31 July 2014

DIY Wrigley's Gum Tin Makeover

   Today I want to show you how I re-made this...                                             Into This....
          First you must gather your supplies-- Paint, brushes, a mixing platter (if you are planning on mixing paints), something to cover your work area, a pocket or exacto knife, tape, a tin.


          First, pick out what paints you want to use.  I chose white and mint to contrast the bright red.

I took viridian hue and combined it with white to get the mint color I wanted.

*note* I used a small wooden chopstick (from an asian fast food store) to mix my paints-- try not to mix with your paintbrush.

Place a generous amount of paint onto your brush and splotch all over your desired area-- do not worry if it is a bit messy; we'll clean this up later.

It should look something like this...
          Next, take a couple of cottan swabs and wipe off the excessive paint surrounding your object-- don't go to close to the line.  We'll fix it more later ^.^


           Next, I put tape on the tin so I could keep a straight line (where the red ends were)

          Lastly I took a pocket knife and scraped any of the extra paint of plus all of the writing.
And there you have it!  I could have painted the rest of the red white, but I kinda liked the contrast it had ^.^ (you can use some type of metal cloth to smooth it down if yours turned out as scraped as mine)

Have a wonderful day!

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30 July 2014

Accountability: Blogging vs. Math

          The title might confuse you a little, however it will be made clear ^.^  Anyway I thought I would write a post on using blogging for accountability in other things.

          This summer I was supposed to get through a whole math book-- however because I started doing more blogging I kept putting the math off.  With the school year coming up I know that it will be hard for me to balance my home homeschooling with that which I take at a co-op type thing.  So!  I decided to make myself do at least one lesson of math before I write any blog posts.  This may work, and it might not, but I'm going to try to get through most of this book before September, and keep blogging as a treat once my work is done.
          So!  If you after this you are wondering why I haven't posted as often as the past two weeks, then here is your answer ^.^  Anywho, I will try to get Fantastic Fridays in (math or no) as well as Pictures of the Week.
          Have you ever tried to keep a schedule with blogging, or have you found (like me) that it can be so much fun writing posts that you forget about some other things you have to do?  I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I am really looking forward to getting this math book done ^.^

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27 July 2014

A Panorama: Clouds

          I made this panorama using Picasa Collage Maker and Gimp Image Manipulation Program.  Sorry I couldn't make it bigger

          Anywho-- if you wan to know how I made this collage just leave a comment below and I'll try to get a tutorial up in a week or so!  Have a wonderful day!

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26 July 2014

Here's to Summer: Photo Challenge (2)

There was a caterpiller crawling on my camera strap at the beach... I had to take the strap off to take a picture, but it's kinda  a funny summer thing ^.^

**My second entry to the Here's to summer photo challenge.**

Have a wonderful day!

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Liebstar Award // Again ^.^

          So!  I was nominated for the Liebstar Award... Again!  Here is the link to my other Liebstar Award Post.  I'll jump right in!

The Rules to this post:
  • Post Eleven facts about yourself
  • Answer the Eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you 
  • Create an eleven- question set for the next group of nominees
  • Choose Eleven people to nominate and link them in the post
  • Let your nominees know they've been tagged- and no tag-backs!

~Facts About Me~
  1. I don't really like hard candies that much-- such as lolly pops or the like
  2. I like brussel sprouts
  3. I might travel to Italy this coming spring
  4. I am the youngest in my family
  5. I don't like wearing flare jeans
  6. I don't like jean skirts unless they are super short and paired with leggings
  7. I have only seen the first Harry Potter movie
  8. I will watch movies from the 40's-60's 
  9. My room is almost always messy with craft supplies and clothes
  10. I used to live right next to the Mississippi River
  11. One of my favorite movies is Roman Holiday (see my post about it here)
~Julia's Questions~
  1. If you were in outer space and your friend started drifting off, what would you do?  I seriously have no idea.  I don't even know why me and a friend would be in outer space.  XD
  2. What is your least favorite blog?  Least favorite? That's mean XD I don't know.  Usually when I don't like blogs it is because I either can't stand the layout or the posts just don't interest me.
  3. If you had nothing to eat would you, eat grass, flowers, tree bark, or dirt?  Flowers definitely
  4. If you were woken up by a screaming sister telling you that your older sister was badly injured and bleeding, what would you do?  I would ask what happened, where she was, and we would together go and help her... actually my oldest sister (whose blog is here) is going to be a Physicians Assistant, and my other sister (who would be the screaming sister) has been trained in first aid.  So we'd be fine ;)
  5. What post did you laugh the most at on my blog?  I'm not sure!  I've only known about your blog for like two weeks after you commented on one of my posts ^.^
  6. Have you ever climbed on the roof of anything? (like garage, chicken house, etc) Lol yes.  Lots of them-- read my You Know You Are ~ A Contractor's Daughter post Here  I roof with my Dad and siblings ;)
  7. Do you wear a promise ring? (Or purity ring)  No, but I would like to get one sometime.
  8. Do you have a favorite meal to cook, from scratch? No boxed meals, ladies!  Hmm.  Not really sure!  I love what my family calls pesto-- it's really pesto in noodles with chicken, tomatoes and parmesean cheese.  It's super yummy.
  9. Have you ever tried to break a broken egg against something?  Nope.
  10. If a stranger walked up on the streets, handed you a note and it said "Don't look at that car". What would you do?  I would probably not look, and then ... um... look at the note?  I don't know.
  11. If you could clean a house (even the bathrooms! ;) )  with 5 bloggers, who would they be?  Maiya, Kate, Libby, Amy, and Paige
~My Questions~
(yeah I used them in my other post)
  1. If you could go (or live) anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  2. Are you related to any famous person(s)?
  3. What is your favorite season?
  4. What is your dream car from before 2000? Yeah, kinda a guys question...
  5. Tea or Coffee?
  6. If you were stuck on an island and there was a box, what would be in the box? (Agents of SHIELD tribute ^.^ haha)
  7. If you had $500 at your disposal, but you had to spend it (no savings accounts, or paying taxes allowed ;) ) What would you do?
  8. What is (are) your favorite band(s)?
  9. What country linneage do you have (i.e. 1/4 German, 1/7 French, etc)
  10. Would you rather have a pixi cut or hair going to your feet?
  11. Do you prefer Swing Dancing or Ballroom Dancing?
          I don't really have anyone to nominate, so I'll just say whichever 11 people follow my blog and post a comment letting me know they followed me, then they'll be officially  nominated ^.^

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24 July 2014

DIY Christmas Box to Pen Holder

Alright, alright.  Some people might think this box is really cute and Christmasy, but it just isn't my style and kinda reminds me of ugly christmas sweaters (I mean really.  Checks, Plaid, and stripes?).  I decided that I would give it a new look!

          First of all you have to measure the paper to the box.  I did this by setting the box on it's side, and making sure that there was enough paper to go up all the sides-- and marking

          Once everything is measured and marked (meaning all the sides as well as the bottom) you can start cutting!  I cut the left and right sides like shown below-- doing this will leave a stronger hold (with "wings" of paper).  If that makes any sense... It's kinda confusing without a ton of pictures.  Anywho! You have

         If you can see what I did (tape the "wings" up) then good for you ;)  Next you glue the leftover sides up, take the tape off from the inside of the box, and put washi tape on the inside to keep the sides up!

      The lid is done pretty much the same way as you wrap a present or something ;)  There you have it!

Tada!  If you have any questions I'll see to making a diagram on any part that I wasn't clear on.  Have a wonderful day!

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23 July 2014

Pictures of the Week // 5

It's time for pictures of the week again!  This time, however I am using my very own Canon Rebel t3i!  I just bought one last week off of ebay.com and I am loving it so so so much!  Here is the link of the company -- Click here to see what I got!
I had to watch it because they put the price for this up and down, but it continually has free shipping, and the products are all new!  Anyway, I'll be giving a review of my camera soon to talk more about what I got and what I use the most etc. Enjoy these pictures!

This is on one of the apple trees we put in last fall-- we already had to take half the apples off of it so it could grow properly!
I love this picture of the dragonfly.  It was just sitting there so I was able to get really close and snap a focused picture!
This is one of the melon type things-- Not sure if it is Canteloupe or Watermelon or Squash... I think it is one of the first two though.
I love how bright the colors are!

Hosta Flower
Another Hosta Flower

Butterfly weed at the end of its flowering-- its an orange version of milkweed

The End!  I hope you enjoyed the pictures-- let me know what you would like to see more of.  I know I always have tons of flowers and such-- I'm try to take some more action shots now, and just get used to the different settings as well.  Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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