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Happy New Year Fellow Bloggers!  I am only four months behind on saying that!  Sorry guys and gals, this little woman has been busy!  My goal, starting now, is to do a post once a weekend.

For those of you that follow me on Instagram (@thatgirl_leah) know that my newest craze are Do It Yourself craft kits.  I have always been a fan of DIY.  Within in the past month, I have seen advertisements on Facebook for a product called Darby Smart.  Out of curiosity, I googled it (like I do everything).

“Darby Smart is a do-it-yourself crafting startup working with top Pinterest designers of DIY accessories, fashion and home items to Kit, market and sell their projects to consumers, complete with all materials and instructions needed to complete the project.”

In other words, it is a do-it-yourself craft project in a box!  You can opt to buy craft supplies individually, do-it-yourself projects (which include all the materials and instructions) or sign up for their monthly subscription (which is a new DIY project sent to you each month).  This truly intrigued me!  It does not cost any money to sign up and you are given a $10 off your first purchase when you become a member.

FREE MONEY!  Of course, I decided to purchase one of the DIY projects!  They have numerous projects at different price ranges.  Check them out!

I purchased the Lace Earrings Kit.  It came in a super cute teal box with chevron on the sides.  (Did I mention I’m crazy about chevron?!)

darby2I’m not sure that “Internet Rehab Inside,” is the best phrase for this box, especially since I have become quite the avid internet shopper.

Here are the supplies which were provided to make the earrings.

darby1The instructions were located on the back of the card.  They were basic and I was able to use my own creativity to create my earrings.  The kit made three sets of earrings.  Here is the finished product!

darby3I have to say that every time I wear a pair of these earrings, I always get a lot of compliments.

Darby Smart provides more than enough for you push your creativity.  I had a lot of beads remaining, so I went to the craft store and picked up more supplies to make more of these earrings.  Stay tuned for a follow up!

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Good Evening Fellow Bloggers,

It’s been a while, too long!  Summer has taken me away from behind the computer, but fall is right around the corner.  This summer flew by!  Can someone please press pause and preserve these last final summer days?  This summer has been an unusual one for Charlotte, NC with lots of rain.  On the rainy days, I have reconnected with my creativity and designer mind.  This is what I have created.

These are a gift for my best friend from college that now lives in Arizona.

Before

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After

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henna_inspired_shoes_after_01I purchased the shoes from Khol’s.  The shoes are designed much like TOMS.  They are a basic red canvas shoe.  Khol’s also sells these shoes in black, gray and gold.  My best friend requested red shoes.  (Life is better in bold colors.)  I used gold Tulip Metallic Fabric paint, that I purchased at Hobby Lobby, to apply the design to the shoes.

My most recent fascination has been with henna designs.  I love the delicate and detailed patterns.  I studied many henna YouTube videos and sketched numerous henna designs in my sketchbook.  I was amazed at the peacock design and focused on this for the shoes.

After much studies, I was ready to apply the design to the shoes!  I used an acrylic pencil to lightly draw the design on each shoe.  With a steady hand, I used the squeeze bottle of fabric paint to bold the design on each shoe.  And ta-da!  I have created some custom henna inspired shoes.

I have posted these pictures on my Instagram and Facebook page and have received a lot of positive feedback from family, friends and colleagues.  Everyone has encouraged me to create more of these shoes and sell them on Etsy.  I am currently doing some more research into this possibility.  Who knows!  Never say never!  You may see my work for sale soon on Etsy!  Stay tuned!

In a hurry to complete this project and have my best friend debut my henna inspired shoes in Arizona, this was my quick signature mark for my first project.

Be on the look out for a new logo design!

henna_inspired_shoes_after_03Side Note: This is a mile marker for me as a designer!  This is my first wearable design and I am excited to have my best friend debut it.  Thank you, Monica!  You have always encouraged and supported me in all my crazy designs and thoughts!  You are the best!