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Feet Inspiration
Want to give your heels a little more kick in the new year? Consider a little ribbon love added to your favorite heels, courtesy of Swellmayde, the DIY blog. Read directions here. 
Also, take a look at eBay’s various selections of black ribbon to begin completing this look. 
(Source: what-do-i-wear. Text: Jauretsi)

Feet Inspiration

Want to give your heels a little more kick in the new year? Consider a little ribbon love added to your favorite heels, courtesy of Swellmayde, the DIY blog. Read directions here

Also, take a look at eBay’s various selections of black ribbon to begin completing this look. 

(Source: what-do-i-wear. Text: Jauretsi)

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Closeup: Summer Denim
Here’s another shot of some perfectly distressed cutoff shorts, courtesy of Nicole Loher, aka The Style Student. Throughout the month of August, we’ve been featuring a handful of diverse and talented fashion bloggers who teamed up with The Inside Source and eBay, assigned the task of finding an item of denim that best represented them. Each blogger has picked something different and unique, showcasing the fact that you can seriously get anything you want on eBay. Pretty cool!
(Photo courtesy of Nicole Loher. Text by Jenny Bahn)

Closeup: Summer Denim

Here’s another shot of some perfectly distressed cutoff shorts, courtesy of Nicole Loher, aka The Style Student. Throughout the month of August, we’ve been featuring a handful of diverse and talented fashion bloggers who teamed up with The Inside Source and eBay, assigned the task of finding an item of denim that best represented them. Each blogger has picked something different and unique, showcasing the fact that you can seriously get anything you want on eBay. Pretty cool!

(Photo courtesy of Nicole Loher. Text by Jenny Bahn)

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The Golden Spikes
Looking back at Givenchy’s Fall 2007 collection, our eyes are dancing wildly at all the large gold spikes. We’re feeling it’s time to bring them back. For all those DIY designers reading this, visit eBay to grab some gold spikes for yourself and start adorning your black jackets at home.
(Photo: Courtesy of pinerosolanno. Text by Jauretsi)

The Golden Spikes

Looking back at Givenchy’s Fall 2007 collection, our eyes are dancing wildly at all the large gold spikes. We’re feeling it’s time to bring them back. For all those DIY designers reading this, visit eBay to grab some gold spikes for yourself and start adorning your black jackets at home.

(Photo: Courtesy of pinerosolanno. Text by Jauretsi)

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Woven Spectacles

Behold the tapestry spectacle design by textile designer Chloë McCormick in collaboration with Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare. It’s a bit of an experiment in tapestry weaving that we find mind-bendingly beautiful. 

(Photo: Chloë McCormick. Text by Jauretsi)

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Handy People  
My dad’s a mechanic. My mother, though not a professional in that sense, is as handy as he is. Growing up, I never really had to think about fixing anything. When something broke, one of my parents would handle it. I, spoiled by the free services, simply stood around and offered moral support. Cut to 2013. I am, unsurprisingly, not the handyman I dreamed I could be. Unfortunately, I am not spared from having things fall apart around me. Fortunately for me, eBay has a whole slew of books for both novice and accomplished handymen (and women). After I’ve studied up, I can grab a prepackaged toolkit to put my knowledge into action. 
(Photo: Uncredited. Text by Jenny Bahn)

Handy People  

My dad’s a mechanic. My mother, though not a professional in that sense, is as handy as he is. Growing up, I never really had to think about fixing anything. When something broke, one of my parents would handle it. I, spoiled by the free services, simply stood around and offered moral support. Cut to 2013. I am, unsurprisingly, not the handyman I dreamed I could be. Unfortunately, I am not spared from having things fall apart around me. Fortunately for me, eBay has a whole slew of books for both novice and accomplished handymen (and women). After I’ve studied up, I can grab a prepackaged toolkit to put my knowledge into action. 

(Photo: Uncredited. Text by Jenny Bahn)

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It’s a Small World

Okay, so you want to build a terrarium. You’re going to need a few things. First, find a container. Do you want something round? Cylindrical? Re-purposed? Second, you’ll need your plants. Which plants you choose depend on the closure of your container. Succulents will not thrive in a closed-off terrarium; they don’t need humidity like other plants. If you want to keep your miniature garden living for more than a week, you’ll have to do your research. Thirdly, you must have a good drainage base. And last, you’ve got to have the right kind of soil. The devil is certainly in the details and we’re here to point you in the right direction. TheLittleBlog.com has a great step-by-step description for your D.I.Y. terrarium. And when it comes to supplies, eBay most definitely has you covered. From glass containers to air plants to soil to succulents, you’ll find everything you need online. 

(Photos: Courtesy of Dwell and TheLittleBigBlog. Text by Jenny Bahn)

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Homemade Christmas Cards
From the mind of markwickens, here’s a visual inspiration to finish up those holiday cards, even if you need to hand draw them yourself. In fact, we prefer the handmade ones. If you like these instead, visit the multi-disciplinary designer based in San Francisco at Mark Wickens store to pick some up for yourself. To make your own Holiday gifts, visit the arts & crafts section of eBay to get your own “creative self” on. 
(Photo: Mark Wickens. Text by Jauretsi)

Homemade Christmas Cards

From the mind of markwickens, here’s a visual inspiration to finish up those holiday cards, even if you need to hand draw them yourself. In fact, we prefer the handmade ones. If you like these instead, visit the multi-disciplinary designer based in San Francisco at Mark Wickens store to pick some up for yourself. To make your own Holiday gifts, visit the arts & crafts section of eBay to get your own “creative self” on. 

(Photo: Mark Wickens. Text by Jauretsi)

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An Awesome Guy

By Jenny Bahn

Part illustrator and part childrens’ book author, Dallas Clayton’s life is like being invited into a parallel universe, where everything is fun, spontaneous, and wonderfully possible. In a word, childlike. The message he puts before his audience — both children and adults— is always to stay positive and grounded in self-confidence and avoid the status quo. Clayton is a true DIY publishing success story… [MORE] (which you can see for yourself in the Google ad he stars in). Clayton began to publish his own books independently (and give them away for free) after being turned down by publishers for his first book — aptly titled An Awesome Book! — Eventually, the world took note. An Awesome Book! was an awesome book worth reading.

In just a few short years, Dallas Clayton is a runaway success, with multi-book publishing deals and TV commercials. More importantly, however, he remains an inspiration, proof that talent, hard work, and a whole lot of fun can get you anywhere in life. The Inside Source sat down to talk with Dallas about getting started, old inspirations, and a healthy addiction to fancy pens. 

Jenny Bahn: When did you start doodling, writing, all that?

Dallas Clayton: I started writing ‘zines when I was a teenager. Going to punk shows and stuff, selling them to strangers. That carried over when I moved to LA. I would sell ‘zines on the street out in front of galleries and shows and places where people gathered, then eventually I started getting writing jobs. I wrote my first kids book, An Awesome Book!, four years ago. That was the first real thing I ever really drew. 

Q: What were your favorite books growing up as a child?

A: I’ve always been a big fan of Shel Silverstein and Roald Dahl. Those two were amazing to me. Powerhouses. 

Q: What supplies does a writer and illustrator such as yourself require to get the job done?

A: I guess I could do everything with a computer at this point, but that’s really no fun at all. Lots of paper and pens and weird Japanese markers that cost way too much money and make me out to be some kind of marker nerd every time I go to the art supply store. Honestly, I’m still learning as I go, so many years from now this answer will be totally different than today. Hopefully it eventually involves supplies that glow in the dark. 

Q: Who inspires you?

A: People who make things for no real reason other than it makes them happy. Also, people who are brave enough to share those things with others. 

Q: Most awesome moment of your career so far?

A: I’d say, generally speaking, every time I wake up to a new email or letter from someone in another country I’ve never been to letting me know that what I did inspired them, or that they read my books to their kids, or that I’ve been able to help them keep going in some small way — those are like Olympic gold medals to me. Super magic. Unbeatable. 

Q: If you had one thing to shout from the top of a mountain right at this very moment, what would it be?

A: “Keep up the good work!” Hopefully everyone would hear it… except murderers/ robbers. 

(Images: Courtesy of Dallas Clayton)

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DIY Stone Rings

By Jauretsi

The folks at SwellMayde, a DIY blog site, recently tipped us off to a very simple yet striking idea. Here is how to make a gold gilded geode ring for yourself and loved ones this Holiday season. eBay has all the products you need to create this homemade mystical ring. Ingredients include small geode rocks or pyrite rocks along with some e6000 jewelry glue. Last but not least, don’t forget to select your brass ring blanks that will house that rock on your hand. Websites like Emily Gems will help you break down the meaning of all those crystals and gemstones that will suit you best.  

(Photo: Courtesy of SwellMayde)

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Long Live the Pumpkin….

By Sade Lythcott

Halloween can often be an investment of time and money that is mucho fun in the moment but quickly fades after the holiday, begging the question, “Did I get the bang out of my buck?” Upon the last 48 hours before the big night, here are a few DIY ideas to turn your Halloween decorations into a chic autumn accessory fit to be displayed all season long. Honestly WTF has a great recipe for lace-embellished pumpkins, while Country Living has several creative ideas of how to reimagine your pumpkin — everything from using them as place card settings to votive candle holders. Huffington Post details step-by-step instructions on how to put your favorite poems or quotes on the lovable orange canvas of a pumpkin.   

(images: HonestlyWTF / HuffingtonPost)