also…
first food submission. mini fruit tarts for vince’s farewell/ potluck/pow-wow. most likely not up to chef ramsey’s approval but good enough as a little treat for the end of the night.
speaking of… someone have an intense conversation with me about masterchef. 

also…

first food submission. mini fruit tarts for vince’s farewell/ potluck/pow-wow. most likely not up to chef ramsey’s approval but good enough as a little treat for the end of the night.

speaking of… someone have an intense conversation with me about masterchef. 

greetings. its been a while. thats because ive been flying around from denver, colorado back to Houston, Texas then to los angeles, california and then home again. its good to be back.

ive had this amazing printed button up for so long now. it was probably one of my most prized thrift finds but i never was able to wear it cause it always looked too crazy. ive even thrown it in the sell/give away box countless times but somehow always ended up hanging it back in my closet.

finally i came up with a solution to tone down this loud top. using a seam ripper i removed both sleeves, hemmed the raw edges, reduced the size of the arms holes, and sewed down the sides. now im absolutely in love with this button up at its new wearable state. probably took me about 20 tries to get the shape and size just right… and might still have to add some bust darts but other than that, i really couldnt be more satisfied. 

I could make these all night. Matte glass beads of pop colors just look so lovely all braided together into a necklace. A definite simple yet charming statement piece. Still brainstorming more creations where I could use all these glass beads… because I definitely got a little too excited and overstocked. :)

I could make these all night. Matte glass beads of pop colors just look so lovely all braided together into a necklace. A definite simple yet charming statement piece. Still brainstorming more creations where I could use all these glass beads… because I definitely got a little too excited and overstocked. :)

definitely my favorite project yet! i love what these peter pan collar necklaces can do to a plain top. plus there are so just many possibilities and varieties to play with that i am dying to make more and more. 

the first design was made from a sturdy black fabric i got for 60 cents at second hand store. i hemmed the edges with a zigzag stitch and then connected the two collar pieces in the middle with a gold spare button. the chain in the back of the collar was used from old not-so-trendy and extremely gaudy necklaces found laying around the house from my younger years.

the second was quite tedious to create but i am so satisfied on how it turned out. with lots of gluing and re-gluing, i attached round and cylindrical beads all over a flexible white fabric which was originally the sleeves from the shirt of the previous post. then a little pearl sewn in the middle for an little touch of elegance.

with the third necklace, i took the idea of the peter pan collar and gave it a little twist. by taking apart an old pearl necklace from forever 21, i strung two strands of pearls, one longer than the other. then i attatched them in the middle with a gold button creating the peter pan collar shape. connecting the chain was probably the most difficult part… definitely involved lots of squinting and pulling and tugging with pliers and attaching many minuscule pieces to ensure its security. 

hope you have enjoyed these little creations! i sense that this is only the beginning of many many more to come. :)

a little at tailoring to make this over sized, embellished, scrub-like top into a summery button down. altering the sleeves was way more complicated than anticipated but after lots of ironing and pinning, it some how came together. plus a little slimming down the sides and there you have it. thinking of giving it a good dye job to brighten things up as well but we will just have to see how willing i am to push those daring boundaries. 

happy father’s day!

you can not begin to comprehend how many times i attempted to create this and how many times different methods i tried and how many times i failed.

im sure the main factor that caused so many redos was my perfectionism trying to create a piece that is meant to look distressed. plus instead of buying over priced modge podge, i created my own with a 1:1 ratio of glue and water.

finally after sticky fingers and a mess of a table top, a photo transfer was born with just enough wrinkles and distresses to give it the right feel but not too many to make me want to scrap the whole thing. :)

bleach. the most magical and unpredictable substance.

i own these dark, sad and depressing grey jeans that i had originally intended to sell to buffalo. however in the crafty spirit, i decided to revamp them for the summer season. the intention was to give them a bleach treatment and dye them either a coral or mint or pink or any other pastel shade to pump these jeans with a little life and joy.

yet the more i bleached them the stranger the colors became. first a burnt orange, then a light brown, then a beautiful pastel yellow. hey..works for me! so i took them out, gave them a good wash and presto. a lovely pair of cheery yellow skinnys.

pocket tees anyone? what i love about these are that they spice of a plain old v so well yet its such a simple concept. therefore, i refuse to purchase urban outfitters’ $30 ones when i can create my own personally customized tees at a 10th of the price.
already looking forward for the cooler seasons for pocket crew necks! the possibilities are endless. 

pocket tees anyone?

what i love about these are that they spice of a plain old v so well yet its such a simple concept. therefore, i refuse to purchase urban outfitters’ $30 ones when i can create my own personally customized tees at a 10th of the price.

already looking forward for the cooler seasons for pocket crew necks! the possibilities are endless. 

sewing chiffon will be the death of me.

this asymmetrical skirt took me days to create because i am merely an amateur but at least it all turned out in one piece.

the steps are pretty basic really. just two sheets of hemmed chiffon with an elastic pulled through the waist. 

excited to make more! <3

hello there! isabel here. its summer and im feeling awfully crafty and inspired. after a tough first year at the University of Texas at Austin toiling over chemical equations and ecological patterns, i want nothing more but to take this summer to unwind the senses and tunnel my way back into my crafty cove. so lets the creativity commence.

hello there! isabel here. its summer and im feeling awfully crafty and inspired. after a tough first year at the University of Texas at Austin toiling over chemical equations and ecological patterns, i want nothing more but to take this summer to unwind the senses and tunnel my way back into my crafty cove. so lets the creativity commence.