And the Winner of the Scarf-Vest Giveaway is…

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Entry # 29: Donner!

Who wrote:

I’m diggin this scarf:
http://www.affordablescarves.com/products/janet-floral-pashmina.html?on=Red

groovy!

Stacie will be contacting the winner to get her shipping information.  Congrats Donner!

Thanks so much to all who entered and stay tuned for another great giveaway next month!

xoxox
Carly

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DIY Sparkly Geode Earrings

I finally finished a pair of earrings this weekend that I’ve been working on for so long…I had attempted making them numerous times before but just couldn’t seem to get them exactly right.

I’ve always been drawn to the rough imperfections in natural stones and crystals, far more so than anything ever cut or polished by humans.  Geodes are the perfect example of this: the jagged, rough crystals inside that are at once both perfectly symmetrical and so perfectly without order.

I surrounded two halves of a split geode crystal (technically a thunderegg, I guess) with black epoxy resin; then hand-set hematite-colored Swarovski crystals around the perimeters.  Pewter French hooks finish off the earrings.

Given their sparkliness, contours, and depth I found they were incredibly hard to photograph late in the day and on my own, in the mirror.  I’ll have to try when it’s nice and bright outside!

I’m also going to experiment with another pair, this time with Silver Shade Swarovskis around the geodes.  I just couldn’t decide whether the dark hematite gray or crystal-like Silver would look better!  There’s something I like about the smoky gray color glinting against the black resin, though.

Hope you guys had a great weekend!

xoxox
Carly

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DIY Leopard T-Shirt No-Sew Scarf Made From a T-Shirt

I’m so thrilled to have been featured on the I Love to Create blog as a guest poster!

They sent me a lovely package of goodies from their immense ILoveToCreate.com website a little while ago (chock-full of Tulip-brand and Aleene’s products, fabric dyes, finishes, paints, and embellishments…if you haven’t checked it out for all your crafty needs, or for tutorial ideas and inspiration, please do!!  You’re so missing out!!).  I’ve used the contents of the package to create a couple tutorials for them that will be featured on their blog in the coming weeks.  My first project, a Leopard-Print Infinity Scarf, repurposes the bottom of an old t-shirt and uses a stencil from one of their tie-dyeing kits to create a fancy feline look.  Here is the tutorial in full below:


Fashion blogger Carly J. Cais of Chic Steals will be featured in the next few weeks as a guest blogger here on the iLoveToCreate blog! She has created some trendy and fashionable looks and she shows you step by step how to make them! Take it away Carly…

How to Create a DIY Leopard-Print No-Sew Infinity Scarf From an Old T-Shirt

Nothing could be easier than re-purposing the bottom of an old t-shirt as an accessory! Wear as a simple scarf for a pop of pattern at the neck, a lightweight hood, or sew the bottom closed and add a drawstring to use as a pouch for makeup. By using two colors in the leopard print and varying the size of the spots, you get a much more finished, high-end look than by just using the stencil alone.

Materials:
Tulip Tie-Dye Fashion Kit in Wild Thing (stencil, gloves, Aqua dye, Cobalt Dye)
– white t-shirt

and…
– garbage bags
– paper towels
– cotton swab (not pictured)
– small bowl for paint (not pictured)
– fabric scissors or rotary cutter

How To:
1. Begin by creating the leopard pattern on the t-shirt. Wash the shirt in the washer (do not use fabric softener) and dry in the dryer to remove sizing.

2. Place onto a garbage bag, laid onto a flat surface. Place another garbage bag in-between the fabric layers so the dye does not seep through.

3. Place the leopard stencil from the Tie-Dye Fashion Kit onto the shirt, and cover around the stencil with paper towels to prevent overspray.

4. Put on the gloves in the kit. Mix the Tulip Aqua Tie-Dye according to the kit directions, and spritz onto the fabric using the spray bottle. Be careful to not spray too much; just enough so the stencil shapes are visible (too much and it will seep under the stencil and the pattern won’t be crisp).

5. Remove the stencil; wipe down with a paper towel.

6. Repeat Steps 3) – 5) to cover all the area below the underarms of the t-shirt on the front. Turn the shirt onto the back and repeat.

7. Allow to dry about an hour.

8. Mix the Tulip Cobalt Tye-Dye according to directions, and squirt some dye into a small bowl (not used for food). Dip a cotton swab into the dye and dab it onto the t-shirt, on top of the aqua spots you made with the stencil. (Reference a photo of what a leopard’s spots really look like to help with placement.)

9. Cover with plastic and allow to dry 4-6 hours. Once dry, wash in the washer with a small amount of detergent and water at the hottest suitable for the fabric. Dry in the dryer.

10. Once dry, cut off the top part of the shirt, from side to side right under the sleeves.

And you’re done! Wear the fabric loop as an infinity scarf for a punchy pattern at the neck, or customize further with a little craftery on your sewing machine.

Happy DIY’ing!
xoxox
Carly J. Cais

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