puce_date Saturday, August 30, 2014

DIY Backpack Makeover!!

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Hello Everyone!  Per your request, here is the DIY for backpacks. Perfect for showing off some of your creativity as you are starting off the school year. Here are 3 fun designs to try. Hope you will enjoy making it as much as wearing it. (more…)

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puce_date Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Laptop and iPad Covers

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Hello Everyone!  Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer before school starts.  Here is a DIY that many of my fans have requested that will definitely come in handy as the school year is rolling in.  These DIY covers for your iPad and laptop will help to make school a lot more fun and is a great way for you to express yourself. (more…)

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puce_date Friday, August 8, 2014

College Dorm Room Rehab Series w/ Target

If you have been following me on YouTube, Twitter or Instagram, you know that I’ve just done this crazy back to college dorm room renovation series!  There are four videos to the series followed up by two tips and tricks videos.  If you haven’t seen it yet, start by watching this first video above.  I had an opportunity to work with a brand that I have loved for years on a project that I thought was incredible.  Many of you have asked to see the final dorm room pictures.  Click below to see them all…

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puce_date Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Boho Halter Top (No Sew)

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I love the style and simplicity of a backless halter top.  It is easy to wear and keeps you cool.  Perfect for the beach or even a night out.  Here is an easy way to make your very own.  No sewing machine?  No worries.

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puce_date Sunday, July 27, 2014

DIY Tumblr Inspired Notebooks!

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Hello Everyone!  It’s almost back to school.  A time for new beginnings and another year of fun and excitement.  For this DIY, I want to give a shout out to my DIYer MichelleEDiep on Twitter who requested this awesome project of creating your very own tumblr notebook.  This will allow you to be creative and personalize it the way you want. (more…)

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puce_date Friday, July 25, 2014

Ann’s Top 9 Tips for Packing Light for Vacation!!

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Oh my goodness!  Only a month left until summer ends and it’s back to school time!  This is your perfect opportunity to squeeze in some last minute travel so you can say that you went somewhere this summer!  I made a great video on some packing essentials, but I also wanted to go over nine of my top packing tips!  Let’s go into detail right after the jump!

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puce_date Monday, July 14, 2014

How to Paint w/ Acrylics with Ann

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I was so proud of all of you that learned to paint through my Chanel tutorial that I wanted to make another one for you guys!  I am not a painting expert, but I really enjoy painting as I am creating my own world.  This writeup is just a base primer for supplies and materials and I will post a more detailed post later.

When you paint with Acrylics, you are going to need a few basics.  You need paint, brushes, canvas, a non porous surface to mix paints on(palette, plate, frisbee), a cup for water and an open mind.

For paint, I recommend purchasing dedicated art acrylic paint.  Craft paints don’t have as much pigmentation or vibrant colors as art paint.  There are other paints available like Oil and Watercolor, but they use different techniques.  I find that Acrylic is the easiest to work with for newer painters.  I am using Liquitex BASICS from my local craft store, but you can find good acrylic paint from any art supply or craft store.

When it comes to brushes, there are so many different brushes in shapes and sizes to choose from.  It’s just like buying makeup brushes.  Prices depend on name brand, type of bristle hairs, and overall quality.  For acrylics, I don’t recommend spending a bunch on brushes yet.

What is important with brushes is to make sure you maintain them well by cleaning after painting.  Keep your brush clean and it will keep your painting for years to come.  When loading paint, avoid soaking the brush in a ton of paint and avoid letting the paint soak up to the metal binding.  Wash off after use with hot soapy water and let it dry.  I like storing my brushes in a jar or can bristles up to prevent bristle damage.

Enjoy painting!

“I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.”

- Bob Ross

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puce_date Sunday, June 29, 2014

Easy Independence Day Treats and Snacks

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Hi Everyone!  I cannot believe that July is right around the corner.  Kids are out of school and it’s a time of celebration and many cook-outs.  There is no better time then now to try one of these easy ideas for fun, simple, and delicous snacks and treats. (more…)

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puce_date Sunday, June 15, 2014

DIY Volcanic Acne and Skin Cleansing Face Mask

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Today, I’m going to show you how to make 2 recipes for a face mask that will help detoxify and rejuvenate your skin.  Why try it?  The active ingredients help to draw out bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of the skin.  It helps to fight acne and achieve a flawless complexion.  Both recipes are very effective, but I personally like to use the first one.

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puce_date Monday, June 9, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars Face & Body Soap

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Have you seen the movie or read The Fault In Our Stars yet?  Written by fellow YouTuber, John Green, it’s a fantastic and sad story of love under the most dire of circumstances.  The movie is shaping up to be a phenomenal success.  Congratulations are in order for John!  That being said, I loved the movie and was inspired by both the movie and requests to make a TFIOS DIY tutorial.  I was inspired by the artwork to make a white as well as a black cloud and a star soap.

In this DIY, we are going to make two different types of soap.  The first is a tea tree oil moisturizing hand and body soap.  This soap is soothing and also a natural anti bacterial.  The second soap base is a activated carbon based face soap.  The activated carbon is perfect to extract the toxin and impurities from your skin after removing your makeup.  This tutorial is super easy to make!  Let’s get shorted with this, shall we?…..

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