Shop renovations

Ive been trying to figure out how to at least look like I am a real etsy seller. I made a mini photo studio and started retaking all my photos. It’s not nearly as much fun as I hoped!
   

You can check out the rest at my shop!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AthenasCostumeCloset

Guys I am so sorry!

I have been such a bad blogger!

I started my own etsy shop and started making my own belly dance props. Here are a few pictures of my trays. I plan on making more stuff, but I don’t know what people want. I’ll take any suggestions you have!  

   
          
Here is the link to the shop- please check it out and tell me what you would be interested in seeing!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AthenasCostumeCloset
Thank you all for still coming!

Athena

Mable lamp renovation

I got this kicking lamp from the thrift store. I bought it, dragged my prey home…. And discovered it didn’t work.

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I edited this image to show my disappointment.

But, never deterred, I decided I would rewire this lamp. I started off by taking it apart to see how it works. Now, please don’t do this while its plugged in!!!!!

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Now, I’m normally a “DIY till you die” kind of person, but this is a DIY you can die from. I did this with an electrician friend. He said there are great lamp kits online (which run around $10.00). I will not be giving step by step directions, because I do not want to give dangerous or incorrect information.

One re-wiring later…

I decided it was time to spray paint the metal bits turquoise. While doing that, it seemed like I might as well repaint the lampshade. I decided on silver.

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And its all done! I am thinking about buying a different shade for the lamp, but I like it for now. What do you think??

Summer is coming I swear!!!

I hate being cold. I am so excited for summer. Last year, I got these cat shorts and I love them. But they were always a bit too tight and I didn’t wear them as often as they deserved. So I took my precious shorts and an old elastic belt and made them fit.

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My precious cat shorts. I began by cutting along the side seams. I cut the elastic belt’s buckle off and measured a length of elastic the same as the side seam.

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Then I pinned it together and sewed it together.

20 minutes of work and I have shorts that I plan on wearing all the time this summer!!

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My new pearl belt

The pearl bra is done, and now I can rest…. Nope!!!

I began the belt a few days later. I used my original sketch as a model. I started off by cutting small circles out of leather

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After doing that, I glued it to a strip of vinyl I had sitting around. I started gluing on some findings onto the circle.

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Then I started gluing on the last of my pearl into big swags of fringe.

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I added some findings to attach the front and back of the belt. I lined it with some foam (I had no desire to sew through this leather – honestly it destroy the leather.

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And its all done!!!!

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Chanel knock off

I have been looking for a great new sweater, but my local thrift store haunts just weren’t giving me anything good. But while sourcing pieces for my pearl belly dance belt I found this great necklace. I pulled out this boring sweater-

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Then I laid out my pattern for the necklace (soon to be Chanel inspired chain)

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Then I got to sewing once I measured out how much of the necklace I would need. I ended up having a few inches of the necklace I had to cut off.

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Sewing, sewing, sewing….

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Half an hour later I was done!!

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And feeling so fancy!!

Even with little sewing skills, I bet anyone could do that. I’d love to see your versions of this classic and easy project!

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My version of a selfie.

Valentines day! Crafts ahoy!

I made this lovely costume for a Valentines day gig. I’m not a hearts and balloons kind of girl, but I won’t turn down rhinestones as a Valentines day gift!;)

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