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Decorate a Filing Cabinet – Super Easy July 23, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Home Decor, Tutorial Tuesday.
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I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I got a new file cabinet. Well, it was looking a bit sad and blank so I thought I’d fix decorate it.

This is a quick and easy tutorial, and I can almost bet you have all the supplies already.

Plain filing cabinet   Finished, decorated cabinet

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Alternative Uses for a Scarf July 2, 2013

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

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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

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Organizing Scarves May 29, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Organization, Tutorial Tuesday.
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Aw shoot! Woke up this morning and realized it was Wednesday and that I had missed putting up a Tuesday Tutorial. Sorry! :}

So after last week’s tutorial where I organized projects, a few of you asked if I had any ideas for organizing scarves. As a matter of fact I love scarves. They’re so versatile and fun, and there’s almost no easier way to dress up an outfit on your way out the door (and hide wrinkly shirts that you didn’t have time to iron). They’re also super awesome if you have to wear a ghastly color for work. Just throw on a scarf (if the dress code allows it) that looks awesome on you and separate that nasty color from your face! You’ll look great in a flash. So you can imagine that I have a nice collection… and it desperately needed to be organized.

Wearing scarf

Scarf collection

So, here are several options that I came up with (note: all of these options are for hanging scarves in the closet on the rod with the rest of your clothes):

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Organize Your Unfinished Projects May 21, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Organization, Tutorial Tuesday.
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I am the Queen of Unfinished Projects! Bow before me you knitted hat without enough yarn! Pay me homage you beaded necklace that I ran out of time for and haven’t gotten back to!

Wait, what is this? A coupe? You are threatening to fill my apartment with piles of stuff and haunt my dreams and get under foot?! How dare you! I shall organize you into manageable containers! I shall finish some of you and release some to the fates of the thrift store! I shall regain my domain! I shall use exclamation points too much in this blog post! Bwahahaha! (Sorry, just had to do an evil laugh somewhere in there.)

Organizing Unfinished Projects

Supplies:
– Unfinished projects (I have a mending project, an art project, an electronics project, and a home decor project pictured, but these techniques should work for any kind of project)
– Project instructions
– Lists of required materials and next steps
– Project inspirations, sketches, etc.
– Pen, marker, pencil, etc.
– Zip-lock bags (What is their generic name?)
– Boxes
– Rubber bands, zip ties, twist ties, etc.
– Labels, stickers, masking tape, post-it notes, paper & tape, etc.
– Cabinets, shelves, etc.

Organizing projects supplies

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A Bangle Bracelet That Fits! May 15, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Jewelry, Tutorial Tuesday.
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This week I heard some great news: One of my favorite YouTubers is getting his own TV show! Mark Montano is going to be on PBS, and he’s going to have some cool guest including Threadbanger (my all-time fave YouTubers)!

To celebrate (and because I wanted to), this week I’m doing my own version of one of Mark’s projects – A ribbon wrapped bangle bracelet that actually fits my tiny wrists! (Mark, you are a genius.)

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*Cheaper* Than Dirt Lightbox May 7, 2013

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You would not believe what dirt costs these days! A bag of it at the garden center is $2.30! Of course, you wouldn’t believe how much light boxes cost either. The cheapest I found on Amazon was $30, and it was big and bulky.

Well, today I’m going to rescue the wallets of artists everywhere! I’ll be showing you how to make a super easy, super portable, lightbox for only $2! Let’s get started shall we?

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Display your beautiful fabrics, then reuse them when you find the perfect project April 30, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Home Decor, Jewelry, My Original Ideas, Tutorial Tuesday.
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Like many people who sew, I collect fabric. And, of course, that collection mostly consists of beautiful fabric that I’m either waiting for the perfect project to use it, or I don’t want to waste such a lovely piece. And then, there’s my box full of frames that never got finished, and a grocery bag full of extra 5×7 picture mats that I found at the dollar store years ago (and no, I don’t have frames to go with them). What in the world can I do with all this stuff?

Now, I’d show you the photo I found that led to this tutorial’s inspiration, but I’ve sadly lost the link. I’ve seen the idea before – take an artist’s canvas and cover it with fabric. This time I had an “aha!” moment – Cover my unfinished frames and extra mats with fabric. No one can tell the difference, and you can even reuse the fabric for a project after enjoying it on your wall. This would also work for display beautiful scarves, hankies, etc. PLUS you can use it for your jewelry too!

Fabric Frames

Supplies:
– Empty wood frame or mat big enough for you fabric, but small enough so the fabric wraps nicely around the frame (note: the frame must be wood if you want to use the first method shown below)
– Fabric, scarf, hanky, doily, etc. large enough to wrap around your frame, but not too big so it’s bulky in the back
– Thumb tacks
– Needle nose pliers (not pictured)
– Hammer (not pictured)
– Double-stick tape
– Jewelry pieces like pins and earrings that match your fabric

Fabric Frames supplies

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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:

Supplies:

– 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

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A Calendar that Matches Any Decor? Sweet! April 16, 2013

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It’s tax day (well, yesterday when I wrote this), so it’s time for a quick and easy tutorial.

When was the last time you spent $3 or less on a calendar? Okay, so you might be like me and get them from the dollar store. Um, when was the last time you bought one for a dollar… that was reusable? How about one that you could switch up to match your current decorating whim? How about one that matched your new paint perfectly? (Ha! Got you on that one.) Time for today’s tutorial.

Paint Chip Whiteboard Calendar

Supplies:
– Seven paint chip strips. You know – the samples of paint colors you can get free at your local hardware store or big-box store. Can be a nice mix of colors, or they can be all the same. Try to get lighter ones so you can see the marker against them.
– A frame with glass. Mine is 10 x 13 because of the size of my paint chips, but if your paint chips are smaller you can try a smaller fraime.
– Background paper of your choice. I just used the paper that came in the frame – I just flipped it over and used the back.
– Double-stick tape
– Flat-head screwdriver
– Overhead/wet erase marker. I use an overhead marker instead of a whiteboard marker cause it doesn’t rub off at the slightest touch.
– Anything you need to hang your calendar

What you'll need

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