My obsession with marble continues. I’ve gone from covering everything in marble contact paper, to hunting through a small quarry for the perfect table top, to buying this super adorbs notebook, and now I’m getting my nails mixed up in all this.
My inspo, a marble notebook, came from Homegoods where all beautiful things are born. I picked three corresponding polish colors, black, copper, white, and a shiny top coat. Also note that you’ll need a cup and a tinie tiny paintbrush. Paint your nails black…I don’t think you need me to show you that.
Watch this video for a little first hand knowledge. I tried a few things first, my freehand sucks but the water trick worked really well. Start with a cup of lukewarm water, fill the cup to the top, add a drop or two of the color you want, and stir it to create a little design. Then dip your nail. Don’t be surprised if you get covered in polish spiderwebs. Just remove with a cotton ball and some acetone.
Get your tinie tiny brush, dip it in some copper and add a few metallic flecks and lines. Then dip the brush in acetone and make the lines a little less structured, blend them a bit.
Now add a few layers of clear to add some shine.
Then you’ve got marble inspired nails! You’re welcome!!!
Sometimes a girl just wants something pretty and sometimes there’s more to the art of making something beautiful. In honor of May being Mental Health Month I want to talk about how crafting can help your mental state. You’re probably thinking “what!?!” “How does crafting help me mentally?” Well, engaging in an activity that you enjoy and find yourself lost in helps you reach a state of alpha brain activity called, Flow. This researcher named Mihaly Csikszentminalyi-try saying that 3 times fast-found that we experience less depression and more joy when we engage in activities that require focus and attention. This does wonders for brain neuroconnectivity which can have an impact on our general outlook on life. So, Dr Ally is writing you a script for one craft this week. Let’s get to it!
What will you need?
A piece of marble (mine was a little thick and heavy, I’d recommend something a little lighter).
2 drawer pulls
Clear round bumpers
Metallic spray paint (mine was rose gold)
Spray your drawer pulls. I used about 3 layers of paint.
Stick your round bumpers to the underside of your marble. These will keep your tray from sitting directly on a surface.
Measure how far you want your handles to go from the edge. Can you believe I’ve been using a centimeter ruler all these years and wasn’t even paying attention. Yes metric!!!
Add a drop of glue. This stuff is serious and goes a long way. You may also ways a mask, the fumes are pretty intense.
Wipe away any excess.
And there’s your stunning marble tray! Happy crafting!!!
We all have that overpacked junk drawer filled with pens, rubber bands, candles and I guess mine has a ton of unused old journals. What do we do with these long forgotten relics? Repurpose them!!!! Let me show you a quick DIY that will have your old throwaway journal looking better than new.
To start you will need an old journal, some contact paper and scissors.
Lay the contact paper flat and trace around the outside of the journal.
Don’t forget to open up the journal and trace around the whole thing. Also give some extra space so you can fold the contact paper over later.
Cut it out.
Peel the backing from the paper.
Attach it to the journal
Fold the excess paper to the inside of the journal’s cover.
Here’s the finished journal!!! Now,what to write; gratitude, poetry, a novel? Only time will tell. What are some things you would write? Tell me everything!