Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

     Finally found a costume for Harlow! She will be a bumble bee for her first Halloween.  Found the costume at Goodwill yesterday for only $3.00!  Can't beat it for something she'll only wear for a couple hours at most.  Kierstyn is a witch and I am finishing up the final touches today.
     Hoping everyone has a safe, spooky, happy Halloween!  Here's a great recipe for pumpkin dip I make every year.  Great with Nyakers gingersnaps found at World Market.  If you get a chance to get there this year, or online at look for the gingersnaps! There aren't better ones out there! Love them!

Pumpkin Dip:

  • Package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 Tub of cool whip or whole, de
  • can of pumpkin pie mix
  • dash of pumpkin pie spice 
Mix all ingredients together and let set in fridge for couple hours before serving.  Use vanilla wafers, gingersnaps, or fruit to dip. Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

How to Make Leg Warmers from a Sweater- DIY Tutorial

     Baby, it's getting cold outside :)  Building up an unpredictable weather tolerance is a must for living in North East Ohio.  I remember Halloween a few years back was warm and 70 degrees or so, and one year there was sleet.  You never know what to expect until the week of.  Today it's about 40 degrees right now, so it's definitely getting chillier.
     I love the trend of knee high or thigh high socks peeking out from under boots.  It's a fun, cozy, sexy cold weather layering effect.  We all know you can go spend $10 or more at the store to buy a pair, or you can try to make your own like I did.  The outcome was so easy, cute, and free because I used an old sweater I already owned. Yay!  Mine was more of a leg warmer worn under boots to give the knee sock effect.  Just as cute and warm as a full sock. Here's what I did:

Materials needed:

  •  an old sweater or sweater vest  (any knit or pattern would work, the funkier the cuter)
  •  sewing machine optional
Step one for no sew:
     First take an old sweater that you dont' mind cutting up.  You can either cut off the sleeves at the shoulder, or use the waist like I did.  Now, my sweater was cut at the arm because I used it for something else so I wasn't able to use the arms.  The arms would be WAY easier! You just cut them off and there is your leg warmer.  One step and done.  The wrist of the sweater is where you pull it up to your knee and you trim the bottom according to where you want it on your leg.

Step one- sew method:
     But, if you're like me and can't use the arms or are working with a sweater vest then your step one is to cut down the middle of the sweater.  Then across to make two separate pieces.
Step Two:
     Next you want to turn the pieces inside out and wrap around your leg to get an idea of where to pin and sew for them to fit your leg.  Then you pin it, and sew it.  It will taper in toward  your foot of course.  Just do your best.  they look cute slouchy as well so when  you're pinning allow for seam and any slouch you want your leg warmer to have.       

Step Three:
     Last, turn them right side in and you're ready to work it.  Cuff it, slouch it, have just a little peek out, wear it any way you like.  You can even embellish them with buttons or bows along the side, any way you want.  Im so excited to try it with a chunky knit, a patterned or striped one, the possibilities are endless.

     Have fun with it and let me see what you come up with!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jewelry Holder Frame

     I love the way that frames can dress up the simplest decor.  They can also be very inexpensive to buy at flea markets or thrift stores.  The latest project I tried was a framed jewelry holder for my niece.  She is always helping us out with last minute babysitting and playing with the girls.  She's a great young lady and I wanted to make her a little something.  
     I've seen this project done online quite a few different ways. I wanted to save a couple bucks using some things I had around the house.  Here's what I did:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Caught Red Handed ;)

      I'am happily back after a bit of a creative block among other things.  Here is a new nail art tutorial.  This one is perfect for Halloween!  If you love the show Dexter like I do, you'll appreciate the blood spatter nails I've created.  I got the idea from a website and decided to give it a go. 
     It's a bit messy like other nail art that I've tried but a little preparation will save you a big clean up.  I remember using a similar technique on paper with paint in grade school.  Here's the finished product:

I dont have the best camera but it really looks, well bloody, in person.  This is great for your Halloween costume if you're something grotesque, or just to sport for fun during the Halloween season.  

Materials needed:

  • White base polish
  • red polish
  • straw
  • scissors
  • masking tape (optional)
  • newspaper 
Step One:
     Start with a couple coats of a white base coat.  Any pale color will work but white will give you the best results.

Step two:
     Put strips of masking tape around your nails to make clean up way easier on yourself.  

Step three:
     Lay some newspaper down before you begin.  Take your straw and cut it down half way.  

Step four:
     Dip one end of your straw directly into the jar of red nail polish and pull out.  Dab it on the newspaper or twist on end of jar to remove excess polish.

Step five:
     Blow into the straw on the opposite end without polish of course, over your nail about four inches or so away.  This creates a drippy, splatter effect that looks just like blood :) 

Step six:
     Once it's dry remove tape and clean up any mess on hand with nail polish remover.  Top with a clear coat and go freak people out :)

Try a couple tests on the newspaper before you do it on your nail.  It's a little tricky but you'll get it.  This was my first time trying this one and I'm sure when I do it again it will probably come out even better.

     Have fun with it! I know you'll be dying to try it ;)  muahahahaaaa   (I had to) Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tri-color Nail Fun

   Today I wanted to try some more nail art.  This time I did the masking tape trick.  It's simple and pretty.  All you need  is:

  • masking tape
  • nail polish
Step One:
     Start with a couple coats of any color.  

Step Two:
     Take a strip of tape and place it diagonally across your nail.

Step Three:
     Take two different color polishes and paint the portion above the tape one color and below the tap another. Let dry.

Step Four:
     Remove the tape and tah dah! You have a pretty tri-colored nail.  

     There is so much you can do with masking tape to create designs on your nails.  The possibilities are endless. I like this one because I am able to do it fast while my little one is napping.  
     I also tried it with craft scissors that cut designs.  I just cut the tape strips with the craft scissors, taped, and painted.  Here's how they turned out:

Top it off with a clear coat and you're all done :)  Let me know what you come up with!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Water Color Nails

     Let me start by saying that I am a complete newbie to nail art.  I am seeing more and more DIY nail art demos, and some of the effects look so easy and amazing.  (This one's for my oldest niece because we never got to go get our "manny" ;) and pedi when she was in town) After seeing a couple sites featuring water color nail art I decided to give it a go.  This one was definitely not as easy as it looked.  
     Water color nail art is when you let several drops of nail polish drip in to a cup of room temperature water, swirl it in to a design, dip your nails in, let dry and clean up the edges, and the result is almost like a marbling effect.  Here's how it went for me:
    ( I'd like you to keep in mind, this is my second attempt at this.  The first time went even worse than the first.  I ended up spilling nail polish remover all over my dining room table.  Opps! Please, do this away from wood :) Heck, even put some newspaper down under your cup. )


  • a small glass or plastic cup ( I used a ramekin, it had old polish stuck to bottom from my first try)
  • lukewarm or room temperature water in the cup
  • masking tape
  • a few different colors of nail polish (I've read it works better with higher quality brand like OPI) If you don't have any maybe you can borrow some from a friend
  • nail polish remover
  • cotton, or Q-tips, or t.p
  • a tooth pick

Step 1:

     Start with a couple coats of a white or light colored polish on your nails to create a base coat.  I didn't have white so I used OPI's Hopelessly in Love. It's a pale pink color. White may work better.  I am also going to try a dark base color with lighter colors in the water and see how that works.

Step 2:
     Take small pieces of masking tape and tape around your nail.  This is to make the clean up easier.  It works the same if you skip this step but it just makes it easier.  Can't see too well from the picture but it's all around the nail. Don't cover the nail though!

Step 3:
     Next you are going to want to loosen the caps of the nail colors you chose so that it can be faster and easier when you're ready to drip.  I chose a Taupe, Purple, Teal, and light beige color.  Pick ones that will look good together, or ones you really like. Make sure you have a light one in there, the effect seems to come out better.  Chose the first color and hold it over your cup so that it drips a drop in the center of the cup. Don't dip the whole brush in. This is what it will look like:

The color will spread on the surface of the water.  Sometimes for me it would bead when it dropped in to the water and sink to the bottom.  I've found that the water was too cold or I had to shake up the polish a little better because thats not supposed to happen.  

Step four:
     Use your second color and drip it in the center of the first.  Continue alternating colors, dripping in the center of each until you have a few layers. Try to work kind of fast because the polish dries on the surface of the water and the longer it dries the harder it is to work with.  This is what it looks like:

Step five:
     Next, take your tooth pick and dip the tip in and lightly drag the colors around to create designs.  Again, don't work too slowly because it is drying and the tooth pick could pull all the polish off the surface and you have to start over wasting more polish.  Here's what my design was:

 Step Six:
     After you're happy with the design you take your finger or fingers, and dip it in over the design you want captured on the nail. Other tutorials say to hold it in the water, but i find it worked way easier when I just quickly laid my nail over top of the design and pulled it out.  Then there was still polish on the surface with designs that I  used for a couple other nails.  I've also dipped several nails at once and still got random designs.  One finger at a time may work better though.  
      If it dries too fast in the water the polish will pull out and off on your nail like a film and stick to you nails being yucky and gross so I recommend doing 2 or 3 nails then starting with fresh polish drops and designs. (When you want to start over,twist your tooth pick or a q-tip in the water and it will pull out all the polish on the surface) Repeat process on each nail and let dry.  This may take several tries like it did for me.  The design would miss my nail or what not, but I think with this nail art, practice makes perfect.

Step Seven:
     Once your nails dry remove the tape and see what you have.  Take your nail polish remover and clean up the excess polish around the nail that missed the tape.  Tah Dah! All done. Oh. wait and a clear top coat to seal it all in and make it last longer.  Again, this may take several tries as it did for me,lol, but the results are worth it.  I did this one in a rush this a.m. before taking my little one to school so not the best results but here are how the best ones turned out so you can see the awesome results you can get.  I will keep trying this with other colors and such.  It's a fun project to do with your friends or when you're bored.  
     Let me know how yours comes out, or if you have any tips for making the process any smoother I am all ears. I know there are people out there way better at nails so show me what you come up with and post a picture.Thanks! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Think Pink

     October is one of my favorite months of the year.  Not only because of Halloween and all of it's glory, but it's also Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This is something very near and dear to me having lost my mother to the disease many years back.  When I was out fabric shopping there was this great breast cancer fabric in the remanent section that I just knew I had to make something with.  So here is the final project:

     I am beginner at sewing, crafting, etc., but I know I want to learn.  So after following my sewing machine's manual and checking a few DIY tutorials, I came up with this lovely lined zipper pouch.  I am actually giving this one to my sister for her b-day which is also this month.  I think I may make a few more for my other sisters as well.  So here is what I did: 

What you need: 

  • sewing machine
  • 4- 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" (w x l) pieces of fabric-- 2 for the inner lining, 2 for outer
  • 1 7in zipper
  • Optional~ I found a Breast Cancer bracelet on clearance and added it as a handle/zipper pull

Step one:

Start by laying one piece of your lining (face up)on table.  Top with your zipper (face up). Width of zipper should be aligned with width of fabric lining.  Then place your outer fabric face down over top of both and pin.  
Step two:
Pin it together and sew the zipper sandwich together at the edge. This is what you have when you're done:
Step three:
Then you fold the fabric so that both are on the same side, exposing the other edge of the zipper. (Fold so you have the lining on the bottom and outer fabric face up on top) Take your second piece of lining and place it under your folded fabric face up.  Make sure you have it lined up with the top of the zipper width.  Take your other outer fabric and place it face down on top of all fabric, and lined up with zipper width.  Pin. (You're basically making your zipper sandwich again, by sandwiching your first sandwich :0).  Here's what it looks like:
Sew along top of zipper.

Step Four:
Un zip the zipper half way.  Match up both pieces of lining on one side and the outer fabric on the other and pin together.  
Step five:
Sew all 3 outer edges together on lining side and outer side except a small section on bottom of lining side.
Step six:
After you unpin, you reach through the small hole you left open in the lining and through open zipper to pull inside out.  The lining will be on the outside. Sew your little hole shut.
Step Seven:
Turn pouch right side out by pulling fabric through zipper again to reveal your almost final product.
Yay! Step eight: (optional)
I wanted to add a little something so I took apart the bracelet I got that I mentioned and added the charms to a piece of ribbon tied to the zipper pull.  You can add flowers to your pouch or whatever you want to jazz it up.  I wanted the fabric print to be the star so I went simple by adding the charms.  Hope she likes it :)

     This was a great beginning project for me.  I now have the bug :) Hope this helped you learn to make one of your own :)  Let me know how it goes. Thanks!  And, Think Pink this month!