11/23/13

Happy 50th Anniversary Doctor Who!

We are excited for the 50th Anniversary Special! We are a bit late to the party due to work schedules and such but have it set to record and are also going to a theater screening on Monday! Watching one of our favorite TV shows on a big screen in 3D is pretty epic! To celebrate the 50th we've gathered up all our Doctor Who themed DIYs here:

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11/21/13

The One Who Knocks


"Say my name."
I admit to being a little late to Breaking Bad ...as in I started the series two weeks before the finale. I powered through all five seasons since then. I can't remember the last time I was so invested in a television series. How I managed to physically see the TV through all my tears is a mystery. Anyway, since I have the compulsion to turn all my loves into crafts, I wanted to do a Breaking Bad DIY. Ideally I would have liked to craft something that would allow me to protect Jesse from anyone/anything that would potentially do him harm, but since that is impossible (believe me I've tried) I made this Heisenberg sketch shirt instead.


You'll need a white shirt and the Heisenberg template. Download here and here.

1. Print out the template and tape it together. 2. Iron out a white shirt and put something (cardboard, newspaper, etc) inside to prevent bleeding paint. 3. Place and center the template inside the shirt. 4. Using black acrylic paint and fabric painting medium, trace the template.Let dry 24-48 hours. 5. Heat set the image with an iron or in the dryer.

The hat and sunglasses aren't filled in on the template because I didn't want to waste printer ink. Also, if you're uncomfortable going straight for the paint, trace with a pencil first.

Just in case you were wondering, fabric painting medium holds up really well in the wash. I have another shirt that I painted and have washed many times without any fading or bleeding.






-lisa

11/17/13

Fave 5 // Pocky


1. Turning tea cups into cute planters is such a good idea! They remind me a lot of Chia Pets, same idea but more cute and simple! Tutorial here.
2. Swellmayde has a tutorial for these delicate stone rings that are darling and sweet.
3. Happy late Pepero day! I guess it is a celebrated holiday in Korea named after the makers of Pocky! It's like valentines day but with a specific brand of cookies? Either way, this Rainbow Pocky cake from Eat Show and Tell is fitting and looks delicious!
4. Cooler weather is approaching and these crocheted t bar skimmers I found on etsy are adorable!  I seriously need to know how to knit and crochet so I can make cute things. Pattern sold here.
5. This has been floating around the internet these past couple days. Dinovember! It's a creative project that this couple is doing every November to give their kids a little excitement and mystery. They pretend that their children's toy dinosaurs come to life at night to cause mischief and mayhem while everyone's asleep, kind of like Santa but way cooler.

-monica

11/14/13

Make A Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

 I've been wanting to make my own body scrub for sometime. I found this recipe from The Idea Room that is perfect for this time of year! This scrub feels amazing and left my skin soft and silky! Scrubs make great gift for the holidays and I will be making some for gifts this year. I also found different variations of this scrub, feel free to experiment with different oils and spices! Here's what you need to make this simple festive scrub:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup almond or coconut oil
1. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. 2. Mix in oil, add more if desired. The mixture shouldn't be too runny. 3. Put in a sealed container for storage and gifting.
This scrub can be applied to your body, face, lips. Also note that if you are allergic to any of the ingredients it's probably not good to use them. There are plenty of substitutes for oils and spices. Have a fun and relaxing autumn spa day!

-monica

11/8/13

Eye Spy // Nail Art Tutorial


Peek-a-boo! I love looking at fun nail designs that people come up with but I never have the patience or time to actually do any of them. Nail polish takes forever to dry and I am really fidgety and can't keep my hands still for more than a minute, luckily there are quick dry nail colors out there that speed up the drying process but sometimes that still isn't enough! Anyways this nail design was inspired by the eye trend that was going around earlier in the months. I think it was style icon Alexa Chung who started the nail trend but who knows. This nail design is sorta creepy but surprisingly I got a lot of compliments from people who noticed "my eyes"! Why not give it a try?

Here is what you will need:

  • Nail colors: white, black, light blue, color of your choice (i chose red), & clear coat
  • Reinforcements (or circular stickers)
  • Dotting tools - I made my own!
  • optional: thin brush or black nail art brush/pen

1. Paint your nails white! Make sure they are 100% dry. I like to wait a full day because they need to be completely dry for this to work out! 2. Stick the reinforcements over the cuticle side of your nails as shown. Make sure they are secure and be sure to pack the stickers all the way along the sides of your nails. 3. Paint on your choice color on the exposed nails. 4. Carefully pull off the stickers before the paint dries! If you wait too long you will pull off all the color polish and your eye will not come out right.
5. I stuck a ball ended pin and a flat ended pin on eraser ends to make my dotting tools. 6. Start with the light blue color using the larger dotter. Just dab some paint and dot in the center of the white area. 7. Do the same with the black using the smaller dotter for the pupils of the eyes. If you like the way they look you can stop here! 8. If you have a nail art brush or polish you can line the eyes and draw little eye lashes to make them pop a bit more!

-monica