Rising Moon Manicure

  1. Another manicure I saw on Pinterest. I love it! This attempt is a little sloppy, I’ll admit, but it shows how it’s done.

What you will need:

  • Light nail polish
  • Dark nail polish
  • Topcoat
  • Reinforcement labels (the little round ones for hole punches)

What to do:

     1. Paint the entire nail with the light polish.

2. When completely dry, apply the labels to the bottom portion of the nail.

3. Paint the exposed nail above the label with the dark polish.

4. When dry, slowly peel the label off the nail.

5. Apply topcoat and let dry.

Tips & Variations:

  • A shimmery gold paired with a deep blue was the original pairing on Pinterest. I liked it, so that’s what I went with. I think a shimmery color beneath a rich, darker color looks gorgeous. I also think a dark color beneath with a lighter one on top would look great, but the lighter one must be opaque enough to cover the darker undercoat at least to a discernible degree.
  • You may need to press the labels down around the edges of your nails to make sure you have a good seal.

Make-up & Hair Accessory Storage

I used to keep my make-up in a drawer, then in a basket. I was always digging through trying to find what I wanted and forgot about half of what I owned. I decided to remedy that problem and set up a system that would keep my make-up organized in a way that it is easily accessible, grouped according to type, and I will be able to see all I have. I also wanted it to look good. What I decided to use meets all my criteria and takes up very little space on my counter (which is good because it’s a small counter). It worked so well, I decided I’d make another for my hair accessories, which were also a mess in a drawer prior to this.

What you will need:

  • Plastic storage rack and drawers
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Printed labels (optional)

What to do:

  1. If you’re spray painting yours, you’ll need to disassemble it. After that’s done, lay it out so you can spray paint it. (Obviously I don’t care about my super dead grass, so I just painted on that. Ordinarily I’d have done it on cardboard.)
  2. Spray paint it. Remember to avoid spraying too heavily; you don’t want runs in the paint. (I used oil rubbed bronze plus a light dusting of gold.) Do both sides to cover up any white.
  3. When it is dried, reassemble and arrange your make-up and/or hair accessories. If you’re using labels, put those on.

Tips & Variations:

  • Spray paint made for plastics will work best. If you love a color that you cannot get specifically for plastics, just be aware that it could scratch off so you’ll need to be careful with it.
  • You could also paint the drawers in a complementary or contrasting color. Alternatively, you could use scrapbook paper and line the outer facing of the drawer for a little pizazz or charm.

 

Bookworm Manicure

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was pretty cool! And as I love to read, it suits me. Luckily, it’s easy enough to do it at home and you don’t have to spend much (if anything) at all!

What you will need:

  • Light colored nail polish
  • Topcoat
  • Newspaper cut into pieces slightly larger than your fingernails
  • Vodka
  • Small dish
  • Paper towel

What to do:

  1. Apply 2 coats of your chosen polish. Make sure your nails are completely dry before proceeding.
  2. Pour some vodka into the small dish. Dip a piece of newspaper into the alcohol as needed. You’ll probably want to do this one nail at a time.
  3. Arrange the newspaper pieces onto your nails. Press down firmly. After a few seconds, slowly peel away the newspaper.
  4. Let dry and apply the topcoat.

Tips & Variations:

  • You may want to avoid metallic polishes or those with glitter as they may make your nails too “busy.” Some subtle shine to the polish would work, but all out glitz is probably a bit too much for this look.
  • Mix it up by switching the way the text faces (toward you or away from you).
  • Watch out for piece of paper sticking to your nails.
  • When you apply the topcoat, be careful not to use the end of the brush. Gently glide the side of the brush along the top of the nail. Even then you’ll still need to watch out for smudging.
  • Next I want to try this with small pictures printed from my computer. I’m not sure if it will transfer the same, but I’m willing to give it a shot!

Pumpkin Centerpiece

This is a great decoration that will last through October and November. You can even spookify it for Halloween and then remove the ghoulish flare to make it Thanksgiving-worthy. It’s super quick, super easy, and looks fantastic as a centerpiece on your table, on the mantle, or on a side table.

What you will need:

  • Variety of pumpkins, gourds, leaves, and pinecones (it’s all really up to you–whatever you want to use)
  • Bowl or basket
  • Empty plastic container or piece of foam that fits in the bottom of the bowl

What to do:

1. Place the plastic container upside down into the bowl, or place the foam into the bowl if that’s what you are using.

2. Lay leaves facing out along the inside of the bowl. It’s great if the tips stick up above the edge, but they don’t have to. Their main purpose is to hide the container/foam.

3. Add pinecones between the leaves. I found it’s easiest to place them with the bottoms against the bowl with the tops pointing inward.

4. Arrange the pumpkins, gourds, leaves, and pinecones as desired. Just play with it and rearrange until you’re satisfied and all of the filler is covered.

Tips & Variations:

  • For the filler, the idea is just to use whatever you have on-hand. You could wad up paper towels, use an old rag or t-shirt, socks, whatever.
  • You can also do this with Christmas ornaments or Easter eggs.
  • Place a candle in the center. Never leave it lit while unattended.

DIY Plug-ins

I love a nicely scented room, but buying plug-in after plug-in adds up. I never knew you could refill them yourself and that you can get 3-4 plug-ins for the cost of one by doing so! A little bottle of $2.50 potpourri oil will fill about 4 plug-ins. A bigger bottle is about $5 and will fill at least twice as many, if not a little more. And it only takes about 2 minutes to do. Another good reason to do this is that the store-bought plug-ins contain VOC’s whereas essential oils do not, so refilling these with essential oils means you are not releasing pretty-smelling toxic chemicals into your home.

What you will need:

  • Empty plug-in
  • Potpourri or essential oil
  • Pliers
  • Small funnel

What do do:

~ I actually have step-by-step pictures this time!

1. Hold onto your plug-in securely. You can use any plug-in as far as I am aware. I’ve refilled Bath & Body Works Wallflowers and Glade.

2. Using pliers, pull the wick from the plug-in. You may have to pull hard to get it out, but it will come out.

3. Insert the funnel into the plug-in and add your oil. Only fill it 2/3 – 3/4 full so as to leave room for the wick. Think about how full they are when you buy them–that’s your goal (or a little more because, honestly, they aren’t that full brand new!).

4. Reinsert the wick and plug it in!

Tips & Variations:

  • If there is any remaining oil in the plug-in before you add more, you can either dump it out or reuse it. Since my refill oil was close to the same scent as what was originally in there, I just left it in and added mine to it.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix oils if you have single scents. Say for example you have a cinnamon scented oil and an apple scented oil. Put a little of each in to make a combined scent.

Clothespin Wreaths

Another Pinterest-inspired craft that I wanted to try. The clothespin wreath pictured I hung on the inside of our front door. Anything we need to remember when we leave the house (water bill, daycare check, etc.), we clip it on the wreath and so far we haven’t forgotten them anymore because we see it as we open the door. I made another one for the kitchen and clipped all my tea bags to it, making a cute and functional piece for the kitchen.

clothespin wreath unassembled

clothespin wreath

What you will need:

  • Cardboard (heavy enough to support the weight of the clothespins and anything you pin on)
  • Scrapbook paper for background and for clothespins
  • Clothespins
  • Mod Podge or some other type of glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Hook to hang it on
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Various bits for decoration (optional)

What to do:

  1. Trace a circle onto your cardboard; cut it out. Trace a smaller circle in the middle, and cut that out, too.
  2. Trace your cut-out cardboard wreath on the back of the scrapbook paper. Cut it out outside of the lines so that you have enough to wrap around the cardboard. Cut perpendicular to the line to make tabs in the paper for the inner and outer circles.
  3. Lay your paper flat, printed side down. Place the cardboard wreath on the paper, and glue the tabs down one by one with Mod Podge or whichever glue you choose to use.
  4. While that dries, cut strips out of coordinating scrapbook paper the same width as the clothespins. Cut the strips to the length of the clothespins and glue them on with Mod Podge. (If you want to spray paint the clothespins, do that before starting on step 1 so they’ll dry in time.)
  5. Hot glue the clothespins to the wreath. Stay aware of your spacing as you’ll need a little wiggle room when you open/close the clothespins.
  6. If you want to add decorations such as stickers or odds and ends, do so now.
  7. Tie the ribbon around the wreath.
  8. Hang it up and put it to use!

Tips & Variations:

  • For the background of the wreath pictured above, I used pastel green cardstock as the background. Then I took it outside and gave it a liberal dusting of oil rubbed bronze spray paint followed by a light dusting of gold spray paint. When it dried, I used Mod Podge to create small swirls and then put down a gold foil leaf sheet left over from an Easter egg kit. I let that sit for a minute, then peeled it off. Since that particular sheet of foil had been used before, it only left little pieces instead of a full, solid line. Exactly what I wanted! It left me with an aged look that I liked. After all of that, I sprayed it down with a glossy acrylic sealer. Then I glued on the clothespins (also spray painted oil rubbed bronze, and then dusted with gold spray paint after I glued on the paper, finished with a coat of acrylic sealer). I finished up with some stickers I found in Hobby Lobby, and tied it off with various ribbons and some raffia.
  • You can also use fabric strips on the clothespins. You can further this by layering a soft fabric beneath a thinner strip of heavier fabric, fray the edges, and vary the widths to wider and thinner than the clothespins.

Printed Burlap Signs

This is something I found on Pinterest (site I saw it on: http://www.domestically-speaking.com/2010/09/burlap-laundry-signhow-to.html). It’s using your home printer to make an image on burlap, then pinning it to foam poster board, and framing it. Genius, right?

Printed burlap sign

I followed the directions on Domestically Speaking, except that I could not find freezer paper (and, no, wax paper or parchment paper will not work–I tried), so instead I used a very light coat of spray adhesive on regular copy paper and ran it through the printer that way. I am providing both sets of directions for printing.

What you will need:

  • Burlap
  • Printer
  • Iron
  • Foam poster board
  • Freezer paper ~ OR ~ copy paper & spray adhesive
  • Empty frame
  • Various bits for decorations (I used upholstery tacks and fabric rosettes)

What to do:

  1. Iron your burlap so that it is completely flat.
  2. Place the waxy, shiny side of the freezer paper against the burlap, and using a dry iron, press it on. It should stick. (I say should because I have not tried this as I could not find freezer paper). ~ OR ~ Spray a very light coat of spray adhesive onto a sheet of copy paper. Lay the ironed burlap over it, making sure it stays smooth and flat. Trim the burlap to fit the paper if you have not already done so. Let it sit for a few minutes before printing.
  3. Create your image. Keep in mind simpler fonts and images will show up better than ornate fonts or detailed images (a lesson I learned the hard way). Make sure your image is the correct size for your frame.
  4. Print the image onto the burlap. Trim to size and remove from the paper. It should peel right off whether you used freezer paper or copy paper.
  5. Trim the foam board to fit into the frame if you have not already done so. You will probably not be able to keep the glass in the frame. Place the printed burlap on the foam board and adhere it as desired (spray adhesive, upholstery tacks, whatever you decide).
  6. Insert into frame.
  7. Apply any desired decorations and hang!

Tips & Variations:

  • If you use fabric rosettes like I did, keep in mind you will need to offset the weight of them so that the frame will hang level. You could glue a little piece of a magnet strip to the back opposite corner, or whatever else is thin and weighs little. I ended up using a plastic knife! Whatever works, right?
  • You could cover the foam board in scrapbook paper or fabric before adhering the burlap.
  • Print text or images! Get creative!
  • You can pull a couple of loose threads on the sides of the burlap to give it a ragged edge.