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Grand Opening and Special Deals all weekend!

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I have my Grand Opening for my Craftstar shop this weekend!

Receive free shipping using code BLKFREESHIP13 all weekend through midnight on Cyber Monday on all items in my shop excluding custom bracelets.

Speaking of custom bracelets, SPECIAL DEAL!  Buy a custom bracelet through this link: Custom 3 Strand Bracelets by ChristinaDesignsArt Jewelry.  Check out the color choices below, how could you not make something awesome?  If you need ideas, feel free to message me too!

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Click on all photos to be taken to the listing.

Head to my shop today!  Custom Bracelets are 3 strand seed beaded bracelets, regular price $15, on sale this weekend for $10!!  You choose the colors!  You can also buy through my Facebook page: Christina Designs Art  I have added a Store Tab!

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Next, check out the Craftstar Blog that features the deals throughout the weekend!  Craftstar Blog

There will be another blog post on the Craftstar blog about the Saturday deals so be sure to check back!

My Craftstar shop features: 2 and 3 strand beaded bracelets for $10-15.  Memory wire bracelets from $5-15.  Beaded bobby pins in a BOAT LOAD of colors and designs.  Plenty of Christmas beaded bobby pins that come with a free Christmas pin!

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Click on each photo to be taken to its listing.

All items in my shop (except custom bracelets) are eligible for the free shipping code.

Also, if you see something you love that is already sold or you want another color of bobby pins, please MESSAGE ME.  If you message me this weekend, and purchase before the end of the day on Dec 31, your items will still qualify for the free shipping code!  SCORE!

Hope everyone has had a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

Refashion Friday: Paint Me Pretty

Lately I have had such an urge to use fabric paint on my clothes!  I have a pullover sweatshirt that I ripped out the word applique (the brand name) from the back and I am just finalizing a design for the back with fabric spray paint!  I found some Tulip Fabric Spray Paint and I want to buy it so BADLY!  OK, perhaps not that same pack, but you get the idea!  There are other Tulip Fabric Paints to choose from, or I could easily make my own, I bet there is a recipe out there on Pinterest!

Anyway, to get you in the same mood I am in, check out these awesome fabric paint refashions!

Geometric Designs are always really popular and fairly easy to replicate, as she shows you!

Here’s a fun idea using dyes and fabric spray paint, love the design here!

OK so its not fabric paint, but its pretty similar!  Either way, how cool would this look in ombre??

I know, I know, this isn’t clothes!  But don’t let that stop you!  Be inspired by the idea and apply it to a maxi skirt!

Oh look at that, there totally IS a fabric spray paint DIY!

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DIY Easily Dress Up Some Flip Flops

I went to an outdoor wedding this past weekend that was “casual” so I already knew I was wearing a lovely sundress, but couldn’t decide what sandals to wear.  I had a pair of black Old Navy flip flops that I got last year (free from Crowdtap- read about that here), but plain flip flops seemed way too dressed down even for a casual outdoor wedding.  So while I was working the other day I had an idea to FINALLY use some of that pretty trim that people always buy and I have no idea what to do with.

So I brought my flip flop to JoAnns with me so I could compare and figure out how much I needed.  I searched the trims and settled on a pretty black lacey beaded trim.  I bought 3/4 of a yard, which was about 4 inches more than I thought I needed, but its best to buy a little extra!  Plus 50% off coupons right now, so it was ok.  I do have the 4 inches leftover because I didn’t mess up at all.  I already know what I am doing with it!

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

So it begins!  Grab your flip flops and whatever pretty trim you want to use.  The trim I chose is a Beaded Lace Trim with flowers, all black.  It is about 1/2″ wide and has about 1/4″ wide space to glue it down.  I used E6000 because I love that stuff for everything!  It worked perfectly.  And now they look great and its such an easy way to dress up an outfit!

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

And the final product!  I love it!  I got lots of compliments at the wedding 🙂  Check out some of these Party Sandals Under $50 that could be DIY’d a bit to make them even more fun!  I’m a Beso.com affiliate and get a small portion for every click.

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Crowdtap: Glam Crowd Mix and Match: Trendy and Timeless

“Spicy Candy DC shares her secret for affording great fashion: splurge on timeless, quality pieces and save on trendy, seasonal pieces. She achieves the perfect balance of timeless and trendy without breaking her budget!”

Check out this page, then rate it so Crowdtap will increase my points and likelihood that I will be chosen for more product reviews!  I need 5 friends to view this page!  Crowdtap will also make a donation to the ASPCA after 5 page views!

I am a Crowdtap member and as such am asked to review products, TV shows, and spread the word about new websites or products every now and then!  This is one such website that I have agreed to “spread the word” about!  Please help my efforts by rating this site, once you get there the rating is at the top of the page!  Feel free to connect with Crowdtap as well!  I would love if you joined me :)

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DIY: Add Glitter to the Details of a Shirt

I love shirts with bling, but they are always like $10 more than a shirt without.  And I don’t really buy tshirts anymore, unless they are somehow special, NYC, Vegas, California shirts etc.  I do like some graphic tshirts, but I won’t buy them.  That being said, I’ve had this tshirt from Delia’s for years!  I think I might have bought it in college even, and that would be over 6 years ago.  But I love this shirt and wear it all the time, it fits great and I love the nature graphics!

I was in the middle of testing out my fabric paint + glitter and seeing how that works, and decided this was an ideal time to try embellishing something else (while it dries).  I rummaged and found this shirt:

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Supplies:
Graphic Tshirt to embellish
Fabric Medium (I use: Americana Fabric Painting Medium)
Paint Brushes: small tips for detailed work are best, does not need to be fancy
Glitter!  Any color you like, glitter size is up to you, the finer glitter the easier it will be to paint on

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 1: Choose your shirt.  Place a piece of cardboard or plastic in between the layers so the fabric medium doesn’t bleed through.  It is up to you if you want to tape it down, I did not.  I also didn’t stretch this because it is knit and I don’t want it to dry all wrinkly.  Scope out what you want to embellish.

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 2: Get started!  I put down 2-3 drops of Fabric Medium on a piece of plastic, then sprinkled glitter on top, then mix well.  Try a little at a time, you can always add more!  Besides if you paint it on and its not enough, wait for it to dry and paint over it again!  I chose specific areas on the shirt that were part of the upper half and included areas that could easily be added to without being over-whelming.

This section includes small purple glitter flowers.  These I just dabbed at the shirt with a blob of glitter, I didn’t do much shaping at all.  The gold I used very little glitter and I really had to take my time.  I am an inpatient crafter, you try not to be!  You should try to find the thinnest paint brush possible (choices on the left are pretty good, even smaller is better!) for anything this size.  I’m talking the size of a sharpened pencil!  You do NOT need to buy a specialty paint brush, especially if you are just crafting and not fine art painting, plus they are pricey.  I do fine art painting, that’s why I have these.

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 3: Before you freak out, wait for it to dry.  See that darker thicker spot on the feathers of the bird?  At the bottom there?  I took this photo when it was still wet.  The fabric medium has to soak in the shirt and it will look dark at first.  Don’t panic, most of that will go away, and again, you can always go over it with more glitter if you want.  The bird is half light green glitter and half light blue glitter.  I love how it highlights the wings.

The orange flower is actually what I did first.  It was so easy, this was the perfect place to start. Plus, its basically a coloring book, I just painted between the lines and if I went outside them, it didn’t matter because noone will ever know!

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The full shirt!  I added some extra dots of glitter in red and orange on the middle and its not bad.  It may have been odd placement, but I still like it.  The colors give it some extra bling and it really takes one of my favorite shirts and makes it more awesome!  I will hand wash this from now on, just to be sure, however it should not come off.  Its not stiff either because of the fabric medium.  I do not know what would happen if this went through a dryer.

EDIT: Here is a better photo than the original one I had from an iphone.  I took this this morning:

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Not gonna lie, I’m looking for more clothes to add a little bling to!

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Refashion Fridays: Fabric Paint

So I have recently tried out fabric paint as an experiment for the “color-blocking” I’m going to be doing on a refashion.  I didn’t want to do it without first trying it out, so now I have and I love it!  I wish I liked the shirt more though haha!  But now I am confident I can do it on my latest real refashion, it will be a great tutorial for you guys too!

Glitter sweatshirt refashion

Not only does she show you how to make a baggy sweatshirt fitted, she adds glitter letters! By la vie en rose

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Oh look at that cool glitter heart….hint hint By WobiSobi

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DIY Glitter Heart Pillow by High on DIY

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JoAnn Fabrics Fabric Paint & Glitter Refashion

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DIY Watercolor Paints Tshirt by this heart of mine

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Share the Love Bloggers Unite: Galadryl Jewelry Design

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Featured Artist – Galadryl Jewelry Design

This Weeks Featured Artist on Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite is Galadryl Jewelry Design! You will find stunning pieces of jewelry in her Etsy Shop! Exclusive artisan jewelry handcrafted in my studio in Germany with sterling silver, copper, handmade lampwork beads, genuine gemstones or crystals. I design necklaces, bracelets, bangles and cuffs, earrings and chakra jewelry.

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Refashion Fridays: Tshirts

I’ve been going through many of my tshirts to look for a way to refashion them so I actually wear them.  Like many of you, I have collected a bunch of tshirts through the years, many of them too big to actually wear in public, even though they look pretty cool.  So I’m trying some ways to make them fitted, add fringe, or cutouts.  Here is my round-up of inspirations!

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DIY Tshirt to Cardigan video by Mark Montano

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No Sew Halter from a tshirt by Wobisobi

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Men’s Shirt to Fitted Tshirt Inspiration by Hot Diggity Blog!

Ruffle tshirt diy tutorial refashion

Tshirt to Ruffle Shirt Refashion by Melly Sews

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DIY Tshirt Cutout Weaving & Braiding by Bunte Freunde

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DIY Drape Neck Halter from a Tshirt video by Whitney Sews – I actually tried this and ran into a problem. Will share with you next week and with ideas for what to do next.

So what do you think?  Are you interested in trying any of these?  Check out my Pinterest boards to see my DIY Sewing Clothes and Refashion boards, for more ideas.

So. Funny Story.

Saturday night was my boyfriend’s birthday, so we went out to dinner to celebrate.

I like to wear leggings when I go out, they are comfortable and I bought these cute (inexpensive) body con skirts to wear with them, plus the awesome new boots my boyfriend got me for MY birthday just a few months ago!

NEW BOOTS!  (obsessed with boots)

So I grabbed a newer pair of leggings, some that I haven’t worn yet but they seemed thicker than my usual go-to pair, and seeing how it was in the mid-20s that evening, it sounded like a good idea.  Plus we had plans to hit the bar later, and I didn’t want to wear my winter coat.  You know how you’re in the bar and if you’re by the door its freezing but if you’re in the back you’re all sweaty?  Well my plan was to move to the middle and just stay there, and be super comfortable all night!

So after a few glasses of sangria (yum!) I head to the ladies’ room.  Whilst in there I have to pull up my leggings….So I do, but these are tight so I have to pull them in bunches (you know what I’m saying).  I pulled them to my knees and from there, pull them up higher.

It wasn’t so much something I heard, but rather felt…the draft that is.

Yep, I ripped my leggings.  And no tiny rip, oh no, I had a hole, in my leggings, and I was at a restaurant.

Just to give you an idea on the size

I must be strong!

I mean perhaps I shouldn’t have worn them.  After-all, they were fairly tight, and not as stretchy as I thought they were.  The waist was really high so I was forcing it up a bit higher than it could probably go.

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see how high the waist is? that should have been my first clue that this was a bad idea.

And this is why leggings are not pants.

Leggings as pants?! nooooo

Don’t be silly.  I was wearing a skirt!  It would be funnier if I hadn’t been, for you reading this, not for me wearing it.

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