7th February 2014
There’s nothing better than a bit of sparkle on your wrist to get you through the inevitable February slump. With that in mind, I recently crafted these jeweled bracelets, which are available to buy as a kit here (you get three per pack!), perfect for making for friends or stacking your whole wrist. Why wait for something pretty to be given to you this Valentines, when you can make something for yourself? Read on to see how I made them.
You can buy the kit I designed here, with enough supplies to make three multi coloured bracelets. You can choose from emerald, grey and cream or pink, green and blue.
1. Measure your wrist, taking into account that the lobster clasp will add around 2.5cm (1 inch) to the length of the bracelet.
2. Cut your cotton ribbon to size.
3. Put come glue onto a piece of paper and then lay out your rhinestone pattern.
4. Put some glue on the back of the rhinestones, make sure you do this in a well ventilated space.
5. Press onto the ribbon, making sure to centre the design.
6. Once you’re finished, leave to dry overnight.
7. Once your bracelet is dry, flip it over and fold the edge slightly.
8. Press the ribbon into the clamp, adding some glue to both the inside of the clasp and between the folded ribbon to secure it in place.
9. To avoid scratching the clamp, place some fabric over the clamp before pressing it down using plyers to secure the ribbon.
10. Add the lobster clasp and jump ring to one end, and the bigger jump ring to the other end.
28th December 2013
I hope you’ve all had a blissful holiday season, awash with family, friends and boozy boardgames. I’m currently writing from the back deck of my parent’s rickety beach shack in Brunswick Heads, just north of Byron Bay in Australia, with a wet sandy dog at my feet and sketchy internet at my fingertips. I have to say I feel pretty lucky to spend a few weeks here with family and friends, relaxing, recharging and enjoying some quiet time before 2014 kicks off. Usually we’re too disorganised to plan our holidays and in advance which then precludes us from flying home last minute, but oh joy we got out act together this year. Yet another point for being more strategic in life (one of my main New Year’s resolutions for 2014… ha).
Christmas Day was the usual ‘Down Under’ affair, for anyone who isn’t familiar it usually goes something like this: prawns, cricket on the beach and the world’s biggest pavlova – oh and don’t forget family games of Taboo or Boggle that end in all out family warfare. A beach Christmas just sound odd to anyone in the Northern Hemisphere, but having grown up like that I’m confused by the concept of a white christmas (utterly). The next few weeks are going to be a mash up of walking, swimming, reading with, of course, a daily homage paid to the supremacy of Australian breakfasts and a brief foray into feeding our ears at Falls Festival. Just in case you’re wondering, I’ve got a bunch of DIY projects in the works while I’m here. Craft is, after all, a very worthy form of meditation.
In the meantime, in the event that you’re on the lookout for something fun to wear on your feet to usher in the new year, now’s a great time to get a little crafty. I had a pair of thrifted heels lying around the house and recently decided to add a bit of sparkle to them. One of the more simple DIYs you’ll do, so perfect for passing a few minutes between holiday meals!
A pair of heels
1. First decide the pattern of the rhinestones.
2. Using the skewer, apply some glue to the underside of the stones. Make sure you’re n a well ventilated space when you do this. Let the glue set for a few minutes.
3. Press the stones onto the heels and let dry overnight.
Outfit photos: Sabrina Sikora
16th December 2013
I have to admit that at the beginning of December something clicked and since then I’ve been unashamedly donning as much sparkle as possible. This magpie style penchant for all the pretty pretties seems to be an inclination that strikes like clockwork, as soon as the holiday period comes around. If you can’t cover yourself in glue and roll in glitter before you go out at this time of year, when can you? Recently Swarovski and I got together to work on a holiday accessory using their new Swarovski Elements beads, and it was the perfect timing – their new beads are about as sparkly as one can get without being dangerous, and so I set about creating something to wear on Christmas Day. The result was this necklace, shiny and bright in more ways than one, and just as perfect for wearing with a simple sweater as with a top-to-toe sequin dress.
- a few assorted Swarovski Elements beads
- thick black rope
- think gold and black rope
- gold and black paillettes
- a needle and thread
- two end caps the size of the black rope
- a lobster clasp and some jump rings
- super glue
1. Start by preparing the base rope by adding the end caps. To do this, put a dollop of glue into the bottom of the caps.
2. Press onto the rope and leave to dry overnight.
3. Cut a small section of gold rope and then start to sew your black paillettes on.
4. Sew them across the front of the rope.
5. Add a few gold paillettes to create a statement section.
6. Add the beads into the centre of the gold paillettes.
7. Secure the gold rope to the black base rope by wrapping the ends with thread and tying in a knot.
8. Then stitch the two ropes together at along the back.