GIRL4ACAUSE: #Dancember 2017

Hey Guys!

Today, I wanted to take the time out to talk to you about a yearly initiative that I have been participating in for the past few years called “Dancember”. Dancember is a fundraising campaign created by Judy & Benji Travis, popular vlogging You tubers, not only to raise money for a chosen non-profit organization but also to raise awareness about a specific cause. Each year, for one day in December, there will be a 24 live broadcast feed hosted by Its Judy Time to concentrate efforts on raising money. Of course, donations are open for the entire month of December.

In 2014, Dancember raised money to support Rescue Freedom, which is an organization dedicated to eradicating sexual slavery amongst women/children. That year, a community of You tubers ( creators, viewers, etc) raised over 100,000 dollars. For the past two years, Dancember has focused it’s efforts towards  raising money for Convoy Of Hope, a “faith based organization” that helps “the impoverished and suffering by distributing food, water, supplies and hope” ( COH, 2015). This year, they are going to do it again but what’s different is that they are shooting for 1,000,000 dollar fundraising goal.

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Every day in December, you can dance ( hence the “dance-ember) and share it online , not only to raise awareness for the campaign but also for the cause. You can learn more about the creators of this campaign and importantly, the cause that so many people contribute to by their effort, time, talents and skill to every year:

If you want to be on the Dancember Street Team, those who are driven individual’s who want to contribute to the campaign more about passionate outreach, you can do so here.

If you’d like to make a donation to help feed children and contribute to this campaign, you can do so here.

If you just want to find out more about Convoy Of Hope, apart from the campaign, check out the link right here.

I don’t know about you but I can sometimes feel overwhelmed during the holiday season because sometimes I feel that there is so much the requirement to “give” something to so many different causes. With Dancember, from one supporter being myself, do what you are led to do first and foremost. Find out if Convoy of Hope and their mission is a cause that makes you passionate and that you want to contribute to. At the end of the day, you don’t have to give “money” just to contribute to making a difference, you can also give your attention, genuine attention to something else, someone else…this season.

I’ll be there on the 24hr broadcast ( I believe it will be on December 15th!) which will be on their main channel, Join me and the rest as we dance our way to 1,000,000 dollars.

WorkWithIt, Girl: if you can’t dance, YOU BETTA WORK with what you got and do what you can : D.

 

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Winter Paperland: Christmas Hairbows

Hey Guys!

Happy Holiday’s & Merry Christmas to you. Today, I wanted to kick off Christmas crafts on WorkWithIt, Girl with Christmas Hairbows made from Christmas-themed scrapbook paper. This year, I wanted to keep things simple in execution and also my explanation here; using paper in one shape or form is primarily the material we will use this year ( but not all of course). So, lets get started with today’s craft:

Backstory: Initially, I submitted this idea for a magazine but unsurprisingly, I suppose, my submission did not get chosen for publication. Nevertheless, I thought it would be nice to share my unique idea to make a hairbow using scrapbook paper here with you guys…even though it might not be as practical of an item to wear. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 piece of scrapbook paper

Gem of your choice

1 Bobbin Pin/Alligator Clip/Hair Clip

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors.

Step 1) Take your scrapbook paper and cut into tiny squares. My scrapbook paper design was already squares so I did not need to do so. You can make your squares however big or small that you want but you will need 6 squares per bow.

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Step 2) Make your squares into mini 3D snowflakes parts. I followed a tutorial that I shared on my previous post here.

Step 3) Staple or glue 3 of your pieces together and then glue another 3 together. At the end you will connect them together in the middle forming your bow.

Step 4) Glue your gem onto the middle

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Step 5) Glue your bobbin pin or hair clip carefully onto the back of your bow

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All done!

Do you like what you see ? Comment below, like this post and share it with others to show them that they too, can workwithit!

 

WorkWith Old Belt: Little Dot Wrislet Pouch

Hi Everyone, welcome back to WorkWithIt, Girl ( or it may be welcome to :)).

Backstory: The other day I was at Wal-Mart and I noticed these quarter pieces of fabric in various colors and designs for an average of 0.97-1.47. I knew that I could create SOMETHING with it so I picked up one, placed it back and then another one, put it back, picked up another one…and finally decided to just get the white on red polka dot fabric. Even though I don’t really need any more, it realllllly is tempting to get a few just so I could have some affordable fabric on hand but anyway, what I ended up making with it was this little wrislet pouch. Honestly, it looks better on camera than the way it turned out…or did you already notice that ?

Here what I Used:

Half quarter of Fabric

Hot Glue Gun

Ribbon

1 Old Belt

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Unroll your quarter of fabric and cut half of it for you to use. You can use the whole piece of fabric, make it smaller or not..it’s up to you ultimately. * The picture below shows the result of cutting half.

Step 2) Take the open sides of your fabric and glue it down. Only on the left and side sides though.

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Step 3) Fold both sides of your fabric inward to get an idea as to how wide you want your pouch to be. Then take 1 side ( fold it inward and under), then glue it on top of the other side to hide the open seam. I hope this makes sense, let me know if I can clarify.

Step 4) Take the bottom and fold it up slightly to create the bottom of your pouch, glue down all layers.

Step 5) For the top of your bag, just fold it once inside out. Then take the ends of what you folded out, tuck it under and glue it down.

Step 6) Place embellishments of choice onto bag. I would have loved to use a lace ribbon but I didn’t have any…but I did put a bow on it. You could be done at this step and have a little pouch to put candy in or something along those lines or you can continue on to see my “attempt” at making this a wrislet pouch.

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Step 7) Take a thin old belt and fold it into a wrislet form, then tie together through two holes on opposite sides  ( you do not have to poke holes if you do not want to). Cut the excess remainder of the belt.

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Step 8) I just took sturdy glue and glued the belt onto the inside of the pouch ( which is what probably made it so awkward).* If you have a fabric puncher, you can simply poke a hole in the side of the pouch and tie on a ribbon through it to connect the belt/pouch.

So, I wasn’t initially going to put my attempt at adding a belt to the pouch but you know, since this place is not about perfect completions, I thought I would share it with the belt nevertheless. On a second thought, I really should have a way to just have the wrislet aspect adding on through some sort of clasps or something. Anyhow, hope you guys liked this craft 🙂

~ WorkWithIt, Girl: Make It Yours, Make It Work.

 

WorkWith Old Skirt: Adorable Floral Purse

Backstory: Recently, I decided that I was no longer going to wear this Forever 21 skirt that I had but I did not want to donate it because it had stains on it. So, I knew I wanted to make a purse with it since I thought that the floral design was so pretty and perfect with consideration to the warmer weather that has arrived.

What I Used:

1 Skirt

Ribbon

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Take your skirt and cut out the first layer ( outer layer) and the inside lining as a rectangular-like shape. Your cut out does not need to be perfect.

Step 2) Lay each piece on top of each other and fold in the left and right sides, glue down the sides inward.

Step 3) As for the bottom, just glue the two layers together

Step 4) Take the bottom and fold it up, now gluing the sides  of the double layer together. *At this point you should have the inside of a purse.

Step 5) Take a ribbon and glue the ribbon onto the inside layer of the left/right side of the purse

 

Tadaaa ♥

WorkWithIt: ♥ Make It Yours, Make It Work ♥

WorkWith Old Floral Skirt: Cute Bow Bracelet

Backstory: You don’t have to have a lot to create and sometimes we don’t need to have any more than what we already have; just a will to make something out of what appears to be nothing. The other day, I made this little purse out of this old Forever 21 skirt that I had and I was determined to see more of the leftover fabric used for something. So, after googling through girl/fashion accessories trying to gain some inspiration, I decided to make a bow bracelet.

What I Used:

1 Old Skirt

Ribbon

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Cut off the top rim (seam) of the skirt and try to clean up the stray ends the best that you can.

Step 2) Take the rim and cut it to fit around your wrist, then glue the ends together. * Make sure that it is loose enough to not only fit on your wrist but on/off of your hand too

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Step 3) Using leftover/excess fabric, just cut off a straight piece and form into a bow. All you have to do to form a bow is make the fabric into a cure ( loop) symbol and bring down the top of the loop to the middle of the loop. Tie the middle with a small piece ribbon.

Step 3) Cut off a small, straight piece of additional fabric and glue around the center of your bow, covering the ribbon part.

Step 4) Glue the bow onto the top of your wristband and there you have it!

Cute, simple and it cost absolutely nothing to make ( other than the purchase of the skirt…and I got this skirt from a friend actually, so it was for free). I wanted to share this crafty project, not because I am expecting people to duplicate it but more so because it is just exemplifies exactly what I am about here, working with what we already have! What do you think ?

WorkWithIt ♥ Make it Yours, Make It Work ♥

 

 

WorkWith A Pillowcase: No-Sew Travel Bag

Backstory: So, I have had these pillowcases sitting in the bottom of your drawer for quite some time now since I currently do not have any pillows. However, I figured since I had several pillowcases that I could workwith one to make this little travel bag that I’ve been wanting to make for a while. What I love about making this bag is that it required me to purchase nothing and the possibilities of design that can come by using different kind of pillowcases and/or decoration.

What I Used:

1 Pillowcase

My Handy Dandy Glue Gun

String/Ribbon ( Optional)

Markers ( Optional)/Decorative Material

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Take the very top of your pillow case and fold it inside out, then fold the bottom of your pillowcase towards the top and glue the corners ( number 2 and 3) * This will be the back of your pillowcase

Step 2) Take both sides and fold them inward so that your bag is the width that you prefer. You will now glue these sections down* Some may prefer their bag to be wider or more narrow, it’s up to you.

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Step 3) Take the bottom of your bag and fold it up, then glue the back down. *This is an optional step because it depends on how long you want your bag to be. I wanted my bag to be shorter so all I wanted to do so.

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Step 4) Take this step to glue down any loose fabric, the top, the center, the bottom. You do not want your bag to come undone while you are out and about.

Step 5) Add a strap by cutting one hole on the top left and right corner and adding your string/ribbon into the hole.

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Step 6) Decorate your bag to your liking and wala!

That’s really all there is to it, you can make your bag as long or wide as you’d like and if you want to go pick out a super cute themed pillowcase to make your purse with, then go for it.

Until the next post, you already have what you need, you just need to want what you already have ~

 

WorkWith Denim Jeans: Denim Choker

Backstory: So, I was watching one of my favorite Youtube vloggers known as Jamie and Nikki and she was wearing this denim choker that she made herself. As I scrolled through the comments ( because I just have this bad habit of doing so), I noticed that there was interest in the choker and how it was made. Unfortunately, I do not know how she did her’s and mine did not quite turn out as…fashionable, but I wanted to give it a try and show you guys here how I decided to workwithit.

What I Used:

An Old Pair of Denim Pants

Scissors

Optional: Hot glue gun/button

How It’s Done

Step 1) Take your pair of pants and cut ( all the way around) off the part where your belt would go. You should just have the very top of your jeans now * You can also cut the belt loops here ( I did) but it really just depends on the look you are going for.

Step 2) Take the time to clean up the seams/your cutting job 🙂

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Step 3) Wrap the piece around your neck to gauge how much in terms of vertical length you need to cut off. Now, here’s what is important: My jeans had a small button on the inside of the belt part so I did not need to add a button BUT if your jeans do not, then all you need to do is glue a button on the outside end of your choker. You will then see how much on the other side that you need to cut off!

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Step 4) Poke a hole at the opposite end of your button that will your button can go through. This is how you will get the choker on and off. *Before you do the hole for the button, wrap the choker around your neck and make a mark if necessary so you will know where to put your hole for your button. It’s a choker…it’s not meant to choke you but it’s also not meant to be a necklace that dangles.

And wala: There you have it!

Personally, I feel that my short neck just do chokers any justice and preference wise, I just do not wear them but seriously, this was a fun craft that really can go in so many directions depending on what your jeans look like ( black, dark blue, prints,  etc etc).

Until next time,