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Making a Fabulous Thanksgiving Table November 12, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor.
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So Thanksgiving is fast approching, and (almost) any crafter is feverishly looking for the perfect Thanksgiving table craft. I found a couple great videos to help you with that:

simpleDIYs has a great series testing Pinterest crafts. In this video she tries the “Decorate a mug with a Sharpie” tip. Result: Use an oil-based paint Sharpie, not your normal Sharpie, but it does work. Also, draw on the outside of whatever dish you’re decorating (not the eat-from side), and put the mug into a cold oven. I can’t wait to make some of these myself!

Mark Montano is one of my favorite YouTube crafters. This video on thestylishvids channel shows how to make a Thanksgiving table so easily that even the macho Thanksgiving-bird-carver can do it!

If you liked those plates Mark did, you have to check out these other plates. I think they are FABULOUS!

And I just can’t do a post about Thanksgiving crafts without this awesome video, again from Mark Montano.


Gears Does Not Equal Steampunk! September 17, 2013

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I love Steampunk! The fashion, the concept, the look,… and the challenge. To me it’s not corsets with gears glued on – that’s nothing but gaudy underwear. Instead it’s combining invention with fashion complete with elegant Victorian aesthetic.

I found a fun video that states my opinion perfectly:

BTW, I consider myself to be a Gadgeteer (aka Inventor/Tinkerer). Also, for the past few years I’ve been working on a Steampunk Lolita costume for Halloween. I hope to finally add a leather pinafore this year.

Two Weeks – Ornament, Hat, Nails, Terrarium, Jam, Stand, and Plushie – Phew. July 22, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor, Journal, Toys.
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Today is WIDTPTW! Got that? (i.e. What I Did The Past Two Weeks.) Let’s start with the family reunion.

Since we had 8 long hours of travel, I got a couple, large, portable projects done. I had bought a foam Christmas ornament and was somehow able to draw on it in a bumpy car. Took forever, but I’m excited to start the next one.

Foam snowman ornament

I also made this funky hat with ruffle yarn. Looks like a giant shower poof on my head.

Poof hat

Next (when we got there) I did my nails with all the different things we’d be doing during the reunion (sort of). My cousin just returned from his mission (thus the bike and the suit), we were going swimming (without the fish), and we were going to play games (it’s hard to tell, but it’s supposed to be water balloons, badmitten (uh, no clue how to spell that), a trampoline, and a pile of balls). I mostly talked with my cousins instead of playing the games, but we sure laughed (mostly from me teasing my younger cousins).

Reunion nails - left

Reunion nails - right

Back home, I went to an activity where we made crocheted necklaces (sorry I don’t have a photo, but I hope to do a tutorial) and I made my first terrarium. I rather like how it turned out.


My Mom taught me how to make and bottle strawberry jam. We tried a new pectin called Pomona’s pectin. Wow was it fast and easy, and hardly needed any sugar! It’s a little expensive, but it’s fantastic.

Strawberry jam

My Mom also made me a glue gun stand. It has a little tile to catch the hot drips, and it keeps the gun upright so it’s easy to grab.

Glue gun stand

And I rounded out the past two weeks with a little chocolate chip cookie plushie. I’ve been watching some plushie tutorials by Tammy Hallam on YouTube, and I just haaad to try making one. I think it turned out really cute. And although it took a while (esp. with all the chocolate chips) it was really easy.

Kawaii Chocolate Chip Cookie Plushie

Volunteering, My Superhero Mani, and The Plain Hat Question July 8, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Nail Art.
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As you may have noticed, the 4th of July rolled on through this past week. (Thankfully I have a very comfortable pair of earplugs.) The morning of the 4th was spent keeping an eye out for lost kids at the local big parade. I volunteer every year to provide communication along the parade route, and one of my duties is to find lost children and lost parents. We had several lost kids this year, but thankfully they were all reunited before long.

In the afternoon (after our tradition of going to our favorite Chinese restaurant for lunch and then heading home for a long-needed nap) we went to the craft fair. There were some very nice things, and I almost went home with a cool new lamp kit, but my determination to save money won out. Hopefully I can find a tutorial for that kind of lamp somewhere online. I also went home with a determination to make my own shirred hanky summer dress (shirred refers to the dresses with a gathered bodice that stretches – almost one-size-fits-all) out of COTTON! They have been at nearly every boutique booth for two years, and every last one of them is rayon. Talk about uncomfortable in almost any weather.

Anyway, just a report on my gel mani: it lasted pretty good… until the garden. They were already chipping a bit the next day after I did them, but they were passable until I did a bunch of finger weeding and peeled half of the French tip stickers off (yes, I coated the stickers with a layer of gel top coat and cured it, but they still peeled off). Oh, and on Thursday I subconsciously decided to turn my thumb into a pin cushion and ran a safety pin across the side of my finger. Thankfully the mani kept it from going through the middle of my thumb, but instead it took a good chunk out of the polish. Below is a picture of my gel mani after 6 days.

My gel mani after 6 days

Inspiration Request!

I also finished a knitted hat on a hat loom, but it’s too small for me. Sadly it’s looking a little plain, and it just doesn’t seem to want a plain ‘ol pompom. I left a little length of yarn on top in case I did end up adding something there, but I certainly don’t have to limit myself to doing so. Any suggestions out there?

Plain loom-knitted hat

Alternative Uses for a Scarf July 2, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Home Decor, Sewing, Tutorial Tuesday.

So the other day I was talking to my sister’s grandma-in-law and she mentioned that she has so many allergies that it’s uncomfortable to wear scarves. She commented that there are so many beautiful scarves, and people keep giving them to her, but she just can’t use them. Besides wishing that everyone could use essential oils (it’s sad how many people are allergic to them), I thought I’d do a tutorial on some of the things anyone can do with a scarf (okay, many people).

Scarf collection


A Different Way to Wear Acrylic Nails June 25, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Jewelry, My Original Ideas, Nail Art, Tutorial Tuesday.
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So the other day I was surfing YouTube for new nail art ideas when I came across a super awesome 3D one. Talk about Wow! It was super beautiful, but there’s no way I could wear 3D nail art – too much crafting, gardening, etc. Also, a lot of these acrylic nails are gorgeous, but I do not like the idea of those glues and they’re so thick, so I’ll never wear those either. Then I saw a ladies earrings that looked very similar to acrylic nails. Idea! Why not use these beauties as pendants in jewelry!

Acrylic Nail Jewelry Set


The Latest Hair Trend – Looks Good with Short Hair Too April 23, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Jewelry, Tutorial Tuesday.
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Oh no! I’ve been doing some Spring cleaning today and almost forgot to put up the tutorial for Tutorial Tuesday! Then I’ll make this quick.

The other day I was watching several of anneorshine‘s YouTube videos. In one of them she and Cute Girls Hairstyles showed how to make one of the latest hair trends – Hair Jewelry! (You can watch her video here >).

I was so excited to learn about hair jewelry since I have a short hairstyle and can’t do much variation with it, so here’s my little version.

Hair Jewelry:


– Your choice of jewelry or jewelry pieces (you can use necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or just jewelry pieces or chains from the craft store – it’s best to use lighter weight pieces, especially if your hair is wispy like mine)
– Bobby pins (or whatever you call them)
– Jewelry pliers
– Jump rings

Hair jewelry supplies


Earbud Hoodie & DIY Donut Baking Tray February 19, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Cooking, Fashion, My Original Ideas.
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Yesterday I went shopping to catch some of the President’s Day sales (I know, I must be out of my mind) and on the way home I stopped at a local dollar store to pick up some snacks. Well two DIY lightening bolts hit my brain:

  1. The cashier was wearing a hoodie with earbuds built into the drawstrings. Brilliant! It shouldn’t be that hard to mimic it. Of course I don’t know how to make the wide shoe-lace-like strings so I can encapsulate the wires inside, but I’m sure I can work around that.
  2. During my shopping I had stopped at two thrift stores. In one I found one of those donut baking trays, but the second one usually has them cheaper so I waited. Of course, they didn’t have any. Oh well. Then I stopped by the dollar store and spotted the aluminum muffin tins – Brainstorm! Just put a marble under each muffin cup, gently press down (you might need to do some shaping with your fingers), and voila! An instant, super cheap donut baking tray! (That’s 50 cents vs. $5 vs. what? $15 retail?) Of course I haven’t tried it yet (I’m guessing the donuts might be difficult to get out of the tray), so I’ll have to let you know if it works. Hmm, I wonder where to find a recipe?

Let me know if you try either of these ideas! 😀

Fascinating Fashion February 1, 2012

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Sewing, Weekend Project(s).
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I don’t tend to watch the fashion shows, even the red carpet makes me long for the Victorian era (at least part of it), but I’m amazed at all the people out in the DIY scene who have taken ideas from the runway and made their own at home.

Here are some I found just today – they even have a tutorial so you can make your own:

The Fendi Frill by Honestly WTF

Erica from Honestly WTF turned the Fendi Frill into reality with a pin-on version that adds ruffle to any blouse. Actually, you could even make a couple of them and pin them to your pants for a faux bell bottoms look.

Schouler Scroll Necklace by Honestly WTF

If I HAD to wear a large necklace (I usually don’t since I’m kind of a petite girl) I’d go with this lovely yet fascinating Schouler Scroll Necklace, again by Erica of Honestly WTF. Her ingenious process includes using wood accents you’d find in the hardware store. I don’t think I would have thought of that.

Now for one of my favorite crafters, Corinne Czar of Craftovision (formerly of Threadbangers), who brings us these rather fun Doily Wedge Shoes! I think it would be fun to combine this idea with the following by Corinne’s good friend (and fellow Threadbanger) Meg Allan Cole:

In this video, Meg blocks off and paints the heels of a pair of wedges. I’ve also seen ideas where the heel (or other parts of the shoe) are covered with gems. Wouldn’t that be so fun for jazzing up a random pair of shoes? Maybe even my stiletto boots?

With all these great ideas, I could become a runway fashionista in a quick weekend. 😀

Have you seen any other runway ideas turned DIY tutorials? Which are your favorites? Send me a comment and let me know.