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Thursday, October 15, 2015

DIY Crepe Paper Wall Flower Decors

Do you have a boring wall that you want to add some life and interesting appeal? There are so many ways to enhance the look of a wall. You can cover it with wallpaper, add a framed picture or a gallery, add a wall sculpture and even re-paint it. When painting, you can either paint it creatively combining different colors or add some texture to it.

Crepe Paper Flower

But you can also DIY some wall decors too. Yes, you can easily frame a photo but you can also make a flower that you can attach to the wall. This is what I did to my bedroom. There is a hole on the upper part of my wall because it was intended for an exhaust. Since, we don't need to install one anymore, I covered it with paper flowers.

It is very easy to make. And I want to share it with you. You can make something bigger or smaller ones- depending on what you need. For my crepe paper flowers wall decor, I made large ones because I need it to cover a hole on my wall.

What You Need:
Crepe Paper or Tissue Paper of different colors
String or ribbon
Scissors
Cardboard as backing


How to Make Crepe Paper Flower

How to Make It:

1. First, cut the edge of the crepe paper with a scissor forming a curve. You can also cut it with a pointed design to get a different look for the flowers. Do the same with another color which should be shorter in length than the other one.
2. Top the shorter paper on the longer one. Make sure their curves are aligned.
3. Start folding them together in pleats, as seen on the picture.
4. When you are done folding, tie the center part with a ribbon or a string.
5. Slowly spread the paper and meet both ends together to form a circle.
6. Then pull the edges upward so it will bloom.
7. Pull all the edges for both the larger petals and the smaller petals.
8. Then, attach it to the cardboard or you can just install it directly to your wall.

For my flowers, I made three with different sizes. I added a gold circle which I glued on top. You can also add some strips of paper on top too like what I did with mine. I glued all three flowers on the cardboard before I installed it on the wall. Pretty easy, right?

You can make one for your home too!





Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Choosing the Right Sewing Machine: What Machines are used in Industrial Settings?

For those who love doing crafts and making their own stuffs at home, here is a guest post that will teach us how to look for the perfect sewing machine.

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There are a lot of sewing machine types on the market. Before someone buys such a machine, the person must know what the device will be used for. People use such a device for making clothes and draperies, for embroidery, for quilting, for repairing luggage and for many other tasks. Some of these tasks are very basic, but others may require a lot more complex machines, like the ones used in industrial settings.

While most regular machines are actually doing the same thing, there is a difference between the way they are constructed, their features and the purpose they are serving. The biggest difference exists between machines used at home and the ones used in industrial settings. When someone has to choose a machine, this person must know exactly what project needs to be completed.

Some of the devices people can find work with stretched stitches, while others can have a one-step buttonhole, some have quilting features and others have special feet. Choosing a very basic machine may not be the best thing to do, because it can soon prove to be useless. Basic machines are meant only for occasional and non-complex sewing tasks, as they don’t have an extended life span and their functions are minimal.



choosing the right sewing machine


On the other hand, machines that are used in industrial settings have a very long lifespan. They are complex and heavy duty. Devices that are made for home use are meant for general usage whereas industrial machines are more specialized to perform certain tasks. Many of the regular machines are made of plastic and materials that can break over time; people who want a machine that will stand the test of time should not acquire one. Instead, they should go for an industrial type of machine, even if they don’t own a sewing business.

Machines that serve industrial and commercial purposes are also known as heavy duty sewing machines. Any person who performs a lot of sewing can benefit from the use of such a machine, but not everyone will need one. This platform can be a good, long-term investment for people who want to make clothes and other products that require sewing on a large scale. Minimal maintenance is required for heavy-duty sewing machines, because this platform is highly durable.

The best thing that someone who is looking for a heavy duty sewing machine is to find the best platform for the specific needs that may be involved. Checking the advantages and features of each machine on the market can be a good start. Then, the search will be limited to a small number of platforms, which are the ones that meet the requirements. In the end, one particular sewing machine has to be chosen. People must also consider the price factor. 

The best machines can be the ones that are able to provide a stable sewing environment. A reliable platform is the one that doesn’t skip stitches, because it is the main thing that makes it efficient. A good heavy duty sewing machine weighs at least ten pounds, many of them reaching even twenty pounds. The heaviness is justified in most cases.

People who need to sew many hours a day will benefit from using an industrial machine the most and for years to come. Despite their rigidity, these heavy duty sewing machines can have a free arm that is able to offer custom styling for rapidly finishing any complex project. 

Those who are interesting in buying industrial sewing machines can visit sewingmachinesaustralia.com.au and enter their name, email and phone number to get a free quote.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

No Bake, No Yeast Glazed Donuts


No Bake, No Yeast Glazed Donuts

I always wanted to try making doughnuts. Not the baked ones because we only have a small oven and I prefer the ones that are fried because they are easier to make. Not the ones with yeast either because I do not have yeast. Lol! And so I tried making them one sweet day!

I actually made these donuts during the time when the Krispy Kreme Glamour Glaze Donuts were trending because of Katy Perry's visit in the Philippines. No, we don't have Krispy Kreme in our area. But I do have a pan and some flour, as well as other ingredients to make my own glazed donuts!

So, if you want to add some twist to your kiddo's snack time, take a look at this very easy and very quick and very affordable No Bake, No Yeast Glazed Donuts!

No bake doughnuts

For the doughnut holes:

3 cups oil for frying (or more, depends on you)
1 cup milk
1 large egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter,melted
Optional: Food Color

1. Combine the dry ingredients on a bowl- flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.

2. On a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk.

3. Gradually pour the milk-egg mixture into the bowl of your flour mixture. Stir them together.

4. When completely stirred, add the butter and stir again.

5. Knead your dough on top of a clean surface with flour sprinkled on it. When your dough is ready, cut them into desired size and start making a ring. If you want to color your dough, cut some and add color then knead until the color is evenly distributed, then make a ring.

6. Pre-heat your pan and then add oil.

7. Place your doughnuts and start frying them until golden brown. Flip it to one side too.

8. When cooked, you can put them on top of a kitchen towel to absorb the oil. Let it cool while you are making your glaze.

Fried Doughnuts

For the glaze:
2 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
Optional: Food Color

1. Boil 1 cup of water.
2. Add the brown sugar. Stir it until everything is dissolved.
3. If you want it to be thicker, add more sugar.
4. When done, pour on separate bowls and add food color.
5. Using a spoon, pour the glaze on the donuts or you can dip it on the glaze.

You can try different colors for the glaze. You have to put glaze quickly because it will dry up.

How to make no bake doughnuts

So easy, right? This is my first time to make doughnuts. I was in doubt if it was delicious or not, but when I saw only a quarter of a ring left of the 20 doughnuts, it means I did it right! Lol. I was thankful that they left me a small part so I can taste it.

Go ahead and try this very easy donuts! Your kids will surely love it!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to DIY a Photo Shoot at Home for Your Little One

DIY Photo Shoot

All of us want our little ones to have their own photo shoot. Just recently, we brought Bella to the studio for a 2x2 ID picture which is a requirement for her ballet class. At the same time, I availed of a portrait package for her. I would show you that too because she was wearing her Lemon Kiss dress.

Doing that reminded me of a photo shoot we had at home when she was just one year old. It was really fun and I don't have to worry about how long it would take and how many shots would there be because everything is free. My aunt borrowed a DSLR camera and she was our official photographer for the day.

It actually isn't easy to take a picture of a one year old who keeps on moving and running and easily gets bored and tired. I actually planned to bring her to a studio but they said it would be hard to do that because my Bella is so hyper and active. We'd all surely end up exhausted without the assurance of getting a lovely shot. So, we decided to do it at home.

Planning to do a photo shoot in your own home? Here are some tips I can give you based on personal experience.

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1. First of all, ready your little one's mood. Make sure they are cheerful and in the mood for the shots. We also made sure she wouldn't be intimated or scared with the camera. So, we talked to her about what we are going to do that day.

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2. When you think your child is ready, then prepare your props. Aside from that, bring in the blankets! Lol. For our photo shoot, we used white blanket for the backdrop and we let my daughter sit on blankets too. But you can also make your own backdrop as well. You can actually be more prepared by making lovely backdrops.

3. Get ready with the costumes too. If you have some scene in mind, you have to work on that in advance. Well, for our photo shoot, it was just an instant idea and we were not able to prepare well for it. Well, next time we will really get ready. I just used Bella's ladybug onesie, bumble bee swimwear and tutu skirt.

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4. See to it that that lighting is right. It was afternoon when we did the shoot and the sun's beams were glaring indoors. So, we needed to look for a spot where it isn't too bright. But the best light to use is natural light, just make sure it isn't too bright. You can also use a curtain to diffuse the light.

5. And then just have fun with the photos! Take as much photos as you can so you can just choose the best ones.

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6. Edit the photos. You can choose whatever software you want. That could be Adobe Photoshop or even PicMonkey.

I let Bella change her attire for three times and I guess she was already tired. So I didn't try the fourth one anymore. We decided to just stop it already because you know how kids are. So, here are some photos as a result of our DIY photo shoot.

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The advantage of a DIY photo shoot is that you can save a lot of money, you can take all the time you want and your little one would be comfortable doing that in your own home. After what we did, I guess we would do it again. Once I get hold of my own DSLR, for sure Bella would have plenty of portrait photos!

I just didn't have time to edit the photos or change backgrounds. You can clearly see the white blanket lol. But I am happy with how the images turned up to be. How about you , have you tried doing a photo shoot at home?



Sunday, March 29, 2015

10 Amazing DIY Bunny Craft Videos To Try Right Now

easter bunny crafts

I can see so many bunny crafts everywhere. It just look so fun and cute to see them all! I guess both parents and kids are into making all these bunny crafts these days because of Easter. I don't celebrate that but it is just nice to see these cute bunny creations. There is really something about bunnies that are so sweet and charming. Do you agree?

So, I searched for some videos in YouTube that could teach you some fun bunny crafts. They may look hard in the final output but they are actually easy to make. Enjoy the videos below!

Here is a Puppet and a Decoration in one. It looks sparkly!



An pretty easy bunny mask for kids. You can ask them to help you in making this.



Want your bunny to be digging the rabbit hole? Try this one.



A Pompom bunny and chicks would look overly cute together. I'm sure you'll agree with me after seeing this video:



Oh I love origami! This one is definitely doable just follow the steps carefully.



These bunny bookmarks are so cute!



When I saw this, I suddenly missed making characters from eggs. I used to make different faces using eggs. I promise to share that to you next time. But I don't used hard boiled eggs. I use egg shells.



Now here is a bunny made from a golf ball!



You can make this bunny basket with your kids. It looks very lovely!



THIS! I always want to try this one and Bella had been asking for stuffed bunny or doll from me. Look at this one, it is so adorable!



So, did you enjoy watching these videos? Which of the above bunny crafts would you try? Me, I'm going to make the stuffed bunny from socks and the bookmarks too!

But before you go, here is a DIY bunny made from toilet paper roll that you can make for your little one. My daughter loves this!

easter bunny crafts



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DIY Craft: Paper Crown for Your Little Princess


DIY Paper crown

My princess. Bella will always be my princess even if she grows up. We all treat our kids like royalty because of how much we love them. We give them everything that will make them happy and that would make them better individuals in the future. 

And talking about giving them what makes them happy, this little girl of mine had been asking for a heart hat. Yup, anything that she can put on her head with hearts.

DIY paper crown

And so, I made her this very easy paper crown with hearts. I was actually thinking of a different kind of hat of I just thought that a paper crown would be better since she is my princess.

how to make a paper crown

Like I said, making this is very easy. All you need are strips of paper. Make three strips wherein the other one is thicker which would go around the head. First you have to make a ring using the thicker strip. Place it around your child's head to make sure it will fit. Then get the two other strips and cross them on top while taping the edges to the ring.

When you are done forming your crown, decorate!

princess crafts

I knew I didn't need to make a step by step instruction for this because merely looking at the crown will give you the idea on how it is made. And here is a closer look at the crown below.

how to make a crown for kids

You can decorate it using whatever you want. If you wonder where I got the gold paper, it is actually an excess of a paper which I sprayed with gold metallic paint before. Instead of throwing it, I just keep it because I know I could use it. And it went to the paper crown.

paper crown

paper crown

Look at how happy my little princess is with her paper crown! I will still make her another crown soon and of course, I will share it here with you too.

Crowns like this are not just easy to make but is extremely cheap too. You can use whatever paper is available in your home. And just be creative!

So, go ahead and make one! And when you do, don't forget to share it to me through the comment section or in our Facebook Page.


Monday, October 27, 2014

How to Add Social Media Buttons on the Sidebar


how to add social media buttons

If you are currently working on your blog design or you are thinking of adding some social media buttons on the sidebar of your blogger blog, then this is the tutorial you are looking for.

I also wanted to change the social media buttons in my blog but I didn't have the time to do it. If you fear of tweaking things on your blog, don't be because adding social media buttons isn't as hard as you think it is. You don't have to mess up with your template too because we will just add a gadget for this one. So, no fear at all. Here is the how to:

1. Look for beautiful social media icons for free download. You can search that in Pinterest or even in Google. For the ones I used for my blog, I got it from Verve and Sass while the icons above are from Lil Blue Boo.

social media icons

2. After you download the icon, upload it to whatever you use to store/ host your photos like Photobucket or Imageshack. I use Photobucket for my images. Upload each photo to it.

3. Then copy this code to a notepad or to a word document:

<!--social media icons--->
<center>

<a href="RSS FEED URL" target="_blank">
<img src="RSS FEED ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL" width=55px border="0"
alt="youtubeicon"/ ></a>

<a href="FACEBOOK URL" target="_blank">
<img src="FACEBOOK ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL" width=55px border="0"
alt=" facebookicon"/  ></a>

<a href="TWITTER URL" target="_blank">
<img src="TWITTER ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL" width=55px border="0"
alt=" twittericon"/ ></a>

<a href="PINTEREST URL" target="_blank">
<img src="PINTEREST ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL" width=55px border="0"
alt=" pinteresticon"/ ></a>

<a href="GOOGLE PLUS URL" target="_blank">
<img src="GOOGLE PLUS ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL" width=55px border="0"
alt=" googleplus icon"/  ></a>

<a href="INSTAGRAM URL" target="_blank">
<img src="INSTAGRAM ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL" width=55px border="0"
alt="instagramicon"/ ></a>

<a href="BLOGLOVIN' URL" target="_blank">
<img src="BLOGLOVIN' ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL" width=55px border="0"
alt=" youtubeicon"/ ></a>

<a href="TUMBLR URL" target="_blank">
<img src="TUMBLR ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL" width=55px border="0"
alt="tumblricon"/ ></a>

<a href="mailto:EMAIL ADDRESS">
<img src="EMAIL ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL"  width=55px
alt="Click to email me" ></a>
</center>

4. Change those in all caps. For example, change FACEBOOK URL to the link of your own Facebook Page. In my case it is https://www.facebook.com/PinkHeartString. Then look for the direct image url you uploaded. It has to be a .png file to make sure that there isn't any background. In my case, the direct url is http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj211/Kareen_Liez_Ecal_Datoy/facebook_zps46e0547d.png. I will change the FACEBOOK ICON DIRECT IMAGE URL to that link. So, the final look of my html code for the Facebook icon is like this:

how to add social media buttons

Do this to every URL and icon in the code.

About the width, you can change it if you want to depending on the size of your sidebar. If it looks big, then try a smaller value like 42px.

5. Once you are done with all the codes, go to your Blogger account. Then go to Layout>Add Gadget>HTML. Paste the code above and then Save. Place it on the area where you want the social media buttons to appear.

how to add social media buttons

6. Check your blog and your new social media buttons are there!

how to add social media buttons


This is my first ever tutorial! Wooot!! I hope you found this tutorial useful. If you have questions, feel free to leavee that in the comment section below. And if there is something that you want me to write about, lemme know.

Friday, August 29, 2014

37 DIY Pendat Lights to Illuminate Your Homes



I am back. I had been away for a very long time because my daughter got sick and was brought to the hospital. Good thing she is okay now and I am trying to go back to blogging again after two weeks of being away. I have created a round-up of DIY pendant lights before but wasn't able to share it to you at once. So, I will be sharing it with you today. I know you will be surprised and impressed of this list!

Cup Lights

1. Cute teacups and saucers from Gregory Bonasera that will lighten up your space!


Gummy Bear Chandelier
2. The gummy bears aren't the yummy ones but these are acrylic bears that Kevin Champeny used. Looked real!


Recycled Cardboard Pendant Lights
3. Sugar and Cloth shows us that a cardboard can be as gorgeous as this!


DIY Quilt Light
4. Here is another pendant light made from cardboard. A brilliant idea from The Design Files!


Paper Orb Lights
5. Featured in Design Sponge, this one uses paper cups to create a lovely lighting!


Pom-Pom Pendant
6. Gather pompom yarns together and you will get a light like this one from A Subtle Revelry.


DIY Yarn Pendant Light
7. Yarns can also look as fab as this by wrapping it around a balloon. Made by Girl


Paper Starburst Pendant Light
8. Make one for yourself using paper! Gabrielle Guy was very creative indeed to come up with this lighting!


Drum Chandelier
9. Music lovers will be happy with what Ludwig metals have done to this drum set!


D.I.Y. Oversized Fabric Garland Chandelier
10. A Beautiful Mess always impressed me with her DIYs just like this one made from different fabrics!


DIY Recycled TetraBox Lamp
11. Eskayel teaches us to recycle and turn those food and beverage containers into a pendant light!


Lace lamp/Doiliy Lamp – DIY
12. Overlap doilies around a balloon and you will get a pendant light like what Dosfamily did.


DIY Rope Pendant Lamp
13. Love Maegan brought in a beach-y or nautical feel to her home with this lighting using ropes.


Plastic Bottle Chandelier
14. Another way to recycle is to use plastic bottles to make a fab lighting! Thanks to Michelle Brand for the idea!

Hanger Lights
15 Natalie Sampson showed us that putting together some hangers can turn it into a lighting!


Soda Can Tab Diagonal Pendant
16. Don't throw away the tabs from canned beverages because you can turn it into a beautiful piece like this from The 3rs Blog.


DIY Metal Sheet Light
17. Be Cleverly Inspired and give your home an industrial feel using metal sheets!

DIY Geometric Light
18. Weekday Carnival used bended metallic tube to create a geometric light for modern touch.

Plastic Cup Lamp
19. You will feel Bit of Green by combining plastic cups together for your pendant light!


Globe Pendant Lamp
20. Stacie gave us an idea on how to create lighting fit for a travel themed bedroom.


Mason Jar Lights
21. Anyone who loves mason jars will like this one from We Design Studios.


DIY Pendant Lamp Of Enameled Colander
22. If you have a colander that you no longer use, Shelterness teaches us how to make use of them.

Bright Beads Pendant Lights
23. Marzdesigns shows us a tutorial on how to make this beautiful bright beads pendant light.

Fresh Flower Pendant Light DIY
24. Give your home some fresh aura with this pendant light from Paper n Stitch Blog

Paper Scraps
25. Another lighting made from paper as featured in Design*Sponge.

Wooden Chandelier
26. Brit + Co. is one of my fave blogs especially for DIYs because they are just awesome like this wooden beads pendant light.

Utensil Holder Pendant
27. Bring your utensil holder to your ceiling by turning it into a pendant light. Thanks toTake the Side Street for the idea!
West Elm Inspired Globe Pendant
28. A West Elm Inspired Globe Pendant by Mad in Crafts using two salad bowls.
Cube Pendant Light
29. Pretty party lights using wood to form the shape designed by Vintage Revivals
Halo Light Pendant
30. Quirky halo lights that go around the bulbs! Another one from A Beautiful Mess.
Pendant Tassel Light
31. If you love tassels then you will like what A Subtle Revelry did to this one!
>Concrete Pendant Lamps
32. If you haven't tried making something from concrete, this one from Brit + Co. might urge you to try!
DIY Artichoke Pendant Light
33. Zipper Lighting has different lighting like this that are covered by paper scallops.
Dollar Pendant Light
34. Mark Montano used two bowls in making this one and added butterflies for more fun!
DIY Eames Inspired Bohemian Pendant Lamp
35. DIY Eames Inspired Bohemian Pendant Lamp from Love Maegan that is really a true charmer!
DIY Button Pendant Light
36. Sew buttons together and make a pendant light like this from Pretty Handy Girl.
Ombre Pendant Lamp
37. Inexpensive white paper lanterns can look this great! Know how Design Love Fest did it!

What a list! You can really make whatever you want to make with just anything you find in the house as long as you are creative! I am working on my bedroom and I was looking for DIY lighting to make. That is why I decided to make this round-up for you. Which is your favorite lighting? Which one would you give a try?