You Can Be Your Own Photographer

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So you need to get some pictures done but you don’t have enough cash to pay a photographer at the moment? It’s okay! I’m here to give you a little inspiration to get the job done on your own. All you need is a digital camera, a wonderful location and some imagination.

It was about 4 years back and my little sister, Anna, was a senior in high school. The time came for her to get her senior pictures done. It’s understandable that these days, the kids want their pictures to be professional. They want to feel good while getting their photos taken and they want to NOT feel as though their pictures will end up looking like this…

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To be fair, I’ll post one of me as well. Here’s me with my other sister, Jennifer, in the 90s….

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I brushed my eyebrows like that because I thought it looked, “cool”. Oh boy…

Anyway, when the time came for my sister Anna to get her pictures done, she wasn’t really feeling the place her dad took her to so, big sis to the rescue! I grabbed my digital camera and we got to work!

Before I give you some tips, I’ll show you the final product…

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I think the picture turned out lovely and Anna looks lovely too. Not bad for my first time being a wanna be photographer and photoshoot hair stylist ;-).

Find a beautiful location that inspires you. Get creative with the clothing, accessories and props. My sister chose a simple black dress to wear but you could easily take it up a notch and hit up some local thrift shops and come up with an amazing look that makes you look like a fashion model. Think outside of the box and maybe grab some things that you wouldn’t usually wear. Add something ugly to the look even (think runway models and the strange outfits we see them in). I flipped a bit of her hair to the side, picked some flowers and berries I found in nature, tied them together and secured them onto her hair with the help of bobby pins.

For fun, today, I picked out some fun flowers and leaves to give you even more inspiration of the beauty you can add to hair, a hat or simply a prop for the hands.

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What if you did a hairstyle like this?….

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Or bold make up like this?…

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Or an outfit like this?…

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Imagine this guy wearing a nice suit instead, standing there looking like James Bond or something. That would be awesome!

Experiment with different looks, locations and poses and take lots and lots of photos so that you have choices! I took another picture of Anna with her hair pulled back and she’s holding the flowers in one hand instead. We had no choice but to go with this one, with the flowers in the hair, the messy hair flip and unique placement of the hands.

Last but not least, when you’ve selected the winning photo/s, get them printed some place like Wal Mart or even do it yourself at home if you know how.

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No matter what the occasion is that you need professional photos done for, just know that thinking outside of the box when you’re low on cash will help get you some amazing results that you’ll be happy with, proud of and that others will envy you for ;-). I wish I had thought of this for myself for my senior picture! I’m sitting here staring at my boring senior photo that took place inside a studio with a boring blue, grey marbled looking background. Haha. Oh well, there are many more pictures I can take in the future if I want to.

That’s all I needed to say today. I hope I inspired someone! Until next time…

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Flower Headband Tutorial

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I’m going to have you looking like this girl from The Simpsons in no time, don’t you worry.

I’ve been thinking about making a flower headband for a few days now while staring at the fake flowers I bought from the Dollar Tree recently and I thought, “why not show the beautiful people of the world how to make one?” So let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

*A headband of your choice. I like using metal headbands just because they are sturdy, yet bendy if you need to adjust them. I get mine from Amazon.

*Tulle, ribbon, and of course a flower to glue onto your headband….and anything else you think you may want to add.

*Scissors

*Your strongest glue. I’ll be using a hot glue gun for this.

Let’s get started!

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Step One: Let’s begin by wrapping the headband in tulle. You don’t have to of course. Wrapping your headband in ribbon or anything else you think would be cute. Today, I’m doing tulle followed by ribbon and you may want to copy me after you see (or not). Put a dab of glue at the bottom of your headband and begin. Placing dabs of glue every few inches along the way…

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Step Two: Take a piece of ribbon and we’ll be giving the headband a “candy cane” look by wrapping the ribbon around the headband just like we did the tulle…only spaced out like so…

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And we’re done with the first part…

Step Three: This is an option step but it looks super cute if you take some ribbon and make a bow that will go underneath the flower on the headband. Simply tie a bow like you would your shoe laces, make sure it’s nice and neat after it’s tied and fray proof the edges of the ribbon with a lighter.

Step Four: Now it’s time to build onto the headband you wrapped. Pick a spot that you think looks cute and let’s start. Glue down your cute bow first. Grab your flower next and glue it on top of the bow.

Step Five: From here you can decide what else you may want to add to it. I decided to add some cute, tiny flowers that sprout from the middle of my larger flower. I topped those off with another white lace ribbon bow and topped that off with a tiny black bow with a pearl in the middle. There is no wrong way to do this. Here is my final product…

Yaaassss, honey! Isn’t it cute? I can’t wait to make some more! My final and optional step would be to clue a fake leaf on the bottom like this to make sure your flower isn’t going any where….

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Thank you all for stopping by! Until next time…byeee…

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Infuse Your Water With High Vibrations

The year was 1996. I was about 12 years old and during that year, I watched a good ol’ movie called, “The Baby-Sitters Club” probably about 2 dozen times (I watched a clip of it on YouTube just now and cringed. LOL) on VHS in the comfort of my childhood bedroom.

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I didn’t know it then but it was from this movie that I first learned just how powerful words can be. I learned from this movie that words can be so powerful that they can even help (or not help) a tomato plant to grow (during the movie, a mom was in awe of how “huge” the tomatoes had grown after her little daughter sang “show tunes” to them instead of her usual “torch” songs).

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There was an experiment done by a man named Dr. Masaru Emoto who proved just how powerful words can be towards not tomatoes, but white rice. Watch this quick clip…

….and just in case you don’t want to watch, I’ll explain: He took three glasses, filled them with uncooked white rice and poured water over them. Every day for a month, the three glasses were treated differently: he’d lovingly say, “thank you!” to cup number one, he’d completely ignore the second cup and to cup number three, he was a jerk to and called it an, “idiot!”

After the month was up, cup number one’s rice was still nice and white. Ignored cup number two’s rice was beginning to rot. Finally, cup number three’s rice went completely black after being called an idiot wayyy too many times ;-).

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I really appreciate Dr. Emoto’s rice experiment. Definitely try this experiment at home yourselves and see how it turns out (I don’t think I could do it…knowing me, I’d probably cry while feeling bad for how I treated the third glass of rice LOL). My guess is you will find out what we all know to be true already: words, good or bad, truly do have an effect on us and everything around us.

Getting to what I really wanted to share on this post today (see title), I wanted to mention another cool way to help you manifest all of the things that you want. What is it? Water. That’s right. Water. You can use your powerful mind to make some powerful water to drink so that you can soon become all of the magical goodness you infused into your water.

Water is already high vibrational on it’s own because it’s good for us (so yes, eating better also helps you manifest.  Hey, I don’t make up the rules, I get this stuff off of YouTube). So why not practice taking it up a notch like this adorable person did for their adorable pet?…

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See? They put that note on the bowl with love and so now the universe must obey. You can do this for yourself too of course (I just thought the pet water bowl picture was cute).

Stick Post It notes that say, “I have lots of money!” or “I’m thin and healthy!” or whatever you please on your glass or  even on the table and let your glass sit on top of it for as long as you want before drinking it, leave it over night….it’s whatever you in your heart knows will get the job done. You just have to feel great while doing it, no matter how silly it may seem. Keep your attitude right and when the time is right, the universe will work things out for you so your dreams come true.

You don’t even have to put a Post It note any where near the glass of water if you don’t want to. You can just put your hands close to the glass like this and say the words like you mean it (this is what I like to do)!…

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…and then drink up!

This post was inspired by a guy named Gavin on YouTube who has a channel called, “Wake Up Fulfilled.” He is how I found out about the water manifesting technique as well as the rice experiment by Dr. Emoto. He talks about all of that in this video from a few years back…and he has a British accent so enjoy…

Until next time, folks…

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Let’s Turn Dessert Toppings Into Art!

I’m sure we’ve all seen those cute, decorative glass jars and bottles that can be found in kitchens and restaurants that look like this….

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Well, it’s time to switch things up!!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

*Glass jar or bottle of any size.

*Enough sweet goodness to fill it up with like sprinkles, brown sugar, chocolate chips, crushed oreos, candy, etc., etc., etc.

*Optional-get some puffy paint and fake sprinkles to decorate your jar or bottle after it’s been glued shut. Otherwise, grab whatever you want to decorate the lid with and make it less boring.

*Oh, yeah and glue 😉

Let’s get started!

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By the way, this step by step process will not contain pictures for every step because it’ll just be me typing, “Step 1, pour in your first topping….Step 2, pour in your second topping.” LOL. I won’t do that to you today so let’s just see the finished product and I’ll give you some tips…

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I have a few of these three ounce jars in my craft stash that I want to put to good use and this is what I plan to do with every one. Sprinkles and brown sugar are all I have around at the moment but just imagine what you can do with the toppings and candy you choose in the jar or bottle you choose!

You can even gift one to a friend or family member that’s not glued shut and filled with their favorite candy all stacked in a decorative way just before they eat it all ;-).

The biggest tip I have is just make sure each layer is exactly how you want it before moving onto the next. That way you don’t have to worry about pouring that shit out and starting over again. Haha.

Decorate the lid how ever you want but I love the frosting and sprinkles look so that’s where the puffy paints come into play. Make it look like frosting dripping down over the lid. Get your FAKE sprinkles from Amazon or Ebay or Etsy and sprinkle them on top and let it dry.

You can obviously use the fake sprinkles inside the jar as well but that’s no fun, is it? go for the real deal. Real ones will bleed onto the paint, by the way…trust me, I’ve tried it. So fake sprinkles outside and real sprinkles inside, por favor ;-).

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So that includes this quick tutorial of something super fun you can do with your friends and family. Or just do it alone so that everyone around you thinks you’re a badass who is amazingly talented ;-).

You know, maybe I’ll make a bunch to sell and market them as a weight loss tool with the following instructions: “When you’re feeling like you want to reach for that extra cookie or cupcake you don’t need, just stare hard at this jar of sweets while drinking a glass of water. You’re welcome.” Hahaha.

My goofy-ness aside, thank you all for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this one. I know I can’t wait to make more! Bye!….

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Let’s Make Some Deer Antlers/Ears!

 

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Hey, beautiful people! The above picture is is an example of what we’re making today! Yay!!!!  The end result will be a different pair of antlers/ears because the ones above were sold years back (just so you know).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • headband of your choice.
  • scissors
  • felt or anything you have to make ears out of. Optional if you only want antlers.
  • plenty of hot glue sticks and of course the hot glue gun.
  •  ribbon, tulle or even strips of frayed, pretty fabric to wrap around your headband to make it look less boring.
  • anything you’d like to decorate with, flowers, gems, buttons, whatevs.
  • pipe cleaner for the base of our antlers.
  • acrylic paint, water cup, paper towels, paint brushes.

Let’s do this!

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Step One: Google, “Deer Antlers” to that you have a good example of how to shape yours out of the pipe cleaner. Found one!….

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Step Two: Grab three or four pipe cleaner and roll them all together into one. Do this twice, like so….

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Step Three: Twist them as tightly as you can to the headband and you will end up with this (it’s okay if they slide around after they’re on the headband, glue will come later)…

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Step Four: Perfect! Now use the picture you found on Google as your inspiration, grab some more pipe cleaner and it’s time to start adding onto your antlers. You add on by using technique we used previously. Twist a few pipe cleaners together first and then twist them onto the ones you’ve already attached to the headband. How ever you do it, it doesn’t matter, as long as they end up attached and shaped how you like. Use your scissors to cut certain bits off if needed. I’ll do mine and show you…

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I’m happy with the shape of mine. If you are working with a metal headband or probably any headband, you’ll notice those antlers easily slide from left to right. Instead of using glue, I decided  to cut strips of tulle (use whatever you have) to secure them more tightly in place. You’ll still be able to slide them but at least they won’t move too much for the next step…IMG_20180120_130859

Step Five: Plug in that hot glue gun. I can sense  that you’re doubting me right about now but just you wait. This is about to be an upgrade from the antlers in the first picture ;-). Make sure your antlers are exactly how you want them as far as shape and placement on the headband. Check and Check? Okay, let’s go…

Step Six: We are covering that not so cute pipe cleaner with layers of hot glue! Please be careful! Be mindful of where your fingers are because that stuff drips! It’ll sneak up on you. If you happen to have a low temp hot glue gun or a hot glue gun with a low temp setting, that actually works better for this part because the glue won’t come out like lava and will stick to the pipe cleaner easier since it’s cooler. If you don’t have a low temp hot glue gun, that’s fine too.

Put on some music or a movie. This process is a bit tedious. Just when you think you’ve covered all the pipe cleaner with hot glue? You haven’t. LOL.

Do one layer of hot glue over the pipe cleaner, let it cool, do another, let it cool and so on and so forth until you are satisfied with how they look. If there is a place you put the hot glue that didn’t turn out so great, just melt it with the tip of your hot glue gun and start over…or cut it off and start over. Here’s how mine turned out…

Step Seven: It’s time to to paint (pull off the millions of hot glue strings first)!  Grab some acrylic paint in whatever color/s you want and paint away. Paint one side, lay it down and let it dry, then paint the other side, lay it down and let it dry. Or, you can do what I did and be anxious to get it done and paint the entire thing at once. The catch is you’ll have to let it air dry in your hands instead (If I can do it, anyone can).

Other options:

*Cover the antlers in Mod Podge  and sprinkle glitter all over and let it dry and top with more Mod Podge to finish. Or….

*Forget about the hot glue all together and wrap the pipe cleaner in brown or tan yarn or even tulle (like in the very first picture) from top to bottom, adding glue along the way until finished.

Let’s see how mine turns out….

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They aren’t dry yet but as the kids say these days, “Can you even?!?!?” I went with a purple and black ombre effect. In the future, as your antlers go through the circle of life, they will probably get paint scratched off of them here and there….just fix it with more paint :-). Now, I’m going to let mine dry….

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Step Eight: Now that your antlers are nice and dry, it’s time to cover that boring headband with whatever you want. I’ll be using brown glitter tulle. Put a dab of hot glue (or any glue) on the bottom of the headband and start wrapping, placing a dot of glue every few inches along the way. When you arrive at the antlers, take extra care and wrap around the base of the antlers so you know they aren’t going anywhere! Here’s what the start of the wrapping looks like (sorry, it’s blurry)…

 

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Completed…

Step Nine: This is where I would begin cutting my ears out of felt but I’ve decided I don’t want them this time. I’ll still give you a quick run down of how it’s done. Choose an outer ear color and an inner ear color of felt (I usually use brown and tan or brown and pink). The outer ear color will be cut into a larger size than the inner ear so that both colors properly show when you glue them together (like in the first picture). Place two felt scares on top of each other and cut out your ear shape. Do this for each size/color. If you can’t free cut very well, draw out your own stencils on tag board first like this (then you glue the inner ear on top of the outer and attach them to the headband with hot glue)….

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Step Ten: Remembering that MY end result won’t have ears, let’s continue. Turn on your hot glue gun again. This is where a high temp gun would be good! On projects like these, flowers can end up falling off  (eventually) so a high temp hot glue gun definitely is good for making sure that your faux flowers stay on for a long time.

It’s time to create a nice felt shelf for your flowers to sit on when you glue them onto the headband. Get a piece of felt, cut out a rectangle that will sit on the under side of the headband, right in between the antlers like this….

Step Eleven: Get your faux flowers ready and decide how you want them to look before you start gluing them onto the headband. PLEASE be careful. If you don’t have near fingers of steel like I do from years of burning my finger tips then I suggest you figure out a creative way to not get burned because you NEED to be able to press the flowers on pretty firmly after the hot glue is applied.  Maybe put on two pairs of rubber gloves or something. Haha.

Anyway, what I like to do is decide which flower will go in the middle and then build around it from there. Make sure to glue the flowers far enough forward on the felt so that they cover it. Squeeze a good amount (but not too much) hot glue on the larger flowers in particular and always remember to press firmly and hold every single flower for 8 to 10 seconds each. You can start to build your flower pyramid upwards, gluing flowers on top of flowers until you are happy with the final look….

 

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Although these look better in person than they do in the photo (LOL), I would need to critique my own work. Even though the lumpy texture gives the antlers a unique look that I appreciate, I would definitely go lighter next time and make sure the ends are a little more pointed than rounded.

I went ahead and started some new ones and I think I’m getting there now ;-)….

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Step Twelve: Turn your antlers around and take a look at the back. Cut off anything you think needs to be cut off and make it as pretty as the front by adding even more flowers or leaves or both…

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All finished! I hope I inspired you to try something new and if you make a mistake, don’t let that stop you from enjoying yourself while creating art. Send me pictures of yours if you make them! Byeeeeee!

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