DIY Upcycled Top with Lace

 Here's a subtle way to make a top you already have a little bit more unique. I upcycled this thrifted top by adding some fancy lace transforming it from basic to a little more than basic! Show some skin with a little peek of lace which is "in" for summer. I could have maybe trimmed a bit more off to expose some more skin but I'm going to keep it really modest for now. You get the gist. Anyways, do you like my pose? I need to practice my shirt modeling skills. Until then just keep scrolling for the tutorial, please!

1. First, while wearing the garment, mark and measure where you want your lace to lay. Then make a cut across the front of the blouse the length of the lace (the purple dashed line). 

2. Next, measure the width of your lace. At the ends of the cut you just made, snip up 1/2 the width and down 1/2 the width, so your cuts make a really long H (the purple lines). Remember to leave room to hem!

3. Now you should have to long flaps which can be folded back (along the yellow lines) and hemmed. The resulting rectangular hole should be the width of your lace.

>>I chose to add lace only to the front section of my blouse. You can add lace all the way around, across the sleeves, down the middle, the possibilities are endless!

3. Pin and sew the lace directly onto the garment. We pinned and sewed the top  part first and then connected the bottom. (Thanks to Lisa for working that machine for me!)




San Diego Comic Con 2013

Hello everyone! We just got back from the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. Some interesting stuff came out of there this year. Veronica Mars footage! Doctor Who 50th trailer! A Batman/Superman movie?? This was our second year attending (you can check out our first experience here) and we had a lot of fun! We braved the infamous Hall H line and ventured outside the con this time around. Panels we went to included: Hannibal, Bob's Burgers, Archer, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (which I'm really excited for), Once Upon A Time, Futurama, The Simpsons, Community, and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. We were pretty disappointed when we didn't get into the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel, but watching 6,000 people leave a building when it was over was definitely a sight to see. Take a look at some highlights from the con after the jump!


It's on, Comic-Con!

No DIY this week. Sorry! We've been busy preparing for San Diego Comic Con. The good news is that when we come back, there will be plenty to post about! We're dressing up a little bit this year (as you can probably tell from that yellow crown) and are really excited! So, have an awesome weekend and wish us luck getting into Hall H!

You can follow us on Twitter if you want Comic Con updates: Monica // Lisa

-monica & lisa

>> DIY for those cosmic shoes right here.


DIY Hanging Map

Last year, my friend Caroline got me this cool scratch-off map for my birthday and I've only just gotten around to hanging it. I wasn't sure how to display it, since ideally you need to be able to scratch it every so often. Then I saw this canvas whale educational poster on Etsy and realized that I needed to cover my entire room in hanging educational posters. I wanted my map to have the feel of pull-down classroom maps but not look too drab. The solution was obviously color! Check out how to make your own colorful pull-down map!

You'll need: a map (or whatever you want to hang), two dowels, and something to put on the ends.

1. Paint the dowels and end bits in whatever color you choose. Then glue the ends onto the dowels. 2. Roll and glue paper around the dowels for a scrolled look. (You could easily skip this step and just glue the map to the dowels if you so please) 3. Glue the map to the paper along the edge of the dowel. 4. Glue ribbon or twine to both sides of the top dowel. 5. Hang and admire!

I can't wait to scratch away this map!



Happy Birthday Glitter Mint!

Happy 4th to all our fellow Americans! In addition to being Independence Day, Fourth of July is special to us because it's Glitter Mint's birthday! This year really flew past us and we just wanted to take a moment to say thanks to everyone who's stopped by. We've learned a lot and we hope to keep learning and growing as time goes on. If you'd like to give us a birthday present, head on over to Facebook and hit the like button! We really appreciate it!


Lisa //
This year has personally been weird for me, and having this blog to keep me doing something creative each week has been really wonderful. Thanks to all the cool people for checking out our posts, sharing, liking, commenting, etc., etc. And especially thanks to my BFF/DIY-teammate Monica!
Monica //
I can't believe it's already been a year since we started this blog! This has been an amazing little adventure with many successes, fails, late nights and fun times! I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished in the year. I am excited to find out what's in store for us in the upcoming year! This blog wouldn't be what it is without Lisa, I am blessed to have such a great collaborative partner and best friend! We make a pretty good team! Also, the support from our friends and family! Thanks everyone!

>>Here's our first DIY: star-spangled shorts!
>>Photo edited using the A Beautiful Mess app!


Dip-Dye Paper Lanterns

Say what you will about the "America, f*ck yeah!" attitude, I really like 4th of July. Barbecues, swimming pools, fireworks, sparklers. 'Murica! The decorations on the other hand, are hit or miss for me. Sometimes it's too much, sometimes it's too little. So I decided to make some of my own decorations this year. I had these little paper lanterns that don't get used very often and decided to ombré/dip-dye them red, white, and blue! However, you can do this in any color(s) you like. Check it out!

You'll need some paper lanterns (they're pretty easy to find, especially around a holiday), a container big enough to fit the lantern, and some watercolors.

1. Put some water in the container and mix in some blue watercolor. Be generous. You shouldn't be able to see the bottom of the container. 2. Dip the lantern in the container as far as you like. I left enough room on my lanterns for a white stripe in the middle. 3. Let it dry. 4. Repeat 1-3 on the other side with red.

Please ignore chipped nail polish.

That's it! Can't wait to see them lit up! Happy 4th of July!