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Crafting with Lauren: Feathers & Twine

Tue. April 5, 2011   |   gossip

Meet Lauren!  


Lauren is the new behind the scenes person here at Jessica Claire!

When she's here, you can find her designing albums, retouching photos, or making sure nothing slips through the cracks in order to take great care of my clients!
I asked Lauren to tell us a little bit about herself, and here's what she has to say:

"I am a photography, fashion, and art lover!  Besides being Jessica Claire's assistant, I am a freelance graphic designer/photographer.  I am currently attending Cal State Fullerton majoring in Graphic Design.  I'm only 6 weeks away from graduating (freedom!).  Creating is what makes me happy and what I live for.  I also lead a high school small group of 15 girls at my church.  Thank goodness for co-leaders!

One thing that you notice about Lauren the second you meet her is her amazing style!  I asked her to try to define it, and like most people with true style, it's tough to put your finger on exactly what it is that makes it so eye-catching, but she said:

"My style is definitely eclectic!  I love mixing different styles together to make my own--that's what fashion is all about!  My closet is very neutral colors:  Black, white, beige, and navy.  I like to keep it simple and clean.  I love making my own accessories, especially anything with feathers.  LOVE.  If I can't find it, I'll try and make it.  I was recently lucky enough to acquire my grandmas' collection of authentic Indian turquoise jewelry, which I am in love with as well.  Lots and lots of rings are a must.  I also adore shoes.  Nine times out of ten I'll be wearing some kind of boot when you see me.  My other favorite shoes are my Jeffery Campbell wedges...for sure my go-to shoe at night.  My go-to outfit during the day is typically leggings and a flannel, with boots and earrings.

Speaking of feathers and earrings, last week, I noticed this fabulous pair dangling from Lauren's ears:


Homage to Steven Tyler?  Perhaps!  Stylish and fun?  For sure!  So I decided that once a month or so, I will have a little "Crafting with Lauren" section on this blog where we'll make something and give something away.  We started today!

FEATHER EARRINGS


What you need:

-the thinnest wire you can get (jewelry wire):
-nice sharp scissors for cutting the wire
-feathers
-earrings

First, sort the feathers and select four to work with.  Then, cut a piece of wire about six inches long

Take two of the feathers and start wrapping the wire tightly around the top sharper ends of the feathers.  About halfway through, make a very small loop at the top and slip the earring piece through.  Twist the loop to secure the earring, and continue wrapping the wire around the top of the feathers.  
Repeat for the second earring.  Presto:  Fab Feather Earrings!

Since the earrings were so simple and fun, we decided to make a few headpieces as well.

What you need:

-feathers
-twine
-thin wire
-scissors
-buttons or any other accessories you like
-fake twig pieces or other crown accessories

To make a crown style headband, we simply took the fake twig pieces and separated them, attaching them to a long piece of twine with small pieces of wire.  We then went through and secured a few feathers to the piece to give it a more woodland look.  Here's what we came up with:

We also did a couple with leather!  We secured the feathers together with wire first, and then attached them to the leather also with wire.  Then we added a few buttons to one of the pieces, just for fun:

So simple, right?!
I asked Lauren to tell us a few random things about herself as well:

1.  I go to starbucks every day, I know..it's an obsession.
2.  I could look at blogs and stumbleupon all day long.
3.  I love creating things, especially for a good cause
4.  One day I would love to move to Seattle
5.  I would love to be a full-time photographer and designer--I love both too much to choose one or the other
6.  You can catch me at Disneyland on Sunday nights when all the kiddos go home.
7.  I would love to bake till my kitchenaid breaks.
8.  I want a tattoo but am terrified to get one.
9.  I want to own a boston terrier
10.  I want to make a legit teepee in my back yard
11.  I want to help as many people as I can.

Welcome to the team Lauren!

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY


Leave a comment and tell us one random thing about YOU!  Make sure to leave a valid email address.  The winner will get their choice of one piece shown above!  You have until April 6th at 11:59pm :)

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