My Bad-Ass Valentine…A Polymer Clay Black Heart Necklace DIY

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I love a big statement necklace…I seriously got my jewelry on this weekend. I made 3 big Valentine’s (well more or less) necklaces and 2 pins. Today I’m showing you the “Bad-Ass Valentine” necklace I made from polymer clay (Super Sculpy) and assorted chains and beads.

First, the heart:

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Find of the (Almost Every) Week…Diane Von Furstenberg! (& Dr. Seuss!)

Find of the (Almost Every) Week!

It was a great week at my favorite Goodwill. I found several delightful goodies, including an adorable Diane Von Furstenberg dress for $6.99. It is in perfect condition, but alas, it is too small for me 😦 I am selling it on Ebay to help fund my future thrifting adventures (see it here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121264480095?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 )

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I also found some great goodies for art projects,  a couple cute black tops by Velvet ($2.99 each) and this adorable set of vintage Dr. Seuss nesting blocks ($12.99). I have a thing for Dr Seuss, and I just love these.

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Have you found anything awesome at the thrift store lately? I love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

Find of the (Almost Every) Week – November 29, 2013. Tadashi & Eileen Fisher

Find of the (Almost Every) Week – November 29, 2013
Tadashi & Eileen Fisher

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I was thrilled to find this gorgeous black layered strapless gown from Tadashi, in perfect condition, at the Goodwill this week. I love it! This dress retailed for around $400. I paid $8. I also scored this lovey grey Merino wool Eileen Fisher sweater, in new condition, and perfect for this time of year! I’ve already worn it a few times. It retailed for around $250. What did I pay? $4. These are the sort of deals I live for! I can’t wait to wear this dress to a holiday party…

 

What amazing finds have you made? I’d love to hear about it in the Leave a Reply/Comment section.

Find of the (Almost Every) Week – November 18, 2013, Fall Boots & D&G!

FIND OF THE WEEK – November 18, 2013

Jeannot Black Suede Boots and D&G Sunglasses

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I love finding exactly what I’m looking for at Goodwill! I wanted black wedge boots (right on trend for Fall) and I found them! I honestly was not familiar with the Jeannot name, but they look great, fit well and are Italian-made, so I grabbed them. I looked them up when I got home and discovered they retailed for over $450. What did I pay? $12.99. Nice! I also snagged these D&G (Dolce & Gabbana) sunglasses, with case, for $9.99.

I want to hear about your Fab Finds! Tell what you’ve recently snagged in the Leave a Reply/Comment section.

 

 

Find of the (Almost Every) Week – Cynthia Rowley & Vintage Mink (October 7, 2013)

It’s time for…

Find of the (Almost Every) Week!

This week’s Thrifting Finds, A gorgeous bronze metallic leather oversize clutch by Cynthia Rowley in New Condition (these bags retailed for well over $200) and an adorable vintage mink hat in excellent condition (and it looks good on!)  And as if these finds weren’t great as it is, I found them on half-off day at Goodwill. The hat came to $3 and the bag $5.50. I am one happy girl.

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What have you found at the thrift stores lately? I’d love to hear about it! Tell me in the Leave a Reply/Comment section.

WIN THIS MASK! Score this gorgeous handmade mask from Artsmyths Studio, just in time for Halloween!

WIN THIS MASK! Score this gorgeous handmade mask just in time for Halloween from nationally known mask maker extraordinaire Tiffany Smyth’s Artsmyths Studio!

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This handmade and hand-painted leather mask is gorgeous as well as light-weight and comfortable to wear. You’ll be the talk of the party in this beauty! The contest ends October 14th and the mask will be shipped to the winner right away so you’ll have it in plenty of time for your Halloween shenanigans. (the Winner may alternately choose a $70 Gift Card to Artsmyths!) Here’s how to enter:

There are TWO STEPS and both must be completed in order to be entered into the contest:

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The contest runs from Monday, September 23, 2013 through Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12pm Noon Central Mountain Time. Winner will be selected by random drawing after 12pm on Monday, October 14, 2013, from all completed entries (both steps described above must be completed). Winner will be notified by email and/or Facebook message and their name will be announced on this blog by 5pm Monday, October 14, 2013. The winner will have until 12pm Wednesday October 16, 2013 to respond with their address for shipment of the prize. If the first person selected does not respond in time, another name will be randomly selected as the alternate winner. One winner, one prize. Winner may choose to receive a $70 Gift Card in lieu of the mask shown above, however winner will be responsible for any shipping costs of goods and price of any mask over and above $70. The retail value of this prize is $76 plus shipping cost (if mask above is chosen), or $70 if the gift certificate is chosen. Prize must be redeemed by December 31, 2013. (Please Note that if the gift certificate is chosen and used for a Custom Order, depending on the mask it may take up to 3 months and may not be ready by Halloween 2013) Employees and relatives of Artsmyths and the Year of Living Fabulously are not eligible to enter the contest.

See all the beautiful handmade and custom masks from Artsmyth’s Studio here: WWW.ARTSMYTHS.COM Here is just a small sampling of the masks available:

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Please join us at Artsmyth’s on October 5th for ArtSmyths’ Halloween Boxed Wine & Wear Bazaar! 10-15% off Everything, and, wine and cookies! Here’s all the information:https://www.facebook.com/events/521837314567097/

Find of the (Almost Every) Week, September 17, 2013

It’s time for Find of the Week!

This week’s 2 Goodwill Goodies are totally different but equally Fabulous.

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I cannot keep the pugs off this luxurious sheepskin throw. (Can you blame them?) It’s super-thick and in great shape. Cost: $12! The gorgeous shoes are a deep red patent leather by Stuart Weitzman. I LOVE these peep-toe pumps, perfect for Fall! They look like they were only worn a couple times. Cost: $8! Lucky Me!

What Fabulous Finds have you scored lately? I’d love to hear about them in the Leave a Reply/Comments section.

Find of the Week – August 6, 2013…Designer Finds, Cynthia Rowley & Sigrid Olsen

Another great week at the thrift store…Cynthia Rowley & Sigrid Olsen!

I did my weekly foray at my favorite Goodwill yesterday. After an hour+ of shopping, I hadn’t found anything. I was about to give up for the day when they started rolling racks of women’s clothes out of the back room. I LOVE it when that happens! There’s nothing better than getting first dibs on the new stuff. (Running to the new racks is one of my big Thrifting Tips). What did I find? A pretty 100% silk two-piece embellished tank and skirt from Sigrid Olsen, I love the pattern! (cost $10.99, retail about $250), and my favorite find so far this Summer, a Cynthia Rowley designer dress that will be perfect for fall! (cost $9.99, retail $350+) Can’t wait to sport this one with some cute ankle boots come September…both items are in perfect condition. I had a $10 gift card (thank you Goodwill Club Blue!) so my total was only $11! Viva la Thrifting!

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What are your great thrift store finds? I want to hear ! Tell me in the Leave a Reply/Comment section.

Find of the Week – July 30, 2013…Marc Jacobs & Tadashi

Find of the Week – Tuesday, July 30, 2013

OK, I confess. I have not been listing a “find” every single week. Sometimes there are no finds, or they are just not worthy of being listed. ( I DO go to the thrift store every week) Perhaps I should change the name. Hmmmm…anyway, here is the “Find of the (almost every) Week”

Yesterday at my favorite Goodwill I found: a very nice Marc by Marc Jacobs leather bag (new retail around $450), and a gorgeous black silk crepe Tadashi Collection dress (new retail around $350) both in excellent, near new condition. Grand Total? $14. Starting to understand why thrifting is so friggin’ awesome? Here they are on my mannequin Tallulah.

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I love the Marc Jacobs bag, but green is not my color, so I have listed it for sale on Ebay. Here it is if you’d like to see it: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=121152321944  I’m definitely keeping the dress, it fits great 😉

What awesome thrift store finds have you made recently? I’d love to hear about them! Tell me in the “Leave a Reply” section.

Star-Spangled Toes! A Patriotic 4th of July Nail Art Pedicure with Polish and Paint

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Star-Spangled Toes for the Fourth!

I’d been wanted to play with some fun nail designs, so I got all Patriotic on my toes. I did not however have blue nail polish, so I got creative with acrylic paint. I started with a base coat and two coats of red nail polish. After the polish was completely dry, I gave it a light “sanding” with a fine nail file pad. Just like you do when painting, I roughed up the surface of the red to get it ready for the acrylic paint. Then came the wide stripe of blue acrylic paint. After that dried, I painted on the white stars and dots with white acrylic paint. When it was all thoroughly dry, I finished with a coat of clear polish. This is the tricky part. The top coat has be done with a thick layer, slowly and smoothly applied in a single long stroke. If you try and go over it again while wet, the paint underneath can come up. This technique worked great! I did up my toes almost a week ago and they still look great.

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Painting on the Blue Stripe

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On go the White Stars

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All finished, polish drying

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Star-Spangled Toes with Navy Blue Sandals

Have a Fantastic Fourth of July everyone!

Have you been sporting some great Nail Designs? I’d love to see them! Tell me about it in the “Leave a Reply” section.