Wow, March already!  February always seems to fly by as if on rails, and this year was no exception.  I spent a lot of time with my family this month; Hub’s parents came to visit, we went skiing and my son had his first-ever skiing adventure, we played in the snow in the backyard and went sledding on the first Snow Day of the school year, and then we wrapped it up with my son having his adenoids out yesterday, which involved a lot of crying and anxiety leading up to it, but he’s now on the mend and installed in front of the TV once again.  (Okay, yesterday was March 1, but still..)

So now it’s March and it’s Annual Craft Month!!  I’m so excited – and can’t wait to peruse all the cool crafts and projects that are popping up on Craftzine, ILovetoCreate, HowAboutOrange, One Pretty Thing, BurdaStyle, Angry Chicken, Martha Stewart, and DesignSponge…and the coupons from Jo-Ann’s and Michael’s are sorely tempting me…

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Exactly!! So onto the Links of the Week…

Studs and Sequins DIY’d a Lanvin Necklace with her own version: the Watercolor Petal Necklace!  Beautiful, dreamy, and feminine…

There are so many great projects over at  This Long Layers Jewelry Set is fantastic – and imagine the possibilities if you replaced the pearls with crosses, or spikes, or skulls, or other hard-edged things…or tried silk flowers, jumbled coral, colorful beads…  Also check out the many hundreds of projects they have available on the site for some major creative inspiration!

TipJunkie posted 21 Free Tutorials for Making Headbands.  Flowered, sequined, knitted, Anthropologie…check it out if you love headgear!

Ah, Outsapop. Constant and amazing source of DIY inspiration.  Love her DIY Balenciaga Shirt idea…so simple, yet so perfect.

New fabulous DIY Blog Alert! Rar Traum Store: haunting, fetishist, bizarre, addictive DIY and inspiration.  Check out her Givenchy-inspired Clutch Box attached to glove…and scroll back through her posts for a Pierrot Neckpiece, mesh shades, and off-the-hook embellished punk jacket.  (I fell in for a couple of hours, I have to admit…;-)

Ruffled is doing a DIY Wedding Favors Contest.  Submit your best handmade wedding favor project ideas here until March 13, and be eligible to win up to $400 in cash prizes!

Maxi skirts are in right now and Sew Much Ado shared her tutorial for making a triple-tiered maxi skirt.  She looks beautiful in it!

Sweetie Pie Bakery shared her advice on Designing for Less: how to look at the clothing you want and find and alter patterns to make it yourself instead of buying it.  Which is a thought-process that I am always, always using when I look at items in stores…and essential to a DIY frame of mind!

Modanista Junkie made some super-cute sparkly toe-cap pumps.  Just adding some rhinestones can make any shoe look expenive (even when they originally weren’t) and cover up any scratches or damage!  A great idea.

Blogger Phosphene revamped an old blouse using iron-on dome nailheads and grosgrain ribbon on the M&J Trimming Blog.  What a fantastic way to add some edgy and on-trend details to your clothing!  (And check out her Tulle Brooch and Gold Pompon Headband too!)

Recent favorite affordable and cute shopping destinations: DIY Links of the Week 2.13.11 DIY Links of the Week 2.13.11 RachelRachelRoy

I’m loving all of the fashionable indie finds on…and drooling over the affordable but incredibly chic jewelry on RachelRachelRoy.  Yummy!

And since I’m not doing my DIY Roundups anymore, if you have a DIY project, tutorial, or creation that you’d like to see featured on Chic Steals, please email me at carlyjcais at chic-steals dot com – and I’ll feature it in one of my Links of the Week posts!



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