Today is the first day of Spring (hooray)! Which means two things to me - gardening (which I've posted quite a bit about recently) and fashion. But with a limited (non-existent) budget, what's a girl to do?
MegAllanColeCrafts has this great tutorial on how to turn plain nude flats (she calls those heels?!) into sharp neon colour-blocked originals. Admittedly, I remember the 80s & 90s (I was there), so neon makes me a wee bit nauseated. But a wedge of colour I can wear without staring at all day long? Count me in!
Personally, I'm going to keep a sharp eye out for some boring neutral shoes and have a go at this myself.
Her videos are great - straight to the point! I like her other craft and fashion ideas, too. Her wall art (currently featured) is cute, but as an origami pro, I'm still more partial to the traditional ways. Here's are a few of Meg's vids that impressed me:
(I totally think you could just do this with chopped-up chopsticks and skip the need to vary the widths. Great way to reuse them! They'll be sprayed and sealed and germ-free in no time).
Peter Pan Collars
(Got a shirt you love but the colour washes you out? Separate your skin from the shirt with a contrasting coloured collar in a hue that flatters you, and there's your fix!)
I'm a little envious of this girl's job. I'm willing to bet she gets paid to do this all day long. Sigh. If only!
More on SHOES:
I found this DIY link as well, and although I'm not crazy about neon, I am completely bonkers for polka dots (and have been for most of this decade!):
Alright, it's decided - I'm going to have to try this one myself!
And from this same "Stripes and Sequins" site, a Top Ten list of the best DIY sites out there:
....where I found "A Pair and a Spare" and this toe-cap DIY (more shoe upgrading):
Glitter 'n' Glue, another of the Stripes & Sequins' Top Ten, also has a toe-cap tutorial (in gold) and a DIY neon studded clutch.
But this asymmetrical hemline skirt is what I found the most impressive:
Sigh, alright - that was a fun little break, but I have to get back at it.
Coming soon - another free crochet pattern by me. Good and weird and green - hope it's at least entertaining!