DIY Step-Hem Jeans

DIY Step-Hem Jeans

Step-hem jeans are a big trend right now, with raw hems that are cut higher in the front than the back. (Think: mullet jeans.) You could get the look for $229 with Paige’s Jaqueline jeans, or find a pair of straight jeans in your closet and make your own.

I’m taking scissors to most of my denim these days. At 5’4″, I’m somewhere between regular and petite sizes, but usually stick to the former because they fit me better through the torso, waist, and hips. I’m too lazy/cheap to take my non-designer jeans to the tailor to be hemmed, so I just snip an inch or two off the bottom to make them work. I thought I’d jump on the uneven hem trend bandwagon with a pair of straight jeans I bought on sale at LOFT last year.

DIY step hem jeans

The best thing about this denim DIY is it doesn’t have to be perfect: if you want to get technical you can plan things out with a ruler and fabric pen before you make your cuts, or just eyeball it and snip (which is what I did).

Before you get started, try on your jeans to get an idea of how much length you want to remove. I generally cut my jeans about an inch above the ankle;  it’s a comfortable and flattering length for my frame — anything higher and I’m in dangerous capri pant territory — and it works with both flats and heels.

DIY step hem jeans, denim trends 2017

Using sharp fabric shears, cut off the bottom hem of both legs to your desired length. Remember, less is more: cut off small amounts at a time so you have room to even things out or fix any mistakes; much like bad haircuts, you can’t put it back if you hack off too much.

Then cut up the side seams, and across the front. Done. 

DIY step hem jeans | keiralennox.com

Window Dressing With Paper Flowers

A Pretty Penny | Window Dressing With Paper Flowers

Inspiration: Flourish

Yesterday afternoon was rainy and quiet around the shop. It was the first mellow day since the first of the month, so after sending my staff home early for some much-deserved R&R, I searched out some happy music on Spotify and got to work springifying the place.

These paper flowers were so simple to make!

I used assorted scrapbook paper and cut out petal shapes of different sizes. I folded the petals accordion-style, and attached them* to a small square of cardboard for support. For each flower, I put the largest petals on the bottom, then layered the smaller petals on top of each other to build a 3-D bloom. I used textured craft paper (recycled shipping packaging from my Valentine’s vases) for the centers.

I hope to find time to make more for filling up the front window and scattering around the shop.

* A hot glue gun is probably ideal for this project. I didn’t want to fuss with the mess, so I used shipping tape and a heavy duty floral sticky-tack and they held up really well.

Check out my previous window projects: Paper Poms and Ribbon Curtain.

UPDATE: Remember how I said I put these together with shipping tape and sticky tack? Yeah, don’t do that. Especially if you’re putting them in a window; those particular adhesives just can’t hold up to the sunshine. I had to remake the largest flowers with a glue gun after an unfortunate petal-falling catastrophe. So just use a glue gun, k?

show some love with these Valentine’s Day DIYs!

show some love with these Valentine’s Day DIYs!

Valentine’s Day is coming in like a freight train, and as we prepare for the big day at the flower shop I’m thinking ahead for sweet homemade gifts for C and my friends.

Here are some of my favorites scoured from the internets…

There are few things that make my husband happier than a six pack. Dress up a case of your Valentine’s favorite brew (or soda!) with craft paper, ribbon, and a homemade tag.

Make a cute card with birthday candles and card stock for the person who lights up your life. (This version with a match book is adorable, too.)

Pen a love letter on a coffee cup with a Sharpie paint marker. Bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees (F) to make it dishwasher safe!

Who can resist chocolate covered strawberries? Add white chocolate football laces to score major points with your sports fanatic.

For a naturally sweet Valentine, print cute stickers to add to different kinds of fresh fruit and arrange them together in a big basket.

I’m all about s’mores these days. {They’re the cupcake of 2014; you heard it here first.} Fill a mason jar with mini graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips to make a s’mores snack mix. Top it off with a cute tag, like, “There’s no one I love s’more than you!

Turn a deck of playing cards into a book of “52 Reasons I Love You.” Or “Like You,” if it’s not that serious yet ;-)

If you’ve never made pots de creme, Valentine’s Day is a great time to start. It’s the easiest dessert to make, and so so good. Heart sprinkles and a dollop of fresh whipped cream are the cherry on top.

There’s plenty more inspiration where that came from! Peep my Be My Valentine board on Pinterest for other ideas.

Conversation hearts image via Dream a Little Bigger.