Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Back to the Music

You might recognize Damion Suomi from the band "Minor Prophets". I love all of his songs because there's something honest about his voice. I trust him.
He makes me smile, and I hope he makes you smile too.

How-To: Make Jewelry Out of Hex-Nuts!

Go to any a hardware store for the hex-nuts. I chose silver but there's gold ones as well. Get some synthetic line to mix with the craft line so you can melt it on the knots you make with a lighter (that way it won't come undone so easily).

Make 3 Lines. Double over the line into a giant loop and make a knot at one end. Make sure the loop is about the right size to fit a hex-nut through tightly. It will be used as a makeship clasp.

Braid the three lines together just like hair, until you get to what you've decided is the middle section of the necklace. Then add one hex-nut per braid.

I got three different sizes so I can taper them and make the middle larger like this.

Then braid it the same length on the other side and at the very end tie on one more hex-nut to put through the loop you made on the other end. Once again if you used synthetic line, flash a lighter over the knot to melt it together so it's nice and strong.

Voila! Kinda looks like fish bones.
Hex-nut necklaces make me smile, and I hope they make you smile too!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How To: Make a Fishtail Braid

Seperate a side pony into 2 parts.

Take a small piece of hair from behind on side of hair.
(The smaller the better.)

Cross that small piece over and join it with the other side of hair.

Take a small piece of hair from the alternate side and cross it over to join with the first side.

It should start looking loose like this.

Just keep going. Like I said, it may take awhile, but the smaller the pieces you use, the cooler it turns out!

I like to use the smallest hair-tie I can find. Usually clear.

Mermaid Braid!

The best part about this braid is that it's ok to be messy! I even like to pull it apart a little afterwards to give it more of a beachy mermaid look. It takes longer than a normal braid but it's well worth it.

My fishtail braid made me smile all day and I hope it makes you too.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Minnow Puts a Smile on my Face

I'm sick at home alone all day and my boyfriend wrote me a note this morning with a mission: to paint a picture of our kitten, "Minnow" for him to keep at his desk at work. So here she is:

Song of the day
Behind That Locked Door
by Yim Yames