Thursday, January 31, 2013

More Mini Hats!

I got my glue gun today! Took me all of 30 minutes to do 4 hats, and decorate 1. Took me a little longer to decorate the others, cine I was trying to be creative. Here they are. Can be made in any color, with any adornments! So proud of myself!

My lovely niece JaLyn, modeling her hat BEFORE she wanted more stuff.

Up close of Jay's.

My re-did hat.

it's a clip!

JaLyn's FINAL hat. Anymore and it might fall off her head!

Just playing around!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mini Tutorial on Mini Top Hats


This has been one of the most frustrating projects I have worked on in a while. Now, I got my mini top-hat template from over at FleeceFun. The one I used for my mini-top hats (for my Mardi Gras town party I previously mentioned) is the Mini Top Hat Ornament. It's tiny, adorable and I am less worried about it falling off than any of the other ones.

Here is a semi brief picture tutorial on how I did it. I am making several top hats, so this is a compilation of what I have done in different stages as of right now.

What you will need:
*E6000 or a glue gun
*Felt of any color that floats your fancy
*Your template from FleeceFun
*Some old cardboard, but not too thick. I used the box from my soda cans. (I like to upcycle when I can. It saves some money. This way I didn't have to go out an buy cardstock!
*Elmers Glue
*Wax Paper
*Heavy books or something heavy to hold it in place while it dries
*Clips, comb, band, whatever you want to attach it to your head!
*Adornments for your hat!

*I know on FleeceFun, she has a tutorial on how to make it no-sew, but I didn't have everything and I made mine a little different. Forgive me, if its not 100% the same, but I used what I had to work with.

1. Go to FleeceFun, get your pattern printed up. Cut it out on the appropriate lines, and use the elmers glue to lightly glue it to the cardboard.

2. Then cut out the pattern. Once you have that done, trace it on the felt., then cut out the felt.  Don't forget to cut out 2 felt BIG circles.

3. Once that is done, cut the cardboard down to the dotted lines.

4. Break out the elmers and lightly glue the cardboard template to the felt, directly in the middle. (Only one BIG circle for now!) Now is where it gets tricky. (If you have the glue gun, do the same thing, but you don't have to wait for an hour 2 or in between, and don't the the wax paper route! ;) Just keep on going!)

5. Take the E6000 and lightly, VERY lightly (it's really strong and sticky), run it between the spare felt ends and the template. Press down and hold down for a minute or two. Then take a piece of wax paper, and slide the piece in between it, and set it under a book or something heavy. Make sure the wax paper is covering both sides, we don't want to glue it to the table or object! ;)

6. Let it dry for an hour or 2.

7. Take the long piece, and have the ends touch, making a cone. Use the E6000 to glue them together, and use a paper clip, clothes hanger or in extreme (ME ME ME!!) cases, 2 permanent markers to hold the pieces together while it dries for another hour or 2.

8. Once dry, take the E6000 and glue around the larger end, and add the SMALLER circle. Balance a book on top of that, so it will dry nice and firmly.

9. While waiting for that, use the 2nd big circle of felt, and use the E6000 and glue on top, so they pattern isn't showing. What I did was after I glued it on, I didn't tuck the spare fabric around my hat, I simply cut it off, and pressed it.

10. Once the top is dried, repeat with the bottom, only making sure it's centered. Balance the book, so its a nice, firm dry, then wait.

11. Once completely dry, go ahead and add your band, clip, comb and let it dry. Try to press it again, if you can. The firmer, the better.

12. Now, go crazy! Decorate! I have my model one finished, this is the end result! It's kind of sloppy, but it was my first try. I hope you enjoy it!








Mardi Gras!

That time of year is getting closer, Mardi Gras! Now, most of you might think of naked women, or even half naked women, but that is not what I love. I love the colors, food, partying! Our town, for the first time since I can ever remember, is having a Mardi Gras Parade and Party. I am so excited to go. My aunt and I started talking about it last night, and I have decided to make some of the things I will need.

Mini Top hats are at the top (it's "pun"ny, get it ;) haha) of my list. Going to use feathers and glitter galore! Then a mask, which I am debating on making or buying... Hmmm. And glittery shoes, like from the Wizard of Oz, but VERY colorful glitter, not just red.

I will post a tutorial on the hats for sure, and if my family wants some, on the shoes as well. Right now, I am kind of playing around with mine. I want to learn the do's and don'ts before I try to tell you how too!

Therefore, I am excited. I will keep ya updated on my progress and projects, til then, I'm off!

xoxo Aimee

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pet Peeve

One thing about modern day technology that I don't like: Modern day stupid people. I went to what everyone calls one of the poorest schools in our state. I swear that town breeds stupid people. I can tell you from first hand experience, I worked hard at school to get a low GPA. However, that's not what this is about.

Every year, on social networking sites, I see more and more people start to use incorrect grammar and spelling. Now, shorthand is one thing. I can read an LOL or SMH without too much complaining. I use them too. However, when you type you like you are a drunk guy on his 10th beer, falling down while standing... there's a problem. I can not STAND to see people type like this:

"on sale!!!!!!! VERY NICE HTC XV6800!!!!!! VERY NICE CONDITION EVERYTHING WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i never used it Cuz i have something else! this was a bacc up phone that i was gonna use but i couldnt use on the plan i have!!""

That is a direct COPY AND PASTE from someone in my town trying to sell a phone. Bacc?? NO!!! Or how about this: 

 

I'm like "what?" Please dear sir, type in english. This is a direct screen shot off of my facebook. (I use google chrome as my web browser, and I have this app on it called stylish, it allows you to change the background on your facebook. I love it! That's why my screenshot looks like this)

That is a real post from a family member. I seriously can't stand seeing people type like that. Seriously, shorthand is one thing, but this, this is outrageous. Fix it now, America. Don't let your children type like this for anything! 

You may think it's ok for social networking sites, but myself, along with several friends and associates, have come to realize that professionally, you should not be doing this. Several times in various emails, I want to use shorthand, but that is very unprofessional. I have had friends tell me that they have had to re-write entire emails before because they started typing like they were on facebook or twitter. It's not a good habit to start, so don't!

End Rant.

xoxo Aimee

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Books: Harry Potter




This is more than just a book series, Harry Potter is a "fandom" (a fan kingdom, very popular among amazing book series) that is across the world. When J.K. Rowling was writing about a skinny wizard with an extraordinary past, living in a slave type environment, I don't think she every dreamed it would get this huge. 

There are 7 books in the series. The follow Harry Potter, a young boy raised by his muggle (non-magic) Aunt and Uncle. He is about the same age as his spoiled rotten cousin Dudley, who is also a bully. When his Aunt and Uncle "decided" to take Harry in, they said they would never let him know about his past, his parents or anything in the wizarding world. His parents were killed by the most evil of wizards, but he believes they died in a car crash. His Aunt and Uncle hate anything to do with wizards and magic. They forbid any use of the word magic, and try to hide any signs of it. Anytime Harry used magic by accident, he was punished (though he didn't know why) and it was played off. Not the nicest of people, his family was. 
Of course, the magic world couldn't be hidden from him forever. Every witch or wizard, after their 11th birthday, would receive a letter to be admitted to a wizarding school. Harry was no different. His uncle kept trying to hide the letters, and after much trouble, Harry was located and told the truth. He did, indeed, go to the school, where he met his 2 best friends. 

Over the series, things get sticky, rocky and sometimes just confusing. The adventures, creatures, classes, it's all amazing. J.K. Rowling did an amazing job, and so many people all over the world have fallen in love with this. From being 7 wonderful, amazing books, came 8 movies, and a variety of other things. Tattoos, websites, friendships all over. People are in love. 

Now, before you think this is all a bunch of hocus pocus, and mixing bat brains, it's not. This series teaches you (and your children) great values. Standing up for your beliefs, friends and family. True honor and friendship, bravery. That you may have it bad, but someone has it worse. The value of life, and people. It's entertaining and educational, in all the things that count. 


One of the best websites out there is Pottermore.com. Made by Jo Rowling for us fans. It helps us reach inside her head, and see things how she saw them, wrote them. It goes book by book, chapter by chapter. You can collect items from each  book, and you can even play games, like potions class. I personally suck at this potions class, but its fun to play!

There is also Mugglenet.com. Made by fans, you can find almost anything, everything potter related. There are links for recipes, games, costumes. It's one of a kind.
Myhogwarts.co.uk is still in beta, I belive. I am in membership, but so far they have changed the site like 3 times, that I have noticed. I personally loved the original way they had it, design and all. I met someone in my "dorm" that I am still great friends with! I love this girl, and one day hope to meet her. We have so much more in common than just Harry Potter, true nerdy friends. 

 Then you have the games. All sorts of games, scene it (I own it!), card games (I own UNO HP style!) and video games galore! When the Game Cube was huge, it had all kinds of games. I own them all, even though I don't play them due to lack of proper chords. When we first got our PS3, before we had to sell it... Hard times suck! I had the Lego HP game. I loved it, and now that we have another PS3, I am hoping to acquire this game!



 This fandom is all about making friends, sharing the thoughts and beliefs. I hope my children (if I ever have any) will have similar traits. To stand up for yourself, your friends. To be smart, friendly, and nice. To always follow their heart, even if they are a little odd, like Ms. Luna Lovegood, one of my favorite characters. This series is just amazing.






Harry Potter inspired tattoos are now all the rage. I hope to get one or 2 myself, though I am having such a hard time trying to decided the 1 or 2 I like the best!





The fandom has even inspired a theme park! I one day hope to go. It's said to be amazing, and I want to be there. To ride the rides, taste the food, see EVERYTHING! I am a potterhead, through and through. I have JK Rowling to thank for my childhood. It was amazing because of her.

xoxo, Aimee

Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Online Addictions

I have a few online addictions. Facebook, my blog, email, pinterest. I could spend all day, everyday on all of these places. in fact, my facebook is open about 90% of the time that I am awake. I try to limit myself to pinterest about once every 2 days. The blog is updated when I have time between searching for a more steady job, and working my part time marketing job.

Now I have a new addiction, Shopcade


This is just like pinterest, but with retail items, instead of upcycling. The best part, when you join by clicking here, it's 100% free, and you get points!

The points are indicated by the yellow star in the top right corner. They add up pretty quickly. You get points   for logging in every day, adding things, having friends join. The brown number in the circle determines what your level is, as somethings you can't get at a low level. 


My goal is simple, to keep logging in , getting points... Here is my coveted prize!


I have just the plain ole regular kindle. I love it. I want the kindle Fire for the simple reason that it's more like a tablet. I will still use my kindle pretty regularly, but the fire would make a great new toy! Like I said, join by clicking here, you won't regret it! 

xoxo Aimee

More Books-Sookie Stackhouse

I have posted that I will keep you guys informed of some amazing books and amazing series's. Here is one:
Charlaine Harris does an AMAZING job on this series. Right now, I am on book 4, Dead to the World. Very good books. 

This series follows the "crazy" Sookie Stackhouse, only she's not as crazy as people think. Sookie is a telepath, she can read the minds of the people around her. A burden to one so young, so school was hard for her, but homework was a breeze. Now, in her early 20s, she is barmaid living with her grandmother. Just 2 years before, the vampires came to the public eye. Humans tried to play it off as some virus, though most knew it was no virus. The Japanese people came up with a synthetic blood that vampires could drink, and live without killing humans. Some vamps tried to mainstream in with human. When Sookie is working one nigh, Bill, a vampire, comes into the bar where she works, and she finds out about a whole other world she never knew existed. The creatures, the fact that she couldn't read the vampires' minds. It was amazing and scary for her.

If you would, join me in reading this series! You can always leave comments on your thoughts about them! I look forward to it!

xoxo Aimee

Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY Harry Potter Canvas Shoes

Today I am posting my tutorial on HP Shoes. My inspiration where there AMAZING heels! I will work on those for my next project!

Told you they were amazing!
So, I wanted to make these heels, but I didn't want to mess them up. So what I did, was try them on a pair of canvas flats I had that I never wear. I don't have anything that will match them anyways. 

See, they are pink. I don't own pink clothing!  

Then I got my HP books. Now, before someone shanks me for cutting up these books, lemme explain!! These are old copies, I know, even more of a reason to shank me. However, they fell apart. I didn't want to just throw them away, so I am upcycling them to projects like this!


My first mistake. I cut up just enough strips to cover the shoes. I didn't even think about the pink background bleeding through the papers coloring. Such a dork. However, I had the spare pages beside me, so I could rip and add at a moments notice.



Now, most people would us Mod Podge. I hear it's expensive, I dunno. Never bought it. I use Elmer's Glue (or cheap brand Elmer's glue) mixed with water. I've always used this and it's never failed me yet.


Make it look milky. That is when it is perfect.

Now, you might not be able to tell, but I added the glue mix to the canvas first, then you apply strips of paper and more glue mixture. 

Like so. I would have taken a picture of me putting the mixture on, but I only have 2 hands and one camera. Don't want to break that. It was my birthday present!

About an hour and a half later, tada!! The only thing I haven't done yet is add some sort of extra sealant to the shoes. I will wait until they are dry from this, then maybe add one more coat of the mixture, then seal them off with clear enamel paint, or resin. 



Luna Lovegood! Ravenclaw house, though I am a Slyther-Claw. 






Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy these!
xoxo, Aimee