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Decor Lifestyle

Bedroom Refresh: DIY Wall Art

Hello!

Thank you for all patiently waiting as it has been quite some time since I have blogged. Not going to lie, I felt a little uninspired after Christmas and didn’t quite know what to blog about. With the weather getting warmer (It’s currently 12 degrees here in Toronto!!), I felt inspired to change some things up in the house to give the space some new life.

I am not an artist by any means – I couldn’t draw to save my life, but being crafty – well that I can do! I’ve been searching for new art to put in our apartment to give the space some life, but haven’t found anything that I loved. I’m also incredibly indecisive when it comes to decor, so spending upwards of $200 on a canvas that I wasn’t head over heels about was just not realistic. The one thing I knew for sure was that I loved water colour! Light bulb moment – I could DIY that myself. See the photos below to see how it turned out!

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Originally I had the grey pillows on the bed, but to pick up more of the blue from the canvas, I switched them out for the baby blue pillows that you see in the other photos!

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All you need to recreate a similar DIY is:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Paintbrush

I mixed 1 part paint with 3 parts water in a cup and painted! I was still able to get deeper saturation of colour by simply adding more paint directly on the canvas where I wanted it, then used water to blend it out. I’m no expert at water colour painting, but there are plenty of tutorials online. I just kept painting until I was happy with the final product. There was truly no rhyme or reason for how I achieved the final look.

Happy Painting!
lxiv

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Crafts Holidays Lifestyle

12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Gift Tags DIY

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Every time I go to buy Christmas tags for all of my thoughtfully purchased gifts, I can’t get over the price tag! Tags are SO EXPENSIVE! I’m not just being frugal….I genuinely think that they are overpriced (yes, I know you can get some at the Dollar store…but they aren’t as pretty!). My sister and I decided last year that we were going to try to make our own tags! We loved the way they turned out, so I’m going to share how to make them with you!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Bristol board (white…or whatever colour you want)
  • White glue
  • Loose glitter
  • Foam brushes
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Sissors
  • Hole punch
  • Hairspray (yes, hairspray!)

Step 1: Trace out a tag template (you can find them on Pinterest for free or just hand-draw your own. Cut out the template and use this to trace onto the rest of the bristol board.

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Step 2: Cut out each tag.

Step 3: Paint each tag with the colour paint of your choosing! We chose gold as it made the tags look like they had a wood grain finish! No need to be precise – and this WILL get messy! Make sure the one side is completely dry before painting the other side of the tag.

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Step 4: Once the tags are dry, use the foam brush to apply the white glue where you want your glitter to go. We opted to only apply the glitter to the bottom of the tag. However, we have done polka-dots or other designs in the past!

Step 5: Apply the glitter! Ensure that the glue you applied is completely covered by the glitter. Tap off any excess.

*TIP* We used a plastic bag to “catch” the loose glitter so that we didn’t waste any and so that there wasn’t as big of a mess!

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Step 6: Hairspray! With an aerosol can of hairspray, spray the tags where you applied the glitter to ensure it stays in place and sets the glitter.

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Step 7: Last but not least, hole punch where you will want your ribbon or string to go through.

Simple but cute DIY and easy to get the whole family involved!

Alternatively, you can use the glitter paper that I mentioned in my Garland DIY post and cut out the tag templates. You can still paint it if you would like or leave it white!

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Stay tuned for the next 12 Days of Christmas post where I show you how to wrap the perfect gift with these tags!

Let me know if you’re going to try this DIY! I’d love to see your creations in the comments below!

lxiv

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Beauty Holidays Lifestyle Photography

Mermaid Makeup Look + Photoshoot

Looking for a last minute easy Halloween costume? Look no further! At the end of the summer my sister and talented photographer at Magic in Colours Photography, Christina, put together a ‘colour-bomb’ photoshoot. Each model had a theme and a colour story such as Galaxy (pink and purple) and Sunset (red, orange and yellow). My theme was Mermaid. AMAZING. With my love of makeup and doing makeup for others, I immediately volunteered to create the looks! The photos turned out so well. You should definitely take a look at her Facebook page to check out some of her other photography shoots!

Take a look below to see how they turned out along with instructions on how to recreate the look.
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As for the Mermaid makeup…here’s what you’ll need:

  • Aqua, turquoise, navy blue, green and purple eye shadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Fishnet Stockings
  • Highlighter
  • Blue lipstick (optional: I used the eye shadows to create the lip look!)

I started the look by creating a smokey blue eye, defining the lashes with eyeliner and then applying many coats of mascara. I then placed the fishnet stockings where I wanted to add the effect of scales and dusted a layer of light blue and then added deeper tones such as the green and purple. I found it easier to wet the brushes so that the eye shadow stuck well to my face! Once the scales were in place, I added a blue lip to tie the whole look together. Since I did not have any blue lipstick, I simply wet the eye shadows on the back of my hand with a lip brush and then applied directly to my lips. I added highlighter on the high points of my face and lightly over the scales to add some sheen and dimension.

For my hair, I wanted it to look wet and slicked back, as if I had just surfaced from the water (did I mention I have a really big imagination?). So I used gel and mousse to slick my hair back with a comb and hair sprayed it in place. I used a couple of bobby pins to keep some stray hairs from slipping out. But overall, the look was very simple to do.

The shots definitely speak for themselves! They turned out great.

Fun fact: the shoot took 10 times longer than planned because wasps were attracted to the colour bombs and we had to keep running away! Okay…I had to keep running away…they are my #1 fear!

For a more detailed guide on how to recreate this look check out this video here by one of my favourite beauty bloggers, Melissa Alatorre. Want the outfit too? Check out Lauren Conrad’s DIY post here.

What are some of your favourite Halloween costumes? Leave me a comment below!

Happy Halloween!

lxiv

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Crafts Lifestyle Wedding

Floral Monogram DIY

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With my wedding day officially selected (October 2017) I have been on Pinterest for embarrassing amounts of time searching for crafts, colour schemes, DIY projects, anything wedding or decor related.

Creative projects are not new to me as I’ve been crafting, knitting, sewing, woodworking and all of that fun creative stuff since I was young. I was privileged to have grandparents who taught me a lot about what I know about ‘Doing It Yourself’.

This time around, I wanted to create large monogram letters made of flowers. Since I am doing this DIY so far in advance (and also on a budget) I opted for fake flowers. This way they will not only last until next October, they will also be easy to store!

Follow along to see how I did it myself with these floral monogram letters! This is perfect for a fall wedding (or even just as some fall decorations). You can switch up the flowers and colours to suit whatever season or occasion you want them for!

I was able to get all of the materials I needed from my local Dollar Store here in Canada. You can also get these supplies at any craft store near you.

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What you’ll need:

  • 3 Foam Boards
  • 1 Foam Paintbrush
  • Gold Paint
  • Fake Flowers (LOTS!)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Trace or sketch your letters onto your foam board. You can make your letters as large or small as you prefer. I wanted mine to be fairly large as they will be acting as a backdrop on our entry table.

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Step 2: Cut out your letters! I found it a lot easier to cut out the letters with an X-ACTO knife.

Step 3: To ensure the white colouring on the foam board didn’t show through, I opted to paint the cut-out letters with gold paint. Since the paint is just to soften the stark white background, it does not have to be perfect!

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Step 4: Take all of the stems off of the flowers! It’s easier then you think! All you need to do is pull the flower off of the stem since they are not glued or permanently attached. I also removed some of the leaves off the stems to be able to layer those in where necessary.

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Step 5: Glue the flowers onto the letters.


*Tip: You can use the little stem still attached to the flower as a “pin” by pushing it down into the board where you want it to go, then fill that hole with hot glue and secure!

*Tip: Set your large flowers first and then build off of that. It was easier to arrange the flowers in mini clusters and then fill in afterwards.

Continue with Step 5 until your letters are full of flowers! Here’s what the final project looks like.

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Here’s a little snap of our dog, “Ace”. You can follow him on Instagram @ace_the_red_dog!

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Have any other creative DIY ideas? Share in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

lxiv