Design | DeBoop Shop Blog

DeBoop Shop's New Blog Design

Excuse me while I squee a bit about this tiny project, but you would too if you were in my shoes. Not only is this a baby step towards making one of my dreams (blog design) come true, but it’s helping my mom’s as well. How so? Because this blog is an added bonus for her Etsy shop, DeBoop Shop, opening soon. It’s a pretty amazing thing when you can be a part of helping someone else’s dream come true!

Minions Key Fob
Minions Key Fob | DeBoop Shop

If accessories with a personality are your style, you definitely want to follow DeBoop Shop so you don’t miss out on some amazing Grand Opening sales.

P.S. If you are interested in helping us spread the word about our launch or hosting a giveaway on your blog, please email DeBoop Shop. We are currently looking for opportunities to work with some amazing bloggers.

DIY | Tinted Button Jars

Button Jar DIY / Supplies

What do you make for the momma who has everything? I asked myself that very question a few weeks ago when I was trying to figure out the perfect gift for my Momma Bear. Instead of wasting valuable crafting time brainstorming ideas for things she didn’t have, I gave in and asked her myself.

And to further prove the point that I am my momma’s daughter, she asked for one thing she needed: something to organize her craft supplies.

So now that I have a long list of options for many gifts to come, I had to narrow down what we were organizing first. She doesn’t have the yarn stash I do (because she gave me most of her yarn), but one thing she has always had quite the collection of is buttons. So buttons it is!

Supplies

  • glass jars
  • food coloring
  • Mod Podge
  • wax paper
  • cookie sheet
  • containers for mixing (I used plastic cups)
  • oven

Since I’m a firm believer that projects are best started with a plan, make a list of the colors you want to tint your jars.

color mix chart

Tip: Choose bright color mixes or stick to the colors available to you. Not all color mixes give that pop of color you may desire.

Put a very small amount of water (about 1 tablespoon) in your mixing container, then add the drops of food coloring.

Tip: For recognizable color tinting, use at least 20 drops of food coloring.

Add 2-3 tablespoons of Modge Podge to your mixing container and stir (or swish, if using a taller container, such as a cup) until mixed well. Pour mixture into your glass jar and slowly turn jar to coat the entire inside, then pour excess back into your mixing container.

Tip: For a more noticeable tint, repeat this last step 1-2 times.

upside down jar drying

Turn jar upside down on a paper covered surface and let the remaining excess drain for 20-30 minutes. Once your jar is mostly dry, place the jar right-side up on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and place in the oven on 225° for 20 minutes. Pull the cookie sheet out of the oven and let the jar sit until cool to the touch.

finished jars in blue, pink, purple and teal

Now that I’ve finished these for my momma, I may have to make a set of pink and teal for some of my own sewing notions.

 

Craft Rooms and Distractions | Yarn

Right now we are in the middle of turning our nerd abode upside-down. This winter we got the bright idea to swap our shared office with my craft room, which made complete sense since my (now former) craft room was actually the bigger of the two spare rooms. What I didn’t think about was how I would cram all my craft supplies and tools in a smaller room, when I had to down-size a bit in the first place. Maybe I am a craft hoarder?

Like my friend Amanda, I prefer to look at it as collecting.

There are two things I seem to collect a lot of: writing utensils and yarn. You’ve heard of retail therapy, right? Well when I am stressed or feel completely horrible, my retail therapy usually takes me to the craft store or office supply store. And let’s just say that I’ve had my fair share of stress and yucky days in the past.

Since I need to figure out a way to make extra room, or get my hands on Mary Poppins bag, I’ve decided to get a little creative with how it gets done. My favorite organizing tip is to have it serve multiple purposes, and the quickest ways we can do that are:

  • Find beautiful storage options that can organize the supplies while also becoming part of the room’s decor.
  • Use up some of the excess supplies to make storage.

I’m sure I have plenty of yarn to crochet up some bins to store my epic pen stash, but while searching my favorite source of patterns (Ravelry) I found another option that excites me a bit more: pen cozies!

A few favorites for inspiration?

Lettuce Leaf Pen Cozy by Twinkie Chan
Food-inspired Pen Cozies | via Twinkie Chan
Bunny Pen Cozies by Annoo Crochet Designs
Bunny Pen Cozies | via Annoo Crochet Designs

Yep, my love for things with ears might just get passed on to pens cozies too.

There are a few pens in my possession that could never be covered by a cozy, like Yoda, but there is also quite the collection of boring pens that need a little sprucing up (and maybe a new home). Looks like I’ve found my next project to work on when we marathon a new favorite show!

Maybe this can help me get rid of that small-ish tote of nothing but yarn scraps. Now I consider that a win!

What are some of your favorite craft storage solutions?

What would be the inspiration for your pen cozy?

Crafting Your Style | Your Hair

craft your style banner

Okay, nerd, are you still searching for your own personal style? Craft Your Style is a new series on Apockylypse, for all those nerds (like me) who still haven’t figured out their personal style after the awkward high school years of hiding. Over the next few months, we will work towards crafting a style that expresses our epic personalities in a way that is comfortable for us.

Sure, I’m a lifestyle blogger. I’ve got the life part down pretty good, but it’s that darn style thing that trips me up all the time.

I’m definitely not as stylish as some of my favorite bloggers out there, like the crew at A Beautiful Mess or the adorable Stephanie at Geek Glam. But you know what? I am ready to head down the path of discovery and figure out what my awkwardly goofy style can be. And there’s no time like the present to make it happen. So here goes…

Where do we begin?

I’m not always the super patient girl you see before you. There are moments where I want results as quickly as possible, like when applying for a job. That wait is agonizing!

One of the quickest ways to change your style up a bit is starting with your hair. Well, that is if you don’t have a mess of hair like I do! My last cut, which was more like a trim and reshaping, took almost 2 hours the other day with half of that spent thinning my hair out a little. The stylist even made a comment that I have enough hair for 5 people. Anyone need some extra hair? Haha!

Plus, have you ever noticed how something as simple as a good or bad hair day can affect your entire mood? It’s amazing what something as insignificant as hair can do for a person. Even nerds like us!

Choosing Your Style

Okay, so we’ve started with the easiest quick fix. But where do we go from there? I seriously have wasted days on Pinterest and Google searching for the perfect style before getting my hair cut. And probably drove my friends crazy with the “how does this look” questions, hoping maybe one of them will just make the decision for me.

the many styles of Kelly
I’ve had many different styles, and lengths, over the years. Still a sucker for a top knot!

Since we are trying to craft our own style here, let’s come up with a few tips to help make that search a little easier:

  • Review styles of your past. Where there a haircut from years ago that made you feel amazing? Or one that made you want to run and hide? Take note and either revisit that style or use it as inspiration for your current style.
  • Create a mood board. Get on your Pinterest account and search for haircuts. Pin every single hairstyle you are madly in love with. It doesn’t matter if it’s great for your face shape or not, because you can always tweak a style you love to work for you.
  • Pull inspiration from characters and people that inspire you. Is there someone that you completely relate to? Someone that is your style icon? There are a few anime characters I adore that have similar hairstyles, which actually helped inspire my current cut. Yep, cartoons inspire me. Deal with it!

Or maybe you’ve found the cut you love, but something still feels missing? Then you have one of two choices: hair color or styling.

I’ve dreamed of trying some bold and bright color in my hair (pink or teal), but still a bit nervous of the results. Plus I doubt the zombie job would approve of anything “not normal”, but I’m in search of some fun temporary dyes to try in the meantime. At least until I can leave this zombie job behind and have a bit more freedom. Any recommendations?

Where do you find your hair inspiration?

What are some of your wildest hair dreams?

DIY | Quick & Easy Mother’s Day Gifts

Quick DIY Mother's Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, literally, and here I am without a gift for my darling Momma Bear. Luckily Josh has just finished his last finals for the semester, which means that I can get back to my usual routine and hopefully find a few spare minutes to whip up some awesome gift for that amazing woman that gave birth to me.

When I called my Momma Bear the other day to see what she might want, in addition to the cookout we throw for our mothers every year, she merely asked for something to help her organize her sewing stash. I have a ton of ideas, but not a ton of time to whip up most of them. But I did manage to find a few cute, quick and easy projects I can throw together before Sunday is here.

I’m guessing some of you might still be freaking out about what to give that wonderful woman in your life. Since I like to help my friends out, and I’m pretty good at sharing, I gathered a few great DIY projects I found around the web that you can pull together and still have time to bake her a cake. And if you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body, there still might be a project in the mix for you too!

Even better? They can easily be altered to make the most epic gift for a nerdy momma.

DIY Monogrammed Mugs
via Dukes & Duchesses

For the mom who likes a cuppa: Give your mom her new favorite mug, personalized by you. And don’t forget to fill it with her favorite coffee or tea!

Silhouette Painted Pots
via uncommon designs

For the mom with a green thumb: There’s nothing like a little potted plant to help brighten, and freshen, up a home. So why not add the faces of your mom’s favorite kiddos?

Burlap Art
via Hometalk

For the mom who loves a little bit of art: Add a bit of personalization to the walls with some burlap art pieces. That is if you aren’t allergic to burlap, unlike me.

DIY etched glass
via The Sweetest Occasion

For the mom who loves candy (or needs a bit of organization): This super simple project can be done by just about anyone, as long as you can work with stencils and paint.  Just pick her favorite letter, or shape, and let the etching liquid get to work.

Hope this helps all the other last minute DIYers out there!

Are you a last minute DIYer?

What other quick and easy DIYs would you add to the list?