Nail art: Bare daisies

Saturday, 26 July 2014

I've always dreamed of running through endless fields of flowers; the sweet fragrance, the cool breeze and the pure air. Wouldn't it be amazing? Just thinking about it makes me feel so free and happy. Living far away from the city, living off the crops we grow and the livestock we raise. Having all the time in the world to take care of my kids. For now though, I'll just have to settle with drawing flowers on my nails.

Have you ever had the chance to run through fields of flowers?

For this nail art I was looking to create something super quick, fresh and simple. I was playing around with my dotting tool trying to find different ways to use it and it occurred to me that I don't even need to put a base color before making my design. I love the clean look of this new nail art and I'm already planning other bare nail designs.

White nail polish | I'm using Blanc by Essie
Yellow nail polish | I'm using Lightening by Sally Hansen
Dotting tool | I'm using the Sephora dotting tool

1. Using the dotting tool, in a circle, place 5 dots in a circle to form the petals of a flower. Do this as many times as needed to create the desired pattern as shown in the picture below.

If you don't have a dotting tool you can use the tip of a pencil instead, or even a toothpick, anything will work.

2. Paint and yellow dot in the center of each flower and add a clear protective top coat.

The more nail art I create the more I realize how much I enjoy being creative. With all the things I want to do every day, and the little time I have, this is definitely an activity that I seem to find time for. When I first started doing nail art I thought "Oh-My-God, this will take for-ever"... but you know what? It doesn't. It really doesn't. What takes the longest is thinking up what you're going to draw and which colors you're going to use. Once that's settled, the actual art takes a few minutes (obviously we're not creating anything super fancy here). If you add a quick drying top coat like Seche Vite, it'll be even faster. You should give it a shot if you haven't already!

Recipe: Mini s'mores on a stick

Friday, 18 July 2014

Remember all that left over chocolate from Easter that we froze? Well, I just found a new use for it; gotta use it all up right?

We have a newborn at home, and I really wanted to go camping this year, like, really really. But, um, I don't particularly think it's a good idea to sleep outdoors at 15 Celsius with a 1 month old. So, I had to find a way to bring camping to us! Ding! (That's the sound of the light bulb that went off in my head) Backyard camping!!! We can enjoy the same things, and go to sleep indoors when it gets too cold. I know what you're thinking: "But it's not really camping without s'mores!" My answer: "S'mores on a stick; problem solved." I'm so proud of myself right now.

Have you ever camped in your backyard? What kind of activities would you do to make it just like real camping?

By the way, this is my first official try at food styling (or creating a mess, whatever you want to call it), what do you think? Win or lose?

Mini marshmallows
Graham cookie crumbs

1. Melt the chocolate. If you use the microwave, make sure you do it in small intervals. Heat for a few seconds, take it out, stir, repeat until melted. If you try to melt it all in one go it might burn.

2. Put the mini marshmallows on toothpicks.

3. Dip the mini marshmallows in the melted chocolate then in the graham cookie crumbs.

4. Leave out to dry and enjoy!

These little s'mores are such a tease, seriously, they just leave you wanting more (I haven't decided if that's good or bad yet...). Oh, and I may or may not have eaten all of the leftover chocolate as a fondue.

DIY: Wire birthday crown

Sunday, 13 July 2014

This tutorial is a bit overdue since it's the crown I made for my son's second birthday; which was over a month ago... but so much has happened since then that I'm sure you'll forgive me.

Like any mother out there my goal is to do everything I possibly can for my children; this of course includes birthdays. I'm not one for huge parties but I do love to decorate and plan celebrations. I don't usually do anything fancy, but I do tend to get creative, so I decided to start documenting some of these projects hoping to inspire others to use every excuse possible to have some fun with colors and textures!

Have you ever made a birthday crown? What kind of materials did you use?

On my son's first birthday I used felt to make his crown. It was really pretty but didn't hold too well. This time I decided to try something a little sturdier. I had wire lying around which I was planning to use to make a wire wrapped stone pendant (still haven't gotten around to it, ah!), so I decided to use some and try and make a wire crown.

This project was inspired by the wire art of Five From The Ground.

Round pliers
Glue gun

1. Measure the head circumference of the person who will be wearing the crown and cut a piece of wire that's a bit longer. Form a circle as shown in the picture below then wrap the ends with the round pliers to attach it.

2. Cut 9 small strands of wire (approximately 3 inches long); you can cut more if you want more points to your crown. Bend them into triangles using your round pliers. Bend both ends of each triangle to attach to the crown.

3. Secure the wire triangles onto the circle you created earlier by pressing on the curled ends then further secure using glue.

Place on the head of the king or queen. :)

This is by far the favorite crown I've made so far. It's totally cute and my son loved it. It did look a bit uncomfortable since the building medium is hard, but this can easily be fixed by using a softer (thinner) wire. Enjoy!

DIY: Handmade business cards

Friday, 11 July 2014

I recently attended a blogging conference. Before I went, I searched how to prepare myself for meeting other bloggers and realized I had no business cards to hand out. Wait, that's not true, I had some very very sad business cards to hand out. As in, hand cut, one sided, white printer paper with Times New Roman 12pt font. Sad I tell you, very very sad.

Now that I think about it, it's probably a good idea to have business cards regardless of whether or not you will be attending conferences. It's always nice to have something to hand out with your information on it whenever people ask what your site is about. I can't tell you the amount of times people were like: "You're a blogger? What's that? You mean you write your life on the internet?" ... and then I sat there for 20 minutes explaining everything. So glad I have business cards now, I can just hand one out and invite people to check it out. :)

Do you have business cards? What do they look like? What is your opinion on handmade business cards?

I haven't finalized my branding, so I don't feel ready to invest in professionally printed business cards. Soooo, I figured, why not make my own? That way I can make as many as I need, I'll have some fun, plus, it'll be unique.

Cardstock (2 different colors)
Pencil & eraser
Permanent marker (I suggest black)

1. Cut 2 rectangles of different color (I suggest making one white) and glue them together. Cut out some shapes and make a simple logo. Glue it in the center of the colored side of the card.

2. Write your blog's information in pencil on the white side of the card. When you're satisfied with what you've written and how you've written it, trace it with the black permanent marker (or colored if that's what you're into) then erase the pencil marks.

Here is some information I suggest you write on your card:
• blog name (obviously)
• slogan (or short description of what your blog is about)
• blog url
• blog email
• your name (if you have space, I didn't)
• social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram... I'd go with one or two of the ones you use most)

3. Distribute !

DIY: Geometric embroidered painting

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Growing up, my parents never wanted us to put anything up on our walls. I guess they didn't want to have to repaint. Being a creative person at heart, I always found it sad. If only I had known then what I know now, I have a feeling my bedroom would have looked very different.

Who said you needed to stick things on your walls or hang things up? I mean, yes, it's preferable because otherwise your walls look naked, but you can just as easily add a few colorful decorative items on you shelf, desk and side table (handmade or otherwise) to do the trick.

I designed a simple abstract painting for my son's room, something special that doesn't need to be hung on the wall, although it could. I bought most of my tools and materials at the dollar store, so I guess it's a dollar store craft. I'd say in total I paid around $5 for everything, plus I can reuse most of the stuff again in the future. Totally a win/win situation I've got going!

Paint (colors of your choice)
Embroidery thread

Small foam paint brush
Small filbert paint brush
Thin tape
Embroidery needle

1. Apply tape on canvas in random directions and paint each shape a random color.

2. Let dry then remove tape.

3. Using embroidery thread, sew random lines across shapes.

4. Using a small paint brush, make a few small dots in random corners.

5. And voilĂ !

I'm so happy with how this project turned out. It adds a much needed punch of colors to my son's room. I still have a long way to go before I'm done decorating his room, and I'll probably have to start all over again when it is (you know, growing up and stuff...), but I'm having so much fun coming up with easy projects that I don't mind. Plus, when we get to redo the decorations, my kids will probably be able to help, so these crafts will become family activities. :)

Do you have any colorful decorative items in your room?

People who were inspired by this project: stklepye.
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