Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December Necklace of the month

December's necklace of the month is the.......... RIBBON BOW NECKLACE!


  • 3/4 in. ribbon
  • glue gun
  • necklace chain

Form 5 inches of ribbon into an oval and secure with hot glue.
Glue the ribbon to look like a bow.

Take a shorter length of ribbon and glue it in the back around the first to connect it to the chain and create the bow.

There you have it- a super cute vintage-inspired bow necklace.

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    Sunday, December 25, 2011

    DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

    This is kind of last minute, but here is a tutorial for cute salt dough/ clay ornaments.

    • salt dough recipe & ingredients
    • ribbon to hang ornament
    • plastic straw (to poke a hole)
    • plastic or metal cookie cutter
    • watercolors + brush

        1. Make the salt dough using the recipe. 
        2. Shape some salt dough using a cookie cutter, making sure it's somewhat flat.
        3. Using a straw, poke a hole at the top of the ornament. 
        4. After the ornament(s) has air dried for a day or two- I know, a long time... paint them with watercolors.
        5. When the watercolors dry, string a ribbon through the hole you made with the straw and tie it off.
        All done- it may be a little squishy though... :D

        Merry Christmas!!!
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          Saturday, December 24, 2011

          DIY Stamp Gift Tags

                Need some handmade gift tags? Perfect for Bake Sales, Holiday gift shops, presents and more....

          • scrapbook paper or an index card cut in half
          • paper cutter thingy :D
          • stamps & ink pad
          • hole punch
          • twine or ribbon

          1. Cut a piece of paper for the tag and cut the corners. 
          2. Stamp a cute Xmas stamp in the center. 
          3. Punch a hole at the top and thread some ribbon or twine through the hole. 
          So many possibilities- change the stamp, the color of the paper, use ribbon instead of yarn/twine....

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          Saturday, December 17, 2011

          DIY glitter french tip nails

          Want to know how to paint some cute, easy nails?
          • sparkly nail polish - got mine @ Styles For Less for $1.99
          • clear top coat
          • tape

          Tape off your nails for a french manicure. Don't know how? Click here.

          Paint the glitter polish right over the tape and onto your nail. Be careful, you don't want to paint below the tape.
          Once dry, peel off tape and top with a few layers of a clear top coat.

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            Monday, December 12, 2011

            Reuse Magazines: Holiday Cards

                Have some old December magazines you can cut up? In this tutorial, I will be making Christmas card using cut out from magazines. Get your scissors ready...


            • old magazines
            • scissors
            • sharpie
            • Elmer's bottle glue
            • blank cards
            Trace out an image on the back on the page with a sharpie and cut out. You can even cut images or words from scraps of wrapping paper.

            Look at all the pics I cut out :D  Now paste the images onto the blank card.

            To make the glue more even, smooth it out on the back of the image with a paintbrush before you stick it on to the card.

            Here are my finished cards. Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas
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            Sunday, December 4, 2011

            Flag Canvas: Gift Idea

               This canvas will make a great gift for someone with a diverse heritage. I'm painting the Union Jack for my room, even though I'm not British. :) - P.S. the project took me less than 10 minutes!
            • 5" by 7" canvas (or a size of your choice)
            • paintbrush or foam brush
            • Acrylic paint in colors of flag (ex. England- red and blue) 
            • pencil
            Use a pencil to lightly outline your flag design and start painting.

            Here is my finished product. Cute, huh?
            Which flag will you choose?
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            Friendship Bracelet: Gift idea

            Gift giving is a major part of the holidays. Every week starting now, I will post some ideas/ tutorials for homemade gifts. Today, I will show you how to make a friendship bracelet. This is a simple, easy craft that kids can make too.

            • embroidery thread/floss
            • clipboard
            Here are directions from www.michaels.com  

            1. Select 4 colors of floss 25" long. Tie a knot around 1½" from the top and tape to table.
            2. Separate floss by color and imagine the floss as A,B,C and D.
            3. Hold string B straight and knot string A around it.
            4. Pull string A toward the left and tighten it.
            5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to get a double knot.
            6. Make double knots with string A around each of the remaining strings (C and D).
            7. Now you are in the second row, tie a double knot with string B around C, D and A individually.
            8. Keep repeating this pattern until bracelet reaches desired length.
            9. Tie knot to secure all strings and trim both ends to about 1¼" long.
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            Friday, November 25, 2011

            DIY Dice nail art

            Want to know how to paint some cute, easy nails?

            Paint your nail white. Dab some black polish on the piece of cardboard.

            Dip the dotting tool into the black polish and draw dots onto your nails.
            Draw dots on each finger and apply a clear coat.
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            DIY "Sweet" Bouquet

             Level: ●○○○ 
            • Long- stemmed lollipops
            • Pretty vase
            • Colorful flowers

            1. Fill the vase halfway with water. Trim the flowers to fit in the vase. 
            2. Scatter the lollipops among the flowers. 
            3. Use the bouquet to decorate a table. Sweet :)

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            Tuesday, November 22, 2011

            Boots & Socks: Winter Fashion Finds

                If you want some cozy knock-off Ugg boots, head over to Walmart. (Or click here) They have them in sizes 6-11 in gray, black, dark brown, and tan for only $14. Also, at Forever 21, they have these cute socks for 95¢ per pair.

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            Friday, November 11, 2011

            Frame Jewelry Display

            Have an old frame? In this tutorial I will show you how to make a display for clips/barrettes.
            • an old frame
            • piece of fabric as big as the frame
            • ribbon that contrasts with the fabric
            • tape
            Remove the glass from the frame. Place piece of fabric on top of cardboard from frame. Lay 2 ribbons across it.
            Place in frame and secure. If  you want, you can tape the ribbon ends to the cardboard.

            It should look like this, but horizontal.
            Clip your accessories to it. 

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              Tuesday, November 1, 2011

              November's Necklace of the month

              November's necklace of the month is the.... MUSTACHE NECKLACE

              • necklace chain
              • felt
              • piece of cardstock
              • glue gun
              • needle small enough to fit through chains in necklace
              • thread 
              • mustache template or you can create your own template (see below) 

              You can print this image out in whatever size you want, or you can create your own template. Mine is about 2 inches long and one inch tall.

              Glue gun, mustache cut out in felt and cardstock, necklace chain, and needle n' thread.

              Sew the cardstock mustache to the necklace chain.

              Hot glue the felt mustache on top of the cardstock.

              Ta-da! It's so cute!

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              Wednesday, October 26, 2011

              Instantly Slimming/ All Stitched up tee

                   This tutorial will give a baggy tee a makeover.
              Level:  ○ 
              • too-big t-shirt (knits will work best for this project)
              • sewing machine
              • tailor's chalk + pins
              • shirt that fits 
              Turn your shirt inside out and lay it on a flat surface. Place a tee that fits you on top of the shirt and line up the necklines.With tailor's chalk, trace the tee 1 inch from the sides. Do this on one side of the shirt.

              Take the tee off and fold the shirt in half. Cut along the chalk line.

              Unfold the shirt, pin, and sew with a strait stitch.
                When you turn it right side out and try it on, it should look like this.
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                Saturday, October 15, 2011

                Glovelettes tutorial

                   Glovelettes are great for many costumes and those chilly winter months. You can wear them and instantly become a ninja, 80's rock star, or superhero. 

                •  8 inch. x 12 inch. of t-shirt fabric
                • sewing machine
                • pins
                • seam ripper
                Or you can cut 8 x 8 for a shorter glove.

                Fold lengthwise with right sides together and pin.

                Measure one inch down from the top. With a seam ripper, rip 1 inch of stitches. Turn right side out and try it on.
                Wear your new glovelette with pride!

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                Tuesday, October 11, 2011

                Thinking about Halloween costumes?

                Here are some ideas:
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                Sunday, October 2, 2011

                October's Necklace of the month!

                October's Necklace how-to: Clay ice Cream Necklace
                • scissors
                • oven
                • polymer clay- brown and pink
                • jewelry pliers
                • necklace chain
                • toothpick
                1. Preheat oven to what ever the clay packet instructions say. Make a cone shape with the brown clay and cut a pink clay sphere in half and attach it to the cone. With a toothpick, draw criss-cross lines on the cone to give it texture. Optional- pinch the pink clay on the sides to give it a "scooped" affect.
                2.  Cut a 1 inch piece of jewelry wire, fold it in half with pliers, and insert it in to the top of the cone. It should look like a charm.
                3. Bake it in the oven for 8 minutes and let cool. 
                4. Attach the charm onto a jump ring and then onto a necklace chain. 
                5. There you have it! A cute-enough-to-eat necklace! More pictures coming soon! 

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                Saturday, October 1, 2011

                No-Sew Greek Goddess Costume

                I know Halloween is like 30 days from now, but I wanted to share this quick and easy tutorial.
                • long white t-shirt
                • gold belt
                • 2 large safety pins
                • gold leggings or white flowy skirt

                Lay white tee out flat.

                Bunch up sleeve up to the collar and insert a safety pin.

                For the Greek goddess, wear hoops, add a gold belt and leggings for a tunic look or a white skirt for a "dress." To be an Egyptian, wear a bib necklace and bangles.
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                Wednesday, September 28, 2011

                Question of the Day!

                 * If you could be a princess at Disneyland, who would you be?*
                 (I think you have to be 5'2"-5'7" to be a Disney Princess...)
                I mean, no one's too old to like Disney Princesses. I would be Belle of course! Just 3 more inches to go.

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