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Game Day Spirit Fingers = Fun DIY! DIY! DIY!

Prepping for a TV spot is nothing new for us here at DIYStyle, but this had to be one of the more FUN segments we have done. Watch us show how to make the ever popular Spirit Fingers, from our new book–Game Day: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects To Sew! It is always a good time on set of the Great Day St. Louis show, thanks to the host Virginia Kerr, and her buddies Kent and Matt. Allyce and I gave everyone a quick update on our travels, and soon got our DIY on. With the help of a clever Pom-Pom maker from Clover, whipping out the 10 poms needed for spirit fingers can get done super quick……and way before the big game!

http://www.kmov.com/great-day-st-louis/DIY-Game-276188131.html
(Sorry for the UGLY link but my blog editor is being finicky)

SOOO when you are ready to nab a copy of THE BOOK for yourself, go to our “Visit Us on Etsy” link to get your very own signed copy (and check out some of the Clover gadgets and other notions used in Game Day). Here is the UGLY link to get you straight there. https://www.etsy.com/listing/201723127/game-day-50-fun-spirit-fleece-projects

And for all you iPad and tablet owners, Game Day is also available as an Ebook too! Go Get Your Game On!!

 

 

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IT’S HERE!! Game Day: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects to Sew!

Game Day Cover

 

GO Team! Hooray! Our new book, Game Day: 50 Fun Spirit Fleece Projects To Sew from St. Martin’s Press releases TODAY!! After months of wading through mounds of fleece, and whipping up this “go team” spirit gear, it’s finally time to introduce you to our new “baby”. Fleece is a super fabric, available in a ton of colors, prints and types. AND best part is you can find it in TONS of team or school colors and licensed team prints to please all sports fans in the family–no matter what their age (or who they cheer for!). We included more than fifty stress-free sewing projects, designed for tailgating, game time, men and women, kids and babies, man’s best friend, and a few No-Sew projects too. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of our favorites.

 

Doggie Hoodie

 

Lazy Day Capris

Lazy Day Capris

 

Tailgate Party

Tailgate Party

 

Taggles Lovey

Taggles Lovey

Check the playbook included for info on fleece fabric types, notions and tools, and our tips and techniques for working with this wonder fabric. And what Game Day tailgate would be complete without a game of Cornhole? We even show you how to make your own game boards, bean (corn) bags and post the rules to keep everyone honest!

Order Game Day HERE! And while you are visiting check out my Q&A at the SMP Craft site, as their author of the month (thank you St. Martin’s-this is a pretty cool honor!). Doing a spirit-filled happy dance here in the DIYStyle studio. May every day be a Game Day. And my own personal shout-out–Go Cards!!

 

 

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Hey Chickies–We’re Back!!!

Meet Oscar--The DIYStyle Studio Kitty

After a short hiatus from DIYStyle, we are back and ready to SEW!! If you have kept up with us on Facebook, you have heard about some of our adventures. Allyce, I and the Creative Chicks have been super busy with our own personal projects all summer and fall (Allyce now designs for her line Allyce King Swim too). Now that we are headed into the holidays I can let you all in on some EXCITING goings on here in the DIYStyle studio!

We have a BIG announcement (at least big for us!). We are writing the very first book from DIYStyle! I can’t divulge the actual topic and title just yet, but stay posted and watch for that news as soon as I get the green light to spill the beans from our publisher. Due out in Fall/Winter 2013, we hope you will love all the great projects we are having fun whipping up for you.

And we have a new member of our team. Meet Oscar our studio kitty! He’s 7 months old and a bundle of energy. Getting in the middle of all of our creative messes and finding every stray thread to play with. He’s running the miniature daschund (Reese is 12) around in circles, and will probably add years to his life with all the extra exercise.

So what’s on the horizon for DIYStyle.net? A relaunch by spring with MANY more projects, a whole new sewing tips and video section and some brand new techy additions (is techy an actual word?). It’s a TOP SECRET website component–I can’t tell yet. SOOO…..keep watch and LIKE us on Facebook to be the first to get the scoop.

SEW ON Everyone :)

 

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FREE Book Look :: The Book of Doing

The Book of Doing

What a fun book to kick off our “Book Look” reviews and FREE giveaways here on DIYStyle! At first glance I thought “The Book of Doing” was a book for kids (see what I know!), but written by Advertising Age publisher Allison Arden–hence it is mostly for us grown ups. Subtitled–Everyday activities to unlock your creativity and joy….this is a book that gives all of us the permission to get messy, experience something new, and ultimately get your creative juices flowing. :)

Allison is one who experienced the lack of “doing” firsthand as she works in a fast paced, tech field, publishing the 80 year old powerhouse of a magazine that professionals in the Ad and Marketing areas look to. So these days, with 2 children in tow, she learned how getting crafty and giving yourself permission to try new things REALLY enriched her life (most of us sewers and crafters already know how this works right??—-actually wrong!!).

Filled with ideas of things to try out, this book is a kind of kick-start workbook rather than a high level read-and-digest manual. Starting off the adventure into creativity are the 18 “Laws of Doing”. Kind of a mantra for the whole book’s direction, these simple but profound words to live your creative life by are certainly worth repeating to yourself on a regualr basis. I think we all sometimes forget how the little things turn into BIG things, no matter what the direction and journey.

This workbook for creativity includes exercises like Imitate a Cocktail or Mocktail, and Spend an Hour Looking at the Stars and Learning the Constellations. As connected as we are to the tech world thru our tv, computers, phones, facebook, and tons of social media; Allison proposes for us to stash the “red bouncing ball” that is always vying for our attention and just DO. A simple message, a really cute book, and a creative movement we should all be involved in!

The Book of Doing, by Allison Arden, available from Penguin books gets a thumbs up “Like” from us. Check it out and let us know what you think. And “Like” our page at DIYStyle on Facebook and leave us your comments there for a chance to win YOUR copy of The Book of Doing! One facebook post-ee will receive a copy directly from the nice folks at Penguin.

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Nina Garcia’s Look Book

Nina Garcia’s Look Book

Now that Season 8 of Project Runway is underway, we get to see Nina Garcia on a weekly basis dolling out advice and critique to the challenged designers. As the fashion editor for Marie Claire (and formerly Elle magazine), Nina has the up-to-the-minute info on what’s hot and what’s not. And, she can disseminate a “look” and give advice on what works to be fashionable and stylish on a dime. So when her new book arrived here at DIYStyle, we were intrigued, but not surprised to see that she has now taken veritably every notable occasion and turned it into a “What to Wear” opportunity, conveying her pro style sense.

Nina Garcia’s Look Book” with illustrations by the beloved Rubin Toledo hits the bookstore this week. An easy read, just like her previous books (“The 100″ and “Little Black Book of Style”), this one gives guidance for every category of life and style possible. With sections for work, dating, day, night, holidays, life events, weddings and dream travel she pretty well covers it all! Here are some of the topics (including some that will make you smile):

  • The Sweatpants Trap: What to Wear when you work from home
  • Come Fly With Me: What to Wear on a business trip
  • Love Hurts: What to Wear when you breakup with your boyfriend
  • The New Crew: What to Wear when you meet your new boyfriends friends
  • For the People: What to Wear when you are volunteering
  • Curtains Up: What to Wear to a Broadway play
  • Reality Bites: What to Wear when you are single on Valentines Day
  • Youth Gone Wild: What to Wear to chaperone a school dance
  • Objection Your Honor: What to Wear to Jury Duty
  • Matriarchal Chic: What to Wear to your daughter’s wedding
  • On the Road Again: What to Wear when traveling 

All throughout Nina infuses us with her personality–laid back tongue-in-cheek humor and fashion tips, as well as the expected (per her other books) quotes and bits of wisdom from fashion icons and others that just make the book generally fun and energetic. Read the entire book cover to cover in one sitting or (like we did), just pick it up, turn to a section and start surfing around. Either way you will come away with what to wear guidance from the best fashion guru around. Just tell your girlfriends “Nina Says”!

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DIYStyle Read::Sewing for Dummies

Sewing for Dummies cover

No, you don’t need to be a “dummy” to buy this book, or even a beginner sewer…..the simplicity of organization of hardcore info in this sewing handbook is what we all wish for when in a late night sewing pinch! Like me, you have probably perused several of the Dummies books, most of them pretty darn useful and written in a voice that I can understand. Sewing for Dummies is just that, from this easy-to-navigate category of books by Wiley. Written by industry veteran (and a long time friend) Jan Saunders-Maresh, this book is a must have for every level of sewist.

I love books that are an easy read, especially when I am grappling with a subject that is new or seemingly difficult to me.  Just check out the other Dummies books on my shelf…mostly internet and computer related. Jan has a knack for making the step by step instructions for everything from zippers to pockets, and piping to slipcovers as easy as pie, and fun to boot. Some of the included cartoons are so on target, and hit home. A lighter note when you are trying to figure out just how to get that particular technique down.

Sections in the book cover major sewing opportunities, including Fashion sewing (our fav of course!), Home Dec, Alterations, and the “trademark” top ten lists. Sewing for Dummies even has some handy charts included, perforated so you can keep with you as you hit the fabric store. Fabric conversions, sheet sizes and needle specs are included to take on the go.

Sewing for Dummies has become our go-to handbook at DIYStyle for all of our sewing questions, especially used in classes at the DIYStyle Workshop. Add it to your list of must have tools for your sewing room. It’s reassuring to have a good friend like Jan at your side even if it’s only in book form. Now, we just need to talk Wiley into staffing a midnight to 7am Sewing for Dummies call hotline for those of us that are truely sewing dummies (more like zombies) when we’re up sewing all night long! For now, the book will do….and very nicely I might add.

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DIYStyle Read: Fashion for Dummies

Fashion for Dummies

 

Our featured book is Fashion for Dummies by Jill Martin. You have probably seen her on NBC’s Today show, where she discusses fashion trends and must-haves. She’s also famous for her “Ambush Makeovers” and she is a sports broadcaster for the New York Knicks. Fashion for Dummies is FULL of tips for any woman that wants to look put together and fashionable.

Jill Martin

The book is broken up into six parts:

-The first part will you find your own personal style based on your preference and body type.  It allows you to find what looks good on you! 

-The second part of the book includes the very basic explanation of fabrics, color, and what makes a well-made garment. 

-The third part is very useful today.  Martin explains how to be fashionable on a budget. You begin with the basics and then add trendier pieces. 

***Her MOST IMPORTANT TIP that she mentions multiple times throughout the book is that if a garment is not a 10 then don’t buy it! If you have something in your closet that is not a 10, get rid of it!

-Part four helps you dress for different occasions, whether it is black-tie or cocktail, summer or fall.  Maybe you need dressing for every day.  This section will help with that.

-Part five is titled Finishing Touches because that is all it includes.  It covers everything from undergarments, accessories, and shoes.

-Last but not least, part six includes three lists of ten: fashion faux pas, going from day to night, and Jill’s favorite websites. 

 My motto for 2010 is to “Become a 10 in 2010.”  I will admit that I got this from Richard Simmons.  He said this on The Wendy Williams Show a couple of days ago and I loved it!  This book is definitely an aid for “Becoming a 10 in 2010!” Once you buy and read Fashion for Dummies, come back and let us know what you think! 

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Eco Chick

Eco Chick Guide to Life

I picked up this new “fashion” book the other day, mainly because of it’s title. The “Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to be Fabulously Green” is a book devoted to how to be eco-conscious AND a style maven at the same time! In addition to giving the reader a primer in what an Eco Chick is…..”means doing good while having a good time doing it: it is NOT about depriving yourself, but about rethinking how we live our lives, and living better…..more creatively, more passionately, and more consciously.” Wow. I want to be an Eco Chick!

Really. With chapter titles like All About Eco Fashion, Reduce, Reuse, Accessorize!, Squeaky Clean and Toxin Free, Feed Yourself from the Earth (not a Box), and Pets and the Planet, this light read (can you tell I’m on a track of easy reads) is just the thing to inspire you to go green. The author, Starre Vartan, gives lots of resources and examples of how to really make the Eco ideas “stick”, in a way that does not shout treehugger. Now don’t get anxious here….while I do like my trees, I still want to look fab walking down the street, and have my nest well dressed too. Starre shows us we can live eco-conscious and not sacrifice our sense of style.

Even if you don’t have time to read the entire book (but once you start you’ll get hooked!), check out the “Green Shopping Basket” sidebars, chock full of places to pick up eco goods, and the “Eco Quickie” tidbits scattered throught the pages.

Sounds like a perfect set-up for my 2009 New Year’s resolution………”I vow to (try to) be an Eco Chick!” Will you join me?

Cindy

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