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Monday, March 31, 2014

The DIY'ers is on Spring Break

Hello to our very loyal The DIY'ers Party followers!

We would like to apologize for last week's linky not working properly, we are in the process to get everything to normal.

But for the meantime, The DIY'ers is on Spring Break
We will resume the party as soon as we can resolve this.

Meantime, why don't we take a look at mine and Kayla's latest happening from last week.

Here's my latest projects.
[Reuse] Old Calendar Photos // How to Clean your Make-Up Brush & Sponge // 
I am crushing on Faceted Terrariums♥ // [Fashion Friday] Soft Pink Spring
Have a great week ahead!  Weather is getting better over here♥

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bringing Spring Inside your Home: Hi Faux Succulent Planters!

Remember on last week's The DIY'ers I had this as one of my top three favorites?
I  really want to try this faux succulent planters sometime that Katelyn of Learning, Creating, Living shared.  It really looks real.
And so I tried it.  And. I. Love. It.

You know when you're super inspired by somebody that you have to go to Michael's impromptu and pronto.

My trip to Michael's was also interesting having two toddlers with me.  I have to purchase other than these supplies.  But it was a super fun trip!
oh by the way, the succulents were all on 40% sale.

I used some old newspaper to save on the rocks.
And then arranged the succulents in the planter.  Added some moss and then rocks.

And it is very pretty.  I did not understand why I have not thought of doing this before.  But so glad Katelyn inspired me so much.  Thanks to you.
Looking at it, I thought I had to add something.

So I added some sticker letters.  Would have been nice to put a vinyl lettering or paint it but I wasn't 100% to keep it like this yet.

but..

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I love how it looks when your looking down at it.
They really look real in person (or in succulent).  Does it look too fauxy for you?

The good thing about this is, I don't have to worry about watering or for it to die.  Because you know, I don't have that super-green thumb.

And this is the best thing I've ever done so far this spring.

Have you ever tried keeping real succulents? Or would you consider doing like this?

Thanks for reading and until then...
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Friday, March 28, 2014

[Fashion Friday] Soft Pink Spring

Soft Pink Spring

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

I am crushing on Faceted Terrariums♥

I am crushing on faceted terrariums.

There you go, I've said it.

It started when I was looking for inspiration on succulents in the house and from then on, I am totally head over heels about faceted terrariums.

I really don't know but everytime I see it, it makes my heart skip a bit...

Could it be the geometrical shape of it? 

Could it be the uniqueness of this piece for it be a home decor?

I don't really know...

But let me show you what I am talking about.

First on the list is this West Elm's small black terrariums.  

It would be so cool to have all those four and make it as the centerpiece in the dining room...good conversational pieces...
Faceted Terrarium, Small, Black
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And then this turning triangles terrarium from Urban Outfitters.  

I would love to even have this in my bathroom counter...or this (affiliate link)
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How can you not fall in love with this selection of Restoration Hardware...I ♥ the tall ones.  

It would be perfect to display on the main entry table or maybe above your mantle if you have one.
Faceted Glass Terrarium
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How about this hanging crystal point from Score and Solder.

I would love to have this on my bedroom dresser or maybe on my reading corner.
Image of Hanging Crystal Point
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Still from Score and Solder, I am smitten by the gravity defying effect of this.

I wish he will ship this to me and I would be the happiest person alive.
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What are your thoughts on this really creative and extraordinary work of art?
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

[Reuse] Old Calendar Photos

If you have old calendar with those beautiful photos - do. not. throw. it. away.

Reuse those instead.  I have this 2013 calendar with really great photos from work and after the year ended, took it home with me.  I knew I had to reuse it.

After three months, I finally was able to reuse it... #finallyhavetimetodoprojects

But what I did was I cut the photos off of the calendar, making sure the edges are straight.
After all the calendar photos that I like were cut, it was measured.
The I purchased some frames from dollar store that I dressed up by painting and gold cornering it, which I will be doing a separate post here in a couple of days.
I place the calendar on the paper (dummy photos from the frame) first using a double-sided tape.

Make sure it was straighten and inserted it inside the frame and you have this really beautiful artwork.
Not too shabby eh?..

What do you think, would you use old calendar photos for decor?
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to Clean your Make-Up Brush & Sponge

First of all, let me start this post telling you that I am in no way Martha Stewart.  

That being said, it should be clear that I am not an expert at all.  The goal of this whole series, is to give you random cleaning & organizing posts that hopefully you will find it useful.
Disclaimer: I am just showing how I did it, and do not claim in any way to be an expert.  Therefore, it is not my responsibility if this works with you or not.

Cleaning your make-up brushes and sponge is not a rocket science. ☺

But even with the least busy woman out there, would not clean these items regularly.  And that makes me think, ewww!!

Anyway, here we go.

Gather all your make-up brushes and sponges that needs cleaning.
You see how the make-up are sticking to the sponge and brushes?
How to Clean your Make-up Brushes

Step 1: Get three things:
Hydrogen Peroxide is good for cleaning because it works like a bleach.  For me, if it is safe for use as a gargle or rinse as described in the label, then it is safe for cleaning the make-up brushes & sponge.
          
Baby Wash is my choice because it is definitely gentle on the skin.  If it is going to make the baby's skin soft then it's going to make the make-up brushes & sponge soft as well.

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Step 2: Pour about two 3 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide on the bowl, then pour the same amount of baby wash and soak the make-up brushes.
After about 5 minutes, you will notice that the make-up residues are coming off, just by looking at the color of the mix on the bowl.
Step 3: Dip the brushes onto the bowl, going up and down, until you see your bristles of the brushes are looking clear from make-up residues.
Step 4: Empty out your bowl and replace it with clean water, rinse the brushes into that bowl with clean water.  Repeat this step until you get a clear water off from rinsing the brushes.
Step 5: Gently squeeze the bristles to remove excess water then reshape them.  Lay the brushes flat on a towel to air dry.

How to Clean your Make-up Sponge

Repeat Step 1 from above

Step 2: Pour about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and about the same amount of baby wash onto the bowl.
Soak it for about 20 minutes.
Step 3: Gently squeeze the sponge, then dip it back, then squeeze the make-up residue off of the sponge.
Step 4: Rinse the sponge from a running water until the water runs clear.

Step 5: Gently squeeze the sponge to remove the excess water and then lay it on a towel to air dry.  
Sponge takes longer to dry than the brushes so be prepared for that.
I hope you find this helpful!
Really, when was the last time you cleaned your make-up brushes & sponge?
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

The DIY'ers time!

I don't know if the weather is aware that it is officially Spring.  I hope this gets better, looking forward to a warmer weather to get the spring cleaning kicking!

Welcome back again to this week's
But first let's take a look at what was keeping me super busy last week.

Gold Dipped Striped Table from a Glass Patio Table // Spring Chill // A place to hang my DIY Photo Canvas // Spring Cleaning is Here! // K-5 Learning Review

And check out the projects of the even more super busy Kayla.
How to Round Tile Edges & Corners // Tile-o-rama // The "We're Almost Done" To Do List Update
And for my top three favorites from last week.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gold Dipped Striped Table from a Glass Patio Table

Yes, you can paint over your old glass patio table like I did with mine.

It all started one sunny Saturday morning when I finally let my kids loose in the backyard.  While the kids were busy, I noticed this really sad and gloomy patio table.
I know, sad and gloomy right?  So I thought I'd transform it and use it inside!

After wiping this thing with a wet rag to remove the debris and let it dry, I got into painting.

Painting the legs was pretty easy, used a glossy white spray paint with multiple thin layers.

As for the glass top, I used the Americana Decor Chalk Paint in everlasting white or similar to this *affiliate link, left-over from my Organized Charging Station Drawer project.

After painting using a foam roller the glass part of it, let it dry and I got so scared because the texture was cracked!
Hmm...Okay, I thought.  So I added another layer of paint over it and with special attention to the cracked areas.  

Multiple layers were added with about 10-20 minutes of drying time in between, depending on what I was doing.

Then finally had the finish that I wanted, it wasn't smooth but it wasn't cracked.  If you can remember, this same table was used in the corner where I finally hung my DIY Photo Canvas with Texture
I let the paint cure for supposedly a couple of days but then being a working mom that I am, that couple of days became a week.  

But when I finally had the time to tackle the gold-dipping and gold-striping of this table, it was super fun and super easy!

Dusted off the table then start taping it off, I used this Frog Tape *affiliate link to do this.
Remember to press your tape down to the surface with special attention to the corners, edges & curvy surfaces.
Then I also used the same Frog Tape *affiliate link for the gold-dip the legs.
Then spray-painted this baby!  I used a metallic gold spray paint, Krylon Metallic Gold Spray Paint *affiliate.

Sprayed multiple thin layers.
Carefully remove the frog tape while the paint is still wet to get that nice crisp line.  

Oh, stay posted because I have a project coming up using the gold painted frog tape that I saved from this  project.
Then spray-painted with clear acrylic for protective coating.
I. love. it.

I'm glad to go for half-horizontal, half-vertical stripes.  It looks edgy and modern.
And how about those sexy gold dipped legs?
I am especially in love with how the top looks like when your looking down at it.
Then put it back in that corner.
And now for the before and after.
Oh I just love transforming anything bland to fab.

So what do you think? 
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