14th June 2012
As soon as I saw the feathered heels at the Peter Som show I knew I would have to have a crack at embellishing my own heels with feathers. I also then spied the Sergio Rossi version
of the feather heels and knew I would be a fool not to give it a try.
This is such a simple project and is quite similar to the fringed heels I made a while ago. It’s best to use a very simple and classic style of strappy heels for this project – pick yourself up a minimalist pair and embellish them with feathers like this project or use fringe, beads, chains and just about everything else.
- A simple plair of black heels – these Tony Bianco black strappy ones are perfect
- around 50cm of black feather trim (I used raven but you can use ostrich if you prefer)
-Two medium sized lobster clasps
- a Thumb Tack – 4 medium sized jump rings
- beading plyers
Steps after the break!
1. First, measure around your ankle with the trim and cut it to size so you have two equal lengths of trim to fit each ankle. Then pierce one end with the thumb tack.
2. Thread one of the jump rings through the hole made by the thumb tack.
3. Add one of the lobster clasps to the jump ring.
4. Use the plyers to close the jump ring.
5. Then, on the other end of the trim, piece the trim with the thumbtack and add a single jump ring, and then close with the plyers.
6. Use the lobster clasps and jump rings to secure the fringe around your ankle.
I layered the feather anklets under the straps of my shoes, but you can easily wear them over the top of some strappy heels or booties. I think these would be perfect for a party, and possibly layered over jeans or leather skinnies.
9th April 2012
I’ve been hunting for DIY inspiration recently for the next few month’s projects – and stumbled upon this amazing editorial that’s simply brimming with ideas. I’m pretty sure I can’t count on both hands and feet the projects that are doable in these pics. Fringing? Feathers? Dip dyed hair? Body jewelry? I’ll have it all! Or perhaps make it all…
27th March 2012
I’ve been working from home recently and although it was probably more of an attempt to slack off from actual things that needed doing, I went a bit crazy a few days ago and plastered a wall in my apartment with inspiration – project ideas, goals and other bits and bobs to get my DIY obsessed juices flowing. Although my pinterest
boards are a favourite place to store ideas, I can’t go past the textual and visual appeal of a real life pinboard.
Here’s how to create your own:
- Build your board using either an oversized frame, giant cork board (like this
) or stick directly onto the walls using blue tack – put up some paper first if you think our landlord/mother will strangle you if you ruin the wall.
- Gather things that inspire you – magazine cut outs, postcards, vintage butterick patterns, recipes, quotes etc.
- Cluster your inspiration around key themes (so pinterest!) – ie things I want to do this year, things I want to eat (cue pictures of nutella crepes), things I want to make (check out the rest of this blog if this theme is a little empty…), things I want to buy etc. Feel free to also sort into colour groups if you’re feeling particularly like procrastinating.
- Add textual items like soft leather, fabrics, ribbons, jewelry, feather etc etc for that extra little something - take that pinterest!
- Leave up for a few days, a year or take down and put back up every week. It’s up to you!
And what better way to be inspired to create your own real life pinspiration board than to gather some, ahem… inspiration? And yes, for those of you who are wondering, I used pinterest to find many of these images… The addiction continues!
Images: Design Sponge, The Coveteur, Decor8, Daily Imprint, The Glitter Guide, My Ideal Home, The Decorista, Marcus Design Inc, A Beautiful Mess, New York Times Magazine