Julep Maven Review & Coupon – October 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review!

IMG_5575Box Contents:

  • Eyeshadow 101 – Champagne Shimmer
  • Eyeshadow 101 – Taupe Shimmer
  • Jocelyn – Classic With a Twist – Cranberry Shimmer with Holographic Microglitter
  • Arielle – Classic With a Twist – Smoked Fig Crème
  • Candy Corn (So yummy!)
  • Coupon

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Eyeshadow 101

The featured makeup product for the October box are these cream-to-powder eyeshadow sticks!

I love the other cream-to-powder Julep product I have, so I was super excited when they came out with these!

IMG_5552Champagne Shimmer

Each stick comes with the shadow on one end and a smudger on the other.

This shadow color is a great neutral!  The champagne color is so pretty and perfect for day or night!

They’re a little hard to use with my daily eyeshadow primer, so I’ve been going without on the days that I wear them.  Other than that, they are great!

IMG_5555Taupe Shimmer

I decided to add this shadow on to my box this month.

I like to use this darker shadow in my crease and use the lighter on my lid.  They look very pretty together!

The smudger is great for making sure the shadow isn’t too dark in my crease!

IMG_5534Jocelyn – Classic With a Twist – Cranberry Shimmer with Holographic Microglitter

I have this polish painted on my fingers right now, and it’s so pretty!

It’s a little dark for the Florida weather right now, but in a few weeks, it should be perfect!

Arielle – Classic With a Twist – Smoked Fig Crème

This polish is also pretty and fall-y!

I think it’s going to look great on my toes!

IMG_5545Here’s this month’s quote and coupon!

Free polish! Wooo!!

I love the October Maven box!  The products are awesome and so are the colors!

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?

What do you think of the October box?!

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DIY: Hand Painted Bubba Keg

Hi everyone!

Today, I’ll be sharing a Bubba Keg painting tutorial with you.

Bubba Kegs are very popular for college road trips and Woodser parties.  Some of my friends and I are going on a road trip to LSU in a few weeks, so I decided to paint my friend a Bubba Keg for her birthday.

I painted myself a Bubba Keg when I went on this same road trip two years ago, so I don’t have to worry about painting myself one for the trip this year!

IMG_5309Supplies:

  • Bubba Keg (I got mine on Amazon)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Modge Podge (I know it’s really called Mod Podge!)
  • Paintbrushes (in various sizes)
  • X-acto Knife

IMG_5312Martha Stewart Crafts:

  • Wedding Cake
  • Champagne (optional)

Buttercream:

  • Sapphire
  • Plum Polished
  • Petunia (optional)
  • Seaway
  • Darling Teal

As you may have noticed, I only ever use Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint, but Jo-Ann’s just came out with this new Buttercream line!  I couldn’t resist giving it a try!

IMG_5316Start by applying painter’s tape around the edges of the metal.  The metal portion is the only part of the mug we will be painting.

I went ahead and covered the entire handle as well.  I didn’t realize until after I took this picture that it would need to be protected too!

IMG_5317We’re going to use the white paint as our base coat.

IMG_5324Add three or four coats of white paint.  You want to completely cover the “Bubba” logo that is printed on the metal.

The idea is to create an even layer of paint for your design to be drawn on top of.

IMG_5326Once the white paint has dried (give it an hour at least), begin painting with the light turquoise.  IMG_5329This project is all about building up the color, so we’ll need to add several coats of each paint.

IMG_5335Add three or four coats of paint, until you’re satisfied with the opaqueness.

I let the light turquoise paint dry overnight.  I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before I began painting on my design.

I chose Ikat for this project!  Ikat is so pretty and super easy to paint!  If you’re also a fan of Ikat, you can continue on to read about how I created my design.  If you don’t like Ikat and would prefer another pattern, go for it!  Feel free to skip ahead to the end where I go over how to seal off and finish the Bubba Keg!

IMG_5336I wanted the blue paint to be the star of the show, so I’m going to use it for the larger portions of the Ikat design.

Start with a decent amount of paint on your brush and paint a rough diamond shape.

IMG_5339Add a tiny bit more paint to your brush.  Hold the brush perpendicular to the mug and begin dragging out the paint.

It’s okay if the sides aren’t symmetrical!  They aren’t supposed to be!

To see a video of the Ikat painting technique, click here.

IMG_5343Continue painting the diamond shapes all around the mug.  I ended up with six of them.

It’s okay if the distance between each diamond isn’t the same.  None of mine are!

IMG_5347Now we’re going to add little half diamonds between the large ones.

Start with the dark turquoise and paint a triangle.

IMG_5350Just like before, hold your brush perpendicularly and drag out the paint.

IMG_5351I chose to alternate top and bottom with the dark turquoise!   I think it adds a little something to the design!

IMG_5356Do the same steps as above but use the purple paint now.

IMG_5359We’re going to go back later and paint over these to make them look better and more opaque!

IMG_5362Once you’ve painted all of the diamonds, let the mug sit and dry for an hour or so.

IMG_5369Once the mug has had time to dry, go back and paint over each diamond with a smaller brush.

IMG_5451The smaller brush allows you to repaint each “spike” without messing them up and painting “outside the lines.”

I went over each of my diamonds twice. I wanted them to be super opaque!

After repainting, let the mug dry for several hours.  We don’t want any wet paint when we go to seal it!

IMG_5453Now comes the Modge Podge!  I know I call it the wrong name, but just roll with it!  Modge Podge is way more fun to say than Mod Podge! 🙂

Use a larger brush to apply Modge Podge all over your design.  I like to paint horizontally in one direction.

You can see some small chunks of Modge Podge in the picture.  Try your best to get all of those off before the Modge Podge dries.

If you’ve never used Modge Podge before, don’t get too concerned over the streaky whiteness that appears after applying it!  That will go away as it begins to dry!

IMG_5456After a few minutes, most of the whiteness has disappeared!

Add two or three coats of Modge Podge to the mug.  Wait at least 30 minutes between coats.

IMG_5458Once the Modge Podge has dried, we’re ready to finish of the Bubba Keg!

As you can see, quite a bit of paint got in the little crevice between the painter’s tape and the metal we were painting on top of.  We want to make sure that the paint on the mug isn’t glued to the painter’s tape!  That could make for a serious disaster!  We do not want all of our hard work ripped off!

IMG_5459To avoid such a serious disaster, we’re gong to take an X-Acto knife and cut the paint away from the tape.

Take the knife (it fits perfectly in the little groove) and add a little pressure while running it around the entire mug.

IMG_5464Do the same with the tape on the bottom.

IMG_5468Once you’ve peeled off the tape, our project is complete!

I absolutely love this color palette and the way the mug turned out!

I’m sure my friend will love it too!

Happy Crafting!!
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DIY: Happy Birthday Banner

Hi everyone!

I have a super easy, birthday project to share with you today!

It’s my roommate’s birthday this week, so I made a birthday banner to hang in our apartment to celebrate!

IMG_5404Supplies:

  • 4.5 by 6.5 Cardstock Scrapbooking Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic Paint (I recommend metallic!)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • Something Angled (I’m using a name tag)

Start the project by deciding what phrase you want to spell out with your banner.  I chose “Happy Birthday!”

Once you’ve decided on a phrase, count out the appropriate number of cardstock pages.

IMG_5405Use your angled object to create the shape of each banner piece.

I’m using a name tag I was given several years ago on my Bid Day.

Lay down your angled piece and trace with a pencil.

IMG_5408Cut along the pencil lines.

Go ahead and cut all of the banner pieces now.

IMG_5412Once you’ve cut the pieces, it’s time to hole punch them and then paint the letters.

I painted my letters in a basic font. I didn’t want anything too complicated.  A low maintenance font makes the project much easier to complete!

If you’re not comfortable free handing the letters with your paintbrush, draw them lightly with pencil first and then paint over the lines.

IMG_5414My paper pack came with many coordinating paper options, so I picked my favorites and alternated them for this project.

IMG_5421Now it’s time to string the letters together.

Thread the ribbon in and out of each punched hole. I like to fold the end of the ribbon in half, so it fits nicely through the holes without giving me much trouble!

I would keep your ribbon on the spool while threading the letters.  That way you won’t encounter the problem of too little or too much ribbon on each end.

IMG_5426To make sure that each banner piece stays in its place, I like to add a little bit of Scotch Tape on the backside of each piece.

Once each banner piece is secured, the banner is ready to hang!

IMG_5444I apologize for the weird lighting.  I took this picture three different times throughout the day, and this is the best I could get!

I promise the banner looks fantastic in person though!

I’ve made a few of these over the years for different occasions.  They’re great for any celebration you may have!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial!

Happy Crafting!!

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Easy DIY: Floral Monogram Puzzle Pieces

Hi everyone!

For the past three years, I’ve made monogram puzzle pieces for my sorority’s (Kappa Kappa Gamma) Big Little Reveal.  We welcome each new Little to the Lazy Daisy Family with a monogram puzzle piece that connects to their Big’s piece.

They’re super cute and pretty easy to make, so I thought I’d share them with you today!

IMG_5122Supplies:

  • Wooden Puzzle Pieces (Mine are from Hobby Lobby)
  • Wooden Letters
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Pencil
  • Bowl

IMG_5124Acrylic Paint:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts
    • Scottish Highlands
    • Wedding Cake
    • Chamomile
  • Americana
    • Primary Blue

IMG_5126Start by using a bowl to trace a half circle on the puzzle pieces to create the center of the daisy.

IMG_5131After tracing the center, draw some flower petals.  Since the puzzle pieces are meant to connect, I like for my petals to overlap.

These two pieces are meant to connect to two other pieces that I made previously.  You can see a tiny sliver of my Little’s piece in the upper left hand corner of this photo.

IMG_5135Painting time!

I like to start with the yellow and then move on to the white.

I paint right over my pencil lines.  After a few coats, the pencil marks will no longer be visible.

IMG_5136Here are the pieces after the first two coats of paint.  As you can see, the pencil lines are still somewhat visible.

IMG_5177Add at least one more coat of white paint, which will bring you to three coats of white.

There should also be three or so coats of yellow paint on the centers.

IMG_5180While you wait for the flowers to dry, begin painting the wooden letters green.

These will also require three coats of paint.

IMG_5197Now it’s time to add the blue paint!

Americana is a much thinner paint than Martha Stewart, so more coats are necessary to achieve an even application.

I like to have a few Q-tips handy at this point.  Whenever I get blue paint on the white, I quickly lick a Q-tip and clean up the mess!

IMG_5201I ended up using three coats of blue to achieve an even application.

IMG_5204It’s very important to remember to paint the edges of each puzzle piece.

If the sides aren’t painted, the puzzle pieces will look unfinished.  Nobody wants that!!

IMG_5222Once the puzzle pieces are dry, begin preparing the wooden letters.

When gluing wood to wood, I like to apply Tacky Glue with a paintbrush.  I like to make sure that the items I’m gluing will not detach.

IMG_5232Once you glue on the letters, the puzzle pieces are complete!

I absolutely love the way these look!

In reality, both pieces with the letter J connect.  I took a square picture though, because I thought it would be cuter! 🙂

Happy Big Little and Happy Crafting!!!

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