The Artsy Parts

I’ve added a few new items to my Etsy shop: The Artsy Parts. All of the items are earrings.

There is a variety of items on The Artsy Parts ranging from drawings to jewelry. If you want to take a look at my shop just click the link above. I am curious as to what my audience thinks of the products available. Do you have an Etsy shop also? Leave the link in the comments below; I would love to see what you work on!

Medium Blue Stone Earrings

Medium blue stone earrings via The Artsy Parts $10.00

Silver Key Shaped Earrings

Key Shaped Earrings via The Artsy Parts $10.00

Fleur de Lis Earrings

Fleur de Lis Earrings via The Artsy Parts $10.00

Give me some feedback on the poll below, please! I am open to suggestions and comments as well. I would love to hear what you think!

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

I have some fun, new Easter egg decorating ideas for you!!! ūüôā I hope you enjoy them.

You can also check out the Easter egg designs I posted last year. I promise, they are still worth trying out.

Click the images for links to the original source. Some of them have tutorials.

 

 

rubber bands for easter egg designs

Rubber band design

glittery easter eggs!

Glitter Easter eggs

 

Thread patterns on easter eggs

Thread patterned Easter eggs

easter egg designs

Glitter polka dots and text eggs

polka dot easter eggs

Polka dot eggs

Fun egg design

Design Easter eggs with a sharpie

The Psychology of Facebook | Internet Abuse

Keeping up with social media is part of my job. Facebook happens to be one of the social media sites that changes regularly and that I read about. During my research today, I found this infograpic and wanted to ¬†share it. The facts about the psychology of Facebook is really alarming and I wanted to share it. I’m sure some of you can relate.

Facebook addiction

Infographic by Best Masters in Psychology. 

Animator VS. Animation

I loved Animator VS Animation when I was in college.

I took a class on Flash animation my sophomore year. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, so I was looking up YouTube animations to see what kind of possibilities there were. I found a lot of them but Animator VS Animation was my goal because it was simple, yet fun, and I knew it was within reach. It was my inspiration then and sadly, I am still amused by this video. Not so much because of what went into the animation but because of the creativity that it took to think if it. Brilliant!

This Flash animation was made by Alan Becker from AlbinoBlackSheep in 2008.

via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgwxXKsZhAo 

DIY Semi-homemade Lotion

diy bottled lotionI’ve never tried to make my own lotion before today, but I would say the experience went well. Although, this is a semi-homemade lotion I still plan on making my own from scratch someday; I just have to do a bit more research. It seems like some people like using coconut oil with baby lotion and vitamin E lotion but I wanted this to be more fragrant. None of the vitamin E lotion that I found was scented and I didn’t want to mess with essential oils just yet. So, I substituted coco butter. I thought about using almond oil but I’ve never used that before and didn’t want to risk the experiment just yet. I know that all three of these are very hydrating, which is what I was going for. I like that this lotion isn’t heavy or greasy so it doesn’t leave a film on my skin. It seems to be working well so far and smells pretty good ūüôā

 

 

DIY lotion tutorial materials

Things You Will Need:
A bowl
Bottle or jar
Baby lotion
Shea butter
Coconut oil

 

 

baby lotionStep 1:

Measure 8oz. of baby lotion into your bowl.

 

lotion ingredientsStep 2:

Followed by 8oz. Shea butter.

 

DIY lotionStep 3:

And finally, 4oz. coconut oil. It looks like some people use melted coconut oil but I would rather just smash it up with my spoon. Seems to work pretty well.

 

baby lotion, coco butter, coconut oil lotionStep 4:

Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

 

diy bottled lotionStep 5:

Bottle it up! Put the excess in a tightly sealed bottle or jar and store for later.

 

DIY lotion tutorialSemi-homemade lotion! It smells pretty good and is very hydrating. Let me know if you try it and if you like it ūüôā

 

Happy Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home

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I drove home to visit my parents. This photo is a shot of the county I grew up in.

If you drive 20 mins outside of my home town there usually isn’t any snow. If there is any, it has started melting. Not here though… Somehow, it can be nearly 40 degrees and there will be snow. Not melted snow. Just snow.

But I digress… Check out that view. This is something I didn’t learn until after I moved away; my home town is beautiful. I didn’t want to believe it while I was there. My drive home is always scenic and lovely ūüôā

The First Photograph of A Human?

First Ever Photograph of a Human Being boulevard

This photograph was taken  by Louis Daguerre. The image is of Boulevard du Temple in Paris, France in 1838, Louis was a brilliant artist and physicist. (Odd combination of careers, right?) He invented the daguerreotype photography process. Aside from being very old, this photograph is potentially the first to ever include a human being. Back then, image required a 10 minute exposure time so, all the people, carriages, and other moving objects would disappear. Yet, In this photograph, slightly left of center is a man who just so happened be sitting still during the shot because he was getting his shoes shined.

(via NPR)

3Doodler: 3D Printing Pen

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures

The¬†3Doodler¬†is the world’s first 3D pen. Yes, seriously! This pen was designed by a company called¬†WobbleWorks¬†based out of Boston. The company recenty launched a¬†Kickstarter¬†campaign to sell the new device.¬†As you draw, the 3Doodler releases a special plastic that is heated but cools and solidifies instantly to form solid structures. What a great idea! The 3Doodler sounds like it is so much better than the available¬†3D printers. (Those printers take forever and are quite expensive.) Check out the video below to see how it works!

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen

printing pens drawing device

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures

3Doodler pen: 3 printing pen

Via This is Collosal

Infinity Lights

variety of infinity lights

These self-assemble lampshades, or Infinity Lights, are made up of quadrilateral, interlocking pieces that can be assembled in a variety of ways. The infinity lights come in kits with 21-30 pieces, assembly instructions, and a hanging cord. They come in a variety of colors that display some great lighting effects! They are so versatile that they can be used as a conventional ceiling lampshade, accent light, table mounted light, or used as a floor lamp.

You can buy the infinity lamp pre-assembled or disassembled. Of course, the pre-assembled lamps cost a bit more. I imagine a colored lightbulb would look pretty neat inside of these!

Line of infinity lights

white infinity light

Photos courtesy of InfinityLights.com

DIY Butterfinger Rice Krispies Treats

Butterfinger Rice Krispies treats

It occurred to me today that I have never used food as a Make Something Mondays project. Food making is an art so why haven’t I done this? I decided to make some rice krispies treats and got bored with it. So… here are my DIY Butterfinger Rice Krispies treats. If you like sweet i promise you will like these.

 

Things You Will Need:

1/2 cup peanut butter (I used organic)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 bag (10 oz) marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
6 fun size Butterfingers, crushed

 

melted butter

Step 1:

Melt butter in a pot on medium heat.

 

 

melting marshmellows

Step 2:

add in marshmallows. Wait until fully melted

 

 

rice krispies treats

Step 3:

Take off of the stove, add the peanut butter and mix well.

Transfer the rice krispies to a 9×13 baking pan.

 

 

melting chocolate

Step 4:

Melt the chocolate. If you have never done this before take note, because you don’t want to burn it.

Boil water in a pot.
Put a larger bowl over top of the boiling water.
Add in chocolate chips.
Wait until fully melted.

 

butter fingers

 

crushed butter fingers

Step 4:

While you are waiting for the chocolate to melt, crush up your butterfingers and sprinkle them over the rice krispies in the pan.

 

 

chocolate spread

Step 5:

When your chocolate is melted pour it over top of the rice krispies. I put a full layer over mine but I recommend drizzling it on top instead.

Freeze it for about 30 mins, cut up, and serve!

 

Butterfinger Rice Krispies treats

 

Yum!