New York Design Shop’s HALLOWEEN Create Couture Challenge!

Wow, I’m still coming off the high from the first Create Couture Challenge New York Design Shop sponsored back in August!

Well, NYDS has done it again and put together another challenge for DIY and crafty bloggers out there:

The 2nd Create Couture Contest officially begins! Today marks the first day of the nomination process. Nominate your favorite blogger or DIY enthusiast by any of the following:

1. sending a tweet to @nydesignshop
2. writing on their facebook wall
3. by leaving a comment on THIS blog post, [clicky-click cuz that’s a link!] OR
4. by e-mailing them at info@newyorkdesignshop.com

You have until Monday, September 20 so think hard about who you think will make the best DIY Halloween costume.  You may nominate more than one person.  15 contestants will be chosen from the nominees. All nominees will be announced on the NYDS blog.  Contestants will be notified by NYDS on Tuesday, September 21, and must decide if they want to participate by Friday, September 24.  Rules and Regulations will be distributed via e-mail by Monday, September 27. 

Know anyone crafty or uber-talented?  Dying to see what your favorite DIY blogger could come up with?  Nominate someone via the methods above – and cross your fingers to see if they’ll step up to the challenge!!  (And it seems there’s nothing against nominating yourself, either;-)

xoxox
Carly

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DIY Fringed Boho Bag: Create Couture Challenge

Another project -this time a bag project- I submitted for Style Sample Magazine and New York Design Shop’s Create Couture Challenge back in early August.  It’s a little bohemian and a whole lotta fun!
 


Materials:

*Rust Suedette Fringe
*Gold Circle Studs
*Leather Flower Appliques

Additional Tools/Materials:

*faux suede handbag
*scissors
*pliers
*leather glue
*awl (optional)

[prep: remove embellishments on bag…I also cut the shoulder strap off and braided it, reattaching it to the bag]
How-to:

1. Cut Suedette Fringe in half.

2. Apply leather glue to underside of fringe, and place just under the top edge of the bag.

3. Allow to dry.

4. Lift fringe up, and glue second layer of fringe underneath so the top fringe just barely overlaps it.

5. Push a Circle Stud through the center of each Leather Flower.

6. Apply flowers to bag, pushing the prongs of the studs through the bag, and using pliers to fold the prongs over on the inside.  If the material of the bag is very thick, an awl can be helpful to poke hole first.

7. If you prefer more security, add a thin layer of glue between the leather flowers and the bag in order to glue them down.

Let the 70’s come alive again!

Happy DIY’ing!

xoxox
Carly

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Box of DIY Goodies from the Create Couture Challenge!

The other day, I received my prize for the Create Couture Challenge.

A huge box came to the door, and when I opened it up, at first I was confused, trying to remember when I’d ordered anything Alice + Olivia from Payless.

But when I opened the shoebox I was just stunned!

It was packed to the brim with DIY materials, accessories, and fabulous items!

An Alternative Apparel dress, 2 belts, 2 chiffon rose trims, 2 huge metallic flowers, a gold chain-link necklace, a thin flower headband, a large wooden belt buckle, 2 kinds of sweater trim, iron-on black metal mesh trim, black chain, iron-on anchor appliques, iron-on black rhinestone trim, a beautiful embellished bib necklace, and a lace-wrapped bead necklace!  I am so excited and thrilled with all this…as you can probably guess, I’m going to do a DIY extravaganza with all this coming up soon!

Thank you so much, New York Design Shop, for your generosity!  I am thrilled beyond words:-)
xoxox
Carly

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I’ve Been Feaured in Style Sample Magazine!

Issue #9 is now out and as a result of winning the Create Couture Challenge, I’ve had a feature interview with Catherine of Silhouette Girl!

Catherine was super-nice and I’m so glad to have found her blog, too – her style is mishmashed vintage with sweet touches, and she has such a covetable variety of cute dresses!

Thank you to Catherine and Style Sample for the feature!  I’m so flattered and excited to be in this awesome magazine!  Now off to order 50 hard copies so I can send them to every single person I know…;-)

Read Issue #9 of Style Sample Magazine Here
(and check out pg. 13 which has me on it:-)
 

xoxox
Carly

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DIY Fringed Gladiator Sandals: Create Couture Challenge

Yes, another project I submitted for Style Sample Magazine and New York Design Shop’s Create Couture Challenge back in early August.  I’ll get all of these posted if it kills me!!!

You Need:

*Mocha Suedette Fringe
*Mini Gold Pyramid Studs
*Large Gold Pyramid Studs

Additional Tools/Materials:

*faux suede or leather strappy sandals (American Eagle Tomahawk Beaded Sandals from Payless)
*pliers
*leather glue
*awl (optional)
*moleskin (optional)

[prep: remove any embellishments from shoes first]
How to:

1. Push studs into the straps of the shoes, using pliers to bend the prongs over on the underside.  If you have trouble pushing the studs through the shoe material, an awl can be helpful to punch holes first.  You can also use small pieces of moleskin on the inside of the shoes if any prongs scratch your feet when you are wearing them.

2. Measure length of fringe needed by wrapping it around top of sandals.  Cut.

3. Apply a thin strip of leather glue to the tops of the sandals, and press the fringe into it.  Allow to dry.

And that’s it!

Gladiatrix, boho, SoCal…however you say it, these sandals are FAB!

xoxox
Carly

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