June 23, 2017

Friday Faves Vol. 6

These beautiful rainbow pancakes!

This very dapper horse in a custom suit!

This cheeky avocado crop top!

This adorable bodega where everything is made of felt!

This photo tour of Dev's apartment from Master of None!

This nerdy but interesting article on how businesses get on those highway signs!

This trip down memory lane of every MTV dating show in history!

The Museum of Failure, featuring dud products, like green ketchup!

This niiiiiice video of a corgi butt swimming! :)

This cool eye print skirt!

What cool stuff have you seen lately?

June 16, 2017

Etsy Shop of the Month: rommydebommy

Fried Egg Purse

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to step inside the candy-filled world of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, or perhaps be shrunken down to the size of an ant a la Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, you'll get a sense of what both would be like through the art of rommydebommy.

Wondering how? Rommy's fashion accessories, a colorful mix of purses, necklaces and even bow ties, are made to resemble everyday items, like a bowl of cereal or a buttery croissant, except they're oversized in scale and fantastical in image - a serious feast for the eyes. 

Cereal Necklace & Purse

Most of her creations are based on food items, from iced layer cakes to syrupy waffles to full English breakfast plates. The pieces evoke a huge dose of whimsy and are honestly just a joy to look at. Ever wanted to strut around with a giant piece of Nutella toast as a clutch purse? Maybe not, but now that you know you can - don't you kind of need to?

All of Rommy's products give me that feeling - like I need them now. They're so surreal in the greatest way, and they would no doubt be the number one conversation piece in literally any room. I mean, who isn't going to ask you where you got your gummy worms necklace?

Clockwise: Taco Purse  //  Candy Watch Purse  //  Cake Purse  //  Pad Purse

The use of foam as a main material gives her pieces that exciting cartoonish vibe that always catches my eye. Everything is so big and colorful and fun! It feels to me as if the characters from Pee Wee's Playhouse all walked out the door and decided to hang from your shoulder, and for my kitschy tastes, that's about as good as it gets.

Croissant Purse

These cool purses aren't just form over function either - each has adequate space to stash all your essentials, typically accompanied by flashy gold accents. You'll find everything you need to play the part of kooky fashionista on the go!

All photos via rommydebommy

Have you ever seen Rommy's stuff before? What's your favorite piece? Would you walk around with a pad clutch or no?

June 9, 2017

Friday Faves Vol. 5

This adorable donut bead necklace DIY project!

These delicious-looking lemon poppyseed mini scones!

This fun and functional witch spoon rest!

 This vintage 1960s beauty tutorial video!

This list of business advice from 19 badass biz ladies!

@Strange_Animals posts photos of animals you've never heard of! I couldn't even pick one photo...that "bunny" is a sea creature!

This beautiful rainbow contour! New trend?

This interesting article about the connection between the mob and NYC's early gay clubs.

This cute melting kitty cone shirt from Threadless!

This collection of 1980s novelty erasers!

What are you peeping on lately?

June 2, 2017

How to Paint a Ceramic Canister (plus one million ways NOT to): A Tutorial

This all started innocently enough; I was in the market for a coffee canister. Something simple - not too big, not too small and at least a little cute. Within the ranks of Amazon's thousands of offerings I was sure to find something to suit my tastes, right? Wrong. 

Blame it on my pickiness (it's fine, she and I are well acquainted), but I couldn't find the simple-canister-with-an-attached-scoop of my dreams. Woe is me, in lieu of flowers send canisters, etc. 

I was able to find a simple white canister (now with scoop!) at Michael's and grabbed that thing for less than eight bucks with a coupon. She was so plain, so empty, so…ready for my magic hands. She was getting a makeover!

Wanting to keep it simple, I grabbed some gold paint (yes, my version of simple is metallic gold, why do you ask?) and went upon my merry way, thinking this would be a one-and-done project that'd be over in an afternoon. Ohhhh, baby, was I mistaken. This project gave me lots of experience in how NOT to paint a ceramic canister, which is probably more useful than the correct way, so I'm gonna give you both. Paint at your own risk

Allow me to take you on a brief tour of my DIY journey:

First, I pondered - how do I get perfect polka dots? Maybe not perfect perfect, but mostly perfect. Hey, I'm laid back! Though, perfect perfect is great too. Maybe then let's just go for perfect perfect. Flexible! See how laid back I am???

My plan: I'll draw on perfectly symmetrical lines with a ruler so everything is lined up just right. Oh, that's very difficult on a rounded surface? Let's use a level then. Oh, that's basically the same thing? JK, we're doing this with a length of string and a grease pencil and…the plans went on and on. That's good for placement, but what about the actual dots?

I could buy a rubber stamper! Eh, those look flimsy and cost way more than they should. I can make a stamper! From what, you lunatic? Okay, I'll use the lid to a product and stamp a circular outline and then fill it in! GENIUS AWARD RIGHT HERE PLZ. Oh, right, that's super messy and, again, that damn rounded surface. How about I just put circle stickers on the canister and paint everything around them gold and go for a reverse effect? That'll show them! Okay, first - show who? Second - that's not even easier. You're losing it, kid.

Then, when I least expected it, actual genius struck!

I'm gonna make stencils out of painters tape with a giant hole punch! 

I nearly wept at my own brilliance. Giant hole punches (or really, small paper punches) are like $5 B.C. (Before Coupon) at Michael's. I had painters tape already. This was gonna happen.

I simply inserted the tape in the punch and made a perfect circular hole. No prob!

In an attempt to repeat this, I realized this was not really a 'no prob' scenario. Tape is sticky! It stuck on the punch and was hard to pull out. Knowing I had to make a lot of those things, I needed a better way.

Duh, I'll stick the tape to paper first and then punch because peeling off painters tape is easy! That's literally what it's designed to do. Except it was only mostly easy. Some spots got paper stuck to them, negating their purpose as a stencil. Okay, I'l switch to card stock since it's thicker and probably won't stick as easily.

Yay! This is mostly true! It still sticks here and there, but guess what? This is getting old fast! I punch a bunch of strips full of evenly spaced holes and peel them off the card stock. Success?

Now we pop those stencils on and we're basically done, right? HA. This project laughs in your face. First, wipe the whole canister down with rubbing alcohol.

To apply the strips of stencils, either rely on a keen eye like I did or bring out a ruler to check as you go. It helps to find the center of the top and mark it with a pencil (which will wipe off) before laying down your first strip.

Hot Tip: to apply on the top of the canister, start in the center and work out. On the body, start on the side and work around so that any wonky measurements will end up in the back where no one will dare to look.

PAINT! It's finally time! It'll be easy now, right? Right?? Why are you looking at me like that? Oh…

I innocently painted on a layer of the enamel paint. I thought it seemed thinner than I expected, but I was still riding high. I painted the whole top of the canister and waited excitedly.

This paint is made for ceramic and other surfaces and meant to be baked on or air cured afterward. I didn't quite get that far, though.

WHY THO? Do I not deserve a coffee canister? 

The paint stuck to the painters tape (one job, buddy!) instead of the canister and peeled off almost everywhere. It was very sheer too, and would've taken at least three coats to be opaque.

I'm in too deep to turn back now, yet I have nothing to show for it but a bunch of hole-filled tape. Perhaps I should take this tape and cover my eyes for all of eternity so that I may pretend my canister is completed and beautiful. I'm sure I'd still see outta these stupid holes though. Hmmm.

WAIT. DON'T PAINT MARKERS EXIST? *googles paint markers* THEY DO!

Then, like an angel sent from craft store heaven (where sequins get their wings), comes this glorious golden baby:

It's glowing, right? It's not just me and my heart eyes? Oh, it is? This Sharpie paint marker in metallic gold is also good on glass, ceramic and other tricky surfaces, except this paint is opaque and it stays put! It's…beautiful. 

This method is:
a) faster
b) easier
c) even more golden
d) not going to stick to painters tape, which goes against the ONE purpose of both the tape and the paint, not that I'm still bitter, but you get it.

Bonus - I only needed one pen and still have some use left in it, and it dried almost immediately. I left it overnight just to be safe. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, I'm smashing this canister in the street.

You can see some marker strokes, but when it dries the color smooths out nicely.

When it's dry, just slowly take those paint strips off. Treat it like emotional therapy for what this project has done to you.

*The Reveal*

Okay, so let me say - I'm happy with my canister and will use it daily. Let me also say - some of my perfect perfect polka dots are…not so perfect. 

I'm totally cool with this because, c'mon, look at this journey - I'm just excited to end it. But more than that, the slightly fuzzy dots have grown on me tremendously and I can't believe I didn't do this on purpose. Now, perfect perfect seems so boring boring.

I think the cheap ceramic is to blame for this result because the stencils were tightly stuck and I was careful with my marker. It just seemed to bleed like a cheap lipstick bleeds outside the lip line.

When I showed my sister these fuzzy-edged dots she said she loved them as is, and that they looked cool, like gold bullet holes. So she's either a wonderful liar or a wonderful sister, but let's be optimistic.

She pointed out that since the placement was so precise and purposeful (I believe there was a Martha Stewart comparison, but who can remember these things?) (I can. There was.), the messiness of the dots looks intentional. A mix of chaos and order. Just like this whole project, really.

Sure, I could re-outline all the dots with the marker or another paint color. Honestly, though? I'm just going to embrace the imperfection. I actually prefer it! Plus, I got the hint that maybe I need to be a little more of a "go with the flow" type of girl and less "hmm, how can I completely control the flow?" Point taken, canister. Point taken.

Have you ever painted a canister? Have any tips on working with enamel paint? Have you made it safely through this harrowing journey?

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