Experiments in DIY

January and February are the most dull months I find, the reality of winter hits with no Christmas to cheer us along. When Ladbrookes wanted to send a parcel to help sparkle up those days to celebrate their diamond slot games (find out more here) I was clearly all for it.

What I didn’t really anticipate, despite knowing that this challenge would involve a little bit of DIY was just how hopeless I am at it. When the pack of “tools” arrived (which I failed to photograph in true blogger fail style) containing studs, swarvoski crystals, SUPER strong glue and a pencil to mark your place I thought I’d be in for an easy and fun time. Days later when the Asos goodies they also provided turned up I started to think otherwise.

(A note on the outfit- the dress, shoes and necklace all came via Asos thanks to a voucher supplied, I made the most of the sale and snagged the whole lot ot complete the look. The tights and bad posing are entirely my own).

Above…that’d be my workspace. This wasn’t getting me off to a flying start was it? Despite that stumbling block I set aside some time on a gloomy afternoon and plotted what I wanted to do. Drawn immediately to the studs I decided simple was better. How hard can it be to push a few bits of metal through some shoes? Er, very as it happens. In the end I resorted to the glue, sticking my fingers together in the process. I’m not the artsy, crafty type but hurdles aside I had fun and really quite like the end result. It’s a bit like a young child and their first piece of art…no matter how wonky it looks there is a real sense of achievement that comes from it and I have to say with the music blasting, the occasional curse word and an hour or more whizzing past this little activity really did brighten up the day and added a touch of something sparkly.

if only I could remove the glue from my fingernail…

are you a DIY diva? Or is it a disaster zone for you too? Share your trials and triumphs below.


P.S. excuse me if my blog commenting is more dire than ever, google reader has kindly eaten most of the blogs I follow, as you do…

16 comments for “Experiments in DIY

  1. I think your shoes look lovely, well done you πŸ™‚ you should definitely be proud! I’m not very good at practical sorts of things, and I hate glue!!! A few of my friends and I used to have a weekly craft night, and on one of the sessions I used a glue gun for the first time – I loved how easy it was but I wasn’t great at it! Your dress really suits you too, by the way πŸ™‚ xx

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  3. Mat

    nice one, you did a decent job

  4. I like your poses! The hands on hips pose complements the spikes on the shoes nicely. Just be careful that you don’t twist or strain anything attempting a kick πŸ™‚ Lady Gaga apparently had a bad physical mishap attributed to her footwear combined with strenuous movement. That said, the spikes look great, and so do your hair, lipstick and dress. I think you did admirably with the DIY kit and Asos goodies from Ladbrookes. The result looks great.

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  5. Ohh, I love the shoes, Laura, what size are they? Send them to me please!

    Corinne x

  6. You’re talents are never ending! Love the studs, and youre looking gorgeous by the way πŸ™‚

  7. Am hopeless at diy. You did a great job, good clothes choices too x

  8. Your shoes look amazing!

    Maria xxx

  9. Well they look fab even if you do have glue on your nails.

    X x

  10. love the shoes and the dress too! πŸ˜€

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  11. I’m loving the shoe DIY x

  12. Oh gosh I’m terrible at DIY – you’ve done a great job!! Love this outfit x

  13. These look awesome, if a little lethal!

    Jesss xo

  14. You are such a rockstar. I think mine will be finished in 2 weeks time – haha!

    The Style Rawr!

  15. Anonymous

    oh my gosh!! those are amazing. i would totally buy them. ^_^ I’ve been into punk rock fashion lately and its helping me through the winter months. πŸ™‚