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Guest Post — make a Nautical, Anthro-inspired Necklace!! {tutorial}

20 Apr


 Hi, I’m Nina from Momma
Go Round
, and I’m SO excited to be here today with Jen!
 

Momma Go Round



Since day one of my blogging adventure I’ve looked up to Jen, so it’s a real
honor to be on TT&J!

Momma Go Round is
all about the miracles, milestones, and meltdowns of
motherhood.
I love to figure out my style in my series Real
Momma, Real Style
, share crazy tales of life with a 2 year old, my
weight loss journey, recipes, things I love, and of course crafts!
Today I would like to share with you my latest Anthropologie
knock off inspired necklace!
Pleated Bead Necklace

Fabric – Large Round Beads – Scissors – Thread – Needle

Cut a strip down the length of your fabric that is twice as
wide as your beads. My beads were about 1/2 inch in diameter, so I cut
my strip 1 inch thick.
Iron your strip in
half.

Leaving a few
inches at the end, fold strip into two pleats and stitch through.
(My fabric was 42 inches, so I needed
to leave a tail to attach another strip to tie off the necklace. If
you are lucky enough to have a fabric from a longer bolt, you may want
to leave more of a tail for tie off)

Feed bead onto needle and stitch through.
Add two more
pleats to the other end of the bead and stitch through. Then stitch
back through both sets of pleats and the bead.
Continue until you have desired number of beads. If you got
lucky and have long enough fabric, you could stop here by simply tying
off the ends. I was not so fortunate, so I had to add some
on.
I simply knotted on additional strips of fabric to the tails
of the beaded strip.
I LOVE my new Anthro necklace without the Anthro price tag!
Perfect for dressing up a “getting stuff done today” outfit
🙂
Thank you so much
for having me today Jen!
Nina — that necklace is awesome!
I LOVE nautical stripes for Spring. So cute!!
Nina has so much fun going on at her blog.
Not only does she craft: 
But Nina is also so cute and she has great fashion tips and advice
to help REAL women wear trendy, stylish clothes in flattering ways!
Momma Go Round
 
And she has a link party on Mondays called Real Momma, Real Style where Nina shows off a fashion idea and YOU can link up something to help other women feel good about themselves.
 {Nina showed how real women can wear leggings in this post. Love it!!}
Be sure to stop by Momma Go Round and say hi to Nina 🙂 
xoxo
PS — Have you checked out Jamielyn’s fun Spring Into Silhouette Party?? 
It’s a Blog Hop, with Guest Tutorials and Giveaways!!  
Such a fun party!!

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Guest Post — make a Nautical, Anthro-inspired Necklace!! {tutorial}

20 Apr


 Hi, I’m Nina from Momma
Go Round
, and I’m SO excited to be here today with Jen!
 

Momma Go Round



Since day one of my blogging adventure I’ve looked up to Jen, so it’s a real
honor to be on TT&J!

Momma Go Round is
all about the miracles, milestones, and meltdowns of
motherhood.
I love to figure out my style in my series Real
Momma, Real Style
, share crazy tales of life with a 2 year old, my
weight loss journey, recipes, things I love, and of course crafts!
Today I would like to share with you my latest Anthropologie
knock off inspired necklace!
Pleated Bead Necklace

Fabric – Large Round Beads – Scissors – Thread – Needle

Cut a strip down the length of your fabric that is twice as
wide as your beads. My beads were about 1/2 inch in diameter, so I cut
my strip 1 inch thick.
Iron your strip in
half.

Leaving a few
inches at the end, fold strip into two pleats and stitch through.
(My fabric was 42 inches, so I needed
to leave a tail to attach another strip to tie off the necklace. If
you are lucky enough to have a fabric from a longer bolt, you may want
to leave more of a tail for tie off)

Feed bead onto needle and stitch through.
Add two more
pleats to the other end of the bead and stitch through. Then stitch
back through both sets of pleats and the bead.
Continue until you have desired number of beads. If you got
lucky and have long enough fabric, you could stop here by simply tying
off the ends. I was not so fortunate, so I had to add some
on.
I simply knotted on additional strips of fabric to the tails
of the beaded strip.
I LOVE my new Anthro necklace without the Anthro price tag!
Perfect for dressing up a “getting stuff done today” outfit
🙂
Thank you so much
for having me today Jen!
Nina — that necklace is awesome!
I LOVE nautical stripes for Spring. So cute!!
Nina has so much fun going on at her blog.
Not only does she craft: 
But Nina is also so cute and she has great fashion tips and advice
to help REAL women wear trendy, stylish clothes in flattering ways!
Momma Go Round
 
And she has a link party on Mondays called Real Momma, Real Style where Nina shows off a fashion idea and YOU can link up something to help other women feel good about themselves.
 {Nina showed how real women can wear leggings in this post. Love it!!}
Be sure to stop by Momma Go Round and say hi to Nina 🙂 
xoxo
PS — Have you checked out Jamielyn’s fun Spring Into Silhouette Party?? 
It’s a Blog Hop, with Guest Tutorials and Giveaways!!  
Such a fun party!!

$4 Tee + $1 Dollar Store Towel = Fabulous Anthro-inspired Shirt!!

20 Aug

Here’s a little project I made the other night. Do you have any Charlotte Russe stores near you? I was in ours and found some great, really basic tees for $4. I really liked the neckline and weight of the fabric. I brought them home and I had this picture of a Anthropologie “Tutu” shirt that I had printed off awhile ago to see if I could recreate.

Tutu Tank�-�Anthropologie - photo

 I also had a Dollar Store Flour Sack Tea Towel that I bought thinking I would stencil something cute on it. So I did a little experimenting and created my own version of the Tutu Shirt. And for $5 — I couldn’t be more pleased!

If you would like to make one, here is what I did:

Supplies:
Round-neck Tee Shirt
Dollar Store Flour Sack Tea Cloth or some lightweight cotton material (28″ x 28″) — You may need 2 -depending on how big your shirt is and how many ruffles you need to make.
Sewing Machine (this is a beginning sewing project – if I can do it, so can you!)
Thread
Pins
Scissors

Instructions:

  • Print off a copy of the “Tutu” shirt so you can really see what it looks like. The ruffles go around the neckline and down at an angle on the left side of the shirt. Plus, the top layer of ruffles are shorter than the other layers. 
  • Cut strips of your cloth or tea towel. The first ruffle I cut at 3.5 inches wide by 28 inches long – which is the length of the tea towel.
  • Cut the rest of the strips 5 inches in width. 
  • You want to sew each of the edges of the strips so there is no fraying. Use a small stitch and fold the edges under about 1/4 inch. You can also iron the edges if you want to be very precise. I just eyeballed it and since you are ruffling the material, you don’t have to be perfectly precise – which is just the way I like it!!
  • Once all the edges are folded under and sewed, you want to put a larger stitch down the top of one side of all of the strips so you can ruffle the material. I sewed this stitch right under the previous stitch at the top — do not backstitch this stitch because you want to be able to pull it.
  • Now ruffle up your strips. Take the thread at one end of the stitch you just made, and pull on it. You should be able to push the material down and the thread will keep getting longer as the material gets shorter and the material ruffles.
  • You can always adjust the length of the ruffles once you get them on your shirt. 
  • Start with the top ruffle around the neck. Start the ruffle up at the shoulder just like the picture. Run the ruffle around the neckline and angle it down to end just at the seam of the other side of the shirt about 1/3 of the way down the shirt. Pin the ruffle in place.
  • Now do the same thing right under that ruffle. You can flip the upper ruffle out of the way. You want to make sure that the underneath ruffle covers the top of the bottom ruffle.
  • Keep going until you get to the end of the shirt.
  • At the very top of the left hand side are two layers of little ruffles. Use any leftover material to make these.
  •  When I was finished, the kind of stiff flour sack material was a little too poufy for me, so I tacked down each of the layers with my machine. I tacked each layer down about 4 times across each ruffle. This made me feel less like a confectionery. If you use thinner material that lays down better, you will not need to tack anything down.
And you are done! 
Now you have a Anthro-worthy shirt for $5 instead of the $68!!

XOXO
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Guest Project: Anthro-inspired Wreath & Giveaway

23 Jun
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I’d like to introduce you to my guest crafter today — Tia @ Two Junk Chix. Tia is such a fun and bubbly girl. And so creative! She has done a couple giveaways here for some of her gorgeous Crimson Clover jewelry. This is one of her newest creations that I am obsessed with:

Today she is sharing a fabulous project and a giveaway! Take it away Tia!

 

Anthro Style Wreath

 

Craft night with the girls resulted in these adorable wreaths inspired by my all time favorite store….ANTHROPOLOGIE. They were so fun to make but more importantly, they were so easy! I just love projects that give you instant gratification!
Up close and personal with some of the details…
 For mine, I decided to stick with a more neutral palette with touches of lime green, yellow, and robins egg blue.

We started out with these straw wreaths. You could use the styrofoam ones but we wanted ours to be really big and these were the perfect size. We gathered pearl pins, burlap, cloth flowers, vintage sheet music, ribbon and anything else we felt inspired by.

 

Vicki cut our strips of burlap for us. We needed 2 strips per wreath.

Once we got all of our burlap strips cut, Vick and I wrapped the burlap around the wreaths to cover up the straw.

We decided to leave the plastic packaging around the wreath so the straw wouldn’t poke through the burlap. Using a straight pin, the burlap is held in place. And now the fun begins!

Here is my dear friend, Deanne embellishing her wreath with my daughter, Paige. Even a 5 year old can do this! So much fun!!

Using pearl pins and hot glue, we just kept adding yummy treasures to our wreath. Here is a rosette using white and natural coffee filters and topped off with a big pearl.

All 3 of our wreaths turned out very differently but all were quite fabulous! Here is what mine looks like hanging on my door…

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Hope you have enjoyed our Anthro Style Wreath!!
Thank you so much, Jen! It is always a pleasure to work with you.
I’m so excited to give away another original Crimson Clover design. Crimson Clover is unique handmade jewelry that is vintage and vintage inspired with a hip and modern feel…and sometimes a little edgy. I’m a stay at home mother of 5 who loves to create and everything that I design, make and carry is made here in the fabulous USA!

COME OVER TO MY BLOG —  TWO JUNK CHIX TO WIN THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND NECKLACE:

xoxo,

tia

Thanks Tia – I’ll be right over to enter!