Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tutorial Wednesday: How Completely Screw Up Tutorial Tuesday

It's Wednesday. Yesterday was Tuesday. Tutorial Tuesday to be exact. Only the second one ever. As you can tell, I missed it.


Today, I am attempting to make up for my poor time management skills by doing a Tutorial Wednesday. (Just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?) Well, I have discovered that Tutorial Wednesday is a flop. A big flop, to be exact.

I had big plans for this, make-up day: I was going to make cute little picturesque mini fruit pies. Sounds delightful, right? Like your typical recipe blog post? Wrong.

Look at that carnage. Pretty bad, right? These "cutesy little pies" (or, as my mother and I prefer to call them, Lil' Craps) took me two hours to mess up. I found a pie crust recipe. The pie crust recipe was horrible, but I kept on. I made a mixed berry sauce. It proceeded to be thin and sugary. I stuffed that dense crust full of my diabetic sauce, put some little fork marks around the edges to at least try to make them look somewhat blogger-ish, popped those suckers in the oven and hoped that they would turn out in the end.

As you can tell, they didn't.

The Lil' Craps were heavy-duty cemented to the baking sheet. A crowbar, sledgehammer, WD-40, and a lightsaber eventually got them off the pan (which was immediately drenched in Mr. Clean spray and sent off to therapy) and we tried them. Very bad idea. They tasted like cardboard soaked blue Kool-Aid. I'm guessing, by now, you can see why they have been deemed the Lil' Craps.

Oh well, I'm only human! At least it was fun to ridicule them.

Next week, I'll come back swinging with a killer T.T.!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY Colorful Sunburst 4-Panel Wall Art

For all practical purposes, it is summer. The days are hot.  The nights are short. School is *this* close to being out. While all of these things are awesome, my very favorite part of summer is all the color it brings! Think about it: flowers are blooming, grass is green, and everything is bright and happy.

I tried to capture those awesome summer colors in this super-cool, super-easy four-panel wall art.

(Note: Because of the lighting I used to take this photo, the tape used to hold the panels together is very visible. In person, it's not as noticeable.)

DIY Colorful Sunburst 4-Panel Wall Art


-Four pieces of paper, cut into 8 1/2 inch squares
-Sharpie markers
-Scotch tape
-2 clear pushpins


In the center of your paper, draw a small sunburst (a colored-in circle with tight rays around it).

Slightly overlapping with the original sunburst, use a different color to make the sunburst bigger. For a really cool fading kind of look, make the edges of your growing sunburst a bit uneven. Make sure that the new color doesn't clash with the color before it.

Continue this method, using different colors each time, until your square is almost full. Do this on all four squares, using different color patterns each time.

Take two of your panels, with a little bit of room in between, and place two pieces of tape as pictured above so that the panels are connected. Flip the panels over, and place tape on the same places so that there are no sticky parts forward. Repeat on the other two panels.

Repeat the above method so that all four squares are are connected. In the center, the tape should look sort of like a square (pictured above).

Cut two pieces of yarn, about 12-14 inches each, and tape them in an upside-down V on top of each column of panels on the backside.

Hang your panels wherever you like using the two pushpins. Ta-da! Summer-y, colorful wall decor to spruce up any room!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday: Easy & Relaxed Low Bun

The big hair trend this year seems to be looking effortless. Unfortunately, the effortless look isn't quite as easy as it sounds. That simple low bun that has been on the trendy list? Requires a ridiculous amount of product and styling.

I'm not exactly into that.

Lucky for all of you following the boho bandwagon, I reinvented the low bun. No pre-hairstyle curling. No crazy amount of time and energy. Just an honest-to-goodness low bun!

Here's the tutorial below:

Start with slightly damp hair, brushed out smooth.

Put hair into neat low ponytail.

Use your finger to twist the ponytail.

Tightly wrap the twist around the ponytail tie. Pin in place with bobby pins. Pin any major flyaway strands of hair around the bun, as well.

Pull out a few strands of hair to frame your face. Voila! Relaxed low bun!

I hope you enjoyed the first ever Tutorial Tuesday! 

I'm Back! (With Tutorial Tuesdays!)

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. *Clap clap.*  If your life is too busy for you to have time for your hobbies clap your hands. *Clap clap.*

How long has it been... since March, right? I guess my New Year's resolution of being a more faithful blogger hasn't exactly panned out. Sigh.

Stick with me, guys; I'm trying something new: Tutorial Tuesdays.  Every Tuesday, I'll post a new how-to, about photography tips, fashion inspiration, and everything in between. With that in mind, I will be back later today to debut Tutorial Tuesdays! Let me know what you think in the comments!