Monday, December 9, 2013

DIY: Quote Posters (Canvas and Crayons)

Confession: I have always loved the framed quote posters that I see on Pinterest but having a poster framed here costs quite a lot and I don't think I have the guts to actually spend a lot on something I know I can do myself. So instead of the usual paper posters, I went a little bit out of my comfort zone and made posters using canvas and melted crayon. A bonus: it's also great to give as a gift for Christmas.

Here's sharing with you how I did it:

What I used:

Canvas Panel
Old used crayons
Matte Sticker Paper
Metal Spoon
Tea Candles
Any plastic card that is not active anymore - not in photo
Foam Board - optional, I plan to use this when I hang these posters on the wall, kind of make a boarder at the back.

Then I freehanded the quote on the sticker paper...

Cut them all the way through...

A canvas panel is different from a canvas board, also a bit less expensive...

After cutting the letters, I stuck them on the canvas panel, being careful with the spacing and margins. 

Because I plan to create an ombre pattern with the crayons, I first selected the crayons that I'll use and kinda  tested how the color gradient will go. 

Onto my spoon and tealight candle. 

Then I started to melt crayons broken in smaller pieces.

This part is a lot easier than it looks, it's just hard for me to take a photo of the exact process but essentially it goes: pour melted crayon on canvas surface, then I immediately get the plastic card and kind of spread the wax onto the surface. Just imagine applying soft cement on a flat surface.

It starts off quite messy at first but it will soon come together once you're done layering all the melted wax on the canvas.

Then peel off all the stickers.

And voila! Here it is, all done and adorable. Glad I took the chance on this one. 

I hope you guys enjoyed and find this helpful! Till my next post!

Keep safe everyone!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How To: Halloween Look: Wound/Scar Makeup

Confession: I like to experiment.

Sometime ago, while I was watching Art Attack with my daughter, it's one of my most favorite shows on Disney by the way, the host was making paper mache and he used equal parts liquid glue and water to adhere the napkins to whatever he was molding. That gave me an idea for my Halloween makeup - to use this method to mold some kind of scar or wound onto my face.

Thing is, I can use liquid latex or prosthetics to achieve this kind of Halloween look but I really do not want to spend anymore since this will require me to buy loads of different materials to make the whole thing work, and I don't have the time to actually learn the whole process of working with latex or prosthetics as well as its glues and the special kinds of makeup that are to be used with it.


I went the oldskool route and just used plain old materials that can be easily found at home. Such as Elmer's glue, a few sheets of tissue paper, plate, small amount of water, a stirrer, and then just a few of my makeup products that I don't use as much anymore. This. Did. Not. Cost. Me. Anything.

So if you want to grab this idea and learn how I did it plus if you feel like laughing at me for being a complete dork, click on the image below and it will then lead you to my Youtube Channel. <-- Shameless plugging right there, lol. It's a video on how I did everything, from the glue and water solution to the actual application of makeup.

I hope you enjoy it guys, have an awesome halloween!!! 

and keep safe everyone, 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

How To: Halloween Look: Lady Leprechaun Makeup

Confession: I am a true believer of makeup.

When I was still a kid, I would watch my mom put on her makeup before she leaves for work. I remember, she will have her usual morning coffee in her cozy boudoir and she would take her time in making her face even prettier than it is. She had rose colored blushers, satin pressed powders, strawberry flavored lip balms and cushiony sponges and fluffy brushes to help her get the look she wants. I remember having a favorite among her eyeshadow palettes and it's in an emerald shade with just the right amount of shimmer in it. I would spend hours in that same space and just try on every piece of makeup product that she has. That is when my lovestruck for makeup began.

I am not a professional makeup artist. Although I have had few paying customers for my makeup services, I still don't consider myself as a pro. I did not attend any training or seminars. I did not go to school for it. I was not mentored by anyone. I just love makeup and the power it provides me so over time I was able to teach myself techniques and how-to's.

For me, putting on makeup and being able to put it on properly is an art form. It's an art. It's no rocket science but it's an art. Anyone who has an eye for the right color combinations, good with blending highlights and shadows, or just plainly artistically inclined can be good in this field too. It comes naturally. Just as any painter or artist naturally discovers their talent. This is how I'd like to think of myself. I got good (but not yet great!) because I cultured the talent that I knew I had. I knew I was creative and I knew I have an inclination with the arts and that's why I practiced a lot. In my case though, it wasn't really practice or training - I had fun doing it, I wouldn't even notice the time that I'm spending when I'm in the "zone".

Ever since I can remember, my friends and relatives would always come to me to teach them to put on their makeup. They would even ask me to put makeup on them without cost and I would do it. Just because I enjoy it so much. Now, I decided to put up a Youtube channel, yet again (yes, I've had one before but closed it because I don't quite like how everything turned out at first), and here I'll show everything that I know how to do. Here's a sample:

Click on the image to go to the Youtube video. =)
In this channel I hope I'd be able to share anything and everything that I know I can do. I hope that this would be helpful for a lot of people and I'm also asking for your support. If you guys have the time and if you like my videos, please subscribe to the channel and give the video a thumbs up. It would mean a lot. =)

Please let me know your comments and suggestions, I'd be happy to hear from you!

Keep safe everyone!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tutorial: DIY Fabric Scraps Scarves

Confession: I honestly think my sister in law has great fashion sense.

Most of the time I wish I could pull off what my sister in law can when it comes to fashion. Her name is Anikka and her style plays around with girly, sophisticated and sometimes boho chic goodness. And what I love about her is that she's not stuck to only wearing and using branded products and she can definitely play around with bargain pieces mixed together with her more expensive stuff. She really is talented when it comes to mixing and matching her clothes.

Last September, she showed me a scarf necklace that she got abroad (China, I think) and it is this gorgeous fabric necklace that can be doubled as a scarf. I immediately thought that I can make that same thing without spending anything since I have a lot of fabric scraps lying around at home. (My head voluntarily thought: Challenge Accepted. LOL). Hence the birth of this post and the inspiration behind this tutorial that I'll now show you guys.

Fabric Scraps Scarves

What you'll need:

Fabric scraps, in the colors of your choice (Only Jersey Knit fabric will do guys because you kinda need the fabric to stretch).
Sharp, quality scissors
A needle and a thread, any color will do
Small hair grips or rubber bands
A ruler (not shown in the picture)

First thing you need to do is decide on the color that you want to have, for this tutorial, I'll use different shades of blue and green to create an ombre effect. =)

Next, you have to decide on the sizes before cutting the strips. For uniformity, I decided on making 60 inches for the length and only 2 inches for the width. 

But before I go straight to cutting the strips, I first cleaned up the edges to make it a little bit straighter and more even. It doesn't have to be prefect, to be honest, but just enough to make all the sides of the fabric clean. I folded the fabric crosswise so it's easier to cut the whole 60 inches of it.

When cutting fabric, make sure that it is lying down on a firm and sturdy surface to make cutting easier and straighter. I know this because I attempted to cut my fabric while holding it just out of pure laziness and I ended up having the most crooked and jagged edges. 

So here are the finished strips and I'll just discard the left most strip as it is just an excess.

Oh how I love the color blue and its aqua relatives!

Then, I'll gather all the strips together and get my needle and thread to sew the ends. 

After the first end is secured, I'll then stretch each fabric lengthwise to make its sides curl. This will give the scarf volume and texture. 

Now to keep the pieces from moving, I'll just secure the bundle with these tiny hair grips. I left quite big spaces after every hair grip until I reach the bundle's end.

Once I reach the second end of my bundle, I'll just snip off the excess fabric.

Next, I'll just secure the two ends together. My sewing skills are once again put the test here, so just to be clear, you don't have to make this part perfect. At. All. Just make sure that everything is in place and well-secured and you'll be good to go.

Now it's time to wrap the messy part with another fabric. I didn't measure this fabric for closure at all. I just made sure that it is wide and long enough for me to roll it around and cover up the messy bit.

There isn't really any wrapping technique done here whatsoever, the more uneven the wrapping looks, the better. =)

To secure the end of the wrap, I just made a knot and inserted the end into the most inner part of the wrap to make sure it stays in place.

After everything is done and secured, I just snipped the hair grips to let go of the bundle.

And Tadaaaaaaa!!! All done! (Insert victory dance here.)

I just twisted the whole thing around so it's easier to store.

Here's the transformation:

This is perfect for the coming colder season. Great to simply pair it with just a shirt and jeans, too. 

So there, I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I had fun making it. Play around with colors, textures and styles. You can braid some strands in the bundle to make the style more interesting. The best part in this whole thing is it did not cost me a single cent to make this, plus the fact that I was able to reuse the scraps that are just sleeping in my storage box. 

Let me know your comments or suggestions, friends. Will be happy to hear from you.

Keep safe everyone!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

DIY: Mini Doll House Without Spending a Single Cent!!!

Confession: I used to like being crafty, a lot. When I was a kid, I would pretend that somebody was filming me doing all sorts of crafts and explain how I do every single step. This was before Youtube came along... I wonder if I thought of doing all this when Youtube was only starting up. I don't know why I stopped, I guess I got old and got busy with life. So word to the wise, folks, never ever lose the little kid inside of you. There's still that youngster in there, nurture that kid as much as you can!!!

Ok, so back to what I am going to post. I'm pretty excited about this DIY because I have been thinking about doing it for weeks and then I finally got the time (and the courage) to do it. Thing is, I promised my daughter that I'll make her a doll house for the Littlest Pet Shop collection that she has so that we won't have to spend money buying her one.

So here's sharing with you how I did it and you'll have to forgive me for the messy pictures, I just roughly took photos because I was kind of hesitant to post them at first. Also, if you ever notice dingy fingers or fingernails lurking around somewhere in the photos, please keep in mind that they are not mine, they belong to an ogre who is a mom, busy with everyday life. (LOL!)

Without further ado: My August's Masterpiece (Haha!): DIY DOLL HOUSE from SCRATCH!
-> I did not spend a single buck in making this, just used the stuff that I have lying around in the house <--

So here are the stuff I used:

First, I made some adjustments to the box by cutting the excess flaps, taping the loose flaps in place and then painted the exterior. I kept the handle intact to keep it portable.

Now for the inside:

TADAAAAA! 2 floors done! Now for the interior decoration. This is fun to do, actually...

As for the windows:

DONE!!!! Here's a few rough shots of the mini house upclose and completed. Of course I took some of my daughters toys and used them to fill the house.

Best part of making this was when I revealed this to my daughter, her words will forever ring in my ears:
"This is so nice, mom! It's better than my Barbie dollhouse!" *Sigh. Worth every effort.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post as much as I did making it. Would be great if you guys let me know what you think. What childhood hobby do you miss doing? Maybe it's time to start getting on it again, no?

Keep safe, everyone!