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    Anthropologie Inspired Necklace

    I love making presents. Even if I’m giving a gift that I’ve purchased, I almost always give something handmade, as well. It’s just that little extra “I love you” that makes giving so special. If you need an idea for something you can make, this tassel necklace is inspired by one I saw from Anthropologie a few years ago and is super easy.

    To make it, gather your supplies: embroidery thread or fine yarn in the color(s) you like, some cardboard pieces about the size you want your tassels to be, chain, jump rings, scissors, and small pliers. Read more

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    The Queen of Hearts Costume Design

    When a family asked me to design a shoot for them around an Alice in Wonderland theme, my mind was immediately whirring away! Here’s a breakdown of the Queen of Hearts costume I designed for the mom of the family.
    First up, was the sketch.
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    I tackled the headpiece next, using poster board, cardboard, artificial roses (red, of course!), and a headband.
    Queen of Hearts headpiece construction

    Queen of Hearts headpiece
    Then, it was the collar. I did a lot of research about Elizabethan whisks and decided to model the queen’s collar after them. I used 3 partial decks of playing cards in varying sizes, 16-gauge wire, needle and thread and glue.
    Queen of Hearts whisk construction

    Queen of Hearts whisk
    I used a red tulle skirt that I had made earlier with a white corset, stitched up a ruched shrug the day of, and made pleated cuffs and a pleated neck piece. Below is the completed look. I will post images from the shoot soon!
    Queen of Hearts costume

    Queen of Hearts costume

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