Design Fixation

9/19/16

How-To: Easy DIY Tassel Fringe Necklace


Hey friends! The other day I was rifling through my jewelry-making supplies and I ran across a pair of hoop earring components with loops across the bottom that I've had forever. I've been wanting to make a tassel-style necklace, and that's when it hit me - attach the tassels to an earring, and voila, a fringe-y tassel necklace was born. So today I'm going to share the tutorial with you.  


Here's what you'll need for your tassel fringe necklace:



Begin by cutting three 6" long pieces of one color of embroidery floss, and do the same for the rest of the colors.


Fold the three pieces of the first color in half and thread them through the first loop of the earring. Slip the tails through the hole that is formed by the folded strings.


Pull the ends taut. Repeat this process for the other four colors. Separate the threads of the strings a bit so they look more like fringe than string, and then trim them along the bottom so they are even. I trimmed a few strands slightly shorter so they didn't look quite so perfect.


Next, use your pliers to attach one end of the chain to the hoop with a jump ring. This is a good time to try the necklace on to make sure the length is how you like it. Trim a bit of the chain off if it is too long, and attach the other end of the chain to the hoop using the other jump ring. Use your pliers to cut off the single loop on the top of the hoop.


And that's it - your tassel fringe necklace is all finished. I told you it was easy! The end result is elegant with a bit of a boho chic vibe, thanks to the length and texture of the tassels.


It's a great example of how thinking outside of the box can lead to a positive outcome... I probably never would have made a pair of earrings with these, but now I have a fringe-tastic necklace instead! 


The customization possibilities are endless for this necklace - switch up the colors, use gold instead of silver, or adjust the length of the fringe. I might even make fringe out of chain next time. I mean, I do have another earring left to use.


One more tip for you - if your embroidery floss isn't laying flat, use an iron on a very low setting to flatten it out. Then spray it with a quick shot of flexible hold hairspray.

Interested in other fun jewelry DIYs? Check out this statement necklace and these glitter earrings.


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9/13/16

10 DIY Alternatives To Traditional Curtain Panels

Paint a design on plain old roller shades. Image found here.

Every time I try to switch out my window treatments, I get frustrated with the price and generic-ness (I know, that's not a word) of store-bought window panels. Why must we pay so much for a piece of fabric? So today I'm sharing ten unique DIY alternatives to curtain panels. Click "read more" to check them out.

8/31/16

Dinner & A DIY /// Scallop Sweet Potato Bites With DIY Gold Party Picks



Wayfair is one of my go-to websites when I'm shopping for our house, so when they invited me to create a recipe for a bite-sized appetizer, I jumped at the chance. Although I don't share a ton of food-related posts here on Design Fixation, I do love to cook. It's yet another creative outlet for me. So today I'm going to share with you a recipe in conjunction with a quick DIY project, of course (because I just couldn't help myself). Here goes.... my recipe for seared scallop and sweet potato bites with pea purée and DIY gold party picks. 

8/26/16

A Design Lover's Guide To Nantucket


On Wednesday I took a day trip to Nantucket - and I didn't want to leave! You guys, this island is like a little slice of heaven on earth. I expected pretty ocean views and cobblestone streets, but what I didn't expect was the attention to design and visual aesthetics that pervaded practically every inch of every store. I spent almost as much time ogling the light fixtures and wall treatments as I did shopping and eating. So today I thought I'd share a list of must-see spots in Nantucket.  Keep reading to check 'em out.

8/18/16

5 Fantastic Home Décor DIY Projects



In the mood to give your space a bit of a face lift? Here are five gorgeous DIY projects that have been floating around the internet lately... and they are making me swoon. Click on the link below each photo to check out the tutorial.








8/11/16

10 Spaces With Bright Pops of Sunny Yellow











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Am I the only one's who's been crushing on yellow lately? Maybe it's these warm summer days.... Here are ten fantastic rooms with pops of bright sunny yellow. And that last image is a shot from my latest article for Houzz - the rest of the house is just as colorful and fabulous. Check it out here. 




8/4/16

Beautiful Bathroom Inspiration



Lately we've been thinking about renovating our upstairs bathroom. It's one of those spaces that is just okay. But it could be better. Much better. We're planning to add a glass shower, a new vanity and lighting, and some pretty tiling on the floors and the shower walls. So I've been on the hunt for inspiration.... and here's what I've found.







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7/27/16

Home Decor Inspiration /// I'm Green With Envy


Paint color trends seem to go through phases. For a while black was the hot hue, then navy... and now dark green has been popping up all over the internet. And I have to say - I'm a big fan. It's moody and sophisticated, but it also has a natural, organic sort of feel. What do you think, would you dare to paint your walls dark green? Here's some inspiration that might sway you ;)







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Check out some equally stunning green-centric interiors here and here. Not a fan of green? Then check out these rooms filled with navy blue, magenta and yellow.  In case you can't tell so far, I like color. 



7/21/16

5 Gorgeous DIY Weaving Projects



Recently I did some crafting with my blogger friends Rose and Haley from Popcorn and Chocolate, and they happened to be in the midst of some seriously cool weaving projects which they sell their amazing tapestries in their Etsy shop called All Wool and No Shoddy (go check it out!). So of course it made me want to give weaving a try too... what a great way to use up all of those yarn scraps that keep piling up! They were kind enough to share some tips and tricks with me, and I was immediately hooked (I'll be sure to share my progress over on Instagram ASAP). And as usual, I jumped on Pinterest and started looking for inspiration -- here's what I found.

Learn how to pile weave with this tutorial.

Learn to weave in the round with this pom pom rug.

Give this tassel weaving a try using this tutorial.

Add wave shapes to your tapestry... learn how using these instructions.




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