Nailed It!–Nail Polish Pot Painting

Creative, DIY, Inspiration, Nailed it
Welcome to "Nailed It!": the article series where I find interesting crafter DIY ideas from the internet and try them out for you.  Then I judge it as either pass (Nailed It!) or fail (Screwed!).Today’s “Nailed It!” comes from the website Henry Happened Nail Polish Painting, an interesting blog by a former 9-to-5’er turned stay at home Mom with three children.  Her DIY’s are quite cute, matching the overall style of the site.  I happened on the one entitled “Nail Polish Marbled DIY Planters,” and thought I can do that too!  Hence, today’s “Nailed It!”  I read through the post, and there doesn’t seem to be that much to it. So I eagerly went to gather my supplies.*** WARNING!!! ***  I WILL be bashing nail polishes I purchased and hated. …
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Nailed It! DIY Horns

Cosplay, Creative, Incentive, Inspiration, Nailed it, Time Management
Today’s Nailed It! comes from YouTube. This awesome idea with Cosplay potential is by KlairedeLysdotcom, and if you visit her YouTube channel you will be impressed with the beauty of her makeup tutorials and high quality of her photography.  This video has been on my to-do list for a long time, because if I could unlock how to make realistic horns that wouldn’t cause massive headaches when attached to a headband, my business would really start to take off during convention season.  So, I decided to take this on with my camera in my hand to see if it is as easy as Klaire makes it look. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9OBzrc0sVs[/youtube]     First off, I had to gather the materials.  On the video, Klaire mentions that she uses “Play-doh” to make the horn…
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Nailed It! DIY Lace Masks

Creative, Inspiration, Time Management
Welcome to my new blog series, where I will try supposedly simple, pretty, and fun DIY tutorials across the internet.  I will show you -  the reader – the fruits of my efforts, and will let you know if they are as they seem to be. My first installment is a DIY that I have been wanting to do for a while now: Lace masks.         These appear to be lightweight – many are attached with mascara glue or other, skin-friendly adhesives – can be customized in many ways, and come in any color you can get your hands on.  After perusing many websites that list this as a DIY, I found the following website: http://truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/post/27673480347/diy-masquerade-mask-tutorial-and-template-from The author has a template on this page that I am…
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Halloween Cupcakes: How to Decorate

Baking, Creative, One hour, Uncategorized
Hey there!  I know that everyone loves the gross food traditionally offered on Halloween.  No?  Okay, maybe it is just me.  But not everyone wants to take the time to ugly up the food they work so hard on, to the point that no one will eat it.  So, how about just making the food cute and theme appropriate?  Yeah, I thought you might like that better.   Today’s blog will be a comparison of two simple decorative themes on cupcakes.  One is a store bought decorating kit, and the other is homemade. To start, we need cupcakes.  My time was much shorter than I had planned, so I went to my friendly neighborhood Publix and bought 24 pre-made cupcakes, 12 chocolate and 12 vanilla.  Next, I picked out what decorations…
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Music Writing: Ave Maria for Christmas

Arrangement, Creative, Incentive, Music Writing, Writing music
Every year for the longest time, I have written (aka arranged) at least one piece of Christmas music.  This started out in church, where my family often sings or plays instruments.  We couldn’t find solos or duets for songs we wanted with our weird amalgamation of instruments and voices.  So I started arranging the music, and a personal Christmas tradition was born.  This year, I have chosen two: I want to write my own melody for an Ave Maria, and I want to arrange Riu Chiu for a choir.  Whether or not anyone actually sings or plays this remains to be seen, but I don’t care.  I am writing them.  First up… Ave Maria.  I am going to try to write my own melody to this beautiful and poetic prayer.…
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Quick Recipes – Mini Doughnuts

Baking, Creative, One hour, Pastry Making, Time Management
For those that want to know, doughnuts are not pastries.  Technically, given the way they are made, they would be closer to cakes.  That being said, doughnuts are often sold in bakeries that specialize in pastries, because they are crowd pleasers.  And America is well known for taking liberties with food categories.  The truth is, I recently purchased a new baking pan from Bed Bath & Beyond and I wanted to play with it.  It was very quick, so I thought I would share my results with you. First off, I will show you a picture of my helper chef, D’argo, who was a little too eager to be a part of the baking process that he was banned from the kitchen while I worked.  He almost tripped me twice,…
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The Becker Scrapbook So Far

Creative, Incentive, Inspiration, Page layout, Scrapbooking
Hey there.  I know what you are thinking… “Oh no!  Not another scrapbook post.  We want to bake!”  Well, that one is just one blog down the pipeline.  However, I have actually had some readers (two, which is a large percentage of my core readership) tell me that they wanted to see the blank scrapbook I was making for my niece and new nephew’s honeymoon trip through Utah.  So, I have taken pictures of the pages so far.  I love these pictures, and I am proud to show them. This is the first page. I know it is a little… busy. But I like it. I wanted to introduce an air of excitement. The main paper set I used for this is the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost & Found paper…
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Making a Mountain (Scrapbook Layout)

Creative, Incentive, Inspiration, Page layout, Scrapbooking
While trying to come up with ideas for the Utah-based honeymoon album I a making for our recently married niece, I decided to look at pictures on the internet from scenic vistas throughout the state.  I saw one that was just perfectly framed, and it hit me.  it is layers of mountains... I bet I could make a page based on this picture.  The original picture if found at the Bess Realty Group website, believe it or not. First thing's first.  I collected cardstock from my collection that matched well enough to make the layered colors.  For the sky background and farthest mountains, I used cardstock with white centers, so I could sand them (as I will show a little later).  The rest was from my beloved Bazzill cardstock collection. …
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Scrapbooking with a Template, Take One

Creative, Page layout, Scrapbooking, Template
For those of us who want the time to enjoy scrapbooking as well as making something interesting, there are a plethora of helpers out there.  They are called templates, and they can be found in blogs, magazines, magazine websites, and even your fellow scrapbookers have probably doodled lots of them.  I know I have.  I buy magazines every so often and like to read them, and then cut out everything I like and add it to a box.  They come in handy when I have scrapper’s block, or when I want to make something intricate but don’t have the time or inclination to think of what to do. Today, I made a two-page spread for the honeymoon scrapbook I am working on using a template.  Yes, it was a blank…
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Creative Blogs I Highly Recommend

Creative, Incentive, Inspiration
This is by absolutely no means the whole list of blogs I love.  I have perused blogs on and off for years, my favorites waxing and waning with my cyclical favorite hobbies.  But these, not only are current, but have the style and content to keep me coming back for recent and archived information.  It should be noted that because they are all hobby blogs, they all have shops.  Some link the stuff in their shops to items they use in blog posts.  Some are outright sponsored by companies and that is all they shill.  Still others have their own business, and the blog is a natural outlet for selling what they do.  All of this is par for the course in hobbies, and never bothers me.  If I can…
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