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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Text instructions, coming soon…

CLICK on your favorite images and print below.  If you don’t have a printer, I suggest you take the file image to Staples or Office Max and have them print the image onto thick shiny card stock paper.

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PIN BELOW!!!

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Love,

ANN!!

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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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puce_date Sunday, June 1, 2014

Build your own Healthy Chia Pudding

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Healthy Chia Seed Pudding

Who doesn’t love a healthy and delicious snack? Today, I am going to show you a super easy way to make a yummy treat from the super food chia seeds. Chia seeds are native to South America and have been used by the Mayan and Aztec in their diets for centuries. It is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and helps you feel fuller longer. Did I mention that it is gluten-free? You can find chia seeds at health food stores.

What You will need:

-Chia seeds (black or white)-I used white as it resembled tapioca
-Almond milk, soy milk, or dairy milk – I used almond
-Jar (mason jar are fun)
-fruit juice of your choice- I used mango
-coconut milk
-large spoon-I used a serving size spoon

What you will do:

-With the spoon add 1 part chia seeds into jar (about 2 spoonful)
-Then pour in 3 parts almond milk or milk of your choice
-Stir to blend

-For the fruity version, add about 1/4 of chia seeds to jar
-Then fill with fruit juice of your choice
-Stir to blend

Coconut milk may be used to increase creaminess. You may also use sweetener to taste. For healthier options, use agave nectar and other natural sweeteners. When you get it to your desired taste, cover and refrigerate. Chia seeds have an outer layer that swells up when mixed with liquid. The gelling action will give the pudding consistency. If there is still too much liquid in your pudding, add more chia seeds. Pudding is ready to eat after 2-3 hours.

You may also try these different variations:

-2 serving spoon size of almond butter
-chia seed pudding
-mix to blend and refrigerate until ready to eat

or

-1 mashed banana (you may also use crushed pineapples or berries)
-add fruit to bottom of jar (smaller size)
-add chia seed pudding on top
-refrigerate until ready to eat

Enjoy!!!

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puce_date Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Seashell Candles

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Hi everyone, summer is here!  If you are like me, you are looking forward to the warm sand, bright sun, and cool water.  Summer is a time for outdoor FUN and entertainment, including cookouts and pool parties.  For this DIY, I will show you how to make seashell candles, which can be used to add that touch of summer to your events, or you can simply use it as party favors or gifts.

What you will need:

Seashells -make sure it is not broken and there are no holes

Candle wicks – trimmed to fit the depth of your shells

Candle wax – you can get diffirent colors

Glass measuring cup  – I use Pyrex

Glue – super glue or hot glue

 

What you will do:

1) With the glue, dab a drop on the bottom of the wick base and secure wick to each shell.

2) Microwave wax on high for approximately 2 minutes or until completely melted.

3) Carefully pour the candle wax into each shell until it is full.  To balance a shell, use another shell as a wedge to keep it steady.

4) Let wax cool completely, about an hour, before use.

Suggestions:

Place shells in a clear glass bowls with sand to create a serene beach theme or scattered on a shallow color dish (shape/color of your choice) filled with small pebbles/sand.

Thanks for trying my DIY.  Good luck!  Until next time, be inspired and be creative.

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puce_date Friday, May 30, 2014

Make a Statement with Empty Picture Frames as Wall Art

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Hello, hope you all are enjoying beautiful weather. Spring time is one of the best time to update your home. After all, spring brings new beginnings as the flowers bloom and the trees refresh their leaves. One easy way to do this is to swap out old home decor or simply be creative with some of the things you may already have. Decorating does not have to be expensive to look good. For this DIY project, I’m going to show you one of the ways to give old picture frames a new look and make a statement on your wall.

Materials:
Picture frames of various sizes and texture with art or photos removed (you can find these at thrift stores, garage sales, etc.)
Paint brush
Paint primer (spray can)
Paint-color of your choice
Newspaper or something to protect your floor

Instructions:
-On a flat service, lay frame down -use newspaper, drop cloth,old beach towels, etc. to protect the floor
-Shake primer can and spray to cover evenly. Primer will help paint to adhere and increase color vibrancy
-Once primer is dry, paint on color using the paintbrush. Be sure to get the brush into the crevices.
-Let each coat dry before painting the next. At least two coats of paint is recommended. You can place your brush in a bag, like a used grocery bag, and twist bag around the handle to keep it from drying out while waiting for paint to dry.
-Once you get your desired look, let paint dry.
-When completely dry, frames are ready for hanging.
-For Polaroid frames, measure a string across the frame, cut, and secure with tacks on back of frame. If you need to, use a hammer and tap lightly. Use clothing pins to clip your favorite pictures onto strings.
-You may hang smaller and lighter frames with push pins, and for larger and heavier frames, I recommend using a hammer and nail. Happy hanging!

Thanks for trying out my DIY. Good luck! Until next time, be inspired and be creative.

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