DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings

My love for statement earrings dates back to my 13th birthday when I was *finally* allowed to get my ears pierced! For the last 16 years, I’ve been adding to my ear bob collection and some of my favorite pieces are ones I designed or DIY-ed myself! After seeing THIS pair of earrings, I knew I had to attempt my own “inspired by” version to share with y’all! You can make these earrings with any color combination your heart desires and the best part is they pack a huge statement-making punch without hanging too heavily on your earlobes or your wallet! Scroll down for full video tutorial and supplies list!

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Faux leather fabric HERE
  • Clip-on earring backs HERE
  • 18 pieces mini sequin flowers HERE
  • Scissors HERE
  • Hot glue gun HERE

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

I’d love to see a photo of you wearing your new earrings! Tag me on social media everywhere @rkcsouthern or use the hashtag, #rkcDIY!

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift: Past-Present-Future Story Book Tutorial

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DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

Mother’s Day has always been one of the most joyous holidays to celebrate in my family! My brothers and I are beyond lucky to have a Mother who has been unconditionally there for us through every stage of our lives, and every year we love having a day to make it all about her! At different stages in our story of life one or more of us hasn’t always been nearby to celebrate with her, but we always pause for a moment on that day to contact her so she knows we are thinking of her. As I’ve grown older I’ve enjoyed learning about the person she was before she became a Mother. Being a Mother to 4 children is only a small part of who she is as a person, and this Mother’s Day I wanted to create something that reflects the story of her life through my eyes in a memorable way!

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

For this Mother’s Day DIY I will show you how I created a personalized Story Book showcasing the past, present and future relationship I have with my mother, and include some of the things I have always wanted to tell her💕  You could make your own Story Book for your Grandmother, Aunt, a best friend who is like a Sister, or even the woman you met last month, after moving to your new duty station, who has become like a second mother to your own children… Whoever your Mother figure is, it’s important to not only thank her for everything she’s been to you, but let her know she will always be important to you, and you can’t wait to continue in life together!

5 Generations of Mothers in My Family (i'm the baby!)

I remember shopping with my Mother for cards, tissue paper, gift wrap and gift bags as a child, and no matter the occasion, American Greetings always had the right thing to say, in the most beautiful way possible to fulfill the message we wanted to give to friends and family. My mother worked at AAFES years before she was married, so when I’m looking for a card, I know my Mother would tell me to shop there first! As an adult, although my address has changed many times as I’ve moved with my Husband in the Army, I know I can visit AAFES anywhere in the world and walk down the American Greetings aisle with the assurance that I’ll find what I need. Right now, AAFES Exchange stores are offering a Buy 3 Cards, Get $2 off promo through May 14th to help you get all the cards you need this Mother’s Day! Look for a sign in the card aisle, or an ad inside the in-store circular for details and a coupon! I’d also recommend going online and getting some inspiration for your Mother’s Day Story Book creation with American Greetings on their site at Expressions of Happiness!

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

This trip down the American Greetings aisle I looked for cards with beautiful elements that I could deconstruct and use to create a story that reflected what my Mother has meant to me for the last 29 years. While shopping for materials to create this DIY Story Book it took only seconds to find the perfect cards because American Greetings always seems to read my mind, and had exactly what I was looking for! I chose 4 darling cards with unique 3D elements to tell the story of my relationship with my mother. I also picked up some white tissue paper, blue ribbon and a white tissue paper flower to wrap my finished Story Book in. I always think of the sweet, fresh scent of baby powder when I see white tissue paper because it reminds me of the fluffy white powder puff my mother used every night after giving us baths when we were little!

Find American Greetings in your local Military AAFES Exchange!

Read the instructions and watch the video tutorial below to learn how to make the Story Book!

You Will Need:

  • 3-4 cards
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon and/or bow(s)
  • Double side tape
  • Single hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Photos (optional)

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

Instructions:

  • Choose one card to act as “Cover” and “Back” of your book. We will be sandwiching all other pages inside this card.
  • If you choose a card with a 3D pop-out (like the pink rose one shown below) place that card in the center so it has the maximum amount of space to completely open up.
  • Deconstruct card envelopes to use as additional “pages” if desired.
  • Cut out and remove your favorite elements from the remaining cards.
  • Affix your photos and paper elements to as many pages as you want your book to have.
  • Line up left sides of all pages and punch two matching holes, at the top and bottom, of each page.
  • String ribbon through holes and tie securely to hold all pages together.
  • For each page that tells a part of your story write down your thoughts and memories as they pertain to your mother figure. Notes can be something you wished you could have told her when you were young (and just didn’t know how!), a funny story you want to share, a thank-you for everything she’s done, and of course everything you love about your relationship with her in your past, present and future!
  • Optional: Use an element from one of the cards to keep the book closed, or wrap ribbon around the book and tie with a bow that can be easily opened.
  • Wrap your Story Book in tissue paper and decorate with remaining ribbon for gifting.

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

My Mum told me this is one of her favorite photos of me!

My mother told me this is one of her favorite photos of me as a child, so I had to include a copy in our Story Book!

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

The wonderful thing about shopping for the perfect card at AAFES is that American Greetings unites so many different people, for every joyous celebration, together in one spot! You never know who you’re going to see while you’re browsing the card and gift wrap aisle, but you know you’re all looking for the same thing – A way to communicate your emotions and feelings for someone you care about.

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

Love this idea? Pin it and share the joy of celebrating all mothers, everywhere!

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

Who will you gift your DIY Mother’s Day Story Book to? I’d love to hear the history behind how you plan on choosing your cards to make this Story Book!

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I Cut Up Two Pieces of Clothing from the Victoria Beckham Target Collection!

I can’t remember the last time I purchased a piece of clothing (used or new) without altering it in some way! I love re-designing clothes so they’re uniquely mine. If you’ve been reading this blog long It’s probably not surprising to discover I had something special planned as soon as I saw what the Victoria Beckham x Target collaboration looked like! From the minute I laid eyes on the scallop sleeve blouse and the shoulder bow dress I knew there was no way I’d wear them as-is off the rack, and I’d enjoy cutting them up!

Wearing Victoria Beckham for Target Dress over a VBxTarget Blouse

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The day the entire collection dropped I went online to purchase the dress and blouse. Unfortunately only the dress was sold online, so I snatched it up while my husband went to the nearest Target in search of the blouse! He knew I’d been planning this project for quite some time and actually offered to go for me when I exclaimed in dismay that I had only been able to order the dress! Truthfully I think he just wanted some ice cream and was using me as an excuse to go to Target, but I let it slide and thanked him (it was a Sunday morning and I had no intention of getting out of my pajamas that early!) After my husband brought home the blouse that Sunday I chose the exact shoes and bag I wanted to take pictures for this blog post with when the dress was done! (Side Note: One of my favorite fashion bloggers styled the original orange version of this dress with blue shoes and earrings too! Great minds think alike when you’re Southern girls!)

VBxTarget

I originally took the pieces to a tailor with sketches of what I wanted done, but it was going to take longer than I cared to wait for them to finish, so I ended up going back and picking everything back up so I could DIY it myself! To create my perfect dress I layered the top part of the blouse underneath the shoulders of the dress and sewed them together before trimming out the excess torso fabric. Next, I opened both sides of the dress and put in knife-pleat chiffon inserts (from an old maxi dress I destructed years ago!). On one side the insert goes from the hem to the waist and on the other side the insert goes up the length of the dress and stops under the arm. The original dress shape was a shift style, which is never flattering on me since I’m 5’2″ with wide hips, so to accentuate the new, a-line silhouette I put two tabs over the chiffon pleats on the long seam to cinch in the waist and eliminate overflow of fabric when I wear the dress belted.

Side view of dress

VBxTarget

VBxTarget

VBxTarget

Exact accessories shown: Clutch | Earrings | Shoes | Belt (Brushed gold ‘H’ on “noir/chocolat” belt)

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P.S. This post was in no way sponsored of affiliated! I just really wanted to tell y’all about this DIY sewing project!

DIY Steeplechase Derby Hat Tutorial

Because I don’t really have a horse in this race I can’t justify spending hundreds on a Derby hat every year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t at least look as if I did! You’ll probably recognize the hat shown in today’s DIY from last year’s Steeplechase post. I think I paid about $40 for that hat at Stein Mart, which is more than I like to pay for something I’m only planning on wearing only for a few hours! I decided this year I would just give that same hat a makeover and save my $$$ for the lobster roll truck at the Race!

DIY Derby Hat

I chose red roses, 1 large magnolia bloom, blue and white striped grosgrain ribbon, and a sparkly vintage jockey brooch from Etsy to create my custom hat.

For this DIY you will need a plain hat, a few blooms in your preference of colors, some ribbon, scissors and a hot glue gun, but the brooch is optional!

The hat needs to be sturdy enough (like THIS one) to support the weight of the flowers and glue, so don’t choose something with a floppy brim. I chose the magnolia as a nod to my Southern heritage, the red roses as a nod to the classic Kentucky Derby and the blue and white striped ribbon to mimic the Iroquois Steeplechase logo colors.

Watch the video at the end of the post for instructions on putting together your own hat!

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

The reason I love going to Steeplechase every year is because it’s the perfect way to kick off my birthday weekend! Race day is always the middle of May, so it coincides perfectly with my birthday and is such a fun event to attend! I always try to get tickets to several tents so I can go anywhere on the grounds and watch the track from every angle. Plus, every tent has a different theme, so you get an amazing variety of company, food and drinks! This year I’m really excited about the Fox Den tent hosted by Steeplechase themselves! This is the Fox Den’s Inaugural year, so it should be fabulous!

Don’t forget to Pin this tutorial!

DIY Southern Derby Hat Tutorial | rkcsouthern.com

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Grown Up Easter Basket Inspiration

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

One of my favorite requests to receive from friends and family is my help finding a gift for someone special. Over the years I’ve been asked to put together Easter baskets and I thought I’d share some of my favorite things to include for a non-food/candy basket for grown up girls! These photos are of a ‘mock’ basket of ideas that include gifts I have personally received that would be perfect to give for Easter! (Of course, I’m keeping all of these items, but you get the idea!)

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

I love seasonally packaged makeup like this darling bunny shaped Lipsmacker! Bonus: It also smells and tastes amazing! The Anastasia Beverly Hills highlight palette is a new beauty release and very hot right now. All the cool girls are going to be trying to get their hands on this one for Spring! Bath bombs are another currently trending item. Try to find some in fresh Spring colors like these from Forever21, Urban Outfitters or Etsy.

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

This fun-sized-Instagram-worthy Instax camera is one of my favorite things I ever received in a brand PR package and it makes the perfect gift! You can pick one up from here or here. If you know her size consider some athletic gear like a Fitbit watch strap or a pair of trainers. I don’t know any girl who doesn’t love a fresh new pair of gym kicks! These pale pink ones by Nike are comfy and chic!

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

Mugs are one of the easiest gifts to find and give. There are always cute ones for ever season at places like Target and Michael’s. This pink and gold “I Get You” mug is from TJMaxx and was gifted to me on Valentine’s Day by a dear friend.

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

The basket and filling is the easiest part. Choose something a little ‘nicer’ than your typical dollar-bin straw version and opt for a metal style in silver or gold. This one was only $5 from HomeGoods and I picked up the squiggle shred from the greeting card section of the drugstore.

You can always tuck a few seasonally shaped chocolates somewhere in the basket, just to make it quintessentially Easter, but it’s not a requirement! I tried to make this whole process as simple as possible, so if you have a husband/boyfriend or someone who isn’t super creative with Seasonal gifting to worry about, send this link their way! Hopefully they’ll be pointed in the right direction and be inspired!

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