Monday, December 27, 2010

Meatless Mondays

Christmas is expensive, but I'm not quite ready to assume post-holiday miser-level eating. However, if you're like me, you have myriad bits of cheese, bread, and wine leftover from the holidays. I've posted a suitable, non-casserole, use for these on a guest-post on Gasstronomy. You can view Denise's lovely recipes here all the time, and my meatless posts every Monday.


Monday, December 20, 2010

black fascinator

My lovely friend requested a black fascinator for her birthday. She gave me links to the two above, but requested "kind of a hybrid of the two, in black, less emphasis on the big flowers/hat things and more simple and closer to the face, pretty please?"

This posed no problem, except that I'm broke and none of the materials I had were black:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

super pleated ruffle dress

My best friend's birthday has come and gone and I've only just now finished her present. However, it's pretty fabulous, especially if you're into volume. Ruffles aren't something I'd attempted before, but I really like the look of a lot of Kate Towers' dresses. I think they're all swell, but the pleated ruffles she has here are especially lovely:

I already had a yard and a half of lovely dusty blue linen I wanted to use for the ruffles, but it had a few issues as it's stiff and frays easily. I knew I didn't want it to bulk up if I put the hem on the inside (thereby having two layers), and definitely didn't want to have the linen fray away, so I just did everything I could think of to the edges. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Two-dollar, twelve-hour birthday sweater

I wanted to embellish a sweater for my bff's birthday but, being ludicrously broke and not an appliqué fan, I needed to give dimension to something cheap and flatflatflat.

I looked for a really large thrift store sweater that would give me a lot of fabric to play around with and was ugly enough to justify cutting it to pieces. Boy, was I overwhelmed; ugliness abounds in this area of the Goodwill.

So, I forgot to take 'before' pictures (doh!). I looked around online but couldn't find a good example of the level of weirdness the original achieved. You'll just have to imagine an e-n-o-r-m-o-u-s, two-dollar, Cato brand, high-boatneck maternity sweater in a truly unfortunate shade of green. Ehhhhhxcelent!

First step was dying it to get it away from the 'meh' color it'd been originally:

Monday, September 27, 2010

feather headband

to make feather headbands you'll need a feathers, a headband, a glue gun, and ribbon. i get my feathers from lamplight feather company. a cheap headband is fine. you'll cover it up with the ribbon entirely, so no one need see the plastic:

the shiniest, most wearable every-day feathers are usually natural. peacock and pheasant plumage are my favorites, because they're covered in naturally shiny, smooth feathers in fantastic colors:

images via here

ooh, pretty.

Monday, September 13, 2010

constellation headboard

this headboard was a long time coming. we originally had plans to do a really modern, boxy white rendition that would contain enough light to read by like the lld muse here, but decided that this would be much more soothing and cozy. 

my parents are amateur astronomers, and doing the sky gave us a reason to make a round piece for the backdrop. when it's off there's no light, but when it's on it gives off just enough light to see to get to door, but mellow enough that i can sleep with it on.

plywood sheet
screws and nails
wood glue
rope lights

so! on to the step-by-steps: