Thursday, September 27, 2012

Updates + Me!? NAILED IT!

I originally had this post titled “late night ramblings” (because I wrote it last night) Then I realized I am considering 11 o’clock at night late, a 21 year old who thinks 11 is late…yeah that’s how lame I am! If by lame you mean AWESOME, NAILED IT!…yeah sorry bout that I have been watching a lot of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix,  its Legend-wait for it-DARY! Okay I’m done!

I decided to talk tonight (I know run for the hills). But I realized I don’t exactly share a lot on this blog, it’s mostly my projects or random things but never me talking or sharing anything. Do you guys even know me at all? I bet not! So I just feel like to get a better feel for me maybe I should talk a little bit & share maybe. Have I scared you away yet? If you’ve made it this far congratulations, you deserve a cookie!
Lets start off with: I am BORED! The hubs come home from work, and I kid you not, fell asleep before he was even here 3 minutes. He crashed out on the bed with boots on and sunglasses still on his head. He obviously worked extremely hard. Me being the loving wife I am took his boots & sunglasses off for him, he didn’t budge. Don’t worry I checked for breathing, he’s still alive! LOL. But usually I do everything I have to do during the day while he is at work and then in the evenings I try to spend them with him (mostly just watching tv.) But tonight, I am going solo…well until I decided to blog. hello friends! :)

WINDOWS LIVE WRITER? Wonder why I randomly blurted that?? It’s because I am using it right now, for the first time, ever! I have heard people rave about how its much easier to use then the blogger writer so I decided I would give it a try and I have no clue what I’m doing or how to even post what I’m typing. I’m not really experimenting with anything just yet, just typing my little heart out. You all will hate me by the end of this post because of all the talking. Another thing to learn about me, I am a talk-aholic. I could talk/type for days! One of my many charms.

PROJECT: MAKING HOME! I might as well break this post down into sections and the next thing on my mind is my home. UGHHH!!! *pulls hair out* Things are progressing slowly as I knew they would but gosh, it is quite stressful. Uncle-in-law came to help and he’s got a lot done but one of the main things I really want done has yet to even be touched. Because of this I have come to the conclusion that I need to suck it up, learn how to use a saw, & build what I need myself. What may you ask do I need, my bar. No not like a place to store booze, but like an island bar. There was one in my place until father-in-law decided to go out on whim and rip it out, and by rip I mean DEMOLISH! It was unsalvageable! Uncle-in-law promised to build me a new one back (to save some dough) since he works on homes and does things like that for a living. Might not be happening, Uncle-in-law is possibly leaving soon. Once we get the slightest chill in the air that signals fall or winter could be approaching he jets back down south to sunny Florida! (who could blame him?) So I’m going to have to put my big girl pants on & start building. (now’s the time to really run for the hills haha). Can’t be too hard right?…uhhh right??……and yes I have noticed my lack of Project: Making Home posts, not because of lack of work. We’ve worked out tush’s off for weeks. But it’s nothing I can really post tutorials on mostly just updates and I have took sooo many pictures I honestly just do not want to go through them and have to organize them. Yes I am honestly and openly admitting that there have been no Project Making Home posts because of pure laziness!

I think I have talked your heads off enough for one day, sorry for the boring post but I was bored myself and felt like you guys could maybe get a better feel for me if I talked to you a little bit more, don’t worry I’m not gonna be posting big long posts like this on the regular, maybe everyone once in a while! Hope that’s okay, I love all my loyal followers! If you have any questions you can comment or send me an email (my email address is Here). If you haven’t figured out by now I love to talk, so feel free to message. haha! Love & appreciate you all!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Dog Silhouette Wall Art Tutorial

Hey I apologize for it taking so long to get another post up, I was very badly sick for a while and have been working on my place like crazy!! Time was lost. I will try and post my progress on my home soon, to see what I've already done check out Project: Making Home!

I made three of these dog silhouettes of my dog Shaybug (who is staying with my mom). Two for me, one of her whole body & one of her head..& one full body one for my mom. I wasn't sure exactly which room I would hang mine in yet so I just picked two colors I know I'd like, blue & green! My mom's is pink to match  her bedroom. I've seen a few Dog Silhouettes floating around Pinterest & I absolutely love my furbaby so I knew it was a must do project. See how I done it below!!

Printed or drawn picture of dog
Paint brushes (I used 2, a small one a medium sized one)

I got this 10 pack of 8 x 10 Canvas's for about $10-14 I think at Michael's. I used 3 in total for this project to make 3 separate silhouettes.

1. First you pick your pictures you are going to do your silhouette of. I chose these two of my baby girl. (isn't she adorable?! She's half Chihuahua and half Jack Russell, so hyper and lovable!)

2. Make your Fur-baby into a silhouette. I went to picmonkey & used the doodle feature to fill in where my dog is to make it a silhouette. Or I believe you can adjust the contrast on the picture & it will do basically the same thing.

3. Next your print out your silhouette. (I just traced mine, but printing would be ALOT easier!)

4. Next use Scissors to cut your silhouettes out.

5. I decided my placement on my canvas's where I wanted them to go. Then I took a pencil & I VERY lightly traced the silhouette carefully. the lighter it is the less chance you have of being able to see the pencil lines through your paint, especially if you are using a light color.

6. Just to ensure my dog silhouettes were light enough I took my eraser and erased my lines, not completely, but just enough to lighten up my lines so you couldn't see it through the paint but make sure you can still see the outline of your dog to paint it. (if that makes sense, I know I can be confusing.)

7. Next take your paint (in color of your choice) and paint either the dog or the background. I couldn't decide which to do so on the full body one I painted the background & left the dog white, but on the silhouette of my dogs head I just painted her head & left the background white. It's whichever you prefer.

(I used 2 paintbrushes, one small and one larger. I used the smaller one for actually outlining the dog and getting into the small spaces, and the larger one to cover more area at once getting the big open spaces.)

Paint Colors:
Blue Paint is Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in "Bright Blue"
Green Paint is Folk Art Acrylic Paint in "Apple Orchard"
Pink Paint is Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in "Pink Parfait"
(you'll see the pink in the final pictures)

I just started around the edges n then filled in the rest of what I had planned to paint.

8. Let Dry & Hang!! 

 I used the same picture & stencil for the pink one as I did the blue, I just rotated it to face a different way so they were a little different! I loved how they turned out & my mom loved hers!

These also make great gifts for your pet loving friends & family (which is what I'm doing with the pink one that I made for my mom). You can find someone who loves their pets and use pictures they've posted on Facebook to make it with.

I hope you guys enjoyed this, I had so much fun making it & I loved how they turned out. They are super easy and will look amazing hanging in any room. What better way to show your dog/cat/other pets how much you love them than by hanging personal handmade art of them.

Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY Zombie Pinata Tutorial

Onward to part 3, the final part of my DIY Zombie Decorations. You can find the original post HERE. Part 1, the Bloody Zombie Cake can be found HERE, and check out my Zombie Posters that double as a party game HERE.

Lets get started with my favorite of all of my Zombie DIY's, The PINATA!! I've never made a pinata before, this was a first..and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Each kid got to whack it at least about three times, (we went from smallest kids to biggest of course because the bigger kids had a better chance at busting it & we wanted to give the smaller kids a chance.) Which everyone got plenty of chances, the last kid to whack at it knocked it down, which is when each of the kids then got to try and hit it a few more times while it was on the ground. They had a blast & I was pretty proud at how well it held up to kids beatings! (which aka one of the kids said it looked like Frankenstein so this would be great for any Halloween party!)
I promise it's a lot easier then it looks!

1 Cardboard Box
1 Pack of Green Streamers
1 Pack of Black Streamers (both packs of streamers were $1 a piece at Dollar Tree)
Red Paint (for blood)
A piece of plain white computer paper (for eyes and teeth)
String (to hang the pinata with)
And CANDY! yummm.

1. First I took my cardboard box (which I got off my aunt-in-law) and I broke it down. (which if you've never worked in a resturaunt & don't know what that means, you just take it out of its box form to be flat, but then I cut each side out so i had all kinds of pieces.

2. Next I figured out what shape I wanted his head to be in and started with cutting out the circle for the top of his head (which would be flat since nobody would be seeing the top of his head anyways)

3. I poked a hole in the top of the head and went ahead and put my string in & tied it in a knot on the inside. Now we don't have to worry about how were going to hang it after we've put it together and cant get to the inside as good.

4. Next I used regular clear packaging tape to start taping more strips of the boxes on to get the head to be the shape I wanted it.

5. Once you get the pinata to the shape you want it, we are going to get our crepe streamers ready which you can buy a pack of 2 for $1 at the dollar tree and one of the rolls goes a long way.

6. We are going to start at the bottom and make our way up. I first took the streamer and wrapped it around where it will be going to see how much I needed. I cut off that strip and started cutting little slits going a little more then halfway up the streamer all the way down the strip.
Then I wrapped it around it & taped it on.

7. Now we will continue step 6 over and over all the way up until we've completely covered the pinata! 

8. HAIR. I didn't get pictures of the next few steps because my camera died but it's very easy what I did. I took the black streamer and done the same thing I done for the green streamer but only for the top layer or two and top of head. This makes the zombie's hair, you can look at the finished picture to get an idea of what I am talking about. 

9. EYES & MOUTH. I also used black streamer to make a mouth & eyes, just cut strips and tape them on. The I used white computer paper to cut out teeth and eyes. I just drew out what I wanted the white of the eyes to look like and random looking teeth, cut each of them out & taped them onto the black streamer I had already placed.

10. Next I took some red paint (which was actually a 4 pack of finger paint I got at the dollar tree for $1) and I just dabbed my finger in it & smeared it all over the zombies mouth & a few spots on its face. Doesn't have to be perfect, Zombies are messy so just randomly glob it on there.

11. Cut a hole in the top of his head to put candy in, fill him up & your done.

(P.S. Sorry it took so long to get this post up, I have been working like a maniac on the house aka Project: Making Home (which don't worry I will be having more posts coming up soon on what I'm doing and how I'm slowly progressing to turn that old dump into my home. I'm actually supposed to be working on it now but thought I had better put up a blog post first. So Now I am off here to go out & start making a home LOL.)

Hope you all enjoyed my Zombie themed party decorations! & If you try them out comment and let me know so I can check them out. I would love to see how yours turns out! :)

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