New! Input-Output Necklace

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

Input-Output Necklace by Freshly Given (shop.freshlygiven.com)

This necklace may actually be functional if you are an old IT gal/guy. Old as in experience, not in years. If you are able to ID the hanging charms on these necklaces, you and my dad may likely have long conversations about T1′s while your beepers go off. Oh that’s right, you’re on call.

This is a fun one to wear, ad it is quite unusual, in a good way. Nothing prissy about it. I made it in tribute to my dad who rubbed his technical know-how off on me.

Available now in the Freshly Given Shop

(Stud Earrings: Michael Stewart of On the Cuff)


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New! In The Shop: The Bag of Many Possibilities

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

Leather Color Block Sustainable Handbag via FreshlyGiven.com

I’ve been working for a while on new concepts. Because I source my materials in a very, shall we say, unique way, every project requires a fair share of brain power. And yep, a lot of brain juice went into figuring out how to minimize waste and create a bag that you ladies would enjoy. The problem solving is by far my favorite part. Well along side sharing it with you all. Hence why everything is Freshly Given. :-) There were no pre-made patterns or folders of sketches. I have to go with the materials provided me. And trust me, my apt is not for the faint at heart. Ask the hubby.

There are limited quantities. Emphasis on limited. No need to worry about walking in to a room, embarrassed the woman over yonder is carrying the same bag. Plus, even if you did, just flip to the other side and BAAMM, magic.

I love this bag.

Purchase yours today: Shop.FreshlyGiven.com


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Happy Belated Birthday, It’s A Giveaway

You know you’ve got it b.a.d when you forget, by two whole months, a monumental anniversary. Freshly Given actually turned one on May, 26th but it only dawned on me yesterday. HA!

BUT all is not lost. With the Start-up Stampede ending soon, I’ll have more time to focus on blogging. But until then, I keep working working working to make this brand a lasting one.

So, I’m parting with a Freshly Given genuine leather clutch because you all are so great and have supported me along the way. PLUS I’m working on my brand, so what better way than to get your feedback in the process. Right?!

To Enter: I need your help to make Freshly Given better.
1. Visit Shop.FreshlyGiven.com and take a look around.
2. Then take this short survey.
3. Come back here and leave a comment stating you did so.
It’s that easy.

Deadline:
July 31st at 11:59pm EST.
Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Aug 1.

Be nice and share the leather clutch love with your neighbor.


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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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