Mon chapeau

I love a good discovery. On a recent trip to Paris my friend and I came across this little custom hat shop in the 6th arrondissement…La Cerise Sur Le Chapeau. Just pick out your shape, size, color, and band, and voilà! Your very own custom hat. It was only about 98 degrees in Paris while I was visiting last week, so I was in desperate need for some shade.

They have 5 different shapes to pick from, in felt and in straw. And with the tons of colors to choose from it was hard to pick just one. I walked away with a classic “le trendy” shape in a khaki color for Summer. And a dark gray felt one for Winter. Classic and timeless!

Here are my two custom hats hanging up ready for use. :) Summer on the left…Winter on the right.

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Raffia Bracelet

Tinsel + Trim and I have teamed up once again for a fun and easy craft project. This time, she joins me in creating colorful, lightweight bracelets inspired by carefree summer days.

Cathie traveled to Paris a few weeks back, and while she was there she picked up some unique craft supplies. Of course I wish I had been with her on this adventure in Paris, for I know that we would have had a marvelous time scouring the city for supplies, but I was lucky enough to do some crafting with the supplies she did bring home with her.

This DIY comes from the store, La Droguerie. Cathie describes the store…”It is by far one of the best craft stores I’ve ever encountered. Walls were lined with beautiful and unique ribbons, beads, buttons and more. I was simultaneously thrilled and overwhelmed by the endless possibilities. Fortunately, they had several wonderful sample projects including these bracelets (and a few others I will share soon).”

Time

It only takes about 5 minutes to make a bracelet but allow yourself 24 hours for the epoxy to full dry.

Materials

While the exact materials used in this project are not easily found stateside, we did find some worthy equivalents, which we’ve listed below.

  • Raffia ribbon*
  • 10mm end clasps
  • Epoxy (slow drying time is best)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

*If you can’t find ready-made raffia ribbon, Dollar Store Crafts and El Cuaderno de Ideas both have tutorials on how to make your own.

Instructions

Step 1:

Cut the ribbon to your preferred length. We cut ours to 7.25 inches for a slightly snug fit.

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Step 2:

Pour a drop of epoxy into an end clasp.

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Step 3:

Pinch and insert one end of the ribbon into the end clasp. Hold for a few seconds and repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other end. Place in a safe place to dry for 24 hours.

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That’s it! You now have a fun and playful accessory just in time for summer! And make sure you visit tinsel + trim for more of her crafting goodness!

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