Over the holidays I was out shopping for gifts when I came across this really simple, leather barrette. It wasn’t super expensive (about $25), but I was trying to stay on track to buy gifts for the people on my list, not myself (it’s a slippery slope).
I went back after the holidays to the same store, and of course, that pretty leather barrette was nowhere to be found. Of course. It was such a little thing – why didn’t I just buy it when I had the chance. One thing about shopping in Paris that I’ve learned over the past year is when you see it and you want it – buy it. Because it may not be there again. Ever.
This posed a problem with a simple solution- make one! I happened to have all of the makings of a leather barrette right at home: some old, leftover hyde from another project, some Snap Clip barrettes and, my very favorite lazy-DIYer tool – the hot glue gun.
The process is simple really – no need to get too technical. Just cut the leather around the clip to measure, and cut a rectangle as neatly as you can (I guess if you really wanna be a perfectionist, grab a ruler, a pen and an Exacto Knife or leather knife. You do you.).
Then use your hot glue (or fabric glue, if you think it will bond to the metal. Or old chewing gum. Whatever works!) and adhere the hyde to the barrette.
I like it. Simple and different and much better than that unsightly rubber band I’ve been using to tie my hair back lately.
Stay tuned for more fashion here on The Clever Bunny. I realized over the holidays that so many of my clothes are the same – I keep buying different versions of the same pieces every time I shop, mostly boxy cut tops and drapey blouses. As part of my New Year’s Resolution I decided to make an effort to use this fancy new sewing machine to master making those simple items I am drawn to. I mean, it can’t be that hard, right???? RIGHT?!
Well hello! Things have come to screeching halt around here and here’s why: I have a new gig working over at Apartment Therapy! AT has been one of my favorite home and lifestyle blogs for years, suffice to say, I am VERY excited to be joining their team as a home tour contributor.
My first post was published two days ago. My new and very gracious friends Tim and Libby allowed me to shoot their beautiful Parisian apartment and I am so excited that I get to share it with all of you!
Hop on over to Apartment Therapy and check out the post. I will keep you updated on the home tours I will be contributing in the future.
I’ll be travelling back to the states (to Houston and Austin, Texas) for the month of August, so I will be doing some home tours there as well. When I return to Paris, I have a few more European home tours lined up.
I have that one shelf in my living room that I never know how to arrange. We ditched most of our books back home in the U.S., so we don’t have enough to fill up a whole shelf at this point. Over the past few months living in Europe, I’ve collected a small treasure trove of keepsakes that I want to display, but admittedly, arranging or merchandising a display has never been a huge talent of mine. So I decided to try the shelf 3 ways to see which fit the best in this small corner of my home. On each shelf, I kept one thing in place and switched out the rest to accessorize. The top shelf has a black and white framed design, the middle shelf has two boxes that store photos and cards, and the bottom shelf has a stack of books.
1.) The Green Shelf
I like this simple take using lots of green plants. It doesn’t say a lot but that’s why I like it. And it’s nice to have bright green colors as a focal point in the room.
I love buying these big, green, tropical leaves in leui of flowers.
2.) The Sentimental Shelf
This shelf is a little more cluttered but is full of things special to me. Photographs of my family, a couple of Colin’s toys, some baskets from a friend, a small collection of rocks/sea shells I keep from each of our family trips.
3.) The Tchotchke Shelf:
This arrangement was fun to make because I was moving the items around like chess pieces. This arrangement seemed to work the best. Which way do you like the best?