DIY Idea: Golden Triangles Nail Art

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I spotted this fabulous nail art over on pinterest last week, and when I showed the pin to my daughter she asked if she could treat me to a fun manicure right on the spot. We wanted to use the original look as our inspiration, but with Spring newly upon us we started thinking that using lighter “Springy” polishes might look best. So we decided on a golden / metallic look that was surprisingly easy to create.

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To replicate the look that my daughter created for me you will need:

Apply one coat of “Shell We Dance” polish all over the nail and allow it to try completely. Use strips of Scotch tape (two strips per nail) to tape off each nail, leaving a triangle-shaped portion of each nail visible. Swipe a thing coat of “Good As Gold” across each nail. Be sure to fully coat the non-taped portion with polish. Allow to dry. Next apply a thin coat of “Golden Rule” polish atop the dried gold polish.  Once dry, slowly peel away the tape on each finger. Finish by applying a coat of your favorite clear topcoat to seal. Ta-da!

Make this look your own using your current favorite polish / colors! xo Ez

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Photos kindly taken my my daughter, “Miss K”.

A Craft Party with DIY Tote Bags Inspired By Ford Fiesta

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Hooray! I’m super excited to finally be able to share the project with you that I’ve been working on in partnership with Ford, using the Fiesta Movement as my inspiration. You might recall the sneak peek I shared a few weeks ago with the video that I used as my concept springboard…did any of you guess what I was up to? Well, here it is! A fun craft party with Fiesta-worthy DIY tote bags!

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This party set-up is really simple, and the project results are so fun to customize and create, that there’s no reason not to host a craft party with a few of your favorite friends a.s.a.p.! I hope by the end of this post you’ll be feeling inspired to put together your own take on this challenge…and if you do, I’d love for you to stop back and share the results with us all! Now let’s Fiesta!

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Setting up the party is half the fun. Here are few tips for setting up your craft party:

  • To protect your work surface(s), use a roll of cheap white craft paper as a covering. Guests will feel more comfortable if they aren’t worrying about spills.
  • For the best flow, create several different stations for various portions of the tote bag creation: 1. Template tracing and cutting mat station 2. Ironing station 3. Painting / glittering station (this one should take up the largest portion) 4. (optional) food station
  • Cups and mugs work great for keeping craft supplies for different tasks organized and easy to access. Plates work well for holding paint bottles, so that you limit drips and spills during crafting.
  • Don’t forget the snacks. I just kept it simple with some store-bought cookies and bottled soda. Feel free to get as creative with the food as you want, or scrap it all together, if it doesn’t fit in with your idea of the perfect party.

fiestacraftparty3San Pellegrino Limonata…yum! Now we’re ready to make some totes!

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Gather your supplies. For a basic freezer paper stenciled tote you will need:

  • Free Printable: Decorative Shape + Alphabet Stencils
  • Cotton tote bag | I found a good assortment at a local craft store, but they can also be found by searching for “blank tote bags” on Amazon
  • Freezer Paper | available in the kitchen storage / paper goods section of many grocery stores, or here.
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Self-healing cutting mat | In a pinch you can use a thick piece of cardboard in place of the cutting mat, but your results will be more precise and your craft knife blade will last longer with the mat.
  • Acrylic Paints or Fabric Paints | Any colors you’d like
  • Textile Paint Medium | If using acrylic paint you will need to use a fabric paint medium to convert the paint into a fabric paint. I purchased mine from the craft store.
  • Paint palette or small dishes for mixing paint
  • Sponge-tip paint brushes | These can be found at craft and hardware stores
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Scrap cardboard | Trimmed to fit the size of your tote
  • Iron + ironing board

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Step 1. Download and print the Decorative Shape + Alphabet Templates onto standard copy paper. Place a piece of freezer paper (waxed side down) on top of the template design you’d like to use so that you can see it faintly through the paper, and use a pencil to trace the design(s). Keep in mind that the interior portion of your stencil will be cut away and will represent the design that will be painted onto your bag.

Step 2. If you will be using text, you will need to trace the letters you want to use as well. They don’t need to be lined up with your final design concept during the tracing phase, since each portion will be cut out separately in the next step.

Step 3. Place your freezer paper on top of a self-healing mat and use your craft knife to carefully cut out your design. I recommend cutting out small elements, such as text first, so that the paper around it gives the design stability while you trim.

Step 4. Finish cutting out the larger design elements and set the paper scraps aside (or dispose of them).

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Step 5. Place your design (waxed side down) onto your tote bag where you would like the final placement to be. Heat your iron to a medium temperature and make sure that the steam setting is turned off. Slowly iron the freezer paper (waxed side down) onto your tote bag until it adheres fully. Pay special attention to any fine points and corners…you want to be sure these are attached well.

Step 6: If you will be applying text to your design, you will iron each letter on individually at this point. Applying text templates (resist templates) the way that I did here creates a barrier to the paint in the shape of the text, so that the final text design is seen with the tote material, not in paint (refer to the final completed tote image if needed).

Step 7: Now you’re ready to choose your paint colors and mix up your paint solution. Refer to manufacturer directions on the textile medium bottle when adding to your acrylic paint. If you are using pre-mixed fabric paint, you can simply select your colors and go to the next step.

Step 8: Place your pre-cut piece of scrap cardboard inside your tote bag, and then place a piece of freezer paper (waxed side facing up towards the fabric) on top of the cardboard. This will keep the paint from leaking through your bag. Your your sponge-tip paint brush and begin applying paint to the open areas inside your ironed stencils with an up and down (not side to side) dabbing motion. Be careful not to over-saturate your design and be sure that you’ve gotten paint into all corners. Set your bag aside to let it dry. Acrylic paint dries pretty quickly, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long. Note: If your bag looks a little wrinkled, don’t fret…everything will smooth out during the heat-setting step (later).

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Step 9: Once your paint is dry, slowly peel off the larger paper stencil(s).

Step 10: If needed, use the tip of a craft knife to help loosen the edges of smaller paper stencil elements, and peel those off as well.

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Step 11: (optional) Use a fabric marker to add fine details to your tote – such as the twine I drew for the bunting banners on my bag.

Step 12: (optional) When you peel off your stencil there may be a few edges where the paint is not as crisp as you’d like it to be. Use a fine-tipped paintbrush with a bit of matching paint to even things up.

Note: Acrylic fabric paint will need to be heat set with an iron once your design has dried fully…this will also help to release any wrinkles that occurred during the stenciling process. Refer to manufacturer directions on the textile medium bottle for heat setting and laundering instructions.

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Woohoo! You just threw an awesome craft party! Now your lucky guests have a totes (har har) awesome accessory to take home with them!

Here are two alternate versions that you can also share with your party guests:

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Create a glittered design by painting the inside of your template with fabric glue (I used Jewel It) and then sprinkling the glued portion with glitter (I used Martha Stewart brand glitter). When the glue has dried, tap off excess glitter and then peel off the paper template to reveal your completed design.

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And for a super quick DIY bag (if stencils are not your thing)…simply paint freehand designs (such as this polka dot pattern) directly onto the bags. Voila! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create! xo Ez

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This post was kindly sponsored by Ford Fiesta Movement. Find more from Ford Fiesta on Facebookand Twitter.

DIY Key Fobs + Bag Charms – A Darby Smart Challenge

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Craft kit company Darby Smart recently asked if I’d like to participate in, and create something fun and unique for their Polish: No Limits Challenge. I love using everyday things to craft up something unexpected, so I was all over this one!
The challenge began with the arrival of my kit (containing gorgeous nail polish and a couple of mystery supplies). I was really inspired by the autumnal colors of the Julep Nail Polish and a metal clasp (one of the mystery items) that Darby Smart sent me, and immediately thought that it would be fun to create some sort of small accessory, using the polish for pizzazz. A few tests and prototypes later I ended up with two very easy and chic accessories for Fall: a polished key fob and bag charm!

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Truth be told I ended up getting a little carried away with this project and created no less than eight different bag charms and key fobs (I don’t have enough keys or bags for more)! I also realized these would make awesome gifts since they are so easy to customize to suit anyones style (plus you get to make more…yay)!
So, are you ready to make your own?!

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  • Unfinished wooden beads in assorted sizes
  • Nail polish
  • Thin black or brown soft suede cording – Cording must be very thin and pliable or it will not fit through the beads or tie properly. I used cording of 0.09in thickness.
  • Metal key rings and/or large metal clasps (23mm lobster clasps)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Short cup or jar (such as a votive or baby food jar)

diykeyfob-bagcharm2Let’s get started! It will be easiest to paint your beads if you first place each one on top of a cotton swab.

diykeyfob-bagcharm1Now for the fun part. It’s time to paint your beads! You can create beads that are one solid color, variegated colors…add spots or paint only half the bead. The sky truly is the limit when it comes to designing the look of the beads that will go on your accessories. Tip: Use a variety of bead sizes to create a unique look for your design.

diykeyfob-bagcharm3As each bead is completed, place it (leaving it attached to the cotton swab) into your short jar or dish so that they can dry fully. Add a second coat of paint if desired. This may not be necessary, but will give your beads a more saturated look. Allow all your beads to dry completely.

diykeyfob-bagcharm5Next, for either of the two accessory option you will need a 10-12 inch piece of leather cording. Tie or loop your leather cording onto your metal hardware (key ring or clasp) from the center of the cording, so that the middle of your cord is attached to the hardware, and you have two leather tails loose.

diykeyfob-bagcharm6Thread both leather cords at the same time through several beads until you have a bead combination that you are happy with. Pull your beads up snuggly against the top near your hardware, and knot firmly beneath the final bead to finish. Leave the tassels on the end of your accessory or trim them off. Now you have an awesome accessory that only took you a short time and very few supplies to make!

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Big thanks to Darby Smart for sponsoring and making this post possible. Be sure to check out this cheeky little video that they recently put together:



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Easy DIY Metallic Paint Pen Nail Art

diymetallicartnailsAs often happens when I’m procrastinating to avoid working on something that I’d rather not do, I doodle…usually with anything or on any surface available. The other day I was putting off an impending deadline and spotted my favorite metallic paint pens sitting near a couple of bottles of nail polish that my daughter had left out the night before.

diymetallicnailstriangleFive minutes later, I had some fancy looking fingernails. Aren’t they fun!? If you’re interested, keep scrolling down for a quick how-to featuring the lilac and gold design that my daughter created. Of course you can make the look suit your taste with any color polish you prefer.

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  • Nail Polish | Choose any color you’d like – we used Full Steam Ahead (Essie) and Licorice (Essie) here.
  • Nail Polish Top Coat | I like Sally Hansen Double Duty the best
  • Pen-touch Metallic Paint Pen(s) by Sakura | available at craft stores in assorted sizes (gold and silver). I used the 2.0mm for larger dots and .7mm for tiny dots and the triangle design.

diymetallicpennailsstep2Please note: To prevent staining, these paint pens should only be applied to painted nails, and not directly onto the nail itself. When removing design, soak nails in nail polish remover, and gently scrub off the paint pen design until it is fully removed.

diymetallicpennailsstep3I’m not a nail art pro by any means. If you know of any similar metallic pens with a high-gloss look that are designed specifically for nails or other favorite nail products you can recommend, I’d love to hear about them! xo Ez

diymetallicnails1Special thanks to my awesome daughter for loaning me the use of her hands and nails for most of the photos in this post.

DIY Embroidery Thread Wrapped Earrings

This is a special guest post was created by Anne Weil of Flax & Twine. Find more handmade lovelies, simple design and beautiful inspiration on her inspiring blog.

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Hi everyone!  I’m so happy and honored to be a guest poster on Creature Comforts today. I’ve been following along with excitement as Ez has shared her big move with us. Having just moved across the country myself, I am empathetic to the anxiety and discombobulation that comes along with the thrill of a moving adventure. To pack up all your stuff and leave your known environment, only to arrive in a place that needs a lot of settling can overwhelm anyone! Ez has handled this transition seamlessly and gracefully on the blog. She makes it all look so easy. Nonetheless, I am hoping this post eases her blog burden ever so slightly in the transition. I adore this fun jewelry tutorial. I hope you do, too!

I originally made a neon green version of these hoops for an 80′s Halloween party­–perfect under the black lights. When I went to pick colors for this tutorial, however, I pulled this more gentle color palette with a punch of black. I think it’s so lovely. These hoops are simple to make, yet such a fun splash of hand made in your wardrobe. Add the ability to customize every pair and you might just not be able to stop making them. I adore these little black and white ones.

These hoops make for a fabulous last minute, personalized gifts, too!  Here’s the tutorial:

Supplies needed:

  • Embroidery thread (I suggest DMC 6-strand floss for a smooth finish)
  • Inexpensive hoop earrings (I found these at Target)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
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Cut 40” of chosen embroidery thread colors for a large hoop, less for smaller hoops. If you place the hoops in your ear before you start, it will help you decide where to change colors and place the majority of your design color work (remove hoop from ear before next step).

Start by placing a small bit of craft glue at the end of the hoop.

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Take desired embroidery thread colors and line them up parallel to the hoop, placing the end of the thread in the bit of glue. Choose the thread color you want to start with and begin wrapping it around the hoop…the other colors you aren’t using they go along for the ride (make sure they are being hidden by the thread color that you want to have showing). Keep wrapped thread snugly side-by-side so you can’t see the hoop or other colors underneath.

When you want to change colors, drop the first color parallel to the hoop and start wrapping with the next color you’d like. Repeat to change colors again. Change as many times as you’d like.

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When you get to the end, place another small bit of glue. Wrap thread directly over that glue, using your finger to wipe away any excess. Trim the embroidery thread colors that you are not using first as close to the hoop as possible. Then place a little extra glue to secure the remaining thread over the ends of the other colors, and trim excess. Repeat the finishing process on the other side of the wrapped hoop. Repeat full process for your other earring. Voila!

To create the striped earrings, simply wrap the embroidery threads together at the same time, as if they were one. Keep them in the same alignment as you wrap, and finish with the same process as used above.

So fast, easy and fun! Happy Hooping!

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