Monthly Archives: November 2013

Crazy Hacks: Bad hair days & paper clips

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Bad hair days are inevitable! And it couldn’t get worse than to realize that you ran out of bobby pins!

Stapling the unruly-frizzy-hair to the scalp is not an option (though, for a while it was tempting!).

So what would a desperate mommy to do? The answer….?

Paper clips! Surprisingly it works just fine…especially for those of you, like me with super fine hair. And best of all it comes in a variety of colors. Lol!

I don’t want to appear sloppy at the same time, so I slide it in and hide it with few strands of hair. There, neat and secure!

That’s all for now…happy Friday! 😊

De-structured beauty

Can you guess what I use to make this beauty?

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I love accessories, and if you know me well enough you’ll notice how I love bracelets of all sort and make – from metal, leather, cloth, plastic, beads, crystals…you name it! I just love, love, love them!

But sometimes, they don’t come cheap…while most of my expensive ones are from my darling mother – I promise you, she has quite a collection. And whenever, I’m back home, one of my favorite activities is to rummage through her dresser together with my girls we’ll spend hours trying everything on.

Despite of my obvious love affair with bracelets, I seldom invest on my own ;). At most, I con my brother in buying me some lovely stone bracelets (which he does by the way) or I DIY it myself!

So tonight, as I was going through my junk drawer I found this “ugh-ly” pair of earrings that for the life of me – don’t understand why I bought it in the first place.

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See? You have to admit it looks kind of gaudy, right? Maybe a bit too much for the office? But the flower design looks pretty – with a bit of Chanel inspired look to it. And I simply don’t have the heart to “donate” it to friends (yeah, I can be a bit of a hoarder sometimes!).

If you’re curious how I transformed this from ugh-ly to glam….I’ve included short easy tutorial to follow…just in case you want to replicate it with your own ‘to-throw-away’ accessories.

Let’s get started! Here’s all you need.

* old accessories
* pliers
* plastic container (to keep the tiny pieces once you start de-structuring your accessory)

For this project I only use one earring from the pair. Start de-structuring your earring with the pliers. This part was actually a bit tricky, because you need to pry the jump rings very carefully since you will use it later.

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Once you have the entire earring de-structured. Make sure you keep all those tiny pieces in a container….like this.

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Isn’t that neat?

Now to the exciting part, you can start connecting your pieces, connect them with the jump rings you’ve pried-off. As you go along, check your bracelet length…for me I like it to hug my wrist, but it’s really up to you if you want to make it a bit lose.

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Once you have the bracelet at its ideal length, set that aside for a while and work on the earring fish-hook. This may require some bending, remember that inverted “S” lock. I’m sure you’ve seen those types in some of your jewelry. Try to replicate that using your pliers bend the earring fish hook to that shape, like so….

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Once you’re satisfied with the “S” lock shape…mine is not perfect, I promise you- but serves the purpose ;). Attach it to your bracelet, and make sure to add another jump ring on the other end where you can hook your bracelet’s lock.

Finally….tadaaaa!

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I think it goes well with this floral tee, right? That’s it for now…:)

Cute as a button! ;-)

Nothing excites me more when I create something new from products other than what they were originally designed for.  Like this fabric button earrings!  Woo hoo!

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Last Wednesday, after work I dropped by at Daiso and found this button kit for 60 Baht ($1.90)! With lots of fabric scraps lying around my apartment, I knew I have to have the kit.  Not to mention that it will also tickle my little girls with the possibility of having new pairs – and possibly, possibly in the future I can snip some fabric out of their existing dresses and make matching earrings for it!  Oh lah lah!

I must admit that button kit is the easiest DIY tool around, not only they’re handy but think of all DIY possibilities you can make out of them. 

With Christmas around the corner, these button earrings will be my quick go-to-gifts, for all the wonderful ladies in my life.

And just because I’m into the spirit of giving 😉 I’ve included a short tutorial with pictures!

Here’s what you’ll need:

–          Button Kit (I got the 18 inches diameter aluminum button kit – you can get the bigger one if you prefer bigger earrings)

–          Scrap fabric

–          Earring posts

–          Earring backing

–          E-6000 glue

–          Scissors

–          Small wire cutter or needle nose pliers

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This project cost me a total of 120 Baht (roughly $3.80) since I have most of the materials on hand. I just use whatever available scrap fabric I have, but if you don’t have those you can buy some inexpensive fabric swatches from your local crafts store.

To start, gather all your materials (this will keep you from running around your apartment!).  Once you have everything at one place, start with your button kit.  Your kit should come with a stencil – convenient eh? Trace the stencil to your fabric.  And be careful to trace on the ugly (wrong) side of your fabric.  You can even skip the tracing part, if you have a steady hand –  simply hold your stencil together with your fabric and snip away.

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Now that you have your circles, place the fabric (pretty side) down.  Make sure that everything is centered, and press over the rounded side of your button.  Wrap your fabric’s leftover edges inside the button, cover it then push your button’s cover tool.

And that’s it!  You’re done! 

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The only thing left to do is, to glue in the earring posts to your covered buttons.  In order to do that, you need to remove the hook from the back of your covered button.  Use the needle pliers to pry it…it should do the trick – but in my case, I seem to lack the muscle strength to pry it out using the pliers. So I ended up using a small wire cutter, which came off pretty easy.

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Apply a small dollop of E-6000 glue (or jewelry glue) and attach your button to your earring posts. Let it dry for 2 hours before wearing it.  Although, I must admit, I’m a bit obsessive so I let it stand overnight – just to make sure that my glue is dry and the button is totally secure to the posts.

Imagine twelve pairs for $3.80?  Practical mama, that’s what I’d say – oh, and I can’t wait to see my girls wearing it!     

 

 

 

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