DIY: Up-cycled Compact Camera Bag

So my obsession with my new 35mm film camera has not gone away... In fact, I've even whipped up a new camera case to keep it cute and safe for my upcoming trip to Sri Lanka- and whatever other adventures life throws my way!

 I was inspired by this absolutely stunning Wood & Faulk tutorial for a wool camera wrap. However, with a lack of wool I opted to repurpose an awesome aztec printed canvas tote that was desperate for a new life. This bag was well loved but worn out and in dire need for a revamp- it was perfect for the job because it came with extra padding for a laptop (a handy quality, but not necessary for this tutorial). 

1/2 yard of  canvas fabric
1/4" foam padding (optional)
super/fabric glue if using padding
sewing machine or needle and thread
your choice of secure closure 
& 45 mins to 1hr of your time

This camera strap is also up cycled and can be made in less than 3 minutes!

I've got to say I love how this turned out! It took roughly 45 minutes to finish and it was well worth it. I took creative liberty to fit the design to using a magnetic closure instead of a leather strap tie. I also repurposed the brass clasps from the bag's closure and super glued them on opposite sides of the opening. 

It could've been cleaner, but it gets the job done and no one is the wiser when I carry it around!

I definitely prefer this type of bag over a store bought one - Not only was it made just for me and to my camera but it's a great balance of protection, style, and compact size. To my surprise there was enough room to squeeze in a roll or two of film. Regardless of how you make it your own it's definitely better than your average camera bag!

Until next time,

Thrifting Tales: Vintage Sunnies

There isn't a single thing that makes me happier than a sunny day. It's an excuse to throw on a flowy sundress, my favorite leather strap sandals, and some unique vintage shades for an easy summer day outfit.

After hitting the thrift shops I have collected some wonderfully unique vintage sunglasses that I am so excited to share with you all! Find them all on my Etsy Vintage Candela - I have listed some awesome vintage high waisted shorts as well. 

P.S. I am SO excited to announce that in less than 10 days I will be traveling to Sri Lanka!! This is an incredible opportunity that will be tossing me out of my comfort zone - I hope to keep you all updated on my adventures if WiFi permits.. 

Until Next time,

Thrifting Tales: Vintage Festival Wear

Festival Season is upon us!
Don't buy into the overrated festival trends and stand out in the crowd instead.

My latest unique vintage finds are all available on my Etsy Vintage Candela
Get 10% off your $25+ purchase with the code dyingfordiying (expires August 30)

Style Inspiration: bohemian minimalist

You may have thought bohemian minimalist was an oxymoron. But its not impossible to add boho flare to a simple & sleek modern style.

DIY: No Sew up-cycled camera strap

I just recently purchased a vintage Minolta X700 film camera, and without any film experience went full force into the world of old school photography. This thing is my new baby, and to treat is as such I decided to make it a funky camera strap so it's safe and secure and looking good at all times.
This is a simple and quick camera strap that doesn't require any sewing!! bless this DIY.

2" or wider fabric belt- make sure this is durable and can withstand some wear! 
2 split key rings - I repurposed some from some old key chains I no longer used
2 durable clasps - mine are brass and very durable, this is the make or break item for the DIY
super glue (or needle and thread) - use this to secure the knots

First things first, attach a clasp through one of the split key rings, do this to the other one too.

 Then, knot your chosen belt or fabric strap onto the key ring. Using durable glue or a needle and thread secure the knot so it doesn't slip. 
You can see that I covered the key rings and part of the claps with the knot, this is a simple adjustment to do and makes the final product look much cleaner. 
I know you can't believe it but you're done!