DIY made easy.

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This is the first scarf I have ever finished! It was incredibly easy. However, when I first looked at it I thought it looked very challenging. I really loved the scales so I decided to give it a try. My mother bought me this yarn because she wanted me to make her something. The colors change so it was perfect for the scales.

I found this tutorial here on YouTube. If you have not ever looked for tutorials on YouTube, I highly recommend it. He walks you through it step-by-step and makes it simple even for newbies. I am a newbie and I completed it! If you are a more experienced crocheter, you can visit his website for a written pattern. I will say that If I had had more yarn, I would have continued with the length so that it could be wrapped again to keep the scales going the same way.

Here is a closer look at the stitches

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I had originally started this project wider, but my mother asked that I make it thinner so that it would easier to wear dressy. So….I unraveled it. Don’t worry, it actually went super fast after I started doing rows of three.  I do think the original looked pretty awesome though. I am, however, pretty sad that the lighting washed out the colors. They are much richer and warmer than what they appear in the image.

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If you were really creative, this could make a super cute dragon/lizard/snake costume for a baby or child. :) Once again, if you are interested in this project, you can learn how to do it here. Enjoy!

Ombre Christmas Nails!

I finally removed my candy cane nail polish and needed a new project. I saw some pretty gold and red ombre nails while surfing the web. My friend (Joan) had posted a similar nail project of her own on Facebook and I decided to put my own spin on it. Note: I painted them quickly as the smell bothers my husband. So, I got a little messy.

First, I did two coats of red. The polish I used here was L.A. Colors: Festive. I had yet to clean around my nails in this photo.Image

Then I used L.A. Colors: Deluxe which has fine gold glitter in a clear polish. In order to fade it down my nail I used a Q-tip to dab it onto my nails. Once I had covered the base well, there was less glitter on the Q-tip, and I finished down toward the tips of my nails. This created a fading effect. (I hope that makes sense.)

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I did this pretty quick, but it seemed to turn out pretty well! I like it much better than just plain old red!

After poking around on Pinterest for a while, I saw a post that lead me to DIY Confession’s blog. It was there that I saw a home made recipe to get rid of hard water/calcium buildup. The town I live in has ridiculously hard water. It is something that I am unfamiliar with since I grew up in a home with a well. Cleaning our sink does very little here to remove calcium. The calcium is on everything and has ruined its fair share of humidifiers. It bothered me pretty bad to know that my kitchen would be spotless except for that gross reddish colored calcium on my faucet. I thought that if products on the market meant to remove calcium didn’t work, why would her concoction? I gave it a try anyway. As she does, I filled a spray bottle with the following:

 

  1. A little less than half fill the bottle with white vinegar (I only had apple cider vinegar and it worked just fine but stinks really bad).
  2. Lemon concentrate. (I used what was left in my little lemon squeezey thing.)
  3. Generously add any dish detergent you use.

Then:

  1. Shake…
  2. Spray.
  3. Let it sit for about a half hour.
  4. Scrub, rinse, and whala!

Below are my before and after photos. It is pretty embarrassing but I certainly know that I am not alone in this problem anymore!

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During:

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Finally!

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Muuuuuch better. Yes, there is a little bit left, but nothing that round two can’t take care of. FINALLY something that works. Although, I have to warn you, if you do choose to make this spray, use white vinegar and hopefully you have lemon scented dish soap because mine smelled horrible. So bad in fact, I had to open a window….in December.

Here is the before and after side by side. You be the judge.

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Candy Cane Nails

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I found this image floating around and decided to give it a try. It took FOREVER to do. After many disasters I had something… I was certainly lacking the correct tools to do this properly. I decided to give it a whirl and put my own spin on it.

First I painted my nails with Pure Ice nail polish. I had to do two coats. I have not been a fan of this nail polish because it is runny and very messy. I think it might be time to just toss it.

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Bad, bad watery nailpolish. So after that disaster…I tried to cut strips of painters tape to keep clean edges but look what happened…

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It sooo did not work. My red nail polish was goopy. (It was brand new mind you.) I tried sticking the bottle in hot water to fix it….helped very little. I tried adding a few drops of nail polish remover and that helped a little better. Finally I just drew the lines on by hand. The polish was so goopy I had to clean my polish off and do it again. UGH. I don’t know. I couldn’t win. My white was too runny and my red was too sticky. Do you think it was worth the time?

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Maybe I will have to get new red and white polish and try, try again.

DIY Hair Comb

Here is a fun and really cheap way to jazz up a hair style. I found this pin and decided to give it a shot. I purchased some $.30 embroidery floss and $3 combs at Walmart. Since Christmas is in less than a month I decided to make my comb Christmas themed. Since, I have never been a fan of red and green, I went for a candy cane look. 

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First I started with red. I cut of a long piece of the floss and looped it through the center of the first pick and tied a knot on the back. As I continued to loop, I found that the floss was a huge pain because it continually wanted to separate into many strands, so I wrapped some tape around the end of it. After that, threading it through was a cinch. Word of advice, keep your excess string over the top of the comb when you are threading it through. Otherwise, your string will get caught up in the teeth of the comb and make your life a nightmare. Below are photos of the front and the back after the red.

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So, next I cut a long strand of white and tied it to the end of the red. Lather, rinse, repeat, only backwards! 

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So here is the final product after the white was finished! Front and back…Image

And I thought I would throw in a few where I just stuck it in my hair. Kinda cute huh?

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If you try this, I would love to see your photos! 

Winter Nails

Needing a break from writing papers, I stared at my ugly nails. The winter weather had made them brittle and my skin dry.

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I decided to jazz them up a bit after seeing some fun designs on pinterest. This pin, specifically, was my inspiration for what I did.

Because I have limited nail polish colors, I decided to go a little more subtle which is more my style. First I used two coats of Sally Hansen: Pedal to the Metal nail polish.

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After my nails had fully dried, I used a toothpick and put a dab of white nail polish on a piece of paper. I dipped the tip in and slowly drew the shape of the snowflake on my nails. To avoid having the same snowflake on every nail, I rotated the snowflake on each nail. Pretty simple? Yep, until you start drawing snowflakes with the hand you don’t write with! Those snowflakes were a little more wiggly. They still look nice though. :)

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Finally, I sealed my nails with Sally Hanson: Disco Ball nail polish which is clear with subtle glitter for a nice sparkle. Here are the results!

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For a clearer look at my thumb:

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Lots of fun! Just be aware that your snowflakes will take longer to dry since the nail polish ends up a little thicker when applying with a toothpick. Good luck!

Old Sweater to New Cardigan

Today I found a pin that lead me to the blog “Easily Dunn.” There she showed her readers how to take an old shirt and turn it into a cardigan. What an awesome idea! I had to try it. I had the perfect sweater in the drawer that I had received as a Christmas present years prior. It was two sizes to big for me but it was a pretty color and soft. Problem was that it was a knit sweater. How was I going to cut up something that might unravel? Well I figured I would jump over that bridge when I got to it. The best part about this tutorial? No sewing machine needed! Sorry for the grainy photos. The lighting is not the best in my husbands office.

Tools you will need:

  • Scissors
  • An old shirt
  • Hem Tape
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Needle and Thread (also optional)

Here is my Sweater before:

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Mighty unflattering eh? 

I laid it out on the floor to be butchered and no, you don’t need a hot glue gun. That was from another project. :-)

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Then I cut a strip down the center of the sweater.

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Next, I figured out where wanted my hem and placed the hem tape there.

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Peel and fold the hem over. Press. (I used sticky hem tape because I cannot iron my sweater fabric but you can use iron hem tape.) Do the same on the other side.

So here I ended up having an open gap where I cut the collar. I placed another piece of hem tape in there. 

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I could have been done right there, but I decided to add some buttons. I jazzed them up with some red thread. 

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Here is the final product. Pretty stinking simple huh?

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Note to self: Clean dusty mirror. 

I had fun with this one. I am not sure how I feel about the collar of the shirt but I think I might try to stiffen it a little so it doesn’t flop around. I will certainly try a cotton shirt soon because the thickness of the sweater was somewhat difficult to work with. I think a cotton shirt would turn out even better. :D 

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