Scent of a Store

via Daily Prompt: Scent

Have you wondered how everything around you has a scent?? A special blend of fragrances to help you remember what the item is or trigger a nostalgic moment?

Any building you go into; be it groceries, shoes, clothes or office buildings; they all have their own scents. I think the strongest would be from florists and parfumeries. People spend hours together looking for the perfect combination of smells in flowers or perfume.

I think it quite interesting that we think of pleasant, nice smells with the word scent or fragrance but with odor we thing of something unpleasant that can cause your nose to crinkle up. My favorite would be the smell of a cool, crisp morning. The air smells cleaner and fresher. I love that about early mornings. Too bad I rarely wake up that early to experience it 😛

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Tuesday Tip Day

Welcome to Tuesday Tip Day. Every Tuesday, I will share a tip or an idea. This could be anything from beauty tips to life hacks 🙂

Tip for this week: Use almond oil to revive old Mascara.

For all the ladies out there with old, cakey, dry mascara tubes:

Adding a drop or two of almond oil on your brush and mixing it in the tube will help soften the mascara and make it shine for maximum application. The oil also helps coat your lashes without making them feel brittle and dry.

Make Your Own, One-of-a-Kind Harry Potter Wand

As you know from my first 2 posts, I love harry potter and the whole franchise. I recently visited the HP world at Universal in Orlando, Fl and realized that they’re wands, while wonderful, were quite expensive. No way could a student afford that. So I decided to make my own, awesome wand with just paper, a chopstick and a hot glue gun.

You will need:

  1. A4 Paper
  2. A chopstick
  3. Hot glue gun
  4. Black acrylic paint

What you do:

  1. 3b88dd393bf40a388cdc4349e0cb3653Place the chopstick around the edge of your paper and roll the paper tightly around the chopstick. You can use the glue gun to glue the paper as your rolling it in to keep it from unraveling.
  2. Cut the extra paper, on both ends, leaving about an inch of paper above the chopstick.
  3. Place a dab of hot glue at both ends to round out your wand and let dry for 20 mins.
  4. Paint the entire paper with black paint. You might need 2-3 coats. Let dry completely.
  5. Use your glue gun to make swirly designs around the base of the wand up to the wand-3middle. You can design your wand in anyway you like. Let dry for 20 mins.
  6. Optional: Add a layer of mod podge gloss to give a shiny effect.

And ta-da 🙂 Your one-of-a-kind, awesome, under $5 wand is ready for action. Accio Glue-gun!!

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DIY Harry Potter Series – Quidditch Brooms

Now that I have my Harry, Ron and Hermione ornaments, I decided I needed to get Quidditch brooms into the picture. These were the easiest to make. They’re so cute and tiny. I love miniatures ♥♥♥

I decided to make the Nimbus 2000, Firebolt and Bluebottle.

You will need:

  1. Mini brooms ( I got mine at Michaels; 5 to a pack). Michaels: mini wood broom
  2. Acrylic Paints:
    • Craft Smart – Brick Red
    • Craft Smart – King’s Gold
    • Apple Barrel – Black
    • Craft Smart – Dark Grey
    • Craft Smart – Espresso
    • FolkArt – Terracotta
  3. Washi Tape – Silver, Gold
  4. Mod Podge – Matte

What to do?

  1. I decided to make the Nimbus 2000 first. You will need the brick red, king’s gold paints and gold washi tape.
  2. Paint the entire broom with the brick red and let dry for 30 mins. Add 1 more coat of paint and let dry.
  3. Use the back end of a fine tipped brush to gently write out Nimbus 2000 on the handle of the broom. (Does not have to be exact letters, just a hint of the word is enough).
  4. Let everything dry for 30 mins.
  5. Cut out a small section of the gold washi tape and cut into small, thin strips. Wrap the tape 2-3 times around the middle of the broom (where the stick meets the bristles).
  6. I used matte mod podge over the tape to further secure it.

I repeated the same for the other 2 brooms. The blue bottle was the easiest. Just paint the broom black and add some silver paint to the point where the bristles meet the broom. 🙂

The Firebolt involves a little more paint work.img_1824

 

  1. First, paint the bristles with the Espresso paint.
  2. After drying, paint the portion of the broom attached to the bristles the Dark Grey until the middle of the broom.
  3. After drying, paint the end of the broom with Terracotta until it blends with the grey.
  4. Cut out a small section of the silver  washi tape and cut into small, thin strips. Wrap the tape 2-3 times around the middle of the broom (where the stick meets the bristles).
  5. I used matte mod podge over the tape to further secure it. 🙂

I had 2 extra brooms in the pack and I used metallic red and dark gold to paint them. Added some line details with metallic colors and Voila!! 5 perfect brooms complete to hang on your tree. Just tie some cord to the middle of the brooms and make a loop at the other end to hang. Hope you enjoyed doing this as much as I did 🙂

DIY Harry Potter Series – Intro

I am a crazy Harry Potter fan. Wands, Potions, Quidditch, Spells….I love em all. I decided that this year I would make myself a Harry Potter themed Christmas tree, which as Potter fans will know involves an endless number of ideas.

To start of, I decided I needed a Harry Potter ornament (of course!) as well as Ron and Hermione. And this is how it turned out. ( I should have added a mouth to each but I fixed that with the other ones I made).

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You will need:

  1. Three old, round christmas ornaments (you can get a whole pack of them at the dollar store or joanns if you don’t have any).
  2. Acrylic Paints ( I used Apple Barrel paints.)
    • Sunkissed Peach (for the skin tone)
    • Black
    • Crimson (for Ron’s hair)
    • Brown (Hermione’s hair, Ron’s freckles)
    • Bright Red / Bright Yellow (Gryffindor scarf)
    • Americana Brand – Bright Salmon (Harry’s scar)
  3. Sharpie marker – Black (to draw on eyes and glasses)
  4. Mod Podge – Gloss

What to do?

  1. Paint the 3 ornaments with SunKissed peach and let dry for 20 minutes. Add 1 or 2 more layers to evenly cover the ornament.
  2. Use a pencil to lightly draw the hairline for all 3 ornaments as well as a line going around the bottom of the ornament for the scarf.
  3. Paint the hair on each, using the right colors, and let dry. Add another layer if required.
  4. Use bright yellow to cover the bottom of the ornaments tracing over the pencil line drawn.
  5. Use bright red to create strips in between the yellow to get the gryffindor scarf colors.
  6. Use the bright salmon to draw a zigzag scar on Harry’s forehead.
  7. Use the brown paint to put 3 dots each on Ron’s cheeks.
  8. Let the whole ornament dry completely (I left mine for 45 minutes).
  9. Add an even layer of gloss mod podge and let dry for 1 hour. (This step is optional. It just gives the ornament a shiny look).

Ta-da. You’re done!!

You now have 3 awesome ornaments from the series 🙂