Hi friends, today we are talking about all things sparkly! I LOVE sparkly things but not to the extent where everything is sparkly. I mostly like to have little accents that pop.

My first bedazzling experience was with my sash when I graduated from Long Beach State. I didn’t feel like decorating my hat because I feel like you can’t even see them yourself. So I decided to trim my sash with rhinestones. We had a random bag of cheap jewels in our garage that I used because I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on the stones because I was wearing this once. I also used a hot glue gun to glue them down so this one was a little archaic. It turned out great though and I got lots of compliments! Don’t mind the picture… That was over a decade ago… Hi mom and dad!

My next bedazzling experience came when I was searching for Duck’s gear that had some pizazz. My husband introduced me to hockey and I quickly became a huge fan, we decided I needed some gear for going to games. I had seen some women with bedazzled baseball hats but I didn’t want to wear a hat inside the arena unless it was a beanie because burrrr. So I decided to bedazzle my own sweatshirt. I knew I could do it because I had done it before but needed a better system this time because I was going to wear it multiple times and it would need to be washed occasionally.

First I had to figure out the jewels. I didn’t want to use cheap gems in the kids section because that would look tacky and wasn’t going to be nearly as sparkly as I wanted. As I was browsing the jewel area I had a few choices, all of which I didn’t like because they were SO EXPENSIVE. All of the crystals were around $20 for a small pack of 20 crystals. I needed so many crystals there was no way I was about to drop over $200 on crystals for this sweatshirt. As I was about to give up I spotted some headbands at the end of the aisle. They were very sparkly and had a price tag of $3! I took a good look and decided I was going to rip off the stones and see if I could jerry-rig this thing for $3. Pros: could work and be an awesome money saver. Cons: could ruin the sweatshirt if they don’t come off clean or look tacky.

I used super glue and if I was going to do it again I would suggest a super glue that is specific to fabric. I have had the sweatshirt for over 4 years and have washed it quite a few times and have only lost two stones so far.

Here is a picture of the finished product! I was SO happy with it! It took me a solid amount of time because I hand glued every little stone but it came out even better than I expected and I would do it again for anything I wanted bedazzled.

Thanks for taking the time to read today!

Love, Tasman

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