Room Dividing Screen Revamp


I had this room dividing screen (which does not, in fact, divide a room, but rather resides in the corner of one) which was kind of old and out of style. It needed a serious revamp.

Enter a few yards of fabric from IKEA (love IKEA, and love their fabric) and a roll of zebra print duct tape.

It was very simple and not too time consuming. I just popped out the fabric covered panels, laid the new fabric on top, pulled it tight, and used a staple gun to secure it all around the back. I used the duct tape to cover the wood on the side of each panel.

It came out exactly how I wanted and matches my black and white decor perfectly. Crafting win!


My Summer DIY Mission


What you see pictured above is this adorbs little Missoni ribbon necklace that I almost bought in Loehmann’s. When faced with a table full of jewelry, my eye naturally pulls to the most expensive item, without fail (even when prices aren’t showing– it’s a gift and a curse). So I snatched up this cute little ribbon and sequin necklace figuring it would be a sure thing.

Thennnnn I saw the tag. $129 (let’s not even get into the ridiculousness of the regular price) for a ribbon with a few sequins hanging off of it. I get it. It’s Missoni. It is still robbery to charge hundreds of dollars for something that cost pennies to make and is not immediately recognizable as Missoni. No deal. Down it went back on Loehmann’s table of baubles.

And then a brainstorm occurred. As I pondered this item I thought, “I could totally make this.” And then, “I should totally make this. And other jewelry stuffs.” And my summer mission was born. This is the summer of jewelry making (and utilizing some of what I learned in the four years I spent in art school). Now that I put my plans into writing on the world wide web, I’ll have to follow through.

My goals are threefold:
— first fold is to make enough jewelry to wear.
— second fold is to make enough jewelry to sell at a flea market or craft fair.
— third fold is to make enough jewelry to open an etsy shop.

And through it all, I’ll be sharing my fab DIY’s and horrible failures (which I’m sure will occur) with you.