a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:58:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 DIY OFF THE SHOULDER TOP http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/diy-off-the-shoulder-top-2.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/diy-off-the-shoulder-top-2.html#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:58:47 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14845 In episode two of ‘Geneva celebrates warmer weather by crafting something off the shoulder’ (perhaps a cumbersome title – probably not good for SEO), I bring you the off the shoulder top version two – this time in a lycra/jersey fabric for a fitted style (check out version 1 here) Perfect as either a bikini top, or some sort of beach to bar situation. For those of you who are living somewhere that’s either getting colder, or (sadly) failing to get warmer, perhaps we can look at this top as an ode to warmer weather, sort of like a rain dance equivalent for a hot summer day!

DIY Off the shoulder topDIY black off the shoulder top

You need:

  • Stretchy fabric such as lycra or  thick jersey
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tap
  • Sewing Machine

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How to:

1. Measure around your bust to determine how much fabric you will need. Then measure from the top to the bottom of your bust, essentially how long you want the top to go down your waist. When cutting the fabric double the length measurement as the fabric will be two layers.

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2. Fold your piece of fabric in half and pin it along the open edge

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3. Sew along the open edge and cut any excess from the seam.

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4. Turn your fabric inside out so the seam is on the inside.

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6. Fold your fabric in half again and sew along the edge. Once you turn it the right way round, it should look like this – congrats, you made a boob tube!

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7. To make the off the shoulder sleeves,  use the same process as above but use your arms as the measure.

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8. Turn the seam inwards to face the edge of your top and sew them in place.

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Voila!

DIY Off the shoulder top DIY Off the shoulder top

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

Love summer projects? Make sure you check out a DIY top here and a DIY dress here.

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HOW TO: START YOUR NEXT PASSION PROJECT http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/how-to-start-your-next-passion-project.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/how-to-start-your-next-passion-project.html#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:01:21 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15050 No matter what you do for work, chances are you’ve got some downtime on your hands – whether it be just an hour or a whole day, it’s time that’s all your own. For me, long weekends and holidays usually have a few spare hours to do whatever I want, like start my next hobby or passion project. Even though I craft for a living now, for me it’s important to have an outlet for non work related creativity – it’s so good for your state of mind! And before you ask, although Game of Thrones marathons could, potentially, be classified as a hobby, it’s not exactly conducive to really getting your creative juices flowing, making you happier and adding an extra dimension to your life (sorry all you die hard GOT fans!). And as someone who, through a lot of late nights, has managed to turn a hobby into a full time career that brings me so much happiness everyday, I feel like the ultimate advocate of getting stuck into a passion project. The sooner the better in my eyes! So why not start today? Read on for my tips on getting started.

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As part of my trip to down under, uber stationery and lifestyle store Officeworks have asked me to share a few of my tips for getting started on your next hobby.

Decide what you want to do

The biggest hurdle to actually starting your next hobby is knowing what you want to do. Use your interests to determine something you would love to do, and feel proud of doing in your spare time. Do you like interiors? Being outdoors? Making things with your hands? Taking photos? Doing yoga? What activities make you happy and drawn you in? What did you love doing as a child? A lot of people worry that they lack the creativity or skill required to start a hobby, but those things are learnt over time and the trick is to choose something you think you’ll love and just get started.

Create a Goal

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt is that most of us are more successful when there’s a specific goal in mind. Learn Cantonese is a pretty daunting task, but when the goal is ‘be able to order a meal in full Cantonese within 3 months’ the task seems more doable. So instead of taking up painting with no goal in mind, perhaps you could say within 6 months you’ll be able to paint a simple portrait. Or even a bowl of fruit – having a goal will help you to focus in on your skills.

Stock up on the basics

I love shopping for my hobbies, it’s one of the most fun parts of the whole process. Opening the box on that new camera, or tearing the paper off that package of paintbrushes, it feels like a world of possibilities are at your fingertips. I like to start with small investments in a hobby, as a way of testing my skills and interest levels, and build as I go. For all you photography addicts out there thinking of stepping up your photo game, investing in a DSLR starter kit (like this one) is a great way to test the waters, or nab yourself a some paints and paint brushes for all the basics.

Make time

People always say to me that the biggest barrier for them to being able to start their next hobby, whether it be crafting, painting or running, is a lack of time. Don’t I know it! But honestly, your next passion project is well worth the time investment in the sheer joy it will bring to your life (and maybe the new career you could build out of it). One way I like to ensure that I will make time is to organise to do some projects with friends so that it’s an enjoyable social activity that you can share (and will be much less likely to back out of!).

Jump right in

And lastly… Don’t be afraid to have a go. Have the confidence to make your next passion project a reality, the worst thing that could happen is that it doesn’t work out, and the best thing? You next passion project becomes your life.

Weekend passion projects

This April, Officeworks – the home of pretty much everything you need to get started on photography, papercraft, scrapbooking, hand drawn typography and fitness – is helping you ignite your passions with lots of ideas in stores. 

What’s your next project going to be? Can you tell I’m dabbling in painting? I’ll let you know how I go!

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HOW TO: SHIRT TO BUSTIER http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/how-to-shirt-to-bustier.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/how-to-shirt-to-bustier.html#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:46:09 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14968 To me, a crisp white shirt is one of the most important pieces in your wardrobe. A truly adaptable piece, you’d be crazy not to have a few in your wardrobe. But not just a piece of clothing that has connotations of effortless ‘day to night’ and ‘beach to bar’ outfits, because of Witchery’s longstanding commitment to the White Shirt Campaign it now means so much more than that  – namely love, generosity and hope. Because of this, it’s an honour to be once again working with Witchery to promote this campaign, in the hope of finding an early detection test for Ovarian Cancer. So, if you want to get involved, buy a white shirt from witchery during April and 100% of the total proceeds from the sale go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. It couldn’t be more simple than that.

In the name of proving just how versatile the white shirt is, this year I decided to share with you a little hack I use when I want to take a staple up a notch – the shirt to bustier move. Head to Witchery to read the rest of the steps here.

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DIY PLEATED MIDI SKIRT http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/diy-pleated-midi-skirt.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/diy-pleated-midi-skirt.html#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:14:40 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14843 Pleated skirts have, for years, been the type of project I would avoid – all that maths seemed way too hard to deal with. Not  because I didn’t like maths, but more from the perspective of ‘why would I do maths on my weekend’ sort of situation. However, recently we took some time out in the studio to figure out a way to do pleats as easily as possible, and we came up with this approach – it was actually very simple. Shock horror! It takes a little bit of precision, which frankly isn’t something I enjoy, but the result was well worth it, trust me.

Stay tuned to my instagram to see how I wear it at Sydney Fashion Week today!

DIY Midi SkirtDIY Midi Skirt

Wearing: J Crew tank and heels, Khaki skirt, Dylan Kain bag.

You need:

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For this project, we wanted to created a piece of pleated fabric that would go all the way around my waist, so all we had to do was dd a zip at the back, rather than sewing three pieces together. This may not be the traditional way to do it but we found it much easier. SO when you buy your fabric make sure it is around 3 times in lengthh (and suitable in terms of drop or width to be midi)  your waist size so you can make the pleats.

How to:

1. First we’re going to create the pleats in the fabric. Take your  piece of fabric and fold it in half length ways to find the middle- this is the mid point which all your pleats are going to face towards.

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2. We have chosen 10 cm (4 inches) as the pleat size, but you can use any size you like. Using your chalk, mark 10 cm (4″) on either side of the centre point and then continue these interval marks all the way along the edge of the fabric.

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3. To make the pleats, take the second marked point, (20cm – 8″ – from the centre point) fold it over and line it up with the centre point to create your first pleat. Pin it in place.

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4. Keep repeating this pleating process from both sides into the centre point.

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5. Do a light stitch along the top to hold the pleats in place.

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6. Cut out your waistband, fold it in half and pin.

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7. Place the waistband upside-down matching with the top of the pleats. Pin in place.

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8. Sew with a 1cm (half inch) seam allowance along the top.

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9. This will attach the waistband to the skirt.

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10. Fold the skirt in half with the right side facing each other and pin in place.  Start from the bottom and sew along the open edge leaving room for a zip at the top.

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11. Pin your zip in place.

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12. Roll out the teeth of your zip as you sew along side them.

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13. Hand sew a hook and eye to the top of your zip.  Lastly, hem the bottom of the skirt by folding the edge under by 1cm and sewing along the edge.

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Outfit photos by Nicola Lemmon

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PACKING: HOW TO PLAN YOUR OUTFITS IN ADVANCE http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/packing-how-to-plan-your-outfits-in-advance.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/packing-how-to-plan-your-outfits-in-advance.html#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:53:52 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=15027 Greetings from down under guys! I’m excited to be heading to Australian Fashion Week this week – checking out new collections and catching up with old friends. As you can imagine, it’s always a bit of prep to decide what to wear (and thus pack) when going to these weeklong events, particularly when you like to DIY big parts of your outfit which then takes even more time. Although in the past I’ve had a bit of a ‘throw it all in and see’ attitude to packing outfits, I recently worked out this usually meant I packed way too much and ended up not wearing a large portion of it. Now I’m all about outfit planning in advance – there’s still flexibility in what I wear but at least I don’t find myself running to the shops because I don’t have a vital piece! Luckily this process works just as well for your summer trip as it does for Fashion Week.

Planning your Outfits in Advance

Work out how many outfits you need – Although I have a tendency to want to take everything just to be safe, in reality you need far less than you think. Absolute maximum in my opinion when packing is  one to two looks per day, for this trip to Australia I only packed around 12 looks in total, given I am here for 9 days. You’ll want to know what events you have, and once you have a look for each of them you can add another one (or two max!) for each day. However, don’t pack 12 complete looks – rather try to create multiple looks from the same set of pieces.

Research your looks – I like to make a secret pinterest board titled with the event, and start saving off inspiration well in advance. I think about what things I’ll be doing, night/day activities, and start searching around on Pinterest, saving as I go. Other people’s style boards can be useful as a place with inspiration where the work has already been done for you.

Buy any key pieces – You want to invest your money in pieces that are going to pull together all your existing clothes and update them to feel new and fresh, so make a list early of the things you think you might need to buy and take your time – a crazy frantic run into the shops can often lead to bad purchasing decisions and items that aren’t flexible enough.

Choose versatile accessories - When you’re travelling, whether it be for work or play, accessories like bags and shoes can be the most heavy and cumbersome, so try to choose outfits that can utilise the same few sets to accessories. I go for a tan set (tan bag and flats) and a black set, but you can choose any colour way that suits you.

Do some flat lays – I love to lay or hang items out on the bed to understand what goes together, and swap and change things to see if there are options I hadn’t thought of.

Do any DIYs – Being crafty, I like to make a few items here and there, usually with each outfit having some DIYed element. I use

Try on your outfits – If you have time, before you pack your bags make sure to try on any outfits, sometimes you’ll find that yoour outfit doesn’t hit the mark like you thought it would, so make sure to try it on because you pack!

Take Photos – Once you feel like you’ve nailed your outfits (good on you!), take some snaps of them whether it be on or as a flat lay, then you can refer to them over the course of your trip – how good is it not having to think about what you’re going to wear tonight and wondering if it will work or not!

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In my suitcase: Coach Bag, DIY Jeans, Witchery Top, DIY Khaki Midi Skirt, DIY denim skirt, DIY grommet top, Zara top, J Crew Flats. Outfits and tutorials coming soon.

To celebrate my own type of fashion, this Fashion Week I’ll be wearing and sharing a few of my favourite recent DIY tutorials – so stay tuned to my instagram and the hashtag #diyfashionweek to see more of the projects!

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BEFORE & AFTER: DIY LACE UP DRESS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/before-after-diy-lace-up-dress.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/before-after-diy-lace-up-dress.html#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 01:15:39 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14840 Greetings from down under guys! I’ve just arrived in Sydney to spend a few weeks here – for fashion week and for a few other things that I’ve been working on. It’s so nice to be on home soil -there are gorgeous rosella birds sitting on the veranda watching me type as we speak. To kick off a week of fun and fashion that is MBFWA (and a bunch of fashion inspired projects that I have lined up for you) I thought I would share with you a little before & after – taking a simple black dress and turning it into something different, special and, well, oh so Spring 15! If you haven’t noticed lacing has been everywhere recently, I have to say I’m loving the whole 70’s vibe! This is the first of two ways to add some laced detailing to your dress/top/whatever, and it wasn’t too hard either!

Before and after: the lace up dressBefore and after: the lace up dress

You need:

  • An old dress with a high neckline
  • Leather Cord
  • Scissors
  • Needles, thread and pins
  • Sewing Machine

We used a simple fitted dress with a high neckline and a seam around the waist, which made it easy to create this cut out whilst still keeping the structure of the dress.

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How to:

1. Draw a line down the centre front of your dress to where you want your V-neck to start and end. We made this  one quite low, it went to the waist seam, but you can make it as low or high as you want depending on modesty – this version isn’t something you’d wear to work haha.

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2. Cut along the line. If you are going to the waist seam cut all the way down, otherwise cut to your chosen depth.

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3. Fold the two sides under to create a V-neck and pin them into place. You will need to reinforce the bottom of your V if you don’t use a seam to end the cut.

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4.  Decide on where you want to start lacing your front from.  From this point measure up to the top and divide by 5.

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5. Mark the 5 points with your chalk pencil.

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6. Cut small sections of leather cord.

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7. Fold these leather cords in half to form loops and pin them along the four points. Sew along the edge to reinforce the edge and also to attach the loops. You can also hand sew the loops on for extra security.

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8. Once the loops are in place, take your leather cord and start by weaving from the bottom criss crossing through the loops from side to side.

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Voila!

Before and after: the lace up dressBefore and after: the lace up dress

Outfit photos by Nicola Lemmon

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HONG KONG GUIDE: EATING & DRINKING http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/hong-kong-guide-eating-drinking-guide.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/hong-kong-guide-eating-drinking-guide.html#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 03:12:52 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14972 Like any world city, Hong Kong has an almost overwhelming number of dining and nightlife options, streets and streets lined with places you could load up. But also like many other big cities, it’s so easy to miss the best places because of the sheer amount of choice – it doesn’t help that the true gems are well and truly hidden. As part of a new partnership with Hong Kong Tourism Board, I’ll be sharing with you an updated guide of my favourite hidden parts of this city, first up, where to eat and hang after dark. Read on for the not-so-known places.

To celebrate Hong Kong Summer and our new partnership, Hong Kong Tourism and Flight Centre are giving away an amazing travel prize to Hong Kong, including flights and 5 nights accommodation. To top it all off, I’ll be personally showing the winners around this gorgeous city, so they can get the hidden insights. Head to the Hidden Hong Kong site here to enter!

Hong Kong Travel Guide Eating and Drinking

Oddies Foodies – chocolate filled eggs waffles with vanilla and chocolate soft gelato (!!)

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Limewood

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Tea and toast at Cafe Mido

Hong Kong Eating Guide

A pit stop in Sham Shui Po

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Noodle stops in Central

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Lok Cha Tea House

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Cha Cha Wan

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Teakha

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Fish & Meat

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Teakha

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Teakha

Hong Kong Eating Guide

Oddies Foodies

Lok Cha Tea House
My favourite dumpling house in Hong Kong by far, you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere with such a perfect mix of old world ambience and yummy (vegetarian) dumplings.

Cooked Food Centres
Although not necessarily easy on the eyes, Hong Kong’s cooked food centres are home to a plethora of eating options – perfect for a quick meal between pit stops. Queen Street Cooked Food Centre is the most accessible, and home to a great Indian restaurant, and a little further East at Java Road Cooked Food Centre, Tung Po is a poular place for traditional cantonese seafood – try a plate of razor clams.

Mido Cafe
Wes Anderson would be proud of the throwback 50’s tiles and furniture, and the gorgeous green antique windows that look down onto the local temple. The menu is Hong Kong cafe food which can be a tad odd for the uninitiated – condensed milk on toast anyone? – but don’t let that stop you.

Oddies Foodies
The soft serve craze has hit Hong Kong hard, and you’ll find that everyone has their favourite place to go. I’m all about the east meets west element at Oddies Foodies – softserve topped with traditional Hong Kong egg waffles (they’ve added chock chips because.. why not?).

Teakha
Hidden away behind newly gentrified area of Tai Ping Shan Street, this quaint little tea house is one of my favourite places to relax with a cup of freshly brewed Masala Chai. A palette of mint green and Japanese cermaics on the tables gives it a distinctly feimine edge, and the surrounding area feel a little bit like Old World Hong Kong.

Cha Cha Wan
Still an absolute favourite of mine, this Thai restaurant continuously serves up delicious (albeit super spicy) fare. Australian chef Adam Cliff (who trained under David Thompson at Nahm in Bangkok) has nailed the food, music and ambience tri-fector and you’re going to love it. It’s great for a late night meal!

Brickhouse
This alleyway restaurant has been open for a few years but is still going strong, with cocktails, great tunes and late night vibes, it’s a great choice when you’re looking for a bit of variety.

Ho Lee Fook
Chef Jowett Yu (previously of Mr. Wong and Ms. G’s in Sydney) dishes up the most delicious chinese food on the island, and the basement location is perfect for a big and raucous night.

Stockton
This bar is admittedly almost impossible to find, but worth searching for. Located directly below Fish & Meat restaurant on Wyndham Street, you’ll have to take the alley next to O2 hairdressers to find it. But once you’re there you’ll love the speakeasy vibes and big soft leather chairs.

Duddells Rooftop
Although Duddell’s may not have the skyscraper view that other rooftops do in the city, it is easily the best when it comes to ambiance. Better know for the dim sum searved downstairs, this rooftop is somewhat of a hidden gem, with shrubs and hanging light making it the perfect place for an evening drink.

Missy Ho’s
The neighborhood of Kennedy Town has seen major changes over the last few years, particularly with the opening of the recent MTR station. Step into Missy Ho’s, an all night dinner and drinks spot where you’re obligated to have fun. Don a costume as you head in, order a Mai Tai and take a turn on the swing (yes really).

A few other places you shouldn’t miss if you have more time include Limewood, Linguini Fini (escalator location is perfect when you’re wandering) and Chilli Figara (the original one).

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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QUICK DIY: THE WORD SWEATER http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/quick-diy-the-word-sweater.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/quick-diy-the-word-sweater.html#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:54:21 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14406 Although I love a long, complicated DIY that involves a zillion steps, there’s often something really really satisfying about a simple project that only takes a few moments, but completely changes the look of something you already own. Annnnnd I know you guys like to sometimes keep in simple too which is why I thought I would share this stupidly easy sweatshirt I crafted recently. It’s the perfect example – taking a simple sweatshirt from boring to all sorts of ‘how to be Parisian’.

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What are your favourite easy as pie projects? Got any you’d like to see done here?

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DIY LEATHER JEWELRY DISH http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/diy-leather-jewelry-dish.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/diy-leather-jewelry-dish.html#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:16:34 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14869 Do your gorgeous rings and necklaces often end up lying all over the house or perhaps collecting dust on your nightstand? Yep mine too. Instead of letting that happen, make something pretty to store them in. We used the leather crafting kit from the store to craft this – so easy!

DIY Leather Jewelry Dish

 

You need:

Buy the full kit of materials here!

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How to:

1. Draw a triangle on the back of your leather measuring 30cm (12 inches) along the sides.

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2. Cut out your triangle. At each corner, punch two holes 1cm (half inch) from the edge.

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3. Place the bottom part of the stud through one hole.

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4. Fold the leather over so that the two holes match up and then add the top of the stud.

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5. Repeat adding the studs in the same direction. Once all the studs are in, fold the leather along the crease.

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Finally, add your little treasures!

Leather Jewelry Holder

Ps. If you love DIY Jewellery Storage make sure to check out this project and this one.

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DRESSING FOR THE CHANGING SEASONS http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/dressing-for-the-changing-seasons.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2015/04/dressing-for-the-changing-seasons.html#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:11:37 +0000 http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=14908 Happy Easter guys! I’m thoroughly enjoying slipping into the Spring, as the weather slowly changes here in Hong Kong and we get the first glimpses of what will hopefully be an epic (cue alpha male fist pump) summer. However, as of next week, I’ll be heading to Sydney where naturally the weather is slowly moving in the other direction. The trans-seasons, those months where you’ve got one foot in winter and one in summer (something that varies widely depending on where you live), can be tricky from a packing/dressing perspective, and I know for some it’s a dreaded time of year. It was for me for a while, I hated the feeling of being too hot or too cold when I didn’t predict that day’s weather properly. But over the last few years I’ve begun to revel in the opportunity to pair my favourite summer pieces, with a few cosy winter ones. The key for me is about two things, number one: balance – mixing say a mini skirt with ankle boots and a knit, or a heavy woollen scarf with a lighter dress and number two: layers – being able to add and take away items is key when the weather is uncertain. Now I wish it was the trans-season all year round. Time to move again I think! See more of these these outfits over at Witchery here.

Trans-seasonal Dressing Trans-seasonal Dressing
Trans-seasonal Dressing

Wearing: pieces by Witchery

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

And to celebrate the kinda descent into summer (although that get’s turned on it’s head next week), I’ve given my hair a refresh – thanks to Teddy and Andy at the PrivateI Salon in the Four Seasons. Highly recommend them!

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