Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fast & Simple DIY: Watercolor Card

I feel like I've been having to write and give cards for the last couple of months. Whether birthdays, holidays, thank you cards or what-have-you, I've been rejecting the idea of store-bought cards. Not only can they be expensive, but they don't always convey what I want. So I've been challenging myself  to make my own, and loving the results. Here's a simple idea I used recently that was so quick and simple I had to share. 

Here's what you'll need:

watercolor paper (or a similar higher pound paper)

watercolor paints, brushes and water

mechanical pencil and scratch paper

fine-point pen (I'm using a Prismacolor pen)

I started by practicing some lettering for my greeting to get the perfect alignment. I then used my mechanical pencil (using a mechanical pencil is important as it won't smear much when wet) to mock it on my water color paper (already cut and folded to the perfect size of course.)

Before I started watercoloring my actual piece, I practiced with some color options on a scrap piece of paper. I wanted to make sure that my colors would mix and play well before committing to them. Once I have my colors decided on, it was time to paint the actual card. I went for simple oval shapes that would subtly overlap in the middle. I used quite a bit of water to keep the colors light.

I let it dry and then carefully went over the pencil lines with my pen (I erased the lines underneath after the ink was dry.) After both the paint and ink was dry, I left it to rest for a bit under some heavy books to press it flat. And that's was it – fast and simple!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Color Inspiration

Friday, March 15, 2013

Trends: Faceted

I've been seeing a lot of gem and gem-like faceted motifs around lately in decor, jewelry, art and design; I must say, I'm really liking it. Here are a few that I've found. Click the links below the images to find the source!

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 It was hard to narrow down a few of my favorites to show here. To see more, check out the faceted finds I've been pinning on my Pinterest

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A DIY Christmas

I had my last final of the semester yesterday, and I can't wait to go home on Saturday! Christmas has always been my favorite time of year – close family, good food and presents are a winning combination in my book! But, it's always better to give than receive right?
Here are some things on my DIY list to make for the "nice" ones of my friends and family (click the numbers underneath the pictures for the links to the tutorials):

For the extended family: Mason jar gifts that can survive the ten hour drive.

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For the brother with kids: Thoughtful gifts that can survive in the mail from Florida to Nebraska.

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For the friends: Gifts I don't mind making a few of.

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For more DIY ideas check out my Pinterest.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Perfect Ponies

As a college student, I don't really have much time to dedicate to perfect hairstyling everyday, but that doesn't mean I can't look cute! My favorite look: the humble ponytail. Ponytails are a trendy and easy hairstyle to wear, and there are a lot of ways to dress them up. Take your ponytail from mundane to fabulous with these few, easy ponytail tutorials I've corralled (click the links below the pictures to find the tutorials):

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Container Gardening

I should preface this post with the truth: I do not have a green thumb. However, I've always been fascinated with growing produce for consumption. This mixture has led to, I'm sure you can imagine, a lot of subpar harvests of sad, little plants.
Now that I'm cooking a lot, I really want to use fresh herbs and vegetables from my own garden. I have the perfect spot for a little garden, and I've been doing a lot of research on container gardening and what I should plant. I found a lot of great resources for natural, homemade pesticides and fertilizers as well as a few helpful tips for a quick perusal. Here are some of my favorites links:

Choosing a container:

Soil solutions:

Organic fertilizers:

Homemade Pesticides:

What to plant:

In general: