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Insta-Inspiration

Here’s some insta-inspiration for you this Monday!

DearlyBethany’s photos are clean yet warm. I love how she shares her outfits being worn, and then in a simple flatlay. Her silhouettes are unique and a bit quirky, while feminine and sweet. She’s also big on buying and sharing ethically made clothing and accessories.

Bethany also has a youtube where she shares more in-depth about her clothing, outfits, and other favorites.

Find her on Instagram @dearlybethany

Vintage Crochet Collars

Just to clarify at the beginning here, I did not make any of these collars.

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My aunt gave me these several years ago while doing a house clean out/reorganization, and I adore them.

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The buttons are meant to go on the back.

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I thought I would share for some inspiration. I love the details of the tiny thread-crocheted collars, and the floral details on that last one, especially. I always mean to wear them more often, but either forget or can’t seem to find something in my closet that has a neckline and style to work with them. They would look great over a simple, solid-color smock or a-line dress. Or over a simple t-shirt with some jeans and flats.

Overalls: After

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Over a year ago, I made a post about patching these overalls and took some before pictures. Well…obviously my plan to fix them up didn’t happen as soon as I thought it would. But I finally patched them up enough to be satisfied the other day.

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The fabric I used is some I have leftover from making gifts for my bridesmaid for my wedding, nearly three years ago. I just glued it in using fabric adhesive

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I crocheted up some quick flowers and sewed them on.

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The hole in the back pocket, now patched! No catching my fingers in it while trying to use it anymore.

Sadly, I’m not able to wear these right now with the growing belly and hips, but at least they’ll be ready for me when I can.

Found Around

Some neat and inspiring things I have found around the internet recently –


This gorgeous high low dress crocheted by Ashlee Elle of Dream In Vintage. I’ve shared her work before here. Her designs are so creative and inspiring, please go take a look.


These Fashionary sketches using flowers and watercolor by Grace Ciao. So beautiful.


This tutorial for a floral table runner from Jes + Em. These girls are from the southern United States like me, and I think it’s safe to say everyone around here is rejoicing that warm weather and new blooms have finally arrived, minus the pollen, of course. This is such a beautiful project and so well-executed. It would be great for a wedding or spring party, or just to have in your home as a happy reminder that the long winter is over and new life is beginning!

Hope these inspire you. Happy day, everyone. God bless!

Found Around

Some cool and inspiring things I’ve found around the internet recently –


This tutorial from Melody of Melmaria Designs on using crocheted flowers for printmaking. So cool and clever, and the resulting prints are just lovely!


This crochet top from Silvia66 on Etsy. The neckline is so unique and pretty!


This photoset of a needlefelted giraffe in various stages from Teresa Perleberg of Bear Creek Felting. I love the realism and how delicate the felting is.

Have a beautiful and joyful day!

Journals

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It seems like everyone who likes to keep a journal has a hard time resisting buying many more than they need. Right now, I have about five, some which are filling up fast, and some that are almost bare. As a kid, I always wanted to be someone who could keep a written journal everyday, and though I tried, it never lasted. I’ve noticed, as I’ve gotten older, however, that I can seem to keep a journal (or several), I just tend to fill it with more than just a play-by-play of my daily life.

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My journals mostly consist of clothing and project ideas, occasional story ideas and poems, and a few quotes and Bible verses. Though I generally separate some things, such as having a sketchbook primarily for sketches and drawings, and one journal devoted to story and writing related things, stuff does intermingle in some sometimes.

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I have also always had a tendency to draw on the covers of my journals (and most anything that resembles an open canvas, actually).

I love seeing pictures of other people’s journals, it’s such a neat insight into the person, and sometimes so inspiring. I wonder what mine say about me.

Have a wonderful 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.


Bits of Envy on Etsy

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


Ampris Loves on Etsy

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

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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