Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Blue Icicle

What I have for this project is a new take on another ornament that I have made literally dozens of over the years.  Except this time, it is in color!
What I used:
  • silver 3mm x 12 inch tinsel stem, cut in half
  • 2 - 6 mm faceted beads - clear
  • 5 - 12 mm starflake beads - 2 light sapphire, 3 dark sapphire
  • 6 - 18 mm starflake beads - 3 light sapphire, 3 dark sapphire
  • 3 - 25 mm starflake beads - 1 light sapphire, 1 dark sapphire, 1 crystal
  • 1 - 8 mm faceted bead - clear
To start, fold one tip of the tinsel stem up a tiny, tiny bit - just enough to make it so the beads won't come off the end.  Start stringing on the beads in the order listed, beginning with the 2 faceted beads.  Once the final 8mm faceted bead has been strung on, bend over the rest of the tinsel stem to form a loop and twist around to secure.

This is a very simple project that takes about 2 minutes, start to finish.  I actually like this better done in the gradient shades of blue rather than the all crystal on a white chenille stem that I used to make.  Now I'm ready to go through more of the starflakes that I have and see what other combinations I can come up with.

Have fun!

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Pearl Wreath Ornament

This is an ornament that, over the years, I have made many of for my mom.  She is really into Victorian decorations so a pearl and gold wreath fits well.  

I used:

  • 9 - 18mm white pearls (the size of the pearls and the number can vary)
  • 9 gold beaded spacer rings (1 in between each pearl)
  • 12 inches (approximately) of 24 gauge non-tarnishing gold wire (Darice brand)
  • 5 inches (varies depending on how short or long you want the hanger) "Frizette Cord" metallic trim (also Darice brand; what I have is pretty old so it may no longer be available)
  • pliers, wire cutter (I think mine are side cutters), and scissors
To make this, begin by curling up one end of the wire to prevent the pearls from sliding off.  Alternate pearls and gold rings, beginning with a pearl and ending with a gold ring.  After the pattern is complete, take the non-curled end of wire and run it through the pearls and rings again to form a secure circle.  Once the wire is back to where the curled end is, pull the wires tight, twist the 2 ends together in between the pearls and use wire cutters that can fit down between the pearls and snip.  Fix the circle so that all of the rings are nestled together with the pearls well.  When finished, the twist should be hidden by the gold ring.  Loop the cord around and tie a knot at the top, trimming the ends if needed.

When I made these before, I used 11 of a size 16mm white pearl.  It made the wreath itself a bigger circle, but the pearls were a size smaller.  I think that size and number actually worked a bit better, but I was out of those and using up supplies that I had.

This project took, at most, 5 minutes per wreath.
Have fun!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Mixed-Media" Mini Minnie

This is a little project that I came up with during the summer.  My inspiration was a Mickey head shaped paper punch that I bought a while ago.  Sorry for the super crappy pictures.

 For this, I used:

  • scrap material
  • fiber fill (very small amount for this size)
  • scribbles paint in black, white, and red
  • pink polka dot ribbon
  • 1 black seed bead
  • pink thread
  • scissors and needle

I cut 2 pieces in the shape of Mickey's head that were roughly the same size and shape.  I then hand-stitched the pieces together, leaving a pocket to insert the filling.  The next step is to close up the hole.  To fix the shape a little, I ended up stitching completely around the outside, looping the ears individually and pulling a little bit to make them look more like ears.

Next I added 2 elongated dots for the whites of the eyes.  I also put a little red mouth towards the bottom.  After those dried for a bit, I put 2 black dots to finish the eyes and carefully drew 2 black lines coming out from the red to finish off her mouth.  Next was stitching on the seed button in the middle (the bead is actually sticking out so that the skinny edge is against the material).

For the bow, it is a short piece of ribbon folded in thirds and stitched down through the top seam.  This made the 2 loops and I didn't have to try to tie a teeny-tiny bow.

This project took a while despite being so small.  Part of the time it took was figuring out what the best supply was for each element - some ideas didn't work out - and then actually finding it.


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pixar-inspired painted marbles

Today I thought I would show off a couple of flat "marbles" that I painted with inspiration from 2 Pixar movies: Wall-E and Monsters' Inc.

On the left is Eve from the Wall-E movie.  I did this free-handed by just looking at a picture of Eve online.
You'll need:

  • white, black, bright blue, and green (I used fluorescent neon green) scribbles paints
  • flat marble
On the right is Mike Wazowski from the Monsters' Inc. movie.  This was also done free-handed while looking at a picture online for reference.
You'll need:
  • green (I used fluorescent neon green), white, black, and a glittery-green (I used Crystal Gel Holiday Green - this is for the colored part of his eye)
  • flat marble
This is a pretty simple craft, as long as you have a fairly steady hand.


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Minnie-inspired crafts

It's been a while since I've put anything craft related, so I found a few that I made earlier this year.  

The first one is "Minnie head paperclip".
I used a Mickey paper punch to make 2 heads, taped them on either side of a paperclip and then painted on Minnie's trademark bow.
This one is "Jeweled Minnie"
I made this by gluing onto a business card a large acrylic gem and two smaller ones for the ears.  After it was dry, I used a craft knife to cut it out.  The finishing touch was a tiny little polka dotted ribbon bow that was glued on.
This last picture is a collection of "Mickey pushpins"
This was a simple project, but because of the number I did, it was the most time-consuming.
All I needed was clear pushpins and various colors of Scribbles paint.  For each pin, one large dot towards the bottom of the pin and two smaller dots for the ears.  It helps if you have a piece of styrofoam handy. This could be done in any color, but I chose to stick with more traditional colors for Mickey and Minnie.


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Recent manicures

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Since it has been quite a while since I have posted anything, I thought I would begin catching up by posting "recent manicures" that just happen to date back to before Halloween...oops.

I believe that this one was 2 coats of OPI "Color to Diner For" from the Fall 2011 Touring America collection:

This next one was 2 coats of Maybelline "Notorious Navy" from the Fall 2011 Fashion Week collection:

 And then after a couple of days, I added a coat of OPI "Crown Me Already!" from the 2011 Miss Universe collection on my ring fingers.


Now, my nails from a day before a Halloween tea.

2 coats of Sinful Colors "Sugar Sugar"

For the "Witches' Brew" tea that I went to, I added the following (and took in progress pictures):
  • 2 coats of a Pumpkin polish that was black and silver glitter (I had to "place" some of the black glitters)
  • 1 coat Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  • 1 coat on tips of Wet 'n Wild Ebony Hates Chris
  • 1 coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
  Now for my actual Halloween manicure2 coats of Wet 'n Wild "Sunny Side Up" with one coat of Love & Beauty "Black" (L&B's Black is a mix of fine black glitter and hexagonal glitter in a clear base that is tricky to get even on all 10 nails.) 

The next picture I have is 2 coats of Wet 'n Wild "Buy Me A Drink" from the Fall 2011 On The Prowl collection:

The last picture I have is of 2 coats of Revlon "Sugar Plum"
I also had on Essie's Lady Like from the Fall 2011 Carry On collection, but unfortunately I could NOT get it to photograph at all.  For a little while, I had on Wet 'n Wild "Night Prowl" (Wild Shine formula) on my toes and it did NOT last hardly at all before it chipped and several of my toes had just half a nail's polish on them.  That sucked.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Jewelry haul

For something different, I thought I would show what jewelry pieces I got from Cato, a women's clothing store, Gabriel Brothers, Target, and World Market.


Target:  both were on clearance (purchased on different days).  I think that the bracelet was around $5.50.  And I got a really great deal on the set of 3 pairs of earrings because rather than scan the earring barcode, she scanned the barcode of a $1 item she had in her hand twice and didn't correct it.  I wasn't going to tell her either, since the mistake was in my favor.

These 2 pairs of earrings are from World Market, made in India, and cost $5.99 each.  I have a thing for pretty items made in India/Pakistan/that area of the world.

Lastly, I bought this pair of simple pearl earrings from Gabriel Brothers for $1.  Not bad for a pair of earrings that originally came from New York & Company and probably cost...mmmm....$15 or more.

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Rite Aid Clearance Haul

I went into Rite Aid last week and that night they were going through and marking down most of the counter displays of limited edition items from several brands.  And...well...I have a hard time resisting sales, especially when it's something that I know I will most likely not be able to find again.

So, here's some pictures of what I got in my haul.

I bought a backup of Maybelline Lasting Drama Eye Studio Gel in Forest ($4.74), 2 Eyestudio Quads in Makeover Mocha and Green with Fashion  ($4.74 ea.), Maybelline Express Finish nail polish in Mauve Accents ($2.07), Sinful Colors in Snow Me White and Starfish ($.99 ea.), a Wet 'n Wild nail polish duo in Ebony Hates Chris and clear topcoat ($.99) and L.A. Colors Mini Glitter Color Craze 5-pack ($1.49)

I was going to get a couple of other things (2 baked blushes from Maybelline) but decided to restrain myself since I don't wear blush all that often, and when I do wear it, I have to use such a light hand that blushes last me for literally years.

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Walgreens polish haul

A couple weeks ago, I went to Walgreens on a Saturday afternoon, which is when most times they have the current week's sale running in combination with the coming week's sale.  This time, there was also an awesome Revlon coupon code for $10 off the beauty adviser had.  So, I had a little fun.  I got all of the polishes that were on my current wanted list for Revlon.  I left Walgreens with 5 bottles of polish for the price of...ONE (plus tax)!!!!

(Top to bottom):  Silver Dollar, Royal, Copper Penny, Grape, Blue Mosaic (from Expressionists 2011 collection)

Top Speed in Grape and Royal

Blue Mosaic, Copper Penny, Silver Dollar

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fright Night Claw

When I was in Target a few weeks ago, I saw a couple of duo packs of nail polish from Fright Night Claw Polish.  I almost bought the one with a pretty shimmery red and black but then put it back when I saw Red Carpet from Sally Hansen.  Then, probably a week later, I saw swatches of the Phantom color and decided that I really liked that color so...back to Target I went and got the pack with Phantom and Sinister.

Phantom and Sinister

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Wet 'n Wild Bloom

This is part of another limited edition collection from Wet 'n Wild - the Spring Bloom collection from Spring 2011.  I found 2 of this at Giant Eagle, sitting on a shelf with no display (and I didn't even really know about the collection) and I found 2 just recently, stuffed behind core collection bottles at a CVS that I just found the location of.  There are 2 that I was not able to find - Sunburst & Birdbath.  *Note to self: always check behind the other bottles*

(L to R):  Laughing Lilac, Garden Hose, Cherry Blossom, Collecting Pollen

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Mermaid's Cove collection

I picked up all that I could fine (7 out of 8) of the Wet 'n Wild Limited Edition Mermaid's Cove when I found it late spring/early summer.  I found this collection at my local grocery store, Giant Eagle.

(L to R):  Diving for Pearls, Atlantis, Sea of Dreams, Magic Trident, Waves of Enchantment, Sea Witch, Ocean Grotto

I have used:
  • Waves of Enchantment
  • Magic Trident (May 13, 2011 blog)
  • Ocean Grotto (Sept. 19, 2011 blog)

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On the Prowl...sort of...

For the month of September and into October, I was driving myself crazy trying to find the On the Prowl collection from Wet n Wild.  When I did find it, all that was left was the non-glitters.  (I got three of them.)  But I really wanted the glitters: Behind Closed Doors (red glitter), Cougar Attack (brown/bronze/copper glitter), Correction Tape (multi-colored and shaped glitter), and Tangled in My Web (black glitter).  Behind Closed Doors was suspended in a black base; all rest of these were suspended in a clear base.  So while I was on my "quest," I went in my local Forever 21 to see what they had for polishes.  And boy was I happy!  They had glitter polishes!!  Included in those glitter polishes were ones that I thought could satisfy my craving.  And for the most part, they did; some even went beyond satisfying - one was even better than the WnW swatches I had seen!  

These 3 are actually from the On the Prowl collection:  
Ready to Pounce, Jungle Fever, Buy Me a Drink

 The front row are my substitutes for the rest of the collection
WnW Party of Five Glitters, Sally Hansen Exteme Wear Pumpkin Spice, 
Love & Beauty in: Rust, Black, Red
WnW Ebony Hates Chris

Top: WnW Party of Five Glitters
Sally Hansen Pumpkin Spice
Love & Beauty Rust    Black
Middle: WnW Ready to Pounce,
Jungle Fever, Buy Me a Drink,
Ebony Hates Chris
Bottom: Love & Beauty Red

Love & Beauty Rust and Black      WnW Party of Five Glitters; S.H. Pumpkin Spice

My version of On the Prowl (as of right now)

The Black from Love & Beauty is, I think, even better than Tangled in My Web.  Black contains both micro glitters and hexagonal glitters in a clear base, which makes it interesting and more web-like (if that makes sense)  Neither Rust nor Pumpkin Spice are really, really close to Cougar Attack but I still need to play around with them; maybe a combo will make it better.  The Red from Love & Beauty (when layered over a dark base) looks really, really close to Behind Closed Doors.  Ebony Hates Chris is a really opaque cream black.  Party of Five Glitters is similar to Correction Tape, but missing the square glitters (and the color mix is different too).

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