Boredom Buster #5: DIY Paintings and Watercolor!

It’s been while since the last time I’ve done one of these, but I’m going to bring them back for the summer! Today’s boredom buster is to make a painting or watercolor. There is a way to make something look watercolored, without having the actual watercolor palettes. I am going to show you that today.

Watercolor:

This way of watercolor is not the normal way. For this one, you will need: sharpies, rubbing alcohol, canvas, painting brush, newspaper, and a syringe or pipette.

The first step is to lay the newspaper down on your work surface and put your canvas on top. This prevents the space from getting dirty in case you spill something. Next, you will need to get the sharpie color of your choice and start coloring! Fill your pipette or syringe with rubbing alcohol. Place drops around the canvas and quickly rub it around with the paintbrush. What I usually do is color a corner of the canvas, so that the color cascades downward. Now, I will warn you, even though you will add the rubbing alcohol to the sharpie, the place where you originally colored is still visible. This is a super easy, fun way to make art over the summer. And hopefully, you have some of these things lying around the house.

Painting:

Now this is very straight forward. Most of you will have painted before, so this should be very simple. You will need: a canvas, paint, paintbrush, newspaper, and a cup full of water.

You are going to lay your canvas down onto the newspaper, just like with the watercolor. Dip your brush into some paint and paint away. After you have finished with that color, rinse out the brush in the cup. You can dab of the water on the newspaper. πŸ™‚

Today’s my brothers birthday, so I made him this!

Making a painting/watercolor is an easy way to spend some time over the summer. Hope you have fun!

Love,

LibLou ❀

Snow Day!

Where I live, snow is rare. This is why today is a special, once every few years kind of day. Our county is always the last to call whether we have a day off. So, of course, around 10 pm we finally got the message that school was canceled! Now, you would think that I would sleep in and rest up for the exciting day, but no. My brother comes barging in, waking me up, to tell me school was canceled. Well, I already knew that piece of information, so, this resulted in me waking up at about 6 am. However, it did make a great time for some pretty pictures. I hope you like them. πŸ™‚

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Kitty Cat!

The following pictures are of our church’s cat, Mandy. She is super sweet and lovable. ❀ These were taken on my phone, not my camera, but I still found them adorable! Anyway, let’s get onto adoring the star of this post, Mandy!

Pictures of my Pups with my new Canon Rebel!

As a Christmas gift, I got a used Cannon Rebel. This camera is the first real one I’ve owned and I am super excited to show pictures I’ve taken on here! For now, the main pictures I took were of my 2 dogs Andy and CJ. I mean, they’re so cute! How can you not take pictures of them? Andy is a catahoula beagle mix. and CJ is a dauschund. However, we believe he has some beagle in him because he isn’t as long and skinny. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I am going to stop rambling about my dogs and let you guys get to looking at these pictures! More pictures will come soon! If you have any recommendations or helpful criticism to make these pictures better, I would love to hear it! Enjoy!

Love,

LibLou ❀

A Shepard and the Sheep

This photo was taken on my Aunt and Uncle’s farm as well. I love visiting the sheep!

Isaiah 40:11 – Like a Shepard he will tend his flock, in his arm he will gather the lambs and carry them in his bosom; he will gently lead the nursing ewes.

All Things Back to School

Exactly a week from today, I begin high school. That’s right, I am going into the 9th grade this year and am quite nervous, yet excited! I am going to show you a DIY school supply, and my back to school essentials. πŸ™‚

First, I will begin with the DIY. My parents are strict about using what we have. So, if I have a binder I can use, I am going to use it. I am going to show you a way to make an old binder look cute again. You are going to need duct tape, and a picture of your choice. The picture is going to go inside the front pocket of your binder. I would recommend you find an old coloring book and rip out one of those adorable pictures or you can print a picture online.

To begin, go ahead and put the picture of your choosing in the front pocket. Next, get your duct tape. You can use all one color, or what I did was use a color and a pattern duct tape. I also found a mini roll of duct tape that is thinner to put as a bottom border. Wrap the duct tape down both sides of the front. You can fold the excess duct tape over the top/bottom. You can also put a strip of tape down the outside spine of the binder, and you can do the same thing on the front to the back. For the finishing touch, you can add more tape to the bottom and border it all around the binder. TA-DA! A cute binder is ready for use!

My first back to school essential is a good pack of pencils. I always go through my pencils way to quickly. However, I found that a mechanical pencil lasted much longer than a wood pencil. All of my supplies came from Target. These were about $2.

My second essential is a planner. Personally, planners help me a-lot. It gives me somewhere to write due dates and homework. In middle/high school there is much more homework than elementary. My planners defiantly come into use. This planner was $10.

My third essential is some cute notebooks. I love getting notebooks with style. However they are more expensive so I normally only get two for my two favorite subjects. Both of these notebooks were $5.

This last essential is to keep you organized. It is so difficult when you get all of your subjects papers mixed up. I have a tip for you! Get the cheap 3 prong folders. Use 1 for each subject. Add some paper inside, so you always have paper and you can put that classes homework and excess notes, worksheets, etc. in the folder dedicated to that subject. The cheap ones are useful since, they give you your years worth! All 3 of these folders were a $1.50.

I cannot wait for back to school! Although Summer is great, I get excited to see old pals. I hope you have a great first day whenever you start!

Love,

LibLou ❀

 

Elegant Lavander Cupcakes


Today, I am at my aunt and uncle’s house visiting. To continue the Monday baking posts, we made lavender cupcakes! My aunt enjoys baking as well and she even has some of her own recipes. These cupcakes are different from what I normally make, because we used edible flowers. I would love for you to read about these unique cupcakes!


Since, I am visiting family I don’t see often, I am simply going to link the recipe and show how they turned out. To make this delicious and lovely cupcakes, click here.

I did change the recipe a little bit. The frosting I made was the best buttercream I have ever made. Instead of a vanilla bean, I substitued that for 1 tsp of vanilla extract. This results in a total of 2 tsp of vanilla. Also, instead of heavy cream, I used milk.

These cupcakes were super yummy. The lavender was just the right amount. I did add some extra lavender on the frosting. I hope that you find time to make these cupcakes!

Love,

LibLou ❀️

Boredom Buster #4: DIY Room Decor

Summer Boredom Busters

Something that you see on Pinterest, Tublur, Instagram, etc. are pictures of DIY room decor. I have always looked at these and thought that I wish my room could look like that. But in the end, buying the having to gather the materials and then make it is a little time consuming. Here is boredom buster number 4. Make an easy DIY room decor. It can be one you have seen online or something you can come up with on your own. Today, I am going to share with you how to make a cute and easy decor for your room.

This decor is really easy. All you have to do is gather materials and then assemble. I went to Target and CVS to buy the things I need.

First, you will need some streamer party decor. For example:

I found mine in the party section of Target. I believe that you can make this at home as well. You will need a long piece of string, streamers or tissues paper. I think the the streamers will probably work better. Β Cut several foot (about 30.5 centimeters) long strands of streamer or tissues paper. If you are using tissue paper make the paper 1.75 inches or 4.45 centimeters wide. Next, fold the pieces of paper over the string, and tie it up into a knot leaving a little bit of room for the paper to slide along the string. If the paper rips, you could probably use glue/hot glue to get the two together. Lastly, grab a pair of scissors and cut the paper hanging down into even more little strings. Repeat these steps, and now, yours should look similar to mine.

Next, you will need pictures to hang up. I ordered mine on the CVS website. You could also print off some inspiring pictures or pictures you might have of you and your friends.

Lastly, I got some of these adorable miniature clothes pins. I am not clear about where I previously got them, but I am almost positive you can find these at Target or a crafts store.

I taped the streamer decor onto the wall, but you can use something else. Then, I clipped on my pictures and voila!

Voila! An easy, affordable, and cute room decor is completed. What makes this better, is I found all of these things around the house. I hope that you enjoyed this boredom buster as much as I did!

Love,

LibLou ❀

 

Buck, the Horse

This is Buck. He is one of the most friendly horses you will ever meet. He even gives you kisses… sometimes. πŸ˜‰ Buck is found on Hedgerow Farm. This farm is run by my Aunt and Uncle. So, about once or twice a year, we visit. And about once or twice a year, we get to see this sweet face. Not only does Buck let us feed and pet him, he also has given us rides. Whether they are rides in the beautiful woods, or rides around his very own dirt track. Buck is an animal that stays in your heart and makes you relaxed and happy. Until then, I am going to share a quote I enjoyed with you guys.

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.” – Sharon Ralls Lemon.