Allow me to explain myself, but I promise I’ll keep it brief. In short, after vacation I just realized my blog wasn’t quite me anymore. First, I had been using a pen name Roxie Fitz. Hello, my name is actually Alli. Second, I wanted my blog to be sort of an art journal. Somewhere to write about the things I had been creating and the adventures I had been having. But somewhere along the way it had become a style blog. And I really do love style blogs, but to be frank I was sick of taking photos of myself. That’s all there really is to the story.
I want to thank you all for your support and love. I am very happy to be back in the blogger world and I look forward to catching up with everyone.
much love, Alli
Creative Healing (DIY Cover)
There is nothing like throwing yourself into a little project to help calm your mind and start the healing process after a loss. So I hooked up the sowing machine and got to work on some covers for my ipod.
Grab a cup of joe and see the instructions after the break.
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Colorful Art Journal
I have always started journals and never gotten more than a few pages in. I tried written journals, photo journals, collage journals and every other sort of journal in between. But the other week I was reading A Beautiful Mess written by the talented Elsie and she wrote a post on making an art journal. Then I had an epiphany! I shouldn’t try to make a journal that fits into a box, like a written feelings journal or photo inspiration journal, I should make a journal with no rules. Have a book I can fill in whatever way pleases me at the time. Photos! Decoupage! Quotes! Inspirations! Ideas! Everything! Anything! This revelation has pleased me to no end, I am feeling so jazzed about the whole thing that I have barely set down my journal since I started it.
I started with the cover, I simply layered different colors of construction paper and added my favorite self-portrait.
On the back I cut a pretty pink chevron pattern and added a Hemingway quote.
”I never had to choose a subject-my subjects rather chose me”
I really love to add quotes from people I admire, I feel like they are cheering me on.
This is the inside cover and first page. I found it so relaxing to just cut colored paper and arrange on the page. It is such a simple action but the way the colors look together and take shape are so inspiring to me. Green, black, white and yellow is definitely a color combination I am going to be using in an upcoming jewelry design.
These are a couple pages I am working on. I have been thinking about traditional Navajo prints, and really any kind of aboriginal patterns. They can be so geometric and so colorful. I think it is a lovely juxtaposition. I was thinking of making neon Navajo patterns to kick it up a notch.
On the opposite page there is a Ray Bradbury quote.
“Don’t think.Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious,
and anything self-conscious is lousy.”
This is my favorite page for whatever reason. It is the inside of the back cover. I made a little pixelated heart from pink post-it notes. On the bottom I added a quote.
”I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart
where G-D put it on the inside”
I feel most represents the way I am, it’s written by the lovely F. Scott Fitzgerald (no relation).
Anyway, there is a little peek inside my journal. I totally recommend an art journal. It is a lovely way to spend an afternoon and a really lovely way to get creative. I am looking forward to adding fashion inspiration pages too!
I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!
Fringe (and no this is not about my DIY bangs)
I love every season where fringe is present in fashion. I find it so inspiring; I love the way it moves and swooshes. I love that it can be any color, any length and on anything.
So here is my DIY, add fringe to anything.
Here I have is an old clutch that I haven’t used in a couple of years. I opened it up and hot glued a piece of black fringe to the bottom of the inside. I feel like it really brings a new life to it. Plus I love the way moves and feels between my fingers.
I hope everyone had a great weekend.
Spring is for Making Things
Hey party peeps! Sorry for the lag between posts, but I am been all caught up in the world of creating things. Inspiration is everywhere this spring on the internet, in magazines, in the sun and in everything piece of my clothing and in all my art supplies.
Sadly the weather here still isn’t great, we are still living with sub zero temperatures. So no outfit posts for a little while, even though I am loving all the spring outfits I am coming up with! No, I thought I’d share more DIYs I have been loving and making lately. This one is from the fabulous Erica’s blog P.S. I Made This . She posted this tutorial for a rhinestone headband, and I immediately went through my supplies and made one for myself.
It is super simple and quick to make. Although she used raffia on her headband, but I used embroidery thread so it took a little bit more time because I had to wrap it around a few more times. But I loved the results, it’s shiny but small and perks up a mundane updo.
After I was finished my first one, I decided I wanted to make another but a little bit bolder. I picked a wider headband, and used two strands of rhinestones and used a shiny bright orange ribbon.
I love them both but I have to say this orange one is my favorite. It’s so pretty and kinda makes me feel like I am wearing a socially acceptable tiara.
Anyway, I hope spring is bringing you nice weather and lots of creative energy.
Are you guys working on any DIYs this spring? Let me know I’d love to hear about it or see it or make it too.
Romantic Votive Holders
Spring fever has hit! The snow is melting, the sun is shinning, the air is warmer and the sweet tea is in the fridge. But for me the best part of spring is that my energy revs up, which means time to create! So, I few days ago I saw this project for Sweet Votives on the blog Fellowfellow by the lovely Claire and I knew I had to make them as soon as I could get some jars cleaned off.
They are so romantic lit up at night with the small flowers illuminated. This project is super easy and only takes about an hour, her tutorial is really easy to follow too! I only made one change; I added the twine to the top to give it a little rustic feel.
Anyone else feeling revitalized by spring? I sure hope so.