Apartment Girl 101: Sparkle Initials

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Being out of college and thrown into (f)unemployment has given me a lot of free time recently. To try and stay busy during this new free time I have resorted to the three C’s: cooking, cleaning and crafting. If someone doesn’t stop me soon, I’ll be on the path to become Martha Stewart. Which means I’ve got about 5 more years until someone throws me in jail for illegal stock trading. I guess that also means I’ve got to buy some stocks.

Last week I took some plain black letters I’ve had for a while now and transformed them into something much prettier to look at. I’m a real sucker for anything that glitters.

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The process is simple. Take some tacky glue and spread it all over the black letters and then sprinkle some glitter over it. That’s it! As another tip, I put some tissue paper under the letters as a way to gather the extra glitter that falls off. It makes it a lot easier to reuse it for the rest of the letters.

I’ve always loved that my initials spell out SAS and I’m kind of obsessed with the letters now that they are a part of my living room wall.

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Apartment Girl 101: Curtain Tie Backs

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When I first moved into my apartment, I had my Dad take off the doors to my closet since I’ve always found them annoying to have to roll back and forth every time I needed to get a pair of shoes. So for the past however many months my closet has been open for all to see. I intended to put up curtains and finally got around to it this past weekend (I was only about 10 months late).

So I hung the curtains but then wanted something to be able to pull them back and make them look a little prettier (and more sparkly) when I wanted. So instead of buying the $15 per piece tie backs at Target I decided to make my own.

Tools used: 1 yard of fabric at Joann’s on sale for $4, lace and vintage trim (I know I’m so cool) from flea markets that I bought many moons ago for $5, jewel trim from flea market $4, rings to hold the tie backs for $2 and sewing supplies that I already owned. Total: $15 for two tie backs plus extra fabric and trim for future projects if I feel brave.

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I kind of (not really) taught myself to sew when I was in a headband phase a few years ago. I’m in no way saying I sew correctly. To compensate for my lack of skills I usually buy thread that matches the fabric so when I do screw up it isn’t completely┬ánoticeable.

Here’s a quick “how-to” to make the tie backs. It’s only 4 steps. If I can do it and not mess up, you can too.

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  1. First sew trim one to trim two to create a thicker band. I literally probably did 12 stitches for a yard of fabric. Probably not the best decision but it held.
  2. Next sew the sparkly trim in the middle of trim one and trim two Preferably where they meet so it looks like they all blend together.
  3. Third sew the now three piece band of trim to the larger piece of fabric which will become the main part of the tie back.
  4. To hold the tieback in place on the wall, I sewed little keychain rings to the ends so I could just hang it on a nail. I kind of just went nuts with stitches when I folded over a piece of the fabric to hold the rings just to make sure it wouldn’t come apart and thank god no one can see because it probably looks like a mess.

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And that’s it! I would like to take this time to pat myself on the back for a job well done because whenever I try and sew it is usually a disaster and I end up pricking myself.