Disfigured Portraits

Photographer, Rut Mackel, takes photographs of people in a disfigured fashion with his series “The Ugly Truth”.

Mackel asks his subjects to squish their faces against panes of glass to create contorted portraits that you can’t stop looking at! I think they are beautiful because it shows that people can’t always look the way they want to. 🙂

 

via Mashable

Image courtesy of Rut Mackel

 

Image courtesy of Rut Mackel

 

Image courtesy of Rut Mackel

 

Image courtesy of Rut Mackel

 

Image courtesy of Rut Mackel

 

Image courtesy of Rut Mackel

 

DIY Missing Sock Station

missing socks

This is probably the most used craft I will ever make. I lose my socks all the time. Seriously, I am pretty sure that dryer lint is the remains of my missing socks. So, my solution is the Missing Sock Station.

 

 

 

materials for DIY Sock Station

Things You Will Need:
Wood
Wood Glue
Clothes Pins
Paint, water, brushes

 

 

 

Yellow paint on wood

Step 1:

Paint your wood a solid color.

 

 

 

Yellow clothes pins

Step 2:

While you wait for the wood to dry, paint your clothes pins.

 

 

 

Missing sock station

Step 3:

Your wood should be dry by now. Grab a MASSIVE sharpie and start writing. You can use paint if you prefer but I think the sharpie is a bit more clean.

 

 

 

 

Missing socks

Step 4:

When both the clothes pins and wood are dry, you can use your wood glue to adhere the pins to the wooden board.

 

 

 

glue

Step 5:

Cut some string a bit longer than the length of the wooden board. Glue each end of the string to the edges of the board ( a bit high than center). Let the dry.

*Surely there is a better way of hanging this, but I am being lazy tonight and I know that this is going to work. So, if you are aware of better ways to hang this thing then go for it!

 

 

missing socks

B-E-A-UUUU-Tiful! This is will be so helpful!

Happy crafting 😀

Carved Buffalo Skull

Insanely intricate and beautifully carved buffalo skulls sold at Beachcomber.

 

These are slightly morbid but I can’t get over how gorgeous the work is! The intricate detail is mind-blowing!

via Skull Appreciation Society

 

Throwback Thursday

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I made this painting about 6 months after I graduated from college (which wasn’t that long ago).

I had been freelancing because I couldn’t find something fill time, which was more ideal for me. I worked a lot and had a lot of stress so, I used painting and drawing as my outlet. This was one of the many painting I made in that time period.

Silk-Screened Goodness

Lauren and Sammy over at Lauren Alison have a good story to tell… and some great talent to show. I found their Etsy shop yesterday and really loved their designs so I looked a bit further into the company. It is definitely worth sharing.

Pillows and cushions

Their story:
Lauren Alison is a company that sells silk screened pillows, tea towels, purses, etc. The work is lovely.

Lauren started Lauren Alison with a pile of felt- leftovers from Christmas stockings she had made. Her first pillows were crafted out of felt, designs were still hand-drawn, and each one was pieced together. She enjoyed the work, but she was also a stay-at-home mom to three kids under the age of 5. Surely that can be quite time-consuming.

Business started taking off and Sammy quit his full time job to stay at home and help with the shop. He became the organizer, the planner. He takes care of the business end of things while helping Lauren with screen printing.

That was their dream, to do something they loved, together.

“We love brainstorming together and I have to say we are pretty good at it. Mainly because we are such polar opposites. When we put our heads together, we are a perfect marriage of arty-creative and business savvy. “

Check out their designs:
Etsy shop
Blog

 

Images: courtesy of Lauren Allison.

silk screening process

red and blue pillow design

blue flower design

purple moroccan tea towl

pink and green design

brown striped cushion

 

 

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses | Make Something MondaysI am sure you’ve seen these redneck wine glasses around. At first, I thought, who would want something like that? Little did I know, A LOT of people wanted them, so they are buying the glasses online from ebay and Amazon. No thank you… I can make this myself.

Call it peer pressure if you would like, but I am trying to keep an open mine here. Just like my site quote states, “Keep you head open, something might fall it”. It is true. These redneck wine glasses are pretty fun.

redneck wine glasses materialsThings You Will Need:
Mason Jar
Candle Stick Holder
Waterproof, Glass Adhesive

*There are plenty of glues out there that will work for this. 9001 was kind of a multipurpose glue. You can pick whichever glue you want. Just make sure it is waterproof.

redneck wine glasses step 1Step 1:

Add a layer of glue to the top of the candlestick holder. If you are using the same glue I used, let it sit there for 30 seconds or so. You want the glue to get tacky first.

close-up redneck glass

Step 2:

Try to center your mason jar on top of the candle stick. Hint: If you take the lid off and look down into the jar when you are adhering the glass together, it is helpful.

Let it sit for 24 hours before using it. I have heard that it is dishwasher safe but I haven’t tried it yet. If you don’t hear anything more from more, it hasn’t blown up and it is safe.

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses | Make Something Mondays

Happy Crafting!

Powerful Advertising

A series of powerful advertising from 123 Inspiration. That site always has intriguing stuff. Seriously, check it out!

I think my favorite is the one that says “The sooner you advertise here the better.” I died laughing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WordPress.com or Wordress.org

Hello! I’ve got a question for those of you who own your WordPress blogs. I want to know if it is worth it?

I’ve been thinking about buying my domain and managing my own site but I am up in the air about it. I don’t typically have a lot of down time so I’m worried that if I owned my site that it would take up much more time to manage it. Is that true?

Also, is it difficult to manage? How much coding do I really need to know if any at all?

I don’t want you to think I haven’t done my homework, because I have. But hosting sites are definitely going to tell me that is it soooooo easy to own my blog and manage it. I want to hear it from those of you who have managed your own blogs for a while.

Any insight you could give me would be much appreciated! Thank you, in advance, for your responses. 😀