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#DIYThursday: Amazing Harry Potter Nails

Harry Potter Nails

These fun and funky Harry Potter nails are so cute that they make him look cool. Oh, Harry Potter IS cool? Sorry. Click the lightening bolt to see more!


harry potter and the sorcerer's stoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

This enhanced edition includes the full original text—plus charming illustrations, animations and interactions that bring key moments in the story to life.

 

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#DIYThursday: Start Your Own T-Shirt Business With This Amazing and Affordable Kit

Dang! I want one too!

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Whether you are starting a small business or DIY screen printing for fun, the DIY Table Top Hinge T-Shirt Kit has the essential set of tools for graphic designers, fashionistas, entrepreneurs, crafters, Etsy-ers and anyone looking to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary!

The DIY Table Top Hinge T-Shirt Kit will bring all your awesome t-shirt ideas to life and can turn fun into profit. This Kit contains everything you need to make a statement: the everlasting DIY Print Shop table top screen and hinges will give you unconditional love through any DIY screen printing project; a 156 mesh screen; Pitch Black water based ink; and a squeegee engineered to smoothly push ink onto your T-shirt. Plus so much more!

This screen mounts to any surface around your house or shop!

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#DIYThursday: Celebrity Stylist, Corey Roche’s Fashion Emergency Remedies

This article was created just for Dangerous Lee. Thanks, Corey!

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Corey Roché – Celebrity Stylist: The Real

No matter your finances everyone should base their wardrobe off of staple/statement pieces. Using this method will expand your wardrobe providing you with multiple options and looks. In short, creating the illusion of a larger wardrobe.
Staple/statement pieces are (but not limited to):

  • Women; bags, shoes, jacket/blazer and accessories.
  • Men; shoes, jacket/blazer, belts and hats.
  • You can take your normal everyday jean and tank or t-shirt to the next level by adding a blazer and an after 5 shoe and go to dinner, meeting or even a date!

And if you’re accident prone don’t worry I have some remedies that will assist you along the way to keep your staple/statement pieces in tact to maintain that pristine condition:

I’m a vegan, and I incorporate that into my work [by trying] to use natural, effective remedies

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Corey styling Tamera Mowry-Housley on set of The Real.

ROCHE’S REMEDIES

  1. WATER + VODKA
    If you place these two simple agents into a spray bottle, you have an at-home dry cleaning service. It deodorizes the garments.
  2. BAKING SODA + DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR
    These two agents assist me with the removal of a wide range of stains on most fabrics.
  3. CORNSTARCH
    Great for food grease and can be used on leather, silk or other delicate fabrics.
  4. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
    Works well on organic stains such as wine, chocolate, grass, blood or—what I use it most for—armpit sweat.

Treatment is just as important because you do not want to push the stain further into the fabric. [For] food stains, use the edge of a dull butter knife to gently remove residual food without rubbing the stain. [For] liquid stains, be careful not to rub the stain; simply blot it with a dry cloth, then attempt stain removal.


This piece was created in collaboration with Corey Roche by Paul Fredrick. Paul Fredrick; an online menswear company specializing in customized dress shirts.

This inforgraphic includes Corey’s tips and tricks for on the go wardrobe malfunctions.

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#DIYThursday: How To Make Your Own Nail Polish

If you’ve ever paid to get your nails manicured, or even purchased high-end nail polish, you know how pricey keeping up with all the latest nail fads can be. There may even be occasions when you want your nails to match your outfit or makeup, and can’t seem to find the perfect shade. Did you know that you can create whatever nail polish color you desire, from the comfort of your own home and at a fraction of what it might cost you to pay for the professional alternatives? What’s more is that creating your own nail lacquers is also easy and fun. Here are steps for how to make homemade nail polish:

Purchase a clear top coat. Any brand will do. As a matter of fact, you can even head into a dollar store or any discount store and buy bottles of clear top coat in bulk. Once you’ve made your own custom nail polish color, there’s no doubt you’ll want to make more, so you can’t have too many bottles of clear coat!

Choose pigments you want to add. Pigment is just a fancy word for color, and in this case, your pigment is eye shadow or blush – in powder form. Again, any eye shadow will do – even a cheap, dollar store brand. Get creative here. You can mix colors, or even use your favorite eye shadow to create a nail polish hue that matches your eye makeup perfectly. If you want glittery polish, then you can even add glitter to the mix (just be sure to use fine glitter, as opposed to the craft glitter grade-schoolers use for art projects).

Prepare your work station. Lay out a table covering, so as not to make a mess. Pour enough clear top coat out of the bottle you plan on mixing in to allow for the pigments and/or glitter. Roll an ordinary sheet of paper into the shape of a funnel, small enough to fit into the mouth of the nail paint bottle. Crush your pigment of choice into a fine powder.

Add the pigment to the clear top coat. Insert the funnel into the nail polish bottle, and deep into the clear top coat. Drop the pigment and/or glitter into the funnel – a little bit at a time – until you are satisfied with the amount of pigment in the polish. You may have to experiment a little at this step, to get the hue density you desire.

Once your clear top coat is tinted with the pigment, shake up the mixture and/or use the nail polish brush to fully incorporate the pigment into the polish. The only thing left to do is to paint those nails!

About the Author: Valene Sundblad loves taking her daughters to choose nail colors and girly accessories but has the most fun when they sit down at home and create their own unique polish blends!


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Create Amazing Harry Potter Nail Art!

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5 Ways to Reuse Vinyl Records

Record Bowl

The most popular way to re-use old records. It’s pretty easy too; just ventilate your kitchen, and pre-heat your oven. Place the record over an oven proof dish, then put a bag of dried beans (in cloth not plastic) on the record. Remove from the oven (using mitts) then quickly shape it (wearing heat proof gloves). Leave to cool. Remember you aren’t limited to the typical black vinyl record; many artists out there released printed albums.

Cupcake Stand

An inventive way to re-use records and put a twist on the traditional display for cupcakes – has a neat 50s theme too, if you are doing a Diner themed party. Simply use superglue, a kitchen towel holder, 4 lightweight brackets, a 12 inch record and a 9 inch record. Affix the two brackets where you want the first ‘shelf’. Top the bracket with superglue and gently press the 12 inch record onto them. Repeat for the smaller record, then leave to dry. Display with cupcakes in colourful cases.

Vinyl Jewelry

You can make some really beautiful jewelry from old vinyl records, but it does require good tools. There are two main methods; cutting shapes such as birds or lightning bolts, then drilling a small hole for a chain; or cutting into lengths and using a heat gun to transform it into chokers, cuffs etc. Music themed shapes are especially striking, for example a guitar or laser cut musical notes.

Record Bag

A very simple DIY. Simply cut the record in half, then drill four holes, two on each side. Cut a 2 inch wide length of PVC in a matching colour, which measures the length of the curved outside of half a record. Using some extremely strong adhesive, glue the curved side of the record to the PVC. Repeat with the other side. Thread either some colorful ribbon or braided speaker wire (not live).

Upcycled Vinyl Art

There is some beautiful art created from vinyl records. My favourite piece is a tsunami created from records, called Soundwave by artist Jean Shin. Records also lend themselves very well to Dali style installations, industrial pieces (which often incorporate shattered or melted plastic) and in the portrayal of creatures, for example a giant fish, with records overlapping to represent the interlocking scales. This looks particularly beautiful with gold or copper colored records, especially in alternating rows – remember vinyl can be spray painted using plasti-kote. 

Written by craft and Linn DS enthusiast Helen Gallagher.