DIY: Key To My Heart Necklaces

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I ran across a small bowl of skeleton keys at a local antiques market and thought they would make great necklaces…all they needed was a little Libbie color and flair! Give them to all your girlfriends and save a few for yourself. They look fab when worn in multiples! 

What you need: 
Antique skeleton keys
Fine grit sanding paper
Spray paint
3/8″ velvet ribbon
Small pom poms (DIY Here)
Scissors
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What To Do:
1. Use a fine grit sandpaper to remove rust and tarnish from your antique keys.
2. Carefully spray paint one side of your key, let dry and spray the other side.
3. Measure and cut your ribbon long enough to hang around your neck and tie at the top.
4. Tie your key to the ribbon and attach your small flair. (I used a small pom pom!)

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My New Years Eve Date is a…

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Model: Joshua Summers

…stone cold fox and I adore him more than anything! Who else besides such a wonderful husband and friend would let me subject them to this type of shit.

I love you Joshua Summers. Here’s to a joy filled, loving, inspiring and playful 2018!!
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Sleeping Fox Needlepoint Pillow: Custom by Sydney Kiefner
Fox Artwork on Embroidery Hoop available through: Custard Boutique
Teak Tree Handmade by: Nick Gant

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Learn to make the papier-mache fox heads HERE!
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It’s going to be a great year…I can smell it!

6 Casual-chic Holiday Party Looks

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Location: The Grant Hotel courtesy of Lucky Savannah 

It’s not a high/low thing for me, it’s a chic/comfort thing . I learned a long time ago that cowboy boots under a long skirt allows me to dance the night away or one fancy piece paired with a simple clean lined piece makes me feel in the party spirit while still being me! Here are a few of my recent go to casual chic holiday party looks!

1. Classic Christmas
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Maxi Plaid Skirt: Shabby Apple
Sequined Polka Cardigan: J Crew
Red Beret: Free People
Cinnabar Bracelets and Ring: Vintage and Zia Boutique

2. Happy Leopard
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Cotton Leopard Printed Sweater: Boden
Satin Skirt: Past Season Brooks Brothers
Patent Leather Loafers: Repetto

3. Bird Dog Dressy
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Pheasant Cardigan: J Crew
Gold Satin Pleated Midi Skirt: J Crew
Emerald Velvet Buckle Pumps: 9 West

4. Cotton Candy Christmas
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Fisherman’s Sweater: Billy Reid (past season)
Ruffled Maxi Skirt: Similar to what I’m wearing…I have no idea where I got this.
La La The Lamb Necklace: Gunner and Lux (not just for littles!)

5. Hog Wild Holiday 
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Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater: Vince
Ruffled Maxi Skirt: Similar to what I’m wearing…again, I have no idea where I got this skirt
Shoes: none

6. Sweatshirts and Sequins
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Navy Sweatshirt: J Crew
Silver Sequin Skirt: Custard Boutique
Silver Shoes: Rachel Comey (similar)

 

 

DIY: Back To School Designer Book Bags

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Sure, you could carry a backpack, but why would you when you could go back to school in style with a tricked out book bag!

The Cheerleader
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What you need:
1 Cotton book bag
Silhouette of a cheerleader jumping (drag the image below to your desktop and print out to the size needed for your bag)
Embroidery thread (whatever color you like)
Embroidery needle
Scissors
Embroidery hoop
Yarn Pom Poms (whatever color you like, you’ll need 2 small for the cheerleader and more to hang from the handles of your bag) Learn how to make a hand pom pom HERE.

Cheerleader art
What to do:
1. Print out image of cheerleader (sized to your bag) and cut out silhouette.
2. Place silhouette in the center of your bag and trace around the perimeter with a pencil (don’t worry about tracing around the pom poms you’ll be covering that area up with actual pom poms.)
3. Fasten the embroidery hoop over the cheerleader and stitch the penciled cheerleader with your embroidery thread and needle. (I used all the thickness of thread and a back stitch.)
4. Attach small pom poms where the hand pom poms with embroidery thread.
5. Tie other pom poms on the straps of the bag.

The Jock
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What you need:
1 Cotton Book Bag
Varsity Letter Patch
Sewing Machine and Thread
Decorative Pins
Scarf (optional)
What to do:
1. Place the varsity letter where you would like it on the book bag and sew around the perimeter. I used a finishing stitch.
2. Attach pins and tie on scarf (optional)

The Marching Band Leader
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What you need: 
1 Cotton canvas book bag
Flat backed sequin beads
Fabric Glue or Hot Glue
What to do:
1. Lay bag on a flat surface and place sequin beads in the patter you would like. We did a musical note in the center and a simple linear pattern around it.
2. Taking your time, glue each bead to the bag.
3. Allow bag to dry overnight.

The Happy Thespian
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What you need: 
1 Cotton canvas book bag
Pencil
Black buttons in varying sizes and shapes
Black embroidery thread
Scissors
Embroidery needle
Embroidery hoop
Yellow Buttons in varying sizes and shapes
Yellow embroidery thread
Scarf (optional)
What to do: 
1. Sketch a smiley face somewhere on your bag.
2. Fasten the embroidery hoop over the smiley face.
3. Working with the black eyes and mouth first, sew black buttons onto the bag to cover the lines on your sketch (I used the full thickness of the black embroidery thread).
4. Sew yellow buttons around the perimeter of the smiley face circle then fill in the blank area. Make sure to mix up using small and large buttons so there are no two buttons the same next to each other. (I used the full thickness of the yellow embroidery thread).
5. Tie a coordinating scarf onto one of the straps of the bag (optional). So stinkin’ cute!
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Yep, I’m also wearing my Patch Pants!!

Back To School Designer Book Bags (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

As school busses started rolling down the streets of Savannah this past week, I got a little nostalgic for high school days when instead of a backpack, I toted a tricked out book bag filled with spiral notebooks, a bottle of Baby Fresh cologne and a tube of cherry flavored lip gloss. These thoughts led to a craft project that I hope inspires the next awkwardly cool generation of jocks, geeks, thespians, freaks and the occasional cheerleader.

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