Month: May 2016

Be the Prettiest Girl in the Room with this Pillbox Hat DIY

DIY, Fashion, Lifestyle May 16, 2016

This is one of the longest crafts I’ve posted but the final product was so worth it.  Wether you call it a hat, a chapeau, a sombrero,or a kofia this Spring inspired pillbox hat will be one of the most adorable things you have ever made. 

Start by collecting your necessities: 

Tulle or netting  (I already had this lying around) 

Silk flowers ($13 at Michaels

Fabric (this was in my pile of random fabric) 

Hot glue gun


Something to clip your hat to your head (I ended up using wig clips) 

Needle and thread 

An empty cereal box 

Trace a circle onto the box…I totally ruined this plate and a candle in my pursuit of the perfect circle. 

Cut it out. This will be the top of your cute little hat. 

Cut out a strip of cardboard. Mine was about 1.5 inches wide. This will need to be long enough to go all the way around the circumference of your circle. See and you never thought you’d need geometry. 

I had to cut two strips and hot glue them together then cut off the excess. 

Add some glue. If you are familiar with hot glue, you know it dries fast so glue as you go.  I also glued the inside of the seam to make sure it was super secure. 

When you are done with this step it should look like this.

Next trace a circle-hopefully better than mine-around your hat. Allow for some extra room this does not have to be perfect. 

Glue the fabric around the top and sides of your soon-to-be hat. Then glue it around the sides. Get it as flat and smooth as possible. 

Then cut a strip of fabric wider and longer than the strip of cardboard you used to give your hat some height. I glued a hem on the top to keep it looking neat. Basically, add a line of glue then fold the fabric over right on top of the glue. Repeat this until the whole length of fabric is hemmed. I left the other side wild, nobody will see that side. I also hemmed the along the height of the fabric on one side only. 

Glue that around your hat. Hemmed side up to keep everything looking clean. 

Now fold the excess fabric inside and glue it down. But leave some areas of slack so you can sew your hair clips or comb in. 

This is your finished pillbox hat. But where’s the fun in this!?! 

Now add a peice of netting or tulle.  Cut about a 14 inch square of the tulle or netting. Adjust the size as you see fit. I honestly wish mine was larger.  Put a dab of glue in the center of the hat and just smack it on there. It’s hard to get this part wrong. Next,?glue flowers like a mad person. Keep checking in the mirror to make sure it’s giving you everything…absolutely everything.  Don’t be afraid to mess up, just pull them off and place them again. The top of your hat will probably be covered with Springtime anyway. Then I just sewed the clips onto the fabric inside the rim and… Voilà!!!! 

A hat that cost me $13 to make!!! Audrey Hepburn eat your heart out. 

Marble Tray DIY

DIY, Home, Lifestyle, Mental Health May 2, 2016

Sometimes a girl just wants something pretty and sometimes there’s more to the art of making something beautiful. In honor of May being Mental Health Month I want to talk about how crafting can help your mental state. You’re probably thinking “what!?!” “How does crafting help me mentally?”  Well, engaging in an activity that you enjoy and find yourself lost in helps you reach a state of alpha brain activity called, Flow. This researcher named Mihaly Csikszentminalyi-try saying that 3 times fast-found that we experience less depression and more joy when we engage in activities that require focus and attention. This does wonders for brain neuroconnectivity which can have an impact on our general outlook on life. So, Dr Ally is writing you a script for one craft this week. Let’s get to it!

What will you need?

A piece of marble (mine was a little thick and heavy, I’d recommend something a little lighter).

2 drawer pulls

Clear round bumpers 

Metallic spray paint (mine was rose gold)

E6000 glue 

Spray your drawer pulls. I used about 3 layers of paint.

Stick your round bumpers to the underside of your marble. These will keep your tray from sitting directly on a surface.

Measure how far you want your handles to go from the edge. Can you believe I’ve been using a centimeter ruler all these years and wasn’t even paying attention. Yes metric!!!

Add a drop of glue. This stuff is serious and goes a long way. You may also ways a mask, the fumes are pretty intense.

Wipe away any excess.

And there’s your stunning marble tray!  Happy crafting!!!