As you are probably aware, I love hats. Not only can they be striking accessories, they are incredibly important for sun safety! So for my birthday last year (a picnic mountain hike), I was determined to have a sunhat to protect me from the sun and be a beautiful birthday statement.
Welcome to Part 2 on tips for gift giving. As a reminder, here is out mantra for the perfect present:
a) something they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves
b) looks nice/appealing and makes them say “cool!”
c) practical or usable. This includes being one-size fits all for clothes/accessories
Today, we will be talking about group presents, in which you have the bonus of having a bigger budget (>$50) in order to get something really fantastic for your friend, especially for big milestones such as weddings or 21sts 😀
Painting tee shirts can be a great medium for something creative, but actually usable/wearable. Stencils are great for this, but sometimes it can be finicky to cut out the inside of a stencil using a Stanley knife.
Here is an easy tutorial on how to stencil by simply cutting around the outside, allowing you to avoid difficult cutting techniques. The paint will go around the stencil, leaving an unpainted relief as the main motif. I did this one as a gift for my friend who loves cycling.
Last minute DIY parties are the best. Because I don’t know about you, but I get distracted really easily on my own, leaving behind a disastrously messy path of unfinished projects. Furthermore, the last minuteness forces you to go Iron Chef and do what you can with the key ingredient (or whatever craft stuff you can find) In my case, I brought a gaudy bracelet and a sleek (but sadly plain) clutch. Big thank you to Faith in Fools for hosting!
So, I promised this tutorial in my other post, and here it is!
I actually made this a while ago. I have always loved flowers and the child/fairylike quality of floral headresses. Even sports people like Stephanie Gilmore are wearing them for victory. Or perhaps you prefer Florence+The Machine or New Yorker
I looked around in a lot of stores during December last year, but I couldn’t find one I liked in terms of style and price.
Plus, most of them were either hard headbands or the wire wreath (such as Kelli Murray’s or Art in Our Blood’s) These looked fine, but I find that elastic headbands are much more comfortable and stay on your head better. So I decided to make my own.