6/18/2013

the end

With sadness, I'd like to announce that this will be my last post. I started this project as a way to document and share my craft projects with friends and family. It also served a secondary purpose of occupying me while I was unemployed. Now that I have a job I absolutely love, I would prefer to spend my much more limited free time actually crafting rather than writing about crafting. I enjoyed my (almost) year of blogging, and I thank my few readers for your support.


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5/10/2013

blue leopard print manicure



As I mentioned in my pastel dotted nails tutorial, I'm going through a nail art phase. Last week, I sported a blue leopard print design on my nails. I followed Sam's 80s Neon/Bright Leopard Nails Tutorial at The Polished Medic, and my monochromatic color selection was inspired by the pink leopard french manicure published in Hottest New Nail Design Ideas on Becoming Gorgeous (both Pinterest finds). I chose blue, because it was easy to match the various shades, and apparently blue nail color looks good with pale skin.


What you'll need:
  • Base coat (optional)
  • Nail polish in 2 shades of blue (or other colors) and black - I used Revlon stiletto (black) and coastal surf (blue) and L'Oréal royally yours (light blue).
  • Plastic sheet protector
  • Nail dotting tool - I've also heard a bobby pin works, rather than a toothpick, because of the rounded tip.

Dot away.

Step 1: If you so desire, start with a base coat.

Step 2: Paint 2-3 coats of blue.

Step 3: Pour a couple of drops of the light blue polish onto the plastic sheet protector.

Step 4: Take the dotting tool, dip it into the pool of nail polish, and gently apply several dots to each nail.

Step 5: Pour a couple of drops of the black polish onto the plastic sheet protector.

Step 6: With the dotting tool, create black arcs and smudges, as shown around the light blue dots. Add a few additional black smudges between the other spots.

Step 7: Let dry.



Step 8: Admire your manicure!




Do you like this project? Consider pinning it, subscribing to me, or checking out my other projects. For a complete list of all blogs I link up with, see my link party page.

I'm linking up with:
Made by You Monday @ Skip to my Lou
Time to Shine Party @ A Diamond in the Stuff
Lil' Luna Link Party @ Lil' Luna
Share It Link Party @ The Winthrop Chronicles
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop Link Party @ I Heart Nap Time


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5/07/2013

pretty planter turned functional



I wanted to take a couple of small plants to work and brighten up my office. I bought a jade plant to join the lucky bamboo plant that I've had for years. The fun thing about new houseplants is a pot to go with it...

I debated decorating a terra cotta pot, but the pots were either a size too small or a size too big. Instead, I opted to buy a cute, affordable ceramic planter; it was the exact color and size I was wanting. Unfortunately, it had neither a drain hole nor saucer, and this pot is small enough to need drainage. I resolved to drill a hole into the bottom and paint a terra cotta saucer to match. I figured if I broke the pot in the process, I was only out a couple of bucks. Obviously, I was successful.

What you'll need:
For the drain hole

  • Ceramic planter
  • Drill with masonry drill bit - My bit was 1/4". I had a hunch that we had a masonry bit, but Peter was convinced we did not. After several minutes of trying with a normal drill bit, I made him help me look. Low and behold, we had the aforementioned masonry bit. It cut through the ceramic like cake.
  • Water - My dad has drilled holes in the bottom of ceramic planters for me before. He always kept the bit wet while drilling; it keeps the bit cool, prevents breakage, and keeps down the dust. It may very well work without water, but I have never dared to try.
  • Scrap block of wood - To protect your work surface from accidental drilling. (My pictures don't show this as they were fairly posed, but I did have something underneath the pot to protect the deck.)
  • Hearing protection - The screeching sound is not pleasant; our neighbors probably hate us.
  • Potting materials - Drainage rocks, potting soil, etc.

For the saucer

  • Terra cotta saucer
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam brushes
  • Plastic lid - I use plastic lids from yogurt, cottage cheese, and Cool Whip containers as a pallette when painting.
  • Mod Podge - I used the Matte variety.


Create the drain holes.

Step 1: Pour water into the pot so that the water level is 1/4" to 1/2" high.

Step 2: Drill through the ceramic. Change the water as it becomes opaque for increased visibility.

Step 3: Pot your plant. I would have put a coffee filter at the bottom to prevent soil from leaking out, but not being a coffee drinker, I don't have coffee filters. Instead, I put a handful of drainage rocks leftover from another potting project in the bottom.



Paint the saucer.

Step 4: Paint the saucer; covering the deep red terra cotta with cheap acrylic paint took a ridiculous number of coats. If When I paint terra cotta again, I will seriously consider spray paint instead. I had to mix paint to get the exact color I wanted. I did the majority of the necessary coats with a close ready-made color. Then, I mixed up the desired color for the final couple of coats. This method prevents a ton of unnecessary mixing.

Step 5: Let dry completely (several hours or overnight).

Step 6: Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge to seal the paint job and protect it when wet. Let dry.



Step 7: Admire your work!




Do you like this project? Consider pinning it, subscribing to me, or checking out my other projects. For a complete list of all blogs I link up with, see my link party page.

I'm linking up with:
Made by You Monday @ Skip to my Lou
Time to Shine Party @ A Diamond in the Stuff
Lil' Luna Link Party @ Lil' Luna
Share It Link Party @ The Winthrop Chronicles
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop Link Party @ I Heart Nap Time

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