August 25, 2014

DIY: Easy Trapeze Earrings

These past few weeks have been really busy for me and I just feel like it's going to get busier. I really do love my blog and though I have a ton more commitments now more than ever, I'll try my best to post more than once a week. :) Today's easy DIY will be in the form of these gorgeous trapeze earrings, which I've been meaning to make for a long time now. They come together in no time at all - just make sure to have the materials in hand!


Supplies:
  • Small round beads
  • Jewelry wire
  • Curved tube beads
  • Jump rings
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers

Loop one end of the wire and thread your beads as shown in the photo above. Usually odd numbers work best, but I put 6 on mine and they looked great too.


Loop the other end tightly and cut the excess wire. You can achieve the curve by pressing your strung up beads against the pad of your thumb. 


Attach your curved beads by stringing them up the same way you've done with the beads. Do it for the other side as well.


Attach both loops with a jump ring - make sure to position your curved tube beads either facing in or out. I loved the look of the curves facing out more, so I made sure to adjust my tube beads.



Attach the earring wire to the jump ring and you are done! I love how simple these things look- they're pretty light too!


What type of earrings do you guys love wearing? 

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August 19, 2014

Custom Notepad at Craftaholics Anonymous

I love customizing everything - and recently I had another chance to customize a notepad for my Bunny. Do you want to know how to customize one? I swear it is the easiest thing ever. Check out the tutorial over at Craftaholics Anonymous!


Yep friends - that's a dollar store notepad prettified. Isn't it awesome? Plus you can decorate it anyway you like - you can use the technique I used for this notebook or the technique I shared in the tutorial.


I can't get over how awesome it is! I need to make more notepads from different scrapbook papers. Anyway, don't forget to check out the tutorial by clicking any of the photos above or the handy link below:

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August 11, 2014

DIY: Funny Tampon/Pad Pouch and Sweepstakes!

Let me tell you something. When I was younger (and still in school), I never really took note of when it would come, let alone be prepared for it. Soooo... I'd almost always get caught off guard, and I wouldn't have anything in my bag for it. Plus I felt lugging pads/tampons around is kind of embarrassing, specially since there was always a chance boys may be snooping inside my bag (oh, grade school / high school days). 




Now I don't really care about other people seeing it, after all, it's a part of life isn't it? I always make sure to have some on hand for emergencies - since without it, I wouldn't be able to move comfortably wouldn't I? (like this time I ran out of it.....) I figured it's high time I make a special pouch for it. And of course, it had to be funny (I am easily amused though, so forgive me if it's not funny or if it's disgusting). 

Supplies:
Ready-made pouch or sew one yourself
Template - my graphic is downloadable at the end of this post
HTV or Printable Heat Transfer Paper
Iron
Parchment paper

If you're doing your design using HTV, cut and weed out excess material. If you're using printable heat transfer material, just print and cut around your design. 

 

Prepare your pouch by ironing the creases out. I sewed my own - and actually felt pro enough to do some top stitching (which didn't turn out well, I might add).


Position your design - I always do this before ironing because it kills me to have a design that isn't centered (yes, I'm somewhat a perfectionist).


Use parchment paper to protect the surface of your HTV/printable heat transfer from the iron and iron your design, making sure to follow the right instructions for your chosen material.

Peel off your plastic backing if you're using HTV material. At this point I actually liked it the way it is - it looks like a monster pouch! And I dig that VERY MUCH. Unfortunately, my fiance commented that it looked like a vampire with buckteeth.... so, I had to add the wording. 


And here's the final result! I love how it looks - don't you? But I'm planning to make some more without the wording and less buckteeth.



I craft funny stuff when I'm on my period, it's just what makes me feel better. I hope I inspired you to try your hand at making your own tampon/pad pouch!

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August 08, 2014

DIY: Easy Cotton Book Tote

Sometimes when you get discouraged by failed projects and difficulties you tend to put off trying it again - that's what happened to me the first time I made a bag. Granted, it was a bit complicated and certainly not in my skill level, but I was still disappointed. I put off sewing anything complicated for a while - I've been sewing just pouches for a long time - no, never a tote. But I came across this really simple tutorial and decided to make it (sans the bow).


I've wanted to make a cotton tote for the longest time - all the ones you can buy at craft stores have too short handles and are too.. squat. Add to the fact that they're canvas fabric (which I don't really have an issue against, but I love the feel of cotton more). 


So why don't you try your hand at making it? You can find the tutorial from Elm Street Life here. The only things I changed from is that I added an inch of strap length (making mine to a total of 24") and also made it a bit narrower. I really love how it turned out - so much so that I think I'm into sewing again. Maybe. I feel like making a few more totes!


The only thing left to do is decorate it - there's so many ways to do that! You can apply HTV, or a printable iron-on, paint it, dye it, screenprint it - so many options I'm not even kidding. I've thought long and hard what I want to put on it - since it's my first tote in a very long time that turned out neat-looking. I eventually decided on this quote you see above since I do love that quote. I was thinking either that, or 'Will Work For Bacon'.... but I've got so many funny pouches I decided against the bacon phrase.



It's easy to design and make your own quote layout - just play around with the words! If not, there are a lot of ready-made quotes online that you can download or purchase. 


Here's another photo because I'm in-love with my new tote. so love Heat Transfer Vinyl. It makes everything I make look professional even though I am not. Anyhow, this would be a perfect gift for a teacher, or a bookaholic like myself. 

What are your favorite quotes/phrases to put on a tote? Hit me with your answers - I would love to know! 



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