Thursday, December 27, 2012

DIY: Crochet Lace Scallop Trim Bracelet

Disclaimer: I am not the author of this pattern and I in no way claim to be

About a year ago I came across a YouTube video with instructions on how to crochet this ^ Lace Scallop Trim Bracelet made by Gwen Fisher. I of course watched the video several time so I could write the pattern out and try it myself. I've experimented with different types of yarns/threads and finally came across a finished product in which I absolutely adore. I just have to share this because I think you will enjoy this just as much as I do.To see the video from the pattern's author click HERE. Click here for Gwen's website.

To start your very own scallop bracelet you will need:
  • Crochet Thread (I used Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread in Coffee)
  • A 3.5 mm crochet hook (This is exactly what this thread calls for)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle 
  • Sewing Thread
  • Beads/Buttons of your choice

Stitches Used:
  • ch
  • sl st
  • sc
  • hdc
  • dc

Start: Slipknot

Row 1:  ch 7, sl st into slipknot

Row 2:  ch 1, turn
             sc, hdc, 7 dc, hdc, sc, sl st, over the chain that was just formed
             (end of first *LARGE* scallop)

Row 3:  ch 1 turn,
             1 sc into the next 2 stitches
             ch 7, turn
             sl st over chain

Row 4:  ch 1, turn
             sc, hdc, 7 dc, hdc, sc, sl st, into last dc of previous scallop
             (end of second scallop)

Row 5:  ch 1, turn
             1 sc into the next 2 stitches
             ch 5, turn
             sl st into dc

Row 6:  ch 1, turn
             sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc, sl st into last dc of previous scallop
             (end of third scallop)

Row 7:  ch 1, turn
             sc into the next 4 stitches
             ch 6, turn
             sl st into dc

Row 8:  ch 1, turn
             sc, hdc, 6 dc, hdc, sc, sl st into last dc of previous scallop
             (End of next scallop)

Repeat rows 7 and 8 to continue making more scallops for your desired length. Tie off, then weave the ends inside stitches.

To end the bracelet, make a large scallop as you did in row 2. This will act as the button closure.

Sew the button/bead onto the starting end of the bracelet with a needle and thread.

(Tip: to create a seamless look, use a thread close to the color of the bracelet  or use the same thread as you did with the bracelet if possible.)

**If you should have any problems making this, please contact me through commenting on this post or through twitter. I highly suggest you watch the video. It literally draws out what you are doing here.

Now you should have a handmade bracelet of your own to show off to your friends and family!

What do you think of the finished product? Will you try to make your own? Would you buy a bracelet like this if it was available for purchase?

Monday, December 3, 2012

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Review: The Beauty Blender

I first tried the Beauty Blender in June 2012 from my July Glamour Birchbox. I took a few months to test this product out because I wanted to make certain that I could give an honest, detailed review.

What is a Beauty Blender?
The Beauty Blender is a makeup sponge applicator that averagely retails at $19.00 for one or two for $25

What makes the Beauty Blender Unique?
The Beauty Blender is designed to give a natural, flawless texture. It has been advertised to prevent that "cakey, packed on" foundation look and the blending process is to be much easier as the shape of the this applicator  can easy fit into all the nooks and crannies of one's face.

How Do I Use the Beauty Blender?
I will admit that when I first had this product in my hands, I had no idea what to do. There was no brochure, or reading materials of any sort in my Birchbox to explain the how to's of this sponge. Luckily, Birchbox sends out email during the month with tips, tricks, and how to's for each product. With enough research, review reading, and YouTube exploration, I was finally able to master the Beauty Blender.

Step 1: Soak your Beauty Blender with water, then squeeze out the excess water
Step 2: Using the Beauty Blender, pick up a small amount of product
Step 3: Apply the product to your face in a tapping like motion to distribute to product evenly
Step 4: Start blending evenly

*Use the pointed end on the curves of your nose, mouth, and other small areas like the eyes
*Always use wet, because using it dry will make it difficult to clean
*Always make sure you ring out the excess water or a streaky look may appear
*To wash, use a mild soap and let air dry completely before using again

My Opinion:
I love the Beauty Blender, however, I do not love the price. It's quite expensive, but what isn't anymore? I did notice all the benefits that Beauty Blender claims to promise: a flawless, natural, look. Using this product is so easy I'm sure a beginner can easily master it with little practice. 

I've never really used a sponge before because I do not wear foundation, but rather tinted moisturizer, and this applied it so wonderfully!I truly noticed a more dewy, less cakey look. 

Washing is simple as well. I did not purchase the Beauty Cleanser because the price is just out of my budget. I always use mild soap or baby shampoo. The use of my normal cleanser did not harm my Beauty Blender whatsoever,

I rate this product a 10/10 because it true to what it advertises, and the quality is superb. This may be a bit pricey  but you get what you pay for.

Will I Purchase this again? 
Definitely  I will, however, find some sort of a promotion, sale, or use my Birchbox Points for this. My budget is so tight, but the quality and finished look of my face make me believe I cannot live without this!

Have you tired the Beauty Blender or any product equivalent?