Before It’s Over

Summer is officially ovvver this weekend. And for the first time in a long time, I can honestly say I milked it for all it was worth. I’m not a home body, but I will leave these hips in this seat for a long while. True, I said that before I made a quick trip to NY. But now, really, this time I mean it.

In my absence I made a neat, to me, pair of sandals. Just to see if I could pull it off. There’s leather hanging on my walls people, so there was no shortage of materials. Apparently people close to me were tired of seeing me in them. ha!

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The hubby and I jetted over to the Philippines for the month of July where we made new friends in Tondo, Manila. I personally worked with a group of ultra talented women on a new handbag collection. And if the kiddos hadn’t been so darn cute I would have been able to focus more. It’s More Fun in the Philippines!

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The 12-hr time difference and yummy Delta food kicked my butt. I stayed home for 2 weeks straight during which I don’t recall eating or showering. At the end of August, we took a quick trip to NY, freestyled with the BK cool kids, & witnessed a beautiful christening before making our way back south and hitting the beach one last time.

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{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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The Last of It, For Now

New York DIY via Freshlygiven.com

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New York Fashion Week via Freshlygiven.com

NY Empire Hotel via Freshlygiven.com

NY Empire Hotel via Freshlygiven.com

NY Empire Hotel via Freshlygiven.com

NY Empire Hotel via Freshlygiven.com

New York VIntage DIY via Freshlygiven.com

New York Vintage DIY via Freshlygiven.com

NY Buildings via Freshlygiven.com

These are the last of photos from the NYC folder on my cpu. And there’s no point in not sharing them. Have you had enough yet? I almost titled this one “And You Never Will.” It’s kind of an inside joke but it stemmed from one of the craziest moments I had in the city. My sis and I were on the train and saw a man with hand-made (home-made?) underwear showing ABOVE his jeans. We laughed thinking someone could have said “Well I never” and the guy replying “and you never will.” Or the title would be appropriate for what my husband will say after he hears about me getting hit by a bike. I forgot to mention that to him. My next trip will for sure be vetoed. Solely for my safety.


Patterned Suit: DIY using vintage dress
Sweater: sister’s
Earrings: Freshly Given


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