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Appreciate Your Animals!

So you guys may or may not know about my craft blog on Tumblr, but today’s posts were themed around things to make for your pets (or nature’s pets).  I haven’t posted here in a while, and I just think I should show you guys some things I found today.  Check it.

1. Adorable Doggy Bow Tie
2. Bird House Bird Feeder
3. Birdseed Wedding Favor Hearts
4. How to Make a Dog Bed

That’s just a few of my findings~~~.  If you want to see more (including stuff that’s not limited to just pets), you can check out my Tumblr craft blog right over here.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Pets, Tutorials

 

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Classy Lace Votive

As a kid, I labelled myself a pyromaniac.  Not because I liked to set things on fire and might one day move on to bigger prey like houses and schools, but because I really liked candles and matches, and I didn’t really know the meaning of “pyromaniac”.  Nevertheless, my love for candles and lanterns and all things flammable endures!  Here’s a super simple way to make a simple, understated candle much classier (and maybe even arguably sexier).

If you’re a regular on my blog, then you know by now that all my tutorials are not “You should use…” but rather “This is what I used…”, so you already know that you should always keep yourself on your toes, imaginatively speaking.  On to it then~!

What I used, pictured here:
– Simple, small candle — less than a dollar
– Elmer’s rubber cement — about $3.00
– Ribbon — $2.00
– Black lace — maybe $3.00
— So about $9 total (the project doesn’t technically cost that much since I’m not using every strand of ribbon or lace or the entire bottle of rubber cement to make it happen —

( 1 ). You should take any labels off of your candle — we’re shooting for a classy look, after all.  ( 2 ). Measure your lace and your ribbon to be sure that they will fit nicely around the candle.  You can do this with either measuring tape if it suits you, or just wrap one around the candle (I cut the ribbon to fit the candle, and then I laid the ribbon over the lace so that I could see where to cut the lace).  ( 3 ). This will depend on your preference, but the original width of the lace was just tall enough that it would only barely peek over the top of the candle, and I wanted it to stand out more, so I cut the lace in two horizontally, glued them with the cement onto the candle, making sure to leave just enough vertical space between them that the ribbon could cover it up.  ( 4 ). Totally optional, but you should add something nice to yours, like a bow or little fabric rose.  <3.

That’s it!  Try it out, comment your results below, and please, please, please be sure to try something a little different!  I love seeing people take projects and making them their own.  I suggest you try it with white lace and a pastel color for a springtime decor.

Thanks again, and here’s your ten charisma,
Katie.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Tutorials

 

Summer Iced Coffee

I love love love coffees and teas, and in the dead of winter, nothing feels more satisfying than a warm cup of mocha between my hands and my cat curled up in my lap.

But wait.  It’s spring now, and in Arkansas it already feels like summer.  No warm coffee and cat-cuddling for me!  I’m going to show you how you can still enjoy your daily cup of joe without burning yourself up — however, I do not have any solutions for making your cat cooler and nicer to snuggle in this heat.  Sorry ’bout that.  Maybe you can make them wear a fanny pack filled with ice?  Let me know how that works out for you.

Anyway~, here’s all the things I’m using — you can substitute your own ingredients as you please:
– Coffee and whatever things you typically use for your coffee (sugar/sweetener, cream/creamer, etc.)
– Ice trays
– Blender (or a sno-cone machine)!
– Cocoa powder
– Vanilla extract

There are a couple ways you can do this, but I’m just going to write up my method.  I made two pots of coffee ahead of time (but my carafe is tiny, so you can get away with making just one, unless you plan on serving a lot of people), and I made it extra strong.  I poured it all into a pitcher and added some cold water to cool it down faster and bring the strength down to normal.  If you use a powdered creamer, you need to add it to your coffee before watering it down, as powdered creamer doesn’t blend well in cool coffee.

Pour one or two ice trays full of coffee (I just used one), and, obviously, let them freeze.  You should also refrigerate the rest of the coffee while you’re at it.  Once your coffee has become dark, caffeinated ice, you’re ready to blend~!  If you use a liquid creamer or just heavy cream like I use, add that to the blender first, plus your sugar and other miscellaneous ingredients (like the cocoa powder and vanilla extract that I used).  If you use cream, go ahead and whip it up for just a few seconds to give it a fluffier texture (but not too fluffy).  Then add your ice and your coffee, blend until your coffee is snowy…

Done!  Serve in some pretty glasses for extra finesse.  Comment below how you make your perfect cup of joe, hot or cold, and let me know if you used any other interesting or even unusual ingredients in this recipe.

Oh, and here’s +10 charisma points for you,
Katie.

Photo credits:
1. CooketteOnline.blogspot.com
2. LifeQueen888.wordpress.com
3. IcedCoffeeRecipe.info
4. TheLuxurySpot.com

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Cooking, Lifestyle, Tutorials

 

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Coming Soon: Makeup Tutorial

Hey, everyone!  It’s been a while since my last post and update, and I do plan on making another soon~.  I already have a makeup tutorial planned out.  Unfortunately though, I will not be making the tutorial until this… stye… goes away.  (Lesson learned: moisturizer does not double as a primer).

Also, I will be expanding to YouTube!  Yay!  Ultimately, I need to get more involved in blogging here, but I also want to start vlogging on YouTube to expand my audience a bit, and because video tutorials are sometimes preferred over picture tutorials.  I am mostly sure I’ll be featuring more than just makeup tutorials, however.

Lastly, in terms of the tutorials in question, if possible (or reasonable), I plan to make both picture tutorials and video tutorials of whatever tutorials I offer.  It seems a bit redundant, but some people prefer to watch videos and be shown exactly how to do something, and some people read quickly enough that they will learn faster by seeing a few pictures and reading along, so this will work out for everyone.

I’ll see you whenever~!

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Tutorials, Updates