Category Archives: DIYs

DIY Post: Doily Bowls!

(A Special Guest Post from our Australian Friend and Blogger Sam at ittybittypolkadot Blog)

Whether it’s been crocheted by someone you love, salvaged from a thrift store, or passed down from your Grandmother; each doily has a special story to tell. Their intricate patterns and design epitomize vintage charm.

But what if these antiques could be modernized into something that is not only practical, but a delightful addition to your decor?
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What you need:

Doily – any shape, size, or color
Fabric Stiffener
Bowl – the shape of this will determine the shape of your doily bowl
Spare bowl – used for dipping
Cling wrap

What to do:

Decide whether you want your doily bowl to have scalloped or flat edges. For scalloped edges, mould your doily on the inside of the bowl. Alternatively, drape your doily over an upturned bowl to create flat edges. Test out a few different bowls till you are happy with the shape it makes. Once chosen, line the inside/outside of your bowl with cling wrap.

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Pour a generous amount of fabric stiffener into your spare bowl. Dip doily into stiffener, making sure it becomes totally saturated.

Mould doily to the inside/outside of your chosen bowl.

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Allow doily to dry overnight (or a little longer if necessary). When dry, gently pull doily bowl away from the cling wrap.

And there you have it … your delightful doily turned into a beautiful bowl! Fill with anything your heart desires; spools of thread, crafty bits-n-bobs, or even vintage jewelry.
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These bowls are deceivingly simple to make. Why not make a few while you’re at it! They can add instant charm to any room or make a perfect gift when placed in a cute box.
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Whatever it is you use them for, these doily bowls are the perfect way to recycle those often outdated, vintage heirlooms, into something that can be enjoyed time & time again!

– Sam

DIY Post: Scarf Styling!

If you haven’t seen our newest Look book yet, you’re in for a treat! It’s full of great How-to’s and ways to wear vintage scarves- and lovely photos too, of course. Check out all of the fun how-to’s below and make sure to give our Look book a view HERE ! Know any other great ways to style a scarf? Share them with us, we’re always up to try something new.

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DIY Post: Simple Lanterns

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1- Clip your wire into a circle and hot glue. Reinforce joint by wrapping with wire to make your circle extra secure. Note: each lantern requires 2 loops – 1 for top and 1 for bottom. (Our loop shown here is 10 inches in diameter)

2- Make a cross bar with your wire. This is only necessary for your lantern’s top loop, and is used for hanging.

3- You should now have 2 loops of the same size- 1 with a cross bar and 1 without

4- Hot glue your top loop about 1/2 inch or so from the edge of your paper making a 3D shape. Do the same with your bottom loop on the bottom edge of your paper.

5- You should now have a tube like shape. Use your hot glue to seal the seam down the side of your tube.

6- Voila! You’ve got a lantern. Hang with fishing line for a floating effect & cluster different sizes and width lanterns to create a focal point!

We loved the effect of these lanterns for a pop of color and whimsy this season and we hope you do too! Try them out and send us your pics at info@libbystory.com – we’d love to see ‘em!

 

 

Fashion Post: Behind the Scenes

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“Is that real film we used in our lookbook???,” you ask. Well… Yeah! We absolutely love the grainy retro feel of real film and we thought (fingers crossed) you might appreciate it too. These are a few of our developed images and a little bit of the actual film as well. When planning our shoot, we talked about a fun bohemian 70′s appeal, and the first things that came to mind were all the fantastic film photos of our parents from the 70′s. Well, we figured we’d give it a go ourselves, and turns out, we kinda like it and you may just be seeing more where this came from!

DIY Post: Festive Backdrop

It’s the holiday season- There are a million celebrations happening- maybe you’re even hosting an event of your own? Here’s a simple, cheap and festive way to decorate and give a little extra whimsy to any event. This backdrop texture also works WONDERS for photos. We chose bright colors for this DIY for the ease of visual instruction, but we’ve previously used all white tissue paper and this same technique for occasions and the positive feedback hasn’t stopped yet!

Step 1: Fold 3 sheets of tissue paper in 1/2, long ways (crease at the top).

Step 2: Fold the tissue paper in 1/2  and then in 1/2 once again, and cut the left and right bottom corners off of your tissue paper to form a point at the bottom.

Step 3: Fringe the bottom of your tissue paper, about 1/2 way up.

Step 4: Unfold back to the form you made in Step 1

Step 5: Seperate the top layer from the back layer and stagger to make the appearance of 2 layers. Then crease to this form.

Step 6: Tape these sections to your wall or location of choice working your way from bottom to top. Make sure to tape on the top crease and from the crease inside as well. The interior tape holds the multiple sheets of tissue paper in place.

 

That’s it. Really. It’s that simple. Try it out, let us know how it works for you and if you’re super inspired, send us a photo!

Happy Handmade Holidays!

Fashion Post: Holiday 2012 Video

Meet Chanelle – one of our most cheerful and contagiously happy models- We couldn’t have picked a better model fit for this short video! These Jeffrey Campbell boots also turned out to be contagious… so dreamy. Did we make that fake snow our selves, you ask?? Of course we did- the pinecones and present wrapping too!

Anyways, what we’re trying to say is we hope this clip brings cheer and inspiration to your holiday season!

 

Libby Story Holiday 2012 Promo from Libby Story on Vimeo.

DIY Post: Free People shop-in-shop

If you haven’t been into our Ridgeland location recently, now is the time to do it! We just wrapped up our renovation of the front portion of our store, which has now morphed into a Free People shop-in-shop (meaning a full space devoted solely to the FP brand)! And, it’s pretty dreamy if we do say so ourselves. What’s even better than that?? Come in tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 6th) and receive 20% off all Free People in celebration of National Fashion’s Night Out!

DIY Post: Upcycled Vintage Rug

At Libby Story we are all about recycling and upcycling vintage goods. We think putting a modern twist on an object that has vintage charm is a great way to make something that’s one-of-a-kind. In this DIY, we tackle home/dorm decor with a lovely upcycled vintage rug!

STEP ONE: Tape your rug with painters tap or heavy masking tape on the areas you do not want painted.

STEP TWO: If you printed out text or shapes, cut them out with your scissors or box cutter. Once cut, you can tape your stencil on the back (or use a spray adhesive if available).

STEP THREE: Adhere your stencil to the rug where you’d like it, apply pressure and make sure all edges are secured down.

STEP FOUR: Spray your color of choice over top of your rug. Try to keep your line of spray directly over the rug, since shooting at an angle may allow paint under your stencil… Try to be patient while it dries- we know the anticipation is killer.

STEP FIVE: Peel and reveal! Then try out some other patterns and colors– like this MSU Maroon chevron print!

Here’s wishing you all happy decorating!

DIY Post: Industrial Bird Feeder

This fun and easy bird feeder can add an industrial look to any front porch.

Supplies:
Poultry Wire (1/4 inch)
Jewelry Wire
Wire Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Chain
Bird Seed

STEP ONE:
Start with a 6×6 inch piece of Poultry Wire.  Fold the one edge into itself to create a cone.  Use your wire cutters to cut the edge where the two meet.

STEP TWO:

Use a piece of jewelry wire to “sew” the seam together creating a finished cone.  You will notice at the top of the cone, that one edge is finished and the other is unfinished and sitting higher.  Cut that with your wire snips to make a smooth edge.

STEP THREE:

Add a chain to each side, fill with bird seed and hang to your heart’s content.
Once you get the technique down you can make them in any size!  Group them together at varying heights and create a mobile look that will have the birds coming for days!

Enjoy!

{Shelley Turk is the owner and designer of Stitched & Wired. Her handcrafted goods and blog can be found at www.stitchedandwired.com}