Friday, August 31, 2012

festival TIME!

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We finally got our business cards made! We L.O.V.E. them and have been using them like crazy. The reason for this post is this- we will be at the Whites Creek Fall Festival selling all of our art this Saturday at the Fontanel. The Festival starts at 9:00 AM so for all of you Middle Tennessee readers- come out and see us! We will be at the Eden Gate booth- look for a big black and white tree. Hope to see some of you there!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

the DIY: REMOVE THAT GLITTER!

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There was a time when Casey and I wanted to glitter EVERYTHING. We put glitter on our shoes, in our visual journals, and even on my cell phone case. I thought it would be a brilliant way to change up my case. WRONG. Although this looks awesome (to some), the mess isn't worth the awesomeness. Every time I would talk on the phone, I'd end up with glitter all over my face and hands and you already know how successful I was trying to get it all off of me. NOT successful at all. At one point I thought this case was gone forever but then I thought, why not try to get all of the glitter off and start over with a new design? So here is what I did...

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Originally I put this glitter on with tons of Mod Podge. You can see on the front of the case where I was trying to scrape off all of the glitter and Mod Podge. Wasn't working too well. And you can see that the inside of the case is still the original colors.

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I set the case in a bowl of water overnight. Make sure the case (or whatever you are de-glittering) is submerged completely in the water.

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After it has set for at least 8 hours, you should be good to pull all of the glitter off.

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As you can hopefully see in the pictures, the Mod Podge has turned white- like it has gotten soggy.

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Take a butter knife to scrape off the first bits. Once you get it started with the knife, use your fingers to peel the rest off.

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And in a few moments you have a clean slate again!

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I just ran my case under some water to get the last pieces of glitter off and now I'm ready to decorate my cell phone case again. I don't want to get started about iPhone 4 cases and how hard it is to get one that is perfect but, this baby meets all of my needs and it was only $6 so I really wanted to keep it usable! You may never need a tutorial like this but.... just in case?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

sleep ON IT: FRENCH BRAIDS TO BEACH WAVES

As a girl with basically straight hair, I'm always thankful for little tricks that will give my hair some body without much trouble. I've been doing this to my hair since I can remember. At least since I knew how to french braid. I HATED my straight hair at one point of my life (this was waaay before straightening your hair was a thing.) One time I french braided my hair (for style) and after a whole day of wearing it like that, I pulled it out and my hair looked amazing. And the rest is history.

This is my hair before bed. Make sure your hair is a little damp before you braid it or mist it after you've braided it. I part my hair right down the middle when braiding and then part my hair to the side when styling it. It helps add body on the top of my head. I think it works best if you french braid your hair in two braids rather than just one. If your hair is super thin, maybe you would only need one braid. My hair is pretty thick and one braid makes the waves a little too loose.

This was my hair as soon as I woke up.

And my hair after I pulled the braids out! No make up on face = no front views.

By time we took these pictures, the waves had fallen a little bit. We were running late and didn't catch a picture before we left the house. If you use some hair spray it should stay pretty well- I don't prefer to use hairspray.

We plan on making "Sleep On It" a series so check back for more overnight tricks!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

now FOR SALE: NO TUG NO FRAY HAIR TIES

We now have these hair ties for sale in OUR SHOP. You can buy a set of three for $5- in many different fun colors and textures. We did a DIY on these so if you feel like getting the supplies and making them yourself, go here. If you don't want to go through all that, sweet! We've already done the work for you, and only for a small price of $5.
These are all the colors we are offering right now or you can choose a set of three that we've already put together. If you don't like these, we'd love for you to check out our Etsy shop anyways!


Friday, August 24, 2012

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

from OUR CLOSETS

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Savannah's wearing:
Dress, Booties, Ring, Spike Bracelet and Necklace- Forever 21
Belt- Brother's
Braided Bracelet- Earthbound Trading Co.
Live in Love Bracelet- Lucky Brand
Nails- Julia G 9 to 5
Purse- Target
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Casey's wearing:
Dress- Urban Outfitters
Belt- A'gaci
Shoes- T.J.Maxx
Necklaces- Target
Bracelets- Forever 21 and H&M
Watch- Michael Kors
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

the TUTORIAL: BRILLIANT BRAID

So we saw this tutorial the other day and thought it was brilliant. Hence, the name. I think I watched the video about 7 times because what I thought was happening in the video wasn't working on my hair. I figured I (Casey) would take some pictures and explain to you exactly what I figured out. Basically... you should have semi-dirty hair, or product to texturize your hair.

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Pull your hair together to one side. Separate the hair above your hands and put your fore finger and thumb through the hole.

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Grab the bottom of your hair and pull through the hole. You will repeat this step over and over until you reach the bottom of your hair.

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To make sure you don't have one big hole down the middle of your "braid", put your fingers through one side of the last twist. It's kind of hard to explain but just make sure you don't repeat the step right through the middle each time.

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Finish with a clear elastic and you are done! THE. FASTEST. "BRAID". EVER. I cannot wait to wear this in my hair all day every day.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

the DIY: MAGAZINE ENVELOPES

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Well I got this idea from our friend Nina. She was making these super cute envelopes out of scrapbook paper and I really wanted to make some! So I came home and made some! They are so so SO simple and add a personal touch to your envelopes.
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You will need: An old magazine, scissors, an envelope, a glue stick and a Sharpie.
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Tear out some magazine pages that you like.
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Carefully pull the envelope apart. I failed at this miserably but was able to make it work.
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Trace the envelope on a magazine page.
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Cut the envelope shape out.
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Turn the envelope over as well as the magazine cut-out. Place the magazine cut-out on top of the envelope and fold the envelope back together (with the magazine cut-out on the inside).
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Unfold everything and separate the magazine cut-out from the envelope.
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Glue the bottom flap down to the two side flaps.
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And you've made your own envelope!
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The great thing about making these envelopes our of magazine pages is that the envelopes have a character all of their own. And it'd be hard to make two of the same envelopes.
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