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Thursday, July 31

Cat Eye Clutch Tutorial

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Many moons ago I saw the most adorable Charlotte Olympia purse where the handles were sunglasses. It was being sold for close to $1,000 which was too rich for my blood but I thought I could make something similar. Cut to a few weeks ago. I was at Target and saw a straw handbag for three bucks. I remembered the Charlotte Olympia purse and thought I could do something along those lines. After failing my first attempt I tried again and came up with what I think is a really cute cat eye clutch!

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Seriously, how cute is it! I love how it turned out. Here are the directions so you can try it at home.

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Cat Eye Clutch Tutorial

  1. Create a template for your glasses and cut out of card stock. I used a piece of scrapbooking paper which is why mine is pink. All I did was fold the paper in half and then free handed the glasses. I would have put up a downloadable version, but I realized that the size and shape will depend on whatever you use as the purse. 
  2. Trace the template onto the backside of the vinyl using your Sharpie marker. Remember you will need two sunglasses- one for each side. 
  3. Cut the glasses out of the vinyl.
  4. If your purse isn’t the right shape, just use the purse like a piece of fabric and sew it to the shape you desire. All I had to do was sew a straight line about halfway up the bag to create the clutch shape. Then I cut off the excess. Remember to turn the bag inside out before sewing.
  5. Hot glue the vinyl to the bag. On my first attempt I sewed the glasses onto the bag, and it looked amazing but was very tricky. I decided to go with the hot glue for my second attempt because it is so much easier for the average crafter. If you are good at sewing I say go for it, but it still looks pretty great just being glued on.
  6. At the last minute I thought a few rhinestones would look good and it turns out I was right! I love the extra sparkle it adds. 

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Adorbs! Considering the whole thing cost less than five bucks, I think it turned out pretty darned fantastic! If I were going to try it again I would look for a turquoise sparkly vinyl or maybe even Barbie Doll pink. 

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I figured you dolls would like a full shot of my ensemble, so here you go! The dress is vintage and the shoes are a few years old. The belt is old from Anthro and the sunglasses (turns out I don’t actually own any cat eye glasses!) are Oliver Peoples which I purchased on eBay. 

Thursday, July 17

Paper Doll Garland DIY

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When I was a little girl I adored playing with paper dolls. I had a shoe box full of vintage paper dolls that I had painstaking cut out of a book my grandmother purchased for me and I loved them. I gave them names, we had parties, and I wonder if it isn’t part of the reason I am so enamored of vintage clothing. A few months ago Dover Publishing requested a side bar ad to help promote their paper doll collections and of course I was thrilled. You probably have noticed their ad and a few times I have written about them in my Dear Diary Friday posts. But I also wanted to share an idea I had on how to use the paper dolls to decorate your home. So I made this lovely paper doll garland and thought I would share it with you.

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When Dover purchased the side bar ad they also sent over a few free paper doll books including the Art Deco Fashions, which is what I used to create this garland.

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The process really couldn’t be simpler. All I did was pick my favorite dresses and carefully cut them out with my scissors. I decided to keep the dolls headless, which at first I thought might look kinda morbid, but once they are all strung up, it ended up being quite elegant and you don’t even notice they have no heads!

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At the last minute I also decided to cut out the many different gorgeous illustrations of hats and weave them in between the full outfits. This helped break up the line and gave it a little more dimension. Then I used a tiny hole punch to create two holes for the string to go through, and voila! A vintage paper doll garland!

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I am loving how it looks draped on my mantle, and I get quite a few people asking me about it when they come to visit. I like the  colorful quirkiness it adds, and I especially adore the shout-out to my passion for vintage fashion and for paper dolls. I can’t wait for Ella to get old enough to start playing with them so I can pass down my beloved hobby.

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Tuesday, June 24

Inspired Summer #12: Take An Online Class

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Every now and again I find myself in a bit of a rut. You know how it is- life is a bit boring and mundane, nothing is feeling very inspirational, and I am just not really excited about anything. When that happens I find taking a class online can really jump start my creative juices. I have been taking classes online for years now and it is amazing how far they have come. One of my favorite places to find enriching classes is Craftsy. I have written about Craftsy quite a few times before and I continue to write about them because I really feel they are at the forefront of what an online class can be: a place of learning and community.

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What I love best about Craftsy is they have such a wide variety of classes that all seem to pertain to exactly what I want to learn about! For example, I know my sewing skills have atrophied since I learned to sew in college. Yes, I took sewing classes at Boston University as part of my costume design degree!  My roommates were always jealous that my homework consisted of sewing dresses instead of writing papers! But I digress. One of my summer goals is to get back into sewing and Craftsy has exactly the right types of classes for that. For example, their Sassy Librarian Blouse Class is the perfect combination of modern and retro, plus I know the directions will be clear and easy to follow along. And if I have any questions I can ask directly on the screen and a knowledgeable student or teacher will promptly answer my question.

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Because I am a Craftsy partner they were awesome and thought my dear readers would like a 50% off discount of the Sassy Librarian Blouse Class. Of course I said yes! So until July 1 you can get the class for half off! Thanks Craftsy! For those of you who are interested in sewing, be sure to sign up for the Sassy Librarian Blouse Class now.

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