Fun: D.I.Y. Crochet Infinity Scarf

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I hope you all had a blessed holiday filled with family and fun. Mine was very laid back, and I enjoyed every moment of it. It’s fun to receive gifts but it can be even more fun to give them. One gift I gave two of my family members was the product of one of my favorite hobbies…crocheting! I made two super easy infinity scarfs thanks again to the wonderful creation that is YouTube. However, I’ve known how to do the most basic of crochet stitches since I was little thanks to my grandma. Last year I decided to pick it up again and I was definitely rusty, that’s why I turned to YouTube. I learned how to make cute little animals in a style of crochet called amigurumi. But that hobby slowly died and I hadn’t picked it back up until the same time this year, lol. I decided I wanted to make a cute scarf but after I got halfway through I figured it would be a good Christmas gift. I can always make myself another one later. If I would have been REALLY smart I could have made them before the holidays and sold them for a little extra Christmas money! But, there’s still cold days ahead so it’s not too late! I would say in total it took me about 4 hours but that’s because technically I’m still a beginner and I took a couple breaks, but I think it’s totally worth the time. A great craft for those lazy days, and its VERY relaxing. Here’s the video I watched and others to teach you a few crochet basics!

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Fun: D.I.Y. Stiletto Nails

I fell in love with nail art during my sophomore year in high school, after watching a couple of nail tutorials on YouTube. I didn’t think I would be very good at it but I decided to give it a go anyway. I bought some glue on full coverage nails, some new polish and a nail art brush, and gave it a whirl. To my surprise I was actually good at it! I decided to abandon the glue on nails because they didn’t last long, and grew out my natural nails instead. All that year I was obsessed with doing my nails but during by junior year it just stopped. I got so busy with school work that I just forgot all about doing my nails. Plus it seemed like they weren’t as strong as they had been before because they were constantly breaking. I did miss having fancy nails though.

I still kept up with nail trends despite not having my nails done and for my senior prom I just HAD to have stiletto nails. I went to a local salon and got french tip stiletto nails with a simple abstract design on each ring finger to match my dress. In about 2 weeks I went back to the nail salon for a fill in and I showed the nail tech a picture of a leopard print design I wanted on my nails. I could not believe what he said next…he told me he couldn’t do it, and he insisted that it wasn’t a free-handed design. He believed it to be a nail sticker or airbrushed. I just settled for simple zebra print but in my head I was thinking “I could do this myself, this is the last time im wasting my money here”. I fully planned to go out and buy an acrylic nail kit but I just couldn’t get up the courage, it seemed like such a daunting task.

This year I FINALLY went out and bought the kit, about three weeks ago actually. It’s the Complete Salon Acrylic Nail Kit by Kiss. It comes with EVERYTHING you need to do a set of acrylic nails and a couple fill ins. It comes with tips, acrylic liquid and powder, primer, a brush, and even a dappen dish. I bought a pretty pinky-nude color by wet and wild to paint my nails with. Since im a beginner I’m not gonna lie, it takes me about 3 hours to prep my nails, lay the acrylic, and paint them. Today however I gave myself a fill in and I went a bit faster this time. I don’t have a nail dryer so I used my blow dryer on the cool setting to speed up drying time. I went with a glittery red color by Sally Hansen and on my ring fingers added gold leopard print. Christmas colors done fierce! Practice makes perfect and hopefully I can use this skill to make a little spare change in college. Heres a list of the items and where you can find them. Happy painting!

Click to See Where to Purchase Each Item

Kiss Complete Salon Acrylic Nail Kit

Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color: Private Viewing

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear: Red Carpet

Fun: Check out Mo&Mi!

I just had to tell you about two amazing girls that are not only D.I.Y. at its’ finest, but an inspiration to me as well. Even though we are the same age, I see them as role models and I’m so thankful to be able to call them my friends. Keren (Monse) and Miriam are two young ladies that have started their own business making beautiful handmade hair bows for girls of all ages. Not only do they make hair bows, they make headbands and hair clips as well. Despite a demanding school schedule they still manage to find time to sell their hair accessories at local events, and maintain excellent grades. Their  business is not just about making money, they give back to the community as well. They even sent bows to young girls in Guatemala. Best of all these girls have a very strong faith in God and you can tell from their success that they are truly blessed. I fully believe that they will go very far in life, and will do great things. PLEASE check out their website and see about getting your hands on these lovely bows!

Mo&Mi Website: http://moandmi.wordpress.com/

Keren (Mo) and Miriam

Keren (Monse) and Miriam

Look! I was featured on their page modeling one of their bows!

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