Wednesday, May 25, 2011

the creation of the craziest hat ever

I thought it necessary to share the hat I made for a recent New Orleans Yelp Elite event. The theme was Mad Hatter Tea Party, and the challenge was to make the most elaborate hat. Naturally, as a crafty lady, I had to create a formidable contender for the contest.

I started out with a $6 hat I bought at Kmart (pretty cute for Kmart, right?). Then I picked up all the necessary decorations at Michael's -- that included several bunches of faux daisies, a tiny silver watering pail, a bunny leftover from Easter decorating, a silly pink bird, a kid's garden tool, etc. I also recycled some ribbon that Aerie uses to adorn their shopping bags (always love that cute touch).

I didn't want to ruin the hat (I figured I might wear it as-is if I am feeling particularly beachy), so instead of gluing things on (also couldn't find the hot glue...), I used some thin wire. I would not necessarily recommend going down this path because the wire wound up poking my head a bit.
 This picture shows how, after I poked the wire through the center of the faux flower, I wrapped it in a small coil to secure it.

You can see my shiny pink Sally Hansen nails in this photo!

Here's the finished product! It was definitely an elaborate hat, albeit pretty ridiculous. Unfortunately, I did not win...
... that one won. Go figure.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

instant gratification

Instant gratification. That's what I got when I saw that HandyMaiden was on Heartsy today. I paid for a VIP membership because I am clearly obsessed with this website, so I have the opportunity to buy the deals a day early. So every morning, I loyally check "Tomorrow's Deals!" because I can buy them that day. And lo and behold, there was that cute owl pendant I had seen on Etsy before, on sale no less!

I immediately paid my $10 and received $28 in credit at HandyMaiden's store. Immediately after that, I hopped on over to her shop and grabbed the necklace I really wanted, the blue dala horse.

And that, folks, is what we call instant gratification. (It's especially dangerous because Heartsy keeps your credit card information... literally all you do is click "Use credit card ending in 1234," and you're done. Beware.)

Blue Dala Horse, $28 (or $10 if you buy the Heartsy deal)

Oh, you haven't signed up yet? Well, by all means... use my invite link and get $5 off your first purchase! Do note that this deal is only available to VIPs, so you have to sign up for a membership (which is $7.99/month).

Missed my post about Heartsy? Check it out here.

Friday, May 6, 2011

trend alert - coral

Now here's a trend I can get behind.. coral! Coral is a huge, relatively new color for the spring/summer season. And why not? It's bright and flashy, and it looks great on the pale and the tanned alike. Personally, I have been pairing a coral tanktop with some gray patterned shorts from Loft -- adorable! Now for a few of my favorite coral finds..

sources: {} {} {}

Follow one cluttered life