Monthly Archives: March 2014

Waters Wears: (Belated) Birthday Dress

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My birthday was March 23th, and my husband and I had plans to hang out in a local downtown area for the day. The weather didn’t allow us, however, so we took a raincheck and spent the day hanging out with some friends instead. This past Sunday we made it up. As you can see by the photos, it was a pretty windy day, but the sun was out, so it was nice to walk around and see the city.

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If you can’t tell by the photos, I always wear shorts under a dress or skirt – or rather, an old pair of leggings cut off and folded up – and it was certainly a wonderful decision this day. haha

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The bracelets are a little experiment that I quite like. They are simply made of leather and mercerized cotton crochet thread.

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This dress may just be one of my favorites. I love the whole high-low thing, but this is the first dress I’ve had that actually has that hemline. It was available in this color and a light pink, but I was drawn to this one first and chose it because I love the earthiness of it and the fact that it’s a color I could accent with pretty much any other color.

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Though I usually take the pictures myself, my husband helped some with these. We had a fun day eating lunch and then walking around, me scouting for good picture-taking locations and him playing Ingress on his phone, a neat game that utilizes local landmarks, churches, historical sites, and artwork. It was nice to finally have a somewhat warm day to be out in.

Dress: Factory Connection
Cardigan: Worthington (old)
Boots: Kim Rogers
Socks: Costco
Necklace: taken from mom’s old jewelry, the chain is Sarah Coventry and I think the locket may be as well
Bracelets: made by me

Found Around

A list of neat or inspiring things I have discovered around the internet lately –


This leather high-waisted skirt from Otte. I think this may be from an old line, but it was super expensive, anyway. Would be totally possible to try and make your own dupe, though.


This tutorial for a mini smores fire from Chris on Man Made. So simple, and so cool.


These knitted snail tea cozies from Anke Klemper on Ravelry. Just hilarious and wonderful.


This fantastic crochet dress from Ashlee Elle on Dream In Vintage. I saw this a bit before I started the blog, but it’s still worth sharing now. I just love the shape of the sleeves and the fit of the whole dress. She also crochets some very cool graphic tanks, so you should check those out.

Hope you have a beautiful and blessed day!

Let’s Talk About: Collar Necklaces

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A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to try making some collar necklaces. In particular, ones that drew from pointed or Peter Pan style collars. I’m really loving the look of these, lately, and my affinity for them has only grown since I’ve made and started wearing them. Above are a few of my favorites out of the ones I’ve made so far. I also plan on making some that are all crochet and chain, but I don’t have a place to block them right now.

Before I made any, I looked around for some inspiration as I do often before beginning a project of making something I never have before. It’s incredibly helpful to see other people’s techniques or ideas; It can help you figure out how to do what you see in your head, and to further define your ideas.


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This necklace from Bits of Envy has to be one of my favorites. I love how the collar shape is defined by chain and a bit of crochet. She has some other lovely necklaces and things in her shop, as well.


Like Freja on Etsy


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Of course collar necklaces look great with tops that have no collars. I love the idea of wearing them with plain t-shirts, or tops that have a simple shape. They can completely change the look of an outfit, sometimes making it a bit more formal or classy. Collared necklaces can also look great over strapless dresses and tops.


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Refinery29 (this one includes a tutorial)

As you can see, there is a wide range of collar necklace styles, and even this is only within the Peter Pan or pointed category.

In case you’re inspired to make one of your own collar necklaces, here are some tutorials.
DIY Erickson Beamon Inspired Collar Necklace made with old shirt collar and beaded from DC2NY Confessions
Peter Pan Collar Necklace DIY made with leather from A Beautiful Mess
DIY Collar Necklaces made with chain from Hello, Whimsy
Peter Pan Collar Necklace made with fabric from Sew Caroline on Rags To Stitches

Waters Wears: Classic/Hippie?

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Haha, I had absolutely no idea what to title this post. I went with what the outfit reminds me of. The top is pretty bohemian, with it’s woven fabric and fringe, but I think the silhouette of the pants and the Mary Jane flats give it a more classic spin, ala’ Hepburn’s capris and flats look, maybe?

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I wanted to try making some collar necklaces a few weeks ago, and though I love the look of crocheted ones, most of them wound up being made out of leather and chain. Jewelry making is something I play around with every now and then, and though this is a very basic and easy to make necklace, I really like it. I plan on making more and incorporating crochet into the design as well.

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And yes, those are jeggings. Goodness, when they first came out a few years ago, I was vehemently against them, they were blaringly obvious, had fake pockets, and all the ones I saw seemed cheaply constructed. But jeggings have come a long way. If you were against them like me, consider giving them another chance, as long as you try some good quality ones. These are Faded Glory from Wal-Mart, and the fabric is super comfy but has a texture similar to denim. And seriously, I find these more comfortable than regular leggings. Though the pockets on front are fake, the back pockets are real. The only ones I’ve seen better are from American Eagle, and they have all real pockets and are so well done you’d almost have no idea they were jeggings unless someone told you.

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All in all, this was a fun outfit. Super comfy, and I love the juxtaposition of styles.

Top: American Eagle (but probably old, it was passed on to me from my cousin after a closet clean out)
Tank: Fruit Of The Loom mens small, from a four pack.
Necklace: made by me
Jeggings: Faded Glory
Flats: Faded Glory

Found Around

A list of neat or inspiring things I have discovered around the internet recently. –

ShopRuche‘s new Spring Lookbook. Most of the looks are right up my alley, and are very simple but happy outifts, but the above is my favorite. I love the denim dress and the addition of the vest over it. I also love all the shoes in this lookbook, because most of them remind me of shoes my mother wore in the seventies and eighties – wooden heels, simple leather straps and classy-looking silhouettes.


This tutorial by Dandelion Drift for leather heart pockets. I love using leather in a lot of my crochet projects, so this tutorial immediately had my mind racing with ideas. Such a simply idea, but so effective. She adds the pockets onto little girls’ dresses, but you could easily adapt the idea for more adult clothing, for example, by either using the heart shape or any shape you’d like and adding pockets to a simple shift dress or t-shirt.


The entire weaving tag on Pinterest. My sister-in-law and I were going crazy over the amount of ideas and inspiration. Weaving is such a cool and beautiful form of fiber art. Seriously, go check it out. From more traditional weaving and basket weaving to pin weaving and weaving onto sticks and twigs, from kids projects to easy home decor projects ideas, there’s a ton of inspiration and pretty pictures on this tag.


And just to give you another weaving project idea, here’s a tutorial from Ellen of The Long Thread I found at least a year ago that’s still one of my favorites. It’s a simple tutorial using chipboard and embroidery floss to make a small necklace pendant. Again, even though the project is aimed at kids, it could easily be adapted for a more adult necklace, and also just seems like a lot of fun!

Have a beautiful and blessed day!

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Let’s Talk About: A Sorbet Summer Crop Top

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I love this color combination! The particular shades remind me of sorbet. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in the colors Sunshine, Plum Wine, and Persimmon. Although it’s still not even quite spring here, I’m getting tired of wintry weather, and am anticipating the warmer days ahead.

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I had been wanting to make a crop top of this shape for some time now. This piece is made in one of my favorite stitches for this type of yarn, a simple triple crochet done with an N-9.00mm hook so that the stitch is very loose. It was worked in a front and back panel, with sleeves added on later. Though I wanted the neckline to be wide, I misjudged the size and made it too big, so I had to add some rows around it after piecing the front and back together to make it smaller. Although I think this is a fine solution for many pieces, I feel like it shows too much on this top since the stitches are so big. Of course, this was just the first attempt, and these issues can be remedied. When I make another, I’d like to get the neck size correct and be able to have the original look I wanted, with only the front and back panels and a simple border stitch to tidy up the neckline.

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One thing I really like about this top is the high-low, split-side bottom hem. I’ve been wanting to try this style of hem since seeing this knit dress. Although I don’t knit, I love the shape of this dress and how simple the pattern is. If you knit, you should give it a try. I really like the way this hem turned out and I definitely want to use it again on other tops.

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I don’t know if I will wear this top or try to make another and improve upon it using what I’ve learned from the mistakes in this one, just because I know it could be done better. But either way, I’m very glad it turned out as well as it did and the color combination makes me so happy!

Crochet Crop Top: made by me

Waters Wears: Beetle Wings

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I got this shirt recently at a local store. It’s design reminds me of beetle wings or coattails. Made of a soft, lightweight material, it was super comfortable for a day out playing frisbee golf with friends for my brother’s birthday.

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I made the headband with Loops & Threads Charisma yarn. I love the color combinations in this dye lot so much. The headband is in single crochet done with an N-9.00mm hook.

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Top: Volume One
Tank: Free People
Jeans: Faded Glory (but the paint splatters are from painting our house this past summer)
Socks: Costco (nothin’ special)
Shoes: Converse
Headband: made by me

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