Sunday, October 2, 2011

Accidentally-on-Purpose Candle Art!

Accidentally on purpose I made some pretty awesome candle art- if that's what you would call it! I was doing some sort of craft that had to do with tealights, the little candles that float on water, and the craft ended up as burned paper in the trash. Sad, since I was pretty excited about it! :( but then I lit the candles while they were floating on the water, dyed the water blue, and let them sit for a while till I had to clean it up. But when I let the water out of the sink I was using, it let out a bubble of air or something that tipped over one of the candles, and the melted wax hardened in the cold water it splashed into without me noticing. Kai was watching me, and afterwards he said: "Tia, that was so cool! It was so awesome that it almost made me pee my pants! We should do that again!" I just thought: good thing that it didn't make him pee his pants.... I didn't attempt to do that again, but then he did it on his own with the other candles.... and they weren't extravagant enough to make him as excited as the first time. So we made accidentally-on-purpose art today. And it was fun. :) Here are some pretty pictures:

Pretty awesome... but all my mom said was, "That just looks like chewed gum..." Have you ever made something cool or (if with food) yummy? What was it? I'd love to know! :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Anthropologie Inspired Tutorial: Lace Trapeze Earrings!

So I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday with a friend and bought a TON of stuff! (Okay, maybe not a ton, but at least a couple of pounds! :o) I was working on a project, but didn't have everything I needed for it. That's right. I didn't have jump rings. I know, some of you are probably thinking, of all things, she didn't have jump rings! So I got a pack, and this morning I finished these cute earrings!
I found the originals at Anthropologie, and decided to try making them. It was really easy, and I'll tell you how to do it, but I kinda forgot to take pictures while I was doing it...

You'll need a small jewelry chain, lace, jump rings, glue, acrylic paint, and earring hooks (sorry, I don't really know what they're called!)

Cut a shape out of the lace, and make sure you do two!

Dilute desired color of acrylic paint, white as one color. I did pink, pinkish white, and cream.

Paint bottom of lace piece, and let dry. Try doing the solid color, blend with the second color, then finish off the top with the white/cream. It also might be helpful to apply enough paint so that it stiffens the fabric and doesn't curl when you wear them.

Cut two pieces of jewelry chain and connect both ends of the pieces with a jump ring, but slide one end through the earring hook before you connect the last jump ring (there should be a part on the bottom for this), if that makes any sense. The picture should help.

Poke holes on either side of the lace and put the jump rings through.

Close the jump rings and put a little bit of glue on them so that they won't break the lace and fall off.

Try 'em on! :o)

I took a bunch of pictures with these, and decided that I liked this one. A quail laid an egg underneath the playground in our backyard, and let's just say that it hasn't hatched yet. Made us pretty sad, but they've done that three or four times now, and all of the others hatched- we've seen them running all over the place! Haha hope you like your earrings! If you didn't understand part of my tutorial, please leave a comment!