By no means am I a watch person. I hate wearing bracelets and watches because I have large wrists so they look too small on me, or don’t fit me at all. So surprisingly I have been looking at a lot of cool watches online, namely Cold Picnic watches. I loved the natural veg tan leather. I personally love the way veg tan looks before it gets worn out. I like the new look, but I love that it transforms in color as you use it. I love the feeling of worn in leather, it is one of those materials that ages well, it has the same experience of a soft vintage t-shirt.
I wanted a small dainty watch, and found a vintage timex off of etsy. It arrived in great condition , only needing a new battery and a cleaning. I decided to take a few pictures of my DIY to help you walk through it. Another DIY watch strap idea is available on design*sponge if my directions are terrible
For this DIY you will need:
A watch face, and old straps (or strap hardware and a strap pattern)
Mini Binder clips
Exacto Knife with extra blades
Glue (E-6000 is my preference, super glue did not hold up)
Leather of your choice. Make sure it is thin enough to go through the watch face.
My watch was vintage and so I had to clean the watch face. Pro Tip: Use toothpaste. It can be used to clean rusty jewelry or any other spot things off of metal.
After that, take apart the old watch straps and created my own pattern. Measure the width and cut a strap for that length. Because my wrist was so big, I knew I was going to add a few inches to the straps. Trace the pattern of the old straps to match how you want the watch to fit. (If the length of your strap is longer, trace the end of the strap at the end, so that it tapers properly)
Essentially, just follow the pattern of the old watch strap. I made a slot for the buckle, and clamped down two tiny straps. You will have to “skieve” bits of leather to make sure everything fits. You can youtube how to skieve leather, but the idea is to thin the leather. I did this by taking an exacto knife blade and running it through the leather. You will make a mess! I did.
After skieving the leather on the parts I wanted to glue, I put a bit of glue down. I took an extra piece of leather and clamped the binder clips in the middle of the strap. The scrap of leather (or anything you have) just helps the binder clip from imprinting on the top of your strap. To make the holes for the buckle, I used a size 18 machine needle and pushed it through a few times to make a few holes. I also put the buckle through the holes just to make sure they would work out.
After that, your watch is ready! Mine is almost ready, I just need a battery! (I hope I can get one at walmart tomorrow!) Now I have no excuse to be late.
I decided to make something I had in my head while half asleep on a road trip home. It started with a pen sketch on a post it, and then I made a few for some friends. I still have so many other projects to finish, but when a simple idea comes up, its hard not to break out the machine and get to work.
If you want to buy one, you can purchase one through my store for $12.
I had this dress I bought from target for $5 bucks for awhile… I’ve worn it a few times but I wasn’t thrilled about wearing it. So I changed it.
The after didn’t turn out as great as I thought. I was taking inspiration from this top but I realized that the stripes and the placement is what made it. It was my first venture into the princess seam, and I made my own pattern from this princess seam generator. I drew out the pattern in adobe illustrator and printed it out! So that was pretty fun and I hope to find more ways to incorporate my cad skills and the like into outfits. That would be cool. Although the top isn’t crazy, at least now I will wear this out more and it won’t sit in my “donate” pile.
I got a job. It is really really cool, and I’m loving it so far. I don’t want to get much in to it though, but its at a small studio in SF called Studio Far. I get to help design bags, and its awesome. I get so excited about it every day. I love it! I am so thankful and blessed to have such an awesome opportunity. Being paid to do what you love is so awesome… It feels too good to be true, so I try to appreciate every day of the job.
Because of this job this whole crafting summer thing hasn’t really happened, but after a very depressing shopping trip today I realized that I need to stop BUYING things to make and use what I already have. (except for shoes, I am on an on going quest to buy good quality shoes after having serious bouts with plantar fasciitis) My goal is to try to upcycle clothes that I’m unhappy with, and slightly alter clothes that I don’t wear because they fit funny.
Trying to get back into sewing. I’ve been having a hard time, with a few botched projects that didn’t turn out. I’ve been doodling stuff, what sucks is I get some great ideas in my head during bike rides and I can’t seem to draw and bike at the same time.
But here is my first real attempt at “upcycling” or refashioning clothing. This was a strapless 3 tiered ruffled dress, but it just made me look too ruffled and fluffy, so I made it into a peplum top.
If there is something you must know about me it is that I am VERY addicted to clearance. If it is cool and 70% off or more I usually get it. I love cheap thrills. It is a huge problem. I think my wardrobe is built around clearance. Anyway I finally got around to buying some studs so that I could do some damage to a $3 pair of flats I bought 4 months ago… haha see? I bought these clearance flats for a future DIY 4 months later. clearance hoarderrrrr
Here is the final product instagrammed of course.
I think what I love about DIY is this whole customization thing. Though I started off with generic flats that anyone could purchase, I made them mine with a few simple snips. No one else can recreate these flats exactly, unless they measured out each of the studs from each area. There is something that I really love about DIY, its that sort of emotional attachment that I get to all of the things I made. I have dresses I haven’t worn in years that I’ve sewn but I keep them because I made it, I put my mark on it…. Especially when it comes to altering my clothes, which is my favorite way to DIY and customize (because its much easier then starting from scratch)
Upcycling or revamping clothes is almost like graffiti, you’re leaving your tag on this product, on this object. Same could even be said for sneakers, some people wear shoes till they have holes in them, but its that sort imperfection that gives their shoes personality. They are yours, they are custom molded to YOUR foot. No one has your feet, unless they get some sort of cool innovative technology where they can take a mold of your foot and surgically attach a prosthetic or something. That sort of thing hasn’t been invented yet, but even then it would still be a replica, and not the original… Blah blah I could go on for hours.
I wrote this little thing to myself while I was trying to sketch. I kept thinking “Man I want to sketch something really cool!!!” but the thought of sketching something cool intimidated me. And I realized I’ve just graduated from design school. There is a huge part of me that wants to impress everyone (for employment purposes) but part of me wants to take a break from that, and I think I will try and do that here. I am not going to judge myself before the final result. I’m just going to do what I want to do and be done with it. I will make lots of mistakes and that will be OKAY here.
I am not a photographer. It is something that has held me back from blogging, being too lazy to edit pictures… but whatever, I would like to document some of this.
As I struggled to find the perfect elipse and pretended I could sketch something great a la spencer nugent, I decided that I need to do something for MYSELF and not worry about what others think of it.
Theres a strange high I get from making things, instant gratification. So i blatantly took this design and made it with scraps I had lying around, specifically some industrial felt scrap that I swiped off of my friend (Thanks Tommy) + elastic…
Simple as hell, and it beats that $50 price tag.
Since the elastic broke off the last felt wallet I made.. I made up for it in stitches.
Ah, it feels good to know I can beat the system and make something out of nothing. Instantly gratified. I totally copied it, but at the same time… its a piece of fabric that wraps around your cards, can you really patent that?
I was finally able to do something I’ve been meaning to do all year which was go to downtown San Jose’s farm fresh fridays…. I bought some romaine, cherry tomatoes, peach, pomegranate, portabello mushrooms, and foccocia bread for $10… a steal! I was inspired since my boyfriend has fallen in love with mushrooms to make a portabello burger, so I grilled some with balsamic vinegar, dried basil and garlic.
Lately I haven’t been cooking too much since my design classes have started kicking my ass. I recently tried to make savory oatmeal and I hated it, and a slew of other fails. But on a lighter note, a place called Psycho Donuts just opened up in downtown San Jose and Chris and I went on a little date to check it out… (Mmm Key Lime Pie Donut) I can’t wait to go back! I wouldn’t say they are amazing like a fresh out of the oven krispy kreme glazed, but the shear novelty of it and the fact that they are only $1-$3 each make it a fun little adventure.
After visiting my family at home, I came back hauling a bunch of groceries to my sj apartment. (Thank you Mom and Dad!) For some reason I’ve been in a huge cooking mood, so after only three days I already have a ton of pictures.
I have been trying to go on a weekly bike ride after my monday classes to grab groceries at my local Vietnamese market. Its so cheap and they have a ton of different products, so I’m trying to experiment around. I had a huge craving for tonkatsu and they were selling pork loin already thinly sliced for only 2 dollars a pound. I made a few for a quick meal for my boyfriend (a huge katsu fan) and I
I bought two avocados and since one was ripened, I decided to have brunch, and I added bonito flakes and a bit of kewpie mayonnaise to it, it was very tasty but I wish I didn’t run out of bread… It would have been much more complete with a pan de sal to accompany it.
I’ll end on the note of my gazpacho that is currently chilling in the fridge. I borrowed the recipe from my lovely Seattle cousin Julie Mae, and it turned out quite well. It is flavorful and very healthy. (I need something healthy considering what I’ve been making lately heehee!) I couldn’t wait so I tried it and it was already delicious! I can’t wait to take it out after the flavors merry a bit more
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