Month: January 2014

February Fashion Challenge

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I love fashion, but not in the sense of being trendy and looking like everyone else. I just love to be creative with my look.

A little back story…From September – December, I did not repeat any outfits (Monday – Friday only). It wasn’t as difficult as it seems. In the end, I loved knowing that I was able to make new looks from some clothes I hadn’t worn in awhile.

I challenge you to the February Fashion Challenge: 28 days without repeating an outfit. Now you can repeat an article of clothing, but not the same entire outfit. I’ll be uploading my outfits daily to instagram (thecraftcomplex). If you want to participate, upload pictures of your outfits by using #februaryfashionchallenge. Even if you don’t want to post your pictures, I encourage you to still take pictures daily to create your own lookbook of fashion.

I’m so excited for this to begin!!! Time to go figure what I’m wearing in February.

Happy Crafting (an outfit)!

Say “I Love You” Everyday Chalkboard Frame – Day 2

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What better way to say “I love you” than with a chalkboard fram? So romantic!

I started off with a $1 wooden frame from Michael’s. I painted it with two coats of chalkboard paint.

Now here’s where the fun starts. Every day, write a sweet little quote or saying for your honey. Can you imagine waking up every day to new love note?

Here’s a few to get you started:

  • “If I could choose between loving you and breathig, I would use my last breath to say “I love  you”.”
  • “A glimpse of you is all it takes to make my day.”
  • “No dreams can compare to the reality that I have with you.”
  • “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”
  • “Life without you is like a broken pencil, pointless.”

Happy Crafting!

DIY Conversation Heart Earrings – Day 1

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Conversation hearts are gross not my type of candy. However, you don’t have to throw them out just yet. This candy makes super cute earrings!

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These earrings are so eay to make, it doesn’t even require  a true tutorial. Just select the candies with your favorite saying and hot glue it to an earring post. It’s just that easy.  I made two pair – one with “Todo bien” and the other with “amigo”. I just hope no one tries to bite my ears. lol.

Happy Crafting!

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14 Days of Valentine’s

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I love Valentine’s Day! It’s my favorite “holiday”. I’m partly partial to it because it’s my birthday 🙂 But more importantly, it’s a day where everyone shows love. Doesn’t that sound so sweet? To get into the love mood, I will be bringing you 14 days of crafts, ideas, food (and whatever else that comes to mind) for Valentine’s Day! Because I can’t contain myself, I might throw in a few extra.

Craft away!

DIY Pearl and Button Necklace

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My mom really loved the button necklace that I made a few weeks back. She asked me to make one for her. So, I decided to make this one a little more fancy (my mom is a very fancy lady. lol) by adding some faux pearls to this necklace. Isn’t it cute?

Enjoy!

Delicious Body Scrubs Gift for her

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My friend’s birthday was the other day. I was struggling trying to figure out what I should get her for a gift. Side note – sometimes it’s just really hard to pick out the perfect gift. I saw this awesome birthday hamper idea. Here’s my twist on this idea using body scrubs.

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Body scrubs are so easy to make. The best part is that you probably have everything! So, your flavors will depend on what you have on hand.

Coconut Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

  • coconut oil
  • white sugar
  • one lemon

The size of your jar will determine the amount of each ingredient that you need. First, I put the coconut oil in the jar. I put the top back on a placed the jar in a bowl of hot water so that the oil can melt. Next, I added in the sugar and squeezed in the juice from the lemon. Stir and add more sugar if the scrub is too watery.

Side note: coconut oil is the best thing on earth! lol. Not only can you cook with it, coconut oil does wonders for your hair and skin.

Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub

  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract

Once again I added the coconut oil in first and placed the jar in hot water. Next, I added the olive oil. I find that it’s better to put the liquid in first then add the sugar. Sugar goes in next. Since this jar was so big, I had to add a lot of sugar (about 2 1/2 cups)! Finally, I add in some vanilla extract. Stir and your scrub is ready to go.

Honey Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub

  • honey
  • coconut oil
  • brown sugar

This scrub smelled the best out of all three. So delicious! Add some coconut oil to the jar. Place the jar in a bowl of hot water to melt the oil. Add in the brown sugar and a few drops of honey. Stir the mixture together and your scrub is ready.

When using a lip scrub, rub a little of the scrub on your lips. Let it sit for about 1 minute. Wipe away with a wet cloth. Oh, so smooth lips!

This winter weather is so harsh on your skin. Use these scrubs to have the smoothest winter skin around.

Enjoy!

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Easy and Simple Retro Hairstyles

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I love retro hairstyles. They are so easy to create yet very cute. So, here’s two styles that work on curly or straight hair.

P1040262 You’ll need bobby pins and a hair band.

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The night before, I used Curlformers to create a more defined curl. While I love my Curlformers, sometimes they can look a little Shirley Temple-like (nothing’s wrong with Shirley if that’s the look you’re going for). To stretch my curls, I wrap the ringlets around my head (as if I were wrapping my hair) and pin with a bobby pin.

Step 1: Separate hair into two sections and tie the top section out of the way.

Step 2: Roll/tuck bottom section.

Step 3: Secure roll with bobby pins.

Step 4: Part hair on the side. Leaving a small section from the front (crown) out, roll/tuck top section.

Step 5: Secure roll with bobby pins.

Srep 6: Take strands from the front section and drape across forehead and pin in place. Continue doing this until all the curls are pinned.

I added a headbeand to give this look a little more elegance.

 

Here’s a modern twist on the first hairstyle.

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Step 1: Part hair on the side and roll/tuck one side halfway around your head.

Step 2: Secure roll with bobby pins.

Step 3: Take strands from the front section and drape across forehead and pin in place.

Step 4: Pull on curls to stretch them. Fluff hair and pin any hair in place.

Step 5: All finished!

Let me know if you try either of these styles!

Enjoy!

DIY Newspaper Nail Art

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So, the newspaper obsession continues…lol…this time with my nails. I saw a tutorial online (oops, I don’t recall where) with this super easy way to use newspaper.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • newspaper
  • base coat nail polish
  • nail polish
  • top coat nail polish
  • rubbing alcohol
  • nail polish remover
  • q-tip to clean up the edges

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Step 1: Start with clean nails. Add a base coat.

Step 2: Paint your nails.

Step 3: Once your nails are dry, dip one nail into the rubbing alcohol.

Step 4: Take piece of newspaper and place on top of the nail. Press down for a few seconds.

Step 5: Add a top coat.

Once you have finished all of your nails, use the q-tip and remover to touch up the edges.

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This was super easy to do. I am a little impatient…so I kind of rushed the process. Next time I will make sure to let my nails dry fully before moving on to the next step. I’m thinking this will be really cute for Valentine’s if I used a pink color. What do you think?

Enjoy!

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DIY Newspaper Garland

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Okay. Once again, I have a new obsession…NEWSPAPER. Plus, I have so much of it laying around. I can envision all of the things I can make from newspaper.

Anyway, I saw this awesome scroll garland on Bird’s Party Blog. The garland was made using cardstock. Since I have all of this newspaper, I decided to use newspaper.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Step 1: Cut newspaper into strips (about 1in).

Step 2: Roll a strip of newspaper into a circle.

Step 3: Use a paper clip to attach the roll to another strip.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3.

Step 5: Fold a strip in half, but don’t crease it.

Step 6: Repeat step 5.

Step 7: Cut a strip in half. Fold that strip in half, once again, don’t crease it.

Step 8: Repeat step 7.

Step 9: Staple the strips and remove the paper clip.

Step 10: Staple another strip to the strip that sticks out.

Step 11: Repeat steps 2-10.

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You can make your garland as short or as long as you’d like. Some things to keep in mind…because the newspaper is not thick, you’ll need to staple some of your loops together to make your garland sturdier. Also, trim some of those shaggy ends as needed.

It took me about 20 minutes to make one garland. Yikes! I know…As crazy as it sounds, I plan on making more of them to spice up one of my walls…when I have time.

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More newspaper crafts to come.

Enjoy!

DIY Cork board jewelry display

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Now that I’ve made a necklace and earrings, I figure I needed a new way to display them.

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Because my current jewelry drawer is ONE BIG MESS! All of my necklaces get all tangled together and it take me forever to find matching earrings. This is not going to work! A great and cute way to display all of your jewelry is with a cork board!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Making this jewelry display was super easy. Plus, the pack of cork board that I bought came with four pieces. I have enough to make a few more.

Enjoy!