Thursday, August 16, 2012

DIY Designer Candles

Howdy kids.

So here's a thing. BEHOLD:

I made candles :]
Well, not really. I decorated candles. One of my roommates can only tolerate unscented candles, so I decided to make some boring, unscented candles more exciting:

Here's how I did it too-- Step one: Gather your materials. I used some tall pillar candles, microns [or any other fine point PERMANENT pens] tissue paper, push pins, and some sort of cutting apparatus [I used my trusty xacto and a cutting mat].

Step two: Use your candle to cut your tissue paper to the exact height of the candle, maybe even a tiny bit shorter. You can then wrap the paper around the candle to find out how long to make the paper. You will only need about 1/4 to 1/3 inch of overlap.

Step three: Lay you paper down on some sort of surface [I used just a piece of printer paper] because the pen has a good chance of bleeding through. Then go ahead and draw whatever you want!

Step four: Wrap your finished drawing around the candle and push pin it together. You can also use drafting tape or painters tape to tape it down, which I found actually worked quite nicely.

Step five: Pull out your trusty blow dryer and BLAST that baby. You have to get enough heat so that the candle starts to melt a little and adhere the paper to the actual candle. You will be able to tell when this starts to happen because the wax will start to bead up through the paper.

Step six: Let your candle cool down and dry!

And there you go! Some designer candles for way less! I don't really know if you can burn these, but I wasn't really planning on burning them anyway, just have them as a display piece. To bad there is most likely no room for displaying things at the apartment haha

Added tip of advice: It really helps if you have a little kitty helper to watch over all your activities :]

ANNNDD I'll be linking toTHESE parties!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Art Post

So I took some pictures of some of the art I finished a little while ago. I'm allowed to share my art, right? Right. Otherwise it just sits in my sketchbook, which then proceeds to get thrown on the floor, which then proceeds to get sat on by Kitty.

This one was for my friend Ginger because she had a biiiiiirthday last week. So I drew her her pirate character, Senka. Pirates are always good, yeah? Seriously, it would be great to be a pirate for a week. Boats, swords, and SO MUCH FACIAL HAIR. Sign me up, man.

And then some time ago I drew my Betta fish Apollo as if he were a human. Cause he is always a Grumps McGee.

And I think I'm going to start sharing my art more regularly haha.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy World Cat Day!

I would not be a proper crazy cat lady if I did not wish you a Happy World Cat Day, now would I?
I just found out about this holiday and thought "OH, WELL THIS IS PERFECT."

So from me and my lazy, rotund little Kitty to you all, HAPPY WORLD CAT DAY.

Hahahaha I need a life.
Actually, no. No I don't.
I am perfectly okay with this xD

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pop Tab Bracelets

Well howdy.

Good news: I got a bit of craftiness done today:

Pretty cute, if I do say so myself. And goodness me-- I managed to take pictures along the way so that you can make some for yourself!

Step one: Get your materials, yo. All you need is some ribbon [preferably not too skinny], scissors, and some pop tabs. I used about 18, and I'd consider my wrist pretty normal human-sized.

Step two: Cut yourself two lengths of ribbon. I used a little more than an arm's length [again with the super precise measuring haha].

Step three: This bracelet uses a the same technique as the hardware necklace did, except you have two holes to go through this time. So starting from the back of the tab, bring the two ribbons up through the pop tab, laving about four to five inches of ribbon to the left. You will be working from left to right on this.

Step four: Bring the ribbon down through the holes in the next pop tab.

Step five: Bring the ribbon back down through the first tab and pull it taut.

Step six: Now bring the ribbon back up through the second tab, in the little space to the right of everything.

Step seven: Continue adding tabs in this fashion until your bracelet is long enough. Then tie off the ribbons on both ends so that nothing comes loose!

Step seven: Because I enjoy clean-ness, cut the ends of your ribbons into nice, clean points :] Then all you need to do is tie it on an wear!

Tip of advice: I tied mine just big enough so that I could slip it over my wrist. Then I put a little tacky glue on the knot because I suck at tying bracelets on myself and wanted it to always have a nice clean bow haha

And there you have it! Pop tab bracelets! I love making things out of materials that I already have on hand :]

Annnnnnd, I just so happen to be linking to these great parties.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Paint Chip Art

Want to know one of the many reasons why I love the hardware store? All the free paint chips xD
Seriously, no one has ever questioned me when I have walked out of the store with two dozen different paint samples.
And there are so many things that you can do with them! My favorite is just to use them as backgrounds for my different doodles:

For example: Unicorns.

My friends Don and Ginger.

Or even some clowns. But in all actuality, I do not particularly enjoy clowns. I don't really suggest clowns...

See, paint swatches are handy for all kinds of drawings :]

[This week I'm linking to These great parties]