January 30, 2012

Changing Cartwheels

I knew when I opened Chubby Cartwheels that the front page was a bit on the simple side, but I was a tad overwhelmed by the whole site design process itself so simple was good for me then.  Plus I knew I could always change it down the road when I was settled in a bit more.  So one of this past weekends little projects on my to-do list was to revamp it a bit and add the customer photos page.  I am happy to say that all those changes have been made plus I have added some more fabrics to the selections as well!

January 27, 2012

Gift Card Goodness!

Today's OoTD post is brought to you by Hubster Mcgee!  Yes, Ben bought me a gift card to Fabric Depot for my birthday back in December and I went the other week with my lovely friend Nicole to spend it.  I brought my 40% off a cut of fabric coupon so I to find a great deal.  As soon as we reached my favorite section, activewear, I knew it must be mine!  Stretch crushed velvet in a deep red with cream polka dots.  It was like fabric cream dream.  Done and done, it was mine.  I managed to get 3 yards for 23 dollars using my coupon and with my $20 dollar gift card I only spent $3 of my own dollars.

Once I got home I looked through my pattern folders for the perfect way to use this fabric.  It screamed 90's to me so the only possible answer was a babydoll dress.   So yesterday when I had a whole free day to myself, I spent 6 straight hours working on it while watching Spaced, Misfits and Sherlock.  This dress is infused with british comedic energy.

So here is the final product!  I am rather proud of it and can't wait to wear it out!

OoTD Details-

Dress- I made
Necklace- I made (tutorial here)
Ring- I made
Belt- I made
Purse- Stupidiotic.com
Tights- OneStopPlus
Shoes- Payless
Headband- Gifted
Lipstick- Diva  by MAC Cosmetics

January 21, 2012

Tea Party Ready

I've been planing this outfit for quite a while so I'm really excited to post it.  I bought this awesome abstract floral print at Joanns last year and knew it must be made into a skirt.  But actually getting around to it was another story.  I finally put aside a couple of hours and got it done the other day.  It has an elastic waste for comfort which I need and want on most skirts these days.  The shirtI bought last year from OneStopPlus.com.  It's a perfect basic to go with jeans for a casual look or with a skirt like I have here to dress it up a bit.  For my accessories I choose this beautiful floral necklace that I picked up when I was in Paris in 2007.  I made the two finger ring,  the ribbon bow hair clip and hardware clutch which you can find the tutorial for here.  I feel like I should be headed out for tea.  Maybe I should host a tea party next.

OOTD Details-

Top- OneStopPlus
Skirt- I made
Tights- OneStopPlus
Shoes- Payless
Belt- I made
Clutch- I made
Bow Hair Clip- I made
Ring- Chubby Cartwheels
Necklace-  Paris

January 19, 2012

DIY Shoe Makeover

I bought a pair of black open toe wedges over 5 years ago and after the first year of wearing them, all they did was just sit around and collect dust in my closet.  Many times I considered donating them since I wasn't wearing them but something told me to keep them just in case.  Normally I don't listen to that little voice as it leads me to be a pack rat but I'm glad I did on this occasion.

I took a look at my current craft supplies to see if anything inspired me and with my Mod Podge, Acrylic spray and a small bottle of glitter I  knew exactly what I could use these shoes for.  A shoe makeover!  So I went out the next day and purchased the biggest container of chunky gold glitter I could find.  I'll give you a step-by-step process of how I did this DIY.

Old Dress Shoes (Check your closet for a pair you never wear or hit up Goodwill)
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Lots of Glitter
Acrylic Spray
Spray Paint (optional)

The nice thing about these supplies is you won't actually end up using much of any of them when the project is done so you have plenty left over for future projects.

Step 1-  (This step is once again optional so if you don't want to do this portion skip on to step 3)  Spray paint wedges outside or in a room with lots of air flow.  It's going to smell for a while to so no matter where you spray it either lay something underneath the shoes so you don't spray the floor or grass.  I didn't bother to tape anything up since the top is black anyway and will be covered up soon with glitter.  Easy peasy.

Step 2-  Let dry over night.  Super boring step.

Step 3- Once completely cleaned and dry, stuff the inside of shoe with paper towels or scrap fabric to protect the inside of the shoes.  Keep that large sheet of paper or newspaper down under the shoes to catch any drippings of glue and loose glitter which you will collect at the end to put the extra back in the container.  Waste not want not.

Step 4- Take  your sponge brush and spread a decent/semi thick and even coat of mod podge to one half of the shoe.  Front to back or side to side, it doesn't matter.  Just make sure you get it even.

Step 5- Sprinkle glitter over the podged area making sure to cover every bit of glue.

Step 6- Gently put it down  and let it dry for about 20 minutes.  Go make a snack or call a friend and brag about how fucking hot your "new" shoes are going to be.

Step 7- Give the wedge (non glitter area) a few gentle taps to shake any lose glitter off onto your paper underneath and repeat on the other side.

Step 8- Once all of the shoe is covered in glitter and dried check for any bald patches and touch up areas.  If everything looks great take those bad boys outside of to the garage still with paper underneath and spray the shoes all over with a good long dose of the acrylic spray.  This stuff will hold that glitter in place like a rock and still give your shoes great shine.  In the end I waited till it was dry and gave it one more coat just to be safe.

Make sure you are getting lots of fresh air while doing this project.  There are lots of fumes involved.

Project complete!  You now have a brand new stylish pair of shoes that will spruce up any outfit.  Not to mention what a great conversation piece they are when you get to tell everything how you turned those shoes from shit to chic!

January 13, 2012

My Inspiration Station

So one thing I left out of my last post was that I woke up new years morning to a loud crashing sound in the apartment.  At first I thought we were being robbed but it turned out to be my rolling rack that holds most of my fabrics collapsing.  It had a strong lean to it that fortunately was always held up by my work table, but since it was out in the living room from the NYE party, the rack ended up buckling under the pressure.  I don't blame it, I had way too much fabric on there.  Lesson learned when you buy cheap Wal-mart rolling racks.

I was stressed at first because it was looking like it would cost about $25 dollars plus shipping for a replacement of the exact same, cheap as shit, rack.  Considering I knew how flimsy it gets. I really wanted to find another solution.  So I went onto Amazon because by mistake last year I signed up for their Prime shipping program where you pay $75 bucks once a year and get free shipping all year which has actually paid off in the long run.  I looked up rolling racks and at the bottom of the page they suggested this shelving unit called the Whitmor Double Rod Closet that has 2 racks to hold plus 4 attached metal shelves for $43 bucks with free 2 day shipping.  PERFECTION!!  I ordered it right away and started getting my room ready for its arrival.  In doing so I decided to clean the shit out of the room.  And that I did.  So I have some before and after pictures of my old office vs my new, clutter free and much better organized office.  I LOVE IT!   I work so much better in a clean and organized space.

With cleaning out and organizing I also wanted to change some of the wall decor.  Before I had my framed photography from my travels through Europe.  I loved them but I wanted something new.  So I retired them to my bedroom and gave myself a fresh palet to work with.  The first thing that came to mind was something big on my wall that practically screams me, inspiration, and everything that I do.  So I went to Joanns and bought some white wooden letters with the giftcard my mom gave me for my birthday, coated them with Mod Podge and sprinkled this beautiful seafoam green glitter on them from Michaels to liven them up!  Also I fully recognize I did a total Portland cliche and "put a bird on it".   Not my intention in the least bit.  The finishing touch of it all was taking the christmas lights from the bookshelf in the dinning room for my office window.  Those lights change a rooms mood with minimal effort.

     (My old rolling rack used to be in the empty corner space & the fabric pile isn't normally on the table.)

Small window vase I got as a stocking stuffer for Christmas with the same flowers from my jewelry holder.

My old earring holder was just a plastic grid hanging on my wall by a nail and honestly I felt like my fabulous jewelry deserved better than that.  So I took an old picture frame from the Goodwill for $3 bucks, a can of spray paint from Home Depot for $3.50, Dollar Tree flowers, a glue gun, craft wire and a staple gun to make this new piece to hang everything on.

Best 10 bucks ever!  Closet organizers are the way of the future and I will never be without one again!

January 10, 2012

New Years New Look- Outfit Post

So this post is a bit late but I needed to wait till we had nice weather again before I could take the pictures outside of my snazzy digs.  This was my NYE/30th Birthday party outfit!  I decided to combine the party since having my birthday 2 days before christmas royally sucks balls and everyone is busy or broke on my actual birthday.

My fabulous friends who came were amazing and we had a brilliant time!  Debz, who is an amazing chef/baker, made my birthday cake.  Fresh, made from scratch with actual lemon zest in it, lemon cake with homemade boysenberry filling and cream cheese frosting.  Could you just die?  To top it off my mom gave me this adorable candelabra as a topper.  We had delicious foods, cake and lots of booze.  A perfect way to ring in the new year and celebrate my 30th year on this giant rock.

Now onto the outfit.  I was stressing over my outfit for quite a while.  Finally it came down to it had to be a dress or skirt because I wanted to break in my teal tights from OneStopPlus as well as my  black lace button down shirt also from OneStopPlus.  The tights were excellent as expected.  I have them in wine, cream, grape and navy as well and I am thrilled that they fit me at my current size (32).  But the lace shirt was a hit or miss for me.  When I bought it I didn't know if it would work.  Would the lace be stretchy enough? Would it fit in the shoulders?  Problems I face with button down shirts most of the time.    Fortunately it was big enough and fit well.  It's a bit short in length but I was going to pair it with a high waist skirt and belt so it didn't matter much.   For accessories I had a thrifted teal necklace and a DIY double finger ring I made myself.  The finishing touch for todays photos in that outfit was my new eyeshadow to match my tights and necklace and my recently ebay purse purchase.

OOTN Details:

Shirt- OneStopPlus
Skirt- Chubby Cartwheels
Tights- OneStopPlus
Shoes- Payless
Purse- Ebay
Necklace- Thrifted
Ring- I made
Eyeshadow- "Edgy Emerald" by Maybelline's Color Tattoo collection.