Wednesday, January 30, 2013

First Kandi Mask

         My first attempt at a kandi mask. I used the pattern generator at KandiPatterns and made my own cute penguin (Piplup, anyone?) kandi mask! I sort of guessed the stitch and figured it was peyote or like it. Whatever I did, it worked! KandiPatterns has some decent tutorials for masks and kandi bracelets or cuffs if you'd like to try your hand at it. I'd love to see any finished creations!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Plato's Closet Treasures

From the store window, Plato's Closet was unappealing and I didn't have high hopes. I expected clothes just for teeny-boppers with logos plastered across the chest.  But, after rummaging through a few aisles my excitement grew when I came upon a few cute, versatile items: Cute Jean shorts, Gray/Navy Blue Polka-Dot Crop Top, Navy Blue Longsleeve with a comfy fit, and Gold Sparkly Earrings. Guess how much for all of this? 21$. Yes, twenty-one dollars! I will definitely be visiting Plato's again soon!  

Saturday, January 19, 2013

House-Warming Gift

Bonjour! Recently I've moved into an apartment with my boyfriend, and so the other day I was bestowed upon with this adorable house-warming gift from an old friend, Yara. 

The card read: Salt- so that life will always have flavor, Broom- to sweep your troubles away, and Wine- to keep life interesting, always! 

Too sweet of an idea not to steal.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

How To: Flower Petal Garland

I love the look and feel of natural decor, and I'm always looking for ways to reuse and up-cycle old items. I hate throwing flowers away, so when the flowers that my boyfriend gave me for out anniversary were looking a bit sad, I decided to save the petals for future crafting by pressing the petals in books. I forgot all about them until the other day when I was rearranging my bookcase and pretty petals fell to the floor! 

I couldn't find any cute DIYS with dried flower petals, so I decided to make this super easy garland. I wish I would have dried more so that it could've been longer, but it still came out cute and earthy. 

Making the garland was too easy! All you need is: dried flower petals, a needle, and thread that's close to the color of the petals. If you have a mixture, beige is always perfect.

To make: Thread the needle and thread through the top of one flower petal and then through to bottom. Simply repeat this process until you end with your preferred length, and ...voila! Pretty flower garland.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pastel Pink Hair How-To

I love my pastel-pink hair color, but getting to pale pink from a red/auburn boxed color wasn't a pretty process. I mean, really, it was downright terrible. Naive little me thought that I could undertake this task gracefully within a few, short, days, despite what my hairstylist friends admonished....and I did! The process was a bit stressful, but I'm more than happy with the final results.

However, I cannot emphasize enough that what I did really shouldn't be attempted at home, and if you attempt to do so, I take zero (you hear that, ZILCH!) responsibility for any hair home-dos gone awry. I am not a hair stylist and I'm sure that hair stylists around the world would accuse me of crimes punishable by death.

....that being said, I'm going to share my pastel-pink hair process, and if you're going to rebel against the naysayers, I suppose I couldn't stop you ;)

I began with these must-have products:
(Disposable gloves, Ion color Brilliance Ammonia-Free Powder Lightener (for on and off scalp use), Ion Color Brilliance Creme 10V, Manic Panic Cotton Candy Dye, Ion Sensitive Scalp 30 Developer, Packets of Ion Repair Solution, a plastic mixing bowl from Sally's, a plastic mixer from Sally's, and an old towel.)

One of the first things I learned through this process is that you cannot put a lighter hair color over a darker hair color. It just won't work, so don't try it, unless you want a mess. So, in order to go from a dark auburn to light pink, I first had to bleach my hair. I was sure to use gloves, as I don't condone the use of bleach in the first place. I was quite disappointed in myself but saw no other route.

Don't try to bleach your hair yourself unless you want to have patchy hair! I had my beautiful friend Kayla help me out. I left the bleach on for the maximum time that the packet called for (I believe that it was 40 minutes) and I wasn't surprised when I saw bright orange hair. I knew that it was coming- the dreaded carrot top- so I tried to stay calm by recalling that this was a normal part of the process and to be expected.

(Above) Before

(Above) After. Disregard my boyfriend's photo-bomb.

The horror!!!
Hair Stylists, chemistry, and common sense say that you should wait at least a couple of months between hair-bleaches, but I don't always like to listen. I was so appalled at the orange color, that once my hair dried, I had my boyfriend help me reapply the bleach....the same day. I do not advise doing this. By the end of that day, my hair looked like a pile of frizz. But, the orange was slowly subsiding, and with school in just a couple of days, I couldn't afford to wait weeks, let alone months. 

After the second bleaching, my hair didn't make much progress lightening. This could have had something to do with previously bleaching my hair that day, or the fact that my boyfriend didn't really know what he was doing. Either way, I was antsy and used the Ion Color Brilliance 10V dye and to little surprise it did absolutely nothing. Nada. So guess what came next?.....

...Another bleaching. More hair color. More conditioning treatments! Oh, my poor scalp. I waited two days between and then bleached it for the third time and was pleasantly surprised with the results. There was still an orangey hue, but the Color Brilliance 10N-A I used this time (a semi permanent with 20 developer instead of 30 as to not damage my hair any further) took the orange right out! I was back to an acceptable shade of blonde and I couldn't have been happier. I was finally able to leave the house without odd second-glances.

I relished in having a normal hair color back and I was hesitant to attempt the pastel pink. If something went wrong, I couldn't afford to do any more bleaching, plus school was in two days. But, against common sense (do you see a pattern here?) I went for it!

 I chose Manic Panic because it's notorious for being easy on your hair. Also,having used it in the past, I knew that it washed out of my hair pretty easily, so I wouldn't be stuck with pink hair in case I didn't like it.

I've yet to find a hair color company that makes a pretty pastel pink, so I made my own. I simply added conditioner to the dye until it was my desired pale pink color. This can be done with any hair dye, and I've even experimented with mixing a Manic Panic teal and a Manic Panic hot pink to make a pretty purple.

I covered my whole head in the mixture and left it on for more than the suggested time. I wasn't worried, because it was half conditioner and because of Manic Panic's gentle reputation. 

The result? Pretty pastel pink hair! It was still quite damaged after I washed out the dye, but I bought a Nexus Split end treatment for $20 and with the Ion Repair Solutions, my hair is looking much healthier.

Long live pink hair!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Pink Hair

After many days of torturing my hair, it's finally pastel pink! I couldn't be more in love- I feel like a flower pixie (whatever that is). Stay tuned for a How-To with more photos to come soon.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Helpful Beginning Camera Tips

 For Christmas, I was lucky enough to get one of these babies! I was so excited I almost peed my pants. I won't hide it, I'm a newbie. After putting the lens on I couldn't even figure out how to take a simple picture. But, the dreamer in me has always wanted to be a photographer- a photo-journalist, maybe? Hey, a girl can dream. Whether I use this lovely for photo-journalism or just to take lonely pictures of my rabbit, Belly, when she cleans her ears (too cute for words), I'm glad to have stumbled upon this little article through Pinterest. Simple, informative, and much shorter than the pamphlet my Canon came with.


      Well hello! You've stumbled upon an experiment of sorts. I'm entirely new to blogging (besides exercising my re-blog finger on Tumblr) so any feedback or advice will always be more than appreciated. I enjoy long walks on the beach, puppies, going to the movies.... okay, only kidding. All that's really important is that I love creating.  I equally enjoy getting a little messy in the process- the more paint-stained limbs, the better. 
I intend for this blog to be dedicated to DIY's, whether they be ones I think up with my own noggin, or one's that others have created (that I will source, of course) with some added tips and pointers about the process. I might even throw in some reviews if I find a product that's just too awesome not to share. However, I can't promise that there won't also be a bit of randomness inbetween.