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Wearing diy watercolor blouse, brown belt, blue jeans, against white wall.

DIY Watercolor Blouse (How To Dye Synthetics with Acrylic Paint)

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Let’s jump right into discussing synthetics today, and how to color them to make this beautiful DIY watercolor blouse. What are synthetics you ask? Synthetic fibers, are tiny plastic strands woven into textiles like polyester. So, unnatural fabrics and the most common fabrics of fast fashion. In the eco-fashion world, we pretty much avoid talking about synthetics unless it’s to talk about how bad they are for the environment, but let’s be real: We all have fast fashion synthetic tops…

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DIY Silk Scarf Tutorial

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What is there not to like about a silk scarf? Do silk scarves ever go out of style? Perhaps the DIY silk scarf is even better, because you have the joy of knowing you made it yourself. After receiving a piece of silk leftover from making saris, I knew I wanted to do something special with it, but I just didn’t have the urge to cut into it. I’ve written about my personal feelings about buying new silk here, when…

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DIY terra cotta jewelry tray.

DIY Terra Cotta Jewelry Holder

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Have you also been seeing terra cotta decor everywhere? From walls to tank tops, I’m in love. Today I’m sharing with you a quick and ridiculously easy upcycle to incorporate some terra cotta into your home with these terra cotta jewelry holders. Since moving I’ve been experiencing a lack of places to leave jewelry that I wear frequently enough to not put it back in my jewelry box. I was thinking one of those tiered jewelry holders, but of course,…

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DIY wine cork earrings.

Minimalist DIY Wine Cork Earrings

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Out of all the projects I’ve ever created, I really think these DIY wine cork earrings are my favorite. I know that puts a lot of pressure on this project. How could wine cork earrings be so special? Let’s look at it this way: A lot of wine cork crafts are a tad…heavy on the wine innuendo. You totally know what I’m talking about, right? It’s not that there’s anything wrong with wine cork coasters or wine cork boards, it’s…

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DIY Upcycled sweater trivets with a glass teapot, wood spoon and succulents.

Upcycled Sweater Trivets

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As the weather even in California gets nippy, I’ve begun to raid my closet for sweaters. Some sweaters loose style after a while and a gray cardigan I used to love did just that so I turned it into a turtleneck. Are you surprised? By now, I hope not. But I ended up with so many scraps. Little sweater scraps that I wanted to use in a strategic project that really accentuates their fun texture and pattern. An upcycled sweater…

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Wearing DIY clothespin necklace against feather garland.

DIY Clothespin Necklace

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Somehow, over the 32 years I’ve walked around on this planet, I’ve acquired a large collection of mini clothespins. I think I used to use them for craft fairs or something, but regardless, these tiny clothespins never really were good for anything. They break at first glance. They run away from their container I find them in odd places, like the kitchen floor. But they had to be good for something, right? Yes, in fact, if you pull them apart…

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Hanging DIY floral wall art.

DIY Modern Floral Wreath- From a Lampshade (no joke)

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A common question plagues me during great shifts in design or my own creative tilts: What does a person do with an out-of-date lampshade? You know, the lampshade that will not be bought at Goodwill. The lampshade no one will pick up on the street. The lampshade most people will sacrifice to the landfill because it’s cracked down the center or has stains. Today’s answer to that is DIY floral wall art, but a lampshade is something with multiple parts…

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DIY Laptop Sleeve with iphone, ruler and pencil.

DIY Laptop Sleeve for a Macbook Pro (or your choice!)

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Protecting the environment from e-waste means investing in our technology at all costs. Protecting it from drops, scratches, and spills. Today I’m pumped to show you how I made a sweet little sleeve for my MacBook out of some recycled materials and fabric remnant. This DIY laptop sleeve doesn’t just apply to MacBooks, you can alter this tutorial to fit your own personal computer dimensions. Even in California, the leaves are yellowing, just in time for me to need a…

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Nested DIY crochet fabric scrap baskets.

DIY Crocheted Fabric Scrap Baskets

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If you’re ready for the most epic alternative to traditional plastic Easter baskets ever, or just want to create a cute catch-all for your favorite things, I’m happy to introduce these crocheted fabric scrap baskets!   I have an unreasonable amount of fabric scraps from refashioning clothes, sewing from scratch, and from previously owning textile repair and alterations business. Needless to say, I’m always on the hunt for a good scrap buster. Fabric scraps are such an issue in my life…

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Recycled Handmade Paper and business cards with stamp pad and stamp.

DIY Recycled Handmade Paper

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Let’s jump into the world of recycled handmade paper! You probably remember making paper in elementary school or at summer camp. Mushy, bumpy paper that looked more like old oatmeal than it did anything you’d want to use right? Well, guess what: handmade paper doesn’t have to resemble your breakfast. Recycled handmade paper can be beautiful, flat, and usable.  I’ve been working on this DIY project for two months. See, I really really wanted to make my own business cards…

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