OOTD_78: "Look What Happened"

DSC_0804 I recently made a purchase from the online store By Samii Ryan, and this amazing head chain came free with my order! I love the piece but I was hesitant to style it because it is not my typical look. However, I realized that I should get inspired and decided to pair it with my favorite aztec flannel from UO. I incorporated some edgy elements to keep it touch with my personal style by layering over my embroidered skull shirt and throwing on my studded combat boots. I ended up loving this outfit and the head chain and think it would be great for a road trip or day of exploring outdoors.

The track for today's outfit is "Look What Happened" by Less Than Jake. Like this outfit, this song is still my style, but a little different than the usual. Listen along below while you view!

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embroidered skull shirt_DIY, similar available here aztec flannel_Urban Outfitters, sale, but I love this one from Karmaloop zip leggings_Dillard's studded combat boots_Steve Madden, available here military backpack_Rose Bowl Flea Market feather head chain_By Samii Ryan, available here

OOTD_77: "The Downfall of Us All"

DSC_0678 the iridescent trend is in full swing from shoes to jewelry, but my favorite pieces have to be clutches. they give your outfit a bold pop of color, that is extra shiny as well. this is why i was so excited when my friend Courtney got me this H&M clutch for Christmas recently! i love what it adds to my outfit.

the track for today's outfit is "The Downfall of Us All" by A Day to Remember. this band has helped me power through my homework the past few days, and always for that matter. listen along here while you view!

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although its a bit bold, i decided to incorporate other green pieces in my wardrobe for this look as well. i pulled out two of my favorite DIY pieces, my plaid studded blazer and my Unif-inspired tee. finally, i edged up the look even more with my Creepers and spiked bracelet. let's be honest...i think this might be my favorite outfit to date!

plaid studded blazer_Goodwill DIY, see my tutorial here unif inspired tee_DIY, see my tutorial here cutoff shorts_vintage Levi's, eBay creepers_Amazon, similar available here iridescent clutch_H&M, gift from Courtney spike bracelet_So Good, New Orleans. similar available here

DIY_Handmade Pickguard

DSC_1355 Today's project was in collaboration with my friend Jake. We've designed a pick guard in the past (see it below) that was painted onto a store-bought pick guard for his guitar. For this project, we wanted to take it another step and make the pick guard ourselves. I chose basswood for the material because I work with it at school often and it can be cut with an xacto knife. Perhaps this will be the perfect gift for the musician in your life!

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Here's the example of the other pick guard we made over the summer. Let's get started with the tutorial!

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Here are the supplies you will need: an existing pick guard to trace, a pencil, basswood with a decent thickness, paint pens, a drill, and not pictured: screws and an xacto knife.

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Trace the outline of the pick guard onto the basswood with your pencil. Also mark the holes for the screws.

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Drill two holes into the wood for the screws. Pay attention to the size of the holes. The pick guard we are working with had two different hole sizes because the screws are different sizes.

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Before painting, I traced the pick guard in my sketchbook and sketched some design ideas. We decided on a sugar skull design with roses and spiderwebs.

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After sketching the design onto the pick guard, I filled it in using Sharpie paint pens.

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After painting the design, cut it out using an xacto knife or box cutter. I suggest using a sharp blade (mine was pretty dull unfortunately) and make sure you cut on a cutting mat or work table.

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After screwing on the pick guard, here is the final product!

If you'll notice in the close up photo, the top of my pick guard where the second screw attaches has broken off. This unfortunately happened when I was cutting it out because my knife was dull. If you are careful and use a sharp blade, this shouldn't happen and you'll have great final product!

If you're interested in me painting you a custom pick guard, I have added a new listing to my Etsy shop for just that! Check it out here

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DIY_Printed Giftwrap

holidiy 4 intro I have made printed gift wrap in past years, and wanted to make some more than was specifically customized for the person receiving the gift. I made a dreamcatcher inspired wrapping and also a music inspired paper. I have also made tags to really complete the look and add a special touch. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

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To create the feather print paper, I simply freehand painted some feathers onto craft paper with black acrylic paint. I suggest mixing the paint with a little water so that you can paint more freely.

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For the dreamcatcher tag, I used a store bought round paper tag, and drew on the dreamcatcher pattern with an ink pen. I added some beads in red.

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For the feathers, I used the ink pen to draw feathers onto the craft paper. I then simply cut them out and taped them to the back of the tag where I added the to/from message.

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Here is how the gifts look wrapped! I finished them off with some red raffia for a rustic feel that matched the red beads.

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For the music inspired paper, I used this large sheet music stamp that I had around from a past project from Michael's. Instead of using ink, I used the same acrylic paint and water mixture to create the pattern.

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I repeated the stamp until I had a paper printed with music notes. You could also wrap a gift in sheet music!

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For the customized tag, I folded a sheet of red paper in half lengthwise and sketched out an electric guitar. I cut this out, added the message, and attached to the gift!

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Here is the music inspired wrapping! These packages were finished off with a festive plaid bow.

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