[The DIY Files] daisy says simple choker.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past week, you’re sure to have been bombarded with music festival news; from Coachella’s impending arrival to the Lolla line-up being announced, festival season has begun. Hell, my inbox/Facebook/Instagram feed say so. It’s bad enough that packing for Coachella (or any other multi-day concerts) can lend to over or under-packing, so why not put together accessories that’ll work or the weekend, or two? Here’s a quick and super easy project to wear regardless of your music festival agenda this summer…

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Materials:

  • velvet or black ribbon – no more than 1/2 in wide, it’ll work best as a choker and still be comfortable.
  • flower charm(s)
  • ribbon clamps – these can be found in the jump rings and findings section at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
  • a pair of needle nose pliers
  • a clasp for closing, obviously.
  • seven jump rings
  • scissors
  • matches or a lighter (a little pyromania never hurt nobody…)
  • measuring tape (optional)
  • 10 minutes. That’s it.

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1. Take the measuring tape and use it to circle around the circumference of your throat, making sure the tape is comfortably snug around your throat.

2. Measure the same length of ribbon as the measuring tape.

3. Taking the lighter or matches, lightly touch the flame to each end and burn the threads shut so you don’t end up with a steadily loosening ribbon.

4. With a single ribbon clamp, place it over the end of the ribbon and push down the two sides to meet with your fingers. Using the pliers, firmly press down both sides and secure the end of the ribbon.

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5. Open a jump ring and slide through each of the clamps.

6. Join together the other five jump rings and attach to one end of the ribbon.

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7. Attach the closure clasp to the other end of the ribbon. Try the choker on for size!

8. Using one of the jump rings, loop it through the flower charm, then slide the ribbon through it as well. Close the ends of the ring tightly with the pliers.

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9. I think you still have about 3 minutes left, so model your new choker… or, you know, pair it with your beat-up tee/lacy blouse/plaid button-down…

10. DONE!

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I know, all this Coachella-talk is getting me… green. Curse you, work. Maybe I’ll just have to channel the festival spirit in my cubicle some other way.

- Nita

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[inspiration alley] all choked up.

Well, well, WELL. If we aren’t already through with a quarter of the year and already falling behind on resolutions and stuff?! No? Just me?

:insert facepalm here:

So while I haven’t been able to post much lately (argh, 2 weeks between posts, whatthewhat!), the slew of projects is slowly and unfortunately building up. Pretty soon, I’ll have too many DIYs!

(is that even a real thing?)

None the less, considering how incredibly short on time I am this week, and since we’re only 2 weeks out from the start of the ‘Music Festival Season’ — ahem, Coachella — it serves best that maybe this be a quick, simple, and useful project. Oh yeah, and you can take it with you if you’re a lucky sonofabeyotch and going to the festival this year.

The 90s haven’t left us yet, if street style or the runways have anything to say about it, and nowhere is the decade more accessible than with one of the defining elements from that period: the choker. Whether ornately decorating the throat in luxe velvet and embellishment, or unmarred by any decoration at all, the choker necklace is making it’s own kind of comeback.

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a la natalie portman in ‘the professional’ 20 years ago

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pearls re-imagined by chanel / spring 2014

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lesson in layering by the manrepeller, choker included

Something as simple as a choker necklace can be the antithesis of the statement necklace that’s dominated the neck game — ranging from the ‘henna’ variety to a singular metal curved to wear.

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daisy chain choker, ANTIapparel / velvet ribbon and charm, absolutemarket  / henna-fied, sictransitgloriaa / golden rivet, shophoyden

Designer Vanessa Mooney takes the minimalist route one step further in her boho-chic collections with the ‘Anarchy’ choker and the ‘Notorious’ neck cuff. The lack of any interruptions on the choker itself means layers is just that much easier.

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total anarchist / vanessa mooney

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so notorious / vanessa mooney

It’d be easy to run with just one of these elements, but with Coachella in less than two weeks, I’m thinking a more versatile choker is in order. Something that’ll keep both the gypsy and rock n’ roll vibe front and center.

Until next time…

- Nita

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[The DIY Files] the primary Piet collar necklace

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!

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With Spring teasing us for the past few days, and Winter attempting to further overstay its welcome, this collar necklace works year-round so that you don’t need to go looking for something modern with a twist. Incorporating both the geometric elements of graphic prints + the primary color scheme of a classic Mondrian painting — all done with materials around the house! — you’ll have a statement piece of your own.

Materials:

  • plain and clean (no rhinestones or decor) components in geometric shapes — if they’re half or more of the necklace, it’ll be more collar rather than bib-styled.
  • if the components are NOT completely black or white (a single color per surface), then some Krylon spray paint in the colors necessary to even out the surface.
  • painter’s tape or Scotch tape
  • scissors
  • surface to work on — make sure it’s a surface you wouldn’t mind getting nail polish on!
  • oh yeah… and the ‘enamel’… er, nail enamel! You want the colors to be bold and striking against the plain surface of the necklace components. Here I’m using a bright flat red from Ulta (Red Carpet Red), a slightly translucent yellow (China Glaze’s Sunshine Pop), and a sky blue (Sinful Colors’ Aquamarine).
  • If your components are black, I highly recommend also using an opaque white polish (Pure Ice has a thicker formula, perfect for this surface).
  • nail polish top coat or clear spray paint to seal the polish.
  • a jump ring + clasp component
  • chain in a matching hue; here, I have black components so I chose a black/silver chain to remain within the theme.
  • pliers

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…and on to the making!

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1. On the disposable flat surface, separate the linked components individually, spraying them a single flat color if necessary. Allow these components to dry for several hours.

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2. Taking the pieces of the components, arrange them as you’d like. Experiment. Rearrange. But remember, the links will limit the arrangement of the pieces, and movement of the individual components is necessary as well.

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3. With the scissors, cut pieces of the painter’s tape or Scotch tape into sections large enough to cover the parts you want on each component. Here, I have approximately two-inch sections because I wanted to cover 1/3 of each triangle so I folded the tape and tightly kept the edges straight.

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4. Paint a single coat of the white nail polish on the surfaces you’ve picked to be painted the primary colors. I decided to keep two surfaces white nonetheless, so I topped those with the clear coat.

5. Paint the surfaces you’ve chosen to be primary colors two coats of the color nail polish — but one color at a time. If you rush to do all three as quickly as possible, you may end up smearing and smudging the polish.

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6. Once you have two coats of the color polish on the necklace elements, remove the tape from the surfaces and paint with the clear coat and allow to dry overnight. This is the BEST way to prevent smudging!

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7. Once the polish has dried on all pieces, connect them together with links/jump rings.

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8. Measure out 6 inches of chain for each end of the necklace and attach the ends to the main components.

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9. Attach the closure clasp and jump ring to the necklace. Try on the necklace for size.

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10. Oh yeah, now you’re done!

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Wear it layered under the collar of a crisp button-down shirt, a vest on top, and some boyfriend denim… some color for a mens-wear inspired ‘suit.’

it’s kind of hilarious that i have another five or six projects half-way done, but not ready for the ‘publish’ button. ugh, they’ve gotta make their way onto here..

- Nita

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inspiration alley: in ‘mondrian’ color

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It won’t come as a surprise that the inside of my closet resembles something like a black-hole in space, the depths of darkness only further accentuated by the fact that everything is in a post-tornado state. Alright, that might be a tad bit of an exaggeration. While I have approximately 90% clothes that are black (or something in the vicinity of that palette), I’ve managed to shy away from too-much-black and incorporated a few aspects of color. Quite a few shows from Fall 2104 Fashion Week seem to be thinking along the same lines — ‘Mondrian’ lines — as well.

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Much like the graphic boxing lines of Piet Mondrian’s works, cutting off striking and sunny yellows from the cool blues and vibrant reds, the juxtaposition of high contrast black-and-white scale with the primary colors was evident both on the runway and cities’ walkways.  In a closet full of black, charcoal, and grey, what better way to transition from a dreary winter to the soaking spring temperatures ahead? You know, without going full-on-pastel-crazy.

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yasmin sewell focuses on the dark blue as her neutral, punching it up with the yellow and burgundy / vogue

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snow white meets warhol, just needs more black / red valentino

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variations of the same three colors as accents / harpers bazaar

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the sweatshirt + the diy bag = well blocked, jenni.

With the copious quantities of black (and white) I’ve been wearing recently, it only feels right to follow the Mondrian parade…

- Nita

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embrace the silence.

the past few weeks of absentia and silence, so to speak, have been pretty heavily stacked on my conscience — and since it hasn’t been easy to switch over from a nocturnal schedule to a diurnal one, this poor space has suffered. Even more so than my haphazard days. ACK, i hate slacking, despise not creating, with trains of thought slipping in between the cracks of my days and weeks.

going into the third week of this new job (yes, i finally escaped from that brutish hell of the past 3+ years!) i’m thinking i have a better handle on juggling the plates in the air. i hope nothing comes crashing down again…

[glimpses of the images currently in my head]

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[The DIY Files] crown of velveted blang-blang.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!

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white on white on white on black

Thanks to the messy nest of filaments sprouting from my head, I rarely wear anything to cover that shit because it usually tends to go flying off. I lucked out that I found one headband which happens to stay in place, so sprucing it up was the next step, and what better way than to add some lush velvet, rhinestones, and pearls? Thrown on a smattering of studs for good measure as well, and give this showstopper some stage time!

On wards to directions and such…

Materials:

  • a plain metal or plastic/acrylic headband — make sure it fits snugly since you’ll be attaching quite a few bits and pieces to it.
  • velvet ribbon or scrap velvet fabric
  • E6000 glue or any other waterproof glue
  • scissors
  • brad studs/pearls — these are in the scrapbook materials aisle at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. That way you can easily pierce the fabric when inserting the brad backs.
  • acrylic rhinestones (sew on or glue on kind)
  • pliers for cutting/bending the backings of the studs and pearls
  • optional: scrap lace fabric (or even tulle!) if you want it as a backdrop to the other pieces

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1. Taking a measuring tape, run it alongside the headband to measure the minimum length of the velvet fabric needed.

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2. Measure out the same length of fabric on the velvet ribbon, adding 2 inches for wrapping on the ends once the ribbon is on the headband.

3. Cut the measured ribbon accordingly.

4. Lay out the ribbon/velvet fabric and begin adding the pieces of the rhinestones + pearls + studs in a pattern to your liking. I originally thought I’d do something random and irregular, but after looking at the placements I thought a mirrored image would look cooler since the headband itself will be asymmetrical.

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5. Since these are all brad-backed (or buttons, like the large rhinestone flower on the right), taking the pliers, cut off any excess backing that would keep the glue from adhering to the velvet.

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6. Arrange your design with the pieces you have. You DON’T have to use everything all at once!

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7. If you’re including the lace fabric, you can glue on the fabric with small dots before attaching the studs and pearls.

8. Using the brads on the larger pieces, pierce through the fabric, pull through the back, and fold over to secure. When adding the rhinestones, dab a small amount of the E6000 to the back of the rhinestones, attach, and hold in place for a few minutes to secure the hold. Wait about an hour to allow the glued portions to cure before moving on.

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9. Taking the E6000, dab some alongside the outer edge of the headband in small increments. As you put the glue on, place the velvet ribbon fabric on and hold with wooden clips or binder clips. Continue until the ribbon/fabric is glued onto the entire length of the headband.

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10. Once the main component of the ribbon/fabric is dried, fold the corners on each end of the head band, dab some glue on the fabric, and pin closed. This way you can avoid having the corners poking into your flesh.

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all laid out and nowhere to go. yet.

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Thanks to Snow-pacalypse II here in Houston, going to the office may be a logistical nightmare so this headband will just be my tiara around the house. While studying. And making some more projects from The DIY Files.

Until we return to meteorological normalcy…

- Nita

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inspiration alley: drowning in the [velvet] ocean.

I’ve never been much for sparkles and sequins; even during the holiday season and subsequent New Years shenanigans, I remained safely away from the highly-sheened items of party wear. The hilarious thing is that most of the clothing purchased for the sake of NYE and surrounding times ends up… in the back of the closet. Covered with a plastic sheath that becomes a tombstone of the Good Times Gone By. Spending tons of dollas’ for a one-time deal? Erm, no thanks.

That’s why velvet is my sartorial savior — lush, imperial, and with just enough sheen to be an eye-catcher. Who needs to be obvious when subtlety is more favorable (and comfortable)? Not to mention, you can wear it more than once a year!

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[1] mixmaster

The original entertainer, Queen Madge pulls off a velvet gown that’s been attacked by tulle, appliques, and lace… and somehow it all works! Since the dress is doing the talking, she keeps it simple with retro waves and minimal accessories for the W.E. premier in 2012. Making a statement without saying a word.

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clockwise / mcqueen belt / dolce and gabbana headband /  betsy johnson stone pearl cuff

What’s a little mixing without some rhinestones and pearls? Without the hassels of excessive bling, but still creating a contrast against the black velvet, both rhinestones and pearls manage to look regal without being dowdy. Grace Kelly without granny. Whether or not you’re wearing it during the holidays specifically, the autumn and winter months can always use a decorated velvet piece to create a grand statement.

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[2] dangerously accented

A different take on the trend, albeit pretty difficult one to pull off if you aren’t a fan of multiple pieces or if you’re afraid of channeling a bit of an S&M vibe, but the contrast of soft and hard is evident with the inclusion of leather (straps, here) with the velvet. At least in the case of the skirt here, with its hi-lo hem and the leather straps falling near the knees, the simple black skirt is re-imagined with the addition of these straps.

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givenchy velvet and leather jacket / saucy glossie in the combo / givenchy leather detail

Even this Givenchy moto jacket is ultra-cool with the plush velvet base and leather detailing; we know moto has been big recently, but in a fabric like velvet, you’ll be able to make it badass and elegant at the same time.

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[3] Wednesday for errryday

Nerdiness has taken a darker turn over the past year or so with the resurgence of horror couture. You can thank the popularity of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story for allowing the Halloween-fication into the everyday. Most recently, the long-sleeved velvet dress + white collar combination has been seen with an uber-feminine fabric as lace against the dark, lush velvet — an homage to the character Wednesday Addams. No doubt, even the UNIF dress has been named the “Wednesday dress,” so why not channel your inner homicidal, dead-pan-not-so-sweet-heart?

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More lace and velvet, but this time in a deep berry with a lace overlay on one fabulous Keiko Lynn. With the coloration reversed from the usual ‘Wednesday’ attire, this version is more sweet and less film noir, and Keiko accents it with a wide belt to tie together the two fabric choices.

So what’s in store with this throwback-meets-project? Well, its safe to say that there will be a bit of Madonna and a bit of glam, but most of all, there’s sure to be head-turning “that’s so fucking cool’ coming from the street and office spectators…

– Nita

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#justsaying: oh hey there, 2014.

To the year 2014,

I know, you’ve only been here a day or two. Look, I’m not sure what 2013 told you about how things work here — you know, where my life is concerned and all — but 2013 wasn’t all that great. I mean, sure we had our laughs and giggles, but some of the shit that went down…

:facepalm:

Well, let me just lay down a few ground rules, ok?

First of all, you gotta let me get somewhere with this whole ‘career-what-do-I-want-to-be’ business. Having a bunch of degrees laying around isn’t going to do me much good if I’m locked away in the dungeon known as the Dead End Cubicle. As for the Sisyphus-nonsense in said Dead End Cubicle, perhaps I could use the ability to switch on my invisible shield and prevent the idiocy of others from penetrating my own emotional walls. I’m trying here, I really am, to get this show on the road and escape. However, it wasn’t in the cards last year, so I’m hoping you and 2013 have come to your senses.

Secondly, I need to take my creative outlet(s) and really… GO with them. I’ve spent more time over the past year researching other brands, designer and independent, to find out what it is that I want to convey with my jewelry and art pieces. I need to stop comparing where others are and start learning from their successes and how to incorporate it into my own. I have a better idea of who I am as a designer, but now its time to wear the hats for Marketing, Operations, Accounts, and PR. I don’t want an empire because empires fall. I want to create and leave a legacy.

Third, this whole being ‘healthy’ thing is kinda nuts, don’t you think so? I mean, so what if I chow down whenever I see food in sight? And spend 75% of my day on my ass, doing one thing or another? UGH. Alright, I’ll *try* to be better with what I choose to eat. Eat to live, not live to eat.

Fourth, Dasha has been much more prevalent in my life in the past year than I had previously thought when I created her. She’s become a part of myself that’s braver, unfiltered, and raw. So she’s going to be joining Quasi on here. #dashasays a lot… as you’ll soon see.

Fifth, ugh I need to plan these DIY’s much much much farther in advance. Mostly because I get ideas at the most random times, leaving me with less than 24 hours to actually do the two blog posts (inspo + project). So while I’m busy planning errrrything else, can we squeeze in some craft time as well? Yes? At some point, the erratic-ness with which I post here becomes downright defeating. I know, it’s all in my head, and who really gives a f*** anyways. I write and create for me. If others read and are inspired…

Sixth, there will be some flare ups — temper-wise I mean — but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying to keep myself from jumping off the deep end. Going Zen is not an option as I just have too much going on inside my head to suddenly silence it all. BUT at least I haven’t reverted back to my psychopathic tendencies, so that’s a win, right?

Seventh… I need to participate. In life, in art, in the world outside of my own little box where I’ve locked myself. I need to raise my hand, comment on the screen and not just to myself, and fucking plant a flag already because if I disappear tomorrow, there will be nothing here to show for the past 20-something years. This isn’t about ‘making dreams come true’ or ‘being the best version of yourself’ or some bullshit. I do not exist to take flak from others, or to allow others to wipe their shoes all over my professional reputation, or to be that girl who did NOTHING with her life. I remember when I’d finish performing a piece of poetry or dramatic reading the judges and participants who would come up to me and let me know how my words affected them. I’m not aiming to cure the world of its ills; I just want to make someone else’s life better because of my actions. I want others who find themselves to be different to see that they do have a place.

Ok, I think I’ve given you all you need to know for the next 365/4 days.

Welcome, 2014, to my place. Don’t break shit here.

–Nita

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the holi-grail gift guide, part II: the Walking Dead-ite.

Let’s face it — those of us obsessed with The Walking Dead are not few and far between; rather, the show’s rise on AMC has led to numerous products, roles for the actors in other shows (see Maggie on an episode of Law and Order SVU), and of course, a renewed interest in zombies. Even today, the show is one of the leading programs on a cable network and is perhaps one of the best examples of ensemble acting; it doesn’t rest completely on Andrew Lincoln’s rugged shoulders.

So for the fellow Dead-ite, it would be fruitless to simply gift another copy of the DVDs (because they obviously pre-ordered them), or even the accompanying graphic novel (which has been read, reread, and dog-eared). Instead, take a look at the wonderful world of zombies which even the least-iron-stomached individual will enjoy.

[1] jewelry: traversing through the midst of etsy jewels — of which there are waaay tooo many — I happened across baubles that are beyond the normal resin and plastic variety. Obviously, you can put in’ zombies’ and get thousands of results… but these gifts are something scary/special.

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zombie ear necklace / zomcom

zombie finger earrings

zombie finger earrings / scarletbegonias88

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michonne necklaces / simplyharry / spaztazm

[2] apparel: graphic tees won’t be going away anytime soon, but who needs another t-shirt from the HotTopic clearance section? Not when you can pay tribute to your love for Daryl Dixon with a simple [veiled] threat. Or, if the receiver is more fashionable and less practical, these arm warmers come in handy year-round, or whenever the desire to emulate zombie-arms strikes.

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daryl dies / hottopic

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arm warmers / secrettserendipity

[3] paper-made: what’s better than a Walking Dead themed board game? A Walking Dead themed MONOPOLY game. Take your soul-less and heart-less self and let loose on your fellow man. There’s also a ‘RISK’ board game with a Walking Dead theme… but wouldn’t that be a bit redundant?

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the walking dead monopoly game / thinkgeek

[4] edibles: in order to impress (and perhaps garner a few ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’) the ULTIMATE DEAD-ite, it doesn’t hurt to take gruesome to the next level with chocolate zombified treats! A little red frosting gel here, some green and brown food coloring there..

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chocolate zombie fingers / thinkgeek

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chocolate zombie santa / thinkgeek

[5] decor: if I had things my way, my place would look like the inside of a Victorian castle, compete with skulls and remnants of those who had lived there previously. Also, freaky things would be up everywhere, like these zombie HANDS. You don’t necessarily have to use them to hang keys or objects from the fingers; have the hands coming out vertically from the surface of a table and have the palm and fingers hold rings and various pieces of jewelry.

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painted zombie hanger hands / deathgrips

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unpainted hands / deathgrips

zombie candles

zombie candles / littledeadthings

These candles are also the perfect stocking stuffer — inexpensive but odd enough to make anyone do a double-take. And the facial expressions definitely make them go from AGH! to Haha!

[7] with a side of quirk (and Daryl, and Carl, and Lori…) It would be easier to say these are random gifts, but to be completely honest, they can be practical and perfect for that Dead-ite in your life. The Zombie Survival Kit lunch box is great for actually using as a lunch box, or as a funky ‘purse’ on the weekends.

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zombie lunch box / aquarius

zombie ornament

zombie ornament / artofjohntatrellijr

For the ornament collector in your life, this handmade and detailed zombie Christmas ornament is subtle enough to be a creature of the undead, and won’t frighten away the kids either.

zombie soap

zombie soaps / skyrainsoap

These AWESOME zombie soaps will get the person receiving these do a double-take before their eyes open wide… great as stocking stuffers!

These affordable awesome zombie-fied gifts are sure to cure any TWD blues the receiver may have… at least until it returns on February 09!

–Nita

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[the DIY Files] hardware your mitts… er, gloves?

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED! 

Have you ever had one of those days, where you see something…oh, I don’t know, say a pair of gloves… and you pick them up and say to yourself, “you will be something AWESOME.”

No? You’ve never had one of these revelations during random Target trips at 9 o’clock at night, when all you had gone for was a loaf of bread, scotch tape, and allergy pills?

In order to sound less crazy than I already do, I’ll explain.

Target. Mint green gloves. $3. Ok, I thought to myself, they’re cheap and I do need some gloves since my fingers are always a deep shade of purple at work.. and they’re touchscreen compatible? Hellz yah.

Then I picked up the gloves, put them on, and voila! A revelation occurred…

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oh, hello there stud(s).

You’ll need:

  • a pair of knit gloves (or mittens, whatever your preference) — make sure they’re tightly knit so as to prevent the embellishments from falling the fuck off.
  • studs. rhinestones. brooches. even flatback scrapbook embellishment pieces… ’cause they. will. work.
  • E6000 glue.
  • if you’re attaching studs, some flat nose pliers will get the job done.
  • a piece of plastic to sit inside the gloves when you’re gluing to prevent the two sides from sticking together.
  • if you’re so inclined, a needle and thread to sew the rhinestones on after they’ve been glued.

Oh, yeah, and a plan.

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glue + bling = winning

Easy, peasy instructions!

1. Taking the embellishment pieces, begin arranging them on a flat surface (I used the white box lid the rhinestones had been sitting in) and figure out what you want to do. Unfortunately, like 99.9% of the shit in my head, it looked a lot different in real life. Oh well.

2. Insert the plastic piece inside the first glove (make sure you’ve indicated somehow which side is the outside and which is the inside so as to prevent mismatched gloves). Word of warning…

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both pretty and tough.

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3. Begin gluing the flatback rhinestones or larger pieces embellishment on FIRST. I had laid the studs into their respective spots and was able to maintain the necessary space between rhinestones.

4. Allow the glue to dry and cure for an hour or so.

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collage studs 2

5. With the prongs of the studs visible, insert them into the knit — ensure they’ve been put into the thicker areas to reduce pulling and unraveling — and isolate the prongs.

6. Using the flat head pliers, fold down one prong and then the other. Finally, using the weight of your arm to counter the folded backing, press the back of the studs further into surface of the knit. This will keep the studs in nice and tight.

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7. Finish adding the smallest embellishment pieces — such as  the silver flatback pearls I’ve used — with the E6000. If you end up altering the design, as I did, make sure to put it onto the surface of the glove without glue FIRST.

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twins. sorta.

8. And you’re DONE. You can actually personalize knitwear for others to give as gifts if you’re, you know, depressingly broke. OR you can make them for yourself and feel fucking glamorous.

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pow, bitch.

Tomorrow, part deux of the HOLI-days-are-here-again-I-need-eggnog-stat series. This time, we up the ante with gifts for the resident Dead-ite. You’ll see…

- Nita

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