The Creative Mama welcomes Brianna Balesso, a business and journalism graduate, with a guest post full of fun ideas to embellish your wardrobe.
Clip on earrings are easy to upcycle. Because they are super affordable and come in so many great designs, clip on earrings can be used to add a fashionable flair to your own accessories.
All you will need for this easy DIY project is: glue, pliers, clip on earrings, and a few other miscellaneous items. Usually I just pick up an old pair of clip ons from my mom or a thrift shop, but you can also find them at online shops like Emitations.com which has a good selection of cheap clip on earrings that come in a lot of versatile designs.
Alright, let’s get started!
Glamorous Hair Accessories
Clip on earrings are great for making fancy bobby pins that instantly add some noticeable sparkle to your do. All you need are bobby pins, a hot glue gun, and clip on earrings. After gently removing the backing from the clip on earring, add a dot of hot glue on the back and press onto the closed end of the bobby pin. I have found that thick, large bobby pins work best because they are sturdier.
Tops with embellished collars are another trend many fashionistas are trying. Trends such as this one may not be in style forever, so instead of investing in a top with a permanent fancy collar, add some clip on earrings that offer you versatility! No hot glue required for this one. Simply pick out the collared top you want to adorn, and pop as many clip on earrings on the right collar as you wish, then mirror the lay out on the left collar. It is super easy to jazz up a top for work or play by mixing and matching various clip ons.
Wrap It Up
Sometimes bundling up is necessary, and a cute and comfy scarf is your go-to! If you want to give your favorite scarf a make-over, do it with some fabulous clip ons. I really love adding multiple clip on earrings to my infinity scarf, especially if I’m feeling extra girly. After you wrap your scarf around just how you like to wear it, have some fun and liven up your look with a little sheen!
Topping off your look with accessories is always a fun way to elevate your ensemble. If you want to make the most out of your old and new pieces, spruce them up with some sparkle. Stacking bangles is one of my favorite accessorizing techniques, and I found that hot-gluing some rhinestone clip ons to plain, thick bangles makes them look chic and trendy. Simply take the backing off of your desired clip ons and hot glue it onto a thicker style bangle or cuff. Be as creative as you want, and you will have unique, one-of-a-kind bracelets that your friends will adore!
Step-out In Style
If you’re like me, you love a good flat. This shoe style is perfect for day or night and is comfortable to wear when you’re a woman on the go. I found that adding some clip on earrings to the front of my flats gives them a designer inspired look that I can easily dress up. Depending on your mood, you can fully commit to a fancy pair of flats by hot-gluing clip ons with the backing removed, or you can simply clip on the earrings and go! If you choose the clipping route, covering the backing with a Band-Aid will prevent it from irritating your skin throughout the day.
Similar to decorating a plain scarf, you can embellish your favorite purse or clutch. Depending on the style of clip on you choose, you can give your purse an entirely different feel and embrace whatever style you wish. Go vintage by adding over-sized button pearl clip ons to your small clutch, or add a sultry touch to your black clutch with some avant garde style earrings.
Adding some flair to your wardrobe is easy and affordable, and all it takes is a little time, creativity, and some clip on earrings! Be as subtle or bold as you want. There is no wrong way to jazz up your wardrobe! Do you have any items in mind to bedazzle that I missed? Let me know in the comments!
This article was written by Brianna Balesso. She recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in business and a minor in journalism. Brianna is currently working on expanding her portfolio in order to help her land the job of her dreams. Likes include sweet tarts, hedgehogs, and the color purple. Long car rides and mayonnaise are dislikes.
This month, let us sit deep in the fact that who we are, at our essence, cannot be altered. The inner light we all have, the place deep inside where who we are, at our core, apart from anything we do within this world, shines on despite anything we do or anything others do to us.
I invite you to spend some time pondering this idea throughout the month and maybe set some time aside to journal some thoughts or ideas that come to mind. Here are some ideas to get you started…
- What type of release does this information offer you?
- What kind of grace could you give yourself knowing this?
- How much more self-empowered do you feel with this idea planted in your heart?
We are so much more than the sum of our parts. The light within us is rich, pure, golden, radiating… and it always will be. Let us rest in that knowledge this month. Let’s carry it with us, tell everyone we know, and spread these powerful words. Let’s all start healing together.
Please feel free to snag the image to share with your friends on your favorite social media sites. And then download a printable version to hang in your home or at work…wherever you could use a reminder of your untouchable beauty!
This article was written by Maegan.
Shakespeare claimed brevity is the soul of wit. I am curious what this prolific writer would think if he had the chance to marvel at our modern-day communications. The art of letter writing is fading and instead we rely on instantly delivered emails, abbreviated text communications, status updates and 140-character tweets. Brief; absolutely. Witty; occasionally. Soul; not nearly enough.
In 2009, I wrote my first “Letter to My Sons.” It gave me an opportunity to express my mother’s heart in a way that scrapbooking or photos couldn’t. It was the beginning of a series I would continue intermittently. The following year I shared a “Letter to My Unborn Baby” here on The Creative Mama. It has been one of my most popular posts, in part because the thoughts and idea of such a letter resonated with so many women. Today, I am part of a lovely group of photographers and writers who create Letters to Our Children on a monthly basis. This month, I wrote to my daughter Scout on the importance of being “beauty-full”. I hope you enjoy and perhaps, are inspired to pen your own thoughts to your sweet sons and daughters.:
This week, women in our country are celebrating natural beauty.
And, right now, you are three. When I ask you, “What makes you beautiful?”, you smile coyly, and gaze at me with your doey brown eyes and reply, “My heart does, mama!”
We live in a world where mothers must teach such truths from the very beginning. Your impressionable ears and mind and eyes are bombarded with falsehoods. With billboards and Disney princesses and photoshopped magazines and well-meaning strangers who compliment you on your beautiful smile, a pretty dress and curling locks. From the beginning women are admired for what others see on the surface. And my love, it is in our nature to cling to this. To believe that what they say and see is true. And that only what can be seen is what is beautiful.
But this is wrong my precious girl.
Pretty is not beauty without kindness and gentleness and love. If ugly lives inside you, then no $50 cream or surgeon’s scalpel can cover it up or cut it out. Beauty cannot be bought. You won’t find it in a pair of jeans that hug your hips just so, in a 30-day workout that tones and tightens, or in a diet that cleanses and flattens. It doesn’t matter if your lips shimmer if the words that come from them are dark and angry and hateful. If love doesn’t live in you, you will never be satisfied with others or yourself. You will never feel beautiful.
You will strive and strive but never arrive. You will listen to the chorus that screams you are not enough, thin enough, tall enough, tan enough, pretty enough. But they will promise that you can have these things — if you buy into the hype and the products that sell because of our own self-loathing.
My love, mommy knows because she has done these things. There was a time when I knew that people saw my body first and not my brains, or my compassion or my abilities. And when meeting expectations of others becomes your focus, that’s when the ugly creeps in. It is an easy route to rely on pretty my love. But the cost is steep. And the scars run deep.
You are radiant my daughter, when you love the Lord first. When you showcase your heart and not your body. When you love fully and wholly and care for those who deserve it the least but need it most. When you serve others instead of others’ expectations. When you stand up for good instead of tearing down. When you love.
When you love.
Love yourself as you are because you are fearfully and wonderfully made my beauty-full girl. Love your flaws. Embrace imperfections. But, guard your heart. Your most precious resource. It is where beauty lives and grows, and shines forth.
And when I am old and my pretty has faded. When I am withered and am but a shadow of the girl and mama I was. When my hearing has lessened and my sight is slim, I will ask you what makes you beautiful. Scout, I will ask you then, but I will pray now that I hear, “My heart does, Mama.”
Because it always has.
And you will know it is true.
And you will tell your own beauty-full girl.
And she will have your heart, just as you have mine.
With love and hope,
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Do you ever feel your photography growing stale? As if you are photographing from the same view, the same angle, the same settings, time and again? While I love photographing my children, our adventures and the beauty of food, there are times when it feels like I’m shooting the same scenes again and again. It seems to occur especially in these winter months, when I’m more confined to the indoors and the dominant color is gray. It’s times like these when I feel that I need to refresh my view, find a new way of seeing, a bit of inspiration.
One of my first loves in photography was the macro lens. I have always been drawn to the beauty found in nature’s details, so it seemed a match made in heaven. When I began taking pictures, oh so many years ago, I was a Canon girl. I owned several of their wonderful lenses, the 100mm macro lens included. Over time, I found that Nikon actually was a better fit for my mind and my hand. This meant selling my arsenal of lenses and camera bodies, including my good friend, macro. I chose not to replace it, as I had others in my sight at the time, such as the lovely 24-70/2.8.
So when I find myself in need of a little photographic inspiration, it is the macro lens I turn to. I recently rented a one for the weekend, and from the first look through my view finder I could feel my vision renewed. Here are a few from our time together…
While a lens rental isn’t always in the budget, there are many other ways to find your shutter clickin’ groove if you feel yourself falling into a funk.
Viewing images online or in a book by your favorite photographic artist.
Stepping away from the online world…get yourself outdoors and into the light and colors that are inspiring.
Take a workshop…I recently had a silent seat in TCM’s own Ginger Unzueta’s ‘Everyday Beauty’ and it was wonderful!
Read a book!
Create a photographic personal project.
Go back to when you first started taking pictures, look how far you’ve come! There’s inspiration in seeing your own growth.
Look into a different vein of photography. Are you a portrait photographer? Maybe look into landscape or food photography…challenge yourself to try something new!
How do you find new inspiration to avoid a photographic funk?
photo + flower doodle by renee yemma
Hello March! Spring is just around the corner already. Many of you are probably looking forward to a break from all of the snow and freezing cold temperatures that have been lingering around this winter. I’m actually looking forward to a little spring cleaning and organizing. Here are a few things that might help to inspire you to get out of your winter blahs…
Want to calm your mind, get more present and feel rejuvenated? Try doodling like Renee does here. How bright and cheerful is her flower doodle in the photo above?
This Avocado Cilantro Chicken Salad is hands down the best chicken salad I’ve ever had. The key for me was using fresh lime juice and not the stuff that comes out of a little green bottle.
I love watching Shark Tank on television and I just bought my first Shark Tank item. The Scrub Daddy works great at cleaning my dishes and the cheerful yellow smiley face is fun to see in my sink.
I am totally inspired to get my craft supplies organized like this. It looks so easy and the chalkboard labels are adorable.
I just can’t stop making “veggie noodles” with this spiral vegetable slicer. Zucchini noodles are my favorite. I saute them in a little EVOO and toss them with some tomato sauce and grilled chicken for a healthy meal. I don’t even miss the pasta! And coming from this pasta-loving Italian girl, that is a very big deal.
Who doesn’t have piles of laundry waiting to be folded at any given moment? This means that I can never have enough laundry baskets. But who has the space to store them all? That is why I love these laundry baskets. You can fold them up and hang them on the back of the laundry room door when all of the clothes magically get washed, dried, folded and put away.
Enjoy your weekend!
This article was written by Tracy Larsen.
With two kids in kindergarten, I am drowning in art work. There are lots of great ideas for preserving and saving our kids’ creations, but I’ve been struggling with display. Right now my little ones want nothing more than to show off all that hard work they have been doing all day in school.
A few years ago, I attempted one of those magnetic walls — where you use the magnetic paint and can then cover it with the regular wall color. It sort of works, but not great, and it is a high traffic area, so the papers are always blowing down (people move fast at my house!)
So I devised this modified clothesline approach.
- 2 square dowels, 1″ square and 3 feet long (found in Home Depot)
- screw eyes, #14
- 2 1/2 inch screws, #8
- wire, hooks or clothespins
- paint, brush, sanding pad
- drill, screw driver, level, square (optional)
Mark every 4 inches down each dowel, then make a crosshair point 1/2 inch from the sides. This is where we will pre-drill with 5/64 or smaller bit to place the eye hooks. If you would like your wires spaced closer or further apart, feel free to modify. Pre-drill slightly into the dowel to make the insertion of the screw eyes easier — be sure not to drill all the way through.
Turn the dowels so the screw eye holes face inward toward one another. Now we will measure for placement of the screws that will hold the dowels onto the wall. I choose to insert the screws into the wall where there are studs. Studs are typically about 16 inches apart, so my dowels will span 32 inches. I’m using 2 1/2 inch screws because the dowels are 1 inch + 3/4 inch of dry wall takes up 1 3/4 inches of screw length, leaving 3/4 to drive into the studs. If you can’t place into studs, be sure to use an anchor, and you may need a slightly longer screw to seat well into the anchor. I opted to place my screws 7 inches from the top and bottom and then one in the center of the 36 inch dowel. BE SURE to stagger these holes from your screw eye holes! Drill your holes with the appropriate size bit (I used 9/64 for #8 wood screws, you could make the holes slightly larger so the screw just passes through but I decided I wanted them to grab the wood at little for extra holding strength) — drill all the way through the dowel this time, so be sure you are on a bench or over the edge of a counter.
Paint! I used 2 coats of primer, and 2 coats of a white finish (Behr’s Swiss Coffee, right off the shelf, love this simple white!) One tip — don’t paint the surface that goes up against the wall as it takes latex paint a minimum of 7 days to cure. If you paint it and mount the display piece right away, you will be at high risk to have the back stick to your painted wall. I even quickly sanded down the drip marks that I found when I was finished.
Insert the screw eyes, you can just twist them in by hand. Also insert the #8 screw to the front and screw in until they are just poking through the backs.
Mark holes in the wall by placing dowel strip where you want it, make sure it is plumb and level. Then just press the dowel into the wall until the screw make a small divot (you may need to drive them in slightly farther). This will give you a perfect template to drill into the wall and studs, or place your anchors. Drill the holes and place the first dowel. I used that dowel to help me level and place the other dowel and mark the holes. Drill again and screw in the last dowel.
String the wire. I used standard picture hanging wire and decided to try a zig zag formation. Alternatively, you could simply string across each screw eye in a straight fashion. Unfortunately, I didn’t do my math very well and only bought 25 feet of wire. I’ve been stuck at home all week with a sick little man, so I sadly couldn’t run out for more. So what you see is a 2/3 finished display rack. I’m going to string the last few screw eyes as soon as I can, and I’ll let you know how it works out! Then I strung it with the hooks from IKEA’s Riktig curtain hooks , that come with the Dignitet system that I had, but you could easily use clothespins as well — colored ones would be fun!
This article written by Amy Bader