Dirty Shiny Pretty

Musings on Dirty Shiny Pretty Life

Sep 27, 2010

I'm Melting....

It's currently 106 degrees outside clothes feel like a burden and I just bought Jeffrey Campbell's Lita boots online. Something is wrong with this equation.

Sep 24, 2010

Sending some LOVE your Way

My sister is attending law school on the East Coast right now and since she's spending a lot of time sitting at her desk reading she asked me to make her some artwork to cheer up her room. I'm by no means a real artist but I enjoy doodling and wanted to do something nice for her since she's so stressed out. I hope these make her smile.

Sep 19, 2010

Flaming Lips

I love makeup. In school I enjoyed experimenting with colors and looks and seriously considered becoming a makeup artist. Then I entered the work force and got into the habit of doing a quick 5 minute face. While I'm pretty happy with my routine I still like to follow trends and have been really intrigued by the orange lips popping up all over. I'm more of a neutral lip girl but found this color the last time I was at Target and for $5 thought I would give it a try. Definitely brighter than my normal look but I'm liking it.

Sep 8, 2010

Quick Fix Lace Ups

A few months ago my Mom was in Nepal to visit my Sister who was over there working with anti-trafficking organizations (yes she is the good child of the family who is currently attending law school so she can spend her life fighting slavery while I sit on my butt and blog) Anyway, my Mom brought me back these cute sandals. As soon as I put them on one of the zippers fell off. Being the nice lady she is my mom got the zipper fixed for me. I tried them on again and bam the other zipper falls off. These are just cheap little street sandals that are cute so I don't want my mom to spend any more money getting them repaired but I also don't want them to go unworn. I finally came up with a solution. I would make them into lace ups. I've been seeing a lot of corset lacing on the back of shoes so I figured this would be a fun, free, and fashionable fix for my footwear dilemma.

Here is the ridiculously easy process:

1. Cut off the zippers.

2. Mark your holes and use a leather punch to punch them out

3. Insert laces
*I suggest leather cord but I didn't have any lying around so I'm using plain black laces for the moment.

4. Enjoy!


Sep 7, 2010

She's crafty and she's just my type

Being unemployed I once again have a lot of free time, and while some people say this time should be used to apply to every possible job I can find, I disagree. Of course I spend some time each day searching/applying to jobs but I've done the gung ho all out affront on the job market and frankly it sucked. Now I break up my time, job search in the morning, free time in the afternoon, then playtime with my daughter after I pick her up from school. While I'm still stressed about finding a new direction in life the time balance really helps me feel a little more like I have a normal life and am not just a job searching zombie. Anyway, my free time often means craft time since I have a lot of craft/art/jewelry supplies lying around thus giving me the ability to be crafty and thrifty. Also, I find working on projects to be very therapeutic which is a big bonus right now. I'm not going to kid you or myself and say I'm some craft genius but I've been having fun with what I've been doing so I'm going to show you too, just promise not to laugh.



p.s. Ignore the dates on the photos. I had to reset my camera and it added a time stamp to my pics without my knowledge.

p.p.s The top image just involved a blank canvas, craft paint, a sharpie, and some imagination i.e. feathers and glitter for their hair.

Mirror I found a TJ Max Home Goods store for $20
It was black but I added some gold spray paint and ta-da super fancy.
I'm actually thinking of turning it into a table top just not 100% sure yet

I purchased this print at a Indie craft fair awhile ago
and didn't want to spend a bunch of money framing it
so I purchased a white $5 frame sprayed it bright pink
and glued on some jewelry findings to make it super girly for my daughter

close up

Sep 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day!

So I have not posted anything for awhile. The reason being I had gotten a 8-5 job and I really didn't feel like I had time to keep blogging without taking time away from my family and friends. Unfortunately, because the economy is still in the crapper, especially in California, I was laid off. That makes 3 lay offs in two years. I'm on a role, but I really wish I wasn't. Anyway, now I have time again to blog and be crafty so that's what I'll be doing to keep myself sane while I figure out what the hell I'm doing with my life. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello again and I hope you enjoy the last "unofficial" weekend of Summer. And if you have a job remember to be thankful for it, even if you think it sucks.