Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Friday, July 20, 2012

TUTORIAL: Pokemon Nails



I grew up with one older brother. He was my biggest influence and my best friend ... I wanted to do everything he did and I lived most of my childhood being a big tomboy.  We watched power rangers, monster trucks, scooby doo and pokemon. We climbed trees, built forts, played some intense pillow fights and everything like that. Dang I miss those days... haha! But Pokemon was huge with us. We both bought decks of cards and played pretty hard core :) And I will admit that a year and a half ago we got back into it and we went out and bought new decks and played every spare second for about a month until i was creaming him and he tried making the rules change for him (he always has done that) and I got mad and then we quit.

Anyways... moral of the story... I miss my brother. Okay no it's actually that I decided to make pokemon nails but I just realized how good of a life I have. Who knew God could work through something silly like this and make me appreciate life more? :)

ANYWAYS... enough with my ADD!! I made pokemon nails. And I want to show you how you can, too. So here we go, you ready?

You need: Red, black, white, base and top coat nail polish. tape.

1. the usual. Fix up the nails and base coat... you know the drill!
 

2. Get black. Paint a stripe down the middle of your nails like so:

3. Wait for that to dry. Cut some painters tape (that's what I prefer to use... I think any kind will work!) in a small strip and put it on top right down the middle of the black.

4. Paint white on the bottom and red on the top.  Let it dry and do a second coat if needed and immediately peel the tape off after your last coat.


 5. Paint a black circle in the middle of each nail. Let it dry and do a smaller white dot in the middle of that.


6. Let it dry and then top coat and you're done!


This was my first try ever, so I'll be trying out a different technique soon and I'll let you know if that one works better.


Thanks for sticking around and I hope you enjoyed it!

Alyssa

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My New Rainbow Hair


Wow I never even finished my little 'journal's! Sorry! I'll get on that if I can! Anyways... I figured I'd update you with a little sumthin :)

Introducing.... my new rainbow hair. :3



 I used soft chalks from michaels and water. :)








{sorry for all the pictures of me............ yah i'm my only willing model in times of boredom. there are many more. it's scary.}





Just experimenting today, and i will be probably for the next two weeks. So expect more wacky hair posts!







Thanks for sticking around guys! I love you all!

Aly

Thursday, March 22, 2012

what i've been up to..

So on Sunday, we were all sitting around the table having a nice brunch after church. My dad asked me what i was planning on doing with my day and i said i didn't know. He's the type who will come up with some horror for me to do just because i said i have no plans... so i quickly asked, "hey can i paint my room today?" completely out of the blue. We hadn't even talked about it before that moment. :D and to my surprise he replied, "yeah sure. you can paint it whatever color you like as long as you have it fully prepared before we go get the paint."



 now looking back on his reply i see that his goal was to get me to clean my room -.- i think he thought that's as far as I'd get that day, but boy was he wrong :)


yes that is a black cat lovingly decorating my white bedspread with her fur. -.-

 *please ignore the mess. i beg of thee. yeah i know it's pretty bad!*

 These are all my before pictures :)

so then i came up with a floor plan and set out on my adventure...

if you want to know how i make my floor plan planners i'll do a tutorial on it soon :)
 So i hauled all of my furniture to the middle of the room completely by myself. i cleaned my trim and removed all the nails from the walls. and i filled the holes and did lots of prep work :)

 Then i cut it all in. twice. :/  haha and yes i did paint i love you on my wall. why? to show all of you dear readers just how much i love you :p

oh yeah and i had to show you my super awesome bun haha it was quite ridiculous ;)




So i'm slowly getting everything back to normal. Starting to decorate and stuff. :D it's been fun... now i have to paint my closet and bathroom O.o

what do you think? Going from bright green to pale cream... haha
Alyssa



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guest Post Tutorial: Spring Yarn Wreath



      Hi everyone! I'm super excited to be guest posting at Live.Love.Craft. This is my first guest post so I feel really honored that Alyssa asked me! Here's a little bit about myself. I've been blogging for a few years now mainly to keep in touch with family and friends, but just recently started up this DIY/recipes blog. I love crafting, creating, sewing (check out my Etsy shop, The Turquoise Pear), and cooking so this is the perfect outlet for me where I want to inspire and be inspired. I live in Chicago with my husband but I'm a southern girl at heart (born and raised). I'm a third grade teacher and I love what I do. All right, enough about me. Onto the good stuff! Today I will be showing you how to make a yarn wreath with felt flowers. This is a super easy project, that I recommend doing with some girlfriends, putting on a chick-flick and making a fun night of it. I myself enjoyed sitting outside in the 70 degree sunshine. A rare treat for March in Chicago.
Here's what you'll need: 1 wreath (mine has an 8" diameter)* 1 ball of yarn (You'll use about half) 1/4 yd felt in the color(s) of your choice (1/4 yard should get you about 8-12 flowers) hot glue gun/sticks *I originally made the wreath using an idea I had seen on Pinterest where you buy gray pipe insulation from Home Depot and duct tape it to make a DIY wreath. It didn't work. At least not for me. The wreath began to droop and I was slightly annoyed. Just buy a wreath from a craft store. It's only about $3-$5 more at Joann's or Michael's.
The How-To:
Start by tying a knot around the wreath. This will be your starting point. Add a dab of hot glue to hold it in place. It's best to wrap the yarn in sections using about 4-5 feet of yarn at a time. Any longer and it may get tangled and keeping it attached to the ball of yarn wasn't working well for me. How you wrap is completely up to you and your style, but I wrapped and overlapped. There was really no rhyme or reason. After you finish wrapping your yarn, keep it in place with a dot of hot glue then continue on with the next section. Continue on with this until the entire wreath is finished. This took me about 45 minutes to an hour. Again, it'd be super fun to hang out with girlfriends and chit-chat while doing this to make the time pass. Now it's time to make some cute felt flowers. You can use a DVD or CD to trace a cirle on the felt. I just cut a circle the best I could without a stencil. Start cutting the felt into a spiral. When you are almost to the center, leave a cirle about 1-2 inches wide. You'll eventually glue this onto the bottom of the wrapped flower to hold it in place. Starting where you first cut, begin twisting the fabric around itself tightly. You could add a dab of glue here and there, but if you are twisting it tight enough and supporting it with your fingers well you shouldn't need to. Why risk burning yourself with the hot glue gun anymore than you need to??? As you're spiraling your flower, give the fabric an occasional twist to add depth and texture. This is what I did. Or, you could just keep winding it up without any twists and this is what it would look like. It's just a personal preference. When you get to the end of your fabric with the circle, add some hot glue to the circle and press it against the bottom of the flower to hold is all in place. Do this for however many flowers you like. Usually an odd number of flowers look best together. Figure out an arrangement for the flowers on your wreath then hot glue them on. Finally, add a pretty ribbon and hang it on your door! I'm a neutral color girl but I also love pops of color. I chose more neutral colors for my wreath and decided that I could switch out the color of the ribbons for the different holidays and seaons of the year. I think this wreath would look gorgeous with a burnt orange ribbon for the fall. I would LOVE to see your yarn wreath if you end up doing this project. Please visit me over at Mr. and Mrs. Pear and if you like what you see, follow me. I'd love to have you tag along with me!