vintage, handmade pieces, eclectic ephemera, candles, papers, ribbons, books, masks, succulents, soaps, and home decor oh my! 1piece3girls_flutter2They operate their website on and it is indeed a clutter….of spectacular finds! (more…)

DIY Owl and Leaves Epoxy Clay Gold Leaf Charm Necklace

0.diyepoxyclaypendants_introphotoBack when I worked on the May campaign with Martha Stewart Jewelry, I actually made a couple of pieces while playing around with the treasure trove of supplies I was sent. (Only my DIY Enamel Spring Flower Bib Necklace made it to the blog for the campaign post.) But I also made a few other pieces with the extra supplies (like the DIY Ombre Filigree Earrings I shared here.)

Now here is another fun project using Epoxy Clay (and it doesn’t have to be Martha Stewart brand – any brand will do) and gold leafing, that produces a very chic and polished result. String these lightweight pendants on graduated chains for a pretty, layered piece. Here’s how:

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Free People Portland x Chic Steals DIY Quartz Necklace Event Recap

Hello lovely readers!  I really enjoyed meeting some of you at the DIY Event with Free People Portland that I taught on Saturday.

freepeoplediyevent_3About 20 people came during a 2-hour period to learn how to make a beautiful gold-dipped quartz necklace.

Explaining how to wire-wrap.  Some of the quartz pieces were pretty slippery!


Comparing to my finished example of how to twist the ends of the wire.

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Adding the liquid gold gilding to the ends.

It was so awesome!  There were people of all differing levels of DIY ability and interest: some seasoned makers who were already quite experienced with wire-wrapping, and some who were just getting their feet wet.

freepeoplediyevent_10Also: if your store or boutique or event is interested in hosting a DIY project eventdrop me a line!  I’d love to work with you:-)

freepeoplediyevent_7Thanks to everyone who came to the event – and to Free People for hosting me!  It was lovely to meet all of you!

freepeoplediyevent_finishednecklaceP.S. And for anyone who wanted to stop by and couldn’t…I’ll be posting the tutorial on how to make one of these necklaces tomorrow!  Stay tuned…


Event photos by Kristin Rosario

Outfit 11.09.12: Freebies Galore!

Knit Cat Hat Beanie: freebie from Shibuya 109 Book Vol. 6 (similar here)

Mecha-Rake Ekusute in Long Curl (TGMX color): Priscila

Chain-and-rhinestone necklace: Forever 21 (similar here, or just DIY it by wrapping a bunch of different chain chokers around themselves, and hooking in a couple rhinestone links or beads)

Pyramid stud spiky necklace: DIY

Upside-down sweatshirt: Kai-aakmann (similar here)

Reversible vinyl clutch: freebie from Vivi magazine December 2012 issue

Leggings with attached legwarmers: My Honey Bee

Scrunchy velour boots: GoJane (old)

I’ve had a horrible cold for the last week or so, and Hub went to the Japanese market and brought home a present to make me feel better: the latest issue of my favorite magazine Vivi, and the latest issue of Shibuya-109 Book with included Cat Hat Beanie freebie! (more…)