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    DIY FRUIT MAGNETS

    My DIY Space Invader Magnets inspired my to make some other magnets as well.

    Mostly, because I bought sparkly glue gun sticks and wanted to test them.

    This time, I’ve made glittery, fruit magnets!

     Fruit Magnets

    Honestly, I can say the sparkly ones were a TOTAL PAIN, but okay to look at. They aren’t 100% clear, which was a bit of a bummer. They do, however, junk up your glue gun, so luckily I bought a separate one for this projects ( I was hoping to use the glittery ones again, but I’m not so sure after the project).

    I probably wouldn’t use these much again (it took several sticks for each magnet! Even using clear ones for the bluk of the inside), but that could also be the new hot glue gun I got. Maybe it smaller or something? I got a new one so the glitter wouldn’t get stuck in my other ones.

    In any case, this is just like the Space Invader magnets – you just use a fruit mold instead!

    First, grab your goods.
    Mold, glitter glue sticks, glue guns, magnets.

     What you need

    Then, use the special glue sticks to fill the bottom of your mold. You may need to dip your finger in water, and use it to smooth the glue throughout the mold for the base layer, so you get all the details in the side. If you’re using multiple colors, you may need to take turns (as shown below). For instance, fill all the parts that need green first, rather than taking the stick out, switching colors, which ends up mixing, etc.

    After that, fill with clear glue gun sticks (so you don’t waste the more expensive ones).

     Fill the mold

    Then, add a magnet, just like last time.

    I used big magnets for these, and they didn’t work as well as the tiny, strong ones from the Space Invader ones.

    Oh well. They’re still pretty cute!
    Now you know to use the tiny ones from HERE instead.

     Finished Products

    There you go!

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    DIY X-Files Painting

    After a very long hiatus, I AM BACK.
    Sorry for the delay.

    Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

    Tomorrow is another Geek Girl Brunch in Chicago, and the theme is Reopening the X-Files.

    Needless to say, I’m absolutely stoked.

    In honor of the brunch subject, and my new found obsession with the X-Files, I made you a little tutorial for a painting of the iconic ‘I WANT TO BELIEVE’ poster from the show.

    It’s pretty easy to do, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

    Check it out, here’s the finished painting:

    So, gather your supplies.

    Starting to paint


    I used a large cheap canvas (Got it on sale from Michael’s for $5!!), some cheap acrylic paint ($0.66 each from Michael’s) in the colors Hunter Green, White, Black and Bright Blue (to get the various shades, just mix the colors with black or white, depending on the look you’re going for), some paintbrushes (about $0.20 each, but I bought a big variety pack), vinyl letter (I used 2 inch) and some water.

    So first, plan out your letters. I just drew some pen lines based on where I roughly though the letters belonged, based on my reference photo of the original poster.

    Add vinyl stickers


    Next, take the hunter green (or whatever bottom color you’ve chosen), and use it to lay the base layer of paint over the bottom 1/4 or 1/3 of the canvas. I used letters that didn’t stick very well, so my first layer is a little choppy looking, since I was trying to carefully paint over the letters. Once I did this, he letter stuck on the canvas, so I could use a rougher touch later (which is good, because I mixed hunter green and a little black together for the 2nd and third layers on the green parts).

    first layer of paint


    Next comes the sky. First, ‘paint’ the rest of the canvas with water. Not enough to soak it, but this will help us blend the sky paint.
    I mixed the bright blue paint with the white paint, not fully mixing the paint (it will look a little marbled – that’s the look I like). Slather it on the canvas, dipping your brush in a little water in you need it to smooth and blend it. It should look like a nice, smooth mix of shades of blue and white. niiiiiiice.

    finished sky and ground


    Now, add the rough shapes of the trees. I used the original poster as a reference for my shapes. Don’t worry about being perfect – you’ll paint over parts of them now, and fix the details later.

    rough shape of trees


    Add in some clouds. I basically started with plain white paint on a smaller brush and continually smushed it on the painting. Then, for the details, I made a little blue-gray paint by mixing white, black and blue- I used this as the darker parts of the clouds. Create whatever shades you want by changing the amounts of each color you use! This is your painting!

    add some clouds

    This next photos shows several steps.
    One was adding the bottom of the UFO, to gauge the placement and shape between the clouds.
    The other is that part I mentioned would happen a bit ago- slightly painting over the trees. In the original, there’s far off mountains/trees, that are shown by various shades of green/gray (depending on what version you look at). In my photo, I just show the random layers I made for those hills. The shades were created by mixing the hunter green with a little white, painting that layer of hills, and then mixing even more white, and then painting another layer on top. Does that make sense? I don’t communicate well. Just check the picture. Or as questions – I’m always here.

    start the UFO and clean up

    Next, paint the top of the UFO – I mixed black, white and green for a green/gray shade.
    I also re-detailed the trees here and blended the paint down the canvas again.

    re-detail trees

    Final details on the painting: for me, that’s some touches on the UFO, blending the bottom a bit more, and cleaning up the sky a bit. Use water if you want to re-blend.

    Almost Done!


    Now, WAIT UNTIL THE PAINTING IS COMPLETELY DRY. I just did some other stuff around the apartment for an hour, then came back. When the painting is dry, peel off your vinyl letters from the bottom of the painting.

    Before Clean Letters

    The letters may have gotten a little paint under them, so just freshen up the messy spots with some of the white paint.

    Clean Up Letters

    AND VOILA!!!
    You’ve got your own X-Files painting.
    Put it on display, boo. Be proud.
    I won’t lie, I was so happy, I kept giggling to myself. Alone. In my Apartment.
    Like a loser.


    Finished X-Files Painting


    But a really cool loser, you know?

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    My favorite casual cosplays! Part 1

    Casual cosplay is so fun.

    I was matched up with the lovely Linsdey at Co-Host Girlfriend for the current round of the Odd Honey Swap, from my pal Harper over at Harper Honey.
    I was talking with Lindsey about how easy and fun it is to mix geek elements into your everyday fashion, so I figured I’d make a quick post about some of my favorite ‘Casual Cosplay’ outfits.

    So, with ‘casual cosplay,’ a lot of people don’t even realize that they like it, or already do it-

    Thinking about wearing an outfit you saw on tv? Casual Cosplay.

    Don’t want to go all out on designing someone’s outfit, but still want to dress like them? Casual Cosplay.

    Inspired by someone’s personality or fashion style and decide to replicate it? Casual Cosplay.

    Want to follow Disney’s rules for dressing up in their parks? Casual Cosplay.

    Nerd? Casual Cosplay.

    The list goes on an on.

    I consider ‘Casual Cosplay’ to be anything reminiscent of cosplay. If you like an exact outfit from someone from tv or movies; it you want to pretend you are that character in everyday life; if you like to show off your geeky side, and wear fandom inspired outfits. All of this stuff, and more, to me, is casual cosplay.

    I was thinking about some of my favorite characters from tv shows and movies, and which kind of outfits are my favorite.

    For this post, I’ll focus on outfits inspired by a character, since that’s an easy place to start.

    Typically, one of my favorite types for these are Disney Princess outfits done casually. This could be actual outfits from the character trimmed down to be more casual, outfits inspired by their general taste, things like that.

    Here are some examples from the user ‘Juliaann35’ from Polyvore.

    Belle

     

    Pocahontas

     

    Aurora

     
    They’re simple, but you get the idea, right?
    You can just use regular clothes to inspire your look to a new level!

    You can also remix the character’s style, using their main elements (like color, texture, clothing item type, etc.) to change up their look!
    Here’s some examples of ‘Hipster Disney Princesses’ that I like.
     

    Snow White

     

    Cinderella

     

    Ariel

     

    Outside of the Disney fandom, here are some other examples!

    Doctor Who:
     

    Femme Eleventh Doctor

     

    how to dress like Rose Tyler, a guide

     
    The Avengers/Marvel Universe:

    Loki

    Loki by sampoly featuring a moto jacket

     

    Agent Coulson

     

    Iron Man

     

    Captain America

     

    Supernatural:

    Supernatural

    And, just for fun, some of my favorites: PIZZA PLANET [from the Toy Story Franchise]

    Pizza Planet

       

    Pizza Planet

    I’ll see you soon, with more!!

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    DIY Marble Planter Pot

    Inspired by pinterest

     

    Pinterest.

    Isn’t it the best?
    Honestly, I would have about 50% fewer DIYs if it weren’t for Pinterest.
    So, I’ve started a new series for me.

    ‘Inspired by Pinterest”

    These posts will be projects I’ve seen on pinterest that I’ve given my own try at.

    My first official post in the series will be this lovely DIY Marble Planter Pot.
    Look how cute mine turned out!

    Close up

    Also, yes, I know, I need to paint that water disk thing.
    I seriously can’t remember the name.
    HELP.

    Anyways:

    It was inspired by this pin:


    And the original content can be found on the Oh Joy! Website.

    LET’S GET STARTED:

    You will need-

    + Disposable pot/bowl of room temp. water (it is important that it is not cold, so the polish doesn’t hard on the water’s surface)
    + Nail polish colors of choice
    + Item to be paint (I chose a terra cotta planter I had painted white last week)

    !! Try to do this project outside, if you can, so you don’t get overwhelmed by the smell of nail polish !!

    Step one: Get your pot of water. Like I said above, it is important for it not to be too cold! Room temp. water, or even a little warmer is better, so that your polish doesn’t hard on the surface of the water before you even paint your planter. Also, get your object to be painted. I chose a terra cotta pot that I painted white.

    Pot o' Water

    Blank Pot

    Step two: Pick out your polishes. I choose three colors that went together.
    A pastel purple I got from Five Below,
    A teal blue I got from Rue 21,
    and a hot pink/magenta color from Sally Beauty.

    The Chosen Ones [for the project]

    Step three: Slowly pour the polishes, one color at a time, on the surface of the water. Make sure you pour them out from fairly close to the water, of they will sink down the bottom and not help you out at all. You may want to stir the paint around a little to get better coverage. I learned I liked my designs better when i DID NOT stir it.

    Polish 1

    Polish Two

    Polish 3 and stir

    Step four: Dip it real good. Slowly dip your pot (or whatever object you’re painting) into the polish coated water. The polish will cling to the sides of the pot and ‘paint’ it. I dipped my pot two or three times, re-coating the water with polish each time.

    Dip a few times

    You may not need to dip it multiple times!
    My polish was older (which was why I used it), and not it good shape. Some were super thin, and some were that old and chunky type. In order for me to get goo coverage, I dipped it multiple times.
    If you use a decent nail polish, and thoroughly coat the surface of the water in your pot, once may be enough!

    Step five: Let it dry. I let mine dry outside, as well. Because I didn’t want my roommate to complain about a nail polish smell.

    I have no picture of this. It would literally just be a standing pot.

    Step six: Once completely dry, put a plant in it, and admire your creation!

    Close up

    It stands out among my other planters. it’s so cute. Also, I obviously need to paint the under plant disk thing white. What is it called? The name is failing me.
    Any ways, I need to paint that white too, then all will be completed!

    Pretty New Pot

    HAPPY DIY-ING!

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    DIY Dino Planter

    Dino Planter

    So, I came across this post on Pinterest, and loved the idea.

    After some searching, I found that the original is from the lovely folks at Plaid Pigeon, I believe, so if you are gung-ho about purchasing one of these, take a look in their shop! Theirs include real plants, more color options, and more dinosaur (and even animal) options. Their store is lovely, so if you’d like to buy one, please visit them at Plaid Pigeon.

    But now, the problem was that I couldn’t afford the cute planter on my own, but still wanted one.

    For a DIY version, my instructions are below.
    If you’d like to put in a real succulent, instead of the fake one I used, all you’ll need to do is follow the alterations mentioned below, as well!

    Here’s what you’ll need for the Faux version:
    Things you'll need!
    -Paint color of choice
    -Paint Brush
    -Plastic Dino (Mine was $1 from Dollar Tree)
    -Craft Knife (Be careful!)
    -Faux Succulent

    For a REAL plant, please replace the Faux Succulent with a real succulent plant, along with gathering some small rocks, and some good cacti/succulent soil.

    First step is to cut a hole in the top of your dino. I used a faux plant, so my hole could be really small.
    Cut a hole
    For a real plant, make sure you cut out a large, even hole out of the back of your dino, and also cut a small hole in each foot (for drainage).

    Next step is to paint that sucker. I used a cute blue. You can also spray a coat of clear spray paint or enamel when finished for protection.
    Paint your boy
    For a real plant, make sure you don’t get paint inside the Dino.

    Then, add your faux succulent, and VOILA!
    Finished little guy!
    For a real plant, add a bottom layer of small rocks, another layer of soil, and then nestle your plant inside. Then, as previously mentioned- VOILA!

     

    You’re all set!

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    DIY Home Bar

    I understand some of you may not be 21, so ignore this post.

    BUT: For those of you that are, however, let me tell you about my fun DIY from this weekend.

    On pinterest I kept seeing home bars, and thought about how convenient they must be for parties.
    I’m not a big drinker, but I love to entertain, and typically, at parties, people who love to be entertained also love a little bit of a beverage themselves.

    So I used a cart that I originally was going to use as my AV cart for my projector, spruced it up a little, and made my own home bar!

    Everything used were items that I already had at home from my counter-top bar collection, so there was much to really show.
    I just followed the advice of these others posts I found through pinterest, and created my own!

    My inspiration was found: Here,   here,    here,   here,    and here.

    I still may use the cart as my AV cart in the future, and just move all the bar stuff back onto my counter, or I may keep it. We’ll see how well it plays out. I know I want to keep it for my graduation party in May, however.

    Before:

    After!:

    As you can see, my fabric filing cabinet is nestled right next to my new bar. As you can also see, I’ve got a big thing for black and gold still.
    oh well.

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    Fabric Storage – Mini Bolts of Fabric

    So, I saw this AMAZING tip on another blog through pinterest on how to store fabric in an organized manner on the cheap. It’s from Maggie at ‘Smashed Peas and Carrots,’ located at SmashedPeasandCarrots.com.

    I’ve been trying to get more organized lately, and tackling my fabric pile was on my list. I’ve got fabric in random piles, unfolded all over the house, and I needed to calm it down.

    So, I saw that link from above, and thought it was a great idea. The lady uses comic boards to organize and fold her fabric as mini bolts, and then she stores hers on a book shelf. I actually bought a filing cabinet for this purpose, but really I bet you could pick any type of storage unit you wanted and it would probably work.

    I bought my comic boards from Amazon on the cheap- I got 100 for about $8.50, with Prime Shipping. Mine were from Ultra Pro Comic Silver Age Boards, sized 7 x 10.5, which was perfect for all of my fabric (which I think was a standard 45 inches, I believe, although I’m not sure. Typical JoAnn’s fabric width) to be folded width wise in quarters, and then folded on the board.

    Here’s what you need:

    total materials

    Just fabric and comic boards. I imagine some of you already have both lying around the house.

    From here, fold your fabric width-wise, so it’s a long strip. Then, place a comic board on one end.

    placement one

    Fold the fabric over around the comic board.

    placement two

    Keep folding until you reach the end.

    placement three

    Then either pin the end, or leave it hanging. I left mine hanging. I wasn’t too worried, since it will be stored in a filing cabinet,

    placement four

    Keep going until you’re finished folding all your fabric. Look how tidy that looks. It’s so cute, I love it.

    placement five

    Then, just store as wanted! I put mine in a drawer of my filing cabinet. Now you’re done!

    finished

     

    Just look at that. So cute. So organized. I just love it. You can see all the patterns, it’s folded nicely, and it keeps my numbers in check. Filing both drawers is officially my limit. I can’t buy any that won’t fit in the drawer- then I’ll have to use some before I can add more. It’ll force me to do projects, you know?

    If you want to see my Fabric Storage Filing Cabinet that I put this fabric in, and how I quickly remade it, check here!

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