My hair is pink!

Posted on April 4, 2012 and tagged DIY, Stuff I Like, Personal with comments

Well... mostly! I was too chicken to go for a full head of pink. I'm jealous of girls who can pull it off, though. I think I'm just way too shy to stand out like that. I hate attention, which is weird that I have a blog, so I was too afraid people would look at my hair. Or worse...ask me about it!! I know, I'm a freak.

I was terrified putting bleach in my hair, but I'm in love with how it turned out. First, I separated the hair I wanted to dye and pulled the rest of it tight on top of my head with many elastics and pins. Then came the scary part, the bleach! I used Manic Panic Flash Lightning Bleach Kit and left it on for almost an hour. The box said you could need anywhere between 20 minutes and 120 minutes, so I just kept doing a strand check to see when it was ready. Even though I left it on that long, I still didn't get my hair all 'lemon yellow' like they describe in the instructions. Probably cause I've dyed my hair about a million times and it's hard to bleach out years of dye.

Once the bleaching was done, I let my hair dry and went straight into the pink. I used Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink The instructions said to leave the color on for 30 minutes, but numerous people online said it's best to leave it in as long as you can. The dye doesn't harm your hair, so there's no reason you can't leave it in longer. I wrapped my head in plastic wrap, you can see the lovely photo here, and left the pink in for about 3 hours. This turned out to be not quite enough and the next day I did it again for another 3 hours.

Now like any bright color, it will fade pretty fast. Especially since I wash my hair every day and I'm not interested in changing that. But as it fades, it's turning into this lovely pinky-peach color which I think looks pretty too!

And now for your viewing pleasure, here's a photo of a weird upside down girl! Oh wait, that's me...

Huesday: Heating Up

Posted on April 3, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

I'm absolutely obsessed with color sites like Kuler and ColorHexa. I think a color scheme can make or break any project, so I'm constantly searching for inspiration. So here's what I hope will become a weekly series on the blog: Huesday!

Image via Fashion Gone Rogue

DIY Wall Art: Dreamy Letters

Posted on April 2, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Wall art featuring a special quote or song lyrics is a great DIY project. The words can be very personal like a line from your wedding song or just for fun like what I've done here.

In this DIY project, I'll show you how to make these dreamy watercolor letters to spell out anything you like.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • large canvas board like this
  • watercolor paints
  • large flat watercolor paint brush
  • watercolor paper
  • alphabet stencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • water and paper towels

Think about the length of the quote when buying the canvas board and stencil. Otherwise, you might end up with not enough room on the board.

First, decide on a color scheme. It's best to go with 2 or 3 colors at the most that will blend into each other well. I went with some pretty sunset colors: orange, red and purple. Load the bursh up with your first color using lots of water, but not so much that it's dripping wet, and begin painting across the paper.

Add a second color starting on top of the first one to blend it in. Don't aim to cover the whole page with solid paint. It looks nice when there's a little bit of white space and places with less paint. Just have fun blending the colors into sunset-y goodness!

Now just wait for it to dry and flip it over to stencil your quote. Since you're using the backside of the paper, that means you need to make the letters backwards too! This may seem obvious to most of you, but my first attempt at this project left me with a bunch of backwards letters. Duh! As you can see, I had to paint 2 sheets of watercolor paper to fit all my letters.

Next, cut out the letters. You might need to use a utility knife for some parts. Arrange the letters on the canvas board to get the layout right before you start gluing. Once you're happy with how it looks, glue it down to the board. Be careful not to get any glue on your fingers because the paint will smudge.

I think this is a great way to fill a large space for little money and when you choose the quote, it will always mean something special to you.

The View from my Phone: Week 13

Posted on April 1, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

What the what? How is it April already? This past week I went to the One of a Kind Show. You can read about my top picks from the show here. I also dyed the underside of my hair pink! I was so worried it would turn out terrible and I'd have to sneak out at midnight to buy brown hair dye while wearing a hat. Not that I've done that before... Well maybe once. But that didn't happen! It turned out awesome and I'll have post about it this week. I can't even believe I'm posting this picture, but down there you'll see a photo of me with plastic wrap on my head waiting for the dye to set in.

Well I hope everyone has a great start to their April this week! I'm getting excited for spring. On a related note, why is patio furniture so darn expensive? We have this enormous patio now and it's totally empty. I have a feeling I'll be making a trip to Ikea soon. Hey, at least it'll match the rest of our furniture!

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