Natalie put this request into the suggestion box:
I have seen you cover this a little but, but I would love to see some more ideas on where to get QUALITY accessories. I love the leather belts and scarves you feature, but I never find them at thrift stores, and they cost a fortune at department stores. I would love to see some of your strategies on when and where to shop for them.
Weeellll, there’s no easy answer to this one, I’m afraid. I’ve been thrifting, Etsying, DIYing, antiquing, art fair-ing, and otherwise collecting my accessories for many, many years, culling and evaluating as I go. I have some marvelous stuff now, but I’ve had some utter crap over the years, too. And it’s taken me a while to train my eye. I’m happy to share a few tips for sourcing and spotting quality accessories, but definitely hope you’ll share more suggestions in the comments, too!
Originally posted 2012-11-01 06:25:23.
Have you noticed that all posts on this blog that contain the abbreviation “DIY” also contain the word “lazy”? Let me explain why: IT IS BECAUSE I AM LAZY.
My friend Trinknitty is an amazing cook and craftswoman, and when I show up for her Crafternoon gatherings with my tote bag full of super glue and gas-station-purchased sewing kits, I make her cringe with my slapdash methods. And I’ve tried to change my ways. I have! But my DIY-ing preferences are set. If I want something done right, I hire a pro. If I want it done quickly and shoddily, I do it myself.
Originally posted 2011-08-29 06:08:52.
Many moons ago, I attended a monthly craft group. Most of the attendees were avid and skilled knitters who brought the most gorgeous array of fibers and objects-in-progress to work on. I was (and still am) a lapsed knitter who can’t even remember how to cast on, and really have no crafting skills to speak of. But I would show up, my giant craft bag in hand, and inevitably cook up something fun from its bizarre and varied contents.
On any given day, my craft bag may contain leather scraps, grosgrain ribbon, faux pearls, bits of feather boa, and buttons. But here are some items that, as a lazy crafter, I’ve come to see as essential.
Originally posted 2011-01-11 06:02:02.