Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pink Zebra Nail

Make sure to let each coat dry before moving onto the
next step

Tried one on my own this time. It was actually pretty easy, just a little time consuming. I haven't tried this with the gel polish yet, this is with regular polish.

~ Start by painting a base coat
~ Paint nail with a bright pink
~ Using a light pink, paint a diagonal tip
~ Using black polish, paint zebra lines (use a really thin nail brush and paint little squiggles)
~ Paint a silver accent across the nail where the light pink and dark pink meet
~ Paint top coat

Use a thin nail brush for zebra stripes and silver stripes

Monday, January 28, 2013

Another Cute Wedding Nail Idea

Nude gel polish with glitter accent

So this is another nail idea that you could do for a wedding or wedding party without having to get full on acrylic nails done. This is done with nude gel nail polish with a glitter accent.

Gel nails last longer than regular polish and do not ruin your nails like acrylics do.

I did this one a few weeks ago with the gel polish and it lasted for about 2 weeks. If you are looking for instructions on how to do the gel nails at home on your own, check out my blog post here for that.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ladybug Nails

I have seen these cute little bugs all over Pinterest and nail blogs for awhile. So today I finally decided to paint these gals on my fingers. I used the instructions found in the DIY Nail Art book by Catherine Rodgers as a baseline, but added my own things here and there.

I started by painting my nails red.

Next drew a line down the center of each nail with black polish.

Then drew a small half circle kind of shape at the base of each nail.

Then, I filled in each half circle with black polish.

I used a dotting tool and dotted the spots on the lady bugs.

Lastly, I used the same dotting tool to add the eyes.

I love the way they turned out! I will be doing these again.

Lady bug nail art

Friday, January 11, 2013

DIY Ripped Jean Lace

Got a pair of jeans that have a hole creeping a little to large? want to stop the hole from getting bigger?

Don't toss those bad boys just yet! This is a quick easy fix that you can do to add a cute accent and save those jeans.

All you have to do is cut a piece of fabric (lace, cotton, whatever you want) larger than the size of the hole.

Pin the fabric to the wrong side of the jean section. This would mean you are sewing on the inside of the jeans.

Find a thread color that matches the color or your jean the closest.

Sew the patch to the inside of the jean. I was able to use my sewing machine for the example below, but if your pant is a skinny jean or you are having problems fitting it under the machine, then just hand sew it.

Viola!  I get complimented on this all the time and now plan to do it to all my jeans.

After posting this without pictures, I added another post here with pictures on how to do this.

DIY Ripped Jean patch blog post with pictures.

By sewing in the lace it prevented
the hole from getting bigger and
added a nice accent to my jeans!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

DIY Birthday Tree

I got this idea because my niece was having a Pooh Bear themed birthday party. I was looking for decorations etc., and decided that I wanted to do a tree.

This was really easy and cost me nothing because I had all the supplies but would cost less than $10 to make.

Find a large piece of cardboard. I got lucky and was able to find one large enough to do the whole tree. If you cannot find one that big, make the tree in pieces.

Cut out the tree after you have traced it with a pencil

Paint the top part of the tree green

Add any little details  I added a bird and a birthday sign. I cut out cardboard and painted the sign white. Using a hot glue gun, I glued some string to the sign and used a push pin to attach to the tree.

The tree was a little "floppy" so I took a broomstick and taped it to the back to give it some support.

Place against a wall and have the guests put gifts under the tree.

Add a little something special to
a child's' birthday party

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tiger Nails - Rawr!

Tiger Nails! Rawr! 

Ok today I am posting another idea that I got from the book 'DIY Nail Art' by Catherine Rodgers. Like I said in some of my other posts, I am not clever enough to think of these ideas on my own and you should check out her book here, on amazon.

At first, I thought this one may be difficult but it was actually pretty easy and even better, the nails turned out pretty well!

I changed the instructions a little from what she posted in the book so here is my take on it:
Paint nails white first.
Then using a small make up sponge, blot 2/3 of the way with the yellow.
Then blot the tip of the nail with orange.
Use a gold or orange glitter and blot all the color.
Using a nail art brush paint black stripes.
Lastly, use a top coat!

Get creative and let your inner tiger out!