Handmade by Brit

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I have a handful of different crafts I enjoy making. When I’m not in the NYC office working, I am either knitting up a storm on the train, in my kitchen baking clay earrings or at the craft shop looking for the coolest colored beads. Last year is essentially when my crafting hobby started to bloom into more than just a fun activity.

The hot yoga studio I go to in NY was having a holiday craft show that I decided to sell my scarves and earrings at. I went into it with no expectations but left with fewer items than I came with. So this past November, I had another opportunity to sell handmade items at a different yoga studio that I am actually getting my RYT-200 certification at in Massachusetts. I ended up selling almost all my knitted merchandise as well as several earrings and bracelets. What I enjoyed most was seeing people’s reactions to what I can make and how much they loved what I created out of a ball of yarn or a glob of clay. Nevertheless, this support small businesses event led me to meet Nicolina. She owns Nicolina’s Westborough and offered to purchase several earrings of mine to sell in her boutique store.

Above and below are my DIY earrings made out of 100% polymer clay. They are sculpted out of a glob of clay then fired, painted and glazed. Once completely dry, I assemble the earring backs. I will be selling these this weekend at the yoga studio in NY for another holiday craft show along with my Hand Knit by Britt scarves, headbands and hats. Below are some of my favorite earrings especially for the holidays!

Namaste.

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Flower Power

Growing up I loved anything tie-dyed and floral. I truly was a hippy at heart. This summer I decided to create something to reflect my inner hippy– a flower headband. Flower headbands are taking off in the fashion world and can be worn to any summer festivity. So, I ran out to grab some cheap fake flowers from the dollar store and put them to good use. All you need for this project is an elastic band, black thread and needle (to sew it together), fake flowers and a hot glue gun to create your very own flower headband.

First, I measured out my black elastic band around my head to determine where to sew it together. Then I began sewing the two ends together by hand.

After doing this, I heated up my glue gun and proceeded to glue each individual flower to the elastic band.

This craft is inexpensive and super easy to complete. Instead of paying more than $10 for an already made flower headband, just do-it-yourself with these easy steps before the summers over!

Hey Mackelmore, Can We Go Thrift Shopping?

Even before the hit song Thrift Shop by Mackelmore came out in 2012, I have always been an advocate for consignment shops. One of the best places to go thrift shopping is non-other than Newport, RI. Since most of the people living in Newport have plenty of money and only wear outfits once, these lightly used garments get sent out to the thrift shops for frugal people like me to buy. So keep them coming!

Newport has several consignment shops that are hit or miss including Salvation Army, Closet Revival and Wish Newport to name a few. I’ve come across some great finds at these stores in the past and over the weekend it was a hit. Closet Revival was the first consignment shop we ventured into. After finding a few items to try on, I wasn’t impressed nor willing to dish out any cash for the items I found. So we moved onto the next one, Wish Newport, which resembles a boutique rather than a thrift store.

Wish doesn’t look like your average salvation army, nor does it have that thrift shop smell. This tiny shop has top-notch designer brands that are second hand. Some of the designers sold are Chanel, Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, JCrew, Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch and more. It ended up being at least an hour or two that we spent in this one roomed store that has clothes throughout the perimeter of the space. It was worth each minute. After rummaging through the dresses, skirts, pants and tops it was time to try on. After a few yes’s and plenty of no’s it was time to check out at the cash wrap. Look at what I got below!

JCrew black dress ($30.00)

Lilly Pulitzer Dress ($80.00)

Lilly Pulitzer Shirt ($60.00)