63. My first jewelry show is Friday!

My Etsy shop has been open for almost three years, but I’ve never made the steps to show my work at craft fairs and markets.  Until now!  My very FIRST jewelry show is this Friday at Bay View Gallery Night! Here’s a link to the event if you’re in the Milwaukee area and would like to stop by: https://www.facebook.com/events/141921984168333

I’m so excited for people to be able to see and touch my items in person.  It really makes a difference in terms of whether or not I’d buy something, so hopefully that translates to other people as well.  Crossing my fingers that I make some sales!

I’m really trying to make sure that my displays are on point, so I’ll be sharing my ideas (and how you can make these displays for yourself) all this week!

Here are a few sneak peeks to tickle yo’ fancy.

Wooden crate jewelry organizer:

crate jewelry storage

Recycled wine crate headband holder:

wine crate storage

I also have an old window frame that I’ll be converting into a necklace display.  The best part: it was FREE!  I totally trash-picked to get it, but it was just laying on the sidewalk begging for me to bring it home.

I hope this got your Monday started off the right way!

XO,
Gabriella

58. Before and After: DIY Shoe Bows

Every good project needs a good back story…and this one is no different.

There is a pair of shoes from J. Crew that I absolutely adore.  Tell me they aren’t adorable?

I’ve teetered on buying these several times.  Problem #1 – They are $98.  NINETY. EIGHT. DOLLARS.  I’ve actually paid that much for a pair of shoes before, but not for a pair of flats (I wear them out too quickly).  They aren’t even real leather!  The J. Crew Factory website has sales quite often, sometimes when these shoes are already marked down.  Even so, I’ve never seen them for cheaper than $60, and that doesn’t include the cost of shipping.  Problem #2 – Even if I was willing to pay any price for these shoes, my size is back ordered until April.  They are SUPER popular shoes!

If you’ve been reading my blog at all, you obviously already know what I decided to do: make them myself for a fraction of the cost.  Whee!

Without further ado:

DIY Shoe Bows/Clips

Materials:

patent flats in the color of your choice
matching grosgrain ribbon in 5/8″ and 1-1/2″ widths, about a yard of each
shoe clips
hot glue gun and glue sticks
scissors
measuring tape

Directions:

1. Buy a cheap pair of patent flats.  I bought mine from ebay for $20 (with free shipping!), but the exact same pair is also over at ZOOSHOO (affiliate link).  You can save 15% off orders over $50 with the code 15OFF50 through 3/31/14, and they always ship free. 🙂

diy show bows clips tutorial
2. Find matching ribbon.  I ordered mine from Ribbons and Bows Oh My.  I wasn’t sure what color would be closest, so I ordered two different shades.  For these particular shoes, the “oatmeal” color was almost a perfect match.  Sweet!

diy shoe clips bows tutorial
3. Cut two 8″ pieces of 1-1/2″ width ribbon.  Glue the edges to the center as shown.

diy shoe bows clips tutorial
4. Cut two 7″ pieces of 1-1/2″ width ribbon.  Glue the edges to the center as you did for the 8″ pieces.

5. Attach the smaller bows to the larger bows with a thin strip of glue at the center.

6. Cut two 3″ pieces of 5/8″ width ribbon.  Wrap around the center of the bows as shown, securing at the back with glue.

diy shoe bows clips tutorial
7. Cut two 4″ piece of 5/8″ width ribbon and tie a knot in the center of each piece.  Center the knot in the front, and wrap the remaining ribbon around to the back, securing with glue.

diy shoe bows clips tutorial

8.  Attach shoe clips to the back of each bow as shown.  Optional: Cover shoe clip with a small piece of ribbon to further protect shoe (especially if you plan to wear them at all without the bows).  I already had some shoe clips on hand, but they are fairly inexpensive.  I bought mine from Etsy.

diy shoe bows clips tutorial

9. Clip bows onto shoes, put them on your feet, and prance around the house.

diy shoe bows clips tutorial

I seriously love how these turned out!  I love the cost breakdown even more:

Shoes – $20.00
Ribbon – $2.90 + $3.15 shipping and handling
Glue gun and glue – $0.00 (already owned)
Shoe clips – $0.00 (already owned)
TOTAL COST = $26.05 (a savings of over 73%!)

The best part is being able to wear these shoes without the bows, too.  You could get even more wear out of these by pairing them with different colored bows; I’ve been thinking about making another set in gold glitter.  Ooo la la!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

diy shoe bows clips tutorial
XO,
Gabriella

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39. DIY Wedding: Aisle Pomander Balls

Today I’ll be showing you the pretty pomander balls I used to line the aisles for our wedding ceremony.  This project is so simple, I almost feel guilty calling it a DIY.  Almost.

“DIY” Aisle Pomander Balls

Materials:

premade pomander balls – I bought mine from afloral.com, but they no longer carry this item. 😦
peacock feathers
ribbon
hot glue gun & glue sticks

Directions:

Step 1: Cut ribbon to desired length.  It’s going to be doubled, so if you’d like a 12″ drop length, cut a piece about 24″ long.

Step 2: If your pomanders already have an ugly sheer ribbon (like mine), rip those bad boys out.

pomander
Step 3: Using your hot glue gun, fasten your new, much prettier ribbon to the pomander.  Make sure to hide it underneath the flowers so everything stays nice and tidy.

Step 4: Trim the eye of a peacock feather, and attach to the base of the ribbon with hot glue.

peacock feather pomanderStep 5: Hang on a chair and enjoy.

peacock feather pomander aisle decoration

See, I told you this DIY was ridiculously easy!

I still have a long list of projects to share with you, too.  Here are some DIY wedding projects to look forward to reading about:

bride’s/bridesmaids’ fascinators
peacock feather wrist corsages
peacock feather pins
peacock feather boutonnieres
table runners
escort card ribbon board
manzanita branch centerpieces
invitations
peacock feather wreaths w/ bride and groom initials
luminaries
bar sign
bridesmaids’ earrings
programs
card birdcage

Crazy, right?  Hey, it gives me lots of stuff to write about!

XO,
Gabriella

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