Squid Amigurumi Bag

8.31.2015

I finally found the magic formula to make the perfect cephalopod bag!! I tried making them before such as this octopus bag and squid bag but I didn't think they were very good for one reason or another.

This one is sturdy and keeps it's shape better because the yarn is held double and it also has a crocheted lining. It's big enough to hold small toys, a phone, monies, keys, and whatever else you can't fit into your jean pockets.

This bag was inspired by these little guys:



I was wondering how it'd look if I made a bigger one and then figured I might as well make it into a bag (for more practical use!)


And to make it more special, I used Radiance craft eyes from Suncatcher Eyes.




Now available in Tiny Moon Shop!


STYLE: Sailor Moon

8.27.2015



Now it's official! This blog is now called Tiny Moon.  It's part of my plan to downsize and mesh things together instead of having a billion things. The process of transferring the name over and have it connect was absolutely annoying.  It was down for a week straight and had to go on chat support 5 times.

Thanks for all the messages about it!  I was definitely aware of the issue lol I've added extra weeks to all my sponsors for this crazy inconvenience. I hate not being in control of my own space.


hat/bag- tiny moon  dress-ross  leggings-sweet n' sour 
shoes- charlotte russe bracelet- gift  rings- stunner collective

I want summer to be over already so I can actually wear these sort of outfits all day long. I can only last a few hours in the heat with any layering. I've pretty much be in tank tops nonstop in black. I swear I'm not wearing the same shirt haha

These are my favorite leggings ever.  It's from a shop called Sweet N' Sour! There's all kinds of cute apparel and accessories. WANT IT ALL.



I am LOVING these rings from Stunner Collective! Moonstones are my thing now. Plus anything dark and sparkly is nice as well!  I really can't wait to get a new camera and new lenses. I miss taking close up shots!



A little watermelon bag I made recently. It was for practice since I've never done a lining inside a bag before.  I need to find a zipper and see if I can really turn this into a coin purse. I'm planning to make a much larger one for myself. FRUIT EVERYTHING.  Definitely strawberry and pineapple.



Happy Thursday!!

Arctic Fox Dye

8.19.2015
Arctic Fox Dye

This is the first time I've used Arctic Fox for dye! I've heard of this brand before and decided to use it for my next colors. It's a great option for cheaper dyes plus 15% of their profits go towards preventing animal abuse.




I didn't really pay attention to the sizes and assumed the large size was regular. Virgin Pink is DOUBLE the size of what you normally get with Manic Panic and Special Effects bottles at the same price ($13.99)  Aquamarine is the usual size at 4 fl oz but much cheaper at only $7.99!

BUYS ALL THE COLORS.




Arctic Fox Dye
This is diluted Virgin Pink with diluted Aquamarine. I mixed both together to create those lavender sections.  It's crazy how vibrant the pink is even with the added conditioner. I kept it unwashed for about a week and then started to shampoo some of it out. I like a dull pastel pink more than vibrant on me.


A little update:  Last few days made me realize I need to get back into a healthier routine. I had these terrible stomach pains that made me think of appendicitis, infection or muscle strain. I couldn't bend over much and now it's gone this morning. I'm not sure what it was because I had no other symptoms, sickness or fever. Definitely going to take it easy for the week.

How To Fade Haircolor Fast

8.13.2015



I'm sharing this fading treatment I did to remove most of the color out! The blue was created with 3 different dyes awhile back and hasn't budged. I only had an issue with fading near my roots and ran out of dye so I thought why not go back to pastels?

I have a post about how to keep color long lasting. I needed to lift this quickly before bleaching because walking around with weird uneven colors is a nope.

Here's what I used:



Color Fading Mask:
2-6 capsules of Vitamin C powder
1/2 cup of clarifying shampoo
1.5-2 teaspoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (or more)

Additional Add In's:
 1-2 tablespoons of 10-30 volume developer
Dish soap
1 tablespoon honey
Anti-dandruff shampoo


The baking soda should dissolve first with a small amount of warm water otherwise it'll foam up the whole bowl.  Vitamin C can give some people reactions from it so start off small like 2 or 3 capsules. I use the capsules I can twist or cut open. There's also pills you can crush up with a spoon. Mix it into the shampoo and apply onto dry hair.

I added the oils to help condition AND also pull out color. Never use oils on freshly dyed hair. I left mine in for a hour or two. I kind of lost track of time. If you use developer in your mixture then limit it to under a hour .

The dull result! It couldn't remove anymore but it's still a great faded color to bleach on. It's best to condition your hair first and wait a day for your natural oils to soak your scalp if you have sensitive skin.

Use a conditioning mask with protein and no sulfates. Avoid using shampoo especially if it contains sulfates because the dryness will double!

Vinegar rinse is ideal because it'll help restore the pH of your hair. Mix some into a bowl of good conditioner and keep it on your head for a few minutes then rinse with cold water.

Products that have silicones will coat your hair and give you a smoother texture. Think Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle.




Now it's onto fading hair extensions! It's going to be difficult to get this color out without damage.  I did vitamin C masks twice and used the recipe above. It faded a few shades.

I don't recommend doing this if you can help it.  I personally don't want to spend hundreds on a new set and I'm aware of the possible results.

Vinegar rinse after each mask. It's important that you do this delicately and make sure it won't get ratty while it dries. Never try to brush while it's wet or even slightly damp.


I left coconut oil on these for 6 hours before putting diluted bleach on it. This is after one bleaching session. Green is pretty stubborn!


 I did another bleaching session with VERY diluted bleach and left it on for under 20 minutes:


It was mostly blonde with pale green. The colors I'm putting on will cover so it's fine. I did trim the ends and the extensions are thinner than before. This will most likely happen if you do it too!


Similar posts: 
Fading + Bleaching Aftercare
Red to Teal without bleaching
How To Safely Bleach Your Hair With Coconut Oil

Smile Brilliant Part 1: Overview

8.11.2015

I recently got the opportunity to work with Smile Brilliant and do a review! I've heard of this brand before but most of the reviews I came across basically had "white teeth" to begin with. So I was pretty skeptical.

HOW TEETH WHITENING WORKS  
Every person has a different natural color on their teeth. This is why you might have noticed some people get ridiculously white after a session while others get to a yellow, off-white or even grey. It will take off your stains and the color underneath is your natural coloring.
WHY THIS KIT IS BETTER THAN OTHER PRODUCTS 
There are whitening pens (sometimes with LED lights), strips, gel by itself and in office dentist bleaching sessions. I've tried these all before. I personally can't afford a trip like that to the dentist for a touch up. Pens and gel are horrible without a tray. Strips or generic sized trays will not reach all the crevices or molars. I always had yellow staining in the corners after trying these out. A custom fit tray will get it all for you.
POSSIBLE RISKS 
Side effects are very low risk or temporary. It's basically tooth sensitvity and gum irritation. Read their whole article about it if you're interested in knowing more. You should be at least 12-14 years old with permanent teeth otherwise there might be ireversible tooth damage
CAUSES OF TOOTH SENSITIVITY 
Whitening gel opens up the pores on your teeth and it becomes dehydrated. This may cause some sensitivity. Smile Brilliant offers desensitizing gel and it can be used after each treatment to prevent or minimize it.

This kit promises to give you a stain free smile. I'm not jumping in with high expectations of blinding white teeth.




The kit contains:

3 base pastes
3 catalyst pastes
2 impression trays
3 syringes of whitening gel
instructions
pre-paid postage envelope + return card


Brush and floss before making the impressions. I created the molds of my upper and lower teeth by mixing the catalyst and base pastes. You get an extra set in case you mess up. I totally did.
 
Remember to mix one at a time because it will start to harden after 60 seconds. It'll be properly mixed once it's blue all over. Spread it evenly onto the tray. I didn't put enough in the front so it had a hole there.



There are instructions to help you out. You take them out then it sit it for 30 minutes and rinse under cool water. Both trays go in the same pre-paid envelope. It took about a week for my custom trays to come in.

The number of applications needed for a person will vary on severity of the staining, causes behind it and how long it's been collecting.

I'm doing the full two weeks because of my age and history. I got braces when I was younger and after years of soda drinking (never through a straw) plus the difficulty of brushing left me with super stained teeth. When my braces were removed, I had orange teeth with bright bracket shaped squares. Not good.

I'll do another post with results very soon!

Mini Penguin Amigurumi Keychain Crochet Pattern

8.06.2015

Crochet a small penguin amigurumi keychain or ornament! It only takes about a hour to make.



Materials: 
• Worsted weight yarn in pink, white, and orange. (I used Vanna's Choice Baby and Red Heart Super Savers) 
• Pair of 9mm safety eyes 
• Stuffing 

Tools: 
• B/2.25mm hook 
• Yarn needle 

Size: 
• Approximately 2.5"(6cm) tall. Results will vary depending on your tension and your yarn & hook choice.



Head & Body:

With pink yarn,

R1: 6 sc into magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 sc in st, sc in next st* rep to end. (18 sts)

R4: *2 sc in st, sc in next 2 sts* rep to end. (24 sts)

R5: Sc in 6 sts. Change to white yarn, sc in next 4 sts. Change to pink yarn, sc in 3 sts. Change to white yarn, sc in next 4 sts. Change to pink yarn, sc in 7 sts. (24 sts)

R6: Sc in 6 sts. Change to white yarn, sc in next 5 sts. Change to pink yarn, sc in st. Change to white yarn, sc in next 5 sts. Change to pink yarn, sc in 7 sts. (24 sts)

R7-9: Sc in 6 sts. Change to white yarn, sc in next 11 sts. Change to pink yarn, sc in 7 sts. (24 sts, 3 rounds)

Put the safety eyes between R8 and R9, 3 stitches away from the edge.

Start stuffing.

R10: Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog. Change to white yarn, *sc in 2 sts, sc2tog* x2, sc in next 3 sts. Change to pink yarn, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in st. (18 sts)

R11: Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts. Change to white yarn, *sc2tog, sc in next st* x3. Change to pink yarn, sc2tog, sc in st, sc2tog. Change to white yarn and fasten off pink yarn. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing.

R12: *Sc2tog* around. (6 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a tail. Thread yarn onto yarn needle and insert the needle through the front loop of each stitch. Pull the tail tight and weave in the end.


Beak:

With orange yarn,

R1: Ch 5, sl st into beg ch to join. (5 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto center of face onto R7-8.


Wings (Make 2):

With pink yarn,

R1: 6 sc into magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in first st. The rest of the stitches are left unworked. (7 sts)

Sl st in next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the sides of the body on R7.


Feet (Make 2):

With orange yarn,

R1: 4 sc into magic ring. (4 sts)

Sl st in next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the bottom of the body on R11-R12.


Keychain Loop:

Hold the penguin facing you and insert hook through a stitch on the top of the head between R1 and R2 on the right side. Pull the pink yarn through and chain about 30. Put the keychain onto this loop. Then insert hook through a stitch on the top of the head between R1 and R2 on the left side and sl st. Tie a knot and weave in all the ends.



© Adorably Kawaii. Pattern is for personal use only. Please don't redistribute/resell the pattern in any way or form.


Style: Mint & Opal

8.04.2015

This summer I've gone out to more places, visited the beach and something still feels missing. I should have made a list way earlier and planned things out. I thought I would have gone on more beach days, outdoor adventures, thrifting, shoots... pretty much everything. I can't believe it's already August. How and why???

I haven't even been in a swimming pool yet. I think I need to at least make it to a CREAM to finally get a cookie ice cream sandwich. Yes.

It's been pretty busy lately trying to balance courses, shop + custom orders, designing + typing up patterns and trying to be more creative with everything I do. I hate feeling like I'm holding myself back because I get stuck with doing things in a certain way. Be more open to new ideas!!


top- thrifted   croptop/shoes- charlotte russe   leggings- forever21  septum- lotus&co


I'm kinda drained on everything. Do you ever as a small business owner and/or blogger go and hire social media management? It's something I'm really considering but have no clue where to start and what to realistically expect out of it. I'm beginning to think I need a helping hand for now. I definitely want to get settled into a routine by myself in 2016.




I'm most likely bleaching my hair  later this week so this should be interesting. I'm done with this blue mess and ready to go back to pastels!

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