{DIY} Holly Good Tights

DIY | Dye Tight with Berries via Freshly Given

DIY | Dye Tight with Berries via Freshly Given

DIY | Dye Tight with Berries via Freshly Given

DIY | Dye Tight with Berries via Freshly Given

DIY | Dye Tight with Berries via Freshly Given

DIY | Dye Tight with Berries via Freshly Given

DIY | Dye Tight with Berries via Freshly Given

I knew I was a changed woman when I stared picking Holly trees for the berries. And the berries for a pair of hosiery that HAD to be dyed naturally. RIT being easier to obtain, I went the opposite way. Naturally.
After being pricked countless times, why I didn’t give up, who knows, I promised myself it was worth it. Crazy.

Natural dyeing is 100% new to me. Start talking about mordants, and you lose me.
But But But this was simple.

1. Cut lots of berries from a Holly tree.
2. Boil them for at least an hour.
3. Drain water into a bowl, or simply remove berries from pot, leaving water behind.
4. Dump stockings in, moving around to fully cover in colored water.
5. Let soak for 1+ hour.
6. Squeeze dry and throw into dryer until completely dry.
Done!

I ended up with a soft pink, very subtle and pretty, as opposed to the pure white I started with.
This can become addictive, no? Checkout my inspiration over at Ways of the Whorl, where she gets a beautiful blue from black beans.

I’m wearing:
Vintage Shorts
Freshly Given Leather Bracelet
Denim Shirt from my Dad
Stockings/Tights, my favorite place, The Scrap Exchange


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Paper Thrills

Packaging by Freshly Given

Packaging by Freshly Given

Packaging by Freshly Given

Packaging by Freshly Given

Packaging by Freshly Given

Somewhat random post about my love for finding usual ways to package my products. I try to lean on the side of anti-cheesy. This post will hopefully inspire you, HA, or jolt you into picking creative ways to ship/package items.

I found a few rectangular mounting boards and circular pieces of cardboard at The Scrap Exchange. With a little glue, I had a sturdy holder for the input-output necklaces. I shipped them out in recycled paper sewn shut.

Point is, look around your house before you buy generic packaging. I know I know, it’s easier to buy a box, but so much cooler to make it yourself. Or just ask me, I’d love to do it for you.

Pictured: Input-Output Necklace


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DIY | Leather + Cork Coasters

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

DIY Leather and Cork Coaster via Freshlygiven.com

Whoo hoo. Look at me getting fancy. First cardboard coasters then fabric and now, leather. Next up, stainless steel and jadeite by this time next year.

You know me, leather is my thang thang. Now that I’m rolling out new pieces in my collection, I noticed my tables/work benches/catchalls needed a little sprucing.

Make these and your glasses will thank you for the new kicks.

You will need:
Leather (or Fabric will work, just be mindful of fraying)
Contact Glue (other glues may work too)
Cork
Old coaster (or circular shape) – use as a guide
Scissors

1. Using circular guide, trace circle on leather and cut out.
2. Place leather circle on cork and cut BUT make sure you leave some room around the edges. You don’t have to be perfect here. You will cut off excess cork after you glue the two materials together.
3. Apply contact glue to the back of leather circle and to the cork circle. Allow to cure (fancy way of saying let it sit)
4. Put glued sides together (leather to cork) and press. I recommend you take a glass and roll out any bubbles.
5. Cut off excess cork.
5. Optional: Stamp with a design. Branded coasters sound so cool. Would also make a great gift!


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DIY | Greek Style Top and Cute Skirt

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Alright Alright good people. This is by far one of my favorite DIYs, and you can achieve it without a sewing machine.

You will need:
1. Maxi Skirt OR Large, ill-fitting skirt
2. Safety pins (not stick pins)
3. Scissors
3. Needle and Thread OR Sewing Machine OR Stitch Witchery (For hemming edges)

Step 1:
Cut the skirt to the length you’d like. Just make sure you have enough for your top. Hem the bottom to give it a more refined look. You’re done with the skirt. Whoop!
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Step 2:
Using the bottom half of the original skirt, open the split (if you have one) or one of the seams. If you have neither, cut open the skirt and make sure to hem those edges.

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Step 3:
Using the panel of fabric you now have, pin two edges at your shoulder blade. The rest will drape around your lovely form. Take your other safety pins and pin the top to your liking. Get creative, just cover up those boobs.

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You’re done!


Original Skirt: Grandma’s closet find
Leather Bracelet : Shop Freshly Given


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Brainstorming in a Curtain

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If you’re curious about my latest crazy idea, rest assure that I’m sane. I (and my cuzzo) just happen to find curtains appealing to wear these day. Perhaps street gawkers will think I’m trying to pull off the tribal trend with thicker fabric. Nope nope nope. I (and my cuzzo) simply found a $.63 sample of tapestry and my mind automatically thought DIY. If my Grandma’s window dressings are an indicator, these shorts will last forever.

For the rest of the day, I’m “sketching” in my curtain and perusing a few pattern-making books. The moleskin can act as my top since I neglected to shoot one in the photo.

Find the Lemon Yellow clutch and more in the Freshly Given Shop.


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