My birthday is on Thursday, so for this week I’ll be showing off my birthday manicure that I gave myself last night. I didn’t really have a plan in mind, I just kind of grabbed two random polishes and went to town.

I used Sally Hansen’s Pedal to the Metal and Milani’s Silver Dazzle. I also used Seche Vite for the top coat, which was awesome because I was able to pick up my knitting needles and work on my knitting project with practically no wait time. I love that stuff.

Hope you enjoy!

Well, it happened. I joined the ranks of the crazy people who looked at their couch and thought, “I should paint that.” I had seen a few examples of people painting their couches online, and after reading all of them, I decided I would just forgo the textile medium and just use latex paint. My reasoning was that latex paint was already very flexible, so I wouldn’t need the medium for that. Also people use the medium to heat set the fabric, but from what I know about that stuff, it’s to set the paint so it doesn’t wash out in the washing machine. And I’m not throwing my couch into the washing machine any time soon.

This whole thing happened when I went to Goodwill to look for a coffee table or dresser. So of course I found an awesome love seat and couch that I couldn’t just leave there. The only bad things about them were the grandma floral fabric and broken springs. Both easily fixable. I made sure we would be able to get them home somehow (we have a small sedan… not really fit for transporting a love seat and a couch) and then bought those suckers. Here’s a breakdown of this project:

Love seat and couch – $115

Uhaul(we need a truck…) – $55

Oops paint (grey, eggshell finish) – $5

 Total – $175

Really, I only painted the love seat, so I didn’t know if I should include the couch in the prices and everything, but I did anyway. If you wanted to split up the couch cost and Uhaul cost between both couches, it would be around $90 for this love seat project. Anyway, here’s a picture of these guys at Goodwill:

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So, as I mentioned a week or so ago, I recently got my ears pierced, and I’ve been making earrings all over the place in anticipation of being able to wear more cute stuff on my ears. Out of the blue I decided I wanted some cute, simple heart shaped studs and I had some left over brass from previous projects and decided that was the perfect material for these studs. I also took the time to take some progress pictures for you all to enjoy!

You can’t tell from this picture, but it’s actually two pieces of brass sandwiched and held together with rubber cement. I drew a small heart on a piece of paper and glued it onto the brass for a template.

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I’ve seen people doing space nails all over the place, and it inspired me to try it out for myself.  All in all I’m pretty happy with it!

I didn’t really use a tutorial for this, I basically just looked at a bunch of examples and pictures of galaxies and took a makeup sponge with random nail polish colors to my nails.  The base color was Zoya, Dovima. I then sponged on NYC “Empire State Blue,” orchid “Barely There,” essie “Allure,” a tiny bit of Nubar “G188,” and Sally Hansen “Twinkle Twinkle.”  Phew, that was a mouthful.  I probably didn’t have to use that many polishes but I was basically just having fun sponging the colors all over my nails!

I’ve been watching the Olympics for the past few days, and even though it’s summer time, it inspired me to make these ear warmers. The warmers are inspired by the laurel wreaths that the winning Olympians would be crowned with. I had just learned the crocodile stitch and it ended up being the perfect stitch for this project because of how much it looks like leaves.

Here it is. A front view, side view and back view.

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