DIY| INDUSTRIAL NECKLACE

Hi all,

In my failed attempt to organize all of my crafting materials this weekend. I came across several copper pipe pieces scattered in my drawers left over from my DIY end table project. As always the wheels started turning and before I knew it I was at Home Depot. A few inches of PVC clear tubing and my copper pieces had a new chic purpose.

DSC_0082DSC_0103Here’s what you will need:

2″ -1″ Copper pipe

14″ Cord trim

3.5″ -5/8 OD PVC clear tubing

Set of leather end caps

Tools:

X-Acto Knife

Glue gun

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(The leaf is just there, because its pretty.) 

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I had several different sizes of copper piping but you will need a 2″ piece you can find already cut pieces at Home Depot for less than $2.

DSC_0073With a X-Acto knife cut a 3.5″ piece of the PVC clear tube.

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Take one of the leather end caps and add glue inside. Then push the end of the trim cord carefully into the cap.

DSC_0080Hold the end cap and cord trim for a couple of minutes until the glue cools down. Repeat this step on the other end.DSC_0084Slide the plastic tube through the copper pipe.

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Now slide the trim cord through the plastic tube and you are done.

Chic, cheap and easy statement necklace. I really loved this project, so much so that I plan to make more in different styles.

DSC_0107 DSC_0122DSC_0124I hope you all have a wonderful week and make your own statement necklace too.

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DIY|Valentine’s Day Brush Embroidery Cookies

Hello All, Happy Tuesday!

 We are four days away from Valentine’s day. Some of you might be scrambling for cute gift ideas for your sweetie, babe, friend, bae, coworker, lover, boyfriend, husband, family member, partner, mijo, or friend with benefits (because millennials!). Whatever your relationship status may be, it is a lovely thought to have a day dedicated to love and friendship.

Being in this mushy, love, red hearts state of mind Ms. Gabriela Chabolla owner of Crumbly Baked Goods http://www.crumblybakedgoods.com teamed up to teach you how to decorate your own sugar cookies for V-day. Using the brush embroidery technique she uses on her amazing cookies.

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 Here’s what you will need:

1 lb of Powdered sugar

2 ½ cups of Meringue Powder

½ A lemon

¼ Cup of Water

Red- Soft gel paste food coloring

Sugar cookies (ingredients in link below)

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 Tools:

Mixer

Spoons/Bowls (several of them)

Lemon Squeezer

3-Piping bags

Pastry tip tube, #5 & #2

1- Small embroidery brush

1- Piping Squeeze Bottle

Toothpicks

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Start by preparing your dough, your favorite sugar cookie recipe will do just fine use http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-rolled-sugar-cookies/. Roll out your dough, cut your shapes and bake!

 Crumbly Tip: Make sure to put your cookies shapes in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before you place them in the oven, this will help them hold their shape better.

 While your cookies are in the oven you can begin to make the frosting.

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 In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid mixer pour the powdered sugar and meringue powder, start the mixer on it’s slowest speed, then slowly pour the water. You will notice the icing will become thick and lumpy.

DSC_0166DSC_0144Now cut half of the lemon, squeeze it and pour the juice into the mixing bowl. Once the icing reaches a thick honey like consistency you can at this point turn the speed of the mixer up to a faster, medium speed.

DSC_0161 Leave the mixer at this speed for about 3 minutes, until you see the icing turn into softer peaks. Such as…

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DSC_0202Once you’ve mixed the icing, divide the frosting into the different bowls according to how many colors you will be using to decorate your cookies. We used 2 different shades of pink and white.

DSC_0209 We added four drops of (red) gel food coloring to one of your icing bowls for a darker shade of pink, and two drop for the lighter pink. Using a spoon mix the icing until you get the color that you like.

Once you’re done coloring, start mixing your icing into the proper consistency. (This is when things get tricky!)

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The consistency of the base of your cookie should be less dense than the original “stiff white icing”. In order to get a softer “flow type of icing” you will have to add teaspoons if not just drops of water to the icing until you get the right consistency.

*Crumbly Tip- If your icing gets too runny, because you added too much water. Add more powder sugar to bring it back to a softer “flow icing”.

You can test for consistency by pouring a ribbon of icing from a spoon back into the bowl, while timing how long it takes for the ribbon to be reincorporated into the rest of the icing. Flow icing should take 14-16 seconds to incorporate into the rest of the icing).

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Pour both shades of pink into two different piping bags with #5 tube tips. The white stiff icing you will divide between a piping bag with a #2 tip tube, and the squeeze bottle also with a #2 tip.DSC_0235

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Once your cookies have been taken out of the oven, make an outline around the shape of the cookie using the pink flow icing piping bag and wait about 20 second for it set.DSC_0249

Once the icing outline has slightly dried, fill the center of the cookie. Use a toothpick to spread the icing evenly.

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*Crumbly tip: Tap the cookie slightly to bring out any air bubble there might be and puncture them with a toothpick, this will give you a smoother surface.DSC_0298

Let the cookies dry for at least 3 hours. Once they are dry, use the stiff white icing in the piping bag to make the petals of the flowers. Create a zigzagged curved line on the surface of the cookie.DSC_0299

DSC_0307DSC_0320Once you form your line, take a stiff, small brush and wet it. Smudge the excess water off on a paper towel and carefully pull zigzagged line of icing towards the center. Repeat this process to create more flowers.DSC_0316You can add more details to your cookie by adding cute dots, using the squeeze bottle. DSC_0431 DSC_0438DSC_0461

These cookies are adorable, delicious, and serve as the perfect gift for practically any occasion. But….If you’re not much of a baker, crafter or do it yourselfer, you can have my dear friend Gabriela at http://www.crumblybakedgoods.com bake a custom batch for you!

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Happy Valentine’s Day loves!

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DIY | Personalized Doormat, Hi Shula!

Hi Shulas & Shulos,

Happy New Year! I have been holiday-MIA, sorry. Nonetheless, I have set my new year’s BLOG GOALS, not resolutions since they do not have the same commitment effects on me. This year I hope to post more easy DIY tutorials, fun outfits, event ideas and share more trips with you all (even the ones I have yet to post from last year!). Striving with every post to spread creativity, new skills, entertain you and maybe even inspire you.

One of the ways I welcomed the new year, was by sprucing up my front porch. A quick (also cheap!) solution is to upgrade your doormat, and why not personalize it with a message from you. Here is my, Do.It.Yo’self…..Hi Shula Doormat.

Chula or Shula (How I prefer to write it) [choo-law; English choo-lah] 

Spanish, Mexican Slang for pretty, or beautiful.

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There are many creative ways that you can personalize this DIY to reflect your style and welcome message.

Here’s what you will need:

Natural, Doormat (I found mine at Ikea, Trampa $9)

Masking Tape

Spray Paint (Hobby Lobby, $3)

Sewing Pins

Scissors

Other tools:

Acrylic Paint (Hobby Lobby, $2.50)

Paint Brush

Construction paper

Printer

DSC_0030Start by placing masking tape around the doormat to create a simple grid around the mat.

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To create the “Hi Shula” stencils, use a computer program that you can easily type in (such as Word or Illustrator)“Hi Shula” or the message of your choosing. Select a font that is thick and visible at about size 700. You will print one letter per page. Print on thick construction paper, and cut with scissors.

Then place your cut outs on your mat and pin each letter down with plenty of sewing pins.

DSC_0037DSC_0036Now spray paint! Shake the container according to the directions on the label. Hold the can parallel to the mat (this will prevent from paint going under the stencils). Depending on what color of paint you choose you may or may not have to spray your mat more than once.

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Let the mat dry completely. Remove the letters/tape. Then fill in the letters/grid with using the acrylic paint. Use a thick paint brush with a good amount of paint and press it into your mat.

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Once the paint is dry, upgrade your porch with a brand new custom doormat!  It will make you smile and welcome your guests with a warm message that is very you.

Be sure to spread the comment love below, and share my DIY with your friends.

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Mickey & Me.

Happy Saturday!! I’ve been waiting for today all week. It is 73 degrees in Austin today and it does not feel like December, but the Posadas are creepin’ in. Yay for Christmas food!

Since the weather is amazing, I decided to wear my favorite crop top. I may have over done my outfit for a day of errands…but I feel good and that is all that matters anyway.

Here are some pictures of my #ootd taken by my talented friend Ryan Walters at http://www.somethingstandard.com/

IMG_5159IMG_5156I really love these Gap boyfriend jeans. I was a little skeptical about wearing “loose pants” since I have hips, and thought they would make me look wider. However they are the most comfortable jeans I own, and look pretty awesome paired with a blazer. IMG_5162IMG_5187IMG_5177

These rings….

IMG_5184IMG_5191I hope you all have an amazing day! Make sure to follow me for upcoming Christmas DIY’s.

What I wore:

Top, American Eagle | Boyfriend Jeans, Gap | Blazer, Forever 21 | Heels, Missguided.com | Sunnies, Asos.com | Clutch, Aldo

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DIY| Faux Marble Coasters

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I’m sure you are all planning your gifts for the special people in your lives. Let me give you an easy and fancy DIY idea that can make a great gift for the holidays.

This DIY is amazing, it actually uses clay instead of marble which is soft to the touch and absorbent.  Not only does it look like the real thing, but all coasters came in at under $8!

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Heres what you will need:

-Premo Oven Bake Clay in two colors

-Glass or Mug

-Rolling pin

-Cutting board

-Parchment paper

-Metal bake sheet DSC_0029Start by mixing the two different color premo clays together with your hands, mix the two colors as much as you would like. 
DSC_0035Flatten the clay using the rolling pin by covering it with two pieces of parchment paper. DSC_0049Roll it out to a thickness of about 1/8″. Using a large size mug or glass with a thin or sharp rim cut your clay into circles. Repeat this step one through three until you have as many coasters as you would like. I made 5!DSC_0055Then bake at 275 °F  for 30 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Take them out and your done!DSC_0112DSC_0117DSC_0121

Your going to love the finish product! All you have to do now is wrap them and check…..one custom handmade gift done! You can see in some of the photos that mine have a slight sparkle that looks like real stone or quartz. Which I think make them look more luxe.

Would you try this? Let me know in a comment.

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DIY| Thanks (friends) giving Centerpiece

Who’s ready for stuffing? Uh, this girl!

Unfortunately I will not be able to celebrate with my family this year, but will be spending the day with the next best thing my friends! Friendsgiving 2014, I’m excited!

I couldn’t decide what carb-loaded dish to contribute to our friendly dinner. Mainly because I am better at crafting than cooking. So besides showing up with just wine, and probably crackers I decided to make a unique table centerpiece. A very earthy pumpkin centerpiece, that I hope cover up the fact that my dish will probably be too salty or spicy.

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Here’s what you will need:

- A pumpkin

- Spray paint

- Succulents

Tools:

- Knifes

- Tape

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Using a knife cut two big triangles on each side of your pumpkin.DSC_0071Take out all the guts (insides) of the pumpkin.DSC_0081

Cover the “handle” stem of the pumpkin with tape.DSC_0092

Spray paint the inside and outside of the pumpkin, and let it dry.

DSC_0097Once the paint is dry, remove the tape from the stem. Then, take the succulents and arrange  them inside bottom of the pumpkin. Now set it on the center of your table, and your done. Easy as pumpkin pie…. haha. Sorry.

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DIY| Copper Pipe End Table

HI!

I have been looking for an interesting end table to fit my style, small space, and most importantly my budget. But no such luck.

When trying to fill that awkward corner, space between chairs or sofa more often than not, DIY furniture is the way to go. With the right tools and some free time you can build something that you can display with a little more pride than just making a simple purchase.

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Here’s what you will need:

- 1, 10ft copper pipe

-4, 3/4″ copper end caps

-4, 3/4″ copper T-fittings

-4, 3/4″ copper 90 degree elbow

-1, Pack of  3/4″ tube straps

-1, 18″x24″ Acrylic Sheet

-4 Screws & Nuts

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-Super glue

-Jigsaw or plastic cutter

-C- Clap

-Power drill

-Ruler/ tape measurer

**You will need to cut the 10ft copper pipe into pieces, Home Depot/ Lowes can do it for you for free. Or you can use pipe cutter! You will need 4- 18 inch pieces, 4- 8 inch pieces, 4- 3 inch pieces. These can be adjusted according to your size preference. 

Lay down your pipes and fittings according to the picture below. Then glue and attach each copper pipe to the cooper fittings…..just like connecting legos.

DIY Copper Table Legs

CollageLet the copper legs sit for a couple of hours until the super glue is dry. While you wait make your table top. Measure and mark a 12″ x 12″ square on the acrylic sheet.DSC_0079Using a plastic cutter or jigsaw cut the square top.

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Take two pipe straps, and space them evenly on your acrylic table top. Make a mark on each hole of the strap were you will attach the copper pipe legs too.

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DSC_0092Once your copper pipe legs are dry and sturdy, attach the pipe strap to each leg. Then pull the screw through the table top and strap, into the nut under the table top. Just like this…DSC_0101DSC_0099

And your done! Now dress up your new chic end table.

DSC_0109Let me know what you think in a comment below, and subscribe to my page via email for more easy DIY’s!

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DIY| SUGAR SKULL PIÑATA

Today is Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos. A Mexican holiday in which friends and families gather to pray, and remember those who have passed. Traditions include ofrendas, which include the deceased favorite things, sugar skulls, food and beverages.

Inspired by this day I made a Piñata, a sugar skull Piñata!

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Here’s what you will need:

Cardboard

Tape

Tissue Paper (in different colors)

Scissors/ X Acto Knife

Thread

Glue

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Start by drawing a skull outline on the cardboard, and cut it out. Trace the cutout on the cardboard, then cut the second outline to make two exact skulls.

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 Cut out long strips of cardboard, long enough to go around the end of your skull cutout.

DSC_0066Using the strips of cardboard trace the skull cutout and tape the corners together, it should look something like this….

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Now repeat by taping the other skull cutout on top.DSC_0069

Now you decorate! Cut the paper tissue into long strips with fringe. Glue them on to your Piñata, starting from the bottom up by layering the fringe.DSC_0089

Now cut and glue an upside down heart and mouth for your sugar skull Piñata.

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Make a flower crown for your Pinata, out of paper tissue. First, cut even square pieces and layer them on top of each other. Fold back and forth to create a fan, then using the string tie the middle and cut the ends round. Pull each layer to the center of the fan. Fluff and listo!

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Glue all of your flowers on top of the Pinata, and make your eyes with both cut outs of black tissue and paper flowers. And your done!

DSC_0098Its going to be hard to see my friends destroy this!

Hope you like my first PARTY DIY! follow me on pinterest for more ideas…http://www.pinterest.com/dandylione/

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DIY | Baby Moccasin Booties

Its a girl!

My cousin is having a baby girl, and I seriously can’t wait to spoil her. This past weekend was her baby shower and auntie-to-be got her some dope baby gear (Did you know they have baby wipes heaters now? blew my mind). Naturally I didn’t stop there I had to make her something a little less ordinary, gold and adorable. So I made her these….

GOLD BABY MOCCASSIN BOOTIES

This is my cuuuutest DIY, yet.

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This DIY is very easy, and you can hand sew.

Here is what you will need:

Baby Booties Pattern

12″ x 12″ Pleather Fabric

Leather Laces

Thread

Needle

Rotary Hole Puncher

Scissors

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 Other tools:

E-600 Glue

Pen or Marker

Baby Moccasin Pattern

I had to hand draw my own pattern, but you don’t! You can print this pattern and use for your baby booties. The pattern piece is for a size 1 bootie. Just print larger for larger sizes!

Start by cutting the bootie pattern and trace it twice on the back side of your fabric (make sure to flip over the sole piece for the right side bootie).

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Now cut your pieces, and set the extra fabric aside.

Using the rotary hole puncher, cut the marked circles on the heel piece and cut the two lines on the front piece.

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Sew the heel piece with the sole piece (leather facing in).

Use binder clips or clothespins to hold the fabric together if needed. Make sure to position the piece so it is even. Sew 1/8″ from edge to secure.

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Now sew the front piece on to the sole piece, over lapping into the heel piece at each end.

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Now flip your bootie inside out, and lace them up!

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You can leave them as is, or do as I did and make them Moccasin Baby Booties.

Using extra fabric cut out two 1″ x 2″ pieces, then cut 1″ slices across to create fringe for that moccasin look. Now simply glue the pieces (fringe down) across the front part of your booties.

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Aren’t they adorable!!!

Pocahontas wishes she had these flawless baby moccasin booties.

Check out more pictures of simple crafts, inspo and ootds on my IG http://instagram.com/prisando

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Drunk or Sober?

It’s Thursday, and we are all itching for the weekend.

Your girl has been hustling this week! I am 7 weeks into my event planning certification course and have honestly loved every minute. This course is an example how I would have liked my college courses to have been taught, with real life skills not just memorizing terms! My classmates and I have learned about contracts, taxes, food handling licenses, and state/city permits. On top of all the fun aesthetic details of what makes a great party (what I am good at).  We already hosted our first wedding too!

Now add a full-time job….AY! Naturally, I’ve made time to make some crafts, even though I should actually be going to the gym. Oh well, that’s why I go out on the weekends and dance! Needless to say I think I deserve a drank this weekend, but not before sharing my young professional simple #OOTD.

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GODZILLA BUTT! Those bumps are from the skirts zipper!

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But, I don’t want to got to work…..
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But I love shopping so I guess…DSC_0176DSC_0149

`I have found the perfect weekend clutch!!! find it at http://www.missguided.co.uk/

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Have a great weekend! Whether you are drunk or sober be safe, use Uber, and make sure to follow me :)

What I wore:

Blouse, H&M | Pencil Skirt, Armani Exchange | Blazer, Forever 21 | Booties, Chinese Laundry

Earrings, Express | Sunnies, Quay Australia

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