Saturday, February 26, 2011

D.I.Y. Saturday: Glam Makeup Brush Tutorial

   Whoo Hoo! Saturdays are Awesome, especially when you have a new D.I.Y. project to work on. I had some make up brushes that were a little... well, ho hum. :/ So I decided to spruce them up a bit, I found some 1940's pin up gifs. (I just Googled 1940 pin up girl, and printed out some sheets.) and with my trusty friend Mod Podge we created some much more interesting get prettied up sticks.

1. Gather supplies.

  • boring make up brushes
  • printed pin up gifs 
  • bead embellishments, get creative!
  • paper cutter/scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • small craft brush
  • small cup of water to rinse your brush off
  • small blotting towel to blot execs water from brush 
  • heavy duty craft glue
2. Cut your gifs out.

   Cut out pieces not shown here but as you see the gifs have borders around them. I cut the top and left border off, the bottom and right border I left on for overlapping the pieces on the brushes.

3. Now for the fun part, the Mod Podging of the cut out pieces!

   You can see the pattern I am using here, I continued this pattern on most of the brushes. I did also try different techniques on other brushes though, trial and error, find a system that works for you.

   Lookie! I already have three done, the bottoms of the brushes were a little tricky but I used a gif cut with only the top border remaining (for overlap use) and Mod Podged it in place to cover the uneven last bits.

4. Embellish with pretties! I used pearls.

I used a heavy duty glue to glue a pearl bead on the tops of the brushes, press and hold in place till the bond is pretty strong. Get creative! You can use anything to "dress up" your project!

5. Let set and enjoy your "new" prettied up make up brushes!


    Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and project, I worked hard on it. I hope to see some feedback if any one is inspired by this. Write about it and link up to me, or send me an email with a picture or two and I will write about it. I would love to, my pleasure. ;) Well guys I will let you get back to your Saturday. Think crafty thoughts, and make something, it's Saturday!

                                                                                                              xoxo, Val


Friday, February 25, 2011

Fabulous Freebie Friday

   Free Stuff! It's Friday, so I decided to post some links for free stuff! YAY! I am excited about all my finds, I hope you also enjoy. Oh, and if anyone is inspired by the theme used today, write about it and link back, or shoot me an email and I will share them on my page with lots of links. :) Well with out further ado...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (MBA blog style)

What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?


Free Art: Altered Alice in Wonderland is on the left sidebar. 
Party Tags: Alice in Wonderland inspired 
Quilt Pattern Alice theme: by Quilting Treasures

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

Painting the roses red.

 Knitted Rose: on Lion Brand Yarn

 Crochet Rose: from ehow on YouTube (Written instructions are in the description.)

Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.

Squido lens: Anything Alice and Wonderland craft you could possibly want! Thank you craftsbyalice for such a wonderful lens!

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at.

Queen of Hearts Crayola Craft
Alice in Wonderland Party Game Ideas: from The Party Animal

Quotes from Alice in Wonderland 

Question about copyright? Answer here
 Interesting site with facts about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I learned some interesting things about the book.

  Alice in Wonderland Theme: on DeviantArt <--link is to Alice in Wonderland Art, by various artists. (Some may be inappropriate so proceed with caution.)
Did you know there is an Alice in wonderland syndrome...? Yeah, me either.  : /

Phew! I am all Alice'd out! I am sure there are sooo many more crafts and patterns out there, but this is all I have for now. I could go on like this all day! I hope you are inspired,  enjoy all the fabulous freebies I found, and I hope to get some project feedback. :)

Thank you for stopping by.

                                                                                                            xoxo, Val


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sewing Kit, Large Needle Marker

That's a good idea! Well, I hope you find this to be a good idea. :) I use plastic canvas hearts to keep track of my apolstery needles and other large needles. I wouldnt want to drop one and not notice it, so the red heart stands out enough to see right away! This way your needle is all dressed up fancy smancy, very visible for when looking through your sewing kit. The needle slides right through the stitches too, and stays! Super neat!
What is a little helpful to you idea for your crafting?
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

T-Shirt Purse

   Every once and  while, when you are looking for inspiration or ideas for one project, you run across a tutorial for a great NEW project you want to do... Right!? Well I did anyway. :) I found this video while searching for another tutorial on a new project in the works.

Well, did you hear that!? This project only takes 45 minutes! I'm on it, I grabbed an old t-shirt and redesigned it into a new bag. The hardest part was the duct tape part, and if that's the hardest part of this project you can tell how incredibly easy this bag is to make. Here is what I came up with:

I had been working on these roses from another t-shirt I had cut up. (They will be used in accessories soon.)

   This bag was sooo unbelievably easy to make I decided to make a matching make up purse to go along with it. Lined with Duct Tape as well of course.

(Sorry the color looks so off in this picture, sheesh!) I used Velcro and iron on adhesive for closing the bag.

   Well there you have it, my quick and easy bag and make up purse to match. (This is a very much "no sew" project, as the needle can not easily go through the Duct Tape. Hope you enjoyed, any questions or comments are appreciated. Thank you. 

                                                                                                              xoxo, Val


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lunch at Frank's Bait & Taco

   Today's entry is going to touch on crafts... but mostly FOOD! My dad had recently tried a family owned restaurant in Canyon Lake. He really liked it and thought we would all enjoy the experience, so today we went to check it out, Frank's Bait & Taco. I of course grabbed my camera to take pictures of the atmosphere... my dad told me about it, and it sounded like my kind of place.  The food was excellent, HUGE portions and very good! Presentation was excellent as well. I met Ed, the owner, and he is a great guy who loves to talk to his guests and make them feel like they are right at home. We had a chat and he showed me some great artifacts in his place that were very interesting, unique and very close to his heart, some even sent from out of state. He places each gifted item/items in a special place in the restaurant to share with anyone and everyone who dines. He wants there to be some thing interesting to see in every corner of "Frank's Bait & Taco".

The atmosphere

Bottle caps!  :)

The Food

The Shop

Out Door Seating

I love this sign

  The ladies (mom, sister and I) went looking around at some other shops in Canyon Lake and this caught my eye. I think because I actually have a mini sewing kit I recently found that was my late Grandmothers, very similar to this one. Very vintage, I had to snap a quick photo.

   Well that was our very interesting day, I hope you enjoyed the pictures, I could have taken soooo many more. Maybe next time, huh. 

                                                                                                               xoxo, Val


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The T-shirt Bag in Stages

 The stages of my T-shirt bag...

   This started out as a practice piece, and turned into a awesomely cute tote.  :) On to my next project, (already in progress) which is going to be another purse.  ;)
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Texas Hill Country, Snow Pictures!

Now, I know to some people a little snow isn't a big deal in the month of February, but this is Texas, and we don't get snow that sticks often at all! Soo, I quickly grabbed my camera, and snapped away as soon as I saw the coverage that had accumulated over night.

Hope you enjoy these, we had such an adventure today!

 The adventure begins! Time to chase some Chickens!!!

 Phew! They are home safe and sound...

Hope you enjoyed.  :)

                                                                                                              xoxo, Val