Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Acyrlic Fluid Pouring Attempt // FAIL

After watching a few YouTube videos, I decided to attempt an acrylic fluid pour Having never heard of it before, it was a complete experiment. Now, with the correct materials, fluid pours should look something like the picture below (which is not mine), with "cells". You're supposed to mix hair oil or liquid silicone and paint medium to make these cells...

Image result for acrylic liquid pour
via YouTube
But I didn't have any of those supplies, so I just used water. That is probably why my painting didn't exactly turn out. Anyway, I'll show you how I got the painting I ended with!

I use paper cups to dilute the paint. I used three colors, one of which was glitter. I used the plastic fork to mix the paint with water.

I didn't have a lot of the green or glitter paint so I had to make do.

Then I alternately poured the paint into a small measuring cup.

Here you can see the layers of separation.

I found a big piece of cardboard to protect my workspace. I put the canvas on top of the cup and turned it upside down, then moved the cup to spread the paint. After much dripping and moving the paint around the canvas, I set it on one end to dry overnight.

And this is what I ended up with! Although it doesn't have cells or look like a fluid pour, I will accept it as it is and I think I will still use it on my wall.

And maybe I'll try a fluid pour again in the future when I have the right supplies!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Trying Pinterest Mug Recipes

The other day for breakfast I decided to skip my daily cereal and try out a couple Pinterest breakfast in a mug recipes. I took pictures along the way to document the process!

PHOTO Coffee Cup Scramble
image from Pinterest of what it will look like if you don't stir it.
For the first one, I used this recipe called "Coffee Cup Scramble", but I used half the ingredients to make less.

So, I just used one egg and one tablespoon of milk and whisked them together. It was in the microwave for a total of 90 seconds, and stirred after 30 seconds. I mixed cheese and salt into the mug when it was done.

And these are the scrambled eggs I ended up with! They were pretty good, y'know just scrambled eggs. For a three minute project, it's not bad! (Plus I don't have to actually like use a stove or anything, which I am naturally inclined not to do).

This easy cinnamon roll microwave mug cake is the perfect treat when you’re craving a little something sweet!
What it should look like, according to Pinterest
The second recipe I used had a bit more ingredients, so I cut it in half again. I had to also use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil, because I didn't think we had that in the kitchen. So this is the recipe I used. I also only had the ingredients pulled up at the time (I had screenshotted them), so I didn't really follow the steps. I had to add a lot more milk than the recipe to get the mixture from being dry. I also just mixed the brown sugar and cinnamon into the batter... which might have something to do with the appearance indescripancy since it's only supposed to go on top. Eh.

I ended up with this consistency of batter. Then I put it in the microwave for 85 seconds.

This is what it looked like?

Out of the mug, it was wet in some places and quite rubbery. It tasted like vanilla with a hint of cinnamon. Maybe I used too much vanilla? I don't think I did. So, this one did not work out. At all.

Have you ever tried a mug recipe from Pinterest? Did it work?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

5 Fun Things to Send Your Pen-Pal // DIY and Under $1

Writing letters back and forth with long-distance friends can be a great experience. Even if you already text, call, or email, letters are a traditional way to get to know each other. Plus, who doesn't love to get something exciting in their mailbox? I've made a list of five ideas that will make opening the mailbox even more fun.

1. Bookmarks // DIY

Whether water colored, drawn, or a clip, bookmarks are easy, small items to put in an envelope. I love making DIY bookmarks. There are so many methods out there.

2. Friendship Bracelets // DIY

Friendship bracelets aren't that hard to make, because there are lots of patterns and instructions for all skill levels. Just pick up some embroider floss and get started.

3. Balloons // under one dollar

I saw this idea on Pinterest, and had to include it in this list. Blow up a balloon, write your letter on it, then deflate it and put it in an envelope! Your pen-pal can then blow up the balloon and read what you wrote. I think this is such a unique idea.

4. Coloring Pages // under one dollar

There are a lot of coloring pages online that have printables. Dover Publishing has some here, and there are lot's on Hattifant and Trail of Colors. You can find more by searching for 'free adult coloring pages'. Or, if you have a coloring book you really like, you can tear out a page to send. 

5. Fake Mustache // under one dollar

This one is sure to make your friend laugh. Slip one of these in an envelope and wait for a response!

I hope you were inspired by these ideas!!