Happy Holidays!

To those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas!! Monica and I are spending our Christmases with family and we wish you all warm feelings and joy!

Happy Holidays!

-monica + lisa


Holiday Donut Wreath

Merry Christmas! I'm excited for food, family, and re-watching Elf the movie. What are you most excited about? Over the holiday weekend I whipped up this yummy looking donut wreath that also doubles as a pillow! It's just a fun decorative piece that you can easily make. I crafted this during the evening and all the photos I took looked horrid so I thought to try a digitally produced tutorial and hopefully it makes sense.

Before you start figure out how large you want the donut to be. Mine measures about 12 inches around. I traced the largest bowl I could find in my house for the large circle shape, and found other bowls and bottle caps for the other pieces. I just sketched the frosting piece out of a cut donut piece in the green color. You can hand sew this entire thing if you choose or use a machine and then hand sew the seams like I did.

1. Cut out all the pieces 2. Sew on small sprinkle pieces to the large frosting piece. Then sew the frosting piece to ONE of the tan donut pieces. 3. Put the tan pieces right-sides together and sew around the circle leaving about 3 inches of space for stuffing. Don't sew the center circle or you will end up with a jelly bean! 4. Flip the entire thing inside-out and hand stitch the center circle flipping the seams inside so they don't show. 5. Stuff the donut with polyfill until nice and full then stitch up the seam! Tie a HUGE ribbon into a bow and it's officially a wreath!



DIY Remembrall Ornament

I've been wanting to make this remembrall ornament since last year! I thought up the idea and even bought the ornament and wire last December. Unfortunately, I only just got around to getting the roving and putting it together. But! I love it! It's simple and goes so well with my golden snitch ornaments!

Materials: red wool roving, a clear round ornament, wide gold wire/ribbon, and some glitter

1. Mix glue and water together to create a runny glue. Pour some in the ornament, swirl it around, then place it upside down in a sink to drain. 2. Pour some glitter inside the ornament and spread it around with a pencil/chopstick/whatever's on hand. 3. Stuff the roving into the ornament. (I actually pushed a bit of the roving around inside with a pencil to help spread the glitter) 4. Glue the wire or ribbon around the ornament. 5. Spray the top gold.


Gift Idea: Painted Candles

One day I was rummaging the clearance aisle at the craft store and came across this Candle Painting Medium. I had never heard of candle painting before and I never really thought to paint candles, but it can be done easily and makes for a nice personalized gift. I've seen people just use straight acrylic on their candles and it worked out fine. The candle painting medium helps the acrylic adhere to the candle a little better. I liked the way they turned out, simple designs and colors to brighten someone's day this holiday!

Materials: Candles (pillars, candlestick, votive any candle not in a jar or container), Candle Painting Medium, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, rubbing alcohol

Directions: 1.Clean off the candle using rubbing alcohol, there was some oily residue on my candles even though they where new and wrapped when I bought them 2. Mix equal parts acrylic and medium. 3. Paint directly onto candle.

>>The paint comes out slightly opaque and may require a second coat. I suggest painting one color, letting it dry and then move on to the next color to avoid blending (unless that's the look you are going for!)



Holiday Inspired Flower Crown

Poinsettias are one of the holiday staples when it comes to decorating for the holidays. This year I was inspired to make a flower crown out of these red and green beauties. It's your classic flower crown with a holiday twist! This flower crown was made a bit differently than my last one here, but feel free to improvise and work with what you have. I am definitely wearing this to our annual holiday gift exchange party accompanied by ugly Christmas sweaters and jingle bells. Walking, talking, Christmas person!

Materials: Bundle of fake flowers, headband, hot glue, scissors/wire-cutters

1. Detach the flowers from the stems and snip off any excess plastic pieces 2. Dab some glue and glue the leaf part (if you want--they probably would look better without them) 3. Glue the bottom of the flower to the headband at desired location around the band.

 I now crown ye Princess of Christmas! Happy Holidays!



DIY Faux Bois Votive

Hello there! Well as you can see we're not doing 12 Days of Christmas this year. Monica and I both just finished with finals and are now busy working at our respective day jobs. But, that doesn't mean no DIYs! Instead of 12 days, we're attempting a (work) week and a half of holiday DIYs starting with this votive one! We'll keep it under the 12 Days of Christmas tag (in which you can see last year's projects) to keep all the holiday DIYs under one figurative roof. Now that that explanation's out of the way, on to faux bois!

Materials: glass votive, hot glue gun, and frosted glass finish

1. Using a hot glue gun, make a faux bois pattern on the glass. 2. Spray paint a frosted glass finish onto the votives and let set overnight. We used this one. 3. Peel away the hot glue (or leave it, if you like) 4. Light a candle in it! Pretty! I love the way it turned out.

How to do faux bois: You can google "faux bois" and reference a picture or free-hand it like I did.
1. I started with a small oval swirl in the middle of the glass and then worked my way out, reaching the top and bottom. 2. Then, on the side of the oval, make two V's like arrows pointing toward each other and add smaller V's inside them. 3. Do that on either side of the oval and then repeat!



Holiday Wish List 2013

1. This Etsy shop Frostbeard sells the most amazing scented candles! Scents include The Shire, Winterfell, and Dumbledore's Office. They even sell one called Exterminate! that is an odor eliminator. Genius. Unfortunately their shop is closed for the holidays, but as soon as they open up I'm grabbin some.
2. Shakespeare and Star Wars: a match made in ghost Jedi afterlife. Ian Doescher took Star Wars and put it in iambic pentameter and I think he might be a hero for that.
3. I love this BookBook iPhone case. I love it so much that I tried to DIY one but failed miserably. I think it would be cool if someone sold custom ones with your favorite book as the cover!
4. Moon Raven Designs on Etsy sells really beautiful jewelry and this wild cat skull is my favorite. It has an articulated jaw!
5. By now I'm sure you've seen a little bit of Allie Brosh's comics in some way, shape, or form. Well now you can see all of it in book form! Her comics on depression are just so relatable, funny, and endearing.

1. This kitty coin pouch from Urban Outfitters is a chicer version of one that I have, it's so Purrrty!
2. Peppermint Butler is such a BAMF and this dress is just as badass! Peppermint Butler Dress here.
3. I love these little cups with critters in them. It makes drinking coffee a little extra special! I found this mug on ModCloth.
4. This is something that I just realized I needed after switching out my summer and winter clothes out-- Vacuum sealed Space Bags! I can already imagine all the compact, dust-free, storage capabilities!
5. Cards Against Humanity. I've heard good things about this card game and I'm pretty sure my friends would have a blast playing this as well! There is a free downloadable version of this game on their website, it just takes time and supplies to make!


Fave 5 // Sloths + Bears

Hey readers! The reason it's been so quiet around here is that Monica and I just finished defeating college apps and we are now facing finals week (imagine us as Great Warrior). Anyway we're going to start posting holiday DIYs next week! Until then, here's a Fave 5:

1. I've been really into letterman style sweaters and jackets lately so I love this upcycled sweater from Fashionrolla. It's really simple as long as you've got a patch and some zippers.

2. I don't totally keep up with runway fashion but the Mulleavy sisters are a couple of my favorite designers and when I saw this Rodarte rosette braid earlier this year I fell in love. The Beauty Department has a good tutorial on how to do it.

3.  Xmas crafts are here! I really like these DIY woodland stockings from Martha Stewart.

4. Have a crafter you need a gift for? Kiriki Press has the cutest embroidered animal kits. I'm partial to the sloth. He looks so friendly.

5. This gift wrapping idea from Mr Printables is so simple and so cute that I'm a little upset that I didn't think of it.

And a short playlist of some weird/awesome music just because. Happy Sunday.



Happy 50th Anniversary Doctor Who!

We are excited for the 50th Anniversary Special! We are a bit late to the party due to work schedules and such but have it set to record and are also going to a theater screening on Monday! Watching one of our favorite TV shows on a big screen in 3D is pretty epic! To celebrate the 50th we've gathered up all our Doctor Who themed DIYs here:

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The One Who Knocks

"Say my name."
I admit to being a little late to Breaking Bad ...as in I started the series two weeks before the finale. I powered through all five seasons since then. I can't remember the last time I was so invested in a television series. How I managed to physically see the TV through all my tears is a mystery. Anyway, since I have the compulsion to turn all my loves into crafts, I wanted to do a Breaking Bad DIY. Ideally I would have liked to craft something that would allow me to protect Jesse from anyone/anything that would potentially do him harm, but since that is impossible (believe me I've tried) I made this Heisenberg sketch shirt instead.

You'll need a white shirt and the Heisenberg template. Download here and here.

1. Print out the template and tape it together. 2. Iron out a white shirt and put something (cardboard, newspaper, etc) inside to prevent bleeding paint. 3. Place and center the template inside the shirt. 4. Using black acrylic paint and fabric painting medium, trace the template.Let dry 24-48 hours. 5. Heat set the image with an iron or in the dryer.

The hat and sunglasses aren't filled in on the template because I didn't want to waste printer ink. Also, if you're uncomfortable going straight for the paint, trace with a pencil first.

Just in case you were wondering, fabric painting medium holds up really well in the wash. I have another shirt that I painted and have washed many times without any fading or bleeding.



Fave 5 // Pocky

1. Turning tea cups into cute planters is such a good idea! They remind me a lot of Chia Pets, same idea but more cute and simple! Tutorial here.
2. Swellmayde has a tutorial for these delicate stone rings that are darling and sweet.
3. Happy late Pepero day! I guess it is a celebrated holiday in Korea named after the makers of Pocky! It's like valentines day but with a specific brand of cookies? Either way, this Rainbow Pocky cake from Eat Show and Tell is fitting and looks delicious!
4. Cooler weather is approaching and these crocheted t bar skimmers I found on etsy are adorable!  I seriously need to know how to knit and crochet so I can make cute things. Pattern sold here.
5. This has been floating around the internet these past couple days. Dinovember! It's a creative project that this couple is doing every November to give their kids a little excitement and mystery. They pretend that their children's toy dinosaurs come to life at night to cause mischief and mayhem while everyone's asleep, kind of like Santa but way cooler.



Make A Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

 I've been wanting to make my own body scrub for sometime. I found this recipe from The Idea Room that is perfect for this time of year! This scrub feels amazing and left my skin soft and silky! Scrubs make great gift for the holidays and I will be making some for gifts this year. I also found different variations of this scrub, feel free to experiment with different oils and spices! Here's what you need to make this simple festive scrub:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup almond or coconut oil
1. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. 2. Mix in oil, add more if desired. The mixture shouldn't be too runny. 3. Put in a sealed container for storage and gifting.
This scrub can be applied to your body, face, lips. Also note that if you are allergic to any of the ingredients it's probably not good to use them. There are plenty of substitutes for oils and spices. Have a fun and relaxing autumn spa day!



Eye Spy // Nail Art Tutorial

Peek-a-boo! I love looking at fun nail designs that people come up with but I never have the patience or time to actually do any of them. Nail polish takes forever to dry and I am really fidgety and can't keep my hands still for more than a minute, luckily there are quick dry nail colors out there that speed up the drying process but sometimes that still isn't enough! Anyways this nail design was inspired by the eye trend that was going around earlier in the months. I think it was style icon Alexa Chung who started the nail trend but who knows. This nail design is sorta creepy but surprisingly I got a lot of compliments from people who noticed "my eyes"! Why not give it a try?

Here is what you will need:

  • Nail colors: white, black, light blue, color of your choice (i chose red), & clear coat
  • Reinforcements (or circular stickers)
  • Dotting tools - I made my own!
  • optional: thin brush or black nail art brush/pen

1. Paint your nails white! Make sure they are 100% dry. I like to wait a full day because they need to be completely dry for this to work out! 2. Stick the reinforcements over the cuticle side of your nails as shown. Make sure they are secure and be sure to pack the stickers all the way along the sides of your nails. 3. Paint on your choice color on the exposed nails. 4. Carefully pull off the stickers before the paint dries! If you wait too long you will pull off all the color polish and your eye will not come out right.
5. I stuck a ball ended pin and a flat ended pin on eraser ends to make my dotting tools. 6. Start with the light blue color using the larger dotter. Just dab some paint and dot in the center of the white area. 7. Do the same with the black using the smaller dotter for the pupils of the eyes. If you like the way they look you can stop here! 8. If you have a nail art brush or polish you can line the eyes and draw little eye lashes to make them pop a bit more!



Costume Idea: Tina and Louise

Halloween is coming up and we decided to whip up another fun animated show inspired costume! This time, it's all about the Belcher sisters, Tina and Louise! If you have never seen an episode of Bob's Burgers you are missing out on some good stuff. It's a show about a family that owns a burger restaurant. Every character on this show has their own thing... The oldest sister Tina is going through her awkward preteen years dealing with confused emotions about butts and zombies and Louise is kind of an evil mastermind with a dose of sarcasm. They also have a brother named Gene who is weird but lovable and uses the keyboard to write his rhymes and record weird sounds. Don't get me started on the parents... just watch the show, its fun and everyone who works on it is really talented and I love it. Now check out how we put these looks together.

 We took an over-sized t-shirt and made a more fitted dress out of it by pinning and sewing on the marked lines with my measurements.

To make the hat we used the same pattern as the Fionna hat from this Finn's Hat Tutorial by re-sizing and changing the ears out with bunny shaped ones. Here's what you will need:
  • Finn's hat pattern (here)
  • Ear shape pattern (DOWNLOAD HERE)
  • Pink fleece fabric
  • Craft wire
1. Print the ear template and cut ears from the pink fleece. 2. Pair up the fleece, pin together, and sew. Flip right side out. 3. Bend wire into the ear shape (double up the wire for extra sturdiness). Attach a wire circle as a base by wrapping it to the ears. 4. Mark where you want your ears and stitch them the same way as the Finn hat. We placed the ears a little closer to the front and angled.

 We even made a menu for craft themed foods like on the show.

Happy Halloween everyone!
- monica & lisa