One Not Alone Annual Report 2012

The WordPress team just sent me a 2012 annual report for One Not Alone. Being that I kinda love annual reports and facts tend to make me happy, I thought I would share :) I completely understand if you don’t care. I don’t know that I would care if it weren’t my blog haha!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

[day 1] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

A few years ago I did a “31 days of December” photo challenge on facebook. It turned into more work than fun soooo I’m trying again. The bright side of having challenge in September is that I won’t be in final exams this time. Oh and the weather is nicer for picture taking and there are more things to photograph. Maybe this time things will turn out better :)

Day 1: Trees in my backyard.

[day 1] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Do you want to join the photo challenge?? Together tends to be better! Comment a link to your post if you do :)

The Hue Hue Hue Man

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I told you two weeks ago that I had a Subway napkin story to tell you and this is it. If you haven’t noticed I have a category called Misc Self Entertainment. I just like to entertain myself and others. It’s an effective way to practice creativity and keep smiling. Basically, I like just to smile :) I drew the first picture and Anna added what you see in the second. Every picture represents a change of hands. First me, then Anna, then me, then Anna, then me… you get the idea. Here’s the story! Continue reading

Acrylic Nail Art Tutorial: Sea Foam Green

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Somewhere I saw the idea of using acrylic paint on nail polish followed by a top coat to paint your nails. It was probably either pinterest or youtube. It’s probably also pinned on my Nailed board for nail art, but that’s beside the point.

The point is I tried it out last Saturday and it works!! I was so surprised!! It’s such a good idea too. Imagine the cost that can be saved. Instead of many bottles of shades of one color nail polish, all I needed were bottles of black, white, and some other color (all of which were bought for under $1… take that nail polish people!) to get every shade imaginable of that color! Oh the possibilities make me happy :) The clean up is nice too. Soap and water and all the extra color on my hands is gone. Super fast. And the paint dries quickly. And it is durable. And if I mess up mid-painting, a little water lets me start over. And it doesn’t smell as bad. And it’s pretty. And….. you get the point.

~~~ Tutorial ~~~

Materials:
Acrylic paint (there is an endless range of colors, glitter paints, glow-in-the-dark paints, neons, etc.. check them out and get creative)
Clear nail polish
Paint brush
Water (to rinse brushes)
Cloth to wipe brushes on (I use a paper towel)
Plate, paper, board, or something else to mix colors on and put paint on

Instructions:

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1) First add a clear coat to your nails. This gives the acrylic something to stick to and it protects your nail. I used a clear strengthener coat. Be sure to let it dry before you move on to the next step. Continue reading

Hair Chalking Redo Tutorial

This is another how-to on hair chalking :)

~~~ Tutorial ~~~
First prepare to have dirty hands, but no worries because they clean up quickly!

Materials:

  • Water (spray bottle, sink, bucket, etc… just need a way to get it on the hair. I used my hand.)
  • Soft Pastels (don’t use oil pastels, as they will make your hair nasty, or sidewalk chalk since it won’t stick)
  • Towel (only if putting heat near someone’s face)
  • Straightener or Hair Dryer (flat iron works best and you just wipe it off when done)

Instructions:

1) Wet the hair completely.

2) Pick a section of hair. It is best to use small portions. Rub the pastel in a downward direction. Keep rubbing down. If you start rubbing up the hair, it will take the pastel back off. If the pastel isn’t sticking, try wetting the actual pastel stick to get more pigment. I also found that rubbing the long side of the pastel down the hair left more pigment than the small drawing end. Scroll down to see how to do ombre, if you like that look. Continue reading

Graphic Tee DIY (with bleach and a fabric pen)

I got the idea for bleach tees off pinterest. But first a warning about the post:

Warning! This post contains a ridiculous amount of pictures. Some of these images may contain mustaches, llamas and Darth Vader.

Well, that’s the warning :) I promised a bleach tee tutorial and this is it!

Materials (at least the ones I used):

  • shirt of some kind
  • design, preferably a clever and entertaining one ;)
  • bleach or bleach pen
  • fabric pen
  • freezer paper
  • x-acto knives
  • iron
  • sink with cold water
  • pen or pencil
  • cutting board
  • cardboard

Instructions:

1) Find or create a design. These are my designs. I created all of them except the Alice in Wonderland one :)

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Free book from my favorite author!!

I realize that this is not the promised post from yesterday, but it is pretty cool. I found out this morning that one of my favorite authors (Ted Dekker) is giving away free copies of his book Black!! The e-reader version is completely free for download. If you don’t have one of those, then his paperback version is for sale for $2.99. I bought the book back when they only sold the first three in the series for like $20 so this is a really good deal, especially if you take the free option. And really, who doesn’t like the option of getting a free book?

Here’s an advert from the book:

Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide.

Fleeing his assailants through deserted alleyways, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of a building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head…and his world goes black.

From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world-a world where evil is contained. A world where Thomas Hunter is in love with a beautiful woman. Then he remembers the dream of the chase as he reaches to touch the blood on his head.

Where does the dream end and reality begin? Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other-both facing catastrophic disaster. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth (aka Books on a Shelf)

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This is another weekly photo challenge picture. The challenge was growth. All of the normal thoughts came to me… trees, flowers, other plants, people, babies, animals, height, construction projects… you know, things that can be seen and easily understood. Trees get taller. Flowers bloom. People grow up (and sometimes out). Normal.

Again, I didn’t want to be normal. So I picked books. Some of these books I’ve read dozens of times (the falling apart books: Ella Enchanted, Old Fashioned Girl, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Mara, and Witch of Blackbird Pond). Those are the ones I grew up with. You could also say Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple (aka iPod Nails)

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iPod Nails , a photo by laurenichole89 on Flickr.

Yes, this is another nail post :) BUT that’s okay because nail design is a perfectly good way to express yourself.

This one was unintentionally intentional. I know that makes zero sense right now, but hear me out. I intentionally painted my ring fingers purple and the rest white. Why? Because it looked cool. I unintentionally caused my family to question my sanity by doing this, though. Rather than explain that I had no good reason other than liking my fingers to be different, I painted little flowers on the white fingers (again in purple) and etched a white stick design into my ring fingers. Eh, it works…. sort of. Two days later I changed them to the beautiful blue ones I showed you here :)

My other reason for posting again today was to join the weekly challenge. I think it will be fun to have my creativity sparked by the random pictures they ask to be posted. For obvious reasons, this is my purple post. (It was almost the flowers on the front porch, but nail art seemed more creative.)

Quilt love <3

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One of my random activities over the last year had been helping my mom design her quilts. She does all the major work and I get the fun of helping pick the colors and patterns.

This quilt is one of the more troublesome yet fun ones. The whole thing is half-square triangles AND lots of them. Over 256 (that’s when I quit counting haha) in the top alone!!! But the finished is something beautiful :) It is named “Summer Spritz” and is almost finished. Ahhhh quilt love <3