Thursday, July 19, 2012

Under Constuction: American Flag Tank Top


Sadly I have been putting off typing up such an easy DIY for this just because I am lazy.

This awesome how-to came to me from Gabbie VanHook!!

Anything written in red is an edit from me or a suggestion.

What you'll need: (I got everything from Hobby Lobby)

  • plain white t-shirt
  • duct tape (masking tape works also)
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • plastic bag
  • pizza box or other type of cardboard
  • spray paint (blue and red; I made three shirts with just one can of each, so one can should be good)
  • adhesive stars* (if you can't find adhesive stars, or any stars, just make a pattern for a star out of cardstock and trace enough for your shirt)
    • * I got my adhesive stars from the kids' craft section of HL where all the puffy adhesive letters are. There are assorted sizes & colors. I used only the big stars from each package (15). I made 2 shirts and the large one required all 15.
Step 1:
  • Lay the shirt out flat and cut strips of duct tape out one by one.
  • To get the same width in between strips, I spaced out the strips the same width as the duct tape. Make sure your strips wrap around to the back of the shirt, maybe about an inch overlap. 
  • Then tape off the area of the blue section with one straight strip directly in the middle of the t-shirt. Instead of using a bunch of duct tape, I taped a plastic bag - with no holes - over the said section.
  • Then make sure all the edges are firmly pressed down so the paint doesn't bleed through.
 Step 2:
  • Put a cardboard box in the shirt to separate the front and back so the paint doesn't bleed through to the back and stick together. I used a pizza box. (the pizza box is also very helpful to hold the straight pins in place later)
  • Spray lightly and don't get too close or trigger happy because the paint will bleed through! It happened on mine, but not my bf's (the second shirt I made).
  • Make sure you've distributed an even coat and let it dry for about 10-15mins...enough time to where the paint on the tape is dry, allowing you to handle the shirt without it marking up the white space. (I did mine in the heat and left the shirts in an area dirrectly in the sun, so they only took 5 mins to dry.)
Step 3:
  • Pull off the tape and now tape off the section to allow you to work on the blue area. (Protect your red area with a plastic bag.)
  • Lay down the stars in the general area you'd like them to be so you can get a good idea on what it will look like. I overlapped mine on to the duct tape because I liked the look it has.
  • Next, peel the adhesive backing from the stars and place them down. IMPORTANT: Use the pins to pin down the corners of the stars so that the paint does not get under the star making it look sloppy. If you have enough pins, go back and pin down the inner edges too. (I had enough to do this on mine, a size small) (If your stars don't have adhesive, be sure to spray them from directly above.)
Step 4:
  • Spray in the same fashion the entire blue section and wait another 10-15 mins. Pull up the pins and peel the stars off the shirt.
Step 5:
  • Once the shirt is completely dry and manageable, turn it inside out and place a tank top over it and trace the tank on the shirt. (Turn the tank inside out too so you don't get marker on either of the see-able sides of the shirts) You don't have to use a tank, you can eye-ball it, but I love the tank that I used and the way it fits, so I traced it. (Try not to use your favorite tank top; the sharpie will not come off. If you must, try using a pen.)
Step 6:
  • Cut along the lines you traced/drew. Be aware though! If you traced a tank, the neck line may be different in the front and back so be careful. (Make sure your lines touch on the arms and shoulders in the front to the arms and shoulders in the back.)
  • Turn it right side in, and voila!
  • Now, I did "mess" mine up (I got trigger happy with the spray paint and it bled a lot) and "fixed" it by making the back real cute. The edges of the red stripes looked really bad, so I taped off the front and used the pizza box again, and gave it a cool effect and then cut it up and now I LOVE it! (I, however, did NOT use this last technique on my bf's shirt! haha)  OH! and I cut the hem off the bottom of the shirt to give it less of a store-bough tee feel. And once you're all done, it's washer/dryer-safe.

If you want your shirt to look like this: 

  • Fold the shirt in half and line off a triangle shape section at the fold (with tape, etc) making the bigger end of the triangle and the tape near the shoulders.
  • Cut strips about pinky width all the way to the bottom of the triangle. Open the shirt and pull each strip from one side across to the other causing the strands to curl and become longer.
  • Next, take the second strings and pull it up and under the first string, and then back down. Now take the third string and do the same to the second and repeat. When you get to the bottom, repeat the whole process a few times depending on how narrow the bottom is and how difficult it becomes to 'braid.'
  • When you are satisfied with how it looks, (I only did it twice) take the last strand and cut it in half and tie it of to the strip previous. (My last strand was too small so I just used white thread and sewed it down to the shirt.)
  • Note: I spray painted the back of the shirt before I cut it and once the 'braid' was finished. (I did the braid first and then covered up the braid with a bag when spraying the shirt. It just depends on how you want it to look.)
QUESTIONS? Here is Gabbie's email:

Will be adding Gabbie's finished product photos when my email decides to come back up... in 1-24 hours.

Below are some variations that me and my friend did:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Posting this for a scholarship...

The World Has One Giant Hangover

          I am ashamed to say that society has been heavily influenced by the 2009 blockbuster, The Hangover. In this Phillips and Goldberg film, three friends throw their buddy a bachelor party in Vegas that eventually gets incredibly out of hand. The three wake-up the next morning to find the groom missing and no memory of the night before. During their “comedic adventure” to find their friend before his wedding, they get in to many situations that an earlier generation would surely find vulgar to be shown on the big screen.
          This movie portrays to ages 17 and up, and to those under 17 that have gotten their hands on the movie, that it is alright and even cool to drink, gamble, have premarital sex, steal, kidnap, do drugs, give drugs to others without their knowing, watch porn, go to strip clubs, have frivolous marriages, degrade women verbally, sexually harass children, see or distribute child pornography, have one-night stands, have or give oral sex, perform bestiality, have necrophilism, perform violence, display public nudism, self-mutilate, domestically abuse, drive carelessly, express profanity, express crude hand gestures, drive drunk, cheat, etc.
          But just a movie wasn’t enough for the producers and cast to ruin our already corrupted society. Merchandise, such as t-shirts, costumes, and bobble heads, began appearing in malls all over America. Then, in 2011, a sequel to the movie was released.
          I believe that though The Hangover is not the sole reason for the corruption of our society, I think that it is a prime example of all of the media that has helped turn our teens into sex-crazed, drug-addicted, drunkards. Many countries, including China and Indonesia, have banned American media because of the vulgarity. Society only promises to digress as another addition to the series is scheduled to be released in May of 2013.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The CUTEST Homemade Journal You Will Ever See!!



I made this for my mother for Mother's Day, but I acutally just finished it today. My mother has God time every morning and she journals, so this was absolutely perfect for her.

I got this idea from: where I have seen THE CUTEST ideas for crafts/inspiration.

You will need:
  • small-length 3-ring binder
  • 3-ring whole punch
  • hot glue gun
  • modge podge
  • scissors
  • assorted glue
  • scrapbook paper
  • any other art supplies you think you may need (buttons, ribbons, etc.)
  • paper cut-outs from:
  • any glitz and glam that reflects the personality of the person the journal is for
    • examples: my mom likes to garden and she is very in to her relationship with God soo..
    • i bought assorted craft flowers
    • flower stamps
    • i chose her favorite worship song and made it the theme of the journal

Give them a space to edit themselves! :D

Seperate pages with some scrapbook paper with some meaningful sayings!


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Pick"-ture Frame


I made this frame for Father's Day. Both my dad and I play guitar, so this is a really personal gift.

If you can think of something else that could go in place of the guitar picks for Dad please leave comments!!
Some ideas that just pop into my head, but not quite sure how it would work:
  • fishing lures (wacky worms, spoons, etc.)
  • golf tees
  • logos of his fave sports teams
....see my other ideas suck....

It may be easier to think of ideas for Mom:
  • pieces of flower seed packets
  • fake flower petals
  • glitter/rhinestones (for the glam mom)

For this project, you will need:
  • a FLAT, WOODEN picture frame
    • FLAT is mandatory (complete with glass and backing)
    • wooden is suggested for ease
  • hot glue gun
    • hot glue sticks... of course
  • assorted guitar picks
    • because we are musicians we already had these at home; you can get a cheap pack of picks at any guitar store (ex. Guitar Center, Guitar and Banjo); you most likely won't find different colors in one package, but that is what the optional paint is for
  • assorted colors of paint (this is only for the guitar picks; if you have enough of a variety of colors of picks, then you will not need the paint)
    • you will also need a paint brush
  • any other decor you would like to include....ex:
    • sharpies
    • glitter
    • paint
    • rhinestones
    • feathers
    • etc.
The following is what you will need if you decide to only do half of the frame in guitar picks and half in some cute scrapbook paper (as shown in the end product):
  • scrapbook paper
    • if you just need one piece and don't want to spend money on a huge book of paper, you can buy individual pieces of scrapbook paper for 40-50 cents at Hobby Lobby 
  • scissors
  • modge podge
  • a second paint brush if you don't want to use the same one you used for the paint
  • sand paper

Step 1:
  • Begin hot gluing (in flattering layers to cover the frame) guitar picks onto the frame

  • I had a lot of grey picks, so I brought out the paint and applied a thin layer of paint on boring picks. I even got a little crazy-experiemental with some of them.

Step 2:
  • If you want to cover the entire frame in guitar pics.. continue exactly what you are doing; then set aside for a few hours to ensure that everything is dry.
  • If you would like to add paper to the bottom half, continue on to the next step.

Step 3:
  • I found the directions for modge-podging scrapbook paper to wood here:
    • Some of my tips for this specific project (or not included in her instructions)
      • before doing this, take out the glass and backing (this gives you more room to work and protects the glass from a gluey mess and sanding)
      • it actually turns out better for the edges to be too big for the frame (rather than too small)
      • sand the inside edges of the frame also
      • when you are done, modge podge over the edges you sanded to ensure that the paper will stay long-term
Step 4:                                   
  • let dry
Step 5:
  • choose the perfect picture of you and your dad and place it in the frame.

Step 6:
  • present it to Dad and watch him smile!

Thank-you's and New Stuff!

First of all, I would like to thank my 1 follower :D

Secondly, I'm going to do that thing that all bloggers tend to do while all followers/random readers roll their eyes.... appologize and make excuses:
        Appology: I am sincerely sorry for only posting one cute project and making the rest of my page about nagging at myself for not blogging.
        Excuse: But (cliche coming up... now) life just gets in the way... and I have been trying to survive my first year of college.
        Empty Promise (that I hope to keep for both you and me): Since summer is here, I hope to be posting a lot more often (haha shouldn't be too hard to post more often than the ONE TIME THAT I ACTUALLY POSTED!)

Anyways, I am currently working on four projects and have two complete projects that I need to share with y'all. I am super motivated about one that I am currently making, so I will be posting that one first..

          If the title says "UNDER CONSTRUCTION", then I haven't finished editing the blog.....

Thanks, whoever you are!
You are officially my favorite person!!



Saturday, January 7, 2012

Paint Chip Calendar With a Twist

This post gives the instructions for how to make a calendar out of paint chips. You will be able to write on it and erase it each month with Dry Erase Board Markers. The "twist" in this project is that you can add a picture to the calendar (this step is optional).

I originally got this idea from Unfortunately, I cannot credit who posted it because I was not a member of pinterest at that time and therefore could not repin it.

This probably took me three to four hours to assemble (because I wanted the squares to be as straight as possible). I gave it to my cousin for Christmas (she's an Audrey Hepburn fan) and she absolutely loved it!

Here is what you will need:
  • paint chips (choose a color theme ie. my cousin's room is red, so I chose different variations of red) (be sure to buy more than needed, so you have plenty colors to choose from) (I had trouble finding anything but small paint chips at Walmart; I had to go to Home Depot; I also saw some at Super Walmart)
  • glue (i prefer glue sticks over Elmer's)
  • scissors (you can use different shape bladed scissors to jazz it up, but I used a straight blade)
  • picture frame (with glass) (the size of frame will be determined by the size of the calendar you create) (I bought a cheap, but efficient frame at Hobby Lobby)
  • cardboard or poster board (this is for the background of the calendar and it WILL show through, so choose a color that goes with your theme) (I used the backing of the picture frame; this ensures that the calendar will fit in the frame perfectly) 
  • hot glue gun and sticks (only needed if adding the picture)
  • glossy-paper picture (like the one I used of Aubrey Hepburn) (again, you only need this if you are adding the picture) (you can get this done at Walmart for really cheap) (I don't know how this would work with regular paper... if someone tries it, let me know how it worked out/looked!) (my picture was an 8x10, but it just depends on how big your calendar is and what will look good on it)
  • markers (preferably sharpies!!)
The Process:
  • Cut out a square from one of the paint chips to the desired size of one calendar square; use this as a template to trace and cut the other paint chips to desired size. (cut out more than needed so you will have plenty of colors to choose from)
    -- How many chips needed depends on the content of your calendar
        -- Just a calendar with no days of the week or picture will need 35 paint chips. This will make a 7 days 5 weeks calendar. (If you would like to add a "notes" column on the side... add 5 more paint chips)
        -- A calendar with the days of the week, but no picture will need 49 paint chips. This will make a 7x7. (If you would like to add a "notes" column on the side... add 7 more paint chips)
        -- A calendar with just the picture, but no days of the week will need 40 paint chips. This will make a 8(day)x5(week) calendar. (The extra day is to make the picture seem less crowded on the calendar, but you can take this column away if desired.) (You may have to adjust this one.. I am basing my math on the one I made which is the next selection.) (If you would like to add a "notes" column, it will have to go above the picture.. but will need that 8th column.
        -- A calendar with both the days of the week and the picture will need 56 paint chips. This will make an 8(days)x7(weeks) calendar. (If you want to add a "notes" column it will have to go over the picture.. unless you would like to add a 9th column, but that may be too big... see my example of the finished product to see the "notes" column.)
  • Lay out your calendar squares the way you want them to look when finished (leave a few centimeters between them).
  • Measure the length and the width so you will know what size frame you need.
  • Glue (with either Elmer's glue or glue sticks) the squares in the preferred places on the backing or poster board (it helps if you lay them all down first and begin gluing the outside columns and rows).
Next three steps for adding a picture:
  • Take a left over paint chip and trace it all over the back of the picture (like a tic-tac-toe board).
  • Cut out the squares; if you want, you can cut around the main object to make it stand out more (see my example).
  • Starting at the bottom right corner, hot glue the picture in the corresponding squares.
Last steps for both variations:
  • If you made enough columns for days of the week, write those in each of the squares at the top with a sharpie (or leave them blank and write them with the Dry Erase Marker when in the frame.
  • Put it in the frame and enjoy your snazzy calendar!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Good news and bad news

Good news is... I made an adorable present for my dad's birthday last night; great for kids and unartisric people.
Bad news is... I wasn't able to post anything as promised today because I got a horrible head ache. Hopefully I will be able to do at least one tomorrow.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Look

Hey guys,

Just trying to jazz up the page a bit. I just got home from vacation, so that is why I haven't been able to post the two new projects (how to make a calendar out of paint chips & the scrapbook calendar). I am hoping to post at least one tomorrow, but I can't make any promises because I have to unpack from one trip and repack for another.



Monday, January 2, 2012

About me and this blog

Hey guys! I made this blog specifically for so that when I make something and upload it to pinterest, people are able to see how it is made. The things I will be posting on here are variations of other people's designs, or total originals. If I post something as an original and you see that someone else has done it.. please let me know so I can give them credit also!

Hope y'all find some good stuff on my blog!