diy beauty : natural luminizer




i’ve been on a diy beauty products kick lately, particularly natural ones. i read about how the rms living luminizer is an amazing natural product that is used on all sorts of celebrities for a sheer “lit from within” glow. looking at the ingredients, they were so simple & natural that i thought i could make it myself without paying almost $40 for such a small container. it turned out beautifully & i took notes on what worked !
(p.s. if you’re not the diy type or are short on time, i’m selling these in my etsy shop !

keep reading for the tutorial & swatches !

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how to : leather cord roll


i’ve been so inspired by the cordito cord roll from this is ground & thought it could be something that i could easily diy to fit my own needs! i added a (removable!) zippered pouch to the bottom for smaller items that would slip away (stylus, memory card, backup charger, etc.) & used a hook that could be hung up while traveling. i had a few leather scraps in my stash but faux leather would work just as well — even just a thick fabric with interfacing would be nice !

keep reading if you’re interested in making this yourself! i’m no expert seamstress but i find that unfinished leather with a little messy stitching can be really beautiful.


what you need :
– 1/2 yard leather or 1/4 in two different colors
– 1 yard fold over colored elastic, 5/8″
“fashion buckle” (or you could use snaps or buttons if you’re not interested in hanging yours)
– 2 buttons
– zipper (can start at any size but needs to be trimmed to 8″)
– scissors, sewing machine, pencil, cutting mat, the basics !

(note : you could easily do this by hand if you omitted the zipper !)


step 1 |
cut out . . .
  an 8×15″ piece for the roll
  two 8×5.5″ pieces for the zip pouch
 & two 3×1.5″ pieces for the zipper finish


step 2 |

take the zipper finish pieces and fold them over the zipper as shown


step 3 |

stitch down using a small straight stitch, making sure to leave the zipper out. it helps to use a leather needle to do this but i didn’t have a problem


step 4 |

place the zipper piece under a pouch piece & stitch together


step 5 |

do the same on the other side & you should have something like this ! (don’t take notice of my pulled out mistake stitches!)


step 6 |

fold pouch pieces right side together & stitch up the sides & bottom, trim the excess, unzip the zipper to pull pouch right side out


step 7 |

a leather pouch that would be adorable on its own !


step 8 |

cut out :
 2 pieces of 2″ long elastic
 2 pieces of 10″ long elastic


step 9 |

fold one piece of the shorter elastic, sandwich one of the “fashion buckles” inside, & sew down in the center using a tight zig zag stitch


step 10 |

roll up the main piece in thirds & make a mark directly underneath the top hook


step 11 |

sandwich & sew down in the same manner


step 12 |

next, sew down the long elastic 1.5″ from the side of the roll using a tight zig zag stitch. repeat on the other side. then tack down every 1.5 or so inches until you reach the end. I varied my “pockets” from 1-2″ to fit different types of cords.


step 13 |

decide where you want to place the zip pouch & make a pencil mark where the elastic overlaps — this will be where you sew the buttons !


step 14 |

cut two slits in the back of the pouch to allow for the buttons to be pushed through.
(you could also just stitch the bag to the roll if you’re not fussy about it being removable)

& that’s it! organize your cords !

roll it up & fasten the hooks & you’re ready to travel !!

wip : rooftop sweater & sketches


I’m still working on this knit-in-pieces, light blue, silk & angora cardigan. I spent a large majority of this summer knitting it on nyc rooftops, hence the name.
above : bryant park movie festival . . catching the last few bits of summer in a little pencil exercise
& preparing for a (very very big) project in oils !!

champagne & summertime knitting

5 by --erin kate
5, a photo by –erin kate on Flickr.

I recently finished (sort of – I’m still considering backgrounds & frames) this watercolor of a champagne bottle. The foil bits are real (!) gold leaf! It doesn’t show up well on camera but in real life it shines.

& on the needles I have this super-lightweight top-down sweater. It’s slow going in the summer weather, though.

p.s. I’m currently interning at an amazing organization : Women4Women Knitting4Peace ! I’m teaching knitting lessons and attending knitting groups, trouble shooting patterns, & a ton more.
Learn more at website !