7/27/12

Fave 5 // Week 4

How is it going? We've been working pretty hard this week and it's really fun at the same time. I am super excited about the things to come! Until then, take a look...

1.This adorable scalloped accent wall tutorial from Everyday is a Holiday. So fresh!


2. I recently found this cool 3D illusion book Magic Eye. Apparently this was a big thing in the 90s!

3. Photographer Gray Malin looks like he's having a really great summer with his series of aerial beach shots taken from a doorless helicopter flying over various beaches, some with perfectly lined umbrellas!

4.This animated video directed by Antoin Robert and Arnaud  Janvier for Bombay Street's song Up In the Sky is really whimsical and vibrant. I love this style of animation, reminds me of Animal Crossing but way cooler!






5. Written By A Kid is a new web series on Geek & Sundry, which takes stories written by kids and turns them into shorts that are really entertaining. Also, Joss Whedon is in the first episode... what?!






- monica

7/20/12

Fave 5 // Comic Con Edition


Hello! We spent our weekend at Comic-Con International for 4 days of waking up early, waiting in lines, grabbing freebies, checking out celebrities and costumed folk. The energy and excitement of Comic Con is really crazy! We had a blast and have officially been hooked on going to this convention in the future! This week's Fave 5 is going to be a countdown to our top highlights of the weekend. Here we go!

5.  We made these Serenity necklaces for the 10th anniversary Firefly panel. They're made from shrink plastic and we loved them so much, we wound up wearing them everyday!


4. All the costumes! People put so much effort into their costumes and cosplay. I was impressed.


Was trying to get a photo of Russell, but sassy Stormtrooper is way better

3. We got up pretty early everyday and if we got stuck in a panel we weren't interested in, well...

sleeeeeeeeeeep

2. There was a zombie run at Petco Park and it was amazing. They had spectator viewing so we got to watch everyone run for their lives.

Blurry phone photo

1. The Firefly 10th anniversary panel! It got extremely emotional and I think everyone was crying at one point. My favorite part was when Joss Whedon was struggling to say an emotional thank you to the fans and got a standing ovation instead.


So overall, AMAZING! Our very first Comic Con and we've already started planning for next year. I definitely see more Cons in our future.

Bonus photos after the break!

7/17/12

I Mustache You To Try This

This week's tutorial is a really easy and fun way to make your own stamps using really cheap erasers you can get from the dollar store!




Happy stamping!

-- monica

7/13/12

Fave 5 // Week 2

Hey it's Friday already! Lisa and I are in San Diego this week for Comic-Con International! We will let you know how our experience went next week for our very first adventure post! Until then, here are my Fave 5s for the week!

1. Let's start things off with this Vintage Marquee DIY that is pretty neat! I might make these for one of our parties or just to have my name in lights!

2. Silly and cute illustration from iLoveDoodle on Flickr.

I love to draw. When I grow up, I want to be a .....

3. "The Rip Tide" by Beirut - I've been a Beirut fan for awhile but have never seen any of their music videos until recently. Their latest video is pretty amazing and really fitting to a song inspired by the works of Salvador Dali, Georges Seurat and JMW Turner.


4. A Conversation With My 12 Year Old Self - a video that this guy made having a chat with his 12 year old self. This is so smart, I love it! Plus he likes Doctor Who! (Go and check out our Doctor Who bird feeder DIY that is up! )



5. This being our first Comic-Con visit, I read a bunch of guides for tips to help prepare. I like this one from The Comics Reporter. So many things to look out for!

>>Now if you will excuse us, we have some nerdy convention stuff to do!

-monica

7/10/12

Bigger on the inside


If you are like me, then you probably spend a lot of your time wishing a blue box would appear in your yard and a strangely human-looking alien would whisk you away and show you the universe. Also, if you are like me, you realize this will never happen and instead attempt every Doctor Who related craft because you must have all the things.

Well, here's one of those things: a TARDIS bird feeder. This bird feeder is the one that Matt Smith makes (excuse me, attempts to make) in this video. Unfortunately, the instructions from that video are awful and they just sort of leap from step to step, so I've put together my own tutorial, which hopefully is a little more helpful. Check it out after the jump. Allons-y!

7/6/12

Fave 5

Hey guys! Every Friday Monica and I will try to bring you our five favorite things that week. I (Lisa) get the first run at it!

1. Turn a film roll canister into a fancy invite. Always wanted to do this! (Photojojo)


2. Typography pendants made with shrink plastic. (How About Orange)


3. These Charlotte Olympia inspired kitty nails. (Moveslightly)


4. This web comic Nimona about a rebellious young shapeshifter by Noelle Stevenson. (gingerhaze)



5. A Call Me Maybe parody that is actually funny. (CollegeHumor)


7/4/12

Out with a BANG!

Happy Fourth of July Everyone! We are pleased to have our first DIY ready just in time for Independence Day!

These star studded shorts are really easy to make and can be a fun way to jazz up your wardrobe! After doing this project I wanted to make and stamp everything!

Materials:
  • denim shorts
  • foam sheet (about 1/4" thick)
  • star cutout (optional)
  • pencil
  • xacto knife
  • cutting mat
  • fabric paint or fabric painting medium with acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • iron
  • newspaper (optional)

** Let's Get STARted!
Trace and cut out the star shape on the foam sheet with your trusty xacto knife.

Optional Tip: stuff the shorts with newspaper just in case the paint bleeds through. I didn't have that problem but it's better to be prepared!

Mix the paint together. Since I used  fabric painting medium I needed to mix 1 part medium to 2 parts paint. If you are just using fabric paint it still might be a good idea to have the paint mixed and ready.
Brush paint on the foam. I found that brushing on the paint gave me a lighter and more predictable consistency than dipping it into the paint. This gave the stamp a light faded look which is really cool!
Just start stamping! You can follow a pattern to make it look even or stamp at random spots, whatever you do it will look great! It's also a good idea to repaint the foam after each stamp so you get a nice print every time.
Follow paint setting directions on the bottle. I waited 24 hours for the paint to dry completely and then ironed the shorts inside out to set the paint to the fabric.
Finally! You have yourself a pair of star-spangled worthy shorts that can be worn and washed!

Have fun and be safe everyone!

-monica

First Post

Hello Friends!

Welcome to the little nook we like to call Glitter Mint!

We're very excited about this whole thing and we invite you to be excited with us! Conquer DIY, nerd out with us, and join us on our creative adventures.


Please bear with us as we get this blog up and running. We hope to give it a pretty face and fill it with quality, original content.

We hope to see you around!

-Monica & Lisa