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DEARBORN & ELM Sneak Peak Pt.2

You might be asking yourself, “What exactly is DEARBORN & ELM?” In short, D&E is a handmade goods online shop set to launch on Etsy in the very near future. DEARBORN & ELM is a collaboration between Lauren (me!) over here at FOLKLORE and the other creatives in my life.

Still curious? Read about our Elastic Hair Ties:

DEARBORN & ELM Elastic Hair Ties are a modern and stylish alternative to the boring scrunchies of decades-past. This fancy hair accessory doubles as a comfortable bracelet, keeping a stylish ponytail or trendy braid always at hand. Made of soft, stretchy satin, the fabric won’t snag your lovely locks or leave behind those awkward creases. Heat-sealed ends prevent fraying, letting you play all day without worry. Refresh your routine with DEARBORN & ELM‘s Elastic Hair Ties that are gentle on your hair and on your wallet.

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Follow DEARBORN & ELM on Twitter and check back with FOLKLORE for updates. We will be giving away a free set of hair ties before we officially open shop on Etsy!

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Nuts & Bolts

It’s early yet, but I wanted to make my sis a necklace that had some holiday flair. You know, something dark and luxe that would look good with cozy sweaters AND party dresses. I wasn’t envisioning anything in particular, until I discovered these gems.toggle

Talk about hardware! This toggle set is way too pretty to be hidden in the back, so I decided to make it the center piece.DIY tassel necklace

I loved the idea of combining a deep forest green with black to offset the gleaming gold of the toggle. The trendy color combination pops against a cream and adds some visual interest to a basic noir. Oh, and Kendall loves green. Bonus points!houndstooth sweater with DIY tassel necklacecashmere sweater with DIY tassel necklace

I can’t stop making tassels. Seriously. Is it really a problem though?DIY nut bolt tassel necklace

I’ll be packing this DIY creation up and shipping it off to Chicago, but I’m thinking of making one for myself. Have any color scheme ideas?

Fallen Leaves

It’s been quiet on folklore these past few weeks, but I’m still here! DJ and I both managed to catch a cold and work has been bonkers, but things should settle down… for a bit. When I can get around to it, I have many projects in the blogging queue. Until then, here are some crunchy and brilliantly colored leaves to hold you over.fallleaves

PS: how adorable are those flats? I snagged this ladylike Tahari pair at Marshall’s for $35.

A Charmed Life

Two weeks ago, I started tinkering around with beads and some embroidery floss. I wasn’t thrilled with the result, so I put the project away for a bit. We have been very busy lately and taking a break seemed to be the natural and wise thing to do.

I revisited the unfinished necklace this weekend with renewed creative spirit, and much to my surprise, it didn’t need much work at all. In fact, all I did was swap out a small charm for a giant tassel. Et voila!

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Tassel & Charm DetailThe necklace consists of three tassels of various sizes and textures, purple and grey seed beads, a light gold spike charm, and an embellished gold charm. All of the pieces are pulled together by the blue-grey thread for an eclectic but muted look. I can’t wait to layer this with other long gold chains!

Oh! It turns out, this necklace is incredibly soft. Who would have thought?

The Big Costume Reveal

After weeks of deliberation, I have finally decided on my Halloween costume. This is no trivial matter, mind you, as I take this holiday very seriously. Out of many excellent possibilities, I have chosen to revisit one of my favorite childhood costumes:

Grey-Eyed Athena. Minerva.
Ancient goddess of wisdom, arts and crafts, and strategic warfare.

I have always found Athena to be absolutely fascinating and visually stunning. Born from Zeus’s head fully clad in armor, she was both feminine and masculine, nurturing and destructive. Artisans throughout the centuries have been inspired by Pallas Athene, depicting her in paintings and statuary in all her terrible glory. The goddess, even when adorned in beautiful woven robes, bears the head of Medusa on her aegis. In other words, she’s a total badass.athene

For my costume, I have chosen a non-traditional color scheme of gold and navy in a variety of textures. The light and airy navy (with a subtle black dot) will make up the tunic, while the gold solid will be draped from one shoulder and gathered in some fashion.

bundled jacquardI fell for the stunning gold and silver jacquard fabric in the store and couldn’t leave without it. The raised bumps reminded me of hammered metal, but it still was beautiful enough for a goddess. I’m thinking it will be perfect for a breastplate, which no Athena costume should be without. I am hoping to add some quilting and beadwork to the armor to give it even more depth.

As I construct this year’s costume, I will share updates on my progress. Have you decided on a Halloween costume yet?

Put a Bow On It

Sometimes you gotta roll with the punches… make lemonade when life hands you lemons… keep calm and carry on. What I’m trying to say is that sometimes DIY goes madly awry, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “game over” for your project. In fact, deviating from your original plan – or scrapping it entirely – can yield stunning results.

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Long story short, I put a not-so-small hole in this sweater. Like, front and center… which is a problem since I had set out to embellish the front of my cardigan with heavy beads and buttons.  Instead of a DIY pièce de résistance, I had an unraveling mess on my hands. Y I K E S.

At moments like these, I put my project down and walk away. Taking a break gives me time to think through my options, say a bunch of swear words, and reboot. I weighed the pros and cons of several ideas over a cup of coffee, but ultimately decided on the simplest fix: put a bow on it. A BIG ONE.

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So, that’s how this bow-bedecked cardi came to be.

Button Row 2I switched out the plain buttons for shiny (plastic) gold ones and placed a small silver-lined bead in the center for added interest. Much to my surprise, the buttons actually sparkle as they catch the light!

I fashioned a large bow out of black and white grosgrain ribbon and sewed it onto the collar. The bow not only hid the hole (which has been patched), but transformed a basic cardigan into something wonderfully chic.

While disappointed my original project never came to be, I am thrilled with what I made in the end. This cardi will transition from work to weekend seamlessly, and because the details are timeless, it will work with any season.

Here, I have paired my newest creation with an emerald blouse (Pantone’s color of the year!) and my favorite pair of denim. Throw on some black ballet flats and I’m ready for Sunday afternoon.

tryoutEmerald sleeveless blouse (Joe Fresh, $14)
Dark wash skinny-straight denim (Level 99, $130)
Heather grey 3/4 sleeve cardigan (Merona, $13) + Folklore DIY bow and buttons

Chain Reaction

Fall’s rich colors and luxe textures demand accessories with just as much visual impact. No offense to dainty jewels, but I want pieces that bring some edge to feminine cardigans and fit-and-flair dresses. That means chains and lots of ‘em.

Three Necklaces

To indulge my inner goth kid – yes, she’s very real – I’ve whipped up three necklaces that can be worn all together or on their own. All different lengths, the three necklaces use the same antique gold chains and are complemented by translucent grey and matte burgundy beads, black grosgrain ribbon, and a deep navy embroidery floss tassel. They’re just the right mix of alt-rock and classic opulence – without the price tag.

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I am especially intrigued by the thicker gold chain with the silver accent. Mixing metals, even just a little bit, adds dimension and roughens up the look.

Houndstooth Far

This particular one was inspired by a Madewell necklace that I blogged about a few weeks ago. I love unusual pieces… especially if they have tassels. If you’ve been visiting FOLKLORE recently, you’ve probably noticed that I’m on a bit of a tassel binge.

A Star-Studded Post

Every August, the Perseid meteor shower puts on a dazzling display. In fact, the celestial event will hit its peak this week, so it’s not too late to wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and catch a glimpse of shooting stars as they race across the Summer sky.

Like so many of us, I’ve always had a deep fascination with space. Nebulas, galaxies, constellations – the universe is a stunningly beautiful and truly curious place. While taking stock of my craft supplies this week, I realized that stars have not only worked their way in to my collection of beads and ribbons, but they have begun to influence my overall design aesthetic.

Behold!

Stars Display

I found these delightful Cära pavé star earrings at Target and I wear them constantly. Since I much prefer studs over dangling earrings or hoops, I’m thrilled when I discover a quirky post earring.

The sheer ribbon with the gold stars was an impulse buy. I’ll admit that I have no idea what I’m going to make out of it, so in the meantime I’ll just enjoy the ribbon’s delicate beauty. If you have a suggestion for a craft idea send it my way!

The beaded bracelets are a product of recent late-night downtime. DJ has just returned from his six-week Berlin adventure (see Sarahrulu’s blog post for more details ), and we’ve been enjoying quiet evenings at home. In about an hour, I created two bracelets adorned with handmade tassels, gold stars, and shimmery seed beads. The thread tassels remind me of comets! Worn alone or as a celestial pair, they’ll be perfect to toss on with a pile of bangles.

StarsCollageMaybe there will be some time for star gazing tonight… after Breaking Bad, of course.

Foulard Tassel Bracelet

I must admit that I cannot wait for Fall. Every single year upon the arrival of August, I give myself full license to obsess about all things Autumn. It’s the layers of jackets and scarves, moody grey skies and crisp wind. I realize that Summer is not over, but one can dream, no? Or you could just go to the craft store.

Foulard TasselLast week, I stumbled upon some beads that appealed to my Fall state of mind. They were so perfect that I had no choice but to buy them and whip up a bracelet. Really, I didn’t.

Those glossy, crimson discs have a geometric pattern reminiscent of foulard silk ties – the right amount of luxe menswear with a dash of folk (a fashion trend for Fall/Winter, by the way). I paired those beauties with gold-lined seed beads, medium black matte beads, and a small embroidery floss tassel. The saturated colors work for late summer, but I think this bracelet will achieve its full glory once September rolls around.

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