Wow – a Links of the Week posted on Thursday!  This week it’s super-late because I’ve been involved a bunch of projects that threatened to take over everything for awhile.  There were the 3 Bear Costumes, 3 pairs of Bear Mittens, 3 Bow-Ties, 6 Lacy Aprons, and 6 Lacy Hair-Bows I made for Lil Tot’s class Winter Performance (tomorrow!).  And the two HUGE projects I have due in my classes tomorrow: one a CD design prototype done in Photoshop and Illustrator, and one After Effects rough cut of a 1-minute composited project.  Then I got an email on Monday that a company wanted me to come in for an interview (I had applied for an internship with them) – so I redid my entire portfolio.  All at once everything was happening, and despite the DIY I did for my son’s costumes, I wasn’t able to do much for this blog for a couple days.

Anyway, the world has still turned and much DIY goodness came out of last week!  Here are a couple things that caught my eye:

I’ve discovered another DIY blog – called I Have a Deer – and I loved this tutorial on how to make glittery epaulets from an old bra.  Repurposing at its finest!

DIY your own velvet skirt (from a thrifted velvet dress) just in time for the hollidays!  Chictopian Headbandit has the tutorial here.

Inspired by a pearl necklace seen in Vivi Magazine (I think I bookmarked the same necklace!), Sparks in Spring made this super-cute Peter Pan Collar Necklace.  It’s so sweet – and surprisingly easy to do!
Though I don’t normally post non-wearable DIY’s, I couldn’t resist with this Glitter Flatware from Oh Happy Day.  I mean, it’s so sparkly -how could one resist?!!  Perfect for your next holiday fete.
For this time of year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), staying toasty on chilly days is a must.  This ingenious DIY from The Style Projects repurposes an old sweater for some new and fabulous legwarmers.  Now I’m waiting for the next frigid day with bated breath!
Thinking along the same lines, Whitney at Freshly Given posted her sweater to Cowl tutorial.  A great way to re-purpose old sweaters – and then cut the arms off for legwarmers!

The Free People blog has come up with a couple ideas to turn holiday ornaments into accessories.  (I’m sure it helps if the ornaments you pick already resemble accessories, LOL!)  But seriously, this time of year is great to find some things that normally might hang off a tree…and re-purpose them into things for necklaces, bracelets, headbands, and earrings.
FashionDIY101 is a new blog I’ve discovered, and I love her chic, simple DIY’s  Check out her gold wire bracelet tutorial to get you started!

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If you have a DIY how-to or tutorial 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! (Tutorials/how-to’s with steps and photos included please! So everyone can share in the DIY goodness:-)



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