Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I DID a DIY...Arts and Crafts Time!!

Love me a good craft project!  When I was little, I was that kid that would rather take an extra art and crafts class that gym or a sport.  I think it was because I knew that had a better change at being good at and making a pretty craft project than excelling at an athletic endeavor.  My Nana taught me to knit at 9...it was a great way to spend alone time with her.  I used to knit all my dolls matching sweaters, scarves and hats...I had arms full or handmade friendship bracelets for me and my friends...my boys had tons of hand-knit receiving blankets when they were born.  Knitting and crafting relaxes me, quiets my head, and takes my mind off of the day.  Nothing like the satisfaction of looking at a project once finished and knowing that you made it with your own two hands.

I present to you my newest project...







I got the idea for this necklace from Honestly WTF...this amazing blog I just discovered.  I used 12 yds of microfiber faux suede and beads from one of my favorite necklaces Jack had recently destroyed.  I used a box stitch that I learned when making lanyards years ago.  Then I threaded the beads through every other stitch.  I just knotted the ends together so that I can adjust the length depending on how I want to wear it....I love it.  Total I probably spent $3.00 for the faux suede.  I plan on making a bracelet like this and maybe another necklace in a different color.  There are so many options with materials and beads...

Worn to Work Wednesday, June 22




I wanted to wear an outfit today where my necklace could be the show piece.  I thought all black base with a leopard cardi and neutral sandals for fun.  I was thinking about wearing my 3 inch espadrilles, but decided that with the shorter skirt I should keep the heel low...what do you think... Do you wear high heels with a shorter skirt?

I am currently working on a few bracelet DIY's.  My husband set me up a craft table in the corner of his office.  I recently bought all these supplies and they were just kind of hanging around in a Target bag.  But now, I have them all organized and ready to ready to be crafted. 

I was thinking maybe Wednesdays should be Arts and Crafts day here on Not Just Mom...

18 comments:

Hope said...

I'm not much for a diy-er but I love this!! It looks professional and so, so pretty! Nice!

Natasha said...

Love it, you did such agreat job! Looks perfect withyour outfit!

Melissa said...

You crafty little thing! That's adorable! I love the outfit that you wore to showcase the necklace too. That cardigan is fantastic!

Andrea said...

Oh how cute, gives the perfect amount of edge to the outfit.
I don't usually wear heels with shorter dresses, skirts, or shorts. But I also always have my kids with me - maybe in an office environment I wouldn't feel so weird about it? IDK, I am a weirdo about things like that!

Lydia Marie said...

That turned out really cute! I'm picturing it in all sorts of colors, especially as a bracelet! And if you just so happen to make more than you can handle...I'd be totally willing to make the sacrifice of taking them off your hands :)

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KateLainey said...

Totally love this necklace and yes...Wednesday should definitely be arts and craft day. :) Awesome!

Tara said...

I was never good at arts and crafts or sports, so I tried to avoid them all :) I really love this necklace though...you did a fantastic job!!

I am definitely on the side of lower heels for shorter skirts, at least if it's a work outfit. If it's a weekend outfit, all bets are off, then :)

Fashion Therapist said...

Looks amazing!!!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

that's cool I love it but I really love your jacket more you look really great. Like really!

Rebecca said...

i LIKE THE diy. tHE NECKLACE GOES WELL WITH YOUR SWEATER.

From Suns To Moons said...

MEOW! You're asking for it and you know it.

Mimi said...

Weds arts and craft sounds great! Love the necklace, great job and the outfit does showcase it nicely;)

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dotty said...

that necklace is such a neat idea! and it goes perfectly with your outfit!

dash dot dotty

Dale said...

Just found your blog, that is so crafty. Very cool that you made it yourself and I definitely see why you wanted it to be the show piece. I really like the skirt and leopard is one of my fave looks when done right. Great sweater :) Following you now

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Lindsay said...

I am loving this look! You are sooo crafty! I need to learn how to knit and make some cool things like this one of yours. You should post a how-to if you get a chance :)

Lindsay Living

Melanie said...

Nice job! And I really like your cardi :)

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Tysie said...

Great job on the necklace - and the outfit is perfect (love the pulled back hair on you) and way to make those stems slammin' long with the "nude shoe trick"!

MONKEYFACE said...

You picked a PERFECT outfit to pair this necklace with! Go you, I really need to get on some DIY jewelry b/c this looks great. And yeah...unless I'm out clubbing (meaning unless it's me nine years ago), I will prolly opt for lower heels with short skirts, too :)