Tag: Angela Lavelle

Thrifty Thursday

Handmade Wedding Invitations? I DO!

Starting with my SAVE THE DATES; If you are pinching pennies and your Wedding Invitations are important to you as it is to me, maybe it’s not a bad idea to take it back a few decades and hand make them. I will tell you this much, everything I liked would of been $600++ just for Wedding Invitations. That’s wild to me since most people throw them in the recycle bin when the wedding is over. To each their own! If you are a crazy craft lady like me and you think your bridesmaids would love to spend their free time slaving away in your sweat shop well this project is definitely for you. I know you can walk away with maybe spending under $100 If you follow my steps! Assuming you have watercolors, paint brushes already, hot glue, scissors (Which could also be found marked down) you basically will be spending money on stamps, envelopes, translucent paper and watercolor paper.

#1 Watch this video on how to make your own watercolor craft paper.

#2 Go to the Dollar Tree and grab their packets of watercolor paper. 9/10 stores they have it. If not, you can purchase nice quality paper at Jo-Ann’s and Michael’s make sure you get their 40% off coupon. I have found really nice packets of 20 for $1.49 at Target as well.

#3 At Michael’s, I found really pretty white envelopes on sale. They are sturdy enough to watercolor over and were only $10 for 2 packets of 50!

#4 Start with baby steps and have a watercolor day. Get all your girls to color endless amounts of paper and cut them into the size you want.

#5 Design two different styles of paper. One for cutting different shapes and gluing on top of the card and the cut outs for the invite. The ones with triangles I spent more time adding gold or salt on it so up close you could see the texture.

#6 Now Create! Glue and piece everything together. You can’t go wrong.
I hope you like! Let me know what you think and leave me a comment! be sure to share with your friends and family! Thanks so much! I will keep you posted on my process and how I will create the envelopes next week!!

 

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Do It Tuesday

DIY Tulle Skirt

Summer is ending and if you live anywhere like Phoenix, LA or Palm Springs you know your hot days are about to really hit! It’s never too late to make one of these skirts to wear in the fall.

Things You Will Need:

  • Satin 1-2 Yards
  • Tulle 8-10 Yards
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Elastic Belt
  • Dye

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First figure out your waist size, add 2 inches then divide it by 6.28. This will give you the radius for your waist.

Let’s start by cutting the tulle.  Take 1.5×1.5 yards of tulle and fold it in half. Next, take a pin and place it at the top middle of the fold. Attached a string that is the same length as your waists radius and use it as a guide to cut a half circle.

Keeping the tulle folded in half, add 20in to the end of the sting and repeat. Unfolded, you should have a circle cutout of tulle with a smaller circle in the middle (your waist size).

For the satin or silk, repeat the same steps as above using 1 square yard of fabric instead. Adjust the length of the skirt by 5 or 10 inches depending on preference.

 

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Sew a basting or straight stitch along the waist to keep tulle from sliding and moving around.

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For the waist band use a thick elastic belt and sew the ends together. Pin inside out the inner layer, tulle and elastic belt in the waist. There will be extra room with fabric so even it out around the elastic belt.

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Then once ready to sew pull and stretch elastic out with the skirt. this will bunch the tulle at elastic. once you finish the waist turn it inside right and you have a tulle skirt.

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Do It Tuesday

DIY Beach Anklets

It’s summer! Time to hit the beach! I decided I wanted to make some chunky anklets to wear when I go barefoot. These are super easy and fun to create.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Beads (enough to fit around one ankle)
  • Bead Stringing Wire (.30mm)
  • Toggle Clasps (the circle part only)
  • Crimp Beads
  • Tulle or sheer thick ribbon
  • Pliers

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First, just simply string on the beads with the wire. Add the circle part of the toggle clasp on each end with a crimp bead. String through the ribbon. Slide your foot through and tie a bow in the back! Super cute and easy!

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Photography: Anthony Bergeron

Director/Photography: Angela Lavelle

Do It Tuesday

DIY Children’s Storybook

Use this DIY for a artistic children’s book or something fun and different for your coffee table!

THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

  • Watercolors
  • Card Stock Paper
  • Scissors
  • Detail Scissors and or Exacto Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon or Tape for Binding
  • Sewing Machine (Optional)

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Start by writing down the plot to a story and then simplify it! In this example, I chose Alice in Wonderland.  To learn how to make your own craft paper view my video. (CLICK)
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IMG_5989-1-1024x768Begin diving into your craft paper by cutting out different shapes and objects to create scenes from the story.
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Glue your papers down as you figure out what you want on each page. I used hot glue for a sturdier hold.

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Draw your characters and color them in. I cut the characters out and used a normal glue stick on white cardstock, then placed them in scene.
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Use a thick piece of cardboard or another material that is thick enough to be your hardback cover.

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Place each page in order like you would see in a book, with pages 1 and 2 facing down together and 3 and 4 doing the same, then so on. Using the tape or ribbon, hot glue it on the outside inner edges where the spine will be. Do the same to all pages. Hot glue the front cover to the back of page 1, and the back cover to the back of the last page. Easy binding!

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Do It Tuesday

SEW OR NO SEW Movie Curtains

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Red Velvet Fabric 2-4 panels, depending on the size of your TV
  • Staple Gun
  • Sewing Machine or Iron On Hem Tape
  • Fabric Scissors
  • String of Lights
  • Black Duck Tape

IMG_3722-2This is an easy yet fun project to do! In this DIY, I created a movie wall for the TV room. It was looking really boring and tacky with the wire cover and outlet hanging around it.IMG_3909My TV is really small and I only needed two panels that were 4 x 9 ft. I sewed a 1/4 inch hem around the perimeter, you can also use a iron on hem tape as well.
image0000001-1-3To hang, I pleated the top about every 2-3 inches and stapled it to the wall at top. Hang a panel on each side of the TV so it is centered and you can wrap it around the wall hanger. Now you have movie curtains!
IMG_3938-3 If you want to get real creative simply use black duck tape and wrap the lights around TV and now it looks like you have an old movie marquee!