12.27.2012

Squittle Amigurumi




This is Squittle's new look designed by Anda!  Follow us on our instagram! We will be showing off some of our amigurumi babies and sneak peeks.  Squittle has upgraded to Storenvy :) There's made to order and ready to ship items with color selections. New things will be added soon.











This is the newest addition! These are my version of a Mini octopus.

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12.24.2012

Crochet Pattern: Duck Amigurumi Wearing Panda Hat




Supplies
Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn
❤ C or D & F hook
❤ Black felt for eyes.
❤ Thread
❤ Optional: yarn needle to weave ends in.
❤ Polyfill
❤ 2 pairs of 9mm safety eyes

You will need yellow, orange, white and black yarn.

Crochet the head halfway to experiment with placing the eyes. Make sure you make the mouth and place it before you put the backs on safety eyes! Stuff.
*The yarn I am using is tiny so I am making sure that the foundation area is small and tight before increasing in every stitch. Always remember to switch your hook to a F!


Head
(Use a small hook like C or D)
Magic ring.
1. Crochet 8 single crochets into the ring.
(Switch to a F hook)
2. Inc in each stitch around.
3. "Increase in one stitch, sc in the next" around.
4. Single crochet in each stitch around.
5. "Sc in next 2 sts, inc" around.
6. Sc in each stitch around.
7. "Sc in next 4 sts, dec" around.
8. Sc in each stitch around.
9 "Sc in next 5sts, dec" around.
10. Sc in each stitch around.
11. Sc in each stitch around.
12. "Sc in next 3 sts, dec" around.
13. "Sc in the next 3 sts, dec" around.
14. "Sc in the next 2 sts, dec" around.

Mouth
(Use a small hook like C or D)
Magic ring.
1. Chain 6.
2. Turn. Skip first stitch, sc across. Sl st in corner.

Body
(Use a small hook like C or D)
Magic ring.
1. 8 single crochets into the ring.
(Switch to a F hook)
2. Inc in each stitch around.
3. "Sc in next 5 sts, dec" around.
4-7. Sc in each stitch around.
8. "Sc in next 4 sts, dec" around.

This piece covers the hole:
(C or D hook)
Magic ring.
1. Chain 6
2. Sc once, inc twice, sc once.


Arms
(C or D hook)
Magic ring
1. 4 sc into the ring.
2-4. Sc in every stitch around.
5. "Sc in each stitch, dec once, sc in the rest" around.


Legs
(C or D hook)
Magic ring
1. 4 sc into the ring.
2-3. Sc in every stitch around.


*For the panda hat place it on your finished head! You'll be turning and crocheting back and forth. Use the duck's eyes as a guide as how far you should crochet across.

Panda Hat
(C or D hook)
Magic ring.
1. 6 sc into the ring.
(Switch to a F hook)
1. Inc in each stitch around.
2. "Inc, sc in the next stitch" around.
3. "Inc, sc in the next 2 sts" around.
4-6. Sc in each stitch around.
7. "Sc in the next 6 sts, dec" around.
8. "Sc in the next 6 sts.
9. Sc 6 times across, turn.
10. Chain 1, skip the first stitch and sc across to the *other eye.
11-14. Turn. Chain 1, Sc across.
15. Skip 2 sts, sc across, decrease in the last two sts. Sl St into the side.

Panda Mouth
(C or D hook)
Magic ring.
1. Ch 6
2. Skip the first stich, sc across. Sl st into side

I used black yarn for the nose/mouth :DEars(C or D hook)
Magic ring.
1. Ch 6.
2. Turn. Sc 2 times, inc in next 2 sts, sc 2 times.
3. Turn. Sc 3 times, inc once, sc in the remaining sts.



Cut out a square of black felt and place it over the panda's safety eyes. Cut the square into a circle based on the size.  Always cut a little at a time just in case!  Fold the circle and cut a tiny bit out to create a hole.  Push the panda's safety eyes through and pop the back on to secure the piece. Sew on.





I don't think this is a project for a beginner because of all the pieces and sewing. I don't claim that my patterns are for any skill size so if you have any questions, comment or email!





12.22.2012

Crochet Pattern: Quick Bulky Hat




I suggest crocheting loosely for this and if it's still too small,  try a larger hook size!

One skein of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool
Crochet hook M/9mm
Large button

Pattern
Start with a Magic Ring.

1. Double crochet 10 times into the ring.
Insert your stitch marker.
2. Double crochet twice in each stitch.
3. "2 dc in the next stitch, dc once in the next 2 stitches" around.
4. Dc in each stitch around.
5. Dc in each stitch around.
6 "Decrease, dc in the next 3 stitches" around.
7. Dc in each stitch around.
8. Dc in each stitch around.
9. Single crochet in each stitch around.

Sew on a button on a side. Done! :)

12.20.2012

Cute Finds



via: meltydream
 
There's also a Little Mermaid skirt in that shop. Want!!!




via:bloomiful
I still don't have a heart cutout dress.  I need this.

via: adorably kawaii
Affordable pattern or you could grab a mini sleepy fox instead.



via: elliotjackson
This is amazing. Hand sculpted fox!  I love this rhino too.



via: brave  store

Cat and heart stockings





via: koala art & design
The chandelier look is pretty nice.



via: the bohemian faerie
Okay, this might be Etsy teehee but this is an exception!




via:sawdust bear

There's also cute postcards in there. Check it out!



via:naputa's secret garden
This comes with a smaller cat bag! :3


via: coral clover

Happy Thursday! 


12.18.2012

False Lashes


#226

I've only gotten into lashes since the beginning of this year. I don't like wearing mascara so these help me out. My favorite kinds are from of eBay.

You can get 10 pairs for under $2. I clean them well enough that I'm able to reuse it a bunch of times. The quality is great in my opinion. I've paid $5 for one pair that couldn't last more than 2-3 uses. That's just horrible!  I trim the excess at the sides and slightly bend it to have a curve before applying




#112 



#112, #226 & #030
 
I recently got my hands on some bottom lashes. Very cute baby lashes. :D I'll love some Paperself next!

12.06.2012

When The Photographer Becomes The Model

It's really awkward.



It's easy to forget how uncomfortable it is on the other side of the camera. I was too stiff, too aware of my awkward limbs and didn't know what to do. Fashion bloggers either set up a tripod themselves or get a photographer (or family, friend, significant other) to photograph them.  The poses, their facial expressions.. it looks easy! Why is it the complete opposite for me? Hahaha.



These are 'behind the scenes' photos. That would explain why I'm not looking at the camera in some.








My questions to you:
Have you ever been photographed by someone else, friends, photographers AND were you happy with those photos?
How did they make you feel comfortable?/How would they be able to make the experience better for you?

12.05.2012

Photoshop Action- Hummingbird

Today I am sharing one of my actions with you! It's called Hummingbird. There's several layers you can tweak: Grain, Haze, Contrast and Darken. I love to use it on shots that are outdoors and dark to bring out some contrast/haze.

Roll over each image to see the before shot.






 


Install 

Option 1: Drop the file in Photoshop

  1. Open up Photoshop. Go to Window> Actions. 
  2. Click the button the right of "Actions" and choose Load Actions from the list. 
  3. Go to where you saved the file and open it.

11.14.2012

Pout Paints: Pin Up and Mauve Over

Sleek Makeup Pout Paint

I have been waiting patiently for these babies to come in! Sleek Makeup's shipping to the US was just under $2. Very affordable shipping, this makes me want to buy more. I bought Mauve Over and Pin Up to try out first. I've always wanted to try out purple lips!






I don't normally wear lipstick since my lips are extremely dry but these were recommended to me. Let's see how these do. I've never tried a lipstain before and it's crazy pigmented! I want Minx. It's like the Pout Paint version of ELF's Nostalgic.  Can't wait to share my recent shoots and glasses with you all soon! ♥






11.06.2012

DIY: Fill In Brows With Gel Liner




This was requested and I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this. I don't naturally have sparse brows. I have a hair disorder called trichotillomania. I have to use gel liner because it's the only thing that stays put and it matches my black brows better than browns. I can't do dark brown, warm brown or grey because it just doesn't match and look right.

Products
Maybelline Gel Liner- Blackest Black
Physicians Formula- Gentle Cover concealer

I love using this method with mascara since it's quick and also gets the job done.   I'm not aware of any gel liner colors that would match blonde hair.




What do you use to fill in your brows?

11.01.2012

Style: Flower Crown & Doc Martens

blue hair flower crown


Jeans: Forever21
Boots: Doc Martens
Everything else:  Ebay
 
 
blue hair flower crownblue hair flower crown

I like having little adventures out in nature and taking pictures of it! I thought about going camping and being surrounded by beautiful scenery but with allergies, I can only see myself being completely miserable. I don't really hike often and we attempted to go uphill. So terrible at it!



I kept looking behind me while I was trying to get up there. I hate heights. Seeing the tops of houses is a little too high for me. I was fine while I went up on the Space Needle. To me, that's not the same as possibly slipping and falling downhill. At least my boots kept me firm on the ground.


The park that we went to has a group of those who do LARP so I'm thinking that magician card has something to do with it? Maybe. Probably not.



via

I've been following Hurricane Sandy since I first heard of it and came across several photos all over facebook, news sites and tumblr. :( Stories from tumblr can really get to you. At least they are safe! Patiently waiting to find out if some bloggers are alright. Have you donated yet? ♥

10.23.2012

Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012



I got chosen for this Beauty Blogger VoxBox! You can see my last one here.

 
It'll be really cool if Influenster could do an additional survey to narrow down items that will fit you personally instead of going by random. As someone with unpredictable curly hair, the curl cream would have been a perfect chance for me to rave about! Not a big deal. There's one item I can't say anything about because I don't consume caffeine. ♥

Here we go...
goody simple styles spin pin
Goody Simple Styles 
Spin Pin 

I've NEVER seen these things before. I'm inexperienced with any updo styling so this made me nervous. The box comes with easy instructions showing you how to do three styles! I love the side bun the most.  Wrap your hair up in a tight bun, push the ends underneath and spin these babies in your hair to hold it in place! It's perfect.

I hate having to dig up hair ties and get all of my hair to fit into one. Or having my hand hurt trying to take a hair tie off. These are amazing for me. Using 1-2 spin pins instead of a million bobby pins.

 
NYC Individual Eyes Dark Shadows

This baby had a little accident when getting to me haha. I tend to avoid dark smokey eyes/palettes because of my hooded eyes. Four shades are for the lid, crease, outer v and highlight. There's two creams as a primer base and illuminator.

NYC Individual Eyes
NYC Individual Eyes

I apply the lid color then put the illuminator for my highlight. It helps me out with applying and blending the dark shadows out.  Directions are on the back that you can peel off and lift to view! You can check out the other palettes here. I want to pick up Union Square and Smokey Browns soon!


Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit
Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit>
Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit 
Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit.

I love the quality of these lashes. These are very nice! I've worn them a couple of times now. The length fits my eyes perfectly and the applicator makes the process quick! I believe that applicator would help a newbie out well. Probably better than using tweezers imo! The glue is alright in my opinion.


Bath & Body Works Mini Candles

Pumpkin Cupcake smells SO delicious. Though for some reason it had irritated everyone's nose in the house so we couldn't keep it lit anymore.

 
Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

I generally don't have problems with frizz anymore. I do like using this to keep my hair feeling smooth plus I LOVE coconut. I will be adding a full size of this to my usual products and pick up Kinky Moves. Dying to try that one out!!


EBOOST Orange

No caffeine for me so here's a picture of it :)

What did you think of this year's beauty blogger voxbox?

*These products were sent to me from Influenster to review ♥
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