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DIY Fashion

March 30, 2012

I’ve been busy doing school things but since it’s spring break I did a couple of crafty things this week. I took inspiration from Carry On… Carry On… and did two of her DIY projects.

First, I decided to try out her gold cap toe pumps tutorial since I had a pair of navy heals I was just going to take to Goodwill. They came out pretty good except I may have over sanded them a bit so there some spots that look scratched.

The other project I tried was her Louis Vuitton inspired rhinestone headband. This one I took more liberties with because I didn’t have heavy duty glue or a metal headband and just took an old Forever 21 headband, some random glue, an old rhinestone Halloween necklace and some thread and kinda MacGyvered this headband. I used the glue to kinda just hold the necklace on to the headband temporarily while I wrapped the thread around it. It doesn’t look as good as hers but it doesn’t look too bad from far away!


Online student

January 26, 2012
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As I mentioned in my previous post, my classes are all online, so as part of one of my courses I learned how taking classes online differs from taking physical classes.

After taking a couple of online assessments, I realized that although I do posses some skills which are useful towards an online course (my organizational skills) there are other aspects I need to work on, such as time management skills. I decided since I am going to school full time that a good way to work on my time management skills is to give each class I’m taking a scheduled time, as if I was actually going to a classroom. That way I know from, say, 10am-12pm it’s time to work on class A and 1pm-3pm it’s time for class B.

Another thing I hadn’t thought of was how when you write something down and a stranger who has never met you is reading it, they might not understand certain aspects about your personality, writing style, etc. so comments that you write without much thought, someone else might read as angry or sarcastic. This is completely something that I’ve dealt with especially with social media, and I’ve been on both ends as the misunderstood and the one misunderstanding. It’s a good tip to not only re-read before posting but also to re-read what someone else wrote because often one missed word can make all the difference.

I also watched a couple of videos about working in groups. The first video of a presentation by Dr. Haycock made me laugh just because of all the examples of how groups work were so familiar. It was nice to know that all my “bad” experiences with groups are actually common and so there are ways to combat them. There were good tips on clarifying what the assignment is, what the group goal actually is (“I want an A but Joe Student is aiming for a B so doesn’t want to try as hard as I do”) and just being ok with conflict and knowing that is part of how a group works. From the second video, I really took away the fact that group work is a useful skill for the workplace. You can apply the skills you learned working with groups to later work with colleagues. So it’s best to try to make a group the best experience you can because you’ll never know when it might come up.

Future librarian here!

January 26, 2012

Hello Bored Brain Damage. I’ll probably be a bit less bored lately since I am now going for a Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Will less crafts get made now that I’ll be studying? Yea, probably. But, more writing about studying!


Sewing Project: Frilly Umbrella Skirt

September 20, 2011

Frilly umbrella skirt from the back.

Let me start off by saying that I really need to start posting more often since I have done things which I feel I would actually like to document but haven’t. So to start that off, my latest sewing project that I finished was another skirt made with my Japanese fabric.

I looked around for a while for directions on how to make a frilly/ruffle skirt and couldn’t find anything I really liked for free so I ended up paying for a pattern from BurdaStyle for a Ruffle Skirt. It may have been because it was my first time using a pattern or because the pattern came from their German magazine, but I had a hard time understanding some of the terminology and directions. It worked out well with the help of the internet, it just took me a bit longer then it should have.

Quality wise, I think this skirt came out well. My only problem was that I didn’t have enough of the blue umbrella fabric for all the frills and then I went with yellow for the other color. After is started coming together I realized I might have preferred to go with another blue. Oh well. This one is just a bit louder then my clothing usually is. I may decide later to alter the center flounce and replace it with blue fabric, but for now it’s staying this way.

I also realized about halfway through that I cut up the frills wrong so that the umbrellas were upside down.

upside down umbrellas

So now it kind of looks like it’s raining umbrellas (oh and the rain drops are upside down too).

Sewing Project: Apron

July 31, 2011

For my next project after the elephant skirt, I decided to use this strawberries fabric I had previously bought to make an apron. I looked around for different patterns (including trying to come up with my own) before I found this one in a book called Amy Butler’s In Stitches which I liked.

This was a fun project since I learned new techniques but at the same time didn’t have to deal with body measurements. I feel like I’m getting better at sewing (less pulling the fabric through as opposed to just letting it feed) which will get me one step closer on my next project.

So here’s a few pictures of the apron which ultimately was part of a birthday gift for my friend Anna (other parts of gift will be documented here later since also hand made). Read more…

Renegade Craft Booty

July 10, 2011

[Booty as in what pirates get. Not that other kind.]

Yesterday I went to the Renegade Craft Fair here in San Francisco despite deciding during their winter version that “I think I’m over it”. I may prefer the summer version to the winter one, there seems to be an interchangeable ratio of dogs to kids during the seasons, with dog owners preferring the summer Renegade.

And so, on to sharing some of the goodies I got.

Bunny Butt Apothecary – always a favorite.


World’s Smallest Post Service – so cute!

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Elephant Skirt – Redux!

June 26, 2011

Last we spoke (I wrote?) of my elephant skirt, I was almost done but had a few finishing touches. I did end up adding the different color border in the pictures, as well as adding more pleats at the waist since it was still too large in that area (how did my measuring and/or cutting go so wrong?). To add a bit of flair to the waist area with the pleats, I sewed some contrasting buttons on as well.

button waist

I did enjoy wearing my skirt out once these last touches were added, only complaint is it gets super wrinkled from sitting!

You can't tell, but I'm wearing my "make d0 and mend" necklace in honor of my sewing.

(Make do and mend)