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DIY Beads Of A Bird Neckacle:

Recreate the look with Charley's Beads Of A Bird tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

Difficult question, I’m into so many different looks and own such an obscene amount of clothes, which I’ve acquired over the past decade I don’t think I can generalise or pigeonhole them all. I will say I like anything with graphic patterns, embellishment or motifs. Bright colours also have a knack of grabbing my attention with a vice-like grip. With all those things in mind, I’d say graphic, artistic and colourful, but all in the best possible taste.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My steel cap-toed New Rock boots. They’re probably the most expensive item I own but they last about 5 years so as value for money goes they’re definitely worth the outing. Unfortunately, I don’t get to wear them very often because I cycle everywhere and they’re really heavy but I remember living in my first pair when I got them at the age of 17. They certainly made 6th form life very interesting!

Who are your style icons?

Emilie Autumn. God, I wish I had legs like hers! I love the Visual-Kei look, particularly on people like Kamijo from Versailles.


Do you have any favourite designers?

Well, growing up in the 90s and studying fashion in the early “noughties” I used to be inspired by John Galliano – before his unattractive true colours surfaced -  and Alexander McQueen. They were the two stand-out designers who got me into fashion, as I think they did with most fashion students at the time. I’ve also always loved the graphic, colourful aesthetic of Thierry Mugler and the intricacy of Christian Lacroix.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

For blog projects, Ebay and charity shops because of the endless choice as well as the prices. Seriously, what did we do before the internet came along!? I get loads of my other clothes from Topshop, Miss Selfridge and River Island. I used to be really alternative but now I think I’m becoming a closet mainstreamer (if you see what I did there!) It’s good fun to mix and match. My favourite combinations tend to involve DIY versions of couture items mixed with high street clothing for an authentic-yet-affordable take on the latest trends.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I customise whenever possible. Much as I love to sew, it’s ridiculously time-consuming and if you’re trying to figure out your own pattern that easily adds another few hours to each project. My time’s frustratingly tight so unfortunately sewing something from scratch is a rare treat. Another thing I will say is that there’s so much trial and error in sewing if you’re at a beginner or novice level. Generally you’re better off embellishing or reconstructing something that someone’s already gone to the trouble of making than trying to do it all yourself. If you aren’t absolutely 100% sure of what you’re doing, something minor  - like the wrong choice of stitch or sewing needle, or neglecting to use something like interfacing when you’re machine-embroidering onto jersey, for instance – can completely wreck your work. I’d say customising, where possible, definitely trumps sewing things from scratch.



Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?  

Don’t throw old clothes out; keep them and re-work them into something else, so you can mix them with newer, more on-trend items, for a cool, considered and totally unique look.


Make sure to check our Charley's blog at Chic Cheat »

Seoul, South Korea •

The best thing about living in Seoul is that it’s such a big city with so much to do, but each dong or neighborhood feels like its own small town or community. Koreans are so friendly they make you feel at home. It’s also one of the safest cities in the world.




Welcome to the first ever craft room tour on Cut Out + Keep. Each week, we're going to tour the craft rooms, studios and offices of our favourite artists, crafters and creators to pick up tips, tricks and inspiration for our own spaces. Today we head to Santa Monica to take a tour of Erin's serene and organized studio:

"My favorite thing about the space is that it is organized, although that has not always been the case!"


I share my space with my husband, Ben. We call it "the studio". It is one of two bedrooms in our Santa Monica apartment and is about 10' x 10' in size. The space is home to all of the tools and supplies that we use for freelance graphic design, illustration, photography, painting, bookbinding, teaching, sewing, packing Etsy orders, and more.


Is this also your work space?
Yes, this is also our work/office space. We each have our own desk. As much as I'd like to craft in multiple places, there isn't much room anywhere other than the standing height table in the center of the room. This is where we work on projects that are not computer-related. We must clean up our messes frequently, as we don't have the extra room to leave them out. I spend most of my time in the space working, although often my work can be fun. My favorite things to do are bookbinding projects and sewing projects.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Since the room is a bit small for the amount of equipment that it holds, we focused on creating a functional and organized space. I am often inspired by tools and materials themselves, so we store them in clear bins where they are easily visible and accessible. We added a few personal touches to the room by painting the walls a favorite color, and putting up cork boards where we can each pin up small bits of inspiration.

How do you keep organized?
Even though I am not a messy crafter, it is still sometimes difficult to organize my works in progress. The best thing I can do is to finish up one project completely before moving on to the next. Sometimes that just isn' t possible, though, and I end up moving piles of stuff from one spot to another, which isn't all that organized, I suppose! I have a large supply of papers and bookbinding supplies that I store in the studio closet. Thank goodness the closet is large! I also store large papers in a flat file under the window.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Although everyone has a different preference, my favorite way to organize supplies is on open shelving. That way everything is visible and easily accessible. Ben and I installed a basic set of storage shelving from IKEA across the entire length of the studio. We found a great selection of bins and boxes at the Container Store and divided up our tools and supplies among them. I placed cutting tools in one bin, drawing supplies in another, etc. When each item has a designated bin, cleanup is much easier. I placed the tools that I access most frequently in sliding clear drawers. Other tools and materials are stored in clear shoe bins. Printer papers and flat items are located in clearly labeled document boxes.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
The collection of large sized papers within the flat file is probably my favorite supply. I love to collect papers when I travel, so I have memories associated with many of them. Sometimes I open a drawer just to look at all the beautiful colors and patterns. Most of my bookbinding projects are stored in the closet. A tiny collage is displayed near my computer and one of Ben's illustrations hangs over his desk.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
There are three main places that I keep and organize my inspiration and ideas. The first spot is my sketchbook. I always keep it accessible and use it to jot down ideas on the go. Another place that I find and keep inspiration is on my computer. I have a photo library full of images that I refer to when looking for ideas. The third place is a file box, full of bits and pieces of paper and images that I collected over time. I divided up the inspirational bits among hanging file folders that I can look through when in need of tactile inspiration.

Where do you look for inspiration?
I often look first to tools and materials themselves and think of the possibilities. If I get stuck, then I like to refer to my sketchbook or collection of images and inspirational bits. Beyond that, I like to look at books (of all subjects) that may inspire new ideas.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
I would love to have more workspace! If I could have more than one work table, or a larger work table, it would be a dream come true. It would also be nice to have the space to set up my sewing machines permanently, rather than having to get them out and put them away every time I use them. My third wish would be to have the space for a cozy chair or sofa where I could sit and think of ideas and sip a cup of tea.

Check out Erin's website to read her blog and see her gorgeous prints & homemade books »

Wow, we'd never have thought of trying Kool-Aid to dye our hair but this looks so pretty. What do you think?
Check out the how-to from a subtle revelry »

Outfit details:

  • Sweater - loft
  • Headband (tie from dress) & dress (as top) - charlie jade
  • Skirt - loft
  • Tights - target
  • Booties - seychelles
  • Bag - DIY (see below)
  • Necklace & bracelet - gift & vintage

DIY Stencilled Tote Bag:

Recreate the look with Katherine's Simple Stenciled Tote Bag tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

I feel like I merge cute and quirky with classic style. I like more traditional shapes, like circle skirts and cardigans, but tend to lean towards prints with animals and quirky little accessories.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My custom made Star Wars dress from Rusty Cuts on Etsy has to be my favorite piece. It fits me like it was made for me (because it was!), features my favorite character R2-D2, and perfectly shows off my back tattoo and still allows me to wear a normal bra. It's perfection in dress form.

Who are your style icons?

I really look up to a variety of people. Zooey Deschanel, Cassey Ho from Blogilates, and Rebecca of the Clothes Horse are all people I look up to.


Do you have any favourite designers?

I really love looking at Etsy for independent designers - my favorite handbags are handmade in leather by Vahalla Brooklyn. There are quite a few brands that design for Anthropologie that I can't get enough of - like Girls From Savoy. Kate Spade is probably my favorite overall designer brand - the fun colors, great use of fonts, and quirky twists on items have always had me smitten. 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I scour sites like Modcloth, Anthropologie, and Asos fairly often. I live in a very small city and don't have a wide variety of options for shopping, so I tend to buy almost all of my clothing online.


Do you make or customise your outfits?

In the past, I have made skirts and dresses, but I have learned to pick and choose my hobbies. I still knit all of my knit wear and have tons of scarves, hats, mittens, and dog sweaters that pop up on my blog in the colder months. I will whip out my sewing machine on special occasions, like to sew my dog a bow tie.


Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?
  

I believe in wearing the same thing a lot more than twice, just in different iterations. If I have a dress, I try and think of at least 5 different ways to wear it. I do this when considering a purchase as well. Playing around with pattern mixing has really changed my ability to wear things in different ways. I also love adding different jewelry pieces to an outfit - a large statement necklace can create a completely different look than a small charm necklace for instance.



Follow Katherine on CO+K to keep up with her projects and check out her blog, of corgis & cocktails »

Reykjavík, Iceland •

The best thing about living in Reykjavík is that everything you need is within walking distance, wether you need a craft store, walk by the sea or some great coffee. Also there are cute cats everywhere!



Craft Finds »

We really want to try making our own string art - it looks so pretty!

Check out the how-to from Sweet Nicks »

Outfit details:

  • T-shirt - refashioned by me (see below)
  • Black skinny jeans - Vero Moda
  • Peeptoe heels - vintage from my Mother's yout

DIY Heart Cutout T-Shirt

Recreate the look with Hanna's DIY Heart Cutout T-Shirt tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

I think my style is constantly evolving, but I guess I do have some signature lines to my style, that haven't changed fo years and that probably never will. I like simple and classic pieces with a hint of retro and romantic to them. I love pretty dresses and cute cardigans, but I wear a lot of pants in my everyday outfits. Mostly simple skinny jeans paired with a cute top and a cardigan. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My favorites change constantly. I keep finding new things I'd forgotten about in my closets and then all of a sudden I can't remember what I wore before that. I think this heart cutout t-shirt is actually one of my current favorites. I'm not a t-shirt kind of gal usually, but the heart shape makes it just cute and romantic enough for my style. It's perfect! And, I acquired my first pair of skinny jeans a couple of months ago (yes, my first pair) and they've come my favorite pair ever.


Who are your style icons?

That's a hard question. I don't think I have style icons per se, but I do admire people who have their distinct style and can carry themselves gracefully. I love when a woman know her worth and is confident in her style. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

I wouldn't say I have any favorites, I like a lot of designers' work. I like Estonian young eco-conscious designers who make their collections from cast off materials. That's very inspiring.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I rarely buy new clothes. Once a year I do the sin of going into H&M. I always feel guilty afterwards because of their production methods, but since I'm a student on a budget and I don't have time to make all my clothing myself, I have to get a few basics for cheap. 


Do you make or customise your outfits?

Most of my clothing and shoes is thrifted and refashioned by me. I used to make a lot of my clothing from scratch, but I quickly became hoarding new fabric, which I didn't have time to turn into clothing. So I turned to thrifting and refashioning. I still make garments from scratch from time to time, but I mostly use materials I already have.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?  

I have a series on my blog called "Wardrobe reinvention", which has taught me a lot about mixing up my outfits. I think you should have fun with your clothing and be really creative about how you wear it. A skirt can be worn not only as a skirt and you can mix up a dull outfit by putting your sweater on backwards. Accessories are great for adding some personality to any outfit. It's all about trying new things and having a lot of fun.


Follow Hanna on CO+K to keep up with her projects and check out her blog at Pearls & Scissors »

Recipe Finds »

These macaroons look so delicious. Have you tried baking any macaroons yet?
Check out the recipe from Barbara Bakes »

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Surely everyone needs a bowler hat with cat ears, right? Well let's all make one just incase!

Check out the how-to from Now That's Pretty »

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