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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DIY: Girl Power Pins!

There really is nothing that expresses your views, opinions, and interests quite like a pin or button does! Unless, of course, you are incredibly open when you talk. But at first glance, if a girl is wearing a pin, you know she's got something she's trying to say! And a way to show you're passionate for something is by using your creativity and showing it through art!

Today we are going to show you how to make your own girlpower!-or-any-other-sort-of-view/interest-you-wish-to-express button! It's super easy and fun and the possibilities for decoration are endless!

The total time for this project is about 5 minutes, so you can make as many as you have time for!

First, let's look at the things you will need! Some of these are, of couse, optional.
  1. The trusty hot glue gun!
  2. 3-D Paint (I use Scribbles brand. You can get this at any craft store!)
  3. Buttons you won't miss/don't use anymore! (These can be purchased for way cheap at Hot Topic, vintage shops, and a ton of other stores!)
  4. Felt or any fabric of your choice.
  5. Any decorations and fun things you have lying around
  6. Marina & The Diamonds or any other girlpower! music playing on Spotify (optional)
  7. Extra glue-sticks for your hot glue gun!

Now, let's begin, shall we? Here are the steps I went through to create this MERMAIDS AGAINST MISOGYNY pin (inspired by this post). I chose the mermaids one because I am oh-so-obviously a mermaid, of course!

  1. Take your pin and turn it around. Line it up with a piece of fabric and draw a circle around the pin. Cut outside of the line and begin gluing the fabric down on the front of the pin. Make sure to get the corners of the fabric nice and snug against the edge of the button with hot glue!
  2. I added these turquoise pearl beads around the edge to define the shape of the button. Plus pearls have a very ~mermaid tone to them, wouldn't you say? 
  3. Now for the fun part--the 3-D puffy paint! This part is tricky because you don't want to risk running out of room for your words, so write small and thin or write in pen first then follow the guidelines. After you write, you can add decorations! I added a crown, dots, a poorly drawn shell, and some squiggles about to make it more girly!

And there you have it! One feminist girl-power pin that's cute, girly, and super duper chic! You can wear these on a vintage denim jacket or pin them to your backpack and show off at school! That's the fun part about buttons--you can stick 'em wherever you wish! ...Take that as you will.

Here are the four I completed! You don't have to use buttons for this project, as you can see. You can take strange objects and glue pin backs on them and turn them into buttons! The FEMME pin is made from a plastic, glow in the dark wall moustache (I see the irony). 

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and have fun! I can't wait to wear my buttons when they dry! (You should allow overnight drying for the paint, just to be safe.)

♥ Sarah

Monday, January 14, 2013

Set Design (Part Deux)

In case you were wondering what my bedroom at home might look like, here is a little sneak peak. (By the colour scheme, you could tell I had an ~emo phase)

on my bed: my journal, Rookie mag, a dolphin pillow pet, and of course Pikachu!
This is my favourite area of my room--my bed! My wal is  covered in posters, postcards, photos, artwork, playbills, and other things I find interesting. Eventually, this will all end up in a journal, on my home-cinema wall, or... in the trash. But hopefully something will come of it!

I know cluttering your walls can make the room appear smaller, but hey, I love adding every bit of personality I can to my boring, solid, matte walls. My favourite thing would have to be the Abbey Road poster posing as a headboard behind my bed!

Hope you enjoyed my little room! Tune in next time for the unveiling of my dorm room for semester 2!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Life's a Beach

Why, hello there! Fancy running into you here. My winter break is drawing to a close faster than I had realised and so I had to throw in as much fun and adventure as I possibly could before I have to fly out back to my beautiful San Francisco. But since I'm in Hawaii for the time being, the beach beckons!

top: old navy | shorts: old navy | bikini: unknown | bag: vera bradley | sunnies: forever 21/diy

Now let me start of by saying I hate the beach! Maybe it's the sun, the sand, or the fact that I'm a posh princess and don't like the way I look with windblown hair--however, if I can stay clean and cute or just enjoy myself, I don't mind it too much. I know, it doesn't really make sense being brought up in Hawaii and hating the beach, but hey, over-exposure can lead anyone to dread, am I right?

hello, Shannon's feet!

Shannon, however, loves the beach and a good tan! Which explains why she's a beautiful blonde goddess and I'm so ghostly pale! Look at this babe!

Despite it being a rainy day, we still were able to find some sunshine (even if only for a bit), perfect for pictures! I had much fun with my darling pal, but as breaks come, they also go, so it own't be for another few months until we meet again! Thankfully, by then, it will be summer, so more than likely, less chance of rain and lots of sunshine!

Well, that was my short little update on my holiday--hope you are all staying warm during your winter! And good luck with the upcoming semester if you're in school!

♥ Sarah


Ok that's a really lame title. I tried, ok?

It's winter, and as I'm blessed to live in the wonderful country of Canada where winters are cold and harsh and filled with snow and ice (this week has decided to be 10ºC during the day and below 0 overnight so during the day the snow melts and overnight it freezes to dangerously treacherous ice. Thanks, Momma Nature!) - which I love by the way, don't get me wrong - I'm forced to wear warm clothing ALL THE TIME. Like, for 6 months out of the year I have to dress warm.

This is what happens: Around September it starts getting cooler (usually) and since I love the winter I begin to yearn to wear layers and knit sweaters and boots and coats and scarves and hats and mittens and anything warm and cozy and toasty. Then, by the time it actually begins to snow and we're caught in a long-haul of boots-only weather for 3-6 months I am sick of boots and coats, and scarves and hats and mittens only get itchy and I just want to wear NICE SHOES but I can't.

This often gets me caught in a Winter Funk consisting of wearing jeans and Uggs and American Apparel sweatshirts and nothing cute or fun or nice. So, I've decided that this winter I am NOT getting in the Winter Funk. I'm going to wear my cute and flirty outfits. I'm going to wear DRESSES and SKIRTS and NICE SHIRTS and NOT UGGS, getting creative with tights and heeled boots and layering to make it happen.

The other day I decided to not be ~*too dressy for my first day back at school and only dressed up my top.

I look kind of silly like I'm dancing right here in this picture but it's probably because it was 7:00 in the freaking morning and I was not mentally prepared for going to school and also listening to music.

Top: Forever 21 - cutest ever | Jeans: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Earrings: Forever 21 | Shoes: (Not shown - in next outfit post) Spring

I'm only now realizing my entire outfit this day came from Forever 21.....
I like this LOVELY necklace, it makes me feel like that's my alter ego. Or maybe my stripper name.

My inspiration for the necklace comes from my dream-slash-goal to own this necklace with my name on it. (source)

(source, source top, source bottom)

After scouring my Pinterest's style board for inspiration, I came up with a bunch of pictures that really inspired my outfit today for my family brunch (which was really nice, thanks for asking, until it got crazy, but that's pretty standard for my family). 

Dress: Winners | Tights: Ardene or Claire's I think | Cardigan: Forever 21 | Bracelets: Forever 21 | Shoes: Spring | Collar: Forever 21
Before cardigan and shoes vs. After cardigan and shoes (my face looks really tired and gross in the second picture because my sister took it from the top of the stairs and my face gets really weird if you get it at a certain angle re: dark circles)

The aforementioned beautiful shoes that are heeled and fabulous
I just love the drape and flow of this dress and the little dots and the fabric! And the pattern on the tights was so cute and was the perfect accent. They were also super stretchy which I like because I H-A-T-E saggy tights.

Makeup: Eyeshadow - Naked Palette from Sephora, Eyeliner - Drug store unknown brand, Lipstick - MAC in Lickable

I am now being beckoned to eat homemade French fries. Ta ta
xo Summer

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year!

Well, it's finally a new year, and in my little hometown of Kailua, HI, that means when the clock strikes midnight (well, actually, hours before, even) on the first of January, you know there will be illegals firing off into the sky at alarming rates, and although my planet-loving heart can hardly bare to see the smoke eat away at our atmosphere, the colours are quite spectacular and show up well on camera at least! Even though I can't wait to be home, I could only imagine how much worse the ruckus would be in the big city!

I spent the evening with family, close friends, and a hardcore game of Taboo. My darling Shannon came over and joined the festivities, and we rocked our matching New Years crowns that we had made in our time together prior.

A lot of huge stuff happened in 2012, some great stuff and some not so great stuff, but over the course of it all I learned not to have regrets and just learn from whatever I can. I've changed so much this past year, and I want to continue to grow and change and find myself this upcoming 2013, because isn't that what college is all about? Self-discovery and all that? Anyway, I don't usually have a "New Years resolution" because I think there are a lot of things I should focus on improving, not just one thing!

"...bare feet, I don't care..."

Ah yes, now moving to the outfits. If you can believe it, Shannon and I did not plan on what colours to wear, so our matching was by complete accident (I swear!). So here we are by the Christmas tree (and yes, it's been up until this day) in an awkward-family-photo-type stance ready to start the new year in style~*

Shannon is wearing a handmade crown, a top that was a gift, and Victoria's Secret leggings.

I'm wearing a handmade crown, a Betsey Johnson dress (only $10! Thank you, Caelan!), and a handmade pin to match!

And since we are in Hawaii (in my house with new hard wood floors at that), shoes are not to be worn inside, so we skipped that step. We can still be fabulous and comfortable, don't you think!

Hope your new year is filled with fun, health, and good fortune! And even if it's not, remember to stay positive and you'll get far!

♥ Sarah

Sunday, January 6, 2013

DIY: Embellished Frames

via Etsy

One of the latest trends in the fashion world is that of embellished sunglasses and glasses frames! You could pay around $400 for a pair of sparkly Miu Miu sunglasses, or even nearly $900 on a showy pair by Dolce and Gabbana. If you don't have that sort of price range in your inventory, you could simply buy a plain pair and add some flare yourself for a fraction of the price!

Not only will they be totally chic, but by doing-it-yourself, the sunnies or frames will be 100% one of a kind!

Elle Fanning at the Venice Film Festival

The idea for this DIY was inspired by Elle Fanning and her adorable orange cat-eye glasses, which I can't for the life of me find in stores. So I figure, why not make a pair for myself using old frames I no longer wear? I had so much fun with the idea that I continued it with sunnies and thought it was a fun way to add some personality to boring old frames!

And, of course, if you weren't blessed with the inability to see properly, (I've always wanted glasses ever since I was a kid--I'm the only one in the family that doesn't need them! I see it as a curse, not a blessing) you can always pop the lenses out of cheap sunnies or buy clear plastic eye glasses at places like Claire's, Hot Topic, or Sunglass Warehouse.

Now let's begin with the tutorial, shall we?

First, let's start off with what you'll be needing!
  1. Cool frames or sunnies of your choice! Preferably something cheap--you don't want to ruin a costly pair! My clear cateye glasses were sunnies from Walmart with the lenses popped out.
  2. Hot glue, super glue, or any other sealant of your choice! I personally love using hot glue because it dries quickly and is strong (even though I always end up burning my finger!)
  3. Scissors! These might be useful if you want to cut out shapes with felt or cut fake pearls from string or what have you!
  4. Embellishments! I'm using these cute little plastic necklaces with star shapes.
  5. OPTIONAL: Paint! Since my glasses are clear, I decided to paint them orange, modelled after Elle's gorgeous pair!
(Oh, and don't forget to put newspaper or anything else down to protect the floor, table, or wherever you may be working! Especially if using hot glue and paint!)

Stay tuned for another post where I show you my collection of self-embellished frames (including the orange pair I made which I left back in San Francisco!) to give you ideas for your own and happy crafting!

♥ Sarah

P.S. If you do end up making a pair, leave a picture in the comments section!

Teenage Dream: My Bedroom

This past April, after I finished my first year of college and hadn't yet gotten a job, I discovered Rookie, literally the best thing ever. I started off reading all the posts in order, and then followed links to posts that caught my eye, having almost a year of articles to catch up on (and if you read Rookie, you'll know that's A LOT OF POSTS). One that really stuck out to me was How to Make Your Room Look Like A Movie. I was fascinated by the aesthetic of the films mentioned in the article and, looking around my room, found it lackluster and boring. The only self-expression was a few knick-knacks on shelfs and the fact that I had pink walls and floral curtains I once fell in love with in a Seventeen magazine (good story: I went up to my mom with the picture and said "I need to have curtains just like this" and she said "I have those curtains, let me go get them for you." My room was turquoise at the time with all white and black accents - I have painted my room 6 times in the 7 years I've lived here - and the curtains sparked me to paint it Ballet Slipper Pink and change almost everything about it).

Especially after actually watching The Virgin Suicides (really amazing movie, you should get your hands on a copy, rent it from the video store if those even exist anymore, or Netflix it immediately) and falling in love with the perfect blend of dark and innocent that Sofia Coppola puts into the whole ~vibe of the film, I needed to make my room look like the ones I was seeing on the internet.

A still from The Virgin Suicides (source): ISN'T IT PRETTY?

I began compiling pictures, screen-shotting Instagrams, and searching shops, my closet, my bathroom, and anywhere I could for the perfect items to scatter about in the organized chaos of a classic teenager's bedroom (or perhaps unorganized...I have been meaning to get out to the organization store).

The thing was, I had spent the last months simplifying my bedroom: taking down the books from my bookshelf to make room for a bit of decoration; putting everything I had scattered about into neat little boxes; cleaning out and organizing under my bed; making it look like a mother's dream - or, at least, my mother's dream. Hoarding comes easily to me - it's my first instinct. Oh no, don't throw away that little scrap of paper/ribbon/tiny square of tissue/movie ticket - I'll do something with it someday. And I usually do, but never really had. Now I had a reason to get out all of those little knick knacks and begin the process of teenage-ifying my room.

Now, let's start with the most basic: my shelving. I have a HUGE bookshelf in my room. This used to be completely packed with books, but I had to retire my books to a bin under my bed (sob) because I just don't have enough shelving to have all my books AND all of my decor in one room. It's a really small room, guys, meant for maybe a 6-year-old who doesn't have any books or interest in decor and/or keeping a lot of things in the room at once.
Pictured are the first and second shelves of my huge bookshelf. The first shelf is just part of my extremely nerdy book collection including the entire Harry Potter series, A Song of Ice and Fire series, my favourite Jodi Picoult books (and the ones I don't have on my Kindle), the Silverwing series, and a few of my favourite and most nostalgic books from my childhood - yes I was reading novels in my childhood. I'm just that cool. 
The decor on these shelves ranges from things I've had since I was 8 to things my gramma had to things I've picked up at thrift shops, to Christmas or birthday gifts. Some things you can see here are my coveted Spice Girls Official Merchandise fanny pack (found in my gramma's basement from when I was 5), an origami crane I made, one of the MANY Hello Kitty collectibles I have (I'm hoping to surpass Asako Kanda's 4,519 collection for the Guinness World Record Hello Kitty Collection. When I move out and have a house, one room will be ENTIRELY dedicated to Hello Kitty - I dare you to try and stop me), a mini plastic trunk from a dollhouse set filled with dollhouse items that I'm planning to put on brooches and such, a creepy naked doll with hair only on the top of its head, and some Precious Moments and Willow Tree figurines.

This is a full view of my third shelf, including a floral vase filled with candy canes and a Halloween-bead headband I made, my most aesthetically-pleasing books and favourite magazines, a snow globe, a box filled with all of my knitting notions, and a cut-open Halloween candy grab bag I received as a Halloween gift and now serves as a placemat of sorts.

Here are some close-ups of the previous shelves. My pen-holder is actually a cupcake-shaped bandage tin from Urban Outfitters about 6 years ago; the mini Batman lunchbox is filled with my thumbtacks and found for $1.50 at Michael's craft store; the porcelain doll I've had since I was about 8 years old, the Betty Boop tin came from a thrift shop; Captain Kirk was a Christmas gift 2 years ago; the sprinklings as I like to call them are made up of beads, confetti in different shapes, a miniature Tamagotchi, and a yellow sucker whose origins are forgotten; the little doll is basically me in doll form (red hair, glasses, bow in hair, reading a book) and is actually one of those message dolls that you're supposed to put messages in and I don't really know what you're supposed to do with them, it's just cute; The pink cylindrical bin was from Michael's and used to hold my pens but is now holding just anything I don't have a specified container for (embellishments by me: heart-shaped female sign made out of pipe cleaners, rhinestones, and beads saying "I swear we were infinite" from my favouritest book The Perks of Being a Wallflower); a teapot with flowers, butterflies, and a cat on it that my gramma gave me; crocheted owl by me/mini Hedwig from Harry Potter; a Twining's tea box covered in paper that I made; a Sweettarts tin that has binder clips in it; 2 boxes filled with paper clips (it's a long story).

Closeup of my magazines (I used to have a subscription to NYLON, my Rookie Year One, a book about eating organically and environmentally-friendly, and a book about vintage fashion called Vintage Fashion that has really awesome pictures, some knitting pattern books, and my card book - all the cards I've received for the past 3 years, hole-punched and held with single binder rings. The top of my shelf has 3 large glow-in-the-dark stars on it, block letters saying WISH (that you can't see), some flower crowns, some dolls from my gramma's house, and an empty lemonade bottle that is now a flower vase. 

Here are some other shelves in my room. The three box-shelves came from Beau Clair and have Mooch my best friend stuffed monkey from when I was little, an elephant/friendship snow globe that came from my gramma, and a white miniature teapot, with a canvas I got at a Mennonite furniture store, a canvas-collage I made with Willow Sheilds on it, and a completely sparkly canvas I got for Christmas that says "Never let anyone dull your sparkle" from Claire's, as well as a white porcelain bunny figurine and 2 mini bedazzled vases that I bedazzled myself - Closeup of that shelf next to it. 
The bottom two come from my side table - a stack of books (seen next to it) with my favourite tin box on it (it looks really classy with some Japanese icons, a deer, and the words "Random Crap" written on it) filled with all my bows, a vase with a homemade star out of pipecleaners, the little teddy bear is from when I used to dance and my parents gave it to me at a recital and I kissed it with lipstick about 8 years ago. 

DIY is a really big thing with me, so here are some things in my room that I've DIYd:

 (Clockwise from top left) A plain cardboard box that I covered in stickers that I fill with bracelets, a wooden box I bedazzled and LEOfied, my bulletin/inspiration board filled with things from magazines, things I've picked up from places, and a crown I made out of tinsel, my STAY SASSY sparkly banner
(Clockwise from top left) My collage filled with nostalgic things, pictures from my real life, and magazine clippings, my glow-in-the-dark star ceiling, my owl picture made with my Cricut and inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest 100 years ago, my magnet board which is really a cookie tin painted pink and bedazzled (words Remember To on the top)

My pride and joy in my bedroom is my art wall. These pieces mostly come from the internet and printed off on my crappy printer, but also have been collected from magazines, book covers, calendars, collages I've made, and greeting cards/postcards:
The full thing in all its glory
(Clockwise from top left) My Dollarama cat mirrors (with me making a stupid face because I was in the picture holla) and a teacup picture from a calendar, My daisy-chain garland with tinsel in it that is on the top of my headboard + a greeting card and some other art, art on my other wall, including magazine clippings, calendar pictures, a book cover, and a Disney princess greeting card; my other art wall that's above my dresser complete with Wonder Woman, Perks references, a Daniel Radcliffe collage, Gilderoy Lockhart, a kitten greeting card, a postcard of New York City I got in Manhattan, and Beyonce as the Virgin Mary

The other pride and joy in my bedroom is my dresser. It is really what was inspired by the Virgin Suicides and some of Tavi's descriptions and tips from the Rookie article I mentioned before.
Here is a full view

(Clockwise from top left) A vintage vase from a yard sale with flowers and a pink star wand that I accidentally ended up bringing home from a Rookie meetup in Toronto this past October along with a porcelain jewelry box that has a carousel on it that my parents got for their wedding, a tiara, pink elephant salt/pepper shakers, a carousel-shaped pencil sharpener picked up from a gas station, and a collection of pretty books (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a Nancy Drew novel, and a journal I got from my gramma); the most Virgin Suicides-y part of my dresser: the perfume bottles. Most of these I actually use or have used in the past, but one of them is just an empty one I got from a thrift shop along with a silver teddy bear-topped book figurine that is supposed to be for the Tooth Fairy that has my name engraved on it and a ballerina figurine my gramma says came from Italy like a million years ago; a zine I got from Hollie, an owl figure I painted with nail polish, a Buddha, a sunglass-wearing Willow Tree, a starfish, a bottle cap from the lemonade that is now a vase, some buttons, and a mini photo-frame that I like too much with the burgundy velvet to put a photo in that I got from a thrift shop, and I can't forget my Posh and Sporty Spice dolls
Another big part of my dresser is the sprinklings: beads, rhinestones, confetti, glitter, candies from Hollie, mini barrettes, 

Here's an important one: ORGANIZATION. Organization really can be important, even when you're trying to make a sort of chaos. 
(Clockwise from top left) my 2 chalkboard boxes with my textbooks in one and my craft supplies in the other (ok, half of my craft supplies - the other half are currently residing, like, everywhere) along with a teeny shelving unit filled with teeny boxes that are filled with everything from paper clips to rhinestones and my bookshelf with all of my SCHOOL stuff (ew); my Vintage Barbie calendar; my necklace holder (it's actually just a bunch of small nails nailed into the top of my dresser - ~*the more you know)

Last but certainly not least: nostalgia. Nostalgia is very prevalent in my bedroom. From things that are from my own childhood to things that I have nostalgia for even though I didn't own them in their time. 
My teddy is wearing a teddy (haha) with my name on it; a bunch of tapes I just got from my gramma's house including the Frances Collection, Pippi Longstocking, and 101 Nursery Rhymes (I WORK WITH KIDS OKAY); my American Girl doll I got in New York City when I was 12 and a teddy bear I got at the hospital when I got stitches (his name is, appropriately, Stitch, and has 3 stitches in his own chin)

Well, that's it. My room. This is in no way a tutorial, but feel free to take some inspiration from my room to add to your own. My biggest advice, you ask? COLLECT AND DON'T THROW AWAY. Anything. Ok, some things are good to throw away, like garbage for example. But confetti you find in your sweater hood from that surprise party you went to? Keep it! A candy necklace candy that made its way into your bra and fell out onto the floor that night? Stick it in on your dresser as a sprinkling (true story, by the way). Barbie accessories you're thinking of putting in the next yard sale? Put them in a box somewhere: You never know when you'll want to make some tacky brooches or display your Spice Girls figurines on your bookshelf. 

xo Summer

Thursday, January 3, 2013

DIY: Collar Me Beautiful

Hello lovelies! As DIYing (which is horrible grammar, I know; it should be DingIY but that just sounds weird) is my passion and I love collars more than I love life itself, I thought it fitting that my first post be dedicated to DIYing collar necklaces - specifically, Peter Pan collars!

I was inspired by and mainly followed this tutorial (warning: it's a video, so make sure your sister didn't leave the volume on full-blast on your computer and open up that link for future reading and then jump 50 feet and throw your laptop across the living room when it starts talking to you. Maybe that's just me...) which uses this pattern (which is also linked to in the info of the video) from The Alison Show.

These are SO simple to make and look SO cute and they are SO versatile (do I sound like a Valley Girl or waht?) and the supplies are really cheap and often use things you can find around a crafter's house, so this is a good DIY to try on a budget (especially since collar necklaces in stores are, like, $20 each. These cost me about $2 each).
I used...

  • single sheets of felt - from Michael's Craft Store (about $1 each). I used a lot of different colours and even found SPARKLY FELT which is the best thing ever, literally
  • scissors - if you don't already have scissors in your house you should reevaluate your life choices
  • glue - I used matte Mod Podge, a Michael's splurge, but it's a LOT of glue
  • ribbon - I personally got mine from my Gramma's ribbon stash she gave me, but you can get similar ones at the Dollar store or craft stores. This one cost $1 on clearance, so there you go!
  • sponge brushes (if that's even what you call those things) - Dollar store
  • glitter in varying colours & sizes (the pink is Martha Stewart from Michael's, I got it with a 50% off coupon, so that was a splurge, but it's a TON of glitter, so well worth it; the thicker ones are from my college's bookstore, actually - always looking for supplies!) 
  • rhinestones (self-adhesive, from the Dollar store - mine came in joined-together rows, not single rhinestones, which made it so much easier and quicker to do the rhinestone detailing)
  • self-adhesive glitter/rhinestone letters - Dollar store
my supplies all scattered about

I made about 8 or so collars, but for the purposes of making this not an epic novel I'll show you how I made my red sparkly one.

I followed the directions here exactly, but I folded my felt lengthwise rather than widthwise (which is a word I did not know existed because I have actually never heard or read it before) because I could get 2 collars out of 1 piece of felt, furthering the value of each piece - THRIFTY. 

You'll come out with something that looks like this. 

For this one I decided that the self-sparkling felt wasn't enough and added some rhinestones (pictured above)

To come out with this (you know what, I don't know why all the pictures are seemingly upside down but you know, such is the iPhone's life)

To make the ribbon a good length, I placed the collar on my shirt where it would lay and measured the ribbon around my neck, then added a couple of inches on each side to be sure I had enough room to tie it up.

I added an extra layer of Mod Podge over the ribbon once it dried a bit just for added security. 

And that's that! For the glittery ones, I simply painted a layer of glue over the whole thing, put the glitter on, waited for it to dry, and then added another layer of glue overtop of it to set the glitter in place. (**NOTE: This is where it gets to be a really good idea to use Mod Podge because it's kind of made to be a top coat or sealant so it will work perfectly and DRY CLEAR!). I'd recommend pouring the amount of glue you're going to use into a separate bowl or container, since you'll probably end up getting a load of glitter in your tub of glue if you don't. 

Here is the glitter before drying.

Here is another glittery one after my second layer of Mod Podge. 

Here are my finished collars:

For the cat one I actually just free-handed it with a fine-tip Sharpie marker (it's actually really difficult to draw on felt with a Sharpie marker. I kind of did a rough outline and then actually stippled it which was really annoying and lengthy which resulted in one of the cats being really gross-looking, but feel free to try it out if you have the patience). This one was inspired by Miu Miu's cat collars. There are about 400 billion DIY tutorials for these collars on the interwebs (that's a super realistic number right there). I personally used this as a reference for my drawing. With a teensy bit of digging I found that you can even get a PATTERN that you can print off and trace if you want.

Here is me wearing my Baby Grrrl collar (not pictured above) paired with a cream knit sweater and black leggings (along with black chiffon bow above my braid!). The good thing about these collars are that they are SUPER adjustable. You can wear them lower or higher, depending on the neckline you are wearing, just by tying the ribbon at a different spot. In this case, I tied it  almost as high as I could because the neckline of this sweater is really high. (*Note: I apologize for my awkward backwards-lettered mirror shot: it was the only way I could get the full outfit by myself!)

All tied up with the ribbon and ready to go!

Hope you enjoy making some collars and wearing them around the town getting tons of compliments and people asking, "where did you get your collar?!" You will proudly be able to say, "I made it myself." :)
xo Summer