Author Archives: AliNichole

Fringe Necklaces Photo Shoot

I’m ramping up production on my vegan suede Fringe Necklaces that were really popular this summer. And I’m adding a bunch of new color combinations!

Anyway, I realized I reallllly need to reshoot them with my fancy-schmancy camera and brand new glorified cardboard box DIY light box.

Rather than just shoot them on white, I pinned up these colored papers to make the photos more interesting and I love how they came out:

Fringe Necklace Styling Lookbook - 9000things

 

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Vintage Jewelry Revamp

Soooo excited about my current project! A customer who found me at SoWa brought me a big bag of old plastic beads that had belonged to her grandmother. We’re going to completely remake them into a collection of awesome modern jewelry for the women in her family as Christmas presents.

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Happy Holidays! I’ll update when the pieces are finished!

UPDATE: Here’s a quick sneak peek of some of the pieces…

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Happy Birthday, Blog!

Wooooowee! My blog turned 1 year old just three days ago!

To celebrate, I’m going to share a small sampling of birthday pictures that I’ve made for good friends throughout the years. Please contact me if you need a beautiful birthday image created for that special someone.

Photo of Catie on her birthday - by AliNichole Photo of Rachel on her birthday - by AliNichole Photo of Leah on her birthday - by AliNichole Photo of Maureen on her birthday - by AliNichole

lol sharktopus.

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Obsessed with Wallpaper Pattern Design

I’ve been collecting all kinds of wallpaper for years now. I’m completely obsessed with the printing processes, designs and patterning and even though I put the salvaged wallpaper samples to good use, I have to fight the urge to just hoard all of the pretty for myself and never share!

I just sent a huge pile of wallpaper out to the laser cutter and in a week I’ll get back a few hundred Boston skylines in crazy colors and patterns. Here’s what happens when I get them back:

More on that subject here.

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Dia de los Muertos Costume DIY

Geez, it’s been an embarrassing amount of time since my last blog post. This fall was BUSY. Updates to come, but let’s get going with a last minute Day of the Dead costume!

It’s all about the flowers and the makeup. A little strapless dress with flashy tights is all you need for a base. But the accessories make the outfit.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY tutorial - by 9000things

The wig is optional, but just an all-around good idea. The number of strangers who will take your photo is directly proportional to the height of your beehive. Fake eyelashes, on the other hand, are obligatory.

All that and the makeup aside… Here’s how I made the really simple accessories:

First, go buy a ton of fake flowers from the dollar store.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

For this project you’ll want the flowers with plastic coated wire stems so you can bend them around the belt.

Supply list:
bendy stem fake flowers
belt with lots of holes (or punch the holes yourself!)
textured plastic headband (textured for hot glue to grab onto)
scissors (probably)
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
wire cutters

Optional:
dollar store skeletons and twine
cheap plastic skull rings
sharpies

Separate the stems and clip them off close to the base.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Having way too much fun with fake flowers…

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

I totally scored when I found this slotted belt at Marshall’s for 10 bucks. I was planning on doing a whole lot of wire wrapping and hot gluing, but I recommend trying to find a belt with holes, or buying a thin leather belt and punching the holes yourself. So. Much. Easier.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

This part is as simple as threading the stems through the slots and wrapping the wire around the belt a few times to hold it in place!

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Keep wrapping more and more flowers! Where the stems are threaded close together, the flower belt will get thicker (do this towards the middle). To taper off the ends, leave more open holes between flower stems.

Optional: I found this hanging skeleton garland, cut them apart and loosely tied them over the flowers on my belt!

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Next! A matching crown of flowers! I opted for asymmetry though it’s customary to go the whole way around with huge multi-colored blooms. The key here is the headband with some texture so the hot glue has something to grab onto. Otherwise you’ll find the flowers falling off everywhere…

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Use a generous amount of hot glue. Just pour it all on there.

And for a little bonus, I found these cheap plastic skull rings at the dollar store – 50 for a buck! – and with a little sharpie magic, made some Dia de los Muertos knuckle rings:

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Ta da! Dia de los Muertos accessories for the best Halloween ever!

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

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Boston Skyline Wall Art

I started making these recycled wallpaper skylines of Boston about 6 years ago and after a long hiatus, I’ve decided to start making them again because they’re so much fun!

I have a huge collection of wallpaper samples that I’ve collected from outdated sample books. Some of the papers are so beautiful; brightly printed florals with caked on ink, classic victorian damasks and monotone french toiles… (swoon!)

I send the raw paper out to a laser cutter (don’t do this at home – vinyl is toxic when burned) with a vector drawing of the skyline that I compiled from a bunch of photos I took from the north side of the Charles. When I get them back, I collage the skyline with a contrasting background wallpaper and mount it on wood and clear coat the face.

I’m totally obsessed with wallpaper. And if you love Bob Vila as much as I do, check out this video of that one time when he went to a wallpaper factory and it blew my mind.

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DIY: Cleaning Rusty Metal

Day One of my DIY Art Wagon Project was all cleaning and scrubbing! There’s a lot of rust going on here, and a bunch of different ways of dealing with it, based on where it is and what’s going on later.

First: The rust on the actual wagon body needs to be removed and the metal cleaned because I’m planning on priming and painting over it. Along the outside corners, there were a lot of large rough rust spots. For these I found that a wire brush was the easiest and most effective. In the after shot, you can see the metal shining through, but the red tinge is gone. (click photos to blow up)

Tutorial for Cleaning Rusty Metal - Wire Brush | DIY Art Wagon Project | 9000things

The bed had smaller rust spots uniformly across the whole surface. The wire brush was pretty much useless here, so I switched to 100 grit sandpaper, which worked beautifully! Again, you’re aiming to get rid of the redness, it will still look kind of crappy after you sand it…

Tutorial for Cleaning Rusty Metal - Sandpaper | DIY Art Wagon Project | 9000things

Finally, around where the wheels are on the wagon, there was some greyish oxidation which didn’t look like rust exactly but was texturing the surface of the metal. I had a hunch that Simple Green would scrub that right off, and it worked! You’re going to want to use that cleaning solution on the whole shebang at this point… We need the surface to be dust/oil/dirt free and bone dry before spray priming.

Tutorial for Cleaning Rusty Metal - Simple Green | DIY Art Wagon Project | 9000things

The last place that there was a lot of rust was on the wheel rims. I looked all over the internet and didn’t really find a great answer for how to clean it off. So I asked my bff’s bike expert boyfriend. He recommended spraying the rims with WD-40, letting it set for a minute and then steel wooling everything away.

Tutorial for Cleaning Rusty Metal - Steel Wool | DIY Art Wagon Project | 9000things

OMG, rust cleaning porn!

Pro tip. Do all the rust removal, cleaning and priming in one day. Otherwise rust starts to regenerate and you’ll find yourself fighting the dumbest battle ever. Primer info coming soon!

For my pinners out there! Here’s a compact graphic:

Kinds of Rust and How to Remove Them | 9000things

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MY [rusty, fixer-upper] BIKE WAGON!!!

I have a bike wagon. I am extremely excited about my bike wagon.

I got this amazing, well built wagon from a guy in Southern Mass (right near the RI border) – an engineer who knows how to weld and likes to build things. He made it himself and years ago he used to throw a lawn chair in the back and ride around with his kids, and then his grandkids towed behind his bike. Best back story ever? Yeah.

This man was kind enough to pass the wagon off to me, and I have grand dreams of transforming this well loved hunk of metal into a sparkly new mobile art shop.

Here are the before pictures, and I’ll continue to update as I make progress!

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Check out that rust! The rims need some love, the tires need to be replaced, the whole body needs to be cleaned, scrubbed, prepped, primed and repainted. BRING IT.

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Dinosaur Chasing Wedding Party

Sometimes I use my photoshop skillz to make something special for people I love.

Recently there has been a trend of (SPOILER ALERT) photoshopping a dinosaur into the background of wedding photos where the wedding party is running around screaming.

My dear friend recently got married. It was a dino themed wedding, she loves this trend and I was in the wedding party……….

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BIG FAN.

But seriously, we have fun :)

Dinosaur Chasing Wedding Party Photoshop | 9000things

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Handmade Bohemian Necklaces – Summer 2013

These new boho summer necklaces are handmade in small batches with vintage beads and salvaged gold chains. The collection was inspired by the bright sunny colors of retro jewelry, some found wooden beads and a gorgeous old strand of natural seed beads. The beads come from the Lagrima de San Pedro plant from the rainforests of Equador and are a beautiful teardrop shape.

Because all of these necklaces share a few common elements, they are made to be mixed and matched and layered, or worn separately! Here are a few combinations that we put together:

Boho Chic Necklace | 'Fawn' | by 9000 things Bohemian Layered Necklace | 'Fawn' | by 9000 things Boho Chic Necklace | 'Flora' | by 9000 things Bohemian Layered Necklace | 'Flora' | by 9000 things Boho Chic Necklace | 'Wood Nymph' | by 9000 things Bohemian Layered Necklace | 'Wood Nymph' | by 9000 things Boho Chic Necklace | 'River' | by 9000 things Bohemian Layered Necklace | 'River' | by 9000 things Boho Chic Necklace | 'Raven' | by 9000 things Bohemian Layered Necklace | 'Raven' | by 9000 things

 

Check them out, and mix and match your own sweet summer necklace at the 9000things shop!

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