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DIY double strand bracelet

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Two more days until my due date!! I have been keeping myself busy this week and this was just one of my diy projects. It seems like layering bracelets, double strand bracelets, beaded bracelets and stacker bracelets are all the rage right now. But instead of buying name brand jewelry, paying for expensive beads or spending hours with a needle and thread I created this easy solution. A double strand bracelet made from tub chain!! Yup the traditional chain you buy at a hardware store for your bathtub plug. It cost me $4 for two strands and then I just used a black cord I happened to have in my craft supplies. I hummed and hawed about how to wrap the cord around the chain and finally used this basic bracelet weave. It took me less than 10 minutes to make and with all the different colored cords and yarn available there are endless color options!

You will need:

  • 2 separate chains (each one long enough to wrap around your wrist twice)
  • cotton, yarn, leather or plastic cord (enough to wrap around your wrist 8 times)

Fold your cord in half to find the center and tie a basic knot around both tub chains at the top.

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Loop the right cord over both metal strands. Now lie the left cord straight overtop.

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Tuck the left cord under the chains and up through the loop.

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Pull both sides of the cord tight to secure the knot around the metal chain.

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Repeat on the opposite side. This time loop the left cord overtop the chain. Now lie the right cord straight overtop.

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Continue this process back and forth all the way to the bottom of the chain leaving two of the metal beads empty at the bottom so you can fasten it closed properly. (If you forget which side you knotted last, just look at which cord is poking up and the opposite side will be the cord that you loop over the chain next)

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I also added a little dab of super glue to the knot to make sure it doesn’t fray or come undone. So in under 10 minutes you can have you own custom double wrap bracelets for a fraction of the price that you pay in stores. Happy bracelet making!

If I had my way, I’d wear jewelry, a great pair of heels and nothing else. ~ Jada Smith

 


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DIY Sailor Knot Headband

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Happy Monday! Another weekend gone by, but well spent. On Friday night we went for a walk and a movie date with friends, then had a relaxing day at home Saturday and then yesterday morning my hubby and I did yard work. So to treat ourselves we decided to spent Sunday afternoon strolling along the lake after a coffee date followed by an amazing dinner of all-you-can-eat-sushi!!! After a long days work, it’s pretty disgusting astounding how much sushi a full grown man and a pregnant lady can really eat. haha we won’t go there….

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DIY denim makeover

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I cannot believe the weather we are having in the Okanagan! Average temperatures for this time of month are about 18-19 degrees and we are hitting 25 plus! I am happier than a seagull with a french fry in this sunshine and this is the first time I’ve come inside since 7am this morning. My hubby and I started our day with some great garage saling (I’ll post my goodies soon), followed by a couple of hours in the early afternoon gardening and weeding, and then I spent the late afternoon walking along the lake with my sister with an ice-cold frappuccino in hand! Oh how I love life….

Time for a little diy project. This project transformed several times from beginning thoughts to end result. It started with my favourite pair of dark denim skinny jeans (pictured below). After kneeling down at work so much to help the kids, the knees of my jeans were completely faded out. Originally I bought some fabric dye in a dark denim to re-dye them, but then I had some concerns….

Firstly….. I wasn’t confident it would dye an even color throughout the fabric. Since the knees were already faded, I was worried that the end result would just be a darker faded knee on a darker colored jean.

Secondly…. me? dark dye? white bathroom? I was sure it would look more like a crime scene from a Smurf homicide than a successful diy project.

So… if I wasn’t going to dye them darker, I would bleach them lighter. I have always wanted a pair of pale wash/white jeans but most white pants I find are either too see-through or the fabric is way too stretchy and thin. Nothing is more unforgiving than white pants and I wasn’t in a rush to walk around looking like a before picture for a Spanx advertisement. Since I already loved how these jeans fit and they were a good quality denim, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. No need for a tutorial either. I just filled the bathtub with about 3-4 inches of water, added some bleach (about 2 parts water to 1 part bleach) and let them soak.

It at first they don’t bleach out evenly, just re-fill the tub and soaked them again. After mine soaked, there were still a few spots on my jeans that were a little darker, so I filled a spray bottle with half bleach half water and misted the dark spots and lied them out in the sun. Wa-la…problem solved.

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 Depending on the look you want, there are other ways you could bleach your denim too:

  •  Use a sponge to dab on the bleach
  •  Apply bleach to an old toothbrush, then pull your finger back along the bristles to achieve a splattered effect
  •  Find an old paintbrush
  •  Use an old eyedropper
  •  Use a spray bottle to spray straight bleach onto jeans (this would give them a true tie-dye look)
  •  Or soak the first 3/4 of your jeans in bleach, then 1/2 the jeans, then the last 1/4 to achieve an ombre denim

This is an easy way to transform your wardrobe without having to spend any money! And if you’re looking for a bigger denim overhaul, check out my easy diy skinny jean tutorial. Happy crafting!

How to put on Jeans: 1. Grab belt loops 2. Jump around like a bunny 3. Lunge left 4. Lunge right


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Diy Boot Jewelry

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I know for some of you it’s getting warmer where you live and we are all tempted to pack away the winter boots and pull out our flip-flops but why not rock all your cute boots into the spring/summer season with cute dresses and skirts?! Especially with all the mullet dresses (short in the front, long in the back). I just had to share this diy I made because I was so happy with how easy, cheap and functional it turned out. First, I found this great pair of brown LEATHER boots at a local consignment store for $8.00!! How could I not take them home with me?! I loved how comfortable they were but as soon as I got them home and tried them on with an outfit I knew they were missing something….

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I have seen so many beautiful boots online and in magazines with funky buckles and straps so why couldn’t I just add my own straps?! And let’s be honest…. weren’t the boot straps just glorified belts?! These were the types of boots I was inspired by.

So I went in search of two belts that were similar in color to my boots. With belts being such a must-have accessory these days, you can buy cheap belts at so many stores. Ardene’s, H&M, Forever 21, Urban Planet or Suzy Shier.  Anyways, I was looking through the belt section of a thrift store one day and came across this interesting piece.

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I’m not sure what it was?! A harness? A backpack strap? A leash? Let’s just hope it wasn’t previously owned by a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey because that opens up a whole other possibility for this piece. haha Anyways, I knew all I had to do was unstitch the center piece and wa-la. I had two identical belts in the right color.

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Then, I simply wrapped them around my boots and ta-da! From beautiful to boot-iful! Just what the doctor ordered. The best part is you can take them off any time, or switch them up. Maybe a patterned belt, contrasting shades or add two different belts to each boot for more of a statement piece. Let me know what you come up with!

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These boots were made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do…. ~Nancy Sinatra


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DIY Lace Cuffs

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Well here we are in the new year. Now that we have all survived the end of the world and New Years Eve, it’s safe to say we are good for a while. I feel like I have finally caught up on my sleep from a few late nights and I feel great! Four more days till I go back to work. So I’m going to relax, read, and work out. As a regular gym member, I gotta say that I’m a little apprehensive about going to the gym today. I went all last week but the first week of January can be a little hectic. I swear when the doors open to the gym you’d think it was Black Friday at Walmart. Anyways, on boxing day I purchased a super cute pair of brown boots…on sale of course! I love the casual look of brown boots because they pull together so many different looks. Bohemian, hipster, vintage, dressy casual….and the list goes on. I know it’s a little too cold to go bare-legged in boots this time of year but I am prepared for the first warm day. I was inspired by the look of lace tights that are all the rage right now so I wanted to make a summer equivalent. So once the warm weather comes I thought lace boot cuffs would be super cute. They were so easy to make and inexpensive. I made two pairs (with fabric left over) for under $5.00! And it took me less than 3 minutes to make two pairs. Hope you like it!!

You will need:

  • measuring tape
  • stretchy wide lace
  • scissors
  • sewing machine or serger (you could sew by hand if you needed to)
  • buttons (optional)

Step 1. Measure around your calf. Subtract one inch and cut that length from your lace.

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Step 2. Fold the fabric in half right sides facing in. Sew along edge.

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Step 3. Turn cuffs right side out and you should have tube shaped cuffs.

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I made two pairs of these cuffs. A white pair with no buttons and an off-white pair with three little buttons. I absolutely love the look of the peek-a-boo of lace. I’m also going to make a black pair that I can wear over my skinny jeans with my black boots. Of the possibilities. I hope you like your creation and if you have any questions let me know!

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These boots have stood toe-to-toe with the biggest baddest joes. Like they had some things to prove. These boots