How to Make Paper Roses

imageWe LOVE flower crowns!  Who cares if they’re #basic…we don’t believe in that.  Wear whatever makes you happy!  If you’re into paper crafts or boho/festival fashion, this is the tutorial for you, because today we’re going to show you how to make paper roses you can string together to create an adorable (albeit admittedly cliché) flower crown.  And, if you’re not heading to Coachella anytime soon, you can use the flowers to make a decorative bouquet or wreath.  They also make beautiful gift toppers instead of a generic bow.  Read on for the details.

-Viv

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Another Easy Nail Art Idea!

imageWe LOVE nail art, and we especially LOVE when it’s easy!  Today’s post is another idea for a professional looking manicure you can do at home.  Just like our last nail art post,  you don’t even need to click through to see the rest of the instructions, they’re that simple.  Here we go!

As always, apply a clear base coat and let it dry.  Follow with a thin coat of your base color and let that dry as well.  Apply a second coat of color, and while it’s wet, make a dot in a contrasting color near your cuticle, centering it as well as you can.  Placing the dot on wet polish creates a smoother surface, but this will also work just fine if you can’t move fast enough or simply prefer waiting until your second coat of color dries–just be aware that your dots may be slightly raised.  Do make sure to let your dots dry a bit before applying top coat, so they don’t smear.

You could buy a special dotting tool for this manicure, but you can also just use a bobby pin like I showed you in my leopard nails post.  This time, I wanted bigger dots, so I stuck a glass head sewing pin into the eraser of a pencil and used that.  I LOVE saving money by using what I already have!

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My special “dotting tool.”

Of course, for a more festive look, you can put polka dots all over instead of doing just one.  You can also experiment with multi-colored dots and different color combinations.  Whatever you decide, let us know how it turns out, because WE LOVE THIS STUFF!
-Viv

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Bangle Key Ring

imageWe LOVE clever ideas that make daily life easier!  Whenever I hang out with Jen, I notice that she often has to dig through her large purse to find her keys.  This is not criticism, by the way.  She usually puts her keys in her pocket, but not all outfits have pockets, you know?  Plus, as mommy to a 5-year-old boy, she needs everything in that large purse, so kudos to her for simplifying by keeping just one or two absolutely necessary keys on her key ring. Unfortunately, on no-pocket days, that means her keys disappear into the abyss.

So, I came up with this idea when I was Christmas shopping recently and stumbled on this.  It’s a bracelet that allows you to wear your keys, but unlike those generic ones that look like old school phone cords, it’s actually stylish.  Another advantage is that it’s large but not bulky, so it won’t weigh down your purse, but it will help you find your keys in the sea of lip balms and Altoids you keep in there.  Anyway, I thought it was such a smart and cute way to solve the problem of buried keys, and I knew I could figure out a DIY version.   It turned out to be an inexpensive, fun, and easy project!  Read on to find out how you can make one too.

-Viv

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Simple Yet Fancy DIY Nail Art

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We LOVE nail art!  Sometimes it’s too time consuming or complicated, though.  On those occasions, an easy, simple design like this one is perfect.  Today’s post is a tutorial  that explains exactly how to do it.

Step 1: Apply a base coat followed by 2 coats of the color of your choice.  (I used a sheer baby pink.)  Let it dry.

imageimageStep 2:  Use a fine brush to add a single stripe of a contrasting color to each nail.  (I used gold.)  Angle the stripes differently on each nail for a random look.  That way, you don’t have to align anything perfectly to make your lines all match.  You could buy a special striping brush, but I just trimmed an old eyeliner brush to make it super thin.  NAIL ART HACK: you don’t need a perfectly steady hand for this.  Try laying the brush parallel to your nail instead of holding it perpendicular like a pencil.  You’ll have less “drawing” to do, because the length of the bristles will create the start of a perfectly straight line.  When striping with your non-dominant hand, try holding the brush still and “dragging” your dominant nail under it to create a straighter stripe.

Step 3:  Apply top coat after letting your stripes dry enough that they won’t smear.

Like almost everything we share here, this is something SUPER easy that you can also customize.  Play with different colors!  Try high contrast or tone-on-tone combinations!  If you have both glossy and matte topcoats, you could even use just a single polish color and make the stripes in the contrasting finish, like this!

I hope you enjoyed this easy idea.  Let us know if you try it, and make sure to show us how it turned out, because WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

-Viv

Here’s the same nail art with a extra stripe here and there, using black as the base color.

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EASY Glitter Gradient Nails

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I used a matte topcoat on this to make it extra special. It sounds counter-intuitive but matte glitter looks so cool!

We LOVE glitter, and we LOVE nail polish!  Today’s post is a helpful hint for giving yourself a super professional looking glitter gradient manicure.  It’s so easy, you don’t even need to click through for the rest of the post!  Are you ready?  Here it is!

Use a makeup sponge.  That’s it!  Actually, any other kind of sponge will work too!  You can even cut it into smaller pieces so you get multiple uses out of one tiny sponge.

First, I paint my nails with a base color and let it dry.  Then I apply glitter polish directly to the sponge and dab it on.  To create a gradient, don’t reapply glitter to the sponge right away; just keep dabbing and moving the sponge in the direction you want it to fade.  Afterward, you can enhance the gradient effect by reappyling glitter to the sponge and concentrating on the area that should be more dense with sparkles.  It’s pretty easy, and the sponge soaks up the polish but not the glitter, so you’re not applying super thick coats that take forever to dry.

But don’t just take our word for it.  Try it for yourself, and let us know how your manicure turns out, because WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

-Viv

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Fast felt balls. Could it be true?

We LOVE felting projects! So, it happened again.  The other day instead of doing something productive, I spent quite a bit of time watching YouTube videos on how to make felt balls.  I blame social media. I blame that for a lot of things.  It sounds so random that I chose to watch videos on felt balls as opposed to watching something more stimulating such as watching paint dry, but here’s the back story:  Every time I log on to Instagram or Pinterest, or anything Internet-y, someone has a really pretty rainbow felt ball garland strung across some part of their crafty home and then just like that, total case of mind control kicks in and I need to have one too.  Keep reading to find out how I fed my inner craft beast.

-Jen

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Easy Peasy Bunting Banner!

 

imageWe LOVE bunting! They’re bright, colorful and whimsical. I use them for every party I throw and every family photo shoot I plan. I’ve got them draped around my little guy’s bedroom as well as his reading nook. Bunting banners make an otherwise dull space bright, cheery, and colorful without too much work. I know this is not news or rocket science. A search for “bunting” on Pinterest or Etsy will produce more results than you care to scroll through. But since we LOVE DIY, why buy a bunting banner when you can make one? Read on for the details.

-Jen

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