Sea Glass Minus the Actual Sea

Hi guys!

As you can probably tell, I’m deviating from my Sunday schedule, mostly because I’m too busy to have something planned for every week. But this is cool because sometimes I’ll have more than one thing to post and you don’t have to wait a week to be able to see it. So here’s today’s thing.

Yesterday I did that tutorial that’s circled around for a while on how to give glass that frosty sea glass effect. It’s super easy, and the tutorial I followed complicated it even further than it had to be. Here’s what you need:

A glass object- a bottle, mason jar, vase, etc

Mod Podge- they say that the matte finish one works best but mine is like, high gloss or something completely opposite and it worked out fine. I have a giant like industrial sized bottle so I wasn’t about to go out and get a new one for this project. 

Paint and one of those spongy paintbrushes. I used a regular one though.

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I got that little jar when they had a “lucky bamboo” event at my school. Don’t know why, but it was cute. There was a little lemonade stand kinda thing outside one of the buildings and we took a jar, these really cool, colorful water bead things that get bigger as they absorb more water, and then we just kinda stuck bamboo stalks in it. Pointless, but super cute and more importantly, free. Not actually lucky though, unfortunately. Then I let it sit in my room for five weeks over winter break, and it died. If that’s not an indication of how not green my thumb is, I’ve also killed a cactus. It literally needs zero things, and somehow I killed it. 

That paper plate on the bottom of the picture is for mixing the paint and the Mod Podge, so I guess I should mention that you also need some kind of paint-mixing surface, whatever it may be. If you’re fancy and you have one of those palette things, use that because you can. I wish I could. 

Ya know, one of these things. Also Bob Ross: gotta love that guy.

Anyway, here’s the process. Get a glob of mod podge on your fancy palette, or your pretend fancy palette. Then start mixing paint into it until you have your desired color. Keep in mind, it won’t look exactly the same when it’s done.

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You can see that mine is sort of a periwinkle kinda color, but to me the finished product is way more purple than that. Weird, since I literally used only blue paint. Then, paint your jar!

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The thing about this project that is both unbelievably irritating and also part of what makes it so great, is that this is completely washable. It came in handy when I realized that I did a horribly messy painting job. When it was dry, some of it looked great but some of it was a little bit streaky and/or sort of chunky like I put too much paint there. So, I held it under the sink and scraped it all off in like five seconds so I could start over. That’s great if you think you’re like me and you’ll do a shitty job, but it’s also kind of sucky if you want it to last a long time. 

I have a confession, and it’s that I’ve tried this project before. I think that might be against my rules, but I make the rules so I declare this to be okay. I did it over the summer, and the results came out great. The colors were vibrant and pretty. I did a blue one, a green one and a yellow one. This is them now:

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Soooo yeah. After a while, they start to fade. Especially these, since they’re always in my window which gets a lot of sun. You can barely tell the colors apart anymore, and you can see that the yellow one is chipping all over the place. So, this is a temporary project. It’s great for party decorations, or if you thought it was okay to paint your mom’s favorite vase and she has a panic attack, etc. It sucks if you’re looking for a permanent way to make your glass look like sea glass. Regardless, here’s the finished product, sitting on my windowsill being all cute:Image 

It needs some flowers or something. Paper flowers. Made out of tissue paper that I have :O New project! Also, keep in mind that if I had used the right kind of brush, it wouldn’t be so streaky. Yours have the potential of looking way better if you have access to the right materials 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this! I thought making sea glass would be a nice way to escape the winter and start thinking about the beach. We’re in the home stretch for all of this cold weather!

~Nicole

 

 

Day 8: Reindeer in the Dark Christmas Card

Happy Day 8! Who woulda thought I’d be able to actually get a post out on the right day?

Today, I decided to try one of the cutest Christmas cards I’ve ever seen. I’m actually writing this post as I do the craft, so I’m going to be just as surprised as you by what happens. Live crafting: the actual dictionary definition of intense.

Alright, so here’s a picture of all of my supplies. Image

And there’s a little cameo by the peppermint tree from the other day 🙂 sitting on top of my wireless router that doesn’t work. I thought maybe I’d put some joy there to balance out the burning frustration that thing brings me.

Anyway, I’m undecided as to whether or not I should color the whole thing black first, or if I should do the ribbon around the edge first and then color it. By the way, if you have something better than a sharpie to color the WHOLE page black (well, the half that’s going to be the front of the card) feel free to use it. Actually, feel privileged rather than free. Think of me developing carpal tunnel syndrome as you paint your whole paper in a few brush strokes.

I made the executive decision to color first and then add ribbon, and I declare this to be good enough of a coloring job.

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Now I just finished adding the ribbon on, and I think it looks pretty cute but I used this stuff that’s not really “ribbon,” it’s “decorative trim” so it’s got a wire in it and that sparkly tinsel stuff wrapped around it. It was hard to glue down, but I think I finally got it. Regardless, I know it would work if you use regular ribbon and glue so just be careful of what you buy and you’ll be fine.Image

Now it’s time for googly eyes!

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And the final touch!!

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Tell me that’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?? I love it! It’s one of those things that’s so simple but has such a big affect!

Well, this wraps up the first week of the 25 Days of Christmas, and quite appropriately, it’s been snowing all day. It’s so sweet. Last year, we somehow managed to get no snow at all at my school. This is the first time I’ve seen my campus completely coated and it’s beautiful. Take a look at the view outside my window!

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Those people outside are so brave though. I’m quite content sitting in my cozy dorm listening to Glee holiday songs and writing to my lovely readers. No cold for me.

Well, that’s it for me tonight. I hope everyone has a wonderful week. For anyone who is starting finals tomorrow:

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Love,

Nicole ♥

Day 5: “Seasons Greetings” Wall Art

Happy Day Five, pinaholics!

(I know it’s day six…I screwed up less than a week into this project. Don’t worry, another post is coming.)

Today I’m going to show you a really popular way to make cute wall art. This doesn’t necessarily have to be Christmas themed, and it also doesn’t necessarily have to be wall art, so don’t be fooled by the title! Here’s what mine looked like:

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You’ll need:

Alphabet stickers- make sure you get enough for the words you want to write. It’s not impossible if you don’t have enough (I didn’t, of course) but it makes it a lot harder and it’s unnecessary drama.

Two colors of paint

A canvas- I actually used one of those wood things they sell at Michael’s, and it worked great except the knots in it were hard to paint over. It’s not a huge problem, it just makes it look a little more rustic than it might otherwise.

To make one like mine you’ll also need glue and glitter. And a hairdryer if you’re as impatient as me. But that’s up to you.

Now take your canvas or whatever you’re using and paint it WITH THE COLOR YOU WANT YOUR LETTERS TO BE. For example, if you look at mine, my letters are red. I painted the ENTIRE canvas red for the first step. Although that’s probably obvious since the whole thing is an odd shade of pink instead of white. Now, wait for it to dry. If you’re me, you’ll borrow your mom’s hair dryer to speed up the process. Nothing like watching paint dry.

Now, place your alphabet stickers however you want them to look. If you didn’t take my advice about making sure you have enough letters, you’ll have to do this next part in painful shifts.

Paint the whole canvas again with your second color, going right over the stickers. Be messy; it really doesn’t matter. If you’re missing letters because you don’t have enough though, just don’t paint the area where you’re going to put them. When this round of paint dries, peel off the letter you need, move it to the next spot and paint that last area. You may need a couple coats, especially if you’re trying to do a light color over a darker color the way I did.

Now, that’s really all there is to the technique! I did a couple of other things just to spice it up a little bit 🙂 I took a third color, green, and gave the outer edge some color, and a little bit more of a Christmas-y feel. I also added some sparkly snowflakes using Elmer’s Glue and gold glitter.

I am a glitter maniac. You should see my floor right now. At least it’s as festive as the rest of my room now though! 🙂 I even tried vacuuming more than once and that shit’s like ingrained in the carpet. Oops :/

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for Day Five! Stay tuned for Day Six, ironically coming in a few minutes. Have a great night!

Love,

Nicole♥

25 Days of Christmas: Day One!

TODAY IS THE DAY!

I’ve been talking about it for literally forever. At least, that’s what it feels like. Thanksgiving was so late this year that our Christmas season was cut short and I am not okay with that 😦 I’m so excited though. I can’t even explain it to you. I feel like Timmy Turner in the Christmas episode of the Fairly Odd Parents.

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Yup, that’s me. Forever ten years old.

Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about how this is going to work. These crafts and recipes are not going to be nearly as elaborate as some of them have been in the past (I’m lookin’ at you, cupcakes.) and they’re most likely going to be shorter posts. I can’t tell you for sure because I haven’t written a single one yet. I’m completely winging this whole thing. That also means that I can’t guarantee anything about posting time either, not that that’s ever been very stable. Before I dig myself into any holes here, let’s just get started 🙂

For the big first day, I couldn’t decide whether to do a craft or a recipe, so I decided on a craft that looks like a recipe! 🙂 Take a look:

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A cupcake ornament! Adorable, right? The pin that I got this from only took me to a Google search for ornaments, so I kind of had to figure it out for myself. It was pretty easy though. Here’s how I did it:

You’ll need:

A plain ornament- I got mine at A.C. Moore

White paint- I used my infamous washable kid stuff

Glue- Elmer’s glue worked just fine for me

Epsom Salt- I got lucky, my mom had a giant container of it. Don’t ask me why. I’d never even heard of the stuff, but apparently it’s great for digestive and skin problems. I’m thoroughly confused.

Glitter- preferably silver, but it’s really up to you

a little red pom pom or something you could use as a fake cherry. As you can see I opted out of this part

A cupcake liner- whatever color or design floats your boat

It looks like kind of a lot of stuff, but it’s all easily obtainable. Here’s what you have to do. Open the top of your plain ornament and start pouring paint inside of it. You can be generous, it doesn’t really matter how much is in there as long as you can cover the whole thing. Just swirl the ornament around until the paint is coating the whole inside. Here’s a picture of me doing that step.

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Next, drip glue around the top of the ornament. Make it look like frosting, whatever that means to you. I sort of made mine look like it was dripping around the center, but that doesn’t have to be your method. Then, you sprinkle Epsom salt all over the glue, so it’s coated well. Then do the same thing using glitter! Now you can ether add your cherry, or do what I did and just color the top of the ornament with a red sharpie.

Finally, just glue your cupcake liner to the bottom! You now have a super cute and personal ornament for your tree. I think a Christmas tree is so much more special when the ornaments mean something to the person or family. What better way to give the tree meaning than to make the ornaments yourself? 🙂

I hope your Christmas season is off to a merry start 🙂 I’ll see you guys tomorrow!

Pumpkin Place Cards!

In reality this craft is in no way a “card,” but I was pretty sure you guys would know what I was talking about if I put it that way. We always have Thanksgiving at my house, and every year my mom and I try to do something cute to tell everyone where to sit. It’s not that they couldn’t figure it out by themselves, but we have fun with it. One year we glued pictures of our guests’ heads onto pictures of turkeys. This year, I found this craft on Pinterest:

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It was inspired by a pin I saw that used this idea, but then when I clicked the link it took me to a blog, and once I finally found the post where she did this, it really only got me a link to where I could buy a kit. I didn’t want a kit. Where’s the fun in that? So I hunted around a little bit, and ended up finding a blog that did something extremely similar, just not pumpkin themed. The girl was doing some simple DIY decor for her apartment. When I pinned it to my “For the Blog” board on Pinterest, I put the link in the description to that final blog where I actually got the instructions.

SO…my available resources were rather sparse this week. I happened to have card stock because I bought a big pack of it a few weeks ago, but (oddly enough…) it wasn’t orange. Luckily, last year on a random trip to Michael’s I came across a simple 6 pack of washable paint, and I knew it would come in handy so I bought that too. Of course, there was no orange so I had to mix red and yellow. For future reference, it takes a whole lot more yellow than red to make a good orange. Clearly I have to go back to third grade art.

Why do you guys read my blog? I have zero clue what I’m doing.

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Anyway, after I finally got an acceptable orange, I literally just painted full sheets of paper. I only did one side, and it worked out just fine. It probably actually worked better that way, because on the unpainted side I used a pencil to mark where I was going to cut, etc. It just basically looked like this:

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I don’t think it has to be perfect. The streaks aren’t a problem at all, and it’s really hard to make sure there are none there anyway. Don’t worry about it. Then, after you let the paint dry, hold the paper horizontally (I believe the technical term when I was growing up was “hamburger” style versus “hot dog”) and cut the paper into strips about 1 inch wide. You should end up with about 11, but to make one pumpkin you only need 4. Cut those strips in half, and you should have 8 little ones.

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Now, take your little strips and punch holes in both sides with a hole punch. Take a piece of string (I used green embroidery floss) and string it through both holes. To secure it, I just taped it down because it was easier than tying a knot big enough to cover the hole. Pull the string tight enough that the paper bends, making this shape in the picture below. I know this step is kind of confusing. I hope the picture helps.

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It looks the same on the bottom as it does on the top, so don’t worry about that. Now just gently pull the strips apart, and you’ll have your round shape! It should look like this:

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And now for the little leaf! It’s the most important because it’s the part that the name actually goes on. I just used a regular piece of paper for this part because I didn’t want to waste my card stock on such a little thing, but I did just wing the shape. I just drew a raindrop shape on a piece of paper, colored it with a LIGHT GREEN sharpie, and then cut it out. I emphasize LIGHT GREEN because the dark green was too dark and I couldn’t see the name at all. But before you put the name on it, punch a hole through the round side, not the pointy side. Then you can write the name on it. Then, with the slack that you have from the string, tie your leaf to your pumpkin. And that’s the final step! If you’d like, you can cut off the excess string. Here’s a picture of my leaf right before I put it on

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Cute, right?! This one actually ended up breaking because there was so little room between the hole and the edge of the paper. I had to make a bigger leaf and hole punch it again with some more space.

So tell me, HOW CUTE IS YOUR PUMPKIN?!