Saturday, 24 January 2015

Liebster Award

Hello internet lovelies! Recently I was nominated for the Liebster Award, which was created in order to discover and meet new blogs and bloggers. This has been flying around the blogging community recently so here we go!
The Rules
1. Link the blog belonging to your nominator and link them.
2. Answer the questions that they gave.
3. Create your own set of 11 questions to answer.
4. Nominate/Tag other small blogs to take part in the Liebster Award.
So firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Elena from A Room Full of Wonders who is a fellow DIY blogger, for nominating me!
My Answers
1. what’s your favourite book character?
Recently I've been quite into the Divergent Trilogy of books, and personally I think that they're better than The Hunger Games (Impossible, I know!); so for that reason I have to say Beatrice Prior!

 2. Where have you last been on holiday?
Last time I was on holiday, I visited Belgium to commemorate the fallen of WW1 and the centenary of the war.

 3. What’s your favourite object in your room?
My ring holder- its in the shape of a shoe and I love where it sits on my dressing table.

 4. What’s the thing you like most about blogging?
I love the fact that blogging allows you to record your hobbies and passions in one place, and in doing so you are inspiring others too!

 5. If you could collaborate with any blog, which one would you choose?
It would have to be A Beautiful Mess, their craft ideas and tutorials are really inspirational. But then again, who wouldn't want to collaborate with Zoella or A Sprinkle of Glitter?!

 6. Book, movie or TV series?
As much as I love all three, I love seeing books being made into film adaptations and seeing how other people imagine that same story.

 7. Which advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?
The hard work will pay off eventually, but don't forget to set aside time to do what you love.

 8. What’s your favourite ice-cream flavour?
Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream is just irresistible- Especially when you have it at the cinema!

 9. What’s your dream job?
My dream job is probably my future aspiration. Unfortunately its hush hush as I've kept it secret and my friends are trying to find out what it is. (Thought you'd found it Charl.....sorry! :D )

 10. What’s your favourite artwork?
Probably Brian Scott's or Bec Winnel's- I love their artwork.

 11. Train, plane, car or bicycle?
Plane, you can travel anywhere around the world!
Eva Rose at Handmade by Eva Rose
(sorry for the lack of nominations, most blogs that I wanted to nominate had already done the Liebster Award)
My Questions
  1. Do you speak any other languages?
  2. What inspires your blog posts most?
  3. What are your future aspirations?
  4. Favourite chocolate brand?
  5. What advice would you give a blogger just starting out?
  6. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
  7. What was your most memorable holiday?
  8. What is your all-time favourite book?
  9. Who is your favourite actor?
  10. What do you love most about blogging?
  11. What do you dislike most about blogging?

Thank you everyone! Sorry this post was so long! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! :) x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

How to Draw an Eye

Hi internet friends! Today I'm here with a new drawing tutorial..... How to draw an eye! So first things first, you will need a few pieces of equipment (obviously some are optional):
-Colour Pencils,
-Small Blending Stump (could use cotton wool bud or even a tissue),
-Rubber (for any mistakes),
-Good Quality Sketching Paper,
-Electric Rubber (Also optional, used for highlighting),
-Image Reference.

To begin, draw a light, basic sketch of an eye. Remember the corner, water line and eye lid (1).
Take your peach (skin colour) pencil and go back over the vague pencil outline (2).
Take the pink and colour the corner; add darker tones around the edges by adding more pressure. Then take a dark brown and again, draw around the basic outline. Use to darken the pink, begin adding tone to the top edge of the corner of the eye (3).
Next, use the dark brown (or blue, green etc. for different eye colours), and shade the iris. Utilise the black pencil to colour the pupil, do this in a circular motion for best results (4).

After that use a blending stump (or cotton wool bud) to blend the brown in the iris, so that there is no white from the paper, and is a good base to begin with (5).
Take your black pencil and shade from the outside of the iris. (The very edge should be dark and then gradually fade into about half way of the radius.) Use both your green and black pencil to add details into the eye, by drawing quick lines from the pupil of the eye (6).
Next, use your electric rubber and add realistic highlights; look to your image for reference. Also, take a light blue pencil and shade the edges of your eye- this will give dimension to the eye ball itself(7).
After that, take a pink, purple and dark brown. Use these colours to add tone around the outside of the eye. Use the pink under the eye and the brown and purple on the eye lid. Darker tones should be situated close to lines and then blended out (8).

Finally, use a sharp black pencil and redraw the basic outline of the eye. Add eyelashes by using angled strokes.
Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! Please comment, share and follow me on my social media- it's much appreciated! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! :) x

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Hints and Tips for New Bloggers

Hi internet lovelies! In this post I'm going to share a few hints and tips that I've learnt over the 6 months that I have been blogging (wow, that time has flown by), and seeing as this was my 50th post- it seemed fitting. I know that this isn't really a usual post from me, which is why I'm posting this in the middle of the week, anyway lets begin: 
(Yes these are from my blog notebook, maybe I'll do some of these in the future;)
1. Content; Your content is the most important part of your blog, if your content is: a. informative and well executed, b. easy to read, c. engaging, and d. contains good grammar your onto a good start.
Good posts also contain media in order to separate long text and make your blog more visually appealing.
Ensure that you post regularly- that could be daily or weekly. Maybe set aside a specific day so your readers know when to check for new posts.

   2. Photographs; You should include photographs as part as extra media. If your a craft blogger or Fashion blogger these become very important for expressing instructions and/or displaying a product in your post.

Photographs should be taken with a decent camera under NATURAL light (Natural light shows true colour and ensures that your images are graphically clear, and can be edited to a high quality. Personally I use two apps found on the apple app store: PicLab and Vintque.

3. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO); SEO is basically the way you label your posts in order to get recognised by search engines such as Google. Don't get too carried away when labelling posts as you could end up having a post that is ignore by the search engine all together!

4. Promotion; This is just as important as your blog posts themselves. In order to get readers and subscribers you need to place your blog out there. Create new social media accounts and try to advertise your posts- hash tags are a blessing for bloggers as they introduce people that do not necessarily follow you, to your page.
(Personally, I'm probably guilty of not doing this enough on twitter or Facebook!)

5. Design; This is a pretty simple one. It's important to make your blog look clean so that your content really shines- busy backgrounds and wacky colours can detract from the basic ideas of your blog. This is all about first impressions!
 Free and Paid for templates are available to add to your blog however its quite easy with a bit of knowledge to make your blog look clean and sleek without shedding a penny (or cent, depending where your from!).
Hope you enjoyed these quick tips for new bloggers. I feel very proud of what this blog has currently achieved, recently we hit 4,000 page views! WOW! My DIY Denim phone case tutorial has also been featured on  have a look!
Thank you all for the much appreciated support! Subscribe to my social media to be updated with new posts! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! x

Sunday, 4 January 2015

DIY Lip Balm

Hello everyone! This tutorial is something I've wanted to make and post for a while now- DIY Lip Balm. Before we start please note that the images below do not accurately depict measurements/ amounts of ingredients as I changed my recipe many times, during experimentation to get the "right" consistency for a cosmetic.

So, before we begin there are obviously a few things you will need to buy (personally I ordered mine from amazon);
~Beeswax Pellets (grated beeswax is also an alternative),
~Shea Butter,
~Coconut Oil,
~Lanolin (optional-Some people can be allergic),
~Essence (e.g. Lavender, apple, jasmine, chocolate)(Optional, but adds a lovely scent to your lip balm),
~An old lipstick that can be used for tinting the lip balm colour (also optional)
~Lip Balm Cosmetic tins/containers (I purchased some 15ml tins),
~A heat proof surface,
~An old pan,
~A spoon.

To begin, collect all of your ingredients and utensils in order to ensure you have everything you need. The basic recipe for one lip balm in a 15ml tin is;
-1 teaspoon of Beeswax pellets,
-1 teaspoon of Shea Butter,
-2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil,
-1/2 teaspoon of Lanolin.

Firstly, take your Beeswax Pellets (1 teaspoon) and place into an old pan, currently it should not be heated.

Then add your Shea Butter to the pan (also 1 teaspoon), you do not need to wash your spoon after every ingredient unless you plan to use specific ingredients for other uses in the future.

Next, add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. There should always be double the amount of coconut oil to beeswax pellets as the coconut oil is you carrier oil and ensures that your cosmetic is softer rather than to hard.

After that, take half a teaspoon of lanolin and add to the mixture.

Add 10-20 drops of essence of your choice. Here I added essence of apple, however you can purchase other scents such as strawberry, chocolate, jasmine, lavender etc. You could also add multiple scents to experiment with different flavours.

At this point you may also add a slither of lipstick in order to tint your final lip gloss whatever colour you desire.

Place the pan on a low heat and melt until all ingredients have melted together. Take your containers, open them and place them on a heat proof mat. Use either a spoon or pipettes to distribute liquid lip balm into the containers, and leave for approximately 30 minutes. They should become an opaque colour as they cool, however during this time frame the insides may still be liquid and the tins will be hot so handle with care!

Warning: Metal conducts heat, so tins and pan will be hot!

I hope I have inspired you to create your own organic Lip Balms. Please experiment and remember that the more coconut oil added the softer the lip balm will be and they the more beeswax pellets added the harder the lip balm will be. 

Also note that these ingredients do naturally produce quite a hard lip balm, however they feel lovely and less is more when using them.

Please share and comment if you liked this tutorial, it's greatly appreciated! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing and send me some pictures of your own crafts via twitter @CCraftylicious !x

Thursday, 1 January 2015

DIY Up-Cycled Denim Phone Case

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous new year! Here is a really quick, easy DIY idea/tutorial that ensures you can up cycle your old jeans into a new, useful phone case. (Sorry in advance for the bad images, as they aren't very informative.)

Before we begin there are a few things you will need;
~Old Jeans,
~Sewing Machine/ sewing needle and thread (if you're hand sewing),
~Additional embellishments (e.g. Ribbon, lace, etc.)

So, to begin; take your old jeans and fold over one leg edge. Place your mobile device over the top and cut the bottom off of the jean leg (if you wish, you could make a pattern for more accurate measurements, however I decided to spontaneously do this tutorial). This will be the length of your phone case, make sure you do not cut to close to your mobile device as it is easier to remove material later then to add it.

Next, unfold the leg edge and separate into two sections by cutting down the two seams of the jeans. You could make two phone cases at this point, as you will only use one of the two sides.

After that, take some lace or ribbon of your choice and measure the same length as the original seam of the jeans and pin over the top and sew.

Then refold the edge over and sew both along the top and again along the lace/ribbon.

Fold the phone case in half with the inside showing and remove any excess material by cutting. Place your mobile device on top before pinning the edges ready to sew.

Finally, sew all seams, remove pins and turn inside out. Ensure your mobile phone fits in and there you have an up cycled denim phone case that looks great and was easy to create!

Happy New Year, what are your New Years resolutions? Comment some of them, I'd love to hear them! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!! If you did please comment, share and follow me on my social media to stay up-to-date with new posts! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! Enjoy!x