Sunday, July 27, 2014

Announcing Chloe + Isabel by Kym

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Chloe + Isabel, a jewelry brand based out of New York City which offers a modern-day social shopping experience. I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the team as a Merchandiser!
My online boutique (now live!) features my personalized selection of beautifully crafted, affordably priced, and high quality jewels from c+i. You’ll find everything from on-trend statement necklaces, to chic wrap bracelets, to easy everyday essentials. Check it out here:
I can’t wait to hear what you think! If you like what you see, please share my boutique link with your friends and family – after all, who doesn’t love to accessorize with a little sparkle and shine?

Monday, June 16, 2014

DIY: 90's inspired choker with fabric charms

Well, I've gone and started another blog just devoted to 90's related crafts - GrungeCraft.  Here's my latest post:

DIY: 90's inspired choker with fabric charms

I found these two fabrics at JoAnn's and just needed to find a way to use them STAT.

That yellow plaid reminded me of Cher's outfit in Clueless:

and the brown floral made me think of a cute little sundress Winona would wear:

So I decided to combine them with one of my other favorite trends from the 90's - chokers.  It was a super simple project, with just a few materials.  Cute, huh?


  • Fabric scraps
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Brown metallic acrylic paint
  • Leather chokers
  • 6mm jump rings
  • Mod Podge metal blanks


Trim the fabric to fit your metal blanks.

Apply a layer of Mod Podge gloss to the metal blank and lay the fabric on top.  You may want to paint the area under the fabric white beforehand, since I noticed the fabric did become slightly darker once it was Mod Podged.  Allow to dry and fill the blank with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Allow to dry. 

Attach the finished fabric charm to the leather choker using a pair of pliers and a jump ring.

If you were unable to find jump rings that were the same color as your blanks,  just paint them with acrylic paint and a foam brush.

That's it- super quick and easy :)

So now I'm on a mission to bring back chokers.  There may be a few more versions on the way...

Monday, June 2, 2014

My first fondant cake was a success!

Whenever my boys have a birthday party at home, I've been torn over what to do about the cake.  Go with our favorite bakeries, which have made us some amazing creations (lego-shaped cake, very hungry caterpillar cake, etc.) or make my own?  The past couple of years, I've leaned more toward baking my own, and have so far made a few cakes decorated simply with vanilla or cream cheese frosting, and one Captain Barnacles face for my little guy. 

This weekend, I decided to try something more advanced, and attempt a fondant cake that looks like Captain America's shield for my Avengers-loving son.  I looked online for premade fondant, and everything I found was either sold in huge containers, contained nuts (we have a nut allergy in our house) or reviewers said the fondant arrived all dried out.  While looking for other options, I found, which not only had a tutorial for making your own Captain America shield cake, but also how to make your own fondant out of marshmallow. 

Here's how things turned out:

Not perfect, but a decent first try. 

I made the cake out of boxed mix.  Normally I mix my own (some of my favorites are by vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli), but since I had no idea how long the decorating would take, I thought I'd make things a little easier.  For the icing, I used this vanilla buttercream recipe, but substituted 1/4 of the butter for shortening because it was pretty warm here and I wanted things to hold up.  Also, I used a salted butter to help cut down on the sweetness.

The fondant recipe is great - super easy and only three ingredients.  The only thing I would do differently next time is instead of mixing it together by hand, I would use the bread hook on my KitchenAid, because it was time consuming to knead food coloring into the fondant.  Also, the tutorial recommends covering the entire cake in fondant, but I wasn't super confident that I'd be able to roll out a sheet that large without some serious mishaps, so I skipped that step.  I bought a couple special Wilton tools - a fondant roller and some star cutters - which made things pretty easy. Sorry there aren't any pictures of the process, but the immediate area around the counter was completely covered in powdered sugar.  :) 

The buttercream recipe was fantastic - not too sweet, and it crusted perfectly.  I barely needed to go over it again after the crumb coat. 

I think I'd rate the cake a success.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The dream of the 90's is alive in embroidery

I haven't really blogged in a while because I've been working on a few projects all at once, and while everything is moving along, it's going slowly.  Too slowly to really have any interesting progress shots, until today- finally!  

I'm working on a series of 90's inspired embroidery art pieces, and I'm just about finished with the first piece, which is a lyric from the Mudhoney song, Overblown.   

All that's left is to change the hoop to a painted wood hoop (the paint is drying right now) and do the finishing on the back.  I'm happy with the way it's coming out.  The Sublime Stitching embroidery floss colors (which are photographing a little on the dull side for some reason) are really vibrant and have a nice amount of sheen.

What projects are you working on this week?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Surely you're thinking of winter scarves on this warm spring day?

I totally forgot to post a photo of my son's finished Bee scarf (aka Hufflepuff House Scarf).  He loves it!  He ended up wearing it around the house- I can't wait until he's old enough to finally watch the Harry Potter movies with me. Harry Potter Scarf

As far as scarves go, for its size, this is truly the fastest and easiest pattern.  You just knit a big tube in the round and then seal the ends with the fringe.  Totally mindless- you don't have to pay attention to anything beyond counting a 20 row stripe pattern.  If you hate making scarves like me, this is the way to go.

The other project I was working on, the Magnolia Cafe cardigan, met a very untimely death.  After working about ten inches, I finally admitted to myself that the Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool was complete and total junk.  It was so frustrating.  It's been sitting in my stash forever, and I was hoping to finally use it up, but the quality was truly awful- very splitty and tons of knots throughout the skeins.  So in a fit of frustration, I just took the whole mess and tossed it in the trash.  What did I learn from all this?  Don't waste your time using crap materials.  I think I'm just going to go through all the yarn I have packed up and get rid of all the junky stuff.  My kids will happily take it off my hands.

What projects are you working on this week?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Singles movie is still a great source of style inspiration

So I have a major soft spot for early 90's fashion - Sassy Magazine was my bible - and I have longed for grunge to return for twenty long years.  Finally my prayers have been answered!  All that beautiful flannel, floral dresses, and Doc Martens are everywhere once again <3 <3 <3

I was watching the movie Singles last night- Bridget Fonda's wardrobe is still as adorable now as it was 
in 1992.  Here's proof: 


Flannel shirt and skater skirt from Delia's  |  Jersey tank from Dorothy Parker   |  Dr. MartensBeanie from

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hey, did I forget to mention...

I'm going to be contributing round-up posts to :)   Check out my first post on market bags here.
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