3-minute DIY Earring makeover

Hi all!

So this DIY is another super quick and easy transformation.

I never liked silver hoops. Until I saw Jersey Shore. J-Woww made them work. And at the time, on the show, she was going through a breakup and I was relating to her situation. Long story short, I decided to be adventurous and try out some silver hoops. Now, they didn’t reach my shoulders, but they were big. This people is what is adventurous to me. Switching from fake diamond and fake pearl studs to huge silver hoops. But I liked them. Ever since, it’s been more then simple studs for me.

In addition to not being adventurous, I also do not like to pay a lot.  Heck yes I’ll shell out $135 for a pair of dark green Hunter boots. Heck yes I’ll buy $80 Sperry Topsiders and $70 Rainbow flipflops. $200 North Face jacket? Sign me up. But, those are staples. All of those things last. I have my first pair of all of those as well as my newer ones. But I’m not big on spending a lot on trend pieces. Especially ones that don’t fit in with my same thing every day look. I don’t even want to pay more than $5 for a pair of silver hoops.

So how does one try new styles when they are cheap and wear the same pair of studs for a month straight?

DIY. Michael’s has Bead Landing hoop earrings for $2.99 for a pack of two. And they’re nickel free, so thumbs up for that.

I can totally wear them plain but I’m dressing them up with something I have plenty of…nail polish.

On this pair I used “Jane” by Julep which is a rose gold glitter polish. Pretty much all you do is paint it on like you paint your nails. Which, I did after I painted the earrings.

Excuse my messy nails but I only did one coat because I hate taking glitter polish off and I figure it’ll clean itself up when I wash my hands. I paint my nails like a 6 year old. I don’t care if it’s messy. I wash my hands enough that what’s not on my nails will wash off soon enough.

My next mission is to figure out how to not get crappy flash pictures from my iphone :/

 

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DIY Washi Tape Phone Case

I have many obsessions. Two of them are washi tape and phone cases. Unfortunately I only have one phone and tons of phone cases. Sometimes I can’t decide which one to use. To make matters worse, I made my own phone case so that I have one more case to choose from.

It is super simple to do and totally unique.

All you need is a plain phone case (I got this one from amazon. When I bought it, it was like 17 cents but has now gone up. But it’s amazon so there’s like a billion more of the same to choose from for various prices), washi tape (or duct tape or masking tape or any cute decorative tape. you could even use stickers), modge podge, and a craft knife.

All you have to do is layer the tape on the case, using the craft knife to cut any ends. I also used a bone folder to smooth the pieces down but you can do that with your fingers or the end of the knife or whatever. Then after you have it the way you like, use a paintbrush to spread a thin layer of modge podge over the tape and case so it won’t peel off in a couple of days. After its dried, use your knife to cut off any other stray ends.

And you have your own personalized phone case for a fraction of the cost of a designer case.

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Note: As you can see, the case I got has the hole so you can see the apple logo. Next time I’m going to get a case without that hole. It’s just something to have to work around and it just makes for more tape ends that can come lose.

Domestic Superhero

Garden Update

Sunday, while in the midst of watching the entire series of The Office before Thursday’s finale, my dad told me to put some shoes on and go outside with him. This was around 8:30 pm. At first I was confused but then I realized we were finally going to plant the raspberry plants I had got from Aldi’s.

Instead of planting them in the ditch towards the front of the yard, we planted them next to the house in a good spot that has lots of room for further garden additions.

The entertaining part of it all was the fact that you have two people from Jersey of partial Italian descent outside at night digging some holes.

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Here are some pictures of it. And I added in one of just Heidi looking adventurous for good measure.

 

I can’t wait for the plants to bear fruit so I can make some raspberry cheesecake 🙂

First Illustrator pattern!

First off, I know its really bad of me to go almost two weeks without a post after just starting a blog. But I just had to finish up the semester and it is finally over!

So, just like I couldn’t wait to start the blog until after exams, I couldn’t wait to write a new post until after I had finished one of my planned projects.

Tonight, I was bored, as always. I hadn’t used Illustrator in a few days because I told myself I wasn’t allowed to until all my school work was over. So I opened it up. But what should and could I do at midnight?

Learn.

One of my favorite blogs right now is goinghometoroost. The lovely lady behind GHTR, Bonnie, started a membership called the Roost Tribe and I’m so happy I joined. It’s only $5 a month but it’s worth much more. She sends members tons and tons of content every friday including vector/clip art files, patterns, backgrounds, printables, and my favorite, illustrator tutorials. Plus there’s a facebook group for everyone to connect on.

Anyways, tonight I decided to try a pattern. And using May’s clip art file from Friday’s email and a tutorial from a previous month, I made this:

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My first repeating pattern 🙂

And it was so easy.

And now that I’ve learned something new and have written a new post, I can go to bed.