This week is starting off certainly better than last – I’m on another round of heavy-duty antibiotics so hopefully I’ll beat back this infection in my jaw this time – I just finished up a huge number of projects that have been looming over my head for weeks – and the weather’s turned nice and summery here in Portland.  (Finally!)

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So onto what’s been going on in the DIY blogosphere this week…

Lindsay from Delighted Momma made these boho-chic recycled bangles with some hemp cords and old bangles.  What a lovely summery twist on an old staple – and can you imagine how gorgeous they would be stacked, wound with a variety of colored hemp cords?    (Find every color of hemp cord you may ever want here.)

I’m so glad to have found Fashion Attack, an amazing DIY-er who’s made a number of fashion-forward video tutorials, including those fringed YSL shoes, a fur handbag out of a pillowcase, and an over-the-knee boot.  So inspiring!

Lisa Salzer, the designer of Lulu Frost, stopped by StyleList to make a video on how to make a DIY sparkly necklace inspired by her latest collection, using rhinestone chain and long bone hairpipe beads.  I just love it when a designer shares her secrets!;-)

Curbly‘s video for making a handbag out of a recycled book makes me want to whip out a box cutter and a lovely old tome.  Olympia Le-Tan embroidered clutch, here I come!

Dismount Creative fashioned a faux enamel pendant necklaces…using nailpolish!  What a brilliant idea – and a great way to add some colors to metal stampings and blanks and incorporate them into your jewelry.

Refinery29‘s Slideshow of 9 Ways to Tie a Summer Scarf will hopefully help me infuse my normally sloppy summer style with a little bit of chic.


A Matter of Style‘s Neon Candy Bag Tutorial – made from clear plastic folders from the stationery store – now gives me something to do with all those colorful folders I’ve accumulated from the Dollar Store!  And I love her branded “M” on the closure – so amazing.:-)

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at the art of draping, follow Sew Petite Gal‘s lead and make a simple, one-shouldered DIY draped Grecian gown.  Perfect for summer pool parties and evening soirees!

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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 try to squeeze it in to one of my Links of the Week posts!



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