Monday, July 25, 2016

DIY Cupcake Phone Charging Station ~ Back To School Crafts ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To





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Are you ready for a fun back to school craft?  Perfect for a dorm room or just because you like cupcakes, I will show you how to make a cupcake phone charging station.  You can customize it to fit your decor!



Some of the items I used:
Saw (which I LOVE):  http://amzn.to/2agvr59
Extra blades (incase you get the saw):  http://amzn.to/2a81kxp
Plywood
Acrylic paint (great set to get started!): http://amzn.to/2albpWU
Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/2a81qFz
Triple thick:  http://amzn.to/2akK1eY


Here is the video tutorial: 





Directions:
1.  Draw a cupcake, a half moon and two tall triangles.  Make them any size you want, but make sure they fit the size of the phone.
2.  Cut out the drawings and trace them onto some plywood.
3.  Use a saw to cut out the pieces and drill a hole in the middle of the half moon piece.
4.  Sand the edges and wipe clean.
5.  Paint the pieces.  Choose colors to fit your decor, or just your favorite colors.
6.  Seal the pieces with Triple Thick or any sealer that works for you.
7.  Glue on the dowel caps.
8.  Using your Dremel tool, notch in the two pieces for the stands.
9.  Use glitter and glue to keep it together.
10.  Assemble and glue together.  

That's it!  Now you have a unique, one of a kind, phone charger to decorate your room!

Thanks for stopping by.  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter.™   Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, July 22, 2016

DIY Mandala Drink Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch How To





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This week on Another Coaster Friday, I am making mandala Coasters!  This is my interpretation and I was just having fun with them.




You will need:  

-  Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2adcyRU

-  Resin: 
FYI:  I used two different kinds.  You can use EasyCast for all of it, but you will want to color the base with with pigment.  Or you can use the FastCast for the base because it cures white and finish it off with the EasyCast or other clear resin.
-  FastCast: http://amzn.to/29YoaE4
-  Easy Cast:  http://amzn.to/29QyEqa
-  White pigment:  http://amzn.to/2add4PU
-  Bright orange pigment:  http://amzn.to/2a4GsI8e
-  Bright yellow pigment:  http://amzn.to/29RtgmS
-  Bright green pigment:  http://amzn.to/29RthH9
-  Transparency film (laser printer):  http://amzn.to/29ZbkbX
-  Transparency film (inkjet printer):  http://amzn.to/2ayG41W
-  Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/29YRFWw
There are a lot of great mandala sites, but these are where I found the images I use:  http://www.free-mandalas.net  & http://www.uniquecoloringpages.com/mandala-coloring-pages-and-book.html


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix three ounces of resin.  In this project, I used Fast Cast for the first layer.  It cures fast and it cures white.  Now if you want to use the Easy Cast, you can!  You just want to add white pigment to it.  So choose whichever resin you prefer.  Here is a tip, which you can see in the video, if using the Fast Cast and you want to add color to the third coaster, mix that one separately.  It set up so fast, I couldn't do it with my first batch.  Lesson learned!
2.  The first two I did just white, so if using the Easy Cast, add the pigment.  If using the Fast Cast, work fast.  If adding color to the last one, do that.  I separated the resin for the last coaster into three small cups.  Then I added the pigment colors.  I poured them all into the last coaster cavity and swirled them.
3.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and let it cure.
4.  Find Mandala designs that your like.  I have linked two sites above, that have beautiful designs.  Two I left as black outlines and one I colored on the computer.
5.  Print them on transparency film.  I use a laser printer, but I have been told by several people that the inkjet printers work just as well.  
6.  Cut them out.  I use a circle cutter that works like charm.  Set it to just under four inches.  Practice on paper to see if you have the size you want.
7.  Mix three ounces of the Easy Cast resin.  
8.  Pour one ounce into each coaster cavity.
9.  Slide the transparency films into the resin and using your stir stick, press out the bubbles.
10.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
11.  Once cured, unmold them!

That's it!  Now you have some pretty stunning coasters!  Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Monday, July 18, 2016

DIY Easy Pesto Sauce ~ Harvesting Basil ~ Craft Klatch How To





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I LOVE Basil!   I mean I really love it!  I love it in salads, in pesto, in a drink, as a garnish and I love it in the garden.  It has a nice look and a wonderful aroma!  I’ll pick a leaf, crush it and drop it in a margarita.  Or I’ll be walking by and I’ll pick one and crush the least just so I can smell it.  I have a bumper crop of basil this year, which is great because the last couple of years have been pretty disappointing.

I decided it’s time to harvest some of the basil. I have two pots and they are thriving.  I have picked some here and there, but I’m cutting them down by half because it’s time to make some PESTO!




You will need:
Helpful items:


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Add the basil to your food processor.  
2.  Add a tablespoon of the olive oil and blend to a paste.
3.  Slowly add pine nuts.
4.  Add minced garlic
FYI:  If you don’t want to mince or chop the garlic, just throw the whole piece in and it’ll chop up just fine in the food processor.
5.  Add parmesan cheese.
6.  Add the chili powder.
7.  Add the remaining olive oil and blend it until everything is chopped up and smooth.


That’s it!  Make a bunch and you can freeze it and have pesto all year round!

It's a recipe that can be served warm as a meal, or mix it up and put it in the fridge as a salad and it can be made a day in advance!  Whoohoo!

The amount of pesto made is enough to add to two boxes of bowtie pasta - depending on how saucy you like it.  

Recipe:
  • Prepare two boxes of bowtie pasta.
  • Once cooked, rinse pasta in cold water and drain.
  • Put it back in the pot and mix in pesto sauce.  If you want it as a salad, put it in a container and refrigerate until you are ready to use.  For a meal, mix in the pesto and heat on a low heat, just until hot.  As a meal, this would pair well with some garlic bread!

Troubleshooting:

1.  If the flavor is too strong:  If the basil or garlic is overpowering, mellow the flavor by heating on the stove..  It’ll be perfect!
2.  If the sauce is too oily, add basil.
3.  If you want it creamier, add more cheese, or more nuts.

That’s it!  Thank you for stopping by!  Remember:  Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter™  Stay safe!  Go make some pesto!

Mona

Friday, July 15, 2016

DIY S'mores Drink Coaster Set ~ Craft Klatch Another Coaster Friday® ~ How To





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Add a little whimsy to your home decor by having Smores Drink Coasters!  It's a perfect way to add a little summer fun. Using polymer clay and resin, I crafted these fun drink coasters to protect your furniture.  The polymer clay pieces can be used for hot drinks as well.


You will need:
Square silicone mold:  http://amzn.to/29zlTQT
White polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/29LJi40
Latte polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/29EPzur
Fast Cast Resin:  http://amzn.to/29GgWGO
Or Easy Cast Resin:  http://amzn.to/29B0yFV
Brown pigment:  http://amzn.to/29Ghe0i
Black pigment:  http://amzn.to/2acGr21
Pastel chalk:  http://amzn.to/29EPhUo
Pasta machine (optional):  http://amzn.to/29KqJ0Q
Needle tool:  http://amzn.to/29GhuML


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
For this coaster I used a different resin then I normally do.  Typically, I use Easy Cast and it is a clear resin.  The folks at Envirotex Lite sent me some Fast Cast to use.  It's their new resin product.  It sets is 15 minutes, which is great!  It also sets white, which is good for some applications.  I thought I would try it out on this coaster to see how it went.  You can use the Easy Cast instead, or whatever resin you are comfortable with.  Either works fine.

1.  Mix one ounce of your resin, according to the package directions.  The Fast Cast dries white, so if you are adding color to it, you need to keep that in mind.  Whereas a clear resin will come out the color you see when you mix it, the Fast Cast will create a much lighter color when cured.
2.  Once mixed, add colorant.  I tried just adding brown to the resin, but it came out like chocolate milk.  On the second try, I first added some black to initially darken it and then I added a lot of brown.  It worked like a charm and it cured in 15 minutes!
3.  Now onto the marshmallow.  In the end, I ended up making two marshmallows, rather than just one.  Each marshmallow will take a package of clay.  Condition the clay, by kneading it and squeezing it in your hand.  Roll it into a ball and begin flattening it.  You want it to have somewhat of a marshmallow look, but you also want it flat, so you can use it as a coaster.
4.  Take your latte colored clay and condition it.  You can use a rolling pin to flatten it, I happened to use the pasta machine.  Once flat, lay your square chocolate resin on it and trim the clay to fit.  You need to do that twice, since you need a top graham cracker and a bottom graham cracker.
5.  With a needle tool, or a pen, or any tool you have on hand that will work, draw an indent down the middle of the graham cracker.  On each side of the line, put 11 dots.  Look at a graham cracker for reference.
6.  Using pastel chalk that has been ground into powder, take a paint brush and brush the edges of the graham crackers, the dots and middle line of the graham crackers and the edges of the marshmallow.  This is to give the marshmallow a toasted look and the graham cracker a baked look.
7.  Bake the clay pieces according to the package directions.

Once cool, you can assemble your smores!!

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!®  
Stay safe!


Mona

Monday, July 11, 2016

Garbage to Gorgeous™ Episode 13: Whiskey Sippin' Chair ~ Rocking Chair Makeover ~ How To





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Are you ready for another Garbage to Gorgeous ®?  Today I am giving a rocking chair, that my sister garbage picked, a makeover.  It's going to be more of a manly makeover, from rocking chair to Whiskey Sippin' Chair!  Think gift for Dad or husband, man cave decor, etc.



You will need:
-  An old chair, the one I had happened to be a rocking chair.
-  Stripper:  http://amzn.to/29tEAnZ
-  Black/ebony stain with poly:  http://amzn.to/29zWveq (this is not the one I used, but appears to be similar)
-  Whiskey fabric - Do a google search.  I also saw wine fabric and tequila fabric.  Pick whatever suits your tastes!  
-  Quilt batting:  http://amzn.to/29tFxN9
-  Foam padding (go to fabric store, so you can see it and feel it)
-  Staple gun & staples:  http://amzn.to/29zXDin
-  Scraper:  http://amzn.to/29whdK4
-  Paint brushes:  http://amzn.to/29whtZv
-  Odorless mineral spirits:  http://amzn.to/29z19gI
-  Sandpaper  
-  If you have to staple the cushion from the top, be sure to pick up some coordinating trim to cover the staples.
-  Glue:  http://amzn.to/29DWckq


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Strip the chair.  Use the stripper and scrape it all off.  This will take time, will possibly be a little frustrating, but totally worth it!
2.  Once stripped, wipe it down with odorless mineral spirits to remove any excess stripper.
3.  Do a light sand and wipe it down.
4.  Stain the wood whatever color you like.  I chose an ebony  because I wanted a deep, rich color.
5.  Remove the existing cushion.  Replace with new padding, batting and fabric.
6.  Staple it into place.
7.  If necessary, cover the staples with trim.  I used a combination of hot glue and Ultimate glue.

That's it!  Enjoy your new chair!  Have a drink on me!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, July 8, 2016

Vinyl Record Coasters DIY ~ Craft Klatch Another Coaster Friday ~ How To





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Today we are making vinyl record coasters.  They are great as home decor items, party favors, or even turning them into conversation pieces.



You will need:
-  Round wood discs:  http://amzn.to/29nxnun
-  Black acrylic paint:  http://amzn.to/29WpmcG
-  Super gloss Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/29EVS4c
-  Record labels
-  Triple Thick:  http://amzn.to/29EWirb
-  (or) Resin:  http://amzn.to/29D9pfl


Here is the video tutorial:  








Directions:
1.  Paint the discs, front and back.  It may take two coats.
2.  Find record labels and print them out.  I used a laser printer and card stock.  
3.  Cut them out.
4.  Use a black permanent marker to color the edges.
5.  Use Mod Podge to adhere them to the discs.
6.  Once dry, finish them off with the Triple Thick, or dome them with resin.

Fun ideas:
-  You can add fun trivia about the singers or bands to the backs of the coasters.
-  You can make up fake bands and songs.
-  For a wedding, you can make records of the couple's favorite bands, or the first dance song.  On the back of the coasters you can add fun trivia about the bride and groom.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!
Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Thursday, July 7, 2016

MagMount Review and My Day: Shopping and Garbage Picking! Craft Klatch


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I spent my day yesterday running errands, which happened to include some time at the craft store!  ❤ ❤ 

Later in the day, I spotted some prime garbage at the curb.  I made my husband, Greg, go back with me, which he was not happy about, but I bribed him with ice cream.


I was able to put my new MagMount phone holder to use!  I love it!  It is heavy duty, holds onto my phone, would work great with the iPad and allow me to turn my phone into a dash cam!!

You can find more information on the MagMount here:  http://www.docartisan.com/products/magmount


See it in action and join me for part of my day!






Thanks for stopping by!
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Mona

Monday, July 4, 2016

DIY Resin Donut Paperweight ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To





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Have a little fun decorating your desk!  Decorate it with a resin donut paperweight!


You will need:
-  Silicone mold:  http://amzn.to/29g5Avh
-  Ultimate glue:  http://amzn.to/29jlvYQ
-  Pink acrylic paint
-  White acrylic paint
-  Resin pigments
     -  Brown:  http://amzn.to/29jl6FV
     -  White:  http://amzn.to/29fxp8H
     -  Yellow:  http://amzn.to/29jlh3V
-  Colorful beads:  http://amzn.to/299Vdom

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in a little brown, white and yellow to create a bread/dough color.
3.  Pour one ounce into two cavities.
4.  Pop the bubbles with the lighter.  Allow to cure for a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  Unmold the two halves.
6.  You may find they look like bagel halves.  Take the glue and glue the two halves together to create the donut.  Allow the glue to dry.
7.  In a cup, mix glue, with a little bit of pink acrylic paint.  You can add a little white as well.  Remember, you are mixing the paint with white glue, so it will look very pastel.  However, the glue dries clear, so the end color will be darker. 
8.  Spread the glue mixture on the donut, like you are frosting it.
9.  While the glue is wet, sprinkle the beads on the glue, so they will stick.
10.  Allow everything to dry!

That's it!  Once dry, you can hold down a stack of papers, or a stack of napkins at a picnic!

Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona