Leather Bracelet

So, I’m just stopping in to show you guys my pyrography progress.  Here’s my first attempt at burning leather.

leather braceletIs it simple bordering on boring?  Yes.  Would you consider it remotely artistic?  Not really.  Did it smell like a roasting a pig while I was working on it?  Definitely.  Regardless, I’m a little excited about the entire concept.  I can’t wait to show you guys  my “big” project when I’m finished!!

Pin It
Posted in DIY Projects | Leave a comment

Pyrography

It’s also called wood burning, but I prefer to feel like an 8-year old Drew Barrymore or these guys (question – do you think this guy is balding and that’s why he cut his hair like this?  Otherwise…dumb).  ANYWAY…I finally broke down and bought a pyrography pen (you should hear me pronouncing that word out loud – I sound a little special).  Why did I buy a pyrography pen?  Because….duh.  More specifically, I can make some super cool things.  One thing is already in the works, but it’s under wraps for a bit.  But besides whatever the secret project I’m making is, you can do all sorts of really cool stuff.  Here’s a sampling of what I’m talking about:

pyrography cuffsLeather cuffs.  Pyrography – not just for wood anymore.  And you know what I also bought?  A leather punch.  That’s right, folks!!  I can totally make these.  As soon as I obtain some artistic ability.  And paint?

Etched-SpoonsWood burned spoons.  So pretty!  How fancy would you feel stirring your [whatever you stir a lot of; I don't cook much]?!  And this looks like it might be a pretty good beginner project (I say as the person who hasn’t even cracked open the packaging of her pyrography pen) because a) straight lines and dots, and b) wooden spoons are very cheap at Ikea which means I can make lots of mistakes.  In fact…maybe it’s the reason for another Ikea trip!!

wood ringsRings.  You’re going to notice that several of these projects are from the same blog (if you take the time to actual click the link).  She has OTHER ideas/tutorials as well.  Per usual, the artistic/creative people irritate me.  And I want those huge rings!!

Etched-Cutting-Boards-7

Cutting board.  I’ll be honest.  The little leafy designs are what got me here.  Do I want a cutting board that says “Joy?”  No.  Mine would say something like “Cut Me.”  It makes sense while also displaying my overall feelings on life.  (Sorry, I’ve been listening to a lot of Morrissey lately.)

Wood candleholdersCandle holders.  Aren’t these so adorable?  How cute would this be as a wedding centerpiece in one of those barn weddings?  Or just sitting on my dining room table?!  Mine would say R + T 4-evah.

wood burned boxes

Boxes.  Another project by Alisa Burke.  I mean, she does this freehand.  I couldn’t even conceptualize how to begin this.  I actually might try so that I can laugh.  And then end up burning myself.  Obvs.

Wood burned art

Straight up art.  So…one day I’ll be able to do this, right?  I was going to joke and say that it was the deck off my gorgeous home, but then I realized that it’s in a bamboo forest which don’t really exist here.  But I’m going to be honest and say that it was hard to find an amazing artistic picture that wasn’t involving Westeros, Lord of the Rings, or giant animals.  But isn’t it amazing?  I mean, all with just a pyrography pen!

So, last night I decided I was going to start practicing.  But then I remembered that Gilmore Girls is on Netflix, so I binged (some more) on that.  Where you lead…  Side note – Dean really bugs me.  I can’t wait until Logan comes on the scene!!

Pin It
Posted in Tutorials | Tagged | Leave a comment

eShakti

OK.  I’ve gone back and forth about telling EVERYONE (all FIVE subscribers) about my new favorite place to buy dresses – eShakti.  A friend of mine told me about it several months ago and I’ve become so obsessed that I’ve bought more dresses than I care to admit.  “Ummmm…what’s the big deal, Lizzie.  I think you should calm down.” you say because you’re ignorant jerks.  The BIG DEAL is that for an extra $7.50 this company will make the dress to my exact measurements.  And as I’ve said before, I have a bit of a Dolly Parton issue, so that is a BIG DEAL!  AND you can also customize most of the dresses in the neckline, sleeve type, and hem length.  AND they update their stock so often that I sometimes miss out on something I wanted to buy because it’s all gone.  I’ve, of course, remedied that little issue by just buying everything I like when I see it (well played, eShakti).  Oh, and they also have lots of deals like buy 2, get 1 free.  GAH!!!!!!  Now do you see why I have so many new dresses?  And people compliment me ALL THE TIME.  I mean, like strangers.  For serious.  I’d say it’s embarrassing, but it’s not.  I feel like twirling around and saying “I know, RIGHT???!!!”  They sell jackets, shirts and skirts (from casual to dressy) which can all be made to your custom size.  Here’s a little sampling:

Heather dress

Heather dress.

Contrast trim geo print skirt

Contrast trim geo print skirt.

Denim chambray shirt dress

Chambray shirt dress.

Peplum knit moto jacket

Peblum knit moto jacket.

Floral spray embellished dress

Floral spray embroidered dress.

That is a TINY sampling and, like I said earlier, the inventory changes up a LOT.  I don’t think any of the dresses I’ve bought are for sale right now.  So we won’t all be walking around in the same dresses is what I’m saying.  If you want to sign up to get $35 off your first order (plus you automatically get free customization with your first order), click here.

Oh, and this is not a paid advertisement.  I just sincerely love this place.  You’re welcome.

Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment