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Suggestions For Your Socks

5 Dec

Club Creative Studio has a question for you: What is on your sock?  I am referring to your Christmas stocking that are traditionally hung by many from a fireplace mantel.  If you are one that does this year after year, I want to hear about how those socks are decorated. I also share ideas today as suggestions for your socks. What can you use and what have you used  to embellish them and make them your own decorative items for display?

Do you have stockings that are hand-made, heirloom pieces of fabric or store-bought?  Today in the Two Cent Tuesday post, I want to offer ideas that you can do inexpensively that will make those manufactured  dollar store-type Christmas stockings more personal and festive.

Christmas stocking ready to be decorated.

Christmas stocking ready to be decorated.

It may be as simple as having a glue gun and a bit of creativity.  You can use items that are “found items” around your home or purchase something specific to add to your stockings. To add personality and a personal identity to them, it is just a matter of being open to the creativity that you have within, and find a way to apply your ideas.

Let’s start with the most inexpensive ideas:

Hot glue items or use self adhesives to add buttons, rick-rack fabric, lace, ribbon, pom-pom, yarn, tassels, bows, cinnamon sticks, border trim, feathers, beads, charms, glitter, sequins, cotton balls or  faux fur.

Using unusual found items that convey personal interests may be interesting to attach with hot glue as well. Consider items such as crayons, pencils, photographs, theme scrapbook cut outs or stickers, silk flowers, cardboard initials,  bay leaves and whole cloves, small plastic toys, even coins.

To identify with name recognition, you can use fabric paint, fabric markers, small photos, initial charms, name tape, or decorative name tag.

Stepping it up a notch with these suggestions:

Moving on from glue to sewing techniques puts a different spin on the finished look.  Add higher quality textiles or fabrics. Adding a personal embroidery emblem, iron-on patch, rhinestone trim, actual photo frame and photo, quilted fabric sections,  personal theme ornament, or hand-made element in carved wood elevates the completed item.  The idea with stepping up the decorative element is the larger cost invested or better quality elements added, not necessarily the amount of decorative additions.

I have not included photos of improvements given to these stockings because, this is a project that my daughter and I will do together this year.  These are new stockings and they were bought because they are uniform in size, color and sweater-type texture for a more uniform theme this year.  Adding the personality will have a different feel this year, a more sophisticated theme.

So, let me know how you have personalized or made your holiday socks more special to display by adding decorative elements.  Did your creativity take hold in your project?

Bring Bling to Bold

22 Jan

Club Creative Studio’s art is one way to add color to the “gloom of winter”. Art can be created to help you bring a dash of bling into your bold color choices of fashion and home. Right now it is considered “hot” to add rich colors and bold patterns to your fashion, and even in your home accessories.

 

Artful finds from a market-theme storefront that offers a more global awareness/influence will make you realize that it is o.k. to go bold. You may appreciate the fabrics you are seeing more often that commonly resemble the batik or ikat patterns. Items that are made from or are made to look like the ancient fabric-dying techniques are bold and beautiful. You can consider even tribal patterns to be bold.

Thinking of Persian rugs or Mexican tiles gives you an idea that patterns found in such items can become a focal point of interest. Adding a pop of color adds a spice to life.

Wearing something in jewel-tones such as fuchsia, turquoise and citrus greens and yellows is an easy way to bring your wardrobe up to date and fresh. When choosing an element of colorful bling, you may want to consider choosing colors that either blend or compliment your look. By introducing a combination of “wow-colors” you set yourself apart as being a bit bold, and certainly…beautiful!

Club Creative Studio hand-made beads.

Within the new category GLAMOUR tab on the website: Club Creative Studio I have introduced art that is bold and somewhat “over-the-top”. Here you will find jewelry art that is fun, and fabulous.  Enjoy viewing items that are being add to the growing new section. They are certainly making statements!

Rich colors that bring boldness.

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