Hemming a Lace Skirt


lace skirt hem diy via keeping change My adventures in sewing (specifically hemming, in this case) continue! Over the weekend, I was gifted a vintage gold skirt from my boyfriend’s mother. I liked the color and the lace detail, but the fit wasn’t ideal, so I changed it! My methods were FAR from professional, but I got the job done and now I have another skirt to add to my closet! See below for my modest how-to.


DIY Christmas Cards


DIY Christmas Card How-To via Keeping Change

Sometimes less really is more. In recent years (perhaps the moment I graduated college/started receiving a steady income) I reached the point where a simple, sincerely written, hand-made Christmas letter meant more to me than a gift card or check in the mail.

It speaks volumes to know that someone took the time to sit down and think about me for long enough time to compose a thoughtful letter. Even more-so when it’s handwritten! Because of this, I took a little time to write a nice Christmas letter to each member of my family this year to accompany their individual gifts.

Best part? Even when it’s last minute, you can still create something thoughtful. A thoughtful card makes even the most generic of gifts much more meaningful. See below for how to create a few very last minute and very inexpensive cards of your own!


Mini Wreath Gift Tags


diy mini wreath gift tags via keeping change

Yes, yes – I am fully aware that this Pinterest project is by no means original. I am also pretty sure that if you have even heard the word Pinterest that you have seen something similar done elsewhere. BUT, even with all of that said it’s still a cute little project, so here it is. You can read below for how I re-created this mini wreath gift tag…   (more…)

Dog Silhouette Prints


west elm inspired diy dog silhouette prints via keeping change As I was doing a little online Black Friday shopping last week, I came across these cute dog print wall art pieces from West Elm. While the sale prices were super reasonable ($19.99 marked down from $44!) I figured I could still do better. So what started out as a water color stencil project (much like the water color holiday card stencils I created last year) very quickly turned into a simple silhouette cut-out project. See below for how-to details.


Holiday Wall Decoration


holiday wall decoration via keeping changeA few weeks ago, I fell in love with a very simple holiday wall decoration for sale on Hautelook. Unfortunately I didn’t act fast enough to purchase before the sale ended, so I figured I would try to make my own (temporary and much less expensive) version. (more…)

DIY Lattice-Back Shirt


DIY Lattice-Back Shirt via Keeping Change I have been on a cleaning RAMPAGE this week. I’ve recently solidified plans to move out of my current apartment in early 2014, so in premature preparation (or maybe not so premature… the procrastinator in me is used to doing most things very stressfully at the last minute) I have been going through everything in my closet and donating like crazy.

As I was cleaning, I happened upon two identical (one gray, one white) boring Old Navy long sleeved t-shirts that I would typically trash. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to create a little DIY project for myself. It was especially thrilling because I was FINALLY able to cross off one of my bucket list items for the year (well, I technically wanted to sew myself a skirt, but seeing that this was the first time I found enough courage to give my sewing machine a go, I’m crossing it off anyway). See below for how-to details.

Happy Secrets to Success


secrets to happiness

I love TED Talks. I often listen to one when I’m feeling particularly unmotivated or uninspired and 90% of the time I feel re-energized afterwards. One of the more recent talks I listened to was given by Shawn Anchor about “the happy secret to better work.” (more…)

Happy Halloween!


Halloween Costume via Keeping Change

Happy Halloween! This lovely blurred image is a result of the Halloween party I threw with my roommates last weekend – great success! When I suggested dressing up as Ash Ketchum and Pikachu, my half Japanese (and former Pokemon enthusiast) boyfriend was pretty keen on the idea. Best part about these costumes is that they cost us less than $30 in TOTAL to create! (more…)

Halloween // Mother Nature Costume


Mother Nature Halloween costume DIY via Keeping Change

Need a last minute (but still creative) Halloween costume DIY? A Mother Nature costume it is! If you own a floral dress, live near some shrubbery, and are handy with a teasing comb and hair pins then we are officially in business! Click below to see how I created this look.  (more…)

Halloween // Snake Charmer Hair and Makeup


Halloween Snake Charmer Costume Hair and Makeup via Keeping Change

A few days ago, I showed you how I put together this snake charmer costume for Halloween. Check out the below tutorial to see how I did the snake charmer hair, head wrap, and makeup.


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