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Hello there!  This is a different kind of post….I’m going to share a project we want to do!

Um.  Oh wait…I guess we usually do that, don’t we?  But this different because this is a project we want to do THAT WE NEED LOTS OF HELP WITH.

Ever since the Collaborations post went viral, people have been asking me to make book.  “You should make a book!” they’d say, and I totally agreed with them because they’re all awesome.  We had a few publisher nibbles, but they all fizzled.  They said they weren’t really sure how to sell it.  (Do you know you have to have a TON of existing interest in your idea and a ready-made audience online before anyone at a publishing company will even LOOK at it?   I mean, how do new things even ever happen that way?)

Anyway, after many trying and much attempts, it occurred…

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DIY Nail Polish

This is a fun and quick DIY project.

All you need is:

  • Clear or White Nail Polish
  • Eyeshadow
  • Snack-sized ziploc bag
  • Knife
  • Funnel (you can always make one out of paper)
Look what you can do with drugstore makeup!

Look what you can do with drugstore makeup!

Step One: Pick one or two colors of eyeshadow for your polish. You can always mix together more colors to make a blend, but be sure not to use more than the equivalent of one or two average sized cakes of eyeshadow.

Depending on the size of the nail polish, you should determine if one or two cakes is most appropriate.

Be careful not to use too much eyeshadow or your nail polish will become too thick.

Step Two: Take the knife and scrap off the eyeshadow you have selected into a mixing bowl. Make sure that the eyeshadow is broken apart and that all of your colors are well mixed.

Step Three: Put the crushed up eyeshadow in a ziploc baggie. (This will make it easier to pour through the funnel). Pour the eyeshadow into the polish, stopping periodically to stir. You can use the brush of the nail polish to stir or a toothpick if you have one handy.

Step Four: Shake it up and paint those nails!

The quality of your polish depends on the quality of your ingredients. I didn’t want to spend much money on this project, so I used some NYC topcoat to make my nail polish. It lasted for about 18 hours with no topcoat. It’s definitely not a durable polish, but it’s perfect for a night out.

“Hence,” the first nail polish I made.

DIY Puppet Theaters

Puppet Theaters




  • Shoebox
  • Acrylic or Craft Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft Knife (for adult use only!)
  • Pencils & Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Popsicle Sticks
  1. Cut an 8” x 2.5” rectangle out of one top of a shoebox (oriented so that the portion normally covered by the lid will be facing out)
  2. Paint the exterior of their shoebox to make first with a white base color. Then paint over the base color with the design that you would like on the outside of their puppet theaters.
  3. Cut out puppets from paper or fabric and glue them onto Popsicle sticks, so that they may be lowered into the opening at the top of the puppet theater.
  4. Paint or draw a backdrop for their play on a sheet of paper and put on your show!

19 Must Have Literary Manicures

For all you girly book lovers out there.

Here are few of my favorites:

Love these To Kill a Mockingbird nails AND they look like Fall!

Can you believe someone painted those faces and all of those letters perfectly?

The Lord of the Rings, of course…

Check out the rest here:
19 Must Have Literary Manicures.

Etsy Craft Party

After a busy Thursday of paperwork, it was wonderful to end the day with my first Etsy Craft Party!


The good people at the welcome table were nice enough to write out my name badge for me because I was busy carrying paperwork (see first sentence of this post), girl scout cookies (I finally was able to pick them up from my friend whose little sister a I purchased them from months ago), a delicious Kimchi Taco, and a can of Coca-Cola.

As one woman filled out my name for me, another friendly helper gave me a craft bag and instructions for this year’s craft. The party this year had a theme of giving back to your community, so our community made hand puppets for the Children’s Aid Society.

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They also hand lots of cool stickers for us to take home as souvenirs!

I met up with a friend at the craft party, but I also got to experience a lot of friendly new people at my table. It was nice to see some friendly faces working on a craft and sharing a few supplies and stories along the way. They were a pretty funny bunch too! Who know you could crack jokes about scissors and thread that are actually funny?

I didn’t make it to the very beginning of the party, so I wasn’t able to stay long enough to see the team of sewing machine volunteers stich my puppet together (I’m pretty bummed about that) but I did take a few pictures of the embroidery I did, so you can get an idea of what it looks like as an almost-finished-product.


This was very fun and I love the cause! I can’t wait for more Etsy parties in the future!

How to Make a Hand-painted Book Cover (Also Applicable for Wrapping Paper)

First of all, this post involves no actual wrapping paper. But I think you could use this method to make your own wrapping paper because you essentially are “wrapping” book board in order to make the cover of a book. So I’m thinking you could also wrap a box? Maybe? I haven’t tried it, so see for yourself.

The first thing  you’ll need for this is some medium weight drawing paper. You could use another type of paper at your own risk, but I can recommend some good old fashioned drawing paper and medium weight should be able to take the paint.

Cut your paper to be slightly larger than your two pieces of book board (or whatever it is than you’re covering). An extra inch on each side should give you plenty of room to work with.

Now you’re ready to paint! Cover your paper with your base colors. I use acrylic paint but you could try craft paint as well (though I would suggest acrylic paint because of its flexibility).


Once your base color dries, you can go ahead and add the detailing. If you haven’t cut your paper in half yet (I didn’t cut mine until the last step but you can do it either way), then find the middle point of your paper so you can work on both the “front cover” and “back cover.”


I free-handed blue dots on my “back cover” and drew out a sailboat (though it’s kind of hard to see it) before I painted it.

Once you’ve finished painting, you’ll need to cover it with a sealant, so that you can protect your paint from the elements and general wear & tear. I used matte ModPodge to paint a thin layer over my design. Once this dries enough not to smudge or stick to anything, you’ll need to flatten the paper out under book or other heavy object.


After that, you’re ready to cover your book board or wrap whatever item you wanted to cover in your very own wrapping paper! The texture of the paper after this should be almost like a lightweight vinyl, so it’s pretty easy to manipulate.