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    The Flawless DIY Mixtape

    Mixtapes. They make the world go round. Remember when everything was worthy of a mixtape? New love? Mixtape. Break up? Mixtape. New job? Mixtape? Unemployed? Mixtape. Now we have playlist since no one has tapes any more but we still say mixtape, go figure. What better way to get your DIY on than to break it down to some good tunes. 80s pop rock and 90s hip hop are favorites of mine, it really gets my creative juices flowing. Here are a few gems from the perfect DIY mixtape.

    I Want To Thank You (Heavenly Father) by Alicia Myers.

    Nothing says do it yourself like a “thank God I finally have a man,” love song that can double up as a Gospel song. This disco hit is good to shimmy to while you are apply glitter to… everything. It is also the same feeling I get when there is a sale at the craft store.

    Get Into The Groove by Madonna.

    I am an 80s baby of course Madonna had to make at least one appearance. It is basically self explanatory. Get into the groove of your renovation.

    Any fast paced song by Beyonce.

    I can’t describe the greatness that Beyonce does for the workflow process but it works, trust me.

    Living on a Prayer  by Bon Jovi

    This is one of my favorite songs ever. It is appropriate for almost all occaisions especially when you are dealing with long and arduous crafts. I am looking at you, knitting. When it gets tough just belt out “Ohhhhhh we’re half way there ohhhh oh, livin’ on a prayer!” Show that ball of yarn who’s boss.

    Monster by Kanye West, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Jay-Z.

    You are in the trenches of your project and it is going well but you still need a extra boost of cockiness, arrogance, bravado and swag to get you through. This track brings it. By the way it is rated NSFW.

    Feel So Good by Ma$e

    You did it! You finished your DIY project. What do you do now? Celebrating with the shiny suit boys of 90s rap is obviously the next step. Well, my next step is to find a better quality version of this video.

    Back To Life by Soul II Soul

    It has been fun but now it is time  to start over with a new pinterest idea. Back to craft, back to reality.

    Here is the complete playlist! It is growing so stop by often. 🙂

     

    What are some of your favorite songs you like blast to get you through a tough project?

  • InCrafts, DIY

    Easter Craftapalooza

    Easter is coming and it is a great time for crafts! Great weather, bright colors, and down time because of the holiday. Here are two awesome crafts that you can do by yourself or with the kids. 

    Rainbow Waffles- All you need is your traditional waffle batter ingredients (you can use a store bought mix to save time) and food coloring!

    • 2 cups of all purpose flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon of Baking powder
    • 2 tablespoons of sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 3/4 cup milk 
    • 1/2 cup of melted butter
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
    • 1 pack of food coloring
    • 3-6 small bowls (this is to make the different colors)
    1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
    2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
    3. Divide your batter into your bowls and add food coloring.
    4. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron in your desired design/pattern. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp. Serve immediately.

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    Don’t mind the blurry picture crumbsnatcher’s children’s hands are so fast!

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    Now you have red food coloring on your hands and syrup on your face. You need to take a shower well good thing you have some Easter egg soap! Oh, you don’t? Let’s change that.

    What you need

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    • A large heat resistant measuring cup (Pyrex is good)
    • A Microwave or double boiler
    • A sharp knife
    • Melt and pour soap base (you can find this at your local arts and craft supply store)
    • Scent of your choice (you can use essential oil or a fragrance oil from the same arts and craft store)
    • Color (DO NOT use food coloring. Why? Soap isn’t food. You can look up natural alternatives like paprika or soap approved color from you guessed it the arts and craft store)
    • A spoon for mixing the base
    • Soap making mold or a silicone candy making mold
    • Any additive you would like (i.e Orange zest, herbs, oatmeal)

    Color and scent are completely optional but it is so much fun!

    You need to find out how much soap is needed to fill your molds. I  do this by filling the mold with water and then pouring the contents into a measuring cup.

    1. You can melt the base in a double boiler or the microwave. If you choose the microwave, cover the pyrex bowl you are melting the soap with plastic wrap to keep the excess moisture from evaporating out. Cut base in smaller pieces for quicker melting then simply microwave on high for one minute. If not melted stir with a spoon and put back into the microwave.
    2. If you add fragrance oil and/or color, add it after the base is fully melted. Stir until the fragrance is fully incorporated.
    3. If you are adding additives (say that 3 times fast) put in the mold before you pour in the soap so it can be on top. Pour your soap into the mold.
    4. Let your soap harden after a few hours and it will be ready to use. Enjoy your soap!

    Here is a quick video of the tutorial. DIY Soap: So fresh, So clean.

    If you live or visiting NYC we currently have “The Big Egg Hunt,” which is huge Fabergé eggs hidden throughout the 5 boroughs for wanderers to find and possibly win prizes. Although it may be too late to enter the contest all all the eggs will be placed in Rockefeller Center until Friday, April 25. Good place to check out.  Find out more here. Visit http://thebigegghunt.org. Here are some I found throughout my travels.

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    Happy Easter!

  • InCrafts, DIY

    Heavy C.R.E.A.M: DIY Recipe Box

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    With so many apps, blogs, Pinterest boards do you really need a recipe box? To answer your question. Yes! For several reasons but right now I only have two.

    1. You can decorate it
    2. Some things are better to physically have (i.e. Social Security Card).  Feel free to back up your grandparents’ coveted double chocolate brownie recipe on your iPad.

    Initially I saw this craft on country living’s website but I thought it needed a little more to suite my taste. The concept is the same for both projects you can decorate how you choose. You can even add glitter!

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    The picture I had that included the spoon I didn’t like. Sorry about that.

    What you need
    a wooden box from the crafts store
    a hot glue gun
    an old spoon

    Optional
    Wood stain (link to all natural wood stain)
    Stencils
    Wood burning tool
    Gold spray paint (for spoon)

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    Country Living’s Version

    These are the basic instructions.

    1. With a foam brush, stain the box, inside and out, with Minwax wood finish in Classic GrayLet dry.
    2.  Using your hands, bend a teaspoon at a 90-degree angle.
    3. Apply hot glue to the box, center the spoon atop the box, press and hold for one minute.

     

    I love hip hop, “The 99 & the 2000’s” is my favorite era and it influences many of my decor design choices. I used my wood burning tool to carve this “grocery list.”
    • Gin
    • Juice
    • bread
    • dough
    • cheddar
    • T-bone steak
    • Welch’s grape
    • Heavy C.R.E.A.M
    Here are some recipes you can add to your collection.

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    I opted out of using wood stain because I wanted the natural wood to shine through. It is better to bend the spoon before you spray painted it. I picked gold *Bling Bling.*

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    The buildings before the spoon was attached.

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    Traced the cassette tape with a stencil then used the wood burner.

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    I added watercolor to my wood burned images (the buildings on the front and the cassette tape on the back). Once that was all done I used shellac to seal it all.

    Decoded:

    Bread, Cheddar, Dough = Money

    Gin N’ Juice Snoop Dogg’s hit song from 1993

    “T-Bone Steak, Cheese Eggs and Welch’s Grape” Although I didn’t add the cheese eggs the line is from The Notorious B.I.G. Big Poppa

    Heavy C.R.E.A.M: C.R.E.A.M is a song from the Wu Tang Clan and it stands for “Cash. Rules. Everything. Around. Me”

    Are recipe boxes too old fashioned? Do we still pass them on?

    ~A.V.

  • InCrafts, DIY

    How to Make Vinyl Record Bowl

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    Did you know that March is National Craft Month? I am all for fun, interesting, quick, useful, most importantly economical crafts. This bowl will look cool on your coffee table, it is very easy and inexpensive!

    What you need

    • A heat safe bowl
    • Cookie sheet 
    • An Oven
    • Vinyl record (that you no longer want please don’t melt down an autographed, collector’s edition of Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall then blame me. 
    • *Bonus* Heat Gun and Spray paint

    Preheat oven at 200 degrees.

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    Put your heat safe bowl upside down on a cookie sheet and put your vinyl record on top of it.

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    Put it in the oven for 8-10 minutes the record will get soft and you can shape it how you want. I prefer to shape it on top of the heat safe bowl instead of inside because I still use it for food. Other tutorials do it differently it is your choice.

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    The vinyl cools quickly if you want a special shape you can use a heat gun or put it back in the oven for a couple of minutes.

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    You are basically done but I wanted to paint mine to match my living room.

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    This a cool “catch all” bowl you can put candy your keys, fruit, etc into it.

    “Hey now, you’re a Rock Star go play!” If you try this out I would love to see!

    ~A.V.

  • InCrafts, DIY

    From Baker to Biggie: DIY Coffee Table

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    Welcome to the FINAL installment of Black Excellence! If you have been following along I hope you learned something.

    We have covered a lot:

    – Hacked an Ikea shelf by turning it into a bar. “The Glamourous Life” is dedicated to the beautiful actresses, models, entertainers of color from yesteryear.

    “A Star Is Born” Went to Goodwill scored a picture frame for six bucks gave it a picture perfect makeover now it is a lighted vanity mirror.

    “Lady Sings The Blues” Completely revamped a chair from a music video by reupholstering it. and painted another.

    Now we have two “before and after” projects. First up is our “It Was All A Dream” Ikea table.

    “It Was All A Dream…I used to read Word Up Magazine.” is an iconic lyric by The Notorious B.I.G. from his debut single Juicy. He goes on to rap about how life would be once he made it, the good life. Something we all can identify with.

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    I went to Ikea and got the LACK coffee table for $19.99. Primed it and began using the same paint I used to paint my accent wall (Zinc by Martha Stewart/Glidden) 

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    I mixed a small portion of the paint with black and white acrylic paint to make different shades of the same color.  I wanted it to look concrete-like, I used a mini roller brush and a bristle brush for streaks.

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    Added different shades to the letters to add dimension.

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    Once I was finished with my design I applied some shellac on it and voilà!

    This second project is a little bit different. I found this wobbly table in my basement I figured with some TLC and waterfalls elbow grease i could make something out of it.

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    I posted this picture on Instagram and my Fan page and was given pretty cool suggestions. I decided to only use items I already had at home. If I didn’t have it I couldn’t buy it, a challenge if you will.

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    After tightening the legs, I cut out a circle from a roll of patterned vinyl that would be the new table top. This can achieved with contact paper as well.

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    I had some beads that I wanted to attach to the table and  I “aged” them with copper/gold spray paint.  The now  vintage beads reminded me of the extravagant outfits the late great Josephine Baker would wear.

    imageHere is a picture of Beyonce paying tribute to the famous “Banana Dance” costume.

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    I cut the beads to be various lengths and individually tied them with fishing line. Although, I have never gone fishing I figure you could never be too prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.

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    I used spray adhesive to attach the vinyl to the top.

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    This was the outcome but I felt something was missing….

    SPRAY PAINT!

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    I used silver spray paint to accent some part of the legs and the rim of the table. I am satisfied with the results.

    That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this decorating series.

    Now feel free to enjoy your lavish meal of T-Bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape.